FAQ

  1. Can I start my program at any time?
  2. Will I be assigned a mentor, and will I be able to communicate with that person on a regular basis?
  3. How much of the degree has to be taken through a partnership school to meet residency requirements?
  4. Will courses from other colleges transfer into your partnership school?
  5. Is there a placement test?
  6. Do you have study guides for the courses offered?
  7. Do you have proctored exams?
  8. Does your school accept credits from foreign institutions?
  9. Can I take CLEP and other tests for credit towards a degree?
  10. Can I continue my degree while deployed?
  11. How do I apply for grants/financial aid?
  12. Does your school offer scholarships to military and family members?
  13. How do I use my VA benefits?
  14. Does the student pay in-state or out-of-state fees?
  1. Can I start my program at any time?
    We have five terms per year beginning in September, November, January, March and May. Each term is 15 weeks long. You can begin your program with the start of any term.
  2. Will I be assigned an advisor, and will I be able to communicate with that person on a regular basis?
    When you select Empire State College as your home institution and submit your common application, you will be assigned to an Empire State College mentor. Your mentor work with you throughout your program at Empire State College. You will have regular contact through whatever means is most convenient to you - mail, phone, fax or e-mail.
  3. How much of the degree has to be taken through a partnership school to meet residency requirements?
    For an associate degree, 64 semester hours are required for degree completion. Of the 64 credits, 24 must be taken from our institution. Up to half of the 24 credits can be cross-registered at other regionally accredited colleges if approved within the degree plan. For a bachelor's degree, 128 semester hours are required for degree completion. Of the 128 credit, 32 must be taken from our institution. Up to half of the 32 credits can be cross-registered at other regionally accredited colleges if approved within the degree plan.
  4. Will courses from other colleges transfer into your partnership school?
    Empire State College will transfer all credit (courses with grades of C and above) acquired at other regionally accredited colleges or universities, provided that the credits are relevant to the student's degree program.
  5. Is there a placement test?
    No. All accepted applicants must have a high school degree or GED and demonstrate the ability to do college level work through the submission of a writing sample within the common application.
  6. Do you have study guides for the courses offered?
    There is a course guide for every course. The course guide will tell you when to do the readings, when to participate in online discussions, and when to do pieces of writing. It's your roadmap to the course, the piece that ties all of the information together into a structured, guided study.
  7. Do you have proctored exams?
    Typically there are no proctored exams for Empire State College courses. You can expect to have assignments for each of your courses. Assignments in the online courses are submitted electronically to the course instructor, including research papers, online tests, projects and other methods. In rare cases a proctored exam may be required in a certain concentration (for example, accounting) or to verify the individual completing the work.
  8. Does your school accept credits from foreign institutions?
    Yes. The student must have the official transcript sent directly to Empire State College from the institution, and request an evaluation of the transcript by World Education Services, Inc. (WES). Students request an evaluation by submitting an Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials with a copy of their transcript to WES. Applications are available through Empire State College.
  9. Can I take CLEP and other tests for credit towards a degree?
    Yes. Empire State College accepts credit scores earned on a wide variety of college-level examinations such as CLEP, DANTES, Regents College Examinations, and Thomas Edison College Examination Program (TECEP).
  10. Can I continue my degree while deployed?
    Yes. If necessary, soldiers can work offline while deployed. In order to do so, students must be in touch with their tutor to make special arrangements. Empire State College tutors are willing to provide flexibility to military students when necessary, but only to the extent that students keep in contact and keep the tutor informed of special circumstances and needs. If students are unable to contact their tutor, they should contact military.programs@esc.edu.
  11. How do I apply for grants/financial aid?
    If eligible, all participants have access to any financial aid offered by the institution. For more information, please visit our financial aid web site at www.esc.edu/financialservices.
  12. Does your school offer scholarships to military and family members?
    Grants, loans and scholarships are available through financial aid. For more information visit our financial aid web site at www.esc.edu/financialservices.
  13. How do I use my VA benefits?
    To use your VA benefits, provide the appropriate form to Jessica Lansing, Office of the Registrar, Empire State College, 2 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. You can request a form by calling 1 800 847-3000 ext ,2593 or by e-mailing Jessica.Lansing@esc.edu . You can find out the amount of your VA benefits by calling 1 800 827-1000.
  14. Does the student pay in-state or out-of-state tuition?
    There are no in-state or out-of-state fees. Tuition and fees are on a per credit basis.