2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
    Aug 13, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook

Important Dates



These calendars are subject to change at any time prior to or during an academic term due to emergencies or causes beyond the reasonable control of the institution, including severe weather, loss of utility services, or orders by federal or state agencies.

Fall Semester 2020

Academic Calendar

Part of Term in Class Schedule Classes Begin Classes End Last Day to Apply Final Exams
Full Term August 24 December 4 August 7 December 5 - 11
1st 10 weeks August 24 November 3 August 7 Final exams in short terms are given on the last class.
1st 7 weeks August 24 October 10 August 7
2nd 10 weeks September 28 December 11 September 11
2nd 7 weeks October 14 December 11 September 25
Dates for all parts of term are posted online at www.columbiastate.edu/refunds-drops-withdrawals. Students enrolling in TN eCampus online classes must adhere to the TN eCampus Academic Calendar posted online at www.tnecampus.org/academic-calendar.  All supporting documents for a new applicant must be submitted within three working days of new student application deadline.  Final grades for this semester will be available in myChargerNet on December 18.

Registration Calendar

Priority Registration for currently enrolled students is April 6-7. Registration for Fall 2020 opens April 8 for all admitted students. Register early to ensure class availability.

Fall 2020 Part of Term Registration Begins Last Day to Register Last day to Add a Class during this Part of Term Last day to Drop, Withdraw or Change to Audit
Full Term April 8 August 18 August 28 October 30
1st 10 weeks April 8 August 18 August 28 October 10
1st 7 weeks April 8 August 18 August 24 September 24
2nd 10 weeks April 8 September 22 September 28 November 16
2nd 7 weeks April 8 October 8 October 14 November 21

Tuition and Fees Calendar

Fall 2020 Part of Term Confirm and Pay By Refunds
100% 75% 25%
Full Term August 12 August 23 September 6 September 20
1st 10 weeks August 12 August 23 August 30 September 9
1st 7 weeks August 12 August 23 August 29 September 3
2nd 10 weeks September 23 September 27 October 6 October 16
2nd 7 weeks October 9 October 13 October 20 October 28

Financial Aid Calendar

Priority Financial Aid Processing and Verification for Fall 2020 semester is July 10, 2020 to allow for timely processing. If financial aid forms are not complete by this date, students should be prepared to pay their tuition and fees by the payment deadline to maintain their class schedules. Additionally, failure to submit documents by this date could  result in loss of Tennessee Promise funds for applicable students.

Fall 2020 Part of Term Documents and Verification Due Awards Posted No Later Than Disbursements Available No Later Than
Full Term July 10 September 7 September 24
1st 10 weeks July 10 September 7 September 24
1st 7 weeks July 10 September 7 September 24
2nd 10 weeks July 10 October 12 October 26
2nd 7 weeks July 10 October 28 November 11
Posting and disbursement dates are contingent on faculty confirming enrollment by verifying student participation in a class prior to census date. Students must attend/participate on the first day of class in order to receive disbursements according to this schedule. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) evaluations usually occur the first business day after grades post. Students will receive email notifications of SAP violations, if applicable, to their Columbia State email between December 16-18, 2020. Immediate action may be required to file an appeal of SAP.

Class Holidays and College Closings

August 19 Convocation (All offices closed)
September 7 Labor Day Holiday (College closed)
October 12-13 Fall Break (Classes do not meet; offices open)
November 25 Thanksgiving Holiday (Classes do not meet; offices open)
November 26-29 Thanksgiving Holiday (College closed)
December 24 - January 3 Seasonal Holiday (College closed)

Graduation Calendar

December 2020 Graduation
September 25 Submit Intent to Graduate IF you wish to participate in the December ceremony. Those not participating in the ceremony must still file an intent and are encouraged to file early to ensure awareness of requirements before your final semester.
December 12 Graduation Ceremony

Spring Semester 2021

Academic Calendar

Part of Term in Class Schedule Classes Begin Classes End Last Day to Apply Final Exams
Full Term January 19 April 30 January 8 May 1-7
1st 10 weeks January 19 April 5 January 8 Final exams in short terms are given on the last class.
1st 7 weeks January 19 March 6 January 8
2nd 10 weeks February 22 May 7 February 1
2nd 7 weeks March 15 May 1 February 22
Dates for all parts of term are posted online at www.columbiastate.edu/refunds-drops-withdrawals. Students enrolling in TN eCampus online classes must adhere to the TN eCampus Academic Calendar posted online at https://tnecampus.org/academic-calendar.  All supporting documents for a new applicant must be submitted within three working days of new student application deadline.  Final grades for this semester will be available in myChargerNet on May 14.

Registration Calendar

Priority Registration for currently enrolled students is November 2-3. Registration for Spring 2021 opens November 4 for all admitted students. Register early to ensure class availability.

