July 2019

Program Changes

Bachelor of Arts in Management

  • RTMG221 has been removed from the General Concentration.
  • RTMG221 has been removed from the Retail Management Concentration.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Sciences

  • PBHE361 has been removed, and PBHE215 has been added to the Major Required section.

Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences

  • BIOL342, SCIN400, SCIN310, SCIN403, SCIN490 have been removed, BIOL242 has been added, and the hours have changed to 28 in the Biology Concentration.
  • SCIN138, SCIN400, SCIN490 have been removed, ERSC181 has been added, and the hours have changed to 28 in the Earth Science Concentration.

  • SCIN400, SCIN490 has been added, and the hours have changed to 6 in the Final Requirements section.

  • The hours have changed to 20 in the Elective Requirements section.

Program Description Changes

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program focuses on the theories, practices, competencies, tools, and technologies associated with electrical engineering. You will get both online classroom instruction and hands-on lab experience to help prepare you to excel as an electrical engineer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 4% job growth by 2022 for electrical and electronics engineers due to the engineer’s versatility in developing and applying emerging technologies. Because this program fills a market-driven educational need, earning your BSEE could give you a step up in starting a career in aerospace, telecommunications, defense, automotive, medical, construction, chemical, and more. 

The goal of the BS in Electrical Engineering program is to provide our students with a sound Engineering education which they can apply in a variety of contexts. Specifically, in three to seven years after graduation, we expect that graduates of our program will demonstrate the following:

Program Educational Objectives:
  1. Utilize the critical and systemic thinking skills, and technical and professional competencies, acquired through their education to advance in a career related to their profession as evidenced by achievements or promotions to positions of increasing responsibility.
  2. Create value for society through the ethical practice of their professional abilities in developing solutions to technical and societal challenges.
  3. Continue to increase their knowledge and competence through self-development or formal schooling.

Courses in the BSEE include foundations in math, computer science, and physical sciences. Course topics include:

  • Essential elements of analog circuit design
  • Fundamentals of circuit analysis - Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff’s law, etc.
  • International System of Units
  • Digital and logic circuit analysis and design in 6 main parts
  • Energy conversion and transport
  • Electromagnetic field theory
  • Passive microwave circuit analysis and design
  • Radar and RF signal propagation, transmission, and reception

Note: The technology fee for the engineering courses (those with the ENGR and ELEN prefix) is $100/per course (covered by grants for military students). In addition, at-home lab exercises require you to purchase additional course materials which are estimated to be up to $8,000. These materials are not covered by the university undergraduate book grant.

Program Suspensions

  • Associate of Science in Computer Applications
  • Associate of Science in Web Publishing

New Courses

COMM115 Foundations for Lifelong Learning

Foundations for Lifelong Learning introduces students to the skills and dispositions needed to be a lifelong learner. Students will explore what it means to be curious by exploring unfamiliar topics in depth, by taking the initiative to expand knowledge, having the independence to explore interests in and outside the classroom, and transfer previous learning and apply it to current knowledge for comprehension and problem solving. Finally, students will reflect on what it means to learn, to change perspectives, explore civility, and create a foundation for lifelong learning.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) indicates your successful completion of coursework towards a degree or certificate.

  • According to federal regulations, students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress towards their degree or certificate will lose their ability to receive Federal Student Aid (FSA).
  • This regulation applies to all students applying for financial aid, including those that have not previously received financial aid.
  • During the first evaluation where a student has failed to meet SAP, they may qualify for a “warning” semester during which they may retain their eligibility to receive FSA.
  • Students who lose their aid may appeal the loss provided there are mitigating circumstances that inhibited their academic progress.
  • If an appeal is approved, the student’s FSA eligibility is reinstated for one probationary semester.
  • If mitigating circumstances do not exist, students may take classes at their own expense to demonstrate improvement for a future appeal.
  • To otherwise restore eligibility students must achieve the GPA and hours target as defined in the policy.

SAP is evaluated based on grades posted at the end of each semester and prior to the beginning of the upcoming semester (defined as a 16-week period of academic study), as well as prior to the student receiving FSA for the first time at APUS.

  • The criteria used to measure Satisfactory Academic Progress:

    • Cumulative grade point average (qualitative)

    • Credit hour completion/Program Pace (quantitative)
  • The requirements of each criterion must be met and are described in detail below.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

GPA is the qualitative measure of SAP, meaning that it looks at the quality of the grades that each student earns in their courses.

