Competency-based Education Model
The "Competency-based education" (CBE) model is an innovative learning delivery structured to help working professionals obtain a bachelor's degree at their own pace and on their own time.
A CBE course is a component of a traditional 3-credit hour course: each CBE course is 1 credit hour and 3 CBE courses make up one traditional course to allow students to focus on one competency area at a time within the discipline they are studying. If students demonstrate that they possess the required competencies for a specific topic, they have the option to test out and move ahead faster.
The CBE model allows for time flexibility in achieving the desired learning outcomes, while providing learning opportunities customized to the students' needs. Students may take as little or as much time as they need to gain the required knowledge in each course and then proceed to the next course.
More information about the Competency-based education program we offer at the University of Louisville can be found at http://louisville.edu/online/-/files/epackets/bsoll_hcl_cbe_ePacket.pdf (adobe pdf).
College is one of the biggest expenses you'll have in your lifetime, but it is an investment that can pay off in higher income, expanded career opportunities, and greater personal satisfaction throughout your life. Financial aid is available for all students who qualify.
The process of locating aid and applying for it can be intimidating. Take it step-by-step and don't hesitate to ask for assistance from the knowledgeable financial aid counselors in UofL's Financial Aid Office.
In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.
Here are the steps for first-time financial aid applicants:
- Assemble your tax and asset information, such as your W2s and 1040s.
- Go to www.fafsa.gov to file your FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Be sure to apply for your PIN during the FAFSA filing process. Use the PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA. UofL FAFSA school code is 001999.
- Once your FAFSA is processed by the U.S. Department of Education, you will be sent a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you filed electronically, the SAR will be sent to you via email. If you filed by paper or did not provide and email address, the SAR will be sent to you by mail.
- Review the SAR for comments and incorrect information. If accurate, keep the SAR for your records. If you find any errors, you can correct this by returning the paper SAR or by making corrections to a processed FAFSA online. If you used estimated tax return information when completing the FAFSA, remember to update your FAFSA with actual tax information by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool after you file your federal income tax return.
The FAFSA for 2018-2019 will be available on October 1, 2017. You are encouraged to apply as soon as the FAFAS is available to maximize your aid eligibility.