Faculty/Staff Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why are we offering a new 8-week session?

2. What will be offered?

In addition to the regular spring 15-week session (Spring 1), we are offering a late start session (Spring 2) in Spring of 2021. This is a good opportunity for students to complete more credits and get closer to earning their degree by enrolling in this 8-week session that begins on March 19 and ends on May 20.

3. Who can enroll in Spring Express classes?

Spring Express is ideal for new students, students who had to drop a course in Spring 1 and need an extra class to maintain full-time status, or returning students desiring shorter and more flexible course offerings. Also, this new session will provide options for students needing extra time to complete an academic appeal and still enroll in the spring term.

4. How do students register for these classes?

Registration for “Spring 2” courses opens February 5.

  • Continuing students: Register through CUNYfirst. Students should speak to their academic advisor before registering.
  • New students not yet enrolled (first semester at BMCC): Students should speak to their academic advisor before registering.
  • Students who want to re-enroll: Students who attended BMCC in the past and want to come back to take Spring Express classes must apply for readmission for Spring 2021.

5. What type of courses will be offered?

This unique 8-week session offers high demand entry-level courses from most academic areas (no science courses will be offered).

ACR 150
CRT 100, 100.5, 100.6
LIN 100, 250
ENG 101, 201, 311
ESL 94, 95, 96
AFL 161
AFN 124
ASN 111, 114
LAT 125, 131, 150
MAT 104, 150, 150.5, 161
MMA 100

MMP 100
CRJ 101
ECO 201
POL 100
PSY 100
SOC 100
CHI 210
ITL 170
SPN 105, 107
SPE 100, SPE 102
THE 100

6. How many credits can students take?

Spring 1 + Spring 2 <= 18 credits
Winter + Spring 1 + Spring 2 <= 22 credits

Yes, students can enroll in a combined credit total of 22 credits for Winter, Spring 1 and Spring 2. Students have the option to take 4 credits in the Winter and up to 18 credits in Spring 1 and Spring 2. Keep in mind that because of the shorter term, students can only take up to 9 credits in Spring 2.

7. What if a student has a W from a course taken in Spring 1. Can they retake the course in Spring 2?

Yes, a student can retake the course in Spring 2, but the student must contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@bmcc.cuny.edu as the student will need to be manually enrolled. The Panther Station staff can also manually register students in repeated courses for Spring 2 by using the override “Class Links”.

8. When will students be able to register for Spring 2?

Students will be able to register beginning February 5, 2021.

9. Will an 8-week session be offered in the fall?

We are always looking for ways to develop and enhance our services for students. We will evaluate the success of the Spring Express session to determine the possibility of offering an additional 8-week session in the fall.

10. Will waitlisted students from Spring 1 have first opportunity of available seats in Spring 2?

No.  Students on waitlists for Spring 1 courses will not be automatically enrolled in Spring 2 courses.

11. What does this mean for financial aid if a student takes credits in multiple terms in the Spring Semester?

BMCC’s Spring 2 session is considered part of the spring term. Students may be eligible to receive PELL for attending the Spring 2 session.

12. If a student has an ADV hold released for Spring 1 do they need to get advised again to register for Spring 2?

Students will be able to enroll in the Spring 2 session if their advisement hold from Spring 1 is released, however, we strongly suggest that they consult with their academic or faculty advisor to make sure the course(s) taken in the session counts toward their degree completion.

13. If a financial hold has been lifted for Spring 1 will the financial hold also be lifted for the Spring 2 term?

Yes, once the hold has been removed it is removed for Spring 2.

14. How often do classes meet? Is it like summer where they meet 4 days a week?

At the current time, the courses meet a maximum of 2/week. Courses are scheduled as asynchronous, online synchronous hybrid, or online synchronous where the time has been extended.

15. Financial aid limit/tap – Will Spring 2 count toward full-time for BOTH Pell and TAP?

Yes, Spring 2 will count towards TAP eligibility as long as the student is full time and taking courses towards their major.

16. Will Spring Express affect TAP? If so, how?

No, Spring Express will not affect TAP. TAP is based on the enrollment from the regular semester start.

17. Will there be any in-person element for International students who need in-person classes?

We currently have 1 hybrid in-person scheduled in the 8-Week session. The course is MAT 150.5.

18. There is only one refund date listed on the academic calendar for the 8-week Spring Express Session. Can a student get a portion of their tuition back?

For the 8-week Spring Express Session, the University is piloting an adjusted refund schedule.  For this session, there is one refund deadline where a student can get 100% of their tuition back that occurs after the first day of classes for the session.

19. Does TAP cover Spring 2 classes?

  • In order to qualify for TAP for Spring 2, students will have to be registered as full-time by the census date (02/18/2021).
  • If a student drops a course in Spring 1 and would like to pick up the course in Spring 2, they will have to be registered as full-time by the census date to qualify for TAP.
  • FACTS is frozen after the census date (02/18/2021), students will not be eligible for TAP and overrides cannot be done to make them eligible.
  • ATB students must also have passed their test by the census date to qualify for TAP.

20. Does PELL cover Spring 2 classes?

The Spring 2 session is considered part of the Spring semester. Spring 2 courses may be added to the semester enrollment to calculate the student’s Federal Pell grant.

Spring 1: January 29, 2021 – May 25, 2021
Financial Aid Census: – February 5, 2021
Spring 2: March 19, 2021 – May 20, 2021

Example 1: Student begins attendance on January 29 in 6 credits hours, but decides to enroll in Spring 2 for additional 3 credits on February 10. Since the student added class after the financial aid census date, a Pell calculation will be based on the enrollment status of 6 credits.

Example 2: If the student only has enrollment in Spring 2, even if the classes were added after the FA census date, he is entitled to Title IV funds.

For Direct Loans, eligible students must be enrolled at least halftime at the time of the disbursement.

8-Week Spring Express Session
(3/19/2021 – 5/20/2021)

March 19 Friday Classes begin
22 Monday Last day to add a course; Last day to drop for 100% refund
23 Tuesday VOE available to faculty; WD assigned for student drop
29 Monday Last day to drop with WD; VOE due from faculty
30 Tuesday WN grade assigned; W assigned for student drop
27-31 Saturday-Wednesday Spring Recess
April 1-4 Thursday-Sunday Spring Recess
May 17 Monday Last day to withdraw
19-20 Wednesday-Thursday Final Exams
24 Monday Final Grade Submission Deadline

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
3/19 3/20
3/21 3/22 3/23 3/24 3/25 3/26
4/5 4/6 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10
4/11 4/12 4/13 4/14 4/15 4/16 4/17
4/18 4/19 4/20 4/21 4/22 4/23 4/24
4/25 4/26 4/27 4/28 4/29 4/30 5/1
5/2 5/3 5/4 5/5 5/6 5/7 5/8
5/9 5/10 5/11 5/12 5/13 5/14 5/15
5/16 5/17 5/18 5/19* 5/20*

* Final Exam
Note: Variance needed for Saturday/Sunday – meetings will be extended if classes are offered.

Panther Station

199 Chambers St., Room S-225
New York, NY 10007
(currently operating remotely)
Phone: (212) 220-8000, Ext. 7320
Email: station@bmcc.cuny.edu

Hours of Operation:
Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.