Taking high school self-paced courses is a great way to keep up or even jump ahead. The following Policies and Frequently Asked Questions provide further information about our program. If you have further questions, contact us.
Anyone may enroll in self-paced high school courses but, if you are currently attending school, you will need to include your principal’s, vice principal’s or school counselor’s signature on your registration form. Students who are homeschooled do not need this signature; they only need to indicate, in writing, “homeschooled” on their registration form.
You may enroll in a self-paced course at any time, whenever it is convenient for you.
Students using self-paced high school credit to meet requirements for a high school diploma must obtain the approval of their principal or counselor prior to registration. Documentation of this approval must be received in our office before we are able to process your registration. The desired/requested course/courses should be clearly indicated. This policy applies only to students currently enrolled a high school. Homeschoolers are not required to have a signature.
Tuition is $125 plus a $15 non-refundable processing fee per course, except for AP® courses which are $250 per course. An additional $25 fee is charged for foreign language courses. Make checks payable to the University of Arizona (no second-party checks may be used). MasterCard, Visa, and American Express are accepted. This fee does not include the cost of textbooks, audiotapes, videotapes, CDs or other course materials.
Tuition is subject to change without notice. Call the UA Outreach College Student Services Center at 520-621-7724 or 800-995-8632 to confirm current costs before sending in your payment.
A student must withdraw from a course within 30 days of registration to be eligible for a partial refund. If you want to withdraw or drop/add classes, you must do so in writing within 30 days of registration. There is a fee charged for withdrawal and drop/add. The transfer from one course to another is considered the same as drop/add and can only be done when:
Before You Register...
Before you register for a course, be certain it’s what you need. If you change your mind after your registration has been processed, a withdrawal or a drop/add fee will be added.
Withdrawal fee: $35
Payment is due at the time of registration. We accept cash, checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
If you are graduating or need to have a final grade to your school by a certain date, complete all lessons and the midterm, and take the final exam at least 30 days before the deadline set by your school.
Checks that are returned marked “insufficient funds” will incur a $25 charge. This must be paid by money order, cashier’s check, bank draft or credit card. No assignments can be accepted unless a student’s financial accounts are in order.
It is not necessary to provide transcripts from previously attended schools in order to register for a self-paced course.
If a course has prerequisites (courses you need to complete before you can enroll in a particular course), these will be listed in the course description.
There are no residency requirements or differential costs in tuition based on residency for self-paced high school courses. However, if you live or will be outside the continental U.S. while completing the course, contact the Outreach College as additional fees for mailing material, assignments and exams may apply.
You have nine months from your registration date to complete a self-paced course. Please note that if you register for more than one course at a time, you have a total of nine months from your registration date to complete all courses. A one-time, three-month extension may be granted for an additional fee. Fill out the Extension Request Form and return to UA Outreach College.
You may take your final exam in as little as six weeks (no sooner) after you register for a high school course. All assignments must have been submitted to, corrected by and returned to you from your instructor.
You may take as many self-paced courses as you'd like, but remember that you will need written approval from your school counselor (included with your registration) if you’re currently enrolled in school.
Depending on the course, you may submit no more than one to two assignments per week for grading.
Sometimes courses are discontinued, either temporarily or permanently. Registration fees received for unavailable courses will be refunded in full or, if requested, transferred free of charge to another self study course with equal tuition.
Unless an online course and the instructor accepts assignments electronically, The University of Arizona pays postage on lessons and materials sent to you via regular mail. You pay the postage for mailing lessons to the instructor and for mailing any materials back to the University. Arrangements must be made with the student services office to have any material sent by special delivery outside the continental U.S. Please contact the Outreach College for more information.
Anyone! However, if you are attending school, you need a signature from your principal, vice principal or school counselor. Homeschooled students do not need this signature; they just need to write in “homeschooled” on their registration form.
No, you don’t need to provide transcripts in order to register for a self-paced high school course.
If a course has prerequisites (courses you need to complete before you can enroll in a particular course), they will be listed in the course description.
No. You can live anywhere in the world. However, if you will be outside the continental U.S. while completing the course, contact the Outreach College. Other fees for mailing material, assignments and exams may apply.
Tuition for high school self-paced courses is $125 plus a $15 non-refundable processing fee per course. An additional $25 fee is charged for foreign language courses. There is also an additional fee for textbooks and other needed supplies.
We accept cash, checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
As many as you like! Remember, though, that if you are currently in school you will need the written approval of a principal, vice principal or school counselor on your registration form.
Any time you like! Self-paced high school courses fit into your schedule, so you can enroll at any time.
You have nine months from your registration date to complete a course. Please note that if you register for more than one course, you have a total of nine months from your registration date to complete them all. For an additional fee (per course), you may receive a one-time, three-month extension.
You may take your final exam six weeks after your register for a high school course. All lessons must have been submitted, corrected, and returned to you from your instructor.
Each course covers one semester and is worth one-half unit of credit.
Many schools do include the grade into your GPA, but it is best to check with your counselor, vice principal or principal to be sure.
All students receive a letter grade. There is no pass/fail option available.
You’ll automatically receive a copy of the official report of credit after you successfully complete the course. The original report is sent to your school registrar and included in your records. If you are a home-schooler, a copy is sent to your home.
You may pick up your study guide at our office, or we’ll mail your study guide to you after we receive your registration form and payment. If the course is offered online, you will receive an information sheet containing all the information to log on to the course. Please allow two weeks from the time you mailed in the form. You can buy your textbooks through MBS Direct http://www.mbsdirect.net/index.php
If you live outside of Tucson, you may take exams in your local community under the supervision of an approved proctor. Detailed instructions on finding a proctor are included in your study guide.
No, all exams must be proctored. The proctor then submits the exam to the Outreach College by regular mail. You may take exams at the UA Outreach College Student Services Center or under the supervision of a proctor.
The symbols indicate options for taking the course (via Internet), and for communicating with instructors and/or submitting assignments (via e-mail or fax).
Although rare for an exam to get lost, this sometimes happens. Under these circumstances the exam would have to be retaken.
Yes, you may take any credit self-paced course on a not-for-credit/audit-only basis. You must specify that you intend to take the course as not-for-credit at the time of registration.
Some self-paced high school courses require that you and/or your parent complete a special form as part of your registration for the class. Two of these forms are listed below:
If either of these forms is required for the class you've registered for, please complete and return to the UA Outreach College as soon as possible.