Family Pay Option FAQ
Can College Now Family Pay Option courses satisfy high school graduation requirements?
Yes. If you attend public or private school, check with your guidance counselor regarding your high school's policy.
Courses do not have to be taken for high school credit, however, they can be taken for college credit only.
How and when will I pay tuition?
Invoicing and paying tuition is addressed in Module 7: Billing and Student Account in the online College Now Orientation (Session II).
How are online courses structured?
Cedarville’s online courses are developed in the Center for Teaching and Learning to take best advantage of online learning technology and pedagogy. Courses are asynchronous, meaning that there is no set time that you will meet together with your entire class. Courses are divided into one-week units, so you can accomplish weekly requirements at your own convenience as long as you keep up with the course calendar.
Courses are typically formatted into 14-week or 16-week periods. A three-semester-hour course that runs 14 or 16 weeks will require about 8-10 hours of study time per week. Students who set aside time daily to interact with course material will experience the most success.
Online courses are necessarily more student-centered than face-to-face classes. Required learning activities also include reading, writing, discussion boards, quizzes, tests, and group projects. When video content is included, it is made up of smaller, more focused clips. Sometimes these are instructional videos, but often these clips deliver content to which the student must react in writing.
Online courses that have labs (Principles of Biology or Principles of Earth Science) require access to a virtual lab.
Your computer must meet these basic and minimum requirements, and you must have access to high-speed Internet.
How much do Family Pay Option courses cost?
The College Now Costs webpage provides current tuition rates for Family Pay Option courses. Typically, College Now tuition represents an 85% savings off the University's per-credit-hour undergraduate tuition rate. Course fees and textbooks are are extra. Most courses do not have any fees.
What if I decide to drop a course?
Before dropping a course, consult with your program advisor and with your high school guidance counselor, carefully considering the impact on both high school graduation requirements and your college transcript. You may need to consider the impact on high school athletic eligibility.
Cedarville University's drop refund schedule is posted on the registrar's website.
To initiate the process of dropping a course, contact your program advisor.
When does eligibility for College Now pricing end?
College Now pricing extends through Cedarville University's spring semester of a student's senior year (the fourth year) of high school, even if that student completes his/her graduation requirements at some later time in the summer. The University retains the right to determine that a student should be considered a high school graduate and therefore no longer eligible for College Now pricing.
I am home schooled. What if I decide to extend my high school education to a 5th year?
Students are eligible to take courses until they have completed their fourth year of high school or reached the graduation date given in the initial application, whichever is earlier.
Eligibility for College Now Family Pay Option pricing expires at graduation from high school, as established at the time of admission as a College Now student. Fifth-year high school students are not eligible for College Now Family Pay Option pricing.
What if I decide to take a semester off?
If you decide to take a semester off, inform your program advisor of your plans. You will not have to complete a new application to register for any subsequent semester as long as you are still a high school student. To register, you will be asked to sign the Financial Responsibility Agreement for the upcoming term and complete a Course Request Form.
What if my high school break does not coincide with Cedarville University's break?
Students are expected to participate in their Cedarville University class according to the class calendar and complete assignments on time.
Why do I have to submit ACT or SAT scores to register for a math or English course?
Because of the rigor of Cedarville’s courses, both College Now and undergraduate students must demonstrate proficiency in the areas of mathematics and English. Below are the required proficiency scores:
- Math: 19 math ACT, 500 Math on the Pre-March-2016 SAT, or 530 Math on the New SAT
- English: 21 English ACT, 500 Critical Reading on the Pre-March-2016 SAT, or 550 Evidence Based Reading and Writing on the New SAT
Students who have PSAT scores but who have not yet taken the ACT or SAT may register for courses other than math or English until they submit either ACT or SAT scores that demonstrate proficiency.
Will College Now courses transfer to other universities?
Yes. Cedarville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (ncahlc.org) and is certified by the Ohio Board of Regents.
It is wise to contact the registrar's office of the receiving institution prior to registering for any college course to confirm transferability.
Will I participate in an orientation prior to getting started with my class?
Students who live within driving distance of campus will attend an on-campus Orientation Day held annually in early August.
Students who are not within driving distance or who begin classes spring or summer term can complete orientation activities online. Program advisors work closely with students to ensure they are prepared to begin class.
Contact a program advisor for more information.