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Office of Online Student Advocacy

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is earning a degree online for me?

That depends. Courses are taught online in 4, 8, or 16 week formats depending upon the course offerings and semester in which you take the course. The course will include the same amount of material that would be covered in a regular semester course. Not all courses are condensed; it just depends on which course you choose to take.

Along with meeting all degree requirements, you must also have the dedication and interest to participate in learning in an online environment. Succeeding in our program will require great time management and organizational skills.

How much does your program cost?

ULM makes it easy to calculate your education costs and is charged per credit hour. There is no out-of-state fee for a student seeking a degree online.

You can view tuition and fee information at the following link: Schedule, Courses, & Tuition.

Do you offer financial aid?

Financial aid comes in the form of grants or loans. Additionally, many businesses provide tuition reimbursement programs- check with your Human Resources Department to find out more about these opportunities. You can learn more about financial aid offered at ULM by visiting: www.ulm.edu/financialaid/ or by contacting the Financial Aid Department at finaid@ulm.edu or 318-342-5320.

How do I qualify for financial aid?

The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. The FAFSA and all other application documents must be completed to determine eligibility. It is important that you complete the application process as early as possible.

Do my credits from other colleges transfer to ULM?

Yes, ULM accepts credits from other accredited colleges and universities. Some credits may be transferable and will count towards your degree. You can email unofficial .pdf transcript copies of all previously-attended colleges and universities to onlinedegrees@ulm.edu and one of our Academic Advisors can prepare an unofficial transcript evaulation for you. Please include your name, the names of each previously school you attended and which program(s) you wish to have unofficially evaluated.

How do I apply for a degree program offered online?

You can complete an application online at: http://www.ulm.edu/admissions/apply.html. If you have trouble with your online application you can contact admissions at 318-342-5430 or admissions@ulm.edu.

Is there any other way to receive credit for my educational and professional experiences?

ULM is excited to offer a number of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) options. You may choose to test out of a particular course by taking a nationally standardized exam such as CLEP or DSST. Specific courses also offer challenge or skills exams as an option to taking the course. Portfolio assessments may also be an option for you.

Am I required to take any type of placement test to be enrolled at ULM?  

The answer to this question depends on a few factors. Whether or not you will be required to take a placement exam test will be determined upon review of your previous educational history.

Can I take an online course without enrolling in an online degree program?

There are some courses offered online that are open to all students enrolled at ULM, but others are reserved for those students who are seeking their degree solely online. This is to ensure that all students seeking a degree offered online are able to take the courses that they need to complete their degree program.