Admission

Does New Charter University accept degrees from Canadian colleges?

The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) maintains a list of all postsecondary institutions that are recognized by “competent jurisdictional authorities” (http://www.cicic.ca/664/directory-of-universities-colleges-and-schools.canada). New Charter University typically accepts degrees and transfer credit from institutions on that list, when the courses are appropriate to the student’s degree program.

Whenever there is a question about whether an individual’s Canadian credential will qualify him/her for admission to a graduate degree program, the New Charter University Registrar will require the prospective student to obtain evaluation from a member of NACES.

What are the undergraduate admissions requirements?

A student who applies for admission to and enrolls in New Charter University enters as a conditionally admitted (non-degree) student. In order to matriculate as a fully admitted degree-seeking undergraduate, an individual must:

a)    Submit a high school transcript or equivalent (such as a GED) that is accepted by the University as valid within 30 days of enrollment, and

b)   Complete twelve (12) college-level credits, either by completing courses at New Charter University or by submitting transfer credits that are accepted by the University, or a combination of the two.

A student who cannot produce a high school diploma or equivalent cannot matriculate as a degree-seeking student at New Charter University.

ACT or SAT scores are not required for admission. Written permission from a legal guardian is required for admission of persons who are under the age of 18.

What are the graduate admissions requirements?

A student who applies for admission to and enrolls in New Charter University enters as a conditionally admitted (non-degree) student. In order to matriculate as a fully admitted degree-seeking graduate student, an individual must possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts of the awarded baccalaureate degree within 30 days of enrollment. GRE or GMAT scores are not required.

What are the additional admissions requirements for International Students?

New Charter University does not provide visa services to international students or vouch for student status. Instruction at New Charter University is provided in English, and the University does not provide English as a Second Language services. Applicants for whom English is a second language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) and have their official TOEFL® score report sent to the Office of Registrar under separate cover. Applicants must receive a TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test or 61 on the Internet-Based test (iBT), and the score must be received by the University within 30 days of enrollment. Alternatively, an applicant may enroll in the University’s EN111 Composition I course online as a non-degree student. The University will accept a grade of C or higher as proof of English proficiency.

Applicants with non-U.S. educational credentials must first obtain a foreign credential evaluation from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) such as Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or another independent U.S. evaluation service approved by the University before submitting their transcripts. If a student chooses to submit her/his credentials to ECE, request forms and cost information are available at the ECE website (www.ece.org) or by contacting ECE at Post Office Box 92970, Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970, USA, telephone (414) 289-3400, fax (414) 289-3411. International applicants must obtain subject evaluations; the general evaluation is not sufficient.

International students who do not have U.S. government photo identification will need to produce two forms of alternative photo identification during proctored examinations in order to verify identity.

I am an international student with a high school diploma. Am I eligible for a degree from New Charter?

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated prior to being sent to New Charter University. Foreign credential evaluation can be obtained from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, such as Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Evaluations by another independent US evaluation service will be accepted if approved by New Charter University. All applicants must obtain and send subject evaluations; general evaluations are not sufficient for admission.

What are your international requirements for MBA Programs?

Because we value the quality of our students’ learning experience, we want to ensure that international applicants are comfortable with managing college-level courses in English. As instruction at the University is entirely conducted in English, proficiency in this language is vital for academic fulfillment and success. We accept the following for Proof of English Proficiency:

i: Send a report of your official TOEFL® score. Scores must be 500 on the paper-based test, or 61 on the internet-based test (iBT). Please make sure to send your scores to the Office of Registrar within 30 days of your enrollment.

ii: Enroll as a non-degree student and take Composition I. A grade of C or higher in Composition I will be accepted as proof of proficiency in English. New Charter University may accept other tests of English proficiency on a case-by-case basis.
iii: Foreign transcripts must be evaluated prior to being sent to New Charter University. Foreign credential evaluation can be obtained from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, such as Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Evaluations by another independent US evaluation service will be accepted if approved by New Charter University. All applicants must obtain and send subject evaluations; general evaluations are not sufficient for admission.

How much time should I devote to my courses each week?

On average, a student can expect to spend about 8 hours per week on each course. However, the time spent varies a great deal. Students who have a lot of previous experience in the subject area tend to spend fewer hours per week per course.

Can I complete a BS/BA and a graduate degree at the same time?

