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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following is a list of questions that are frequently asked by prospective students about NMC's online programs.
Online Classes
How do online courses work?

Classes are taught through D2L Brightspace. Class format varies but many times includes, presentations, disscussion boards, papers, tests and other assignments.

Students have the option of enrolling in Nebraska Methodist College part-time. Those who wish to explore this option should work with an advisor to plan their schedules.

Clinical/Practicum hours are a requirement of all online nursing programs. Students may choose to fulfill this requirement somewhere that is easily accessible to them.

Can online students receive financial assistance?
Yes, online students are eligible to receive financial aid. For more information about scholarships, loans, grants and other resources available, visit our Financial Assistance page.
Where do I turn in my assignments?
Each student receives a syllabus for each course which details the instructor's requirements for how and when assignments are to be turned in.
How do I get in contact with my instructor?
Contact information is provided to you by the instructor when you first begin the course. Professors are easily accessible via email or phone.
Do I have to be online at a certain time every day?

Some of our online programs utilize weekly virtual class meetings to assist with learning, and other online programs allow you to study at your convenience.

If virtual class meetings are a requirement of a course in which you are enrolled, your faculty member will communicate this to you in the syllabus.

Deadlines, tests and required outcomes are outlined in course syllabi. Online learning is meant to be flexible and available 24/7.

What type of interaction will I have with other students and my instructors?
One of the advantages students have in online programs is the ability to interact with instructors and a diverse student population.  Each course varies in its approach and all courses use different forms of interaction which may include chat rooms, e-mail, blogs, conference calls, social media, and other forms of interaction.
How do I get the right textbooks and course materials?
All books for online students can be purchased through the NMC Bookstore.
How many hours per week does an average student devote to his or her studies?
The average amount of time spent per week studying will vary by course, course work, and program.  Generally, students should plan on an average of 10 - 30 hours of studying per week for course work.  These hours will vary depending on the type of course work such as a reading assignment versus a written project.
Do any online courses involve group work?
In some courses and in some instances, students will work and collaborate in small groups. In all cases, these instances are determined by the course instructor.
What kind of computer equipment, software and internet connections do I need?
For the list of technical requirements, visit our Online Technology Requirements page.
What technical support is available to me?
The Education Technology Department is available to assist all NMC students, faculty and staff at NMC.helpdesk@methodistcollege.edu or (402) 354-7008.
Transfer Students
Will my credits and courses transfer to Nebraska Methodist College?

NMC may accept credit for courses taken from any educational institution if it is accredited by a regional accrediting body and if transfer credits can be applied to your program of study and required learning objectives. We encourage prospective students to visit the Transfer Student page for more information and the Transfer Student Guides.

How are my grades transferred from my previous institution?

Courses are accepted if a grade of "C-" or better is achieved at the undergraduate level. A grade of "B" or better must be achieved at the graduate level. Grades earned in transfer courses will not be used in determining the student's cumulative grade point average unless the student has already matriculated and has been given permission to enroll at another institution. All courses accepted for transfer will be noted on the transcript. Such transfer courses will be included in the total number of hours completed.

If the student has a question about any course(s) not being recognized for transfer, direct them, in writing, to the Registrar within 30 days of receipt of official transferred courses.

Where should I send my transcripts?

Official transcripts should be submitted directly from your previous institution to: 

admissions@methodistcollege.edu

or

Nebraska Methodist College Admissions

720 N. 87th Street

Omaha, NE 68114

Do you accept older coursework?

Courses completed more than five years ago will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for transferability. To maximize the chance of student success in any program, we recommend that a student retake any course taken more than five years ago, regardless of whether the course is transferable.

I think I have completed a course that is transferrable but it is not listed on the Transfer Guides or in Transferology, how can I check to see if it can be transferred in?

If you have a course that you feel is a good fit for transfer credit we recommend submitting this course for review to Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator.

How do I get an academic evaluation done?

Prospective transfer students are encouraged to create an account in Transferology and submit their completed coursework. Once this is complete your admissions coordinator can go over your profile and discuss what your transfer path might look like at NMC.

How do I set up a Transferology account?

Visit www.transferology.com to set up your account. You will be asked to share your first name, last name and email address. Once your account is created you can begin adding coursework from previous colleges attended

I have questions about Transferology?

We are happy to assist you with your Transferology account. We also encourage you to take a look at their FAQ page for more information.

When will I receive an official transfer credit review?

