Wintermester

Baylor's Wintermester is an intersession term offered between the Fall and Spring semesters during which students may complete an accelerated course. Please review the Wintermester FAQs for additional help and resources.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Wintermester Term: December 17, 2020 - January 07, 2021
  • Deadline to complete outstanding financial aid requirements and any loan requests: December 1, 2020
  • Last day to register for Wintermester: December 16, 2020
  • First financial aid disbursement date (Wintermester/Spring Semester): January 9, 2021

Tuition & Fees

Wintermester tuition and fee rates can be found in the Baylor catalog or at the Undergraduate Tuition and Fees webpage. Please note, Wintermester tuition will be included on your Spring 2021 bill, however, the hours will not be included in the flat rate tuition. For example, if a student takes 3 hours in the Wintermester, and 12 hours in the Spring, the student will be charged $4,176 ($1,392 per credit hour) for Wintermester Tuition + Regular Flat Rate Tuition of $22,272.

If you will be attending the Spring semester full time (12 or more hours) and will also be taking a Wintermester course, you can contact the Financial Aid Counseling team to request an increase to your spring cost of attendance if your tuition cost exceeds it.

Students will need to use personal resources to purchase books for the Wintermester prior to disbursement of aid for the Spring semester. Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor prior to the first day of Wintermester classes to discuss options if you are unable to purchase your Wintermester book. Counselors are also available by phone during regular office hours at 254-710-2611.

Financial Aid Resources

Financial aid is available to eligible students. Federal financial aid is dependent on half-time or greater enrollment (Wintermester + spring semester enrollment), and dependent on completion of the FAFSA and verification process (if applicable). Baylor aid is available to students who meet the specific requirements as outlined in the aid requirements for each fund. Alternative, or private loans, are available based on lender terms and conditions and may be subject to credit worthiness. 

The Wintermester is an add-on to the spring semester and any aid associated with the Wintermester term will be disbursed with the spring semester aid, which is scheduled to disburse 10 days prior to the start of the spring semester. Please note, all verification and/or outstanding hold items must be resolved prior to aid disbursing. Check BearWeb to confirm you have no outstanding requirements so that your disbursement is not delayed.

Course Information

Students can enroll in one course of study during the Wintermester. Generally, these courses will have 3 or 4 credit hours. You may review the course schedule here or speak with your academic advisor. Wintermester courses should have a "WM" displayed in the course number to alert you.

The credit hours completed during the Wintermester will be counted as part of the spring semester credit load. University policy does not allow for concurrent enrollment during a fall or spring term (i.e. you may not concurrently enroll at Baylor and another institution during Wintermester). A student can contact their academic dean’s office about petitioning for an exception to allow for this.

The Wintermester is considered an add-on to the spring semester. If you are a graduating senior, and the course taken during Wintermester completes your academic requirements, your graduation term will be spring, with graduation in May. 

If you drop a class during the Wintermester, your Spring semester total enrollment hours must meet any minimum requirements to maintain financial aid. The combination of credit from Wintermester and Spring are used to determine enrollment level for financial aid. For example, for undergraduate academic scholarships, which require full-time enrollment, you will need to take 12 or more hours in the spring to maintain eligibility for your scholarship, along with meeting all other scholarship requirements such as cumulative GPA.

Veteran Benefits 

Planning to receive VA benefit payments for both the Wintermester and the regular spring semester? Enrolling in the Wintermester will not count toward your registered spring semester hours for VA benefit purposes. To be considered full time as a VA beneficiary for both the Wintermester and spring semester, you will need to register for at least 3 degree applicable hours for the Wintermester and for at least 12 degree applicable hours for the regular spring semester. 

The VA considers these sessions as separate from one another. For example, registering for 3 hours during the Wintermester and 10 hours during the spring semester will not be considered full time for the spring semester for VA purposes. For additional questions, contact VA_Benefits@baylor.edu.