Distance Education FAQs

What programs does WCU offer completely online?

Visit the Online Offerings page to find the most up-to-date list of programs that are offered 100% online here at WCU.

How much do online courses cost at WCU?

>Visit the Bursar's Website for the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees. Note that a fee equal to 15% of tuition will be added for online courses.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes! Visit the Financial Aid website for the most up-to-date information regarding financial aid.

How do I enroll in an online course?

Once you have applied and are accepted to your program of choice, you may enroll in courses through myWCU. This process is no different than enrolling in face-to-face courses. Visit the Registrar’s Website for more information.

Is online learning for me?

A number of factors my contribute to your decision on whether or not online learning is for you, including your learning style preferences and academic goals. This free eLearnReady Assessment is a tool you may use to help gauge your readiness for online learning.

What type of computer skills do I need?

Online students are expected to have basic knowledge on how to work on their computer in their preferred operating system, including basic knowledge of word processing software, email, and internet browsers.

What type of computer hardware/software do I need?

Visit IS&T’s Recommended Student Computer Configuration page for the most up-to-date hardware and software recommendations.

How do online classes work?

Online classes at WCU may take place synchronously, with regular online class meetings at a designated time, or asynchronously, a format which you complete course work on your own time (while still adhering to due dates set forth by the professor). Your professor will post course materials and documents to WCU’s learning management system, D2L.

What is the time commitment for an online course?

You can expect the time commitment for online courses at WCU to be about the same as face-to-face courses.

How do online courses compare to face-to-face courses?

Online courses are held to the same academic standards as face-to-face courses. Content and difficulty-level will be similar, if not the same. The main difference is that all course work and communication with faculty and peers is completed digitally in online courses.

How do I get technical help?

Online students may contact the IS&T Help Desk for technical assistance.

Will I have access to library resources?

Yes! Most library materials are available online. Distance education students may request materials that are not online through the ILLiad System. Visit the Library website for the most up-to-date information.