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Confirming Your Plans for the Next Semester


BYU-Hawaii has an academic year that starts in September and ends in June. There are 3 semesters followed by a nine-week break. Starting in Fall 2017 all new students will be allotted 4 years to pursue their undergraduate education. 

All continuing students will need to respond (RSVP) with their plans for the following semester one month before the semester ends. Simply registering is all it takes to RSVP for most students. Registration as a full-time (or internship) student in residence is required for students to be eligible for on-campus housing and student medical benefits. Registration for at least 14 credits is required for Academic scholarships in Fall and Winter. 

Students who are planning for a leave semester will need to apply, starting with working with their academic advisor to see how it fits in their graduation plans.  During any non-full time semester (leave semester, a part-time semester, an online-only semester, or an off-island internship semester) students will need to be sure that they have health insurance while they are not a full-time student if they remain in the United States.  (Please see the ISS website if you are an international student seeking to stay in the US during a leave semester.)

Sections:


 Semester Options

 

Full Time semesters (and on-island internships)  Eligible for On-Campus Housing (if available) & Student Medical Benefit included in tuition
Non full-time semesters Do not have housing or student medical benefits
  • Each of these options may be part of a students undergraduate experience, but should be considered carefully so that graduation can be accomplished within the four year allotment.
  • Part Time – no campus housing or Student Medical Benefit
  • Internships off-island – ½ tuition; no campus housing or Student Medical Benefit (can self-fund SMB in US)
  • Online-only – ½ tuition; no campus housing or Student Medical Benefit
  • Leave semester – not attending during one semester, but may register for the following semester without reapplying
  • Mission leave – not registered during the mission, but may register for the semester after the mission without reapplying (will not count as part of the 4 year allotment)

How do I RSVP?

Full Time Student Simply register for at least 12 credits (waitlisted classes don’t count) to reserve your full-time place (eligible for available campus housing and medical benefit)
Internships Register - Work with Internship Coordinator & Career Services for your internship (may be eligible for campus housing and self-funded medical benefit)
Part Time Student Register for up to 11 credits to reserve your part-time place (no housing or SMB) International students will also need to talk with ISS and fill out form to reserve a part-time place.
Online-only Register and fill out form to reserve your online-only place (no housing or SMB)
Leave semester Fill out form to apply for a leave for the following semester
Mission leave Fill out form to Reserve your place for your post-mission return [mybyuh > Student Center > Discontinuance]

 Semester Options and Benefits

  (Click here for PDF chart)

Student type

Student Medical Benefit?

On-campus Housing?

Tuition

Scholarship Eligible?

Student Campus Employment

Federal Financial Aid

J-Visa

F-Visa

FT on-campus   (12+ credits FW; 8cr Sp; at least one F2F class*)

Yes

Yes if available

Regular

If at 14 cr. or above; 9 cr. for Spring

19hr/wk

Available if less than 50% online

Compliant if below 50% online (sec. 300)

Compliant if min. of 9 credits F2F*    (all but sec. 300)

Reduced Course Load (RCL) approved for less than FT for health and/or last semester

Yes

Yes if available

PT rate

Yes prorated

19hr/wk

Prorated

Compliant

Compliant

FT internship  (12 cr.)

Yes –Placement in US

No—Placement outside the US

Yes if on island

(priority on return if off-island)

½ tuition rate

Yes prorated

19hr/wk

Available

Compliant

 

Compliant

 

PT Internship 399R (below FT; AT-pre and CPT)

US Placement –SMB will be charged to account

Yes if on island

(priority on return if off-island)

½ tuition rate

Yes prorated

19hr/wk 

(Domestic Student - Below 6cr. FICA withheld)

 

Prorated

Compliant (must pay for SMB in US Placement)

Compliant (must pay for SMB in US Placement)

 

Internship extended after end of semester (zero credit registration)

No (Intl. need 3rd party insur. in the US)