Transcripts will be forwarded to the Registrar's Office for an official evaluation of transfer credit once a student is admitted to the college and a deposit is received. Students will have access to review their transfer credit evaluation via the myMethodist portal. Your student ID number listed below will serve as your user ID to the myMethodsit portal. Once a deposit is received it can take up to 4-6 weeks for a official transfer evaluation to be completed.

Are there scholarships available for transfer students?

Yes, we do have scholarships for Transfer Students. Transfer students are eligible for Upfront Merit Scholarships as well as a few other scholarship opportunities! Visit our scholarship page for more information.

Financial Aid
How is eligibility determined?

Most academic scholarship awards are based on high school or college transfer information provided as part of the student's application.   Some scholarships also require the applicant to participate in an interview with the committee, and some require letters of recommendation. 

Federal, state, and institutional need-based aid is based on the results of the FAFSA and determination of the student's need as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.  Need is defined by the following formula:

Cost of Attendance (COA) - Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) = Need

Cost of attendance is sometimes referred to as a student budget.  It includes estimated allowances for both a student's direct educational costs (tuition, fees, and on-campus housing) and indirect costs (books, transportation and living allowances).  At NMC, a student's budget is determined by whether he/she lives in Josie's Village, off-campus, or with parents.  A student's enrollment level and program of study will also affect the budget.  

The combined total of institutional, federal, state, and third-party assistance (including anticipated tuition reimbursement) may not exceed a student's cost of attendance.  

The Estimated Family Contribution or EFC is the result of a federal formula applied to the information reported on the student's FAFSA application.  In theory, the EFC represents the amount a family could pay toward the student's educational expenses.  

Note that a variety of factors could impact a student's eligibility for any specific award.  Some examples include changes in Congressional or state laws and appropriations, funds available at Nebraska Methodist College, the student's academic performance, a change in living arrangements, a change in enrollment level, receipt of additional outside resources, or changes to the FAFSA information as a result of verification.  

What are the eligibility criteria for federal financial aid?

The primary criteria for the Title IV financial aid programs include:

  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen, 
  • have a valid Social Security number, 
  • register (if you haven't already) with the Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25, 
  • not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a repayment to a federal student grant,
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of your eligible degree or certificate program, and 
  • show you are qualified to obtain a post-secondary education by
    • having a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate or 
    • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.

Note: If you were enrolled in college or career school prior to July 1, 2012, you may show you're qualified to obtain a higher education by

  •  completing six credit hours or equivalent course work toward a degree or certificate.

Additional criteria are included in the program descriptions on the Grants, Federal Work Study, and Federal Student Loans pages.

How and when is financial aid disbursed?

Financial aid application requirements must be completed and the student's enrollment confirmed, before financial aid will be disbursed.  Scholarships, grants and most loan funds are transmitted from the NMC Financial Aid Office and posted to the student's account by the NMC Business Office.  Scholarship checks from outside sources may require the student's endorsement before being applied to the student's account.  

The first disbursement of funds to a student's account for each semester is usually the first Friday after the student's classes begin for the term.  Additional disbursements occur throughout the semester as awards are finalized and funds are available.  

Work-study payments are made every other Friday through the Methodist Health System's regular payroll process.  All employees must use the ACH direct deposit system.  

Students who have a credit balance on their account after aid has been disbursed will usually be issued a refund for the amount of the credit balance.  The NMC Business Office will send notification to the student's Methodist College email when the funds are ready to be released.  The standard method of payment is by paper check, but students have the option of requesting direct deposit to a bank account.  Contact the NMC Business Office to sign up for direct deposit.  If the student wishes to leave the credit balance on account for a future term, that request must be submitted in writing to the NMC Business Office.  

If the credit balance resulted from a parent's PLUS Loan disbursement, the student may not have access to those funds without the parent borrower's permission.  This permission authorization is included on the PLUS Loan Confirmation Form.  Changes to a parent's authorization must be submitted in writing, and signed by the parent borrower.  When PLUS Loan funds are received by NMC, the Business Office will notify the parent borrower by email.

Can I use my financial aid to purchase books?

Because financial aid is not available until after classes begin, a "book voucher" system is in place to assist students with the costs of books, uniforms and supplies.

To qualify for a book voucher, the student's finalized, anticipated aid must be greater than the total charges for the semester's tuition, fees and on-campus housing. Students who meet the criteria will usually have access to a book voucher, which will be available for use from approximately two to three weeks prior to the start of the term through the first week of the term. 

Book vouchers may only be used on campus or online with the NMC Bookstore. 

Students may elect to have their purchases shipped to them. Vouchers can only be used to purchase textbooks, uniforms and educational supplies.