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CPS Undergraduate Programs Semester Conversion

Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, the College of Professional Studies undergraduate programs will move from the current quarter system to a semester-based academic calendar. As a result, rather than three 12-week academic terms (fall, winter, and spring), we will hold two 15-week academic terms (fall and spring) within the same time period. Summer courses will continue to be offered.

The transition to semester hours has a number of benefits for students including a more seamless credit transfer process, the opportunity to cover content in increasing depth, and a more predictable course schedule.

Did you know?

  • Under semesters, most classes will continue to carry 3 credits
  • You will pay the same tuition on semesters as quarters, but a semester bill will be larger than a quarter bill
  • Your financial aid will continue to be split evenly over the academic year

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid eligibility is determined each academic year by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your aid eligibility will not be impacted by the transition to semesters. Financial aid awards will continue to be divided evenly over the academic year and disbursed per term. Please keep in mind, to be eligible for financial aid, including federal and many private student loans, you must be enrolled in at least six hours per term.

Learn more about the financial aid application process and available aid programs.

Cost of Your Degree and the Billing Process

The transition to a semester-calendar will not increase total annual tuition costs or the cost of your degree program. However, there will be some changes in the billing and payment cycle. In moving to semesters, the billing amount will be divided into three semester payments, rather than four quarter payments. As a result, each semester payment will be higher, but the overall total for the year will not change. View the tuition and fee rates.

Janice is working on a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Because of her hectic schedule, she is enrolling as a part-time online student and typically takes 6-8 credits per term. When she completed her FAFSA, it was determined that she had a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Below is an example of how Janice’s award will be impacted as a result of moving to a semester-calendar. As illustrated, although the per-term tuition costs are higher, she will still have a credit on her account, which she may use to assist with books and other educational expenses.

2015-2016 (Quarter Hours)

2016-2017 (Semester Hours)


Phillip is completing his BA in Leadership. He works full-time, but wants to complete his bachelor’s degree as soon as possible to explore professional development opportunities with his employer. When Phillip completed his FAFSA, his Expected Family Contribution was $8,924. Below is Phillip’s award before and after the semester conversion. The amount he is responsible for is the same before and after the conversion.

2015-2016 (Quarter Hours)

2016-2017 (Semester Hours)

If you have specific questions regarding your financial aid eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact your financial aid counselor.

Please note, only the College of Professional Studies undergraduate programs are converting to semesters. Graduate programs will remain on the quarter system.