Helpful Policy Reminders


Individuals enrolled in an online course are Western Seminary students and are expected to comply with policies and standards as outlined in the seminary catalog.

In specific instances, the practices of distance education require that online campus policies be adapted to meet the specialized needs and circumstances of our students. To help you get started right in your distance learning course this summer, what follows is a brief summary of several of the most-frequently-asked policy areas.

Course Duration

Students across the seminary system now have either 8 or 16 weeks, depending upon your session, to complete an online course. With your course materials we have included the specific start and end dates for your current course.

Course Refunds

Spring 2016 Refund Schedule
(Upon Written Notice to the Registrar)

Session 100 % Refund 75% Refund
50% Refund Class Ends
A Jan 4 - Jan 17 Jan 18 - Jan 31 Feb 1 - Feb 7 Apr 22
B Jan 4 - Jan 10 Jan 11 - Jan 17 Jan 18 - Jan 22 Feb 26
C Feb 29 - Mar 6 Mar 7 - Mar 13 Mar 14 - Mar 16 Apr 22

After the refund period, students must petition the registrar for permission to withdraw from the course. If approved, the student will receive a “W” on their transcript and no refund will be issued.

Course Extensions

In accord with seminary catalog polices, students may receive one four-week course extension upon request and approval by the online campus. Continuing progress in the course must be demonstrated before a request for an extension will be considered.

Financial Aid

Distance education students may be eligible for financial aid if they meet specific requirements. Please contact the Financial Aid office for more information.