Students, other than seniors and those in the Continuing Education Program (see Index. Admission), who wish to enroll for fewer than eight term credits in an academic year, must obtain the permission of the Academic Standing Committee. Permission is usually granted if the student will (1) gain additional educational or professional experience related to the major or field of concentration, or (2) resolve physical, psychological, personal, or financial problems that may otherwise prevent her or him from continuing at Cornell. The petition must also contain a description of how and where the student plans to spend the terms when he or she will not be taking classes at Cornell. Students on reduced programs surrender, during those terms when they are not taking courses, the privileges of regularly enrolled students and are, therefore, not permitted to live in College housing, to use College facilities, or to participate in any Cornell-sponsored extracurricular activities in ways that are not also open to the general public. Students on reduced programs may not transfer to Cornell any coursework taken at another school during the regular academic year (September through May). The financial aid of students on reduced programs will be affected and such students should discuss the implications with the Financial Assistance Office.
Refunds and adjustments in a student's tuition, fees, and room and board charges are not made for vacation terms except, under certain conditions, for graduating seniors who can fulfill their degree requirements in fewer than eight terms. Because the ninth term is free, no refund is given to seniors or others who do not take it.