No, one of the requirements for admission to a graduate program is that a prospective student must already possess an accredited undergraduate degree.

What do you mean by unlimited courses?

A student may take as many courses as you can complete per semester.

When do your terms begin and end?

New Charter University terms are 16 weeks in length. A new term begins almost every week on Monday. Consult the Academic Calendar in the School Catalog.

Do you give financial aid?

New Charter University offers a tuition price that is so affordable that students should be able to attend by paying as they go without taking on debt. It is part of New Charter University’s mission to make a college education affordable and accessible for everyone. The University does not participate in federal student loan programs.

Can I get a student visa if I am enrolled at New Charter University?

Since there is no residency requirement to take courses at New Charter University, we cannot assist students in obtaining visas for entry into or residency in the United States.

What if my degree and/or coursework were completed outside the U.S.?

We require your education be evaluated by an education evaluator.  We can accept the recommendation from any member of www.naces.org. See the School Catalog for specific details.

Do you accept international students?

Yes we welcome students from around the world. Because we are 100% online we do not have residential requirements.

Are my courses that I complete through New Charter University transferable to other universities?

The transferability of credits and/or the degree that you earn at New Charter University is at the complete discretion of the institution(s) to which you may seek to transfer. For this reason, you should contact any institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending New Charter University to determine if your credits will transfer.

The Distance Learning Accreditation Commission (DEAC) states that approximately 70% of regionally accredited schools accept courses and degrees completed at nationally accredited schools.

Tuition

Can I get financial aid?

New Charter University does not participate in federal and state financial aid programs because we want our students to graduate debt-free.

Can I use VA Educational Benefits?

We welcome our veterans and New Charter University is fully qualified to take GI Bill funding. Appropriate documents must be submitted during the enrollment process.

What is NCU's refund policy?

Students who cancel their enrollment prior to the end of a term are entitled to a refund of tuition paid based on the table below.

Cancellation Date Refunded % of Tuition
Within 7 calendar days of term start date 100%
After 1st week of term start date 80%
After 2nd week of term start date 70%
After 3rd week of term start date 60%
After 4th week of term start date 50%
After 5th week of term start date 40%
After 6th week of term start date 30%
After 7th week of term start date 20%
After 8th week of term start date 10%
After 9th week of term start date 0%

Refunds, if applicable, will be made by Student Accounts within 30 days of the student’s withdrawal. The withdrawal becomes official when the student receives final written notification from the University. If you have any questions about the status of your refund, please contact the Student Accounts Office [email protected]

Will tuition and fees change?

A student who maintains continuous enrollment at New Charter University will not be subject to price increases, but will maintain the tuition price per term that was designated in the enrollment agreement. If a student withdraws from the University, or is administratively withdrawn, and then later re-enrolls, s/he will be subject to the new tuition rate at the time of re-enrollment.

Are you approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense?

New Charter University is approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) to offer its programs to veterans who qualify for educational benefits under the DVA Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits program as well as for veterans who qualify for Chapters 30, 33, 35, 1606/1607 and MyCAA. Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits are applicable to our Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. The New Charter University Facility Code is 21957101.

If my work offers school reimbursement - do I still have to pay before?

Most companies require their employees to pay for their tuition up front and will then reimburse upon proof of payment and satisfactory grade. Please see the Human Resources Department of your company for more details.

Enrolled Students

Can I repeat a final if I fail it?

In courses that have a Pre-Final, students must take that assessment prior to taking the Final Exam. Although passing the Pre-Final is not a guarantee of passing the actual Final Examination, it guides students in determining their readiness to take the Final Examination and in choosing areas in which to focus their preparation. If a student passes the Final Exam and his/her final grade is high enough to receive credit toward the program, the student may not re-take the Final Exam. If a student fails the Final Exam, or if his/her final grade is not high enough to receive credit toward the program, the student may attempt the Final Exam a second time. While registered in a course, a student may take the proctored Final Exam no more than two times. If a student does not pass on the second attempt, s/he will receive an F grade for the course. The student, after consultation with his/her Student Advisor, may re-register in the course one additional time, in a subsequent term. If the student does not pass the course in the subsequent attempt, the student will be administratively withdrawn from that academic program.

