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Online Accelerated Programs (OAP)

Online Accelerated Programs (OAP) at UNCW currently include both Bachelor’s (currently ranked 7th nationally in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of 2018 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs) and Master’s programs of study.  These include:

Undergraduate Programs:

RN to BSN Nursing Degree Program

Exercise Science Degree Program

Graduate Programs:

MSN Nurse Educator Degree Program

M.S. Business Analytics

M.S. Finance and Investment Management

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)

M.A. Liberal Studies (MALS)

M.A. Conflict Managment and Resolution

Program Overview:

  • The OAP student schedule includes two 7.5 week equivalency (7 calendar weeks) mini-sessions in each semester totaling 6 sessions each academic year (including summer). 
  • Because this program is so accelerated, the drop/add date and bill-due date are all completed within the first week of a session.  Each session is billed separately.
  • To apply for aid, complete FAFSA for the corresponding fall, spring, and summer academic year (i.e. 2018/19 FAFSA for Fall 2018, Spring 2018, and Summer 2019).

Undergraduate OAP Student Information

How is aid disbursed?

Loans:

As an Undergraduate OAP Student, your student loans will not disburse until you have reached 6 credit hours of enrollment in each Semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer).  Examples of enrollment patterns include the following:

Undergrad OAP Disb 1

Undergrad OAP Disb 2 

Grants:

For undergraduate students who qualify for federal, state or institutional grants, those funds are initially awarded as if a student will be enrolled full-time.  However, the disbursement pro-rates based on exact enrollment if less than full-time.  Example: Student A qualifies for a grant for $600 this semester if registered as a full-time student. Student A is registered for 3 hours in Session I and 6 hours in Session II. Their grant would then pay out at $150 in Session I and $300 for Session II based on their enrollment.

Please keep in mind if you were awarded Pell and you’re less than half-time, you may not be eligible for the disbursement due to the low cost of attendance at less than half-time.

Graduate OAP Student Information

How is aid disbursed?

Loans:

As a Graduate students, your student loans will not disburse until you have reached 4.5 credit hours of enrollment in each Semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer).  Examples of enrollment patterns include the following:

Grad OAP Disb 1

Grad OAP Disb 2

How do I purchase books?

Should you need to purchase books before your financial aid refund is available, you can do so via bookstore dollars:  https://uncw.edu/onecard/bookstoredollars.html

How do withdrawals impact my aid?

Before withdrawing from any OAP Class or Program, you are encouraged to contact your Advisor as well as your Financial Aid Counselor(s): Dan Sanchez (A-F) and Daniel McClanahan (G-Z), for guidance on how your financial aid may be affected if you withdraw.

For the cost of attendance, scholarship application, Financial Aid 101 guide and more, please visit the following link:  https://www.uncw.edu/finaid/cost.html