Are Z-degree classes the only way to save money on textbooks and course materials?

In addition to select Z-degree classes offering zero and low-cost textbook options, classes utilizing IncludED are also an option for students looking to save money.

  • Classes utilizing IncludED provide students with access to course materials as part of tuition or special course
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Can anyone take a Z-degree class?

Students may register for Z-degree classes regardless of their chosen major and as long as any prerequisites associated with the class are met.

Can I take an 8-week class in the same semester I am taking 16-week classes?

Yes, classes can be taken in an 8- and 16-week session simultaneously. Prior to registering for classes, be sure to determine the total number of hours you need each week to complete coursework.

For example, if you are taking 12 credits during a traditional 16-week semester, you can expect to spend approximately 30 hours on coursework each week during a 16-week period. 

If you are taking 12 credits during a traditional 16-week semester, you can expect to spend approximately 30 hours on coursework each week during an 8-week period.

If you take 12 credits with 6 credits as part of the traditional 16-week semester and 6 credits as part of an 8-week session simultaneously, you can expect to spend approximately 45 hours on coursework per week during that 8-week period.

If you take 12 credits with 6 credits as part of the traditional 16-week semester and 6 credits as part of an 8-week session simultaneously, you can expect to spend approximately 45 hours on coursework per week during that 8-week period.

 

How many credits I can take during each 8-week session?

A student should not take more than 10 credits during each 8-week session. Students wishing to register for more than 20 credits during a fall or spring semester will need the approval of their Student Success Advisor. This limitation is based on the expectation that each credit in which you are enrolled in during an 8-week session will require up to 5 hours per week to complete. Taking 10 credits during an 8-week session will require approximately 50 hours of time each week.

If I would like to drop or withdraw from a class I am registered for during the traditional 16-week semester, am I able to register for the same class during the Second 8-Week Session?

If you are able to drop the class prior to the Last Day to Drop Classes for that particular semester, you will be able to register for the same class in the Second 8-Week Session.

If you withdraw from a 16-week class, you may be able to register for the same class during the Second 8-Week Session of the same semester. Please contact your Advisor to discuss your options.

Contact financialaid@cwi.edu to discuss how these scenarios may impact your financial aid.

What can I expect during an 8-week class?

Classes taken during an 8-week session cover the same amount of content and have the same workload as traditional 16-week classes at an accelerated pace. This means you can expect to spend at least 15 hours per week on a 3-credit lecture course taught over 8 weeks.

Classes taken during an 8-week session cover the same amount of content and have the same workload as traditional 16-week classes at an accelerated pace. This means you can expect to spend at least 15 hours per week on a 3-credit lecture course taught over 8 weeks.

What is a low-cost textbook?

Low-cost textbooks are required textbooks and/or other course materials that cost a total of $30 or less per class.

Which classes are available during 8-week sessions?

At this time, a select number of academic courses are currently offered during 8-week sessions. A majority of these classes are being offered in online and hybrid course delivery styles.

Which GEM 3 classes are available with a Z-degree option?

For the Fall 2023 semester, Math 170 – Calculus I is the only GEM 3 – Mathematical Ways of Knowing class available with a Z-degree option. Additional classes will be added in the future. Please note, many GEM 3 class options utilize...