University of Illinois merged two of its Chicago campuses in 1992. The resulting University of Chicago at Illinois (UIC) is recognized as one the country’s top 50 research universities and a top public university in Illinois. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited UIC online courses. This accreditation ensures the same quality education available on campus is delivered through the University’s online network. Graduates of online degree sequences earn the same University of Illinois degree as those conferred for on campus graduates.
Beginning in 1998, University of Illinois at Chicago has expanded its online services to make education convenient and accessible for students. The design of the programs makes it possible for students to complete coursework while continuing to work or manage other commitments. The following UIC colleges offer a range of online degrees from a Bachelor’s to a Master’s:
• Applied health Sciences
• Medicine Office of the Dean
• Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Furthermore, various certifications can be earned through the School of Continuing Studies or School of Public Health. Some courses require a real-time element, which means all students will be logged on at a particular time for instruction or interaction. Others follow an asynchronous format. The asynchronous format of online courses allows each person to complete requirements to an individualized pace and time frame. Others may have a blend of real-time and asynchronous requirements.
Tuition is charged an e-campus rate per credit hour for graduates at $777 and undergraduates at $464 for 2013-2014. For students in degree seeking programs, financial aid is a possibility. In 2012-2013 over 72% of full-time undergraduate students received some form of financial aid. At least part-time enrollment is required for financial aid eligibility. Courses taken for non-credit or for certification are not eligible for financial aid. Special financial aid programs are available for veterans.