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Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID

Academic Calendar

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The dates, holidays and events on the Academic Calendar apply to all Howard College campuses and the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf unless otherwise noted.  Dates specific to one location only are marked as such.

PLEASE NOTE: The length of individual courses may vary within each semester in order to meet the required number of instructional hours and/or meet student needs. Please see the course schedule for specific course information.

Select Your Year

2017-2018 Year

Select Your Session

Fall

Fall Sessions (August 23 - December 8, 2017)

April 1 Early advising and schedule development begins
April 11 Registration begins (online and walk-in)
August 10 Online registration closes -- all fall classes
August 14 Financial aid applied to accounts -- all fall classes
August 15 Last day to pay for registered students -- all fall classes
  Walk-in registration continues (payment due at time of registration)
  First day to use aid at bookstore -- all fall classes
August 16 Non-payment drop date -- all fall classes
August 22 Last day to drop and receive 100% refund -- 16-wk / 1st 8-wk classes
  Last day to register -- 16-wk / 1st 8-wk classes
August 23 Classes begin -- 16-wk / 1st 8-wk session
  Last day to use loan funds at Bookstore -- all fall classes
September 4 Labor Day Holiday - no classes (offices closed)
September 8 Last day to use aid at bookstore -- all fall classes
October 5 Remaining financial aid / scholarship funds released
  Last day to drop -- 1st 8-wk classes
October 12 1st 8-wk classes end / final exams
  Last day to register -- 2nd 8-wk classes
  Last day to drop and receive 100% refund -- 2nd 8-wk classes
October 13 Mid-semester break - no classes (offices closed)
October 16 Classes begin -- 2nd 8-wk session
November 13 Last day to drop -- 16-wk classes
November 17 Last day to apply for fall graduation
November 22-24 Thanksgiving Holiday - no classes (offices closed)
November 30 Last day to drop -- 2nd 8-wk classes
December 4-7 Final exams -- 16-wk classes
December 7 2nd 8-wk classes end / final exams
December 8 Fall Session ends
December 18 - Jan 2 Winter break - offices closed

December Mini

December Mini Session (December 11, 2017 - January 3, 2018)

April 1 Early advising and schedule development begins
April 11 Registration begins (online and walk-in)
August 10 Online registration closes
December 8 Last day to register
  Last day to drop and receive 100% refund
December 11 Classes begin
December 18 - January 2 Winter break - offices closed
December 25 Holiday - No classes
January 1 New Year's Day - no classes
January 2 Last day to drop a course
  Offices open
January 3 December Mini Session ends / final exams

Spring

Spring Sessions (January 16 - May 11, 2018)

November 1 Early advising and schedule development begins
November 14 Registration begins (online and walk-in) -- all spring classes
January 2 Offices open
January 7 Online registration closes
January 8 Last day to pay for registered students -- all spring classes
  Financial aid applied to accounts -- all spring classes
  Walk-in registration continues (payment due at time of registration)
January 9 Non-payment drop date -- all spring classes
  First day to use aid at bookstore -- all spring classes
January 12 Last day to register -- 16-wk / 1st 8-wk classes
  Last day to drop and receive 100% refund -- 16-wk / 1st 8-wk classes
January 15 Martin Luther King Holiday - offices closed
January 16 Classes begin -- 16-wk / 1st 8-wk session
  Last day to use loan funds at Bookstore -- all spring classes
January 31 Last day to use aid at Bookstore -- all spring classes
February 27 Remaining financial aid released -- all spring classes
March 1 Last day to drop -- 1st 8-wk classes
March 8 1st 8-wk classes end / final exams
March 9 Last day to drop and receive 100% refund -- 2nd 8-wk classes
  Last day to register -- 2nd 8-wk classes
March 12-16 Spring Break - no classes; offices closed
March 19 Classes begin -- 2nd 8-wk session
March 30 Holiday, no classes; office closed
April 9 Last day to drop -- 16-wk classes
April 13 Last day to apply for spring graduation
May 3 Last day to drop -- 2nd 8-wk classes
May 7-10 Final exams -- 16-wk classes
May 10 2nd 8-wk classes end / final exams
May 11 Spring Session ends

May Mini

May Mini Session (May 14 - May 31, 2018)

November 1 Early advising and schedule development begins
November 14 Registration begins (online and walk-in)
January 7 Online registration closes
May 11 Last day to register
  Last day to drop and receive 100% refund
May 14 Classes begin
  Financial aid applied to accounts if applicable 
May 28 Memorial Day Holiday - no classes; offices closed
May 30 Last day to drop 
May 31 May Mini session ends / final exams

Summer I

First Summer Session (June 4 - July 5, 2018)

April 1 Early advising and schedule development begins
April 10 Registration begins (online and walk-in)
May 28 Online registration closes
May 29 Last day to pay for registered students
  Financial aid applied 
May 30 Non-payment drop date
  First day to use aid at Bookstore
May 31 Last day to register 
  Last day to drop and receive 100% refund
June 4 Classes begin
  Last day to use loan funds at Bookstore
June 7  Last day to use aid at Bookstore
June 26 Remaining financial aid released
June 28 Last day to drop a course
July 4 Holiday - no class; offices closed
July 5 Summer I session ends / final exams

Summer II

Second Summer Session (July 9 - August 9, 2018)

April 1 Early advising and schedule development begins
April 10 Registration begins (online and walk-in)
July 1 Online registration closes
July 2 Last day to pay for registered students
  Financial aid applied 
July 3 Non-payment drop date
  first day to use aid at Bookstore
July 4 Holiday - no class; offices closed
July 5 Last day to register 
  Last day to drop and receive 100% refund
July 9 Classes begin
July 12 Last day to use aid at Bookstore
July 30 Last day to apply for summer graduation
July 31 Remaining financial aid released
August 2 Last day to drop
August 9 Summer II session ends / final exams
Hours Office Hours:  Monday to Thursday  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Closed Weekends
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