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.
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 (Click HERE for information and to register for the test)
- Work Life Experience in the human services portfolio process (Click HERE to learn more)
- 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 (https://springfield.edu/regional-and-online/student-services/degree-acceleration)
Can I do some courses online and some courses on campus if I live near a Springfield College campus?
Yes. We have programs that are considered a hybrid. This means that some courses will be delivered fully online and some will be conducted face to face. Depending on the course, it could be on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am-12 pm or 2-5 pm, or evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 PM. Hybrid programs are available at campuses located in Springfield, Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, and Houston, Texas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, The Writing Hub, 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 email@example.com
2. If you want to be considered for financial aid, complete the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.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, Shannon or Patrick. They’ll assist you with getting your transcripts in for evaluations. Soon after your transcripts are in, you can expect a decision. Click HERE for a list of admissions team members.
Do I send my transcript to you?
You request official transcripts from all previous institution(s). The colleges should be able to send them over to us electronically or by mail. Or they can send them directly to you by mail and you can bring them to us in a sealed (former college will have an official signed-seal) envelope that you have not opened.
What is the difference between Regional and Online?
You have the option of choosing a hybrid program or a fully online program. A hybrid program includes a mix of online and in-class courses at one of our regional campuses (Springfield, Boston, and Houston). Our fully online program is asynchronous meaning that the student can participate in the learning process on their own time when and wherever they can connect to the internet.
Who can I contact for questions about the application process and online programs?
You can contact a member of our admissions team! Depending on your geographic location, you will be assigned to the appropriate recruiter. Click HERE for a list of admissions team members.
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. To check if your place of employment has a partnership with Springfield College or to learn more about the process of becoming an employer partner click HERE.
I am interested in starting in the Spring term. What are the deadlines?
SPRING 2023 Dates and Deadlines
File your FAFSA for financial aid consideration as soon as possible.
App deadline: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
App completion deadline: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
New student registration begins: Monday, December 5, 2022
Classes begin: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
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 www.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. Walter Geter at 813-626-3831 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What grants, scholarships, and aid are available to me?
Partner Grants (if applicable), Legacy Scholarship (if applicable), FAFSA
(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 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 do 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).
Financial Aid decisions are typically based on full-time enrollment. If a student plans to enroll on a part-time basis or will not attend all three terms during the academic year, financial aid eligibility may change. Please do not make assumptions about eligibility for assistance. It is recommended to contact the Office of Financial Aid prior to any enrollment changes to determine if there will be an adjustment to the financial aid award.