"We know that 2020 has been challenging for students and families, but we hope that a tuition-free fifth year will be of benefit to those students who choose to pursue this opportunity." -President Ellis Arnold
Hendrix College recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted
the full Hendrix experience. In response, the College will offer a Tuition-Free
5th Year (ninth and tenth semesters) to students who were enrolled full-time
during 2020 or Spring 2021 and who have not yet graduated. Scroll down for information on general eligibility, and for questions related to academics, student life, and financial aid for those who pursue the Tuition-Free 5th Year.
Undergraduate students enrolled full-time (and successfully completing at least three course credits per semester) during the Spring 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 semesters will be eligible to complete a fifth year (ninth and tenth semesters) of study with a full tuition waiver. Students will be responsible for paying for room, board, and fees.
Fall 2021 is the first semester students can enroll in the Tuition-Free 5th Year program. The Tuition-Free 5th Year must be pursued directly after completing the eighth semester of college. For example, a student who completes the eighth semester in Spring 2021 will be eligible for the Tuition-Free 5th Year during the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
No. While we encourage students to maintain continuous enrollment for eight semesters, it is not a requirement to take advantage of this opportunity. However, as stated above, the Tuition-Free 5th Year must be pursued directly after completing the eighth semester of college.
No, the Tuition-Free 5th Year is designed for students pursuing undergraduate coursework during the ninth and tenth semesters.
A student on the Tuition-Free 5th Year may study abroad or undertake an internship. An internship may be done for Odyssey credit only or for Odyssey plus academic credit (however, only two academic internship credits may count toward a Hendrix degree). The Tuition-Free 5th Year waiver is only transferable to Hendrix study-abroad exchange programs; students on such programs will pay Hendrix room and board during the away semester. For all other study-abroad programs, students will be responsible for all fees—including tuition—set by the program provider.
Yes, students who transferred into Hendrix College will be able to receive the Tuition-Free 5th Year. Depending on what year a transfer student enters Hendrix, there will be varying levels of remaining financial aid eligibility. The Tuition-Free 5th Year will be awarded for the two additional semesters directly after established financial aid eligibility has ended.
Students who will have completed eight semesters this spring who are interested in pursuing the Tuition-Free 5th Year will make their intent known by completing this form on the CampusWeb checklist (you must be logged in to CampusWeb to view). The form will be available through December 1, 2020. All other eligible students will be able to express interest in the Tuition-Free 5th Year by completing a separate form that will be available on the CampusWeb checklist. During the fall of their senior year, they will also declare their intent to participate.
No, students may choose to only pursue the ninth semester; however, students who choose not to enroll in the tenth semester directly after the ninth will not be able to re-enroll at a later time and be eligible for the Tuition-Free 5th Year.
If you change your mind and no longer wish to enroll in the Tuition-Free
5th Year, you should let the registrar know no later than Friday,
April 9, 2021, which is the last day of pre-registration for the 2021-2022
academic year. If you notify by us by this date and you have completed all
of your graduation requirements, you would still be able to attend the May 2021
Yes, but students will not be eligible for federal student financial aid if the degree has already been completed. The Tuition-Free 5th Year will cover the cost of tuition. Room, board, and fees will be the responsibility of the student.
Yes. Because the residential experience is central to student life at Hendrix, students taking advantage of the Tuition-Free 5th Year must live on campus and have either an unlimited access meal plan or a 10-meal-per-week plan during the ninth and tenth semesters.
International students may participate in the program only if they have not completed the undergraduate degree. International students must take at least three Hendrix course credits per semester.
Yes, students in the 3-2 Engineering program will be eligible to receive the Tuition-Free 5th Year. Interested students should discuss their plans with their academic advisor and the faculty liaison for the 3-2 program, Dr. Ann Wright.
Hendrix College does have a four-year graduation guarantee and students are still encouraged to complete a degree and graduate in four years. The Tuition-Free 5th Year is designed to provide an additional one or two semesters of educational and co-curricular benefits.
Students will register during the normal registration period
in the spring of their 8th semester.
Students pursuing the Tuition-Free 5th Year
opportunity must be enrolled for at least two course credits per semester, with
a maximum of four course credits allowed.
Yes, students may re-take courses
as part of their course load during Tuition-Free 5th Year semesters, if they have not yet completed their undergraduate degrees.
may take courses for “credit-only” as outlined in the college catalog. See this
link for details.
You may audit courses if you are a full-time
student during that semester and the instructor gives permission. Courses with enrollments
limited by space or equipment availability such as applied music, studio art, laboratory
courses, etc., may not be audited.
you will not be able to participate in the May 2021 commencement. However,
you would be eligible to participate in the May 2022 commencement once you
completed your degree requirements.
Yes. Students are encouraged and expected to participate in
the rich co-curricular student life that Hendrix offers.
Students who remain on campus for the Tuition-Free 5th Year
program will select housing on the same timeline as the rising Seniors. Details
about the housing selection process are sent to students during the first week
Athletic eligibility is subject to NCAA guidelines. Students
exploring varsity athletic participation during the Tuition-Free 5th
Year should consult with the Director of NCAA Compliance in the Hendrix College
Department of Athletics.
The Tuition-Free 5th Year will cover the full
cost of tuition. No additional Hendrix College aid will be offered for the
costs associated with on-campus room, board, fees, books, or travel.
Federal regulations mandate that federal aid cannot be
awarded for classes that do not count toward a student’s academic program. All
coursework enrolled in the fifth year must be part of the degree plan if a
student wishes to benefit from federal financial aid. The Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be completed and submitted to Hendrix for
federal aid consideration. Students qualifying for federal aid will have these
funds applied toward room and board costs.
No, state funding is granted for a total of eight semesters
assuming continuing eligibility requirements are met.
Students who are enrolled full-time and demonstrate
financial need, as determined by the FAFSA, and are awarded federal work study
may work on campus under the Federal Work Study program. Full-time students,
eligible to work in the United States, may participate in the Hendrix Work
Students who have questions not addressed above or who are
seeking clarification for their particular situation may email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.