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 Frequently Asked Questions for Students 



1. When is Winter Session?
Winter Session classes will be held December 17, 2014 to January 13, 2015

2. How many credits may I take?
You may register for up to 7 credits.

3. How are courses taught?
Most courses are taught online using D2L.  Some courses meet off-campus, as noted in the schedule.

4. What is the attendance commitment for classes?
Attendance expectations and work load will be described on the professor’s syllabus.

5. When do I register for Winter Session classes?
SRU students will register for Winter Session at the same time they register for Spring classes. Open registration is scheduled November 3 through 14, 2014 and continues through December 18.  Senior citizens may register for Winter Session on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. 

Students who are enrolled at other institutions who wish to take Winter Session classes must be admitted to the university (see the “Non-SRU Students” link on the left-hand side of the Winter Session Information

On or after November 24 visiting students who are currently attending another PASSHE university must contact the office of Academic Records at 724-738-2010 to register.  Transient students who are currently enrolled at another non-PASSHE university must contact the Advisement Center at 724-738-2012 to register.

6. When is the last day to drop or add a Winter Session class?
Classes may be added or dropped until December 18, 2014.  Students dropping classes will not be billed.

7. How do I drop or add a Winter Session Class?
Students registered for 2 courses, may drop all but their last winter course using MySRU.  If you are only registered for one course you must contact Academic Records at 724-738-2010 or email no later than 4:00 pm, Thursday, December 18, 2014, and a staff member will drop you from your class.  You may add classes on MySRU until midnight, December 18, 2014, or by contacting the office of Academic Records by 4:00 pm.  Students registered for one course who wish to drop the course and add another course should add the course first before dropping the other course.

8. When is the last day to withdraw from a Winter Session class with a grade of “W”?
Students may withdraw from winter courses by 4:00 pm, Monday, January 5, 2015.

9. How do I withdraw from a Winter Session class?
Students must notify their professor via SRU email of their intention to withdraw. The professor, in turn, must then email the academic records office at notifying Academic Records of the withdrawal, and identifying the student’s last day of participation in the class.

10. When will I be graded?
Grades are to be submitted by noon, Thursday, January 15, 2015, and should be available on MySRU by January 16, 2015.

11. How might my academic status be affected by my Winter Session grades?
There is no Deans’ List in Winter Session.  Students in good academic standing prior to attending Winter Session will be placed on academic warning or probation if their cumulative GPA falls below a 2.00.  They will not be suspended or dismissed.  Students who were on academic warning or probation prior to attending Winter Session will not be suspended or dismissed based on Winter Session academic performance.  Students who do well during Winter Session may have their academic  warning or probation removed.

12. When will a decision be made to cancel low enrolled courses and how will I be notified?
Low enrolled classes will typically be cancelled a week before Winter Session begins, but exceptions can be made.  The decision to cancel a low enrolled Winter Session course will be made by the Academic Dean and Provost.  Students and faculty will be notified via their SRU email addresses if their course has been cancelled and full refund will be issued to the student.

13. What are the costs for a Winter Session course?
Tuition for distance education courses for Winter 2014 can be found on this website.

14. When will I be billed? How can I pay?
The estimated billing date for Winter term is November 18, 2014 and will be due date December 5, 2014. Note - students that have excess spring financial aid will be permitted to use their refund monies to cover winter session expenses, however students do not get refunds for the winter session. Click here for instructions on how to pay your bill.

15. What is the refund schedule for Winter Session?
Dec. 17 & 18-----------100%
Dec. 19------------------80%
Dec. 20 - 21-------------60%
Dec. 22 - 23-------------50%
Dec. 24 - 26-------------40%
After Dec. 26-----------No Refund

16. Is financial aid available for Winter Session?
Very limited financial aid opportunities may be available to SRU students to assist with tuition and fee expenses for Winter Session courses. Because the Winter Session is not a full semester, it must be attached to the Spring Semester for financial aid consideration. Therefore, a student's potential aid for the 2014 Winter Session is limited to any 2014-15 aid eligibility that is not already utilized in the 2014-15 academic year.  Interested students should visit this website for detailed information and application processes.

17. If I am on financial aid suspension for Fall, can I regain eligibility using credits/GPA earned in Winter Session classes?
Unfortunately, no.  Because Winter Session must be attached to the Spring Semester for financial aid purposes, a student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress status after the fall semester remains the same for Winter/Spring aid eligibility.  Students can view their Academic Progress status in the financial aid section on MySRU.

18. How do I access library resources during the winter session?
A reference librarian will be available on a limited basis every day during winter session and will respond to email inquiries.  During the times the library is open all normal services will be available. Please visit this link for more information.

19. Can I receive the GI Bill for Winter Session?
Yes.  Students can apply for the GI Bill specifically for winter.  If you attended in the fall, please complete the winter session form.  If you are new to SRU, starting in the Winter Session, please contact our Veterans Educational Benefits Coordinator, Tiffany Aloi , at 724-738-2219.

20. Does my Winter enrollment impact my Spring enrollment status reported to the U.S. Department of Education’s  National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for loan deferment purposes?
No.  Spring enrollment reporting can only reflect the credits a student is enrolled in for the Spring semester.   If a student needs to be at-least-half-time in the Spring semester for loan deferment purposes, the student needs to be sure to enroll in at least six (6) credits in Spring.   Winter enrollment is reported as a separate enrollment period.

21. Who do I contact if I experience problems logging onto MySRU or D2L?
Telephone: 724-738-4357 (Monday - Friday, 8:00am EST - 4:00pm EST)
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