"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 how to enroll in the program, and for questions related to academics, financial aid, and student life.
Any student who is eligible and is interested in
the Tuition-Free 5th Year (“Hendrix5”) is encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how the program applies to their particular
goals and to begin the enrollment process for the program.
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. Room, board, and fees as
well as books, transportation, and personal expenses will be the responsibility
of the student.
Fall 2021 was the first semester students could enroll in the Tuition-Free 5th Year program. The Tuition-Free 5th Year must be pursued directly after completing the eighth semester of college (NOTE: Eight semesters
have been completed when a student has passed three or more courses each of the
eight semesters). For example, a student who completed the eighth semester in Spring 2021 was 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.
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.
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.
students who transferred into Hendrix College will be able to receive the
Tuition-Free 5th Year. Depending on the number of transfer
credits a student is granted when entering 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.
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 as
well as books, transportation and personal expenses will be the responsibility
of the student.
who will have completed eight semesters as of spring 2023 who are interested in
pursuing the Tuition-Free 5th Year should do two things during
the fall semester (preferably before December 1, 2022):
final deadline for enrolling in Hendrix5 for fall 2023 is June 1, 2023.
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.
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.
a student changes their mind and no longer wishes to enroll in the Tuition-Free
5th Year, they should let the registrar know no later than Friday,
April 7, 2023, which is the last day of pre-registration for the 2023-2024 academic year. If the student notifies by us by this date and they have
completed all of their graduation requirements, they would still be able to
participate in the May 2023 commencement ceremony.
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
No, students enrolled in Hendrix5 who have not
completed their degree requirements will not be able to participate in the May
2023 commencement. However, those students would be eligible to
participate in the May 2024 commencement once they have completed their
Tuition-Free 5th Year waiver will cover the full cost of tuition
only. No additional Hendrix College aid will be offered for the costs
associated with on-campus room, board, fees, books, transportation or personal
regulations mandate federal aid cannot be awarded for classes that do not count
toward the completion of a student’s undergraduate degree. This means that federal
aid may not be paid for those pursuing only a second major or those only adding
a minor since these are not required for the Bachelor of Arts degree at Hendrix.
in at least two full credit courses required for the degree is necessary to be
considered for Federal Stafford loans, including Parent PLUS loans. A student
who qualifies for a Federal Pell Grant must enroll in at least three full
credit courses required for the degree to maximize their Pell award. However,
some Pell recipients may still qualify for a reduced Pell award at a lower
enrollment status. Because circumstances vary depending on the individual
student, we strongly recommend students contact the financial aid office to
discuss their situation and enrollment plans to ensure an understanding of
their federal financial aid eligibility.
Federal aid recipients will have
those funds applied to the remaining direct costs since tuition is waived for
the fifth year. Any federal aid received
beyond direct costs will be refunded under institutional policies.
state funding is granted for a total of eight semesters assuming continuing
eligibility requirements are met.
Students who are taking courses toward completion of
their Bachelor of Arts degree, 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 Program.
will register during the normal registration period in the spring of their 8th
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
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.
the Tuition-Free 5th Year is designed for students pursuing
undergraduate coursework during the ninth and tenth semesters.
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.
students in Hendrix5 may take courses for “credit-only” as outlined in the
college catalog. Please see the
current college catalog under “Grades, GPA and Earned Credits.”
Yes, students in Hendrix5 may audit courses if they
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.
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.