Education on Demand
Online, instant enrollment courses
Paper-based, instant enrollment courses
You may enroll in an Education on Demand (instant enrollment, self-paced) course for college credit at West Texas A&M University if you have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Enrollment in an Education on Demand course does not constitute admission to the University.
Restrictions for WTAMU Students:
- A maximum of 18 semester hours of correspondence study may be applied toward a bachelor's degree.
- Correspondence study hours cannot be applied toward a master's degree. However, these hours can be used for leveling.
- If seeking certification, check with the appropriate dean to ensure that correspondence study work will meet specific certification requirements.
- Students completing a degree from WTAMU must have approval from their dean and the registrar to enroll in correspondence study.
- Financial aid is not available for correspondence study work.
- Students who have been suspended may not earn correspondence study credit from WTAMU or any other college or university during the stated period of time.
- All WTAMU students taking courses must be compliant with Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements.
Requirements for Non-WTAMU students:
A current, unofficial transcript will need to be submitted in order to finalize enrollment.
Upon successful completion of a correspondence study course, students will earn credit from WTAMU which will appear on their official transcript. For WTAMU students, correspondence study grades are calculated into their cumulative grade point average. Dropped or unfinished courses recieve a grade of X.
Tuition for the course(s) must be paid at the time of registration. Fees can be paid by money order, cash, check or credit card (MasterCard, VISA Discover and American Express). Make checks payable to West Texas A&M University. There will be a $20 charge for all returned checks. Tuition is $550 for three semester hours credit; $713 for four semester hours credit. On August 26, 2013, tution costs increase to $595 for a three-credit hour course and $775 for a four-credit hour course.
The cost of each course includes a $60 administrative fee. This fee is non-refundable. Study guides can be replaced for an additional fee.
Refunds and Transfers
Fees are not transferable from one course to another. Refunds (less the administrative fee) for withdrawals will only be approved if withdrawal is received within five working days following enrollment.
Books and Materials
Required materials are listed in the syllabus or course guide, which will be furnished after registration is complete. Textbooks may be purchased from the University Bookstore.
Generally standard letter grades are issued on lessons; however, some instructors may use "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory." The course study guide will outline the grading system used for that individual course. Most, but not all, courses are a combination of lessons and exams to calculate a final grade.
Integrity of Work
It is imperative that each student does his/ her own work. Evidence of plagiarism by the student will be sufficient reason for the assignment of a failing grade.
A recommended period of completion is no less than 45 days. All lessons and exams are to be completed within one calendar year of enrollment. A one-time, six-month extension may be granted by filing the extension form in the student study guide. The extension fee is $50.00. In calculating completion time, a student needs to be aware that instructors are generally unavailable during holidays, semester breaks and parts of the summer.
For students enrolling on or after August 26, 2013, the maximum course completion time will decrease to 9 months with the option of a 3-month extention for $75.
It is recommended that completed final exam(s) for WTAMU students be received in the OCE at least two weeks before graduation, four weeks for students graduating from other schools. Otherwise, graduation cannot be guaranteed.
A copy of a student's permanent record (transcript) is available from the Office of the Registrar only by written authorization of the student. To receive a transcript, call 806/651-4911, or order a WTAMU transcript online.
Special Instructions for students taking paper-based courses:
Each course will have its own set of instructions, suited to the instructor's specifications. The student will receive a complete set of instructions upon enrollment in the course. Each lesson is to be submitted with a cover sheet indicating name, address, ID number and lesson number. It is important to keep the OCE updated on current addresses and phone numbers. DO NOT SUBMIT LESSONS ALL AT ONCE.
Lessons may be brought to the OCE on Victory Drive, west of the Panhandle-Plains Museum or mailed to our office. All lessons must be recorded in our office before being sent to the instructor. Students are responsible for postage on lessons sent to OCE. When a lesson is graded it will be returned to the student via mail by the instructor. Students are encouraged to keep a copy of each lesson. This will be beneficial in case of loss or damage.
Examinations and Grades
All courses will require one or more supervised examinations. The specific number of tests is indicated in the course guide. Requests for approval to take each exam are included in the study guide and should be mailed with the last lesson preceding each exam. Contact the OCE to schedule a testing date.
There is a three hour limit for each examination. Students who are unable to take exams on the WTAMU campus may arrange to take them at any approved college, university, or testing center. Please check with the OCE for further information.
NOTE: This is an official bulletin of West Texas A&M University and is intended to give general information. It contains rules, procedures and fees in effect at this time. The University reserves the right to change fees or other charges, add or delete courses, revise academic programs or alter regulations and requirements as deemed necessary. All course fees, book fees and course offerings are subject to change without notice. West Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity institution.