Spring 2021 Part of Term Registration Begins Last Day to Register Last day to Add a Class during this Part of Term Last day to Drop, Withdraw or Change to Audit
Full Term November 4 January 12 January 22 March 26
1st 10 weeks November 4 January 12 January 22 March 10
1st 7 weeks November 4 January 12 January 19 February 18
2nd 10 weeks November 4 February 16 February 22 April 12
2nd 7 weeks November 4 March 8 March 15 April 15

Tuition and Fees Calendar

Spring 2021 Part of Term Confirm and Pay By Refunds
100% 75% 25%
Full Term January 6 January 18 February 1 February 14
1st 10 weeks January 6 January 18 January 27 February 6
1st 7 weeks January 6 January 18 January 24 January 30
2nd 10 weeks February 19 February 21 March 2 March 12
2nd 7 weeks March 12 March 14 March 20 March 26

Financial Aid Calendar

Priority Financial Aid Processing and Verification for Spring 2021 semester is November 30, 2020 to allow for timely processing. If financial aid forms are not complete by this date, students should be prepared to pay their tuition and fees by the payment deadline to maintain their class schedules.

Spring 2021 Part of Term Documentation and Verification Due Awards Posted No Later Than Disbursements Available No Later Than
Full Term November 30 February 2 February 19
1st 10 weeks November 30 February 2 February 19
1st 7 weeks November 30 February 2 February 19
2nd 10 weeks November 30 March 9 March 23
2nd 7 weeks November 30 March 30 April 13
Posting and disbursement dates are contingent on faculty confirming enrollment by verifying student participation in a class prior to census date. Students must attend/participate on the first day of class in order to receive disbursements according to this schedule. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) evaluations usually occur the first business day after grades post. Students will receive email notifications of SAP violations, if applicable, to their Columbia State email between May 19-21, 2021. Immediate action may be required to file an appeal of SAP.

Class Holidays and College Closings

December 24 - January 3 Seasonal Holiday (College closed)
January 13 Convocation (All offices closed)
January 18 Martin Luther King Holiday (College Closed)
March 7-13 Spring Break (Classes do not meet; offices open)

Graduation Calendar

May 2021 Graduation
February 19 Submit Intent to Graduate IF you wish to participate in the May ceremony. Those not participating in the ceremony must still file an Intent and are encouraged to file early to ensure awareness of requirements before your final semester.
May 8 Graduation Ceremonies: One in the morning and another in the afternoon. Graduates will have an assigned time based upon the credential to be awarded.

Summer Semester 2021

Academic Calendar

Part of Term in Class Schedule Classes Begin Classes End Last Day to Apply Final Exams
Term 1 (10 weeks) May 24 August 3 May 10 Final exams are given on the last class day.
1st Term (5 weeks) May 24 June 28 May 10
2nd Term (5 weeks) June 29 August 3 June 15
Any terms offered within the Summer Semester will be within the dates of May 10 and August 7. Dates for all parts of term are posted online at www.columbiastate.edu/refunds-drops-withdrawals. Students enrolling in TN eCampus online classes must adhere to the TN eCampus Academic Calendar posted online at https://tnecampus.org/academic-calendar.  All supporting documents for a new applicant must be submitted within three working days of new student application deadline. Final grades for the Summer 2021 semester will be available in myChargerNet on August 13.

Registration Calendar

Priority Registration for currently enrolled students is April 5-6. Registration for Summer 2021 opens April 7 for all admitted students. Register early to ensure class availability.

Summer 2021 Part of Term Registration Begins Last Day to Register Last Day to Add a Class during this Part of Term Last Day to Drop, Withdraw or Change to Audit
Term 1 (10 weeks) April 7 May 19 May 28 July 10
1st Term (5 weeks) April 7 May 19 May 24 June 16
2nd Term (5 weeks) April 7 June 23 June 29 July 22

Tuition and Fees Calendar

Summer 2021 Part of Term Confirm and Pay By Refunds
100% 75% 25%
Term 1 (10 weeks) May 17 May 23 June 1 June 10
1st Term (5 weeks) May 17 May 23 May 27 June 1
2nd Term (5 weeks) June 22 June 28 July 2 July 7

Financial Aid Calendar

Priority Financial Aid Processing and Verification for Summer 2021 semester is April 30, 2021 to allow for timely processing. If financial aid forms are not complete by this date, students should be prepared to pay their tuition and fees by the payment deadline to maintain their class schedules.

Summer 2021 Part of Term Documents and Verification Due Awards Posted No Later Than Disbursements Available No Later Than
Term (10 weeks) April 30 June 7 June 23
1st Term (5 weeks) April 30 June 7 June 23
2nd Term (5 weeks) April 30 July 13 July 29
Posting and disbursement dates are contingent on faculty confirming enrollment by verifying student participation in a class prior to census date. Students must attend/participate on the first day of class in order to receive disbursements according to this schedule. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) evaluations usually occur the first business day after grades post. Students will receive email notifications of SAP violations, if applicable, to their Columbia State email between August 16-19, 2021. Immediate action may be required to file an appeal of SAP.

Class Holidays and College Closings

May 31 Memorial Day Holiday (College closed)
July 5 Independence Day Holiday (College closed)