The January Term

As part of the four-term 2020-21 academic year, the 2021 J-Term allows Trinity students to enroll in 1 or 2, one-credit courses during a remote five-week term from January 5, 2021 – February 5, 2021.


The 2021 J-Term is optional for all students. Students must register for a minimum of 4 credits in fall and J-Term combined to be considered full time. That is, a student will be permitted to enroll for 2 or 3 credits in the fall if they take 1 or 2 credits remotely in the J-Term.

Although most students enroll in J-Term courses at the same time as fall course registration, the add/drop period for J-Term courses remains open through Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Students can manage J-Term enrollments through TCOnline. Please refer to the J-Term course schedule for a complete listing of courses.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and room and board fees will cover the four terms of the new academic calendar; financial aid also will apply across these terms. The maximum amount of credits that may be taken in the fall and J-Term combined and the spring and Summer Session 1 combined, as part of regular tuition, is 5.75 and, as part of the total number of credits, students can take a maximum of 2 credits in J-term. Students who register for more than 5.75 course credits are charged an additional surcharge, with some exceptions as indicated on tuition and fees.


Since the J-Term will be a remote session, only students with exceptional circumstances who are unable to go home will be permitted to remain on campus during the J-Term session. These students will be able to petition to remain on campus over the winter break and through the J-Term. For example, students whose permanent address is in a country classified by the CDC as Warning Level 3 or a student who identifies Trinity as their permanent address. We are asking students to consider all options for places they could go if they cannot go home (e.g., extended family, friends). International students will be able to remain on campus between November and January.

Study Away

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all J-Term study away programs are suspended, both for Trinity-administered programs and programs offered through third-party providers, domestic and abroad.


Please refer to the links below for more detailed information and direct any questions about the J-Term to your academic adviser, course instructors, or the Registrar’s Office.