Self-Paced Online Courses
About self-paced online (SPO) courses
Self-paced online (SPO) courses give students another flexible option for course completion. SPO students work at their own pace from course material provided in Blackboard. Students may choose from one of two options when selecting a self-paced online (SPO) course: Financial Aid Eligible and Financial Aid Ineligible.
SPO courses offer an extended completion timeline: spring and fall term is approximately 21-weeks, and the summer term is 12-weeks for financial aid eligible sections. Financial aid ineligible sections have a 6-month completion time.
Students control their learning experience by deciding when, where, and how to complete their SPO course. All course material and assignments are available throughout the course.
As self-directed learners, students determine the amount of time needed to master the material provided in each module. The instructor provides assistance when needed.
What are the dates and deadlines to register?
Financial aid eligible sections allow students the flexibility of independent, self-paced study within a 21-week Fall or Spring and 12-week Summer term while using federal financial aid and grants to fund their education.
Financial Aid Eligible sections may be started and completed at any time within the term; however, you must enroll in all classes by the add/drop date posted on your Student Detail Schedule. Classes open approximately 2 weeks before the start of the term and close approximately 2 weeks after the end of the term. Check the Course Notes or your Student Detail Schedule for the exact dates. Drop and withdrawal dates are available on the Student Hub
Financial aid ineligible sections have an extended registration and completion period (see chart below). Students may start and complete the course at any time within the 6-month term. Students may drop within 30-days of registration for a full refund by submitting a written request to drop. The withdrawal date is included on the Student Detail Schedule.
Non-Financial Aid Eligible SPO Registration and Completion Deadlines
Spring Semester - Registration Deadline: March 15th - Coursework Completion Deadline: September 15th of the same year
Fall Semester - Registration Deadline: October 15 - Coursework Completion Deadline: April 15th of the following year
Tuition and Fees
SPO courses have the same low tuition rate and fees for both resident and non-resident students. SPO classes are not COF eligible and are exempt from the 12 – 18 credit flat tuition structure. Tuition for SPO courses is $185.00 per credit hour (subject to change).
Self-Paced Online Course Tuition: $185.00 per credit hour
· Immunization Fee: $2.10 per semester
· Metro Bond Fee: $20.50 per credit hour (caps at $250.80 - 4 classes)
· Matriculation Fee (one-time fee per degree program - $75.00): The matriculation fee is a one-time fee per Undergraduate and Graduate degree program. It is used to offset orientation and graduation costs and is charged to all students as part of their tuition and fees.
Example 3-credit course SPO
Tuition $ 555.00
Immunization $ 2.20
Metro Bond Fee $ 66.60
Total Tuition & Fees $ 623.80*
* Total for one 3-credit course, not including Matriculation Fee.
Tuition and Fee rates are subject to change.
Extended Campus classes are exempt from the 12 credit - 18 credit flat tuition structure.
Students may choose either a financial aid eligible or non-financial aid eligible SPO course. The best way to determine whether a course section is eligible for financial aid is to read the course notes. Typically, section number “SPO” indicates financial aid eligibility whereas “EXT” indicates the section is not eligible for financial aid.
Financial Aid Policies
- Students must enroll in all classes by the “Last day to Add/Drop Full-Semester Classes” date posted on the Dates and Deadlines section of the Student Hub.
- Students have an extended completion time of approximately 21-weeks for Fall and Spring semesters and 12-weeks for Summer semester
- Students may start and complete the course at any time within the term.
- Classes open approximately 2 weeks before the start of the term and close approximately 2 weeks after the end of the term. Check course notes for the exact dates.
- Students follow the same 100% / 50% drop policy posted on the Dates and Deadlines section of the Student Hub.
- Follow the same Withdrawal period posted on the Dates and Deadlines section of the Student Hub.
If a financial aid ineligible section of your course is not available, please contact 303-721-1313 to inquire if a section can be opened.
- Students may not use financial aid, which includes federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans, federal grants, or educational benefits from The Department of Veteran Affairs
- Students have an extended registration period
- Students have an extended completion time of 6-months
- Students may start and complete the course at any time within the 6-month term
- Students may drop a course within 30-days of registration for a full refund
- Withdrawal dates are posted on your Student Detail Schedule.