  • GPA for financial aid eligibility is reviewed after 6 undergraduate credits or 6 graduate credits are completed at APUS.
  • Evaluation thereafter occurs in the segments listed in the table below. Only credits completed at APUS with a final grade of A through F are included in the GPA calculation.
  • To meet SAP requirements, students must maintain a GPA that meets or exceeds our minimum as shown in the chart below.
  • Students who fail to meet GPA requirements also fail to meet SAP requirements and will be denied Federal Student Aid (Information on Loss of FSA Eligibility is located under Policies and Procedures for Award of FSA.).

*Credits transferred in from another college or university via an official Transfer Credit Evaluation are factored into the calculation of how many credits a student has completed in determining the minimum GPA threshold from the chart.

SAP Criteria Based on Cumulative GPA (CGPA) and Credits Completed - Effective starting with the 7/1/2019 semester

Class Level Total Credits Completed (including transferred credits1) Minimum CGPA Required for Financial Aid
Undergraduate Students 6-12 1.50
13+ 2.00
Graduate Students 6-8 2.50
9+ 3.00
Doctoral 6+ 3.00
  • An undergraduate student with no transfer credits must have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 1.5 once they have completed their first 6 credits at APUS.
  • A student who transferred in 9 credits, and then completed 6 credits at APUS, must have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0 (9 transfer credits plus 6 credits completed equals 15). As noted in the chart above, any student with more than 13 credit hours must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. The calculation of a student’s CGPA only includes grades from courses completed at APUS.

Credit Hour Completion/Program Pace

Credit hour completion is the quantitative measure of SAP, meaning that students must complete a certain percentage of their courses to maintain eligibility for Federal Student Aid.

  • Each academic program within our university system has a defined number of credit hours required for completion.
  • A student must complete their program within 150% of the published credits. Examples:
    • If your program requirements are 120 credits, you must satisfy all requirements of your program without having to attempt more than 180 credits.
    • If your program requirements are 18 credits, you must satisfy all requirements of your program without having to attempt more than 27 credits.
  • Courses with a final undergraduate grade of A through D- or a final graduate grade of A through C will be counted towards credits completed.
  • Final grades that fall below the minimums (D- for undergraduates and C for graduates) are not counted as credits completed but will be used to determine credits attempted.
  • Students who withdraw from a course are considered as having attempted the course.
  • Students who drop a course are not considered as having attempted the course.
  • Courses that are otherwise dropped prior to the course start date or during the add/drop period in week one will not count towards attempted credits. Please note: All students are required to log into each of their courses during week one and submit a class post/assignment of at least 250 words. Students who do not submit this assignment during the first week of class will be automatically dropped from any course(s) in which this assignment has not been completed. More information can be located in the Student Handbook.
  • Courses with grades of incomplete (“I”) will not be counted as attempted until a final grade is earned by the student or the Registrar or instructor converts the “I” grade to an “F.”
  • Remedial courses do not count towards attempted credits.
  • Any course in which the student remains beyond Week One will count towards attempted courses regardless of the grade received.
  • Repeated courses will count as attempted courses.
  • To maintain SAP, students must achieve a minimum percentage of credits earned versus credits attempted.

SAP Criteria Based on Credits Attempted versus Credits Completed

Class Level Credits Attempted Credits Completed %
Undergraduate Students 6-12 50%
13-24 60%
25-36 65%
37+ 67%
Graduate Students 6-9 50%
10-18 60%
19+ 67%

Credits transferred from another college or university are included in determining the credits completed percentage for the quantitative measure - completed hours divided by attempted hours. Likewise, the total of APUS and transfer credits that a student has from another college or university will be added to determine where they fall on the chart above.

Veterans Benefits Information

Applying for Benefits

Students interested in applying for VA Educational benefits should complete an application for benefits on the VA website, www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. Please note, the VA Certifying Official’s (VACO) at APUS cannot determine if you are eligible for VA Educational Benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs may approve or deny benefits, based on the information provided on the application.

If you have never applied for VA Benefits

Students who have never completed an application for VA Benefits should complete the online application, VA Form 22-1990, using the VA’s online application. Your application will be electronically submitted to the VA Processing Center.

Please print your application and confirmation page for your records, prior to completing the online application. Once the VA has completed review of your application, the VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), outlining the chapter benefit you are entitled to and the number of months of benefit you can use. A copy of the COE is not submitted to the school. You may upload a copy of your COE securely through the Secure Document Upload portal: https://mydocs.apus.edu. Please log in with your eCampus ID and Password to upload the required document(s).

If you have previously used VA Benefits

Students who have used VA benefits at another institution or have changed their academic program of study with APUS should complete the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training application, VA Form 22-1995, using the VA’s online application. Your application will be electronically submitted to the VA Processing Center.

