Interested in D-Term? Learn how to register and find details regarding course fees and financial aid, as well as academic requirements.


You may register for one D-Term course. At least five students must be enrolled in course or it will be canceled. If your class is cancelled, you will have an opportunity to enroll in another course. Registration for D-Term closes at fall midterm reading period.

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Registration takes place in Voyager.

Dates & Deadlines

2024 D-Term runs from Dec 1 through Dec 15.

  • Sun, Dec 1 – Residence halls open (9 a.m.)
  • Mon, Dec 2  – First day of classes
  • Mon, Dec 2  – Last day to select S/U option
  • Wed, Dec 4 – Last day to withdraw (W)
  • Fri, Dec 13 – Last day of classes and exams
  • Sat-Sun, Dec 14-15 – Closing event (if scheduled, optional)
  • Sun, Dec 15 – Residence halls close (6 p.m.)

Tuition & Fees

D-Term tuition is not part of your regular tuition, room, and board costs. 

On-Campus Courses

Meet two or more hours each day. May include fieldwork or excursions. 

  • Tuition: $2,096
  • *Room: $350
  • *Board: $380

There may be an additional course fee for supplies or travel expenses. 
*Two weeks of room and board are charged for on-campus courses, only if you decide to live on campus. 

Opt out of room & board

You may elect to live off campus during December Term for on-campus courses.

Please notify the Office of Residential Education & Housing by the end of October to avoid being billed for room and board. 

Travel Courses

Have full-day itineraries in the U.S. or abroad.

  • DECM 128 Urban Cultures – Bueno Aires, additional fee of $3500
    All classes are on location in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • DECM 236 Newberry Library, additional fee of $1670
    All classes are on location in Chicago, IL
  • DECM 237 Defiant City: A Natural and Social History of New Orleans, additional fee of $2000
    All classes are on location in New Orleans, LA

The program fee covers lodging, ground transportation, museums/tours, and travel insurance. The number of meals covered will vary with each course.  Students are responsible for their transportation costs to and from the course site.

Financial Aid

Grant funding applies to tuition only and ranges from $250 to $1,000. You are eligible for a December Term need-based grant if you are a degree-seeking student and enrolled in a D-Term course.

Grant amount will be determined by the Office of Financial Aid and is based on your FAFSA for the current academic year. If you are not eligible for FAFSA, grant amount will be based on I-20 documentation or completion of the CSS Profile.

Federal and/or private loans can also be applied to December Term courses. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Academic Standing & Degree Requirements

Academic Standing

Your performance in a D-Term course will not change your academic standing. However, your course grade will be included in your grade point average, which could affect your academic standing in subsequent terms. 

Degree Requirements

D-Term courses do not count as a term of residency and do not satisfy general education requirements. The 3 units do count toward your 216 units required for graduation. Some D-Term courses may count as an elective for your major, minor, or interdisciplinary area requirement. Please check with your department or program.