Online Learning FAQs
Discover why online learning at UofL may be right for you!
We encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions below for answers to commonly asked questions about online learning at UofL.
- I haven’t been back to school in awhile, how do I know if this is right for me?
- I work full-time. Are there other students learning online like me?
- What are the benefits of online learning?
- I’m not sure if I’m tech savvy enough to take an online course. What should I do?
- How do online students address their issues, concerns and complaints?
- What is the difference between online and traditional classes at UofL?
- How do I apply for financial aid?
- I don’t know much about financial aid, where can I go to learn about it?
- How much is tuition for an online course?
- Can I receive credit for graduate courses completed at another institution?
- Can I receive credit toward my degree for leadership, professional development or certificate program courses that I’ve taken?
- How does the transfer process work?
- How do I register for class?
- How do I find a course?
- How do I order textbooks?
- How do I access the UofL library?
- How do I apply for admission?
- What tests do I need to take?
- What are the tuition rates for international students?
- Can international students receive federal financial aid?
- I am an F or J visa holder. Can I take online courses?
- I am on active duty. Can I take online classes at UofL?
- I am on active duty and will receive Tuition Assistance (TA)? Will this cover the cost of online courses?
- I am a military veteran. Can I use my benefits at UofL?
- I have credit from several institutions. Will my credit transfer?
- I am stationed at Fort Knox. Can I take classes on base?
I haven’t been back to school in awhile, how do I know if this is right for me?
One of the great things about online learning is that some of the typical classroom pressures and anxieties are not present in an online classroom. Learning online allows to think, work, share knowledge and experiences with professors and peers in a non-judgmental environment that is highly conducive to collaboration. If you are concerned about technical issues,please check out the Online Learning technical requirements for taking an online course.
I work full-time. Are there other students learning online like me?
We have a very diverse student body in our online degree program community. Many of our students work full-time, are stay-at-home parents or are returning to the classroom after a long hiatus. We can almost guarantee that you will have classmates with similar life experiences as you.
What are the benefits of online learning?
The biggest benefit of online learning is that you can work to earn your degree from your own home while raising a family, working full-time or experiencing particular life circumstances that make commuting to campus difficult or impossible. At UofL you are taught by the same world-class faculty as our on-campus students. You read the same books, do many of the same assignments and earn the same degrees. The biggest difference is that you are able to do it in a way best fits your lifestyle.
I’m not sure if I’m tech savvy enough to take an online course. What should I do?
We encourage all students to read about the technical requirements for online learning to decide whether you have both the hardware and technical skills to take an online course.
How do online students address their issues, concerns and complaints?
In compliance with recent United States Department of Education regulations, the procedure students should follow to address complaints is outlined below.Students who have complaints, grievances, or concerns regarding courses taken at the University of Louisville should contact the Student Grievance Officer to have the issues resolved in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner.
The University’s Student Grievance Procedures are outlined in detail on the Student Grievance Officer’s website. Students should first seek to resolve their complaints through informal discussion and administrative channels.If you reside outside the state of Kentucky, and in the unlikely event that the issue is not resolved internally at the University of Louisville, you may also file a complaint with your state. Please review the list of state agencies [PDF] and their contact information.
You may also contact our accrediting agency - the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Commission’s complaint policy, procedures, and the complaint form are available here [PDF].
What is the difference between online and traditional classes at UofL?
Online learning at the University of Louisville provides learning that is independent of time and location. Rather than gathering in a classroom, students and instructors use technology to interact. Online classes at the University of Louisville are very user friendly, allowing the student to interact directly with instructors and classmates through Blackboard, the university's online course delivery system.
Classes follow the same semester calendar as traditional classes. Students will need a computer and internet access to complete their coursework. Students that earn degrees from UofL through online learning receive degrees and transcripts that are identical to traditional UofL students.
What test scores are required for admission?
