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Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

If you are serious about advancing your education and career, you probably have questions about The College Network®, our partners, and the programs offered.  Listed below are some of our most frequently asked questions to help you as you try to make your higher education decision.  

If you are unable to find the answers you need or need more clarification, please contact 1-800-395-3276 and we will be happy to help you.

 

What is The College Network?

Will The College Network award my degree?

How is The College Network affiliated with its partner universities?

Is The College Network affiliated with Excelsior College®?

Will my degree be widely accepted?

Will my previously-earned college credits transfer to this program?

What is college equivalency testing or testing out?

How long will it take to complete my degree program?

How long will it take to complete a certificate program?

Wouldn't it be faster to earn my degree through an accelerated program at a traditional campus?

Are distance learning programs less expensive than traditional college programs?

How can I pay for my education?

How do I know which program is for me?

What happens if I relocate?

After I enroll, when will I receive access to my program?

How can the Academic Support Department help me?

 

What is The College Network?

Since 1992, The College Network® has provided busy adults, like you, with innovative educational solutions from leading universities for associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and professional certificates. Using a blended-learning format that includes college equivalency testing plus online coursework through accredited university partners, you can complete your program without attending any classes on campus.

The College Network is an independent educational services company, not a school. Our Comprehensive Learning Module™ program is designed to help you earn college credit by passing end-of-course equivalency exams.

 

Will The College Network award my degree?

No, The College Network is not a school. The College Network will provide you with online Comprehensive Learning Modules to help you earn college credit by passing end-of-course equivalency exams.

 

How is The College Network affiliated with its partner universities?

We are separate entities. The College Network offers Comprehensive Learning Modules to help you complete your general education and elective courses (up to 91 credit hours) through end-of-course college equivalency exams such as CLEP®, DSST®, Excelsior College® Examination, or the Regis University exam. You then can transfer your college equivalency exam scores to one of our partner universities for college credit and complete your degree program.

 

Is The College Network affiliated with Excelsior College®

No. The College Network® has no affiliation, formally or informally, with Excelsior College®. Using The College Network’s® Comprehensive Learning Module™ program, you can earn college credit for prerequisite and general education courses by passing end-of-course college equivalency exams such as CLEP®, DSST® or the Excelsior College® Examination. Then you will enroll and complete your degree online with Excelsior College®. You may enroll at any time with Excelsior College®. Enrollment is required prior to beginning any online Excelsior College® courses.

 

Will my degree be widely accepted?

Yes. The degree you will earn from one of The College Network's partner universities has been accepted by hundreds of the country's most prestigious graduate institutions.  Many students have gone on to work for very high profile corporations and healthcare organizations.

 

Will my previously-earned college credits transfer to this program?

Yes! Credit hours from classes in which you earned a passing grade, completed at any accredited college or university, may be applied to your college degree program. Because of our unique partnerships with various universities, there are no time limitations on previous general education credits in most cases.

If you never have earned college credit, don't worry. The College Network and our partner universities can provide all of the courses you will need to complete your degree.

 

What is college equivalency testing or testing out?

College equivalency testing, or testing out, allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and proficiency in a given subject area.

You can earn college credit at your own pace, just by passing the exams. When you pass an exam and transfer your scores to one of our partner universities, you will receive credit for that course. The College Network has helped thousands of people successfully pass college equivalency exams.

 

How long will it take to complete my degree program?

The College Network will assist you in designing a program to complete your degree at a pace that works with your schedule. Many people can complete one of our online Comprehensive Learning Modules in four to six weeks, but if you want to work at a slower pace, you can. However, our partner universities may have time restrictions for you to complete your degree once you enroll. 

Associate’s degree programs usually take 18 to 20 months or less to complete. Bachelor’s programs usually can be completed in 24 months or less. Master’s programs typically take between 18 and 24 months.

The number of degree requirements and transfer credits you have will determine the exact length of your program.

 

How long will it take to complete a certificate program?

Certifcate programs vary greatly. Some, like the Certificate in Executive Leadership from eCornell, can be completed in only eight weeks. Others, like the Certificate in Project Management, can take six months or more. 

Most of the certificate programs can be completed at your own pace, but many do have scheduled due dates for assignments.  Check with your Program Advisor for more information and to determine which program is best for you. 

 

Wouldn’t it be faster to earn my degree through an accelerated program at a traditional campus?

Not necessarily. Nursing program students may have to wait one to two years just to get accepted into these programs. Business program students may not be able to get into the required core classes needed to advance to graduation. With The College Network, your classes start as soon as you do!

 

Are distance learning programs less expensive than traditional college programs?

Yes! Distance learning programs eliminate many of the traditional expenses associated with higher education, such as excess childcare and transportation costs.

 

How can I pay for my education?

This program is very affordable! Your Program Advisor will help you find the payment arrangement to suit your needs. Most of our customers save up to 50 percent over traditional, campus-based college degree programs.

The College Network will help you finance our portion of the program through simple-interest loans with pre-selected financial sources--regardless of your credit history. Because we are committed to helping you every step of the way, it also is possible to finance your college equivalency exam fees through the same simple-interest financing.

The total cost of your program is based on an evaluation of previous college credit, although it is not necessary to have college credit to begin most of our programs. A Program Advisor will complete a free evaluation and design a curriculum plan that suits your needs.

For those who apply and qualify, our partner universities may have financial aid available for educational expenses related to their programs.

 

How do I know which program is for me?

You can contact The College Network to speak with a Program Advisor at 1-800-395-1014. They will help you complete a course analysis and find a program that best fits your personal goals.

 

What happens if I relocate?

If you move to another city or state, you can take The College Network portion of your program with you. There are testing centers available in all 50 states and at numerous international facilities. If you have any questions about international testing after enrolling in the program, you may contact Academic Support at 1-800-634-1443.

 

After I enroll, when will I receive access to my program?

You should receive access to your Comprehensive Learning Module program within one to two weeks following your enrollment. The entire Comprehensive Learning Module program will be delivered online at The College Network Resource Center. You are automatically registered in the TCN Resource Center upon receipt of your paperwork.  

You will have 36 months of access to the online Comprehensive Learning Module program. Once you are registered, you will automatically receive an email with your User ID and password for the Resource Center. You will want to make sure that The College Network is on your email safe sender list.

 

How can the Academic Support Department help me?

We strive to make each customer feel special as we help design a course of study that fits individual lifestyle and career goals. We care about your unique circumstances and how they affect your educational goals. The more we know, the better we can tailor a program just for you.

The Academic Support Department is committed to providing quality customer service, academic planning, and support services for customers. Our team of academic advisors and research specialists is committed to the delivery of quality academic counseling, transcript evaluations, and ongoing follow-up to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction.

Mastering subject matter to pass tests is one thing. Staying motivated is another. The Academic Support Department is here to do all we can to ensure your success. 

For more information on degree & certificate programs, call 800-395-1014.