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FAQ

Students are the lifeblood of any university. Through the collaborative efforts of our various offices, we help students make informed choices about continuing their education. We provide a welcoming atmosphere that reflects the best of the Benedictine values of hospitality and a concern for the development of each individual.

Do you offer fully online degrees?
All of our online undergraduate and master's degree programs are offered entirely online and do not require you to travel to campus. Our online students earn the same respected degree as students who attend on campus.

Are you Accredited?
Yes, Benedictine University is Regionally Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).*

How many students are in each online class?
Our online  master's degrees offer small class sizes and the personal attention expected of a top-tier, private university.

Do you have technical support?
Yes, all our online degrees are supported by outstanding 24/7 technical support.

What if I have already taken a graduate entrance exam years ago?
Benedictine University will accept test scores provided they are no more than five years old.

What if I am not from the United States?
If you are not a U.S. citizen, green card, or permanent resident card holder, we would like you to speak with the International Admission Counselor at (630) 829-6304.  Any student who has taken classes overseas will need their transcripts translated by the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), an accredited foreign educational credentials evaluating not-for-profit. ECE can be reached at www.ece.org and forms are available in the Enrollment Center. Chinese and Vietnamese students should visit the Asia Institute website for further information.

For specific evaluation report please contact the Enrollment Center.

Do I really need to submit all of my official transcripts?
Yes, Benedictine needs official, sealed transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended so we can evaluate your entire academic history. This is a University policy. Each transcript is considered a piece of your academic record. Remember, an official transcript bears the institution's seal and is sent directly from one institution to another.

What if I want to enroll in two programs?
Students must apply to both programs and admission to each program will be determined separately. Students may choose from a variety of dual degrees.

How long will it take me to earn my degree?
The length of the program depends on the number of courses and credits you take in each term and the type of program you select. Each program has its own graduation requirements.

Does Benedictine University accept employer reimbursement?
Students are eligible to defer their tuition to the end of the term. Students must forward a copy of their company's employer reimbursement policy or a letter on company letterhead from the employer stating that tuition is covered to the Student Accounts Office via fax at (630) 829-6348. Students will be charged a fee for each term they wish to defer tuition. The student must resubmit the employee reimbursement policy every fall term. Visit the Student Accounts website for more information.

What should I do if I want to switch programs after I am enrolled?
Students who wish to switch from one graduate program to another must submit a new application and new letters of recommendation. Other documents/requirements may be necessary depending on the program to which you change. Students should notify Enrollment Services of their change in program.

How many credit hours are considered full-time or part-time?
Part-time status for financial aid purposes is four credit-hours per term. Part-time status for academic purposes is five credit-hours per term (the eligibility for an in-school deferment –deferral of previous loans – is based on the academic definition of part-time). Full-time status for financial aid purposes is eight credit-hours per term. Full-time status for academic purposes is nine credit-hours per term.

What if I have foreign or overseas credit?
Please visit the Transfer Credit page for information regarding international credits.

Does Benedictine University offer financial aid?
Yes, you can receive financial aid at Benedictine University by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Benedictine's FAFSA code is 001767.

Does Benedictine have any alumni who I might recognize?
Yes. Notable Benedictine alumni include former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, C68; Bill Callahan, C78, former head football coach at the University of Nebraska; and David Reynolds, C82, writer of Walt Disney's animated feature "The Emperor's New Groove."

For frequently asked questions specific for each online degree see below:

For more information, please call us toll-free at (866) 295-3104.

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