Student Handbook

Moody Distance Learning has produced a Student Handbook to address the specific needs of MDL students. This handbook features a number of policies relating to general academic issues.

Please note that the policies detailed in the MDL handbook are often significantly different from policies offered through the traditional day school. Read it carefully and please contact Moody Distance Learning at (800) 758-6352 if you have any questions.

Academic Catalog

A companion to the MDL handbook is the Moody Bible Institute Undergraduate catalog. The catalog presents the various types of curriculums and venues, as well as course descriptions, for classes offered through Moody Distance Learning.

Credit and Drop Policy

Students may drop a class at any time. To drop a class, go to > "Student Center" > "Enroll" and choose "drop" from the top tabs. 

The following chart lists the tuition credit you are given after dropping a class. If you drop your class and receive a credit, you can contact Student Accounts at to request a refund. 

Amount of Credit
to Student Account
Independent Study /
Self-Paced Course
100% Week 1 Week 1 Class Start–Day 4
75% -- Week 2 Day 5–7
50% Weeks 2–4* Week 3 Week 2
0% Week 4+* Week 4+ Week 3+

* An additional credit of 50% will be added if Independent Study materials are returned in sellable condition.

Grades will be assigned based on the date the course is dropped according to the schedule below. Courses dropped after the half-way point of the class will be assigned a grade of Withdraw Fail (WF), which will negatively affect GPA.

Independent Study /
Self-Paced Course 
Drop-No Grade Class Start–Day 30 Week 1–3 Week 1–2
Withdraw ("W") Day 31–Day 56 Week 4–8 Week 3–4
Drop with
Greater Penalty* (WF)
Month 3+** Week 9+** Week 5+**

* If a course must be dropped during the Greater Penalty period due to an emergency, students may submit an official appeal to the Academic Standards Committee. if approved, the grade of Withdraw Fail (WF) will be changed to Withdraw Pass (WP). Appeal forms may be obtained from the Academic Records Office.

** You must e-mail to request a drop during this time.


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