To view the specific admission requirements, including test scores, please visit our Admissions page:
RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning
Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Bachelor of Science in Communication
Master of Science in Justice Administration
Master of Science in Social Work
Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development
Master of Engineering in Engineering Management
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Master of Science in Computer Science
Master of Arts in Higher Education
Master of Education in Special Education
Graduate Certificate in Data Mining
Graduate Certificate in Network and Information Security
What are the application deadlines?
Applications received at least six weeks prior to the beginning of a term will be given priority. Please refer to the academic calendar for the start date of each term.
How do I apply for financial aid?
To apply for most financial aid programs you need to complete the FAFSA. You can complete the FAFSA online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov. The school code for the University of Louisville is: 001999.
What is financial aid and where can I go to learn about it?
The federal government and Department of Education maintain a comprehensive financial aid website. We encourage you to visit this site to learn more about financing your degree program. Visit the government’s financial aid site.
How much is tuition for an online course?
For the 2012-2013 academic year, undergraduate courses are $460 per credit hour and graduate courses are $660 per credit hour. If you are active duty military, special rates apply.
Note: Certain members of the Reserve Component and Kentucky National Guard may also be eligible for special rates.
Can I receive credit for graduate courses completed at another institution?
Earned graduate credit may be transferred from accredited institutions that offer advanced degrees. Generally, the maximum number of semester hours transferable, upon request, is six.
Can I receive credit toward my degree for leadership, professional development or certificate program courses that I’ve taken?
Yes, but only for the BA in Workforce Leadership and MS in Justice Administration. Please contact an admissions specialist to learn if your particular course credits will transfer.
How does the transfer process work?
UofL's online bachelor's degree programs are designed so that you complete the first two years of coursework through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) with the Kentucky Virtual Campus (KYVC). However, you may transfer credit to UofL from any regionally accredited university. You will submit transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you attended as part of the admissions process. Upon review, some or all credit may be applied to your degree program.
Ideally, students transfer to UofL with a completed associate degree from a regionally accredited institution to maximize credit transfer. Students who have been enrolled at a Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) school and have fulfilled all of their general education requirements can have all of those credits transferred in block, and can then begin immediately with the upper level coursework. Students who have not completed an associate's degree but have completed most or all general education requirements may be able to complete remaining courses at UofL. Every situation is different. If you have questions about how your credit will transfer, contact an online learning specialist.
How do I register for class?
Some students are required to speak with an academic adviser and/or attend orientation prior to registering for class. Refer to your letter of admission or contact your academic department to determine your next steps. Also, the date on which you can register depends on your academic goals and status (freshman, sophomore, etc. ). Consult the registration calendar to see when you can register.
When you've completed the steps necessary to access course the course registration system, you will register for class through ULink. Click "for first-time users" to set up your account. After you have logged in to ULink, select the student services tab (across the top) and then "add classes" under registration. There are instructions on each web page to assist you with the process.
How do I find a course?
To find any course offered by the university, you can search the course schedule. Choose the term, subject, and enter a catalog number (or leave this blank to see the entire department offering). To specifically find online courses choose "Distance Education" in the location field and then search.
How do I order textbooks?
Our online bookstore is convenient and easy to use. You can use this site to directly purchase your books or simply to view lists of required texts for your classes.
How do I access the UofL library?
The Distance Learning Library Services (DLLS) are available to all online learners. The following library services are available for University of Louisville distance learners using their ULink username & password:
- Research assistance to distance education students & faculty
- Locate & retrieve items from UofL library collection or other universities
- Delivery of library resources not available immediately online
- Remote access to library assignments by course professors
- Remote access to electronic databases of library resources for self-directed research
How do I apply for admission?
The application for admission can be found under your specific degree program. Note that you will pay a non-refundable fee as part of the online application. admission process, you will submit a complete academic record to be reviewed for the awarding credit. A complete academic record includes all official transcripts of courses of study completed and degrees or certificates earned at the secondary or collegiate level.
Students applying to undergraduate programs will need to submit official transcripts of records from all secondary schools, universities, colleges, or professional schools attended.
