Regional, Online, and Continuing Education (ROCE) Prospective Students FAQs
How long will it take to complete a bachelor’s degree?
It will depend on the number of credits you transfer in plus the number of courses you take each semester. At Springfield College 120 credits are required to complete a bachelors degree.
Up to 75 credits may be transferred from a variety of sources. What program you are in will determine if the credit transfers towards specific courses in your degree program, or if the credit will be considered electives. Transfer credit can come from a variety of sources:
- Earned academic credits from regionally accredited institutions (most colleges and
- Testing out of a course (Visit clep.collegeboard.org for information and to register for the test)
- Work Life Experience in the human services portfolio process
- Training and/or certifications related to the degree program (you can earn up to 15 credits)
- Licenses such as a LADAC or CADAC, CNA, or CDA may carry additional credits
- Military training/Police Academy training
- Prior Learning Assessment
What does asynchronous and synchronous mean?
Asynchronous. Classes are fully online, meaning the student can participate or engage in the learning process on their own time when and wherever they can connect to the internet. This is ideal for those who need the flexibility to work at their own pace and/ or can't commit to specific class meeting times.
Synchronous. Classes are live and meeting at a specific day and time with the faculty member and classmates, over a zoom connection. This is ideal for those who want a live classroom feel, but without the restriction of having to be in a specific place.
What are the next steps after acceptance?
1. View your official acceptance letter in the application portal
You can see your official acceptance letter by logging into your Slate portal (the same login you used to fill out your application).
2. Review your transfer credit evaluation
Your transfer credit evaluation is a breakdown of how many credits will be transferred from your previous institution(s) to Springfield College. You can expect the official evaluation will be emailed to you within two weeks of your acceptance.
3. Review your financial aid eligibility
Your financial aid eligibility will be emailed to you, if you have any questions related to financial aid, please reach out to Walter Geter at 813-626-3831 or email@example.com. If you have not completed your FAFSA, please do so as soon as possible. To start the process, complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The college code for Springfield College is
What resources are available for me as an online student?
There are multiple resources to support you on your journey. These include our Academic Success Center, Library Services, Writing @ SC, and more. Our online learning management system is Brightspace. Brightspace is a program you'll be spending some time in. All new students have access to training is available on how to use Brightspace. Brightspace is the platform for your virtual learning.
Do you offer enrollment deposit waivers for a former students returning to Springfield College?
Unfortunately. no. However, if you are military active or a veteran you may be eligible for a deposit waiver Contact your Admissions Assistant directly. Click HERE for a list of admissions team members.
As a returning student what are the steps in being readmitted?
1. Complete the Former Student Returning Application and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. If you want to be considered for financial aid, complete the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at studentaid.gov and use the IRS Data Retrieval option if it is available to you. The college code for Springfield College is 002211
3. You will be notified once you have been reaccepted with a Congratulations email on the next steps. This email will include the enrollment deposit instructions, orientation date(s), password management information, and financial id information).
4. Pay the non-refundable enrollment $150 deposit (via mail or PrideNet)
5. Your advisor will reach out to you to assist you with registering for your courses and/or any questions you may have about your credits.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that there is a waiting period (5-10 days) between steps two and
three which is contingent on the student.
How do I know how many of my credits will transfer in?
Your official transcripts and eligible certificates will be reviewed by our Academic Advising department. Within two weeks of acceptance, you will receive an evaluation that will let you know exactly how many credits have transferred in and what degree requirements have already been met. It will also let you know how many credits need to be taken to complete your degree.
How do I register for classes?
Once your deposit has been received you will be assigned an advisor who will schedule an appointment with you. During that appointment, they will go over what classes you should take and walk you through the registration process online.
What’s next after I submit my application?
Now you’ll be contacted by your Admissions Assistant. They’ll assist you with getting your transcripts in for evaluations. Soon after your transcripts are in, you can expect a decision. Visit our team page for a list of admissions team members.
Where do I send my high school and/ or college transcripts?
It is your responsibility to request official transcripts from all previous institution(s). The colleges and/ or high schools should be able to send them over to us electronically or by mail.