Students may repeat courses when (a) they have received a non-passing grade, or (b) when they have received a grade that does not meet program requirements. Students may repeat a course that was passed only once. That is, they may take any course no more than a total of two times. When the student repeats a course and receives a higher grade, the higher grade will be used for calculating the GPA. If the student performs unsatisfactorily in the repeated course(s), the original grade will be used for calculating GPA.

Can I take time off between terms?

A student may take a break between terms, as long as s/he notifies her/his Student Advisor 30 days prior to the end of the current term and the next term’s start date is within 30 days after completion of the previous term.

A student who has an extraordinary circumstance and needs a break of more than 30 days may request a Leave of Absence. Please see “Leave of Absence” in the School Catalog for further information.

Do you give a Military Deployment Leave of Absence?

New Charter University understands and responds to the special needs of military service members. When military deployment prohibits satisfactory progress, students may request a Military Deployment Leave of Absence by submitting a Request for Military Deployment Leave of Absence. In the event that a Leave of Absence must be extended beyond the original reactivation date, a new Request for Military Deployment Leave of Absence must be submitted.
To return to active status, the student must submit a Request for Reactivation form. No reactivation fee will be required after properly requested military deployment leave of absence.

What are the minimum academic requirements?

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is defined as maintaining a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) for undergraduate students and a 3.0 grade point average for graduate students.  A student whose cumulative GPA falls below those levels is placed on Academic Probation. While on probation, a student may not receive a grade of Incomplete in a course or take a leave of absence.

Can I take a Leave of Absence?

A student who has an extraordinary circumstance and needs a break may request a Leave of Absence at the end of a term. A Leave of Absence is an enrollment break of more than 30 days.  If granted, the Leave of Absence may be for a period up to 60 days.  A student who takes a Leave of Absence becomes Inactive but retains all financial responsibilities as detailed in the current enrollment agreement. The student must re-enroll in the first term following the end of the Leave of Absence to return to Active status.  Failure to do so will result in the student’s being administratively withdrawn from the University.  Once withdrawn, a student must reapply for reinstatement and must pay all applicable fees, including a new enrollment fee, if applicable.

The enrollment agreement for students who have been withdrawn according to this policy will not renew, and the student will be subject to all terms and conditions of enrollment at the time of re-enrollment.

What do I have to do to stay as an Active Student?

Degree-seeking students are considered actively enrolled or “Active” if they are registered for at least one course and have been assigned an Instructor. They will continue in Active status unless they have a term in which they fail to successfully complete at least one course. Students who do not complete any courses in a given term will be considered “Inactive” and be will be withdrawn from the University unless they contact their Student Advisor with a good explanation for the inactivity.

Transfer Credits

How do I know if my transcript has been received by New Charter University?

Upon receipt and processing of your official transcript, you will receive email confirmation from our Registrar’s office.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please [email protected]

May I receive credit for my Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)?

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) completed at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U. S. Department of Education or by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) may be evaluated for college credit.

Will you give me credit for my work experience?

Because New Charter University has an outcomes-based model, we do not award credit for work experience. However, a student with considerable experience in a given subject may challenge the course examination and earn credit if the examination score is high enough to pass the course.

New Charter University does accept undergraduate transfer credit for examinations and other forms of training that have been evaluated and approved by certain organizations, including CLEP, DANTES, and Excelsior. Transfer credit by examination is not available at the graduate level. For further information, please consult the School Catalog.

Will New Charter University accept transfer credit for courses I completed 10, 15, 20, etc. years ago?

Where the current content of a course is substantially the same as when it was originally offered, it is possible for credit to be awarded, i.e., courses in early American Literature or History. Regardless of currency, all transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of New Charter University.

Will my New Charter credits transfer to other schools?

The transferability of credits you earn at New Charter University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree you earn is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending New Charter University to determine if your credits will transfer. DETC-accredited institutions will typically accept one another’s credits.

Will you give me credit for my Military/Law Enforcement Training?

We accept military/law enforcement and other training for academic credit based on ACE College Credit Recommendation Service evaluations, as outlined in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs and The Guide to Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Do you give Credit by Examination (CLEP, DANTES)?

New Charter University accepts the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) for approved agencies offering credit by examination. These include:

·         CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

·         Excelsior College Exams

·         DANTES subject exams

How does the university determine which courses can be accepted for transfer?

The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions is at the discretion of the receiving college or university.