What is the SPO drop policy?
Financial aid eligible sections may be dropped through the Student Hub up to the posted 100% or 50% refund drop dates. The withdrawal period for this course is provided on your Student Detail Schedule. This information is also available in the Dates and Deadlines section of the Student Hub.
Drop policies vary based on the type of self-paced online course you are taking. Regardless of format, all self-paced online courses can be dropped any time up to the posted “last day to drop a class with 100% refund” date.
Financial Aid Ineligible sections can be dropped through the Student Hub up to the posted “last day to drop a class with 100% refund” date. After this date, you may drop your course for a full refund if you are within 30-days of the date you registered for the course.
To request a drop, please send a written request to Heather Ligrani at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your written request to drop must include your name, student ID, the course name and number, and a brief explanation of why you want to drop the class. If your request to drop is received within the designated timeframe, you will receive a full refund. After the 30-day period, you will not be allowed to drop the course. Although, you may elect to withdrawal by the date posted on your Student Detail Schedule. Please note that dates for this class are not provided on the Dates and Deadlines section of the Student Hub.
Additional SPO policies
You must be an MSU Denver student with a student ID to register for courses. For more information about the application process, or to apply online, please visit the website for the Office of Admissions.
As an MSU Denver student, you can register for credit SPO courses through the Student Hub. In the Advanced Search options select Schedule Type “Lecture” and Instructional Method “SPO.” Financial aid eligible sections are indicated by “SPO” for the course section number. Non-financial aid eligible sections are indicated by “SP1” for the course section number. Please read the course notes to ensure that you have enrolled in the course format that best fits your need.
You may not send or submit more than two lessons per week unless you have made prior arrangements with your instructor. Instructors are not required to grade more than two assignments per week, therefore sending all coursework at one time at the end of the course could result in you receiving an “F” as your final grade. Please do not submit all coursework at the last minute.
Self-paced online course evaluations are now administered through Blackboard as part of the standard online evaluation process. Please note that you may receive supplemental surveys via your student email account which are specific to the Self-paced Online Correspondence Program. Please take the time to complete these surveys as your feedback is extremely valuable to us as we continue to improve and develop self-paced online classes.
MSU Denver policies prevent us from granting extensions for self-paced online courses. If you are not able to complete all the work required for your course within the determined timeframe you will receive a final grade based on the work submitted at the time your course ends. Note: Rare exceptions are made for extenuating circumstances. For more information, refer to the Administrative Withdrawal information in your MSU Denver Student Handbook. If you have documentable circumstances that require extra time to complete your course, please contact your instructor to discuss your situation.
Additional SPO student resources
MSU Denver is committed to making reasonable accommodations to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching their academic potential. If you have a disability which may impact your performance, attendance, or grades in this class and are requesting accommodations, then you must first register with the Access Center, located in the Plaza Building, Suite 122 303-556-8387.
The Access Center is the designated department responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities. Accommodations will not be granted prior to receipt of your faculty notification letter from the Access Center. Please note that accommodations are not provided retroactively (i.e., prior to the receipt of your faculty notification letter.) Once the Self-Paced Distance Learning Office (MSU Denver South) has received your official Access Center faculty notification letter, we will discuss your needs and make appropriate arrangements for your accommodations. All discussions will remain confidential. Further information is available by visiting the Access Center website.
You may contact the MSU Denver Self-Paced Distance Learning Office (South Campus) by phone at 303-721-1313. Our office is open Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 9:00pm, and Fridays from 8:30am – 5:00pm Mountain Standard Time.
Blackboard customer service and support is available 24-hour/7 days a week/365 days a year by contacting Embanet support at 1-888-915-9535.
For all other day-to-day technology problems and non-blackboard issues contact the Help Desk at 303-352-7548.
To order transcripts, change your name, or update your address please log onto your Student Hub account and select the desired option from the My Services/Registration tab.
You may also contact the Office of the Registrar at 303-556-3991, or write to this address:
MSU Denver Office of the Registrar
PO Box 173362, Campus Box 84
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Name Changes: Please include a photocopy of the legal document that changes your name (court order, marriage license, etc.)