- Can I earn a Bachelors or Masters degree?
- Do you offer financial aid?
- What is the average completion time per course?
- How do I interact with the instructor?
- How do I request an official transcript of my grades?
- How can I be a successful student?
- How do I get academic advising?
- What do I do about prerequisites?
- Are there any tax incentives for my studies?
- What are your graduation procedures?
- Can I transfer courses for which I have already earned a grade?
- Do you offer veterans' benefits?
- What is your withdrawal policy?
- Can I receive credit for life experience?
- Who can I contact if my question is not answered here?
Yes. Click here for the list of degrees available.
Most of the NUDC universities offer financial aid if you are enrolled in a degree program. Contact the university offering the degree program that interests you. Students enrolled in distance programs should make no assumptions about financial aid; confirm your assumptions and information with the financial aid staff at the university which provides your degree program. Financial aid recipients need to be aware of the credit requirements regarding the number of credits in which they must enroll to receive financial aid. Financial aid disbursements are made at the beginning of the semester, and all paperwork must be completed before aid is disbursed.
It takes an average of four to six months to complete an independent study course. Most institutions do have time requirements. Consult the appropriate university for specifics. Most graduate-level and many undergraduate-level courses offered by NUDC universities are semester-based.
Communication may occur through e-mail, chat rooms, threaded discussions, telephone, fax, or mail. Do not hesitate to introduce yourself to your instructor through notes on assignments, email, or other correspondence.
Most universities will provide you with a student grade report or a form to request an official transcript. If you do not receive instructions for requesting a transcript, contact the university. Generally, there is a small fee for an official transcript.
Read our guide on "How to be a Successful Distance Education Student."
For undergraduate degree information and course requirements, contact the department at the university offering the degree. After admission to a degree program students usually are assigned an academic advisor from the department.
Some courses have prerequisites. Consult the course listing or catalog to confirm before enrolling. Universities may waive prerequisites in some instances.
The 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act provides education tax incentives for adults who want to return to school and for parents who are sending or planning to send their children to college.
Education Tax Incentives:
- Hope Scholarship tax credit for undergraduates
- Lifetime Learning tax credit
- Deductibility of student loan interest
- Education IRA
- Employer-provided educational assistance
Graduation procedures will vary among universities. Once you are admitted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program, check with your academic advisor well ahead of your anticipated graduation to assure that you understand the graduation requirements and procedures.
Policies on transferring courses into one university from another will vary. Ask your academic advisor about your desire to transfer a course; do not assume that this can be done. Many universities have limitations on the number of credit hours which can be transferred, and the courses may have to be reevaluated before being accepted. Begin working on this well ahead of time.
At each university, there is generally an office which provides veterans' certification for educational benefits. Contact your university of choice for information.
Policies vary among universities. Please inquire about the policies of your university(ies) and decide to withdraw from a course early. You may be able to recover all, or part, of your tuition. Generally speaking, the later you make this decision, the less tuition money you will recover. Be aware that a student who stops participating in a course and does not follow the procedure to acquire an official withdrawal, may receive a grade of F.
Opportunities for life experience credit may be available at some universities.
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