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Ripon College Plus Semester(s) Program

 

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Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are closed.

Students interested in participating in the Plus program during the 2022-2023 academic year, must notify the Office of the Registrar ([email protected]) no later than March 15, 2022.

 

As the Ripon College community adapts and continues to deal with the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we recognize that some students’ ability to graduate in four years while fully taking advantage of the Ripon experience has been threatened. Rich, in-person academic and personal experiences, including classes, internships, research opportunities, events, programs, and everything that on-campus living has to offer, have become an expected part of attending Ripon College.

With this in mind, Ripon College is introducing the Ripon College Plus Semester(s) Program for students enrolled in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

Eligible students interested in taking advantage of this opportunity will have their tuition waived for their ninth semester or fifth year. Learn if the Ripon College Plus Semester(s) Program is a good fit below.


Eligibility Standards

  1. The additional semester or year must occur during the academic year immediately following the student’s eighth semester (or sixth semester for transfer students).
  2. The student must be continuously enrolled as a full-time (12 credits or more), degree-seeking student during both the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.
  3. Students who enter Ripon College as first-year students must be continuously enrolled and have completed eight full-time semesters. Students who have completed more than eight full-time semesters are not eligible.
  4. A student who enters Ripon College as a transfer student must be continuously enrolled and have completed six semesters as a full-time, degree-seeking student. Other transfer students are not eligible for the program.
  5. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better and be in good financial standing with the College prior to enrollment in the Ripon Plus program.
  6. The student must have an academic reason to participate in this program and to extend their studies in the ninth semester or fifth year before receiving the degree. The Associate Dean of Faculty/Registrar in consultation with the student’s academic advisor must approve the existence of an academic reason.

Program Standards

  1. Under the Plus program, Ripon College will cover tuition for up to two semesters during the fifth year, minus any federal, state or institutional grants or scholarships for which the student ordinarily qualifies. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15 in order to determine eligibility for federal or state grants. Other costs, including student fees, room and board, are the responsibility of the student. Federal student and parent loans may be available, subject to aggregate loan limits.
  2. All students must enroll in at least 12 credits as a full-time, degree-seeking student each semester during their participation in the Plus program.
  3. All full-time students will be required to live on campus (fees, room and board are the students’ responsibility.) Exceptions will be considered by the Vice President and Dean of Students.
  4. Off-campus study opportunities are not available under the Plus Program.

Athletic Eligibility

Student-athletes should consult with the compliance officer in the athletics department and the coach regarding eligibility and NCAA/Midwest Conference compliance.


How to Apply

Students interested in participating in the Plus program during the 2022-2023 academic year, must notify the Office of the Registrar ([email protected]) no later than March 15, 2022.


Frequently Asked Questions

If the degree is awarded to me after 8 semesters at Ripon College, am I eligible for this program?

No, in order to participate you must be a full time degree seeking student in the additional semester(s).

Can I graduate after seven semesters and participate in this program?

No, students who enter Ripon College as first-year students must have completed eight full-time semesters. Students who have completed more than eight full-time semesters are not eligible to enter the Plus Program. Students who enter Ripon College as transfer students must have completed six semesters as full-time, degree-seeking students. Other transfer students are not eligible for the program.

I'm thinking about enrolling part-time during the 2021-22 academic year. Will I be eligible for the tuition-free semester program?

No, all students must enroll in at least 12 credits as a full-time, degree-seeking student.

If I received the degree in May 2020 or after the fall 2020-21 semester, may I participate in this program?

Graduates from May 2020 that were impacted in the spring 2020 semester by COVID-19 were eligible for the program in 2020-2021. Seniors who received the degree after the fall of 2020-21 semester were also eligible for the program with the March 15, 2021 deadline which is now closed.

I took a term off part-way through one of my eight semesters. Am I eligible to participate in the Plus semester(s)?

You would be eligible if you were continuously enrolled (paid tuition for eight semesters). If you received a tuition refund for one of your eight semesters, you will not be eligible for this program. You must be enrolled both semesters of the academic year 2020-21 to be eligible.

Will the courses and the grades that I earn in courses taken during tuition-free semesters appear on my transcript?

