FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Where is Independence University (IU) located?
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IU is a fully online university and does not have campus locations. However, IU is headquartered at: 4021 S. 700 E. #400, Salt Lake City, UT 84107.
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What degree programs do you offer?
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IU offers career-focused Associate's degree programs in Healthcare, Business, and Graphic Arts. Bachelor degree programs include Healthcare, Business, Technology, and Graphic Arts. In addition, we offer Master's degree programs in Healthcare and Technology.
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Are scholarships offered at IU?
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Yes. Click here for details regarding the grant and scholarship awards offered at our school for those who qualify.
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Can I use Federal Financial Aid to attend your school?
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Yes. Click here for details regarding grants and other financial assistance offered by the federal government for those who qualify.
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Can I use the GI Bill to help pay for school?
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Yes, you can use your GI Bill benefits as well as any other military education benefits and scholarships for which you or your family members are eligible. In addition, our school offers active duty military tuition discounts for those who qualify. Click here for details.
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How do I qualify to become a student?
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We make the first steps on your journey to a better career simple, with an admissions process that is supportive and easy to understand. For A. details on how to get started, click here. For faster service, call us at (800) 917-6391
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Are you a nonprofit university?
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Yes, we are a nonprofit university which means we put you first. For more information on how our school’s nonprofit status benefits you, click here.
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What kind of laptop will I receive while I attend school?
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You will be sent a new tablet to use during your first module (four-week term), and a new laptop when you begin your fourth module. Those in the Graphic Arts program will receive a new tablet to use during your first module (four-week term), and a new Apple laptop computer when beginning the fourth module. Your tablet and laptop will come to you pre-loaded with all the programs and applications needed for you to be successful in your coursework. Both the tablet and laptop are yours to use while in school. Once you graduate, they are yours to keep. Note: This benefit does not apply to our Master’s degree programs.
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Does a degree guarantee I will get a job?
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No, it does not. However, our Career Services department is a valuable resource in assisting you in your job search as you near graduation and A. beyond. Services include resume building, interview skills, networking tips, and more. For additional information on Student Support, click here.
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What accreditations do you hold?
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In addition to our school being accredited by the Accrediting Commision of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), our Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Plus, our Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Click here for more details about our school’s accreditation.
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How much is tuition at IU?
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Tuition varies between degree programs. Because we work closely with you to find all the financial aid for which you may qualify, you may find getting your degree is more affordable than expected. Another bonus ... your enrollment includes practically everything you need to graduate—learning materials, computer software, a new tablet and laptop ... even tutoring. Click here for more information.
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How do I get hands-on experience with your Healthcare degrees?
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At IU, we provide students in various Healthcare degree programs with real-world experiences so they can refine their skillset and gain confidence in their abilities. Programs may include a residency/externship or clinical rotations within your local area to enrich the educational experience.
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When do classes start?
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Classes start monthly—no waiting, and no waiting lists! Click here for the next start date.
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Can I transfer college credits to IU?
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We’ll work with you to transfer in as many of your credits as possible. Unlike some colleges, we do not charge fees for transferring credits. If you don’t have your transcripts, we can help you track them down. Talk with one of our admissions consultants to get started. For more information on credit transfers, see our catalog.
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How do college loans work?
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College loans are typically lower-interest loans that you do not have to start paying back until after you graduate. There are a variety of student loans, including federal student loans that are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and private student loans funded by private lenders (banks, credit unions, etc.). At Independence University, your financial planner will work with you to find all the loans, scholarships, and grants you may qualify for.
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How much computer knowledge do I need to have?
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Before starting IU, you will take a computer literacy test to determine if you have the basic computer skills to complete a degree program online. Once enrolled, IU provides an online tutorial that shows you step by step how to access assignments and resources, take quizzes and tests, etc. Because we are focused on your success, our online courses are designed to be user-f riendly, and basic computer knowledge is all that is needed. Should you have questions, instructors and tutors are available to assist you.
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Will Independence University accept the GED® test credential?
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Yes, those who have passed the GED® test are eligible for admission. Additional admission requirements vary according to the degree program.
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How do Independence University terms work?
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Rather than a semester format, our courses are set up in four-week modules. Classes start monthly, and each course is completed online in four weeks.
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How does online college work?
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Courses have a start date and are four weeks long f rom start to finish. Once enrolled, to access your course material, including discussions, assignments, quizzes, and tests, go to the student portal on your computer and click on the course. Courses typically include one interactive live lecture per week where you can ask the instructor questions. These live lectures are also recorded for your convenience. Instructors and tutors are available should you ever have any questions. You will also check in online through “Daily Checkpoints” at least four times per week. This helps to keep you on task. Student Services staff will contact you as needed to monitor your progress in completing your degree.
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Can you start online college anytime?
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At IU, courses are run in four week modules. Classes start on a designated date and are completed four weeks later. New classes start monthly. To find the next start date, click here.
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Will Federal Financial Aid help pay for online college?
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Yes; however, students who qualify for financial aid must attend an online school accredited by agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Education to secure funding. We are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), which is recognized and approved by the U.S. Department of Education to secure funding.