If the high school or college is mailing hard copy:
263 Alden Street
Springfield MA 01109
If this is not possible please contact the admissions office for detailed instructions on how to hand carry an official transcript. You can reach the office at email@example.com or call (877) 347-5024.
Once the College is notified of your eligibility, your financial aid eligibility will be emailed to you, if you have any questions related to financial aid, please reach out to Walter Geter at (813) 626-3831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can I contact for questions about the application process and online programs?
You can contact a member of our admissions team or through our office email or phone email@example.com or call (877) 347-5024. Depending on your geographic location, you will be assigned to the appropriate recruiter.
Does my place of work/organization/school have a relationship with Springfield College?
We as an institution develop partnerships with organizations that are mutually beneficial. Check if your place of employment has a partnership with Springfield College or to learn more about the process of becoming an employer partner.
Can I earn credit for my work and life experience?
Springfield College offers students the opportunity to earn undergraduate college credit for what they already know through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program. Students often have professional or personal experiences that are relevant to their program of study, and we want to reward you for the hard work you’ve already put in. The Admissions team will review the following types of work and life experience for potential credit during the enrollment process:
- Work experience
- Volunteer and community service/activities
- Military experience
- Independent reading and study
- Trainings and/or workshops
- Cultural and artistic pursuits
Please ask your Admissions recruiter for more information on the PLA program if you’d like to have your work and life experiences reviewed for academic credit.
Are there information sessions I can attend to learn more? How do I sign up?
Yes, the Regional and Online admissions team holds virtual undergraduate information sessions every other Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. You can visit springfield.edu/roce-virtual to sign up for an upcoming session.
How much will it cost to earn my degree?
The total cost of earning your degree depends on several factors. Once a full transfer evaluation is complete, and you know exactly how many credits you have left to earn -
Total credits remaining X cost per credit = Total cost BEFORE aid, grants, scholarships, etc.
For a detailed conversation, about your exact semester-over-semester out-of-pocket cost you can connect with the financial aid team.
Current tuition for all undergraduate ROCE course can be found here.
What grants, scholarships, and aid are available to me?
Partner Grants (if applicable), Legacy Scholarship (if applicable), and FAFSA. Check out scholarship opportunities to learn more.
(Please keep in mind that many of the scholarships listed on that page are only available for traditional on-ground students)
What are the Admission Requirements?
To be admitted to an Undergraduate ROCE Program students must have a high school
diploma or GED and have a minimum of 15 equivalent college credits from any combination of the
- Official college transcripts from a regionally accredited institution with a 2.0 or higher.
- International post-secondary transcripts officially certified by World Education Services (WES), the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
- Official Joint Services Transcripts (JST), Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Transcripts, Coast Guard Institute Transcripts, or American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.
- CLEP, DANTES/DSST college-equivalency examination results, or other industry standardized testing results.
- Credits earned through professional or organizational training programs or industry-recognized licensure programs that Springfield College has an established articulation in place. For example, CDA, Police Academies, Community Action Partnership, National Head Start, Certified Addictions Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, BEST Apprenticeship Program, CADAC, LAC, LCDC, CSAC, CNA, LPN, RN, or the YMCA. Students may have additional transfer opportunities and should check with their Admissions Assistant.
- Licensure and training programs other than those already reviewed and evaluated by Springfield College will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, a $200 fee is required.
- Credits will not be posted to the student’s official Springfield College transcript until they completed one term.
What is the difference between Part Time enrollment vs Full Time enrollment, and does that affect Financial Aid?
Part-time Enrollment is at least six credits (usually 2 classes) per semester. Full-time is at least 12 credits per semester. How many credits taken in a semester does affect financial aid eligibility and the amounts.
Undergraduate students must be enrolled for at least six credits (part-time) each term to receive loans and must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits) to receive college grants (if otherwise eligible). Federal Pell Grant is determined by federal eligibility and amounts will vary at full time (12 or more credits), 3/4 time (nine to 11 credits), half time (six to eight credits), and less than half time enrollment (less than six credits).
It is best to not make assumptions about eligibility for assistance. It is recommended to complete the FAFSA as soon as you know you will be applying for Admissions, and then follow the guidance of the Financial Aid Office
How do I contact the admissions office for regional and online programs?
If you have questions regarding admissions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877) 347-5024.