Baylor Summer FAQs

General Summer Financial Information

1. What do I need to do to receive financial aid in the summer?
2. When will my summer aid be awarded?
3. When will my summer funds be credited to my student account?
4. Can I get financial aid for one 3 hour class?
5. Can I use my academic scholarship during the summer?
6. Can I use my need-based scholarship in the summer?
7. Can I use work-study while enrolled in the summer term?
8. Can I use work-study during the summer term if I am not enrolled in summer classes?

Online Advising & Registration

1. How will students know whether the online course they choose will apply to their degree or major?
2. How will students register for the course?
3. Will students who are taking a regular summer course at Baylor be allowed to take an online course?
4. Will the maximum hours allowed for enrollment in the summer term apply to online courses?
5. Can students be approved for concurrent enrollment between an online Baylor course and a course from another institution?
6. May non-degree seeking students take these online courses?
7. Will there be a maximum enrollment?
8. If I decide to sign up after I am in another country, can I still register for an online class as long as it is open?

Online Course Financial Information

1. Is there a cost difference for online classes?
2. When will I be billed for online classes?
3. When is the bill due for online classes?
4. Am I eligible for student employment if I am taking summer online classes?
5. Is tuition remission available to faculty and staff for online courses?

Online Course Information

1. What courses are being offered?
2. What do you mean by "anytime, anywhere" courses?
3. Will I be able to complete all required course work online?
4. How often should I be logging into my online course?
5. How many hours do online courses require each week?
6. Will I be able to speak to my instructor and to other students in my online class?
7. What are the computer requirements to take an online course?
8. Where do I login to access my online course?
9. If I want to take an online undergraduate course this summer either while in the U.S. or in another country, is there anything special I need to know?
10. What do I need to know regarding technology in order to take an online course?
11. Is there a potential Visa problem if I am an international student taking a Baylor online summer course from my home country?




General Summer Financial Information

1. What do I need to do to receive financial aid in the summer?
For your first summer, you will need to file the CSS Profile to determine your need-based aid from the University. If you have filed the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are registered at least half time (6 hours for undergraduates) we will automatically award you summer financial aid. If you have used your Federal Direct Loan eligibility during the 2017-2018 academic year, your only aid option may be an alternative loan. More information regarding alternative loans is available here.

2. When will my summer aid be awarded?
Shortly after you are registered in at least half time (6 hours for undergraduates), our office will send you an award notification detailing any summer aid eligibility.

3. When will my summer funds be credited to my student account?
If you have completed all of the requirements for any aid you have been offered, funds will credit to your student account a few days before classes begin. If you pursue an alternative loan, all steps must be completed with your lender and the funds received by Baylor before the alternative loan will credit to your student account.

4. Can I get financial aid for one 3 hour class?
Some alternative loan lenders will process a loan for less than half time enrollment. More information regarding alternative loans is available here.

5. Can I use my academic scholarship during the summer?
Students who are graduating in 7 or fewer undergraduate semesters may be eligible to request one semester of their academic scholarship for the 2018 summer term. More information is available here.

6. Can I use my need-based scholarship in the summer?
Need-based scholarships are not available for the summer term.

7. Can I use work-study while enrolled in the summer term?
Yes. If you are eligible for student employment during the summer term and pre-registered for the fall semester, you may interview for available positions and work up to 20 hours per week while enrolled in classes.

8. Can I use work-study during the summer term if I am not enrolled in summer classes?
Yes. If you are eligible for student employment during the summer term and pre-registered for the fall semester, you may work up to 40 hours per week on campus during the summer. (However, some departments may not have the budget and workload available to support 40 hours per week during the summer.)

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Online Advising & Registration

1. How will students know whether the online course they choose will apply to their degree or major?
Students should check requirements on their degree audit in BearWeb and confer with their advisor for guidance.

2. How will students register for the course?
Provided they have no registration holds and have been advised, if required, students will register on BearWeb the same as for other courses taken at Baylor.

3. Will students who are taking a regular summer course at Baylor be allowed to take an online course?
Yes.

4. Will the maximum hours allowed for enrollment in the summer term apply to online courses?
Yes. Maximum credit for students enrolled in the two traditional summer terms is eight hours per term or sixteen hours total. Students who also enroll in the Minimester, a maximum of three additional hours of credit may be earned. Thus, students who take the maximum load for all three terms (Minimester plus two regular summer terms) may earn a total of 19 hours.

5. Can students be approved for concurrent enrollment between an online Baylor course and a course from another institution?
Students should contact their academic dean's office to seek approval for concurrent enrollment.

