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Correspondence FAQ

 

General Information



MSU Denver Correspondence Program provides fully accredited college courses that offer a flexible and valuable alternative to traditional classroom and online schedules. Correspondence courses are offered in both Self-Paced Online and Print-Based formats which give students the freedom to:

  • Work independently through Blackboard or from a course study packet at your own pace.
  • Set your own schedule with no fixed assignment deadlines or class meeting times.
  • Register for courses mid-semester (does not apply to students receiving financial aid).
  • Finish a course in a few weeks or take up to 6 months to complete a self-paced online course, or 1 year to complete a print-based course.

Correspondence courses are appropriate for independent learners who can, or need to set their own learning schedule.

No. Currently we offer both self-paced online and print based correspondence courses.

Self-paced online courses require computer access. All coursework and communication with your instructor will be through the Blackboard Learning Management system.

Print based courses require the purchase of a course study packet. All coursework will be submitted via the US Postal system unless your instructor notes otherwise. Communication with the instructor can be a combination of phone, email, or postal mail.

Self-Paced Online Correspondence Courses

Students NOT receiving Federal Financial Aid who enroll in self-paced online correspondence courses have six (6) months to complete their course(s). All required coursework must be submitted in Blackboard Learn by the coursework completion deadline date. If you do not complete your SPO course by the posted deadline date you will receive an “F” as your final grade.

** Students receiving Financial Aid (see section on Financial Aid)

SPO Registration and Completion Deadlines

Semester

Registration Deadline

Coursework Completion Deadline

Spring

Mar 15th

Sept 30th of the same year

Summer

July 15th

Nov 30th of the same year

Fall

Oct 15th

Apr 30th of the following year

 

 Print-Based Correspondence Courses

Students NOT receiving Federal Financial Aid who enroll in print-based correspondence courses have four (4) consecutive semesters to complete their course(s). If you do not complete your correspondence course by the posted deadline date you will receive an “F” as your final grade.

** Students receiving Financial Aid (see section on Financial Aid)

Print-Based Registration and Completion Deadlines

Semester

Registration Deadline

Coursework Completion Deadline

Spring

Apr 15th

Apr 23rd of the following year

Summer

Jul 15th

Jul 17th of the following year

Fall

Nov 15th

Nov 27th of the following year

 

Registration

You must be an MSU Denver student with a student ID to register for courses. For more information about the application process, or to apply online, please visit the website for the Office of Admissions.

MSU Denver students can register for correspondence courses through ConnectU. Simply select Self-Paced Online/Correspondence from the class schedule search options and enter the CRN for the course(s) you select. Please be sure to check the class notes to determine if the course is offered as a self-paced online or print based format.

 

Study Packets and Textbooks

Print Based Correspondence Course study Packet

Course study packets are available for purchase in digital format for a nominal fee at, www.aurariacoursepacks.com.  The digital format offers tools for highlighting, taking and sharing notes, importing notes, searching packet content, and more. In addition to the interactive tools, your study packet can be accessed from tablet devices for convenient access anytime, anywhere.

Textbooks for self-paced online and print-paced courses

Textbooks for both self-paced online and print-based courses are available through the Auraria Campus Bookstore located in the Tivoli Building on the Auraria Campus, or through their website.

Outside book distributors may be an alternative option.

 

Course Requirements

Self-Paced Online Courses: All lessons, assignments, and exams are included in your course material in Blackboard.

Print Based Courses: Your course study packet acts as your guide, specifying what the required lessons and assignments are for your course. If your correspondence course requires you to take tests, your study packet will specify when to take them.

 

Financial Aid

Students receiving Financial Aid must be enrolled in all classes (classroom, online, correspondence, etc.) by the posted census date, and complete all courses by the end of the semester of enrollment. It is your responsibility to know and comply with all regulations associated with your financial aid package. For questions regarding financial aid please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 303-556-4741.