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Continuing Education FAQs

Eligibility

Yes. Anyone can register for a course at the BAC through Continuing Education (CE). After an individual is registered for a course, they are considered a continuing education student at the school.

No. Individuals are welcome to take an individual course without being enrolled in a Certificate Program.

A design background is not required to enroll in a certificate program or continuing education course. Courses with prerequisites will list this information.

If the course is part of the curriculum for a current Certificate Program and the student receives a passing grade, then the course can be applied toward the Certificate Program requirements.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Continuing education course tuition is a per-credit rate. Tuition and fees are published each academic year (fall, spring and summer semesters). Find current tuition and fees here.

Tuition is due at the time of course registration.

Our continuing education programs are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, continuing education students can use private loans to pay for their education. Private loan options for BAC Continuing Education/Certificate Programs can be found on ElmSelect. Contact us at ce@the-bac.edu with any questions.

Enrollment and Registration

Interested individuals can enroll in a certificate program by submitting the Certificate Application to ce@the-bac.edu and then register for courses during open registration periods.

A certificate student can take a class or two each semester to complete their certificate in 2-3 semesters.

Printed certificates are awarded to students who are enrolled in a current BAC Certificate Program and complete all of the required courses. Continuing Education students who are not enrolled in a certificate program do not receive a certificate for individual courses.

All BAC students can request a transcript with their completed courses. For more information on how to obtain a transcript, learn more at the Registrar’s Office.

Course Registration and Information

Course registration can be completed either online via Self-Service or by submitting a completed Registration Form to ce@the-bac.edu. Check out this visual video guide for more details.

No. Anyone can register and take an individual education course. If you later decide you want to complete a certificate program after taking an individual course, it could retroactively count towards Certificate Program if it is on the current curriculum.

Yes. Continuing education courses are taken for academic credit. At the end of the course, students will receive a letter grade. Certificate students must receive a passing grade for a course to count toward their program requirements.

Some courses are available to audit or can be taken for no-credit. Certificate students cannot audit their program courses. For additional information on auditing a CE course, contact ce@the-bac.edu.

There is not a limit, but it is recommended that students consider their personal schedules prior to registering for multiple courses. Typically, a continuing education student will take a course or two each semester.

Based on the credit-hour equivalents, for one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction, students can expect a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week. For example, for a 3 credit hour course a student could expect to spend approximately 9 hours per week on the course.

Continuing education courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The fall semester runs from late August through December; the spring semester runs from late January through May; and the summer semester runs in June and July. For more detailed dates, please see the Academic Calendar.

Transferring BAC Continuing Education courses to a degree program are limited to 6 credits. However, students who complete a BAC Certificate can transfer all 9 credits of the certificate into a degree program, provided the credits are applicable to the degree.

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