Most online programs at UL Lafayette charge regular tuition based on the annual scale approved by the University of Louisiana System. The amount of tuition varies by the number of credit hours you schedule each semester. Out-of-state students will be charged in-state tuition unless part of a special program such as RN2BSN.
The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) program has a package price of $9,500. Program prices do not include the cost for a student to complete any general education / core requirements that may be needed to earn the degree. Program prices do not include the costs of books or proctoring (if required,) but do include distance learning course fees.
In the Fall 2010 semester, the University Council authorized the creation of the E-Learning Support Fund to stimulate the growth of hybrid and online learning course offerings. Funds are used for the acquisition of electronic library collections in disciplines offering hybrid and online courses, projects that extend electronic student support services for all learners, significant course design improvements, IT/learning management system (Moodle) projects that benefit all users, and other e-learning and program development activities.
The support fees are:
- Undergraduate hybrid (HY) and online (OL) course sections, a minimum of $30 per credit hour.
- Graduate hybrid (HY) and online (OL) courses, a minimum of $50 per credit hour.
These courses are coded HY for hybrid and OL for online in the student information system and are listed within the schedule of courses. Students registered for HY or OL courses will incur Distance Learning fees.
If a textbook is required in a hybrid or online course, the cost is typically not included in the tuition and fees, with some exceptions (e.g. UNIV 200). Students should be prepared to pay for textbooks or online textbook supplements, if they are required.
Some online courses will require that you take tests or exams in a proctored environment, one supervised in person or electronically by a credible agency or individual. Paying a proctor is an additional fee that you will incur if the course has an exam that requires proctoring.
Why is proctoring required? The passage of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act in 2008 led regional accrediting agencies place greater emphasis on preventing potential fraud in online programs. Thus, these regional accrediting agencies began to mandate its member colleges and universities institute processes for authenticating that a person enrolled to take an online course is actually the person submitting work for that course. UL Lafayette’s accreditor, SACS-COC, requires that “at minimum, a secure login and pass code or proctored exam and, as they become available and widely accepted, new identification technologies and practices” be used to identify each student’s identity. The integrity of academic programs at UL Lafayette depends on the institution’s ability to authenticate the identity of online students.