Please print your completed 22-1995 form for your records, prior to completing the online application. A copy of the 22-1995 form is not submitted to the school. You may upload a copy of your 22-1995 securely through the Secure Document Upload portal: https://mydocs.apus.edu. Please log in with your eCampus ID and Password to upload the required document(s).

If using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Chapter 33, you will also need to include a copy of your COE along with the 22-1995.

If you are transferring or receiving transferred benefits

Students who are receiving benefits transferred to you by a service member (DEA - Chapter 35) will need to complete a 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance. The completed form will need to be sent to the St. Louis Regional Processing Office for processing.

If you have been transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill® (benefits, the VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility, which will need to be submitted to APUS. Please see the Post 9/11 GI Bill® process for more information.

Applications for VA Benefits

  • For most prompt form processing, please complete your application for VA benefits here.
  • If you have never used VA Benefits, please complete the 22-1990.
  • If you have previously used benefits or have changed your program, please complete the 22-1995.
  • If you are transferring Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 35) to a spouse or dependent, please complete the 22-5490.
  • If you are using Chapter 35 and you have changed your program or place of training, please complete the 22-5495.
  • If you are transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) to a spouse of dependent, please complete the 22-1990e.

“GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

VA Enrollment Information

Enrollment verification cannot be submitted until the APUS Military Assistance Office receives a copy of your completed VA paperwork and you have successfully enrolled in a class. Once your paperwork is processed and you have started classes, the VA Certifying Official will electronically submit your Certification of Enrollment (22-1999). All VA enrollment verifications will be submitted after the session drop period, beginning the second week of your course. Once your enrollment has been submitted, you will receive an email from the VA as verification.

WAVE Enrollment Verification

The VA requires that students using GI Bill® benefits (excluding Post 9/11 GI Bill®) verify their enrollment monthly. Verification begins the last day of the month of the courses you are enrolled in. Students will not receive VA benefits if they do not verify through WAVE. Please note, it may take up to 6 weeks for your enrollment information to be available in WAVE. To verify attendance through WAVE, please click here or call the VA at 1-877-823-2378.

Using Tuition Assistance and GI Bill®

Federal law prohibits Active Duty servicemembers from receiving VA benefits for the same course tuition that is being paid by Military Tuition Assistance. Effective November 2014, the Department of Defense announced that they will no longer authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a member is also receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve program (Ch. 1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Ch. 1607), or any other GI Bill® program other than the Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty program (Ch. 30) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program (Ch. 33). Active Duty servicemembers who are eligible for Ch. 30 benefits can use non Active-Duty TA in conjunction with VA benefits. For students using Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits, TA must be applied to the registration first, and any remaining tuition can be certified under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefit.

VA Top-Up Information

The Top-Up benefit may be used when a student is using Active Duty federal tuition assistance and the course cost will not be completely funded by TA. TA Top-Up may be used for Chapter 30 & 33 only. Students who wish to apply for TA Top-Up should contact VAQuestions@apus.edu to request a TA Top-Up Request Form. APUS will submit an enrollment to the VA to include the amount of tuition and fees’ remaining after all TA funding has been reduced. Please note, the use of Top-Up will exhaust a portion of your GI Bill® benefits. The amount exhausted depends on the chapter benefit being used and the time length of the courses.

VA Payments

Students using Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapters 30, 32, 35, 1606, and 1607) will receive monthly payments from the VA based on their enrollment status each month enrolled in courses. The VA makes payments based on your monthly attendance and not semester attendance. Payments are sent from the VA by direct deposit or check after you have verified your monthly attendance through WAVE. APUS requires students using Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapters 30, 32, 35, 1606, and 1607) to make payment arrangements with the university prior to the start of courses. A 22-1999 Enrollment Verifications will not be submitted until payment arrangements have been finalized.

Tuition and Fees for Post 9/11 GI Bill® Chapter 33 is paid directly to APUS. If students are not receiving the 100% benefit rate, payment arrangements will need to be made with the university prior to course access. Current VA payment rates may be viewed here.

If the Department of Veterans Affairs has not made payment within 90 days of APUS submitting an enrollment certification, APUS will not impose any penalties on students to include assessment of late fees, denial of access to courses, library resources, or other student services. Additionally, there is no requirement that a covered individual borrows additional funds due to delayed VA payment. This information pertains to students with a primary payment type of Post 9/11 GI Bill®  or Vocational Rehabilitation. Additionally, if APUS is notified by the VA that the student has exhausted VA entitlements or is not eligible for Veterans Benefits, students will be responsible for tuition and fees and APUS collection policies will apply. 

