Introducing Multiple Start Dates

Taking Classes on Your Time

Start off college on your time. NIC is now offering 8 and 12 week accelerated classes to help you work around your busy schedule. Need to start classes later in the semester? Want to finish the semester early? These options are now available. See listed classes below.

Classes to Match Your Schedule

8 Week Accelerated Classes

  • Beginning of semester to mid-semester
  • Mid-semester to the end of semester
See Courses

12 Week Accelerated Classes

  • Beginning of semester to 3/4 through semester
  • 5th week to the end of semester
See Courses

16 Week Full-Term Classes

  • Beginning of semester to the end of semester
All Courses

Consistent Add Dates, Withdraw Dates, and Application Deadlines

Session Admission Application Deadline Begins Ends Last Date to Register / Add Last Drop Date for 100% Refund / Drop for Non-Attendance Mid-Term Grades Due by 10 a.m. Last Date to Withdraw Final Grades Due by 10 a.m.
16-week 1/3 1/9 5/11 1/18 1/24 3/7 3/24 5/16
Short Term Course Sections
12-week 1/3 1/9 4/7 1/11 1/17 2/21 3/10 4/11
8-week 1/3 1/9 3/3 1/11 1/17 2/7 2/17 3/7
Late Start Course Sections
12-week 1/30 2/6 5/5 2/8 2/14 3/21 4/14 5/16
8-week 2/27 3/6 5/5 3/8 3/14 4/11 4/21 5/16


Important Note: These FAQs apply to general situations only; circumstances may vary. The NIC Financial Aid Office strongly recommends contacting Cardinal Central to receive information about your specific financial aid situation.

  • Can I take classes that are full-term and accelerated?

    Yes, however, your financial aid eligibility may change based on your actual date of registration. Please contact Cardinal Central for information about your specific situation.

  • If I register for a full-term (16-week) class and add an accelerated class, will it increase my Pell Grant?

    Only classes added to your schedule before your original Pell Recalculation Date (same day as the 100% refund and final day to drop classes without a grade of 'W') will be included in Pell Grant eligibility. Please see the college calendar for this date.

  • When will I receive my Pell Grant?

    Attendance confirmation in each class is required before the Pell Grant can be disbursed. If you have a full-term class and an accelerated class, a portion of your Pell Grant will be released after attendance is confirmed for the full-term class, and the remaining amount will be held until your accelerated class begins and attendance has been confirmed. If you have multiple course start dates, please contact Cardinal Central to inquire about your disbursement dates.

  • Do I get more money for a full-term class vs. an accelerated class?

    You will receive financial aid based on the number of eligible credits you take each semester. The length of the class is not a factor in determining your eligibility.

  • What happens if I withdraw from a class?

    Please contact Cardinal Central before withdrawing from a class to get information about your specific situation. We will evaluate how a withdraw (grade of 'W') will impact your financial aid eligibility, if money is owed back to NIC, how it will affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), and other factors to help you make an informed decision.

  • Do I have to be full-time to get financial aid?

    Not necessarily. Grant funding is determined based on eligible registered credits and individual eligibility. Student loan funding requires a minimum of six eligible credits.

  • What if I change my mind and want to drop a class?

    Each class will have a specific drop-by date in which you can remove the class from your schedule without impacting your academic record or incurring a charge. Please see the college calendar for these dates.

  • What is the deadline to submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal?

    There are multiple SAP appeal deadlines for each class schedule (16wk, 12wk, 8wk). Please see the college calendar for these dates.

  • I began and have now stopped attending another school this semester. Can I now get financial aid for an accelerated class at NIC?

    Each student's eligibility is unique; please contact Cardinal Central to inquire about your specific situation.