Academic Year Definition

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) defines an academic year as the 12 months from July 1st, to June 30th.


Westmoreland County Community College’s academic year begins with Fall semester and ends with the Summer Semester. Academic years are usually referred to with two years in their name, because they start in one year and end in the next, but their duration is only 12 months. For example, the 2017-2018 academic year begins with July 2017 and ends July 1, 2018.