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

Post 9/11 GI Bill®  students (other than those on Active Duty) will receive a housing allowance for courses solely in distance learning. The housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents. A student must be enrolled at a rate of pursuit greater than half time (.51%) to receive this benefit. Please remember, the housing allowance is pro-rated based off your enrollment status, percentage of eligibility, and dates of course enrollments. Current VA payment rates may be viewed here.

Using VA Benefits at Multiple Institutions

The VA requires students to declare an institution in which they will receive a degree or certification. VA benefits cannot be used at multiple institutions without declaration of a primary school and subsequent secondary school. For more information regarding using benefits at APUS and another institution, please contact VAQuestions@apus.edu.

VA Consent to Enrollments Submitted

When a student selects a VA payment option (Ex. Post 9/11 GI Bill® payment) at the time of registration, you are consenting that you wish to have your enrollment for that particular course(s) submitted to the VA on your behalf. Students who register selecting a payment other than VA will be prompted for consent at the time of registration to have the course(s) submitted to the VA on your behalf. Students who register prior to submitting VA documents to APUS may be required to complete a VA Consent Form to identify courses or terms students would like to have submitted to the VA.

Submitting Enrollments to the VA (VA 22-1999)

APUS will submit all enrollments to the VA electronically, beginning after the course drop period (second week of courses). Once your enrollment has been submitted to the VA, you will receive an automated email from the VA notifying you that the enrollment has been received.

Change of Academic Program

When a VA Student changes their academic program with APUS, the VA will be updated electronically of the change in academic pursuit. A credit evaluation will be completed by APUS for the new program and any credits that are applicable towards the new program of study will be applied. When registering for courses within the new program, students must continue to consent to APUS submitting the new program enrollments to the VA on your behalf.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement between the VA and participating institutions to cover all or a portion of tuition and fees charged after a student has exceeded the maximum benefit rate. APUS is a Yellow Ribbon participating institution. Please click here for more information about Yellow Ribbon. Contact us for questions about this program at VAQuestions@apus.edu.

Course Drops/Withdrawals

Any course submitted to the VA that is dropped or withdrawn from, a 22-1999 enrollment verification will be sent to the VA by the school VACO within 30 days of the change of enrollment. VA enrollments will be adjusted or terminated as of the date of student drop/withdrawal. A drop/withdrawal after the first date of the term may result in a VA request for repayment of BAH, Books/Supplies, or tuition from the student as of the date of the enrollment change.

Mitigating Circumstances

Mitigating circumstances are circumstances beyond the student's control that prevent the student from continuing in school or that cause the student to reduce credits. The VA requires schools to document potential mitigating circumstances. Any withdrawal with a mitigating circumstance selected will require additional documentation of the mitigating circumstance to be submitted to APUS prior to the mitigating circumstance being reported. For more information on mitigating circumstances, please click here. If mitigating circumstances cannot be validated, the VA may request a repayment of BAH, Books/Supplies, or tuition from the student, as of the first date of the term.

Graduations

When a VA Student has successfully completed the requirements for the program of study and has officially conferred the program of study, APUS will report the student’s graduation to the VA via electronic certification. All Post 9/11 GI Bill® students will have the mandatory graduation fee accessed by APUS added to the last VA enrollment submitted for the program being conferred.

Graduate Capstone/Practicum Courses

University policy states Capstone and Practicum Courses must be the last course of your degree program and may be taken only after the completion of all course work. Additionally, no concurrent coursework is permitted. Accordingly, as a program advisory notice, Capstone/Practicum courses are only offered in 16-week sessions. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations state students must have a rate of pursuit greater than 50% in order to be eligible to receive BAH. The VA will cover course tuition and fees up to the percentage for which you are eligible. Many of our Capstone/Practicum courses have been classified as a research course due to the intensive coursework in class and out of the classroom. Accordingly, research classified Capstone/Practicum courses will qualify for full-time BAH. If your Capstone/Practicum course is not a research-intensive course, your course load will not qualify you for BAH. Please contact VAQuestions@apus.edu. for a complete list of programs approved for full-time Capstone/Practicum requirements.

Graduate Comprehensive Exam Courses

University policy states the Comprehensive Exam Course must be the last course of your degree program and may be taken only after the completion of all course work. Additionally, no concurrent coursework is permitted. Accordingly, as a program advisory notice, Comp Exam courses are only offered in non-credit, pass/fail 8-week sessions. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations state students must have a rate of pursuit greater than 50% in order to be eligible to receive BAH. The VA will cover course tuition and fees up to the percentage for which you are eligible. However, your course load will not qualify you for BAH. Your enrollment will be reported as one credit hour.

