Convenient and Accelerated Schedule For Adults

Our 8-week terms allow students to receive full-time status by attending class only two nights per week, which allows adult students to maintain full time employment.

Terms

Five eight-week terms are scheduled during the year with courses meeting once a week for five hours. Terms begin in August, October, January, March, and June, and you may begin your program in any term. Term start dates are below.

Accelerated Schedule

Each accelerated eight-week term is comparable to a traditional 16-week semester, and each course carries 3.5 semester hours of credit. Courses are held once a week in the evenings and on weekends in Tampa (Westshore) and St. Petersburg (Main campus).

Academic Calendar

Spring I Term: January 10 - May 9

January 2

PEL OFFICES REOPEN FROM CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (closed 12/19/14 – 1/1/15)
Graduation Applications due for January Graduates

January 2 - 9

Business Management Comprehensive Exams

January 5

Last day to add or drop Art Studio courses online for Spring Semester
Last day to drop Studio classes through the PEL offices for 100% refund for Spring Semester
Spring Semester Art Studio courses begin

January 9

Last day to add classes online for Spring I Term
Last day to drop classes for 100% refund for Spring I Term
Last day to add Art Studio courses through PEL Offices for Spring Semester
Last day to drop and add equal number of Art Studio courses through PEL Offices for 100% tuition exchange for spring semester
Last day to drop Art Studio courses for 90% refund for Spring Semester

January 10

Spring I Term begins and Spring I Term tuition due

January 16

Last day to drop Art Studio courses for 25% refund for Spring Semester
Last day to add classes through PEL Offices for Spring I Term
Last day to drop and add equal number of courses through PEL Offices for 100% tuition exchange for Spring I Term
Last day to drop classes for 90% refund for Spring I Term

January 17-2/14

Withdrawal Period for Art Studio courses for Spring Semester, no refund, Grade of W

January 19

PEL OFFICES CLOSED FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY – NO CLASSES

January 23

Last day to drop classes for 25% refund for Spring I Term
Spring Semester 16-Week Directed Studies registrations after this date require approval

January 24

Spring Semester Writing Exhibit Workshop, Tampa Center, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

January 24-2/21

Withdrawal Period for Spring I Term, no refund, Grade of W

January 31

Spring Semester Writing Exhibit Workshop, Main Campus, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., FT 210

February 23

Writing Exhibit due for Spring Evaluation (results anticipated in late March)

March 1

PEL May 2015 Graduation Application Deadline

March 6-13

Business Management Comprehensive Exams

March 7

Final Examination period for Saturday and Sunday classes (9:00-12:45)
Final Examination period for Monday and Tuesday classes (1:00-4:45)

March 8

Final Examination period for Wednesday and Thursday classes (1:00-4:45)

March 9

Spring I Term ends

Spring II Term: March 14 - May 10

March 13

Last day to add classes online for Spring II Term
Last day to drop classes for 100% refund for Spring Term
Deadline for May graduates to turn in work for experiential credit evaluation
Last date for May graduates to take CLEP or DANTES exams

March 14

Spring II Term begins and Spring II Term tuition due

March 20

Last day to add classes through PEL Offices for Spring II Term
Last day to drop and add equal number of courses through PEL Offices for 100% tuition exchange for Spring II Term
Last day to drop classes for 90% refund for Spring II Term

March 27

Last day to drop classes for 25% refund for Spring II Term

March 28-4/25

Withdrawal for Spring II Term, no refund, Grade of W

April 3

PEL OFFICES CLOSED FOR GOOD FRIDAY HOLIDAY

May 9

Writing Exhibit Workshop, Main Campus, 2:00 – 5:00p.m., FT 210
Final Examination period for Saturday and Sunday classes (9:00-12:45)
Final Examination period for Monday and Tuesday classes (1:00-4:45)

May 10

Final Examination period for Wednesday and Thursday classes (1:00-4:45)
Spring II Term ends

May 17

Graduation

May 25

PEL OFFICES CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY

Note:

After the start of the term all drops and withdrawals must be processed through the PEL office and require written notification which must be received on or prior to the deadline dates and times.

Students are responsible for dropping and withdrawing from unwanted courses. This must be accomplished prior to the term start date for a 100% refund. Students not in attendance at the first class meeting without instructor’s pre-approval will be dropped from the course and will be charged 10% of the course tuition.

Reducing the number of courses taken during a term may affect your financial aid/loans. Please contact the Financial Aid Office before dropping or withdrawing from classes.

* Registration for Independent and Directed Study courses requires an academic contract.

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