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Credit Hour Residency FAQs

Residency requirements are courses that you must complete at Thomas Edison State University. Residency requirements at Thomas Edison State University do not mean that you must physically come to the University or attend courses at any physical location.


Please note that students who are part of the tuition plans listed below must complete a credit hour residency requirement in order to graduate from Thomas Edison State University:


To determine your enrollment plan, verify your "Student Status" in Online Student Services on your Student Profile page. If the code is one listed below, it relates to an enrollment plan with a credit hour residency requirement:

Per Credit Tuition Plan: NJ1TUOS1TUNJ4TUOS4TU
Military Degree Completion Plan: MDAPPMDCENMDIAC
Navy College Partnership Program: NCAPP, NCREN, NCIAC

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In order to satisfy the credit hour residency requirement, students pursuing an associate degree or a bachelor's degree must earn 16 semester hours of Thomas Edison State University credit via the University's Online, Nursing Online, Guided Study or e-Pack® courses.

To participate in the Military Degree Completion Program, Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership or the GoArmyEd/eArmyU Program, service members must complete at least 12 semester hours toward an associate degree or 24 semester hours toward a bachelor's degree at Thomas Edison State University.


Thomas Edison State University (TESU) credit satisfies the residency and includes: Online, Nursing Online, Guided Study or e-Pack® courses.


You can identify the courses that satisfy your credit hour residency in two separate places in Online Student Services. On your academic evaluation, courses that meet the credit hour residency requirement are courses that have no information in the “TESC #” and “Notes” columns (to the right of the course grade) are TESC courses.

academic evaluation

On your Unofficial Transcript, courses that meet the credit hour residency requirement are listed with a term associated with them.

Unofficial Transcript

Students are responsible for adhering to this policy. You may check your credit hour residency requirement and count of credits by contacting Academic Advising at Make sure you include your degree program (BA, AA, etc.) in the subject line of your email.

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