FAQs: Accelerated & Professional Studies

» Who is the contact for technical support?
» Who do I contact for Canvas help?
» When can I start?
» How will I know what classes to take and when I should take them?
» How do I purchase the textbooks for my course?
» What services do academic advisors provide to students?
» Why do I have a health insurance charge on my bill?
» How do I waive the health insurance on my bill?
» What options are available for paying my tuition bill?
» How do I apply for financial aid?
» What is a PIN number for financial aid?
» What are the eligibility requirements for financial aid?
» When should I apply for financial aid?
» I have been selected for a process called verification. What do I need to do?
» How will I know if I have been awarded any financial aid?
» I have been awarded a Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. What are the additional steps that I need to complete to accept this/these loan(s)?
» I have received a letter from the Commonwealth stating that I am eligible for the Massachusetts Early Childhood Educator Scholarship or Massachusetts Paraprofessional Teacher's Preparation Grant. Why am I not able to see this aid on my award letter or pending on my bill?
» What is financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress?
» When will the financial aid be disbursed to my account?
» Am I eligible for a book voucher?
» When may I expect to received my semester financial aid refund check?
» I get tuition reimbursement from my employer. Is it possible for me to defer my course charges until I receive the money from them?
» How do I withdraw from a course for the term?

Q: Who is the contact for technical support?

The contact for technical support is the Becker College Help desk and they can be reached at 800.630.8986 or 508.373.1999.  They are available to all students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students will need their Becker College ID# when calling.

Some general information about obtaining your Becker College username and password for Insite, Canvas, and student email is available in the PDF file below.

Q: Who do I contact for Canvas help?

  • You can access Canvas from any Becker College page through the Quicklinks.
  • If you are having problems, please contact the 24/7 helpdesk at 800.630.8986 or 508.373.1999.

Q: When can I start?

The accelerated degree programs have ongoing admissions and students may start at any time.

Q: How will I know what classes to take and when I should take them?

Once you are accepted into one of our accelerated degree programs, you will be assigned an academic advisor. They will assist you with knowing what classes to take and when you should take them.

Q: How do I purchase the textbooks for my course?

Becker College has a bookstore on both the Leicester and Worcester campuses. The hours of operation change according to the academic year. It is best to call the bookstore at 508.373.9470 to confirm the hours before coming on campus.  The bookstore personnel will assist you with the correct textbook for your course. You will need to know what program you are enrolled in, and the course number you are purchasing the textbook for. You may phone in you order prior to arriving on campus or have it shipped to your home.

Textbooks can be purchased online through the bookstore’s website: www.becker.bkstr.com Go to Books, click on Textbooks & Course Materials and proceed through the guided buying process.

Q: What services do academic advisors provide to students?

Academic advisors help students with any course/academic related questions. Advising includes, but is not limited to, assessing transfer credits, updating credit evaluations, and assisting with course planning.

Q. Why do I have a health insurance charge on my bill?

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all students enrolled at least three-quarter time (9 or more credits per semester) to be covered under an acceptable health insurance plan.  Students enrolled at least three-quarter time will be automatically billed for the cost of the College insurance unless a health insurance waiver is submitted annually.  The waiver may be completed online at www.universityhealthplans.com.

Q. How do I waive the health insurance charge on my bill?

If you have your own comparable health insurance coverage, you may waive Becker’s College health insurance charges online at www.universityhealthplans.com.  You will be required to waive the health insurance charge each academic year.

Q. What options are available for paying my tuition bill?

Payment for each Accelerated course is due prior to the start of the course.

  • MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express may be made through Insite.
  • Electronic checks are accepted through Insite.
  • Check or money orders may be mailed to:
Becker College
Office of Student Accounts
61 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01609

                Be sure to include the student’s name and ID# on the check or money order.

  • Cash, checks, or money orders may be dropped off in the Office of Student Accounts which is located in the Student Administrative Services Building at 47 Sever Street on our Worcester campus.
  • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Becker College offers a deferment plan only for students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employer.
    • The student must submit the following to the Office of Student Accounts prior to the start of the fall and/or spring semester.
      • $75 charge for the semester that is being deferred.
      • A current statement of eligibility from the employee’s Human Resource Department explaining the benefit and amount that would be covered
      • A signed promissory note which is available in the Office of Student Accounts or by downloading the form as a PDF.
      • If the employer reimburses the college directly prior to the start of the course.
        • No fees will be charged.
        • A MPN from the employer is required.
  • Financial Aid

Q. How do I apply for financial aid?

You may apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Q: What is a PIN number for financial aid?

A PIN number is a personalized 4 digit number issued only to you by the U.S. Department of Education that can be used to electronically sign your FAFSA.  To apply for a PIN number, visit www.pin.ed.gov

Q. What are the eligibility requirements for financial aid?

To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) or pass an exam approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be officially accepted into an eligible program of study.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau).
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) each term, although some students may be enrolled in only 3 credits and be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.
  • Meet Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on a federal grant.
  • Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans or work study).
  • Demonstrate financial need (except for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan). 

