Registration FAQ


When is Winter Session at SUNY Cortland?

Winter Session includes two terms. 

Winter Session I is a five-week session that begins in December, after the end of the Fall Semester.
This session will be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019 through Friday, January 17, 2020.

Winter Session II is a two-week session that begins in early January.
This session will be held Friday, January 3, 2020 through Thursday, January 16, 2020.

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I am a SUNY Cortland student. When and how do I register and pay for classes?

As a SUNY Cortland student, you can begin registering for Winter Session when you register for your Spring Semester courses. 

Student Group

Registration Start Date

Graduate Students November 6
Seniors November 8
Juniors November 13
Sophomores November 15
Freshmen November 19


Registration via myRedDragon closes at noon on Friday, December 13 for Session I (December 17, 2019 - January 17, 2020) and at noon on Friday, December 20 for Session II (January 3 - 16, 2020).  Registration via the Alternate Registration form may be completed between the time myRedDragon closes and noon on the first day of each term.

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I am not a SUNY Cortland student. When and how do I register and pay for classes?

Online registration for visiting students opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019. Formal admission to SUNY Cortland is not required to take courses as a visiting student.

  • Begin the process by completing the Visiting Student Form.
    • The information on this form will be used to establish you as a student at SUNY Cortland. If you have taken courses with us in the past, you will need to resubmit the form to access Winter Session registration. Please make sure to select "Winter" as the term that you plan to attend.
    • Within in 1 to 3 business days, you will receive an email with a username, password, and other important information. Once you have this information, you can register for your course.
  • Register for your course. Online registration through myRedDragon will be available until a few days before the start of each session. The Guidebook: Registration Instructions and Walk-Through includes a detailed overview of how to register for your classes.
    • Alternate registration will be used in the final days leading up to the start of each session. 
    • Please note the important dates and deadlines below.
  • Pay your tuition and fees online.
    • All students are billed electronically. You can view and pay your tuition and fees online through myRedDragon. The Student Accounts Office provides general billing and payment information.
    • Students who do not provide payment by the due date will be deregistered.
    • Contact the Student Accounts Office with any billing or payment questions.

Registration via myRedDragon closes at noon on Friday, December 13 for Session I (December 17, 2019 - January 17, 2020) and at noon on Friday, December 20 for Session II (January 3 - 16, 2020).  Registration via the Alternate Registration form may be completed between the time myRedDragon closes and noon on the first day of each term.

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Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is not offered specifically for Winter Session.  However, Winter Session charges can be included in a SUNY Cortland student’s cost of attendance to allow for additional loan eligibility for the academic year.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

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I am an Excelsior Scholarship recipient. If I take a Winter Session course, will it help me fulfill the requirement of completing 30 credit hours each year?

Credits earned during Winter (and Summer) Session can help you meet the Excelsior Scholarship requirements. We highly recommend consulting with your academic advisor and the Financial Aid Office before committing to a Winter Session course. Your advisor can help you choose the best course to fulfill your degree requirements. And, the Financial Aid Office will work with you to ensure that you are on track with this, and all other Excelsior Scholarship requirements.

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How many credit hours can I take during Winter Session?

You can register for a maximum of 5 credit hours during Winter Session.

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If I decide not to complete a course, can I get a refund?

Information regarding refunds is available on the Student Accounts website. Please contact the Student Accounts Office with any questions.

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Will taking a winter course allow me to improve my GPA?

If you are a matriculated SUNY Cortland student, Winter Session classes will be included in your GPA and on your transcript. However, no academic decisions from the Fall term will be changed for Spring because of a Winter Session grade. For example, if your GPA at the end of the Fall term was too low for student teaching, to get into a major, or go on an internship, a Winter course grade will not be reported and computed in time to change that decision.

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What campus services are available during Winter Session?

Campus services are available during Winter Session, with reduced hours or availability. Please visit the Available Services page for more specific details.

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I have questions about a course. Whom should I contact?

You are welcome to contact the academic departments or schools with course-specific questions. If you are unsure of whom to contact, you can start with the Extended Learning Office or the Associate Dean for the specific school.

Extended Learning/Winter Session Office
607-753-5643 or winter@cortland.edu 

Associate Dean, Professional Studies
607-753-2702

Associate Dean, Education
607-753-5431

Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences
607-753-4314

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Contact Us

Phone: 607-753-5643
Fax: 607-753-2959
Miller Building, Room 230
winter@cortland.edu

Extended Learning Office
Summer/Winter Programs
SUNY Cortland
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Intersession Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.