Big Ten Online Course Sharing - FAQ

Big Ten Online Course Sharing - FAQ

What is the Big Ten Academic Alliance?

The Big Ten Academic Alliance is an academic collaborative of the 14 universities comprising the Big Ten Conference. Since 1958, these world-class institutions have advanced their academic missions, generated unique opportunities for students and faculty, and served the common good by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources, and collaborating on innovative programs.

What is the Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Program?

Together, Big Ten universities educate over 600,000 students with almost 50,000 faculty. During the past spring, our universities kept those students on track for graduation, quickly moving tens of thousands of courses online and graduating many thousands of students on time, despite the global pandemic. That is why we have joined together to create this program to make online course offerings available to students at participating institutions for the 2020-2021 academic year. Big Ten universities compete on the field, but until this fight is won, we are united in the critical research to battle this virus--and united in the classroom.

Which Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions are participating in this program in Spring 2021?

Indiana University
  • University of Maryland
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ohio State University  
  • Pennsylvania State University   
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Who is eligible to take these courses?

     All students currently enrolled as undergraduate students at a  Big Ten university are eligible to participate.

    Participating Universities:

    Indiana University
  • University of Maryland
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ohio State University  
  • Pennsylvania State University   
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick  
  • What courses are being offered?

    The courses offered will vary each semester. For a list of courses being offered by participating universities in Spring 2021, please see the Available Courses & Information page.

    How many classes can I take?

    Eligible students at participating universities may take one additional class at one participating institution per semester. Students attempting to take more than one course at a participating institution and/or one or more courses at two or more participating institutions may be dropped from all courses in this program and forfeit the tuition and fee waiver associated with the courses in this program.

    Can I use this class to maintain my full-time status at my home institution?

    No. Courses in this program will not be included in the determination of part-time or full-time enrollment status and/or residency at the student’s home institution. A student’s enrollment status, progress toward degree, residency, financial aid eligibility, etc. will be determined solely based on enrollment at the student’s home institution.

    What if I need support services?

    All support for the online course will be the responsibility of the university offering the course.
    University 
    Disability Services 
    Web Site
    Contact Info.
    Rutgers University-
    New Brunswick                
     https://ods.rutgers.edu/             dsoffice@echo.rutgers.edu
    Indiana University
    https://studentaffairs.indiana.edu/student-support/disability-services/index.html   iubdss@indiana.edu
    Michigan State  University 
    https://www.rcpd.msu.edu/services       
    Ohio State University          
     https://slds.osu.edu/          slds@osu.edu 
    University of Maryland                              
    https://www.counseling.umd.edu/ads/adsfrontdesk@umd.edu 
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln            
     https://www.unl.edu/ssd/
    Pennsylvania State University               
    http://equity.psu.edu/student-disability-resources/contactedaccessibility@psu.edu

     

    How much does it cost?

    Eligible undergraduate students at a participating institution may take one course at another participating institution with no additional tuition or fee charges associated with the course (i.e., the tuition and fees associated with the course will be waived by the institution offering the online course). Students may be required to purchase books, supplies, or other educational materials related to the course. 

    Only courses specifically listed on this website as part of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Program will be available with no additional tuition or fee charges. Further, only one course per semester may be taken through this program with no additional tuition or fee charges. Students who register for more than one course at a participating institution or for courses at more than one participating institution, will be held responsible for all costs associated with those courses.

    Can I get financial aid to assist with the costs of this program?

    No. There should be no need for additional financial aid since the tuition and fees associated with these courses will be waived. Further, federal financial aid regulations do not permit the granting of financial aid under the terms of this program.

    Will the class I take transfer to my home university?

    While participating institutions are committed to processing transfer requests for these programs in a timely manner, there is no guarantee that courses in this program will transfer to your home institution or be applicable to any particular graduation requirement.

    How do I transfer this course back to my home institution?

    Students are responsible for submitting transfer requests to their home institutions in accordance with the home institution’s transfer policies and procedures. Please consult your home institution for more information on that process.

    How do I register for these classes?

    The registration process for these courses varies for each of the participating universities. To find more information and begin the registration process, please see Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Program--Introduction.

    Can I take one of these courses at my home institution for free?

    No. The tuition and fee waiver associated with this program is only applicable to students from a participating university who are taking an online course at another participating university that has been specifically designated as part of this program and who have registered for that class through this program. 

    How do I drop a class?

    Please contact the university hosting the class you wish to drop.
    University
    Contact
    Indiana
    Nebraska
    Ohio State
    Michigan State
    Penn State
    Maryland
    Rutgers

     

    Why isn’t my Big Ten university participating?

    The participating universities will vary by semester based on a number of factors. Check back each semester to see the list of participating universities.

    Where can I find more information?