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Compressed Schedule Overview

Compression logoStudent success is very important to Trident Technical College*.

That’s why we moved to a seven-week compressed schedule in fall. TTC now offers most Fall and Spring Semester courses in this seven-week compressed format.** Much research shows that students are more successful in compressed courses. Additionally, students in compressed courses typically report greater satisfaction with their classes.

*Success rate: the total of A, B, C and SC (satisfactory) grades as a percentage of all grades other than I (incomplete) or AU (audits).

**This format is used for Fall Semester and Spring Semester. Summer Semester still includes a 3-week Maymester, two four-and-a-half week terms, and a 10-week term.

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What is a compressed format?

In a compressed format, your fall or spring schedule is divided into shorter terms within the semester. For example, instead of taking four semester-long courses, a student takes two seven-week courses at a time. That student still completes four courses in a semester but juggles only two in each term.

Term 1
 7-week term
Break
1 week
Term 2
 7-week term
Full Term
15-week term, includes a 1 week break

Compressed courses cover the same content and are worth the same credits as full-semester, 15-week courses.

Sample compressed schedule for 15 credit hours:

Term 1 Term 2
Course Days Time Credit Hours Course Days Time Credit Hours
MAT 101 MWF 8:00 a.m. -
9:55 a.m.
3 MAT 102 MWF 10:15 a.m. -
12:10 p.m.
3
HIS 102 MWF 10:15 a.m. -
12:10 p.m.
3 ENG 102 MWF 12:40 p.m. -
2:35 p.m.
3
ENG 101 TTH 11:30 a.m. -
2:30 a.m.
3

How does the compressed format affect my financial aid?

All previous forms of financial aid are still available. Refunds are issued each term within the semester, according to the number of credit hours you are taking each term. There will be two refunds made—one per term. The refund amount will be pro-rated per term, based on credit hours and other factors. Enrollment determines when students can receive refunds for certain kinds of aid. Some students may not receive a refund for Term 1 and Term 2.

Sample Schedules

Sample full time compressed schedule for 15 credit hours:

Term 1
Course Days Time Credit
Hours
MAT 101 MWF 8:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m. 3
HIS 102 MWF 10:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m. 3
ENG 101 TTH 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 3
Term 2
Course Days Time Credit
Hours
MAT 102 MWF 10:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m. 3
ENG 102 MWF 12:40 p.m.-2:35 p.m. 3

Sample part-time compressed schedule for 10 credit hours (morning classes):

Term 1
Course Days Time Credit
Hours
ENG 101 MWF 8:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m. 3
MAT 110 TTH 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 3
Term 2
Course Days Time Credit
Hours
BIO 210 MWF 10:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m. 4
BIO 210L TTH 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 0

Sample part-time compressed schedule for 10 credit hours (afternoon classes):

Term 1
Course Days Time Credit
Hours
ENG 101 MWF 12:40 p.m.-2:35 p.m. 3
MAT 110 TTH 2:50 p.m.-5:50 p.m. 3
Term 2
Course Days Time Credit
Hours
BIO 210 MW 2:50 p.m.-5:50 p.m. 4
BIO 210L TTH 2:50 p.m.-5:50 p.m. 0

Sample part-time compressed schedule for 10 credit hours (evening classes):

Term 1
Course Days Time Credit
Hours
ENG 101 MW 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 3
MAT 110 TTH 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 3
Term 2
Course Days Time Credit
Hours
BIO 210 MW 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 4
BIO 210L TTH 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 0