Yes, grades for all courses taken during tuition-free semesters will appear on your transcript.

Will the courses I take be factored into my grade point average (GPA)?

Your courses and grades will appear on your transcript and be factored into your GPA.

Can I participate in an off-campus study program during a tuition-free semester?

No.

How many credits can I take during a Plus semester?

Students may enroll in 12-19 credits per semester.

Can I complete an additional major and/or minor during a Plus semester?

Yes, if the coursework for the additional credential is available. Students will not be offered additional tuition-free semesters to complete additional majors, minors, or certificates in the event coursework is not offered during their Plus semester(s).

Depending upon course scheduling, it may not be possible for students to complete an additional major and/or minor during their Plus semester(s).

If the Ripon College degree has not been awarded, what financial aid will I receive?

You will receive full tuition for the semester if you have been making Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined for purposes of federal financial aid. You will be responsible for paying for room, board, and the student activity fee. Consult the Office of Financial Aid to determine if you are eligible for any federal financial aid for these expenses. Your FAFSA needs to be filed by March 15.

Can I receive financial aid for fees and living expenses?

Students should file their FAFSA by March 15 to determine eligibility for state and federal grant aid. Students are not eligible for Ripon gift aid during their Plus semester(s) to cover non-tuition expenses. Students who have not completed all of their degree requirements by the start of their Plus semester(s) are welcome to apply for federal and state financial aid as well as private student loans.

Will satisfactory academic progress (SAP) continue to be monitored by the Office of Financial Aid during the Plus semester(s)?

For students continuing their degree in a Plus semester, SAP will continue to be monitored per federal and state regulations.

What are the financial aid implications for exceeding the maximum timeframe requirements in the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy?

At the time the Office of Financial Aid becomes aware that you cannot complete your program within the maximum timeframe, the student immediately becomes ineligible for federal and state aid. In other words, the student loses financial aid eligibility at the evaluation point and not at the point the student actually reaches the maximum time frame.

For example, if fall 2020 grades are posted and financial aid determines that a student cannot finish their degree requirements within the maximum timeframe, the student would lose their financial aid eligibility in spring 2021 and for the remainder of their undergraduate program.

There is no maximum time frame appeal process for students who could have completed their degree requirements but are opting to extend their stay by adding another major or minor.

May I participate in athletics during my tuition-free semester(s)?

You should consult with your coach and the Director of Compliance in the Athletic Office to determine your eligibility to participate in your sport. You may only participate with your team during an enrolled semester.

Will I be required to live on campus during my tuition-free semesters?

All full-time students will be required to live on campus (fees, room and board are the students’ responsibility.) Exceptions are considered by the Vice President and Dean of Students.

May I enroll part-time in a Plus semester?

All students must enroll in at least 12 credits as a full-time, degree-seeking student. Exceptions are considered by the Office of the Registrar.

How do I know if a fifth year at Ripon is right for me?

Please keep your focus on post-graduate and career plans and the potential benefits of a fifth year for achieving those goals. Maybe a fifth year helps you achieve your goals. But it is also possible that staying an extra year interrupts or delays those plans. Please discuss your goals with the Registrar and your academic advisor in order to weigh the costs and benefits of a fifth year at Ripon.

I’m currently a Senior, how do I apply?

Students should meet with the Office of the Registrar before March 15, 2022 to determine eligibility.

How will this affect my degree date and Commencement?

Students who choose to enroll in the Plus Semester(s) will have their degree date delayed until all degree requirements are complete. Students who receive the degree are eligible to participate in Commencement. Exceptions are considered by the Associate Dean of Faculty/Registrar; contact [email protected] with questions.

I will be student teaching in my 9th semester, am I eligible?

Those taking student teaching coursework during their ninth semester, who meet the eligibility standards, have access to the Ripon Plus Semester(s) Program.

What costs are associated with the Plus Semester(s)?

While tuition will not be charged to students enrolled in the Plus semester(s), students will be responsible for paying student fees which support a variety of important services, courses, and experiences provided to Ripon students. Students also will be responsible for applicable room and board costs.

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