Tyler Henson

Tyler Henson

Middle Tennessee State University academic officials are wrapping a new present – in time for the holidays – for students who want to study and earn college credit rather than taking a break.

For the first time, MTSU will introduce a winter session term for students. Classes, with plenty of variety, will be available for students beginning Dec. 21 and ending Jan. 21, just prior to the spring semester’s start.

All winter session classes will be online, with sport psychology, the judicial process, history of country music and principles of marketing as just a sample of the dozens of course offerings.

“The winter session was developed to allow students an additional opportunity to take a class during the winter break and to possibly alleviate their workload for the rest of the spring semester,” said Tyler Henson, director of the MT One Stop in the student services and admissions center at 1860 Blue Raider Drive.

“The idea is to provide options and flexibility to students.”

Winter session courses are tied to the spring semester for purposes of tuition and fees, financial aid, academics and other considerations.

Students are limited to one winter session class for a maximum of four credit hours, but winter session credit hours are included in the overall number of hours students are allowed to take in the spring semester – 18 hours for undergraduates and 12 hours for graduate students.

Financial aid is available because winter session is tied to the spring semester. Students who have financial aid in the spring semester can use it for the winter session.

Winter session courses will be charged the full tuition rate for the class taken, regardless of the number of hours students are registered for in the spring semester.  Contact the MT One Stop for more information about tuition.

Students are able to see the options when the spring schedule was released Oct. 9. They can register for winter session and spring classes during priority registration from Nov. 2-13.

Anyone who takes a winter session course must pay or confirm for the spring semester Dec. 17 by 6 p.m. Failure to do so will result in the student’s entire spring schedule deleted, along with the winter session course.

Students not enrolled in a winter session course do not have to pay or confirm for spring until Jan. 11.

The spring semester will begin Jan. 25.

The MT One Stop provides combined services in the areas of financial aid, registration, tuition, billing and transcripts — a one-stop-shop to assist students with all their enrollment needs. It is on the second floor of the student services and admissions center.

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