Secondary school records are not normally required of those applying for admission to a graduate program, but official transcripts of all credit earned since secondary school are required.
All academic credentials not in English must be accompanied with a notarized verbatim English translation in addition to official transcripts.
Undergraduate applicants who have attended post-secondary schools, colleges, universities, or professional institutions outside the United States must submit their academic records to World Education Services or Educational Credentials Evaluators for a “course-by-course evaluation.” An application for evaluation and a list of services and fees is available at www.WES.org or www.ECE.org.
All academic credentials should be mailed directly to the respective admissions offices:
- Undergraduate Applicants: Office of Admissions, Dept. AO, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 40292 USA
- Graduate Applicants: Graduate Admissions, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292 USA
What tests do I need to take?
Students for whom English is a second language must show evidence of sufficient proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants may demonstrate English proficiency by submitting TOEFL scores of 213 or higher on the computer-based test, 79 or higher on the internet- based test, or 550 or higher on the paper-based test. Visit www.toefl.org for more information on the TOEFL. Applicants holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
If applying to a graduate program, you will also need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Refer to your specific degree program to learn the required scores for your department. Information and registration material may b obtained at www.gre.org or by writing GRE, Educational Testing Service, BOX 955, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA.
What are the tuition rates for international students?
Tuition rates for international students who take online courses only and do not enter the United States are as follows:
- Undergraduate courses: $460 per credit hour
- Graduate courses: $660 per credit hour
Can international students receive federal financial aid?
International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, with some exceptions. To learn more about eligibility for international students, visit the U.S. Department of Education website on preparing for and funding education beyond high school. Click "Financial Aid Eligibility."I am an F or J visa holder.
Can I take online courses?
If you are an international student completing your degree entirely online from outside the United States, you may enroll in as many online courses as you would like for academic credit toward your degree. However, if you are a non-immigrant F or J visa holder, no more than the equivalent of one class, or three credits per semester, may be counted toward full time enrollment if taken in an online course or other form of distance education course that does not require your physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class.
If you are an F-1 visa holder and your course of study is a language program, no online or distance education classes may be considered to count toward classroom hours or credit.
If you are in your last semester of study and only one course is needed to complete the program, it cannot be an online or other form of distance education course.
I am on active duty. Can I take online classes at UofL?
Yes! You can take online classes from anywhere in the world, provided you have consistent Internet access. Visit our military student information for more details.
I am on active duty and will receive Tuition Assistance (TA)? Will this cover the cost of online courses?
If you are on active duty, all courses are $250 per credit hour regardless of whether you’re taking undergraduate or graduate courses. This is covered in full by Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) offered to eligible members of the Army, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Check with your particular branch of service to determine criteria for eligibility and the application process. See more information on our tuition and financial aid pages for active duty military and veterans.
I am a military veteran. Can I use my benefits at UofL?
Yes, we will work with you to ensure you receive all benefits eligible to you. Visit our Office of Military and Veteran Student Services for details. You can also find out which education benefit is best for you at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Road Map for Success. See more information on our tuition and financial aid pages for active duty military and veterans.
I have credit from several institutions. Will my credit transfer?
The University of Louisville accepts credit from any regionally accredited institution.
Regional accrediting agencies include:
- The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- The New England Association of Colleges and Schools
- The Northwest Association of Colleges and Schools
- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- The Western Association of Colleges and Schools
I am stationed at Fort Knox. Can I take classes on base?
Yes! The Department of Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education offers the Bachelor of Science in Workforce Leadership and Master of Science in Human Resource Education at Fort Knox. All courses are available on-site as well as online.
The Bachelor of Science in Workforce Leadership offers you the opportunity to earn up to 48 credit hours, free of charge, through work experience and military training. This program is a SOCAD affiliate approved program. To learn more about programs and courses offered at Fort Knox, contact Mark Casey at 502.852.6444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email, email@example.com.