Q. When should I apply for financial aid?

The Office of Financial Aid encourages you to complete the FAFSA simultaneously with applying for acceptance into the Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies.  You must re-apply for financial aid each year and may do so after January 1st for the upcoming academic year

Q.  I have been selected for a process called verification.  What do I need to do?

If you are selected for verification, you will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid.  If you are selected for verification and did not elect the usage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you and your parent (if a dependent student) will be required to provide a federal income tax transcript from the IRS.  Other documents may also be required to complete the verification process as well.

Q. How will I know if I have been awarded any financial aid?

The Office of Financial Aid mails an award letter notifying you of your aid eligibility.  Additionally, you may view your award letters online via Becker College’s Insite.

Q. I have been awarded a Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.  What are the additional steps that I need to complete to accept this/these loan(s)?

All first time borrowers at Becker College must complete both the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) before any funds may be disbursed to the student’s account.   You may complete these requirements on-line at www.studentloans.gov. Once the Office of Financial Aid has received notification from the U.S. Department of Education that these requirements have been completed, the funds from these loans may be used toward your student account.

Q.  I have received a letter from the Commonwealth stating that I am eligible for the Massachusetts Early Childhood Educator Scholarship or Massachusetts Paraprofessional Teacher’s Preparation Grant.  Why am I not able to see this aid on my award letter or pending on my bill?

These awards will be added for each term of your eligibility once the Office of Financial Aid has received a certification roster from the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance.  These rosters are typically received toward the end of the second month of each semester.  Funding for the summer semester is dependent on availability from the Commonwealth.  You are encouraged to register for all semester courses at the start of each term to allow the Office of Financial Aid to properly certify enrollment and award eligibility with the Commonwealth.

Q.  What is financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress?

Becker College, in accordance with federal regulations, requires all students who receive federal financial aid to maintain satisfactory academic progress.   Student academic progress is measured at the end of each semester against the following standards.

  • Qualitative Measure: A minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for all attempted credits must be maintained.
  • Quantitative Progress: Students must successfully complete 67% of the courses attempted. The pace of progress is calculated by dividing the cumulative hours that have been successfully completed by the cumulative hours attempted.
  • Maximum time frame: Students must complete their educational program of study within a time frame no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program, as measured by the credits attempted and including transfer credits.

Additional information on financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress may be found in the Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies student handbook, the Office of Financial Aid website and the Office of Financial Aid Award Guide.

Q. When will the financial aid be disbursed to my account?

Most financial aid awards are disbursed in equal amounts each semester and applied directly to your student account.  Disbursements are made after the fourth Monday of the third module of each semester once enrollment has been confirmed.  State scholarship and grant funds are disbursed to your student account once the funds are received by Becker College.

Q. Am I eligible for a book voucher?

Book vouchers are offered to students whose financial aid is in excess of their semester charges.  The amount of the voucher comes from your financial aid award and the book voucher amount used will be charged back to your student account. For more information on book vouchers, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at 508-373-9437 or via email at studentaccounts@becker.edu.

Q. When may I expect to receive my semester financial aid refund check?

It is the policy of Becker College to return all verified credit balances to students each semester.  If your financial aid is in excess of your college bill, refund checks will generally be available by late August for the summer semester, mid-December for the fall semester, and late April for the spring semester. These dates only apply to students who have completed all of their financial aid paperwork.  Refunds are contingent on receipt of financial aid funds by the College.

Q.  I get tuition reimbursement from my employer.  Is it possible for me to defer my course charges until I receive the money from them?

Yes, Becker College offers a deferment plan, which allows the student to defer the charges up to 30 days after the last class of that course, only for students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employer. Under this plan, the student must submit the following to the Office of Student Accounts prior to the start of the fall and/or spring semester.

  • $75 charge for the semester that is being deferred.
  • A current statement of eligibility from your Human Resource Department explaining the benefit and amount that would be covered.
  • A signed promissory note, which is available in the Office of Student Accounts,

Please note, that if you do not receive the reimbursement from your employer, you will be responsible for the course charges.

Q. How do I withdraw from a course for the term? 

Students who are unable to complete or attend a course for which you are registered must officially withdraw from the course or the College. To withdraw from a course, students must contact their Academic Advisor for the Center of Accelerated and Professional Studies.  Please note that non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from a course; a student must contact their Academic Advisor to officially withdraw.

The date on which the signed Drop/Withdrawal form is received by the Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies, or the date the course is dropped through Insite by the student, is the official date of withdrawal.  Students who do not officially withdraw or withdraw after the Add/Drop period of each module or term (depending on the course and week number of instructional time as noted below) will be responsible for the course charges whether or not attendance actually occurred.

5-7 Week Courses

During the 7 calendar days of the Add/Drop period of each module

100% Refund

During the second calendar week of the module

50% Refund

Starting with the third calendar week of the module

0% Refund

15 Week Courses

Through the end of the Add/Drop Period

100% Refund

After Add/Drop

0% Refund

Students who drop a course prior to the Add/Drop period (upon which they will receive a 100% tuition refund) may incur a loss of the following additional expenses:

  • $40 application fee (new students only)
  • Cost of books (non-refundable 48 hours after purchase)
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