As a general example, transfer credit is awarded for course work which:

·         has been completed at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/)

·         meets the curriculum requirements (for both subject area and number of semester hours) of the specific degree program at New Charter University;

·         meets the overall grade point average (GPA) requirements of the degree program at New Charter University;

·         has content which has not significantly changed since the course was taken (i.e., there have not been many changes in English grammar and composition in the past ten years, but Management Information Systems has changed frequently).

As a general example, transfer credit is not awarded for course work which:

·         was completed at an institution which is/was not accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education;

·         does not correspond to the curriculum requirements (for either subject area or number of semester hours) for a degree program at New Charter University and exceeds the number of general elective credits applicable to the degree program;

·         was remedial in nature or which could not be credited toward a degree at the institution where the course work was completed;

·         duplicates courses for which credit has already been awarded;

·         was awarded as experiential learning at another institution.

Why didn’t I get credit for my Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)?

Previous college credit always supersedes credit for other training. If completed college courses in subject areas for which we typically award Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) credit, duplicate credit cannot be awarded.

Can I get transfer credit for continuing education units (CEUs)?

New Charter University does not award credit for CEUs.  However, if a training program has been reviewed and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education, credit may be possible.

Can I get transfer credit for course work completed at an institution outside the United States?

If you wish to obtain transfer credit for course work completed at an institution outside the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

I took courses at an institution that was accredited, but is no longer in operation. How can I get a transcript for transfer evaluation?

Contact the Department of Higher Education in the state where the school was licensed. A list of state departments of higher education may be found on the U.S. Department of Education website.

Where should I send my transcripts?

In order to be accepted, transcripts must be official (that is, sent directly from the institution to New Charter University under seal). Prospective students should send official transcripts and foreign credential evaluations to:

New Charter University, Registrar
50 W. Broadway, Suite 300

Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

Will New Charter University accept transfer credit from an unaccredited institution?

No. In order to be accepted for transfer, previous credit must have been completed at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Will you do an unofficial transcript review?

No, NCU will not perform transfer credit evaluations using unofficial transcripts. An applicant who wishes to receive a transfer and/or equivalent credit evaluation prior to enrollment must provide official college transcripts and training certificates (sent directly to the University under seal) and pay a $100 non-refundable fee.

After a student enrolls in the University, there is no charge for a transfer credit evaluation.

Will you take my transfer credits?

The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions is at the discretion of the receiving college or university. An applicant who wishes to receive a transfer and/or equivalent credit evaluation prior to enrollment must provide official college transcripts and training certificates and pay a $100 non-refundable fee. Transfer credit evaluations will not be performed using unofficial transcripts. After a student enrolls in the University, there is no charge for a transfer credit evaluation. If you choose to enroll first, simply choose “Enroll” on the website and check the box indicating that you would like a transfer credit review, and this will alert the Registrar that you intend to send official transcripts. A Student Advisor will contact you within 2 weekdays to discuss how to get started successfully at New Charter University, including the process to have your transcripts evaluated for credit. You will need to contact your previous school(s) and request that they send official transcripts to New Charter University within 30 days of your enrollment.

Once your official transcripts are received, the Registrar will determine which of your prior degrees and coursework can be accepted for credit at New Charter University. This review determines the remaining coursework to complete the desired program of study.

Students wishing to transfer New Charter University credits to another institution should check first with that institution regarding its policy on transfer credit.

Course content and instructional quality varies across institutions and, because of this, New Charter University does not consider grade points for work completed at other colleges or universities. Therefore, transfer credit neither raises nor lowers a student’s grade point average.  Only grades of C or higher will be considered for undergraduate credit and B or higher for graduate credit. In addition, the University has established the following limits on the maximum credits that are allowed for transfer into the degree programs.

Maximum Transfer Credits that May Be Awarded from All Sources

·         Associate’s Degree . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 45 credits (15 courses)*

·         Bachelor’s Degree . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 90 credits (30 courses)*

·         Master’s Degree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .up to 18 credits (6 courses)**

* For Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, transfer credit may be awarded through a combination of transfer and/or credit by examination.

** For Master’s degrees, credit by examination does not apply.

1098-T

What is Form 1098-T?