Course Extensions

Please note that if you are granted a course extension from your professor, you will not receive VA benefits during the extension period. The VA will automatically discontinue benefits on the day after your original term ending date. Benefits will not start until a new course has been enrolled and the verification has been sent to the VA. Submission of a course extension for VA benefits will likely result in an overpayment to the student and will require future repayment.

Academic Probation / Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

VA requires institutions to report veteran students who are not meeting an institution’s academic standards. When APUS is made aware of a VA Student no longer meeting academic standards, notification will be electronically submitted to the VA on the student’s VA record.

Excessive Credits

Students who are using VA benefits for courses may not register for courses that are not applicable to the current program of study. Any courses that are deemed not applicable to the current degree program will be considered excessive credits and an enrollment for the courses will not be submitted.

Prior Credits

The VA requires that all prior credit must be evaluated by APUS prior to a student’s initial enrollment. Students must identify any prior credit that has been earned. Additionally, a Joint Services Transcript or Community College of the Air Force transcript must be received by APUS for all students who will be using VA benefits for any courses with APUS. Students who are currently having prior credits evaluated are strongly encouraged to register only for courses in which they know they will not receive prior credit. If prior credit is later given for a course a student is currently taking, APUS must terminate the enrollment, as this would constitute excessive credits. Terminations of enrollment will likely result in a reduction in BAH and/or books and supplies payment for the course/term a prior credit was awarded.

Courses for Transfer Programs

Students who are enrolled in an Undergraduate Courses for Transfer program at APUS are restricted by VA policy on which courses APUS can submit for VA benefits. A student must be below a Junior in academic standing. Please note, the junior status also includes any credits previously taken at other institutions. Only General Education courses can be submitted to the VA while a student has an undeclared program, unless a valid Parent School Letter is on file stating the course taken at APUS will transfer to the students Primary School.

Graduate Courses for Transfer courses are not eligible for certification to the VA unless a valid Parent School Letter is on file stating the course taken at APUS will transfer to the students Primary School.

Student VA Tuition & Fees Debts

A debt is established on the student for tuition/fees/Yellow Ribbon when:

  • The student withdrew after the first day of the term.
  • The student reduced hours whether the reduction occurred before or during the term
  • If the student attended more than one day of any of the classes certified and a payment has been issued, any debt created by the withdrawal should be charged to the student
  • The school submitted a change in enrollment (1999b) and reported a reduction in tuition, fees, and/or Yellow Ribbon due to student action reducing or terminating training.
  • If a student drops a course and adds a course so that there is no net change in training time, any change to tuition, fees, and/or Yellow Ribbon is a student debt

“GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

VA Enrollment Chart

APUS offers courses in an 8 week and 16 week format. Courses start each month at APUS. All VA enrollments are based on a student’s monthly enrollment status. Overlapping course starts may result in differing enrollment statuses than those below.

Course Load and Student Status for VA Benefits

Student status for VA Benefits is based on monthly course load. The chart below applies to VA Benefit requirements for full, three quarter, or half-time benefit levels.

Graduate: 8-Week Courses
Monthly Course Load Student Status Rate of Pursuit1,2
4+ Credit hours Full-time 1.00
3 Credit hours Three-quarter time .75
Graduate: 16-Week Courses
Monthly Course Load Student Status Rate of Pursuit1,2
9+ Credit hours Full-time 1.00
6 Credit hours Three-quarter time .75
3 Credit hours Half-time .38
Undergraduate: 8-Week Courses
Monthly Course Load Student Status Rate of Pursuit1,2
6+ Credit hours Full-time 1.00
5 Credit hours Three-Quarter Time .83
4 Credit hours Three-Quarter Time .67
3 Credit hours Half-time .56
2 Credit hours Less than Half-time .38
Undergraduate: 16-Week Courses
Monthly Course Load Student Status Rate of Pursuit1,2
12+ Credit hours Full-time 1.00
9 Credit hours Three-quarter time .75
6 Credit hours Half-time .50
4 Credit hours Less than Half-time .33
3 Credit hours Less than Half-time .25

Please note: The above chart does not apply to Federal Student Aid (FSA). If you are applying for Federal Student Aid, there is a different enrollment status standard for determining aid eligibility. Please see the chart below for FSA status definitions.

“GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Helpful Websites for GI Bill® Information & Veteran Success

“GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.