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Enrollment Definitions
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Relay’s academic year is divided into three terms: summer, fall, and spring. Enrollment and participation in all three terms may be required for successful program completion depending on a program’s course, scope and sequence. Eligible students’ individual enrollment is certified by the Registrar’s Office within the institutional term dates. Therefore, documents requiring proof of enrollment in the academic year, such as loan deferment forms, will only reflect the term dates in the table below. Proof of enrollment can be provided after the census date of each term. For more information, see Census Dates section below.

Term Dates

Academic Year


Start Date

End Date


Summer 2023

June 20, 2023

August 21, 2023


Fall 2023

September 11, 2023

January 8, 2024


Spring 2024

January 29, 2024

May 28, 2024


Summer 2024

June 17, 2024

August 19, 2024


Fall 2024

September 9, 2024

January 13, 2025


Spring 2025

February 3, 2025

May 27, 2025

*Finalized for AY24-25 are subject to change

Census Dates

A census date is the point in a term at which students’ enrollments are final and credits are locked. Census dates coincide with the last date in a term that students can withdraw for a full tuition refund (please see Billing Due Dates and Refunds for more details), request a switch in major/area of study, submit a program-transfer request, and/or return to Relay from a leave of absence, withdrawal, administrative withdrawal, or program dismissal. Students returning from a medical leave may be permitted to return after the term census date if approved. Census dates for the academic year can be found in the table below.

Students who take leaves of absence, withdraw, are administratively withdrawn, or are dismissed on or before the term census date will not receive credit for assignments or assessments submitted during that term, even if they receive a grade in the course. 

Students who take leaves of absence, withdraw, are administratively withdrawn, or are dismissed after the term census date and before the end of the term will not earn grades and/or credit for courses taken that term. In this case, students’ transcripts will demonstrate a “W” in lieu of a course grade. Students who take a leave of absence, withdraw, are administratively withdrawn, or are dismissed on or after the last date of the term will earn the grades for the term they just completed (see Terms section above for more details).

2023-2024 Census Dates

Census Dates

Summer 2023 Term

August 14, 2023

Fall 2023 Term

October 2, 2023

Spring 2024 Term

February 15, 2024

Summer 2024 Term*

August 5, 2024

Fall 2024 Term*

October 7, 2024

Spring 2025 Term*

February 10, 2025

*Projected for AY24-25; dates will be finalized in Spring 2024

Credit Hours

The unit of credit used at Relay is the semester credit hour (referred to in this document as “credit(s)”). One semester hour of credit represents a minimum of 15 clock hours (of 50 minutes each) of instruction plus an expectation of 30 hours of out-of-class student work, or an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities as established by the institution, over the course of an academic term.

Enrollment Status and Load

Enrollment Status

For second-year or continuing students in Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC: Students’ status will automatically change from “accepted offer” to “enrolled” upon receipt of the completed Enrollment Agreement.

For all other students: Students' status changes from "accepted offer" to "enrolled" when students attend class(es) and are marked present. Failure to attend classes after accepting admissions will result in students being classified as “no shows” and administratively withdrawn from Relay.

Enrollment Load

The number of credits students are registered for and enrolled in per term will determine students’ enrollment loads. Students’ enrollment loads are either classified as being enrolled as a full-time student (9+ credits) or as a part-time student. Students enrolled as part-time can be further classified as being enrolled as half-time (4–8.99 credits) or less-than-half-time (fewer than 4 credits). At Relay, most students will be enrolled as half-time. The table below demonstrates student enrollment loads by credit per term.


Full-Time Status

Part-Time Status Half Time

Part-Time Status: Less-Than-Half Time

9+ credits

4–8.99 credits

1–3.99 credits


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