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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Weekend College at Hiram College?
A: The Weekend College opened its doors in 1977 as the first program of its kind in Ohio. Our comprehensive schedule allows students to attend college on the weekends in pursuit of a bachelor's degree. This degree can be obtained in four years with a full time schedule.
Q: How is the weekend format structured?
A: Our innovative 12 + 3 week academic calendar offers students five times during the year when they begin their studies. The every-other-weekend format of the 12 week session is convenient for working adults to attend class and meet their family obligations. Our 3-Week session is an intense, short term of study. Both formats afford adult students the opportunity to create a schedule that meets their personal needs. Additionally, online and blended courses can be included as part of the students schedule each semester.
Q: Do you offer online and blended courses and programs?
A: Yes, we offer online and blended courses in 8 week terms-two per semester. We currently offer about 12-15 online and blended courses per semester and are adding more all the time.
We also offer three majors fully online--Accounting and Financial Management, Business Management, and Communication. The Social Science, Applied Psychology and Humanities majors will be offered in the Summer 2014 semester. We are also adding additional online programs throughout 2014.
Q: Can I transfer into the program and graduate sooner?
A: Yes. You may transfer up to 60 semester hours, and those who do so often graduate in as few as 18 months.
Q: What is the average course load?
A: Students typically take 12 credit hours per semester across the 12-week, 3-week, and 8-week terms in order to qualify for full time financial aid. Students frequently take between 6-9 hours on a part time basis. Students must take at least 6 hours to qualify for financial aid. The average number of credit hours for students in the Weekend College is 10.5 per semester.
Q: What is the class schedule in the 12-Week and 3-Week semesters?
A: During the 12-Week: Friday evenings from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Saturday afternoons from 2 to 6 p.m.; and Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During the 3-Week: Three Saturdays, eight hours each Saturday.
Q: What classes and what format do you offer in the summer?
A: Courses begin and end throughout the summer, with a variety of formats and offerings. The schedule may be easily adapted to vacations, family obligations, etc.
Q: Who are the faculty?
A: They are educators and business professionals who are experts in their field. They bring real life experiences and global issues into the classroom in order to give students an in-depth perspective on how to solve real world problems. They also care about student learning and success, and are available to students in and outside of class.
Q: How does the Weekend College's cost compare with other public and private institutions?
A: Our cost of $425 per credit hour is lower than other private colleges in Northeast Ohio and is comparable to that of public universities; couple that with a low comprehensive fee of $120 per semester, housing for $20 per night, free parking and no hidden fees, and you see why more than 2,200 adult students have graduated from The Weekend College!
Q: Can I use tuition reimbursement from my employer to pay for college?
A: Yes. Many employers understand that obtaining a Bachelor's degree will pay off for them in the long run as students develop into the leaders of tomorrow. Eligible students may defer their semester's tuition and fees for a nominal service charge.
Q: How does the Spousal Benefit work?
A: If both spouses are attending the same program and neither is receiving employer benefits, the student taking the fewest credit hours will receive 50% off the tuition cost.
Q: Is financial aid available?
A: All students are eligible to apply for state and federal financial aid. The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), found at www.fafsa.ed/gov.