TSC Winter Mini-Semester

Earn 3 College Credits During Your Winter Break

The Winter Mini-semester is a four-week semester that is scheduled after the Fall 2021 semester and before the Spring 2022 semester. Classes are offered in-person and online, with a variety of general education core courses to choose from.

Courses are offered from December 13, 2021, through January 7, 2022:

  • BIOL-1308-WV01 Biology I for Non-Science Majors (online)
  • BIOL-1309-WV01 Biology II for Non-Science Majors (online)
  • CRIJ-1301-W01 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • ENGL-1302-W01 Composition II
  • HIST-1302-WV01 United States History II (online)
  • MATH-1332-W01 Contemporary Mathematics
  • PSYC-2301-WV01 General Psychology (online)

To search for Winter Mini-Semester classes, click the button below and follow the steps.

TSC Course Schedule

Step 1: Select the term “Spring 2022.”

Step 2: Type a course subject into the “Subject” search field.

Step 3: Type a course number associated with the subject into the “Course Number” search field.

Step 4: Click the “Submit” button.

Step 5: Search the courses with sections of W01-W99 or WV01-WV99, for example, ENGL-1302-W01 or HIST 1302-WV01 for online courses. A “W” in the section code designates face-to-face instruction where students meet on campus. A “WV” in the section code designates online asynchronous instruction.

Mini-Semester Registration Opens Last Day to Withdraw and Receive 100% Refund of Tuition and Fees (excludes non-refundable fees) Start Date Add/Drop Census Date 70% Refund 25% Refund Last Day to Withdraw Last Day of Class Final Exams
4-Weeks 10/15/2021 12/10/2021 12/13/2021 12/13/2021 12/15/2021 12/16/2021 12/17/2021 12/27/2021 1/6/2022 1/7/2022


Federal Financial Aid Eligibility for Winter Mini-semester

For financial aid purposes, the Winter Mini-semester session is not considered a stand-alone term. For financial aid eligibility, the December Mini-semester credit hours will be counted with Spring 2022 semester credit hours. The Financial Aid Office will adjust your cost of attendance for Spring 2022 to include the Winter Mini-semester registration.

Important Information Regarding Financial Aid Eligibility

  • Students must complete their 2021-2022 financial aid application (FAFSA) and have established eligibility.
  • Students must only take Winter Mini-semester courses that apply towards their degree program to be considered for federal financial aid.
  • Students who are eligible for federal financial aid, spring financial aid will apply to Winter Mini-semester tuition and fee charges first. Any remaining aid will apply to Spring 2022 tuition and fees or other charges.
  • Students must pay out of pocket for Winter Mini-semester classes or have enough excess financial aid to cover the combined balances.
  • Book allowances are not available during the Winter Mini-semester. Students will be responsible to purchase their own books and supplies.
  • Transient students will not be eligible for federal financial aid.
  • Students must meet satisfactory academic progress and must be in “good” standing.


  1. How do I apply for federal financial aid for the Winter Mini-semester?

You must have a current year (2021-2022) FAFSA on file to be eligible for federal financial aid. There is no additional application required. The Financial Aid Office will review your federal eligibility based on combined Winter Mini-semester and spring registration.

  1. Will my spring federal financial aid awards pay for my Winter Mini-semester courses?

Your spring federal financial aid may pay for both Winter Mini-semester and spring semester charges. If your award is not enough to cover both semesters, you will see a balance that remains on both the Winter Mini-semester and spring semesters. Keep in mind, additional charges will reduce any anticipated refunds.

  1. I’m already registered full-time for the spring semester. How can I cover the cost for the Winter Mini-semester course?

If you have already been awarded a full-time package based upon your grade level and dependency status (for federal student loans), adding Winter Mini-semester registration will not increase your Pell or Direct Loan eligibility.

  1. When are my loans going to disburse and refund if I take classes during the Winter Mini-semester?

Federal financial aid funds will disburse to the student’s account on or after the spring disbursement date. To be eligible for student loans, a student must be enrolled for 6 semester credit hours. Students who enroll in the Winter Mini-semester for 3 semester credit hours will not be eligible for a student loan. If there is a credit on the student’s account, refunds will be dispersed after the spring semester census date.

  1. Will satisfactory academic progress status be reviewed at the completion of the Winter Mini-semester?

There is no review after the Winter Mini-semester. Therefore, your Winter Mini-semester grades will not change your federal financial aid satisfactory academic progress (SAP) status for the spring semester. SAP will be reviewed at the conclusion of the spring semester.

  1. What happens to my federal financial aid if I drop or withdraw from a Winter Mini-semester course?

Financial aid awards are based on combined Winter Mini-semester and spring semester credit hours registered by the spring semester census date. If your registration falls below full-time (12 semester credit hours—combined between the Winter Mini-semester and spring semester registration), your federal financial aid award will be adjusted.

For more information regarding your Winter Mini-semester financial aid status, please log in to TSC Online with your TSC credentials and select Self-Service Financial Aid.

If you need further assistance, click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgXqUnxaImI&feature=youtu.be

Financial Aid Office
Phone: 956-295-3620
Email: [email protected].

Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state, and/or institutional rules and regulations.