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Registering for Correspondence


Before You Register

Please review the important information below before registering. In addition, we strongly encourage visiting our FAQ page before registering for a correspondence self-paced course.

Course Prerequisites and Texas Success Initiative Program (TSIP) Compliance
The Office of Distance and Extended Learning does not verify if course prerequisites or TSIP requirements have been satisfied. Additionally, we cannot advise students on courses to take in order to fulfill degree requirements. We strongly encourage students to meet with their academic advisor before registering for correspondence self-paced courses.

Non-Texas State students will need to provide transcripts or documentation verifying that TSIP requirements and prerequisites have been satisfied. If you are exempt from the testing requirements, please contact the Texas Success Initiative Program Office for a list of acceptable documents you can provide as official proof.

Third-Party Billing via Approved Tuition Assistance Program
Students who wish to pay through an approved tuition assistance program must provide documentation of tuition assistance before registering for correspondence courses; use the online Correspondence Tuition Assistance Request Form to do so. Once we receive your documentation, we will provide a coupon code to allow you to complete your registration. Please contact our office for guidance if you have questions about acceptable documentation.

Non-Texas Residents
Due to federal regulations, the Office of Distance and Extended Learning is limited in the enrollments we are able to accept from students residing outside of the State of Texas. If you do not reside in Texas and are not planning to relocate to Texas before beginning your course, please visit the State Authorization page to determine whether Texas State may accept student enrollments from your state. If your state is not listed on this page, then please contact distanceed@txstate.edu to inquire about the current status of your state with regard to this requirement before submitting your enrollment application.

Permission to Release Grades
The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records and guarantees students' access to their own records. A Grant Access to Student Records form must be on file with the Office of Distance and Extended Learning in order to release or discuss a student's academic record with a specified third party. The Grant Access Student Record form can be found on the University Registrar's FERPA page.

Online Learning Readiness Self-Assessment
Before enrolling in an online correspondence self-paced course, take the Online Learning Readiness Self-Assessment. This self-assessment will help you determine if online correspondence self-paced courses are a good fit for you. Answer the assessment questions, and you will be given recommendations for success in online learning.

How to Register

Active Texas State Students
Currently active Texas State students with no account holds may register for correspondence self-paced courses at any time through Flexible Registration. Full payment is due during the registration process. To be in active status, students must be enrolled in Texas State courses in the current semester. Please note, when registering for your self-paced correspondence course, select tomorrow's date as your "start date."

IMPORTANT: If you want to use tuition assistance, please complete the Correspondence Tuition Assistance Request Form.

Inactive and Non-Texas State Students
Currently inactive Texas State students and non-Texas State students may enroll in correspondence self-paced courses after filling out the online Enrollment Form for inactive and Non-Texas State Students. The Office of Distance and Extended Learning will process complete enrollment forms within five business days and send an enrollment verification email with registration instructions. Texas State students not enrolled, or not eligible to enroll, in Texas State courses for the current or subsequent semester, excluding the summer, may be considered inactive. Students may check their registration status by logging into CatsWeb.

Dropping a Course
You may withdraw from a course at any time by accessing Flexible Registration. Please note that in order to receive a partial refund, you must withdraw from a class within the first 30 days. Go to Flexible Registration to drop a course.

Fee Refunds
Before you register for a correspondence class, ensure that this course is applicable to the degree plan you are seeking. Check with your academic advisor before registering for your class to ensure that your are registering for the correct class. Once you have registered and paid for your course, your registration charges cannot be fully refunded if you drop the course.  Please review the Withdrawal Refund Schedule on the Costs page for complete information.

Permission to Release Grades
The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records and guarantees students' access to their own records. A Grant Access to Student Records form must be on file with the Office of Distance and Extended Learning in order to release or discuss a student's academic record with a specified third party. The Grant Access Student Record form can be found on the University Registrar's FERPA page.