No. Enrollment in correspondence self-paced courses does not require official admission to the university. Courses are open to all those who meet departmental and course prerequisites and Texas Success Initiative Program (TSIP) requirements.
No. Correspondence self-paced courses do not qualify for federal financial aid. However, we accept third-party billing to cover a percentage of the total cost. More information can be found at the Financial Assistance page.
Texas State has written policies and procedures for protecting the privacy of all students enrolled in all courses and programs, including distance education. These policies formally incorporate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and applicable laws and regulations. University policies include:
Texas State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Therefore, credit earned at Texas State is accepted by most institutions of higher education. However, you should consult your school before enrolling in a correspondence self-paced course to ensure that, upon successful completion of the course, credit earned will transfer and apply to your degree.
Texas State's Honor Code applies to all courses, programs and academic activities at the university. Course syllabi and other information typically include a statement about the importance of academic integrity. If you are unsure or have any questions, feel free to talk with your instructors or other trusted staff on campus, including a member of the Honor Code Council. Take a moment to review the Honor Code, the policy that outlines the process for students, faculty and others when a honor code violation is suspected, and the Honor Code Council's website for enhancing awareness on our campus:
No, it does not. You must officially be enrolled in a university or college to obtain a student loan deferment on the basis of current enrollment at a university or college. For more information about the rules for student loan deferment, contact the financial aid office at your educational institution.
Since you are technically not admitted to Texas State when enrolled in a correspondence self-paced course, and your enrollment is not term-based, your course is not considered when determining either the number of hours you're enrolled in each semester. Nor does your course affect your status as a full-time or part-time student, except in the semester in which you complete the course, when it is counted in your total semester load.
Yes. At Texas State, a correspondence self-paced course counts toward your GPA. Policies vary among different universities, so if you are not a Texas State student, be sure to find out from your university what the policy is regarding this at your school.
Instructors may take up to 5 working days to grade assignments and exams once they receive them from our office. Instructors often will return graded assignments more rapidly, but at certain times during the year, such as holidays and at the end of the semester, you can expect that the turn-around time on assignments may take longer.
Generally speaking, you may submit no more than two assignments per week. Some instructors, however, may require you to submit only one assignment per week or to receive a previous assignment's grade and feedback before submitting a subsequent assignment. To find out if your instructor has different requirements, consult the information under the Assignments heading in the Introduction or Syllabus of your course. If the instructor doesn't specify any assignment submission limits, then you may submit no more than two assignments per week. Please note that it is of great benefit to you to submit one assignment at a time and to wait to receive graded assignments, so that you can read comments from the instructor before submitting subsequent assignments.
Plan your course schedule effectively and begin completing coursework promptly after your enrollment. Instructors are given up to a week to grade each assignment submission, so plan for this assignment grading time. Students who begin their courses promptly after enrollment are more likely to complete courses successfully.
For an additional charge, we can express mail your exam to your exam proctor. You will have to consult with your proctor, however, to learn if the proctor can express mail the completed exam back to our office. Visit the Testing page for more information.
Proctors are generally located in other university testing centers or private testing centers. Librarians and military educational service offices may also act as exam proctors. If you live in Texas, you may want to consult the list of Testing Sites in Texas. If you live out-of-state, visit the Testing page for more information.