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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 OAP Programs
Undergraduate OAP
Graduate OAP Programs
Graduate OAP


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). 

OAP Program Overview

Fall 1

Fall 2

 

Spring 1

Spring 2

 

Summer 1

Summer 2

August  -  December

 

January  -  May

 

May  -  August

  • Sessions are billed separately.
  • The add/drop deadline and bill-due date both occur within the first week of each session. 
  • To apply for aid, complete a FAFSA for the corresponding academic year.
    • The 2018-2019 FAFSA covers Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2019.
    • The 2019-2020 FAFSA covers Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020.

Students are advised to have Financial Aid in place no later than two weeks prior to the bill due date. 

How is Aid Disbursed?

Loans:

Half-Time Status Required: Your student loans for each term will not be disbursed until you have reached half-time status.

For Undergraduate students, half-time status is defined as having 6 credit hours of active enrollment in each semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer).  For Graduate students, half-time status is defined as having 4.5 credit hours of active enrollment in each semester

The timing of disbursements depends on when the student is scheduled to reach half-time status.  Here is how loans would disburse for these common enrollment patterns:

OAP Loan Disbursement Schedule

 

Session 1

Session 2

When Loans Will Disburse

Undergraduate

3 hours

3 or more hours

Session 2

Undergraduate

3 or more hours

3 or more hours

Half in Session 1/

Half in Session 2

Graduate

3 hours

3 or more hours

Session 2

Graduate

4.5 hours

3 or more hours

Half in Session 1/

Half in Session 2

*Note: Federal student loans are not available for less-than half-time enrollment.

Grants:

Grant funds are initially awarded as if the student will be enrolled full-time. However, grant disbursements are prorated for enrollment that is less than full-time.

Example: Student A qualifies for a $600 grant for full-time enrollment. Student A is registered for 3 hours in Session 1 and 6 hours in Session 2. Based on this enrollment pattern, the grant would pay out at $150 in Session 1 and $300 for Session 2.

How do I purchase books?

Students can use Bookstore Dollars to purchase books through the UNCW Bookstore. This is helpful for students who need to purchase their books before financial aid refunds become available.  For more information regarding books, please visit the following page: Bookstore Dollars Program.

How do withdrawals impact my aid?

Withdrawing from the only course you are taking in a mini-session can have a significant impact on your award for that semester.

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 more information pertaining to Costs, Scholarship Application, Financial Aid 101 Guide and more, please visit our Cost of Attendance page.