Frequently Asked Questions - Online Education
- What adult degree programs are offered at Ohio Christian University?
OCU offers a wide range of adult undergraduate and graduate programs with majors in Business, Criminal Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies, Ministry, Nursing, Psychology, and Substance Abuse Counseling. View all of Ohio Christian University's adult degree programs.
- Is Ohio Christian University accredited?
Yes, Ohio Christian University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association. OCU is also accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education.
- I don't have enough credits to enroll in one of the Bachelor programs. Does OCU offer other classes through distance learning?
Yes. You can obtain enough credits by enrolling in one of OCU's onsite or online Associate programs. When you complete the Associate program, you can either accept the Associate of Arts degree or continue into a Bachelor program.
- If I enroll in OCU's online programs, do I have to be online at a certain time?
- No, our online programs are asynchronous meaning that you and your cohort members can participate in discussions and post assignments at any time that is convenient for you during the day or night.
- If I enroll in one of OCU's adult degree programs, do I take the classes by myself?
No, you will be in a class with 15 to 18 other students. Web page discussion forums, collaborative software, and emails facilitate interaction between OCU faculty members and students in our online programs.
- I'm thinking about enrolling in one of OCU's adult degree programs, but I wonder if distance learning is right for me?
- Distance learning requires the ability to work independently. When separated from the instructor, it is up to you to take responsibility for what you learn. In general, students who succeed in distance learning programs are actively involved in their learning, are able to focus on their goals, prioritize their responsibilities, and actively seek the assistance they need.
- If I enroll in one of OCU's adult degree programs, will I have access to the university's library?
Yes, OCU's library can be accessed online or from the main campus.
- How much work will I have to do during my classes?
- Keeping in mind that no two learners are alike, the typical adult student spends on average between 12 to 15 hours per week on schoolwork. Some students take less time and some take more.
- If I enroll in one of OCU's online programs do I have to come to campus?
No, you do not. Students do have the option to come for graduation, and while we do encourage and welcome your visit, it is not required as our online programs are 100% online.
- How are OCU's prices in comparison with other programs of this type?
- Our programs are reasonably priced as compared to our competitors. When comparing programs it is important to take into consideration two things: flexibility and total cost. Flexibility is important because there are many schools that provide low cost education to adults, but these courses are generally scheduled around traditional aged students' schedules making them inconvenient for adults. Secondly, our programs feature no hidden cost. Our total price includes the tuition, books (including delivery to your house), and any fees.
- What system requirements do I need for my computer in order to enroll in one of OCU's programs?
We require you to have the following computer requirements:
- IBM-compatible computer
- Windows Vista or later
- Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus- ***Will be sent to students before first class sent by Tree of Life Bookstore
- 1 GHz CPU or higher
- 1 GB RAM
- Internet access (high speed Internet requried)
- Internet Explorer 8.0 or later (Google Chrome & Mozilla Firefox are also compatible browsers)
- Sound card and speakers
- 1024x768 or higher resolution monitor
- Can I do this? I have been out of the classroom for so long.
A majority of adult learners experience the fear of the classroom. The good news is the learning process at OCU is very experiential, drawing on your experiences to contribute to the overall discussion that occurs in the class. Rather than passively listening to information you will engage, collaborate, and share.
Secondly, the curriculum is very goal driven, so you will see tangible outcomes which can be immediately applied in your life. Finally, our curriculum encourages managable daily assignments, helping to incorporate school into your already busy life.
- How will I be able to afford this?
Paying for education is a worry for nearly all the students at any level, but getting an education offers advanced career options and other opportunities. There are also several ways one can pay for education. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement (total or partial). In addition, students may be eligible for federal or state grants as well as federal student loans.
- I just don't have enough time in my schedule as is, how will I fit this in?
Time is a universal concern for all of our students, but we offer such great flexibility that most students overcome this concern relatively easily. Adult students typically have two options: (1) a traditional college or university that requires them to visit the campus 2-5 times a week at various times or (2) an adult centered program like the one offered by Ohio Christian University. By choosing one of our onsite programs, students attend class only once a week for 4 hours. In our online programs, students do not have to come to campus at all; the whole program can be completed from the comfort of their home at their convenience. Typically students should set aside 12 to 15 hours per week for schoolwork.
- What if someone finds out that I completed an online program? Will that hurt me in the job market?
A degree earned online at Ohio Christian University is no different than one earned onsite. In fact, transcripts are identical. Also, Ohio Christian University is regionally accredited, which is the highest level of accreditation that any U.S. school can attain. We have a long tradition of educational excellence, and are excited to extend this tradition to online learners.
- What is financial aid?
Financial aid is any kind of money that is either given or loaned to a student for a period of time, which can assist in paying for school. Learn more about Financial Aid options at Ohio Christian University.
- Is Ohio Christian University approved to receive Federal and State financial aid?
Yes, Ohio Christian University has been approved to receive both Federal and State financial aid funds since 1973.
- Does Ohio Christian University accept employer assistance or reimbursements?
Yes. For specific terms regarding your employer's reimbursement and tuition assistance policies, please see your employee handbook or inquire at your company about the program. OCU is happy to work with students and companies to ensure that education is affordable and easy to access.
- Does Ohio Christian University accept military benefits?
OCU accepts all applicable military benefits (e.g. GI Bill, Ohio National Guard Scholarship program, etc.) . It is important for you to obtain, complete, and submit the appropriate forms for your benefits to be secured. To begin the process, the student should contact his or her respective educational liaison within the appropriate military organization. Guidance on this process can be provided by our OCU Financial Aid office at 1-877-496-8342 option #3.
Additionally, Ohio Christian University's proud to provide the affordable tuition rate of $250 per credit hour to all military service members, veterans, military spouses, and dependents 23 or under.
- How do I apply for financial aid?
To apply for financial aid, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Enter Ohio Christian University's school code, 003030.
By completing the FAFSA, you are applying for federal grants and loans, along with state grants. Your financial aid advisor cannot determine your financial aid eligibility until you have completed and signed the FAFSA. The FAFSA must be completed annually.
- What information do I need in order to complete the FAFSA?
The FAFSA will ask for specific tax information. Therefore, you will need to be prepared to enter information that can be found on the following items:
- Your (and your parents', if you are a dependent student) 1040 tax forms from last year.
- Any W2 forms from your employer (and your parents’ employer, if you are a dependent student) from last year.
- How can I make sure that Ohio Christian University receives all of my financial aid information?
This is very important! When asked to enter your school code on the FAFSA, please remember us! OHIO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY'S SCHOOL CODE IS: 003030.
- How will I know my financial aid eligibility?
For students enrolled in the Traditional Program, a financial aid award packet will be mailed to you after registration. The award packet will include an award letter that will show your financial aid eligibility by listing the names and amounts of all awards offered to you. It will also include a copy of a billing estimate that informs you of your estimated charges and the out-of-pocket cost.