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Information Applicable to All Programs at Kepler Space Institute

To be awarded a certificate, students must successfully complete four courses for a total of twelve hours of course credit.

Program completion dates are determined by the student’s course enrollment schedule and pace.

Class schedules, times, and dates are included in the course registration materials found atwww.KeplerSpaceInstitute.com. Specific information about course registration dates can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Summer Semester 2019

Feb 18 

 Mon

  Applications accepted

Mar 4

 Mon

  Course registration begins

Apr 29

 Mon

  Application for admissions deadline

May 6

 Mon

  Course registration deadline/online orientation available

May 10

 Fri

  All tuition and fees due

May 13

 Mon 

  First day of class

May 20

 Mon

  Last day of Add/Drop

Jun 14

 Fri

  Last day to withdraw with a W on the transcript

Jul  1

 Mon

  First day of mid-term exams

Aug 16

 Fri

  Last day of regular classes

Aug 19

 Mon

  First day of final exams

Aug 23

 Fri

  Last day of semester

Aug 27

 Tue

  Grades posted

Fall Semester 2019

Feb 18

 Mon 

  Applications accepted

Jul 29

 Mon

  Course registration begins

Aug 20

 Tue

  Application for admissions deadline

Aug 27

 Tue

  Course registration deadline/online orientation available

Aug 30

 Fri

  All tuition and fees due

Sep 2

 Mon

  Institute closed for Labor Day

Sep 3

 Tue

  First day of class

Sep 10

 Tue

  Last day of Add/Drop

Oct 4

 Fri

  Last day to withdraw with a W on the transcript

Oct 14

 Mon

  First day of mid-term exams

Dec 6

 Fri

  Last day of regular classes

Dec 9

 Mon

  First day of final exams

Dec 13

 Fri

 Last day of semester

Dec 18 

 Wed

  Grades posted

Kepler Space Institute does not guarantee employment upon completion of any programs listed in the course catalog.

Application Fee (one -time, nonrefundable): $150
Subscription to The Space Library (required each semester): $150 All Certificate Programs (four courses at $2,000 per course): $8,000 Graduation Fee (one-time): $100

Total cost for Certificate Program is $8150 plus $150 per semester for library fees.
Total cost for Doctor of Philosophy Program is $39,150 plus $150 per semester for library fees.

All books and resources are covered under subscription to The Space Library. The Institute accepts only secure online payments via credit or debit cards or PayPal. Financial arrangements for the satisfaction of student account balances must be completed prior to the first day of classes.

All financial obligations must be satisfied.

Students officially withdrawing from a course or courses on or before the withdrawal deadline for the corresponding semester will receive a prorated tuition credit as described below. Refer to the appropriate term in the current academic calendar for exact dates.

  • On or before the add/drop deadline (7 calendar days after first day of class) – 100% credit
  • On or before ten calendar days after the end of the add/drop period – 75% credit
  • After the deadline of the 75% credit until the withdrawal deadline – 50% credit
  • After the withdrawal deadline – no credit
  • Students withdrawing after deadline due to emergency, death in family, Illness, etc. please contact the office of the Provost for review to obtain tuition refund

Any amount credited under this section will be applied first to any unpaid charges on the student’s account. Any remaining tuition will be refunded and made to students within 30 days of withdrawal date or last attendants.

No adjustments are made for any fees. Any appeal regarding withdrawals or drop refunds should be directed to the Vice President for Finances.

Start dates for classes each semester are listed in the academic calendar which can be found in the Kepler Space Institute catalog and online at www.KeplerSpaceInstitute.com.

If an enrolled student wishes to withdraw from the Institute, dropping all courses, he or she must comply with the withdrawal process described below. Withdrawal covers all course enrollments for a given registration period regardless of their meeting schedule. The policy for dropping an individual course is described in the Student Withdrawal and Dropped Courses section on page 41 of the catalog. Students who leave the Institute without proper permission automatically suspend themselves and can be re-admitted only by special approval of the dean of the appropriate department. A grade of F is recorded for all courses when a student leaves without prior approved withdrawal.

Medical Withdrawal

Students seeking a medical withdrawal should contact the office of the Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs, which serves as administrator of medical withdrawals for all students. Students who are granted medical withdrawal will receive a grade of “W” assigned for each course. No credit is earned, and the grade point average is not affected. Medical withdrawals have no effect on the student account balance other than the normal withdrawal policies stated under the Student Withdrawal and Dropped Courses section on page 41 of the catalog. The medical withdrawal form is available on www.KeplerSpaceInstitute.com.

Official Student Withdrawal Procedures

  • The student must complete the withdrawal process at least two weeks prior to the last day of classes in a semester. Students may not withdraw during the last two weeks of a semester.
  • The withdrawal process is initiated with and must be approved by the dean of the program in which the student is enrolled. The withdrawal form can be found on www.KeplerSpaceInstitute.com.
  • To complete the withdrawal process, the withdrawal form must be submitted to the dean of the program in which the student is enrolled. Once initiated, the withdrawal process must be completed within seven calendar days. No withdrawal forms will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. on the last day to officially withdraw during that semester.
  • When a student completes the withdrawal process, it will be recorded on the permanent academic record as follows.
    • If completed before the mid-term withdrawal date (see the Academic Calendar for specific date), a grade of W will be assigned for each course. No credit is earned, and the grade point average is not affected.
    • If completed after the mid-term withdrawal date, a grade of WP or WF will be assigned for each course according to the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s performance to that point. WF’s are treated as credits attempted, and the grade point average is affected. WP’s do not affect the grade point average and no credit is earned.
    • Students who stop attending class/completing assignments and do not use the official withdrawal process will have their refund held and will be placed on administrative probation until such time as their circumstances are reviewed by the provost or provost designee.
    • In the event that there is no resolution of the refund, contact the organization listed below.

The Commission of Independent Education
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: 888-224-6688

This contract is terminated if and when officially or unofficially withdrawals from all programs. Once terminated student must reapply to the Institute for re-admission.

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