1. Apply to VCU
NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENT
Students who meet the requirements for undergraduate/graduate eligibility may enroll for credit as non-degree seeking students. More information is available from the Student Services Center. This status does not require an application for admission through the Office of Admissions, but registration is required through Records and Registration.
Enrollment as a non-degree student does not ensure later admission as a degree-seeking student.
To enroll in graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student, individuals must be in their final semester or have graduated from a regionally accredited college or university.
Information and forms certifying eligibility to take graduate courses are available at VCU Records and Registration
DEGREE SEEKING STUDENT
Visit the Programs page to see available online degree programs.
CURRENT VCU STUDENT
If you are a current VCU student, you can register for online classes using your VCU eID and eID password on eServices. To browse what courses are being offered online, take a look at the online course list.
Use the CRN number or course information to locate the course in eServices.
Note: All fully online courses carry a $55/credit fee, capped at 3 credits ($165) per semester in addition to standard tuition and fees. If you have any questions, please contact us.
International students are defined as those who are neither U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., or those granted asylee or refugee status by the U.S. government. International students are those who have traveled abroad to the U.S. for the purpose of studying in school and are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
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2. Learn about Financial Aid
The Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University seeks to assist students and their families, so that any qualified student who desires to pursue an education at VCU may do so without the hindrance of financial barriers. We support enrollment and retention by identifying resources and educating parents and students so that they may make sound financial decisions. In responding to the diverse and changing needs of the university community, a spirit of cooperation, innovation, and fairness will be maintained. For more information about Financial Aid, please visit the Financial Aid website.
Note: Undergraduate and graduate non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. However, undergraduate and graduate non-degree seeking students may qualify for financial assistance programs such as veteran’s benefits, other forms of veteran’s aid, and VCU’s installment payment plan.
If you have questions or concerns about financial aid, please contact the financial aid office.
Tuition and Payment
Tuition rates are available at the Student Accounting website. The tuition and fee calculator will provide you with an estimate of what it will cost for you to attend VCU. Additionally, you should also determine if any special course-related fees are applicable. Tuition and fees are described in the VCU Bulletin.
Payments are due by the start of the semester. Students whose payments are received after the payment deadline may be assessed a late fee and/or a registration hold. Additional payment information is available here.
Online Course Fee
There is an Online Course Fee of $55 per credit hour for undergraduate and graduate online courses. The fee is for operational and personnel support to develop and maintain online courses. This fee is capped at three credit hours. The maximum a student will pay in online course fees per semester is $165.00.
3. Activate your eID
Once you’re admitted, you will receive information on what you need to do. One of the big steps is creating an eID and password. This allows you to check your VCU email and log-in to your courses.
5. Succeed in your online classes
- Meet with your academic advisor. Trust us, they’re an incredible resource!
- Make sure you review the Student Computer Initiative. If you need a computer or other electronics, RamTech sells them at affordable academic prices.
- Get comfortable with all the technology, including your VCU email, eServices, and Blackboard. If you have trouble, contact Technology Services.
- Check the syllabus or the VCU bookstore to determine what books are required for your courses.
- Connect with faculty. They will provide you information on office hours or let you know how to schedule a meeting. Take advantage of that!
- Be sure to make a note of all the important dates in the semester by reviewing the academic calendar.
- Do you have a disability? Be sure to connect with the Office of Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (SAEO).
- Explore the Major Maps which help with degree planning and career preparation.
- Get involved! VCU has something for everyone.
5. Use VCU resources
The VCU Insider is a resource developed by the VCU Division of Student Affairs to help connect you to valuable resources. Additionally, the Virtual Student Success Center is a useful tool to help you navigate VCU. We invite you to take advantage of the many student support services we offer.
If you cannot find the information you are looking for, contact us and get answers.