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Academic Policies



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 AccountIndependent Study (6-month) Course16-Week Course10-Week Course 8-Week Course
100% Day 1–7 Day 1–7 Day 1–5 Day 14
75% -- Day 8–14
Day 6–9 Day 5–7
50% Day 8–28* Day 15–21
Day 10–14 Day 8–11
0% Day 29+* Day 22+ Day 15+ Day 12+

* 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.

Grade GivenIndependent Study (6-month) Course16-Week Course 10-Week Course8-Week Course
Drop-No Grade Day 1–12 Day 1–7 Day 1–5 Day 1–4
Withdraw ("W") Day 13–Day 91 Day 8–56 Day 6–35 Day 5–28
Drop with
Greater Penalty* (WF)
Day 92+* Day 57+* Day 36+* Day 29+*

* If a course must be dropped during the Greater Penalty period, you must e-mail to request a drop during this time. Students may follow the grade appeal process as outlined in the Student Handbook to request their grade to be changed to a Withdraw Passing (WP).


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