Academics

Count on us to reach out to you about midterm and final grades, course registration, and much more.  Whether it’s an individual appointment, a sponsored workshop, or an announcement in our IP Picks bi-weekly student bulletin – we’ll be working to ensure you have the resources you need to be a successful student. 

Stay eligible!

Don’t forget, in order to remain eligible for the I-Promise Scholarship, students must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements as outlined by the Office of Student Financial Aid.  This means it is essential that you:

  • Rely on the professional staff within your academic program for assistance with course selection and schedule changes. Remember: eligibility for the scholarship runs for 4 years, fall and spring terms only.  
  • Manage your time and priorities appropriately and get involved on campus.
  • Reach out for personal and academic support early and often.  It’s ok to ask questions.
Important dates

Closely monitor your progress in each course and be prepared to take action when necessary. Stay informed of important dates and deadlines. See the Fall 2020 calendar below.

December 10

Open registration begins for all students

January 15 - March 5

Health Insurance Change/Waiver Period

January 17

University residence halls open for the spring semester
January 25 First day of instruction
January 25 Deadline for students to register for first classes without being charged $15 late fee penalty
January 26 Late registration begins via Student Self-Service
January 29 Last day to add a 1st 8 weeks (POT A) course
January 29 Last day to drop 1st 8 week (POT A) course for refund
February 5 Last day to add/drop semester course
February 17 Break
March 16 Faculty deadline to report grades for freshmen
March 16 Last day to drop 1st 8 week (POT A) course without grade of W
March 22 2nd 8 week (POT B) courses begin
March 24 Break
March 26 Last day to add/drop POT B (2nd 8 week) course for refund
April 5 Priority registration for Spring 2021 begins
April 13 Break
April 19 Priority registration for Summer and Fall 2021 begins
May 5 Deadline for UG to drop POT 1 (full semester) or POT B course via Student Self-Service without grade of W. 
May 5 Last day of instruction
May 6  Reading day (no classes, no final examinations)
May 7-14 Final examination period
May 22 Students may view final Spring 2021 grades via Student Self-Service
May 27  Deadline for UG and GRAD students to elect, or rescind, the Pass COVID/No Pass COVID grade option
Tutoring

Your class may have free tutoring resources on campus!  Check out this link to take advantage of a free boost to your grade.

Books

IUB Pay-It-Later: I-Promise has an arrangement with the Illini Union Bookstore which allows I-Promise Scholars to charge up to $600 in books at the start of each semester.  Remember, you will have to pay back what you borrowed before a specific deadline at mid-semester.  This is especially helpful for students who don’t have the money just yet and plan to use their wages from their part-time Federal Work Study position to cover this expense.  Read more about Pay-It-Later.

Non-IUB Options: Buying new books when you don’t have to is a very costly mistake!  There are many alternatives for textbooks, such as buying used, buying online, renting, and more.  Click here to learn more.