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Independent Study Courses

Independent Study courses are offered through Extended Campus, though you don’t have to be a UNC student to participate. These are self-paced courses that you can complete fully online.

Unless otherwise noted in the course description, you may begin an Independent Study course at any time and study at a pace that fits your schedule. Unless your syllabus or study guide states otherwise, you are allowed one year (12 months) from the date of enrollment to complete your course.

  • Registration

    Though you will have a full calendar year to complete the courses below, you will technically register for the course tied to an academic term (fall, spring, or summer).  

    If you’re already a UNC student, you can register for an Independent Study course as usual via Ursa.

    Your enrollment will be reported to the National Student Loan Clearinghouse during the semester when you first registered. Enrollment will not be reported for any subsequent semesters in which your course continues.

    Specific questions about Independent Study courses can be directed to Extended Campus/Independent Study Program at 970-351-2944 or 800-232-1749 or email indeps.desk@unco.edu

  • Tuition & Fees

    Independent Study courses are not College Opportunity Fund (COF) supported and may not be eligible for financial aid. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

    Tuition costs are listed in the course descriptions on the Extended Campus site (see the blue boxes to the right of each course’s page).

    • You will be billed for the cost of your course tuition.
    • Any costs of course materials (textbooks, CDs, etc.) are purchased and paid for separately.
    • Independent Study courses are over and above your regular campus tuition rates and schedule.
  • Deadlines

    Drop deadline

    The drop deadline for Independent Study courses are based on the registration date and the amount of time to completion deadline (10%). You will receive a full refund, credited to your UNC student account.

    Withdrawal deadline

    The withdrawal deadline for this course is based on the registration date and the amount of time to completion deadline (50%). There is no refund for a withdrawal, full tuition is owed.

  • Students with Disabilities

    If you’ll be requesting disability accommodation for an Independent Study class, you must inform the instructor and give appropriate notice. You should contact Disability Support Services to certify documentation and to ensure appropriate accommodations are implemented in a timely manner.