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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What is Nicholls Online?

A: Nicholls Online is an affordable way to receive a college degree or college credits by taking courses completely online. The courses are 8-weeks in length and begin in January, March, June, August and October. If a student takes three courses a semester, he/she can graduate with a bachelor’s degree in three years. Nicholls Online is managed by the Division of Distance Education at Nicholls State University.

 

Q: What is an online course?

A:  Nicholls Online courses do not require physical face-to-face meetings with the instructor. All course work is online. There are typically no regularly scheduled class times, so you can “go to class” when you want as long as you keep up with the instructor’s course schedule. The instructor will communicate with you through the course website or via email. Since there is no set time schedule for class, it is important to be independent and self-motivated.

 

Q: Is virtual advising available for students?

A: Yes, students can participate in a a virtual advising session through Google Hangout. After the session the student must complete the following survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KLDVB9G

 

Q: Will I have to come to campus for anything?

A: The entire process of Nicholls Online can be done remotely, from admissions to your course work to degree completion. Students are invited to participate in the graduation ceremony, but, if preferred your diploma can be mailed to you, eliminating the need to ever come to campus.

 

Q: What are the advantages of taking an online course?

A: Taking a course online simply shifts the learning environment from the classroom to the computer. It is beneficial for anyone who has difficulty attending traditional university classes. Online courses are for anyone, can be taken at anytime, and from anywhere with an Internet connection.

 

Q: Who teaches the Nicholls Online courses?

A: Nicholls Online instructors are highly-qualified Nicholls State University faculty members who are experts in the areas they are teaching. All instructors are required to take special training to be certified to teach classes through Nicholls Online.

 

Q: Is distance learning right for me?

A: Distance learning is not for everyone. Students should have above average computer skills and be self-motivated learners. To find out if you are a good candidate for online learning, take the online assessment survey.

 

Q: What is the cost?

A: Tuition for Nicholls Online undergraduate courses is $275 per credit hour. For graduate courses, the cost is $385 per credit hour. There are no additional costs for out-of-state students. Select courses may require additional fees. Books and other course materials are not included in the tuition.

 

Q: What degrees are available?

A: Various Bachelors and Graduate level degree programs are available, with more to come. A complete list of Nicholls Online degrees is available here.

 

Q: Where can I get my books?

A: Textbooks can be bought anywhere. To find out what book is required for your class you can go to the Nicholls Bookstore website or e-mail your instructor to find out. Some books are required and  some may be suggested.

 

Q: When do courses begin?

A: Nicholls Online offers five 8-week sessions per year. Sessions begin in January, March, June, August, and October. A current class schedule is available here.

 

Q: What if I cannot complete my coursework in 8 weeks?

A: At Nicholls Online you can continue your coursework beyond the standard 8-week period if you have an extenuating circumstance. The cost to continue the class beyond the 8-week time period is $100 per month.

 

Q:  How do I apply for admission or readmission?

A:  Complete the online application.

You must choose either Nicholls Online Undergraduate or Nicholls Online Graduate from the application type list.

There is a $20 application fee.  You will receive a confirmation email after completing the electronic application form.  Application processing may take a week.

Students currently enrolled at Nicholls State do not need to re-apply to Nicholls to become a Nicholls Online student.


Q: Can I receive financial aid for Nicholls Online?

A: Yes, Nicholls Online students are eligible for federal and state financial aid. To apply, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

To find out more about financial aid and scholarships talk with your Nicholls Online advisor.

 

Q: Are Nicholls Online courses accredited like traditional face-to-face courses?

A: Yes, all Nicholls Online courses are accredited and taught by qualified instructors. Nicholls Online is part of Nicholls State University, which is part of the University of Louisiana System, and is certified by the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS). In addition, all of the degree programs are accredited within the individual departments in which they are offered.

Q: Will an online degree prepare me for the same job opportunities as traditional degree programs?

A: Yes, completing an online degree from Nicholls is the same as completing a traditional degree program.

Q: Are Nicholls Online courses accessible for students with disabilities?

A:  The Nicholls Online course management system, Moodle, is designed to meet a variety of world accessibility requirements, including Section 508, Section 504 and W3C. Moodle supports the use of assistive technologies such as screen readers, text magnifiers and speech-to-text solutions.  Additionally, all functionality in joule is designed to be keyboard accessible. 

Q: Can I take courses through Nicholls Online while taking courses during a regular (traditional) Nicholls semester?

A: No, Nicholls Online is only for students enrolled in the Nicholls Online program and students may not take courses in both Nicholls Online and traditional Nicholls during the same semester. In addition,if a student enrolls and then resigns for a given regular semester/session, he/she cannot enroll in Nicholls Online courses during that same semester.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: If you have any questions about Nicholls Online please contact us at NichollsOnline@Nicholls.edu or 1-855-NIC-ONLINE (642-6654). Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST. If you contact us after hours, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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