FT - Yes if on island

PT - No

N/A

N/A

19 hr/wk

(Domestic Student - FICA withheld)

N/A

OK outside US or w/ third-party insurance

OK outside US or w/ third-party insurance

Other Options for All Students not Full-Time on-campus

Note: International Students qualify after 2 semesters full-time on campus, but not during the last semester

Leave Semester

 

No  (Intl. need third-party insurance if in US)

No

N/A

N/A

40-40-40-19 hr/wk **

(Domestic Student - FICA withheld)

N/A

OK outside US or after 2 FT w/ third-party insurance

OK outside US or after 2 FT w/ third-party insurance

Online-only (100% online, UGDOF, not DL)

No  (Intl. need third-party insurance if in US)

No

Online rate

No

19 hr/wk**

 

(Domestic Student - Below 6cr. FICA withheld)

No

OK outside US or after 2 FT w/ third-party insurance

OK outside US or after 2 FT w/ third-party insurance

PT – not 100% online (below FT; minimum one F2F*)

No  (Intl. need third-party insurance if in US)

No

PT rate

No

19 hr/wk**

 

(Domestic Student - Below 6cr. FICA withheld)

Prorated

Compliant if after 2 FT, w/ third-party insurance

Compliant if after 2 FT, w/ third-party insurance

AT-post and OPT (post coursework experiences; apply six months ahead of time)

No  (Intl. need third-party insurance if in US)

No

None

N/A

30-30-30-19 as non-student AT

N/A

AT Compliant w/ third-party insurance or spouse SMB (on-campus)

OPT Compliant w/ third-party insurance or spouse SMB (on-campus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During 9 wk break

(and other breaks in instruction)

Yes if btwn two FT semesters

Yes if btwn two FT semesters

None

N/A

40-40-40-19 hr/wk

(Domestic Student - FICA withheld)

N/A

Compliant if registered FT for Spring & Fall

Compliant if registered FT for Spring & Fall

Discontinuance (Missed 2+ consecutive semesters)

No

Single - No

Married - Check with Housing Office

Prorated according to discontinuance date

No

Domestic – can work non-student jobs

International – contact ISS

Prorated

OK outside US;

US - w/ third-party insurance or spouse SMB

OK outside US;

US - w/ third-party insurance or spouse SMB

 

*F2F includes “in person” (sec. 1, 2, 3), “hybrid” (sec. 100), “on-campus online” (sec. 200).  It does not include online-only (sec. 300).                                 

** By Federal Law, International students who stay in the US during their break semester may not work in the US except on-campus (BYUH or PCC).  

Approved by President’s Council 2/2/15 
     


What if I don't RSVP by the Deadline?

All continuing students need to RSVP (i.e. “respond please”) with their plans for the next semester by one month before the current semester ends. This allows other potential students to attend and helps the University know who to plan on for housing and courses offered.

If you miss the RSVP Deadline:

Your place may be given to another student. You may lose on-campus housing. 

You will have a late fee for SMB registration and you may have a hold on enrollment.

What if you haven’t paid for the current semester and have a Financial Hold?

To lower your financial hold so that you can register, you need to work with Financial Services.  One option may be to sign up for an automatic withdrawal agreement if you are working on campus or at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

If this option can’t help you meet your obligations for the current semester, then it is best to take some time off to pay off any balances owing before returning to school to prepare financially.


Options for an Off-Campus Semester: Online

If a student wishes to only take online classes in a particular semester they will not use university on-campus resources (attending face-to-face classes, living in on-campus University Housing, or receiving the Student Medical Benefit) and therefore the online-only students will be charged a lower tuition rate. Because of that lower rate, students doing an on-line only semester will not be eligible to receive scholarships.

Options for Internships

Internship Semester Option

Internships are encouraged but expected to fit within a student's 4 year graduation plan.  The only exception would be an international placed internship, which allows an extra semester to the grad plan. Internships semesters are billed at a lower tuition rate. During off-island internships students may not live on-campus or receive Student Medical Benefits.