The IRS Form 1098-T, Tuition Payment Statement, is an informational statement of eligible educational expenses; for example, qualified tuition and related expenses, and Scholarships and Grants. Form 1098-T is required by the IRS and is issued by an eligible educational institution which the student attended. It assists the student and the IRS in determining if the student qualifies for the American Opportunity Tax Credit (formerly Hope Scholarship Credit) or Lifetime Learning Credit.

What is an eligible educational institution?

An eligible educational institution is one that is eligible for participation in programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs include certain federal loans and grants.

Is New Charter University an eligible educational institution for a 1098-T?

New Charter University is not currently an eligible educational institution for a 1098-T.

Will I be receiving a 1098-T?

No, students will not be receiving 1098-T forms from New Charter University for the 2013 calendar year.

Can I still be eligible for a tax benefit if New Charter University is not an eligible educational institution?

The University cannot provide tax advice. Please reach out to your tax advisor for assistance in determining if you are eligible for a tax benefit.  You can also read or obtain IRS Publication 970 from the IRS web site (www.irs.gov) or phone the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

About Us/How it Works/General

Is New Charter University accredited by the U.S. Department of Education?

New Charter University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the United States Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. (The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit universities, but it does recognize specific accrediting agencies that do accredit universities.)

How many courses can I take in a term?

For degree-seeking students, New Charter University’s tuition policy allows students to enroll in as many courses as they can successfully complete in a term. When a student has completed a course, s/he may request one additional course at a time through her/his Student Advisor. After each subsequent course is completed, the student may continue to request additional courses up to three weeks before the end of the term.

Non-degree students are limited to enrolling in a maximum of four (4) total courses in non-degree status. Students who wish to continue enrolling in courses after they have completed four will need to become fully matriculated degree-seeking students. The Student Advisor assists in this process.

How are you accredited?

New Charter University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the United States Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

New Charter University is approved to operate (licensed) by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

Will New Charter University seek regional accreditation?

At some point in the future, New Charter University may seek regional accreditation. However, please be aware that this is typically a lengthy and complicated process that usually takes several years. In any event, we will work diligently to maintain our good standing with our current accreditor, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

If I enroll, what kind of support will I get?

Your support team consists of Student Advisors and Instructors:

Student Advisors: These key team members mentor students and provide academic advising support as students develop and personalize their study and degree plans. They are the first point of contact for helping students successfully complete their programs and resolving issues involving their program of study, student accounts, and any concerns they may have. Student Advisors are required by University policy to answer student inquiries within 24 hours during the work week and within 48 hours on the weekend.

Teaching Faculty/Instructors:  NCU’s Instructors are fully committed to student success. At other universities, teaching faculty have a wide variety of responsibilities, such as the requirement to conduct research, the expectation that they will present at conferences and publish papers, and other roles such as grading and supporting student clubs. An average college instructor spends only 4-6 hours per week working directly with students. NCU’s Instructors’ sole responsibility is to teach: they spend 32 hours per week working directly with students, helping them to better understand their coursework, and supporting them when they struggle academically. Instructors are subject matter experts in their assigned courses and, as such, identify, evaluate and create learning resources across a variety of media to ensure that students with different learning styles will be successful. They are the principal resource to answer academic questions about particular courses and help students successfully complete their courses and academic program. Instructors are required by University policy to answer student inquiries within 24 hours during the work week and within 48 hours on the weekend.

Is there a student honor society?

New Charter University is proud to be a member of the Delta Epsilon Tau (DET) Honor Society. Candidates must have:

·         A minimum of a 3.5 GPA for undergraduates and have completed 24 credits with New Charter University or a minimum of a 3.7 GPA for graduate students and have completed 12 credits with New Charter,

·         Active participation in New Charter University activities, and

·         Demonstrated leadership and commitment to distance education and learning.

What other academic affiliations do you have?

As an accredited, degree-granting member of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), New Charter University is an institutional member of the following organizations:

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) – CHEA is a non-profit organization serving as the national advocate for self-regulation through accreditation.

American Council on Education (ACE) – ACE is the nation’s umbrella higher education association.

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) – New Charter University is an institutional member of CAEL, the national leader in the field of adult learning dedicated to expanding lifelong learning opportunities for adults.

Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) – AACRAO is a nonprofit association of admissions and registration professionals which provides leadership in academic and enrollment services.

Do you have student housing?

New Charter University’s programs are delivered completely online and are non-residential. New Charter University does not assist students in locating housing or in handling living expenses.