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Online Tuition and Fees FAQs
- Why are online courses more expensive when I won't even come to campus?
- Will my financial aid pay for online courses?
- If I take both online and campus courses, won't I just pay the campus rate?
- If I am an out-of-state student taking both online and campus classes, will I still pay the non-resident tuition?
- I don't use the gym or the health center; can I have those fees removed?
Why are online courses more expensive when I won't even come to campus?
The University has implemented an eTuition rate for fully online courses (distance learning programs). This rate replaces in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition for online courses. The change impacts all fully online courses for undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Students who register for online courses only (no on-campus courses) are only responsible for the mandatory Technology Fee and Board of Regents Special Institutional Fee.
The development and implementation of universal eTuition rates for Armstrong students means a fair and simple way to serve our growing population of distance and non-traditional students. Having just one rate for all online courses accommodates the increasingly broad features of our online offerings without increasing technology fees for all students across the board.
Will my financial aid pay for online courses?
Yes, but financial aid awards will not increase to accommodate increases in overall charges due to eTuition implementation. Students who are Hope Scholarship or Zell Miller eligible can find information regarding payment by visiting the Hope and Zell Miller Scholarship page. Pell Grants award cannot be increased due to the increased eTuition rate. If you think you may need to request additional aid to help cover the eTuition rate, please see the office of Financial Aid as soon as possible.
If I take both online and campus courses, won't I just pay the campus rate?
The eTuition rate ($220 undergraduate/$400 graduate; special programs may have increased rates) will be assessed for each online course registered, no matter how many courses you are taking, including both on-campus and off.
If I am an out-of-state student taking both online and campus classes, will I still pay the non-resident tuition?
You will pay the non-resident tuition rate for on-campus courses (both Savannah and Liberty campuses) and the eTuition rate for online courses.
I don't use the gym or the health center; can I have those fees removed?
All students enrolled in any courses categorized as on-campus will be charged health, recreation, student I.D., student success, institutional, technology, athletic and activity fees. On-campus courses are those defined as being physically located in Chatham County.
Students registered only for off-campus courses only pay the institutional and technology fees. Off-campus courses are those defined as being physically located outside of Chatham County. Students registered for a combination of on- and off-campus courses, or on-campus and fully online, do pay all fees. Internet or online courses are considered off-campus. A course will be considered as an Internet course when the course is delivered at least 95% over the Internet. Fees will be charged regardless of the length of the class.