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  1. How can I find out more about Pace University?
  2. How does online learning work?
  3. Is online learning for me?
  4. What does it take to participate successfully?
  5. Who can participate in the Pace University/NACTEL program?
  6. Are credits earned via online learning transferable?
  7. Is this a "high quality" degree program?
  8. What is the Pace University/NACTEL accreditation?
  9. Do I ever have to go to Pace's campus?
  10. Will I have access to library services?
  11. Will there be after hours support?
  12. How do I get started?
  13. Who is NACTEL?
  14. How do I become a NACTEL associate?
  15. What is the cost of a course?
  16. How do I pay for classes?
  17. What does tuition include?
  18. Does Pace offer financial aid?
  19. How do I find out about tuition assistance?
  20. Why do I have to provide my high school transcripts in addition to my college transcripts?
  21. What is a certificate?
  22. I have other questions that are not answered here. How can I get the answers?
1. How can I find out more about Pace University?

Pace University, a fully accredited private university located in New York State, is a leader in providing education and training for corporate clients as well as in the development of online learning programs such as the Associates degree and certificates offered as a part of this program.


2. How does online learning work?

In many ways, taking one of Pace's online courses is no different than taking a traditional college class. Online courses have the same objectives, tuition and academic credit as their on-campus counterparts. You'll still have an instructor, textbooks, classmates, homework assignments and exams, and all the same regulations and policies apply regarding academic standing, grading and tuition cancellation. The difference is that there are no structured classroom meetings or lectures. Pace uses a variety of different media to deliver and teach classes. You'll access the school's courseware - CourseInfo - via the Internet and will also use textbooks, streaming media, discussion boards and email.


3. Is online learning for me?

There are definitely a few things to consider before signing on to an online degree program including your computer proficiency and learning style. If you are an independent and self-motivated learner, online learning may be right for you!

Answering "yes" to the following questions may indicate that online learning is right for you:

1. Do you have regular access to a computer and reliable access to the Internet?
2. Do you read proficiently?
3. Do you manage your time efficiently?
4. Are you able to focus and avoid distractions while studying?
5. Are you motivated to succeed in school and complete your classes?


4. What does it take to participate successfully?

Besides making sure you have the right technical skills, hardware and software, you should also consider your learning style, your level of comfort communicating via discussion boards and email as well as your ability to find a proctor easily. You should determine if you have enough time for course work. A general rule of thumb is that you need to spend 3-4 hours a week for every credit hour the course is worth.In addition to this, you should have strong math skills because most of the core classes have a strong foundation in math.


5. Who can participate in the Pace University/NACTEL program?

For over 15 years, NACTEL has been the premier source of online education to address critical employment needs in the evolving telecommunications industry. Anyone in the telecommunications industry as well as those who work with the providers in a customer role are ideal candidates for our degree and certificate programs.


6. Are credits earned via online learning transferable?

All credits earned will transfer into a four-year Bachelor degree program depending on the transfer policies of the individual institution.


7. Is this a "high quality" degree program?

Absolutely. Pace University is an accredited University, and these courses are taught by university faculty. At the completion of the program, you will possess the ability to analyze and solve complex technical problems as well as document and communicate technical information in addition to hands-on experience with telecommunications technology.


8. What is the Pace University/NACTEL accreditation?

Pace University is chartered by the Regents of the State of New York and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.


9. Do I ever have to go to Pace's campus?

No. These courses are taught completely online and, as long as you have access to a computer, you can do your work at any time. However, many courses require that you have a proctor supervise certain exams and assignments which may require that you take a test at a location other than your home or work place. Although you are not required to come to campus, you are certainly welcome to if you like.


10. Will I have access to library services?

Yes. When you register, you will be able to request access through the Student Services section of our Web site.


11. Will there be after hours support?

We don't have 24/7 support right now, but you can send an email via Contact Us at any time and someone will get back to you as soon as they get your message.


12. How do I get started?

The first thing you need to do is apply. Check out Before You Apply first, and then complete the online application.


13. Who is NACTEL?

NACTEL is the National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning. It is supported by a variety of telecommunications companies as well as the Communications Workers of American and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. To learn more, visit About NACTEL.


14. How do I become a NACTEL associate?

For information about becoming a member of NACTEL, send an e-mail to Teri Buffman at tbuffman@cael.org.


15. What is the cost of a course?

The cost of each course depends on the number of credits being offered. For more information, please see Tuition & Fees. Please note that NACTEL partners do offer some Tuition Assistance, so be sure to complete the Tuition Request Form for a detailed breakdown of costs and Tuition Assistance contacts.


16. How do I pay for classes?

How you pay for the semester's charges depends on the payment method. There are some options for paying your bill including loans and available payment arrangements to make sure that your bill is paid on time. Students paying out of pocket, payment must be made prior to the first day of the semester. For more information on how to pay, refer to Arrange for Payment Prior to Registration.



17. What does tuition include?

Tuition refers specifically to the cost of the course. It does not include textbooks, and there are additional fees including an application fee, general institution fee and laboratory fees that may or may not be covered by your company. Be sure to review you company's Tuition Assistance program in addition to all the fees associated with the program.


18. Does Pace offer financial aid?

Pace does offer financial aid to qualifying student. In order to start the process, you will need to file the free application for federal student aid listing Pace University as the school of choice. The FAFSA code for Pace- Pleasantville campus is 002792.
Filing for FAFSA can be done online at the following website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
Learn more about the financial aid process.


19. How do I find out about tuition assistance?

Please contact your tuition assistance provider directly for information on tuition assistance coverage and application procedure. If you work for one of the NACTEL partnering companies, you can find information on the tuition assistance on the NACTEL.org website. If you don't work for one of these companies, try contacting your Human Resources department


20. Why do I have to provide my high school transcripts in addition to my college transcripts?

High school transcripts are required by the New York State Education Department regardless of whether or not you went to college. As of the 2012-2013 school year, the United States Department of Education released new standards regarding students who receive financial aid and are admitted to colleges and universities. The admissions requirements must include the receipt of official high school transcripts or proof of GED.


21. What is a certificate?

In New York State, a post secondary student can receive an "official" certificate upon completion of a prescribed group of courses. A certificate is not certification. Just like a degree, a certificate is registered with New York State and offers adults students who may not be interested in a full degree program an opportunity to acquire specific knowledge in a major area.


22. I have other questions that are not answered here. How can I get the answers?

You can use the Search box in the upper right hand corner to search for a particular word or topic. Or, you can visit the Contact Us page, and select a topic or question and your email will be directed to the appropriate person. Finally, you can access any one of our other FAQs to answer questions about Admission, Registration, or Student issues.

 
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