6. May non-degree seeking students take these online courses?
Non-Degree seeking students must seek approval from the department offering the class in order to enroll in an online class.

7. Will there be a maximum enrollment?
Yes. The maximum enrollment will be set at 19.

8. If I decide to sign up after I am in another country, can I still register for an online class as long as it is open?
As long as you have reliable Internet access where you are, there is no reason why you cannot register for an online class if it is still open.

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Online Course Financial Information

1. Is there a cost difference for online classes?
Tuition for online classes is the same as traditional summer on-campus classes.

2. When will I be billed for online classes?
Students that register in March or April will be billed by email in early May. Those registering later will receive an electronic billing notification on the business day following their registration. Because of the short timeframe, summer bills are only available online; no paper bills are mailed, so be sure to check your Baylor email.

3. When is the bill due for online classes?
Summer bills are due in mid-May for students registered by that time. All students should look for the due date on their eStatement in the E-Bill System and complete financial settlement by that date to avoid a late fee.

4. Am I eligible for student employment if I am taking summer online classes?
If you are registered for at least 6 hours in the summer or the following fall, you may be eligible for student employment during the summer. Other factors may also impact your eligibility. Please contact the Student Financial Aid Office at 254.710.2611 or Financial_Aid@baylor.edu if you have any questions.

5. Is tuition remission available to faculty and staff for online courses?
Yes. For further information, please visit the Tuition Remission webpage.

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Online Course Information

1. What courses are being offered?
See Online Courses

2. What do you mean by "anytime, anywhere" courses?
"Anytime, anywhere" learning simply means that you do not have to be at a specific location at a specific time or date. Online courses, for the most part, take place where and when you choose. This could be early in the morning or late at night at home, when you are traveling, or during your lunch break at work. However, your instructor may schedule and host live sessions at specific times during your course. Participation in these sessions can occur from "anywhere".

3. Will I be able to complete all required course work online?
Yes. Baylor online courses are available via the Internet. You will never have to step foot on campus for fully online courses.

4. How often should I be logging into my online course?
For summer online courses, students should be logging in at least once a day to check for reading and assignment requirements, messages from the instructor, and grades. However, you can choose what times work best for you.

5. How many hours do online courses require each week?
The time you spend on an online class can vary. Online courses generally require 6-15 hours per week including readings, weekly discussions, sending/receiving e-mail, Web-based research, and completing assignments.

6. Will I be able to speak to my instructor and to other students in my online class?
Yes. Online courses offer a variety of tools in order to communicate and interact with your instructor and classmates. These tools may include e-mail, discussion boards, blogs, real time-video and web conferencing, social media, and other forums.

7. What are the computer requirements to take an online course?
The minimum computer requirements are provided here.

8. Where do I login to access my online course?
To access your online Baylor course, visit Canvas and click on the "Canvas Login" button. Log in using your Bear ID (firstname_lastname) and password. Once you are logged in, you will find a link to your individual course under the "Courses" menu in Canvas.

9. If I want to take an online undergraduate course this summer either while in the U.S. or in another country, is there anything special I need to know?
You will access your course(s) through Canvas and complete an online orientation class before you begin.

10. What do I need to know regarding technology in order to take an online course?
First and foremost, you must have regular, reliable access to a broadband (DSL, cable, or satellite) internet connection. A dial-up modem will not be able to handle the multimedia format of an online course. You will need a webcam and microphone for most classes. Headsets are highly recommended for minimizing audio feedback and some headsets commonly come with built in microphones. These come standard with many laptops, but it would be prudent to test your equipment for quality before you begin class. Your webcam and mic do not need to be top-of-the-line, but they need to be good enough to be a help, not a hindrance. If your computer is no more than four-years-old, it likely has the specifications to keep up with an online course. If you are considering purchasing a new computer, or want to estimate how your current computer may fare, you can find Baylor's minimum and recommended requirements for incoming students here. If you find that you need to upgrade your computer, you are eligible for special student pricing on Apple and PC systems through the Baylor Bookstore. Additionally, you will need Microsoft Office Suite 2007 or later. If you don't currently own a version of Microsoft Office, you are eligible for an educational copy at a reduced rate through the Baylor Bookstore.

11. Is there a potential Visa problem if I am an international student taking a Baylor online summer course from my home country?
There should not be a Visa problem, but it is advisable for you to register for fall classes at BU before you enroll for the summer online courses. This would show your intention to be physically present in the U.S. for fall term.

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