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Registration Methods: An Overview
Once you have applied and been accepted to Thomas Edison State University (TESU) and have received and reviewed your academic evaluation, you can begin earning credits toward your degree immediately. To enroll, you will need to select a tuition plan. Learn more about enrollment and tuition plans.

You may register for courses or TECEP® exam in several ways during scheduled registration periods. Please note that no registrations will be accepted by mail during late registration periods. Please refer to the Academic Calendars page for more information. 

  1. Online registration, accessible through Online Student Services, is available to students who have approved TESU financial aid, are paying for the course tuition and fees by credit card or have an approved Tuition Assistance Form from the U.S. Navy, Marines, Air Force, MyCAA or Coast Guard. Online registration allows you to view and select from among the most up-to-the-minute course offerings and available mentors. In addition, you have the option to view your final course grades and make any necessary updates to your address, phone number and email address in OSS. 
     
  2. To search, register or drop courses, you will find the link listed under the heading "Registration” on the OSS home page. 

    The following options require the use of a paper Undergraduate Course Registration Form, which may be accessed at www.tesu.edu/studentforms.
     
  3. Mail in your Course Registration Form during scheduled registration sessions to the Office of the Registrar (Attention: Course Registration/TECEP® Registration) with your check or money order, company tuition aid voucher or your VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover number indicated in the space provided on the Registration Form.
     
  4. Walk in with your completed Course Registration Form and payment. The Office of the Registrar is located in Hanover Hall at 167 W. Hanover St., Trenton, N.J. 

Review your undergraduate tuition options Note these plans do not apply to partnership, military students or nursing students. 

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All textbooks and materials required for the courses must be purchased by the student. Course materials are not included in the cost of tuition. Students arrange payment directly with the textbook provider and may select any textbook provider that offers the books and materials they need for a particular course. Many students choose to use MBS Direct for their course materials. To order course materials, visit MBS Direct and select the appropriate term. Then, enter the course codes for the appropriate session. Please be reminded that if a student is enrolled in a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) course, they do not have course materials. Also, please keep in mind that textbook information is subject to change per term. The best place to get accurate textbook information for courses is MBS Direct.

Students may also find used textbooks through the Textbook Swap located in myEdison®, which is a forum designed to help students swap or sell textbooks for Thomas Edison State University courses and exams. Whatever method students choose, they will need to supply the course codes of the Thomas Edison State University courses for which they have registered, and ensure the materials they purchase are the correct editions for the course.

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Students planning to use the Federal Direct Loans to pay for their tuition will be unable to register unless they have completed both the Master Promissory Note (MPN) as well as their Entrance Counseling. These can be found on www.studentloans.gov using the students' FAFSA login information.

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Visit Online Student Services to login.

To obtain your User ID and Password, select the "I'm new to Online Student Services" link and follow the prompts. A temporary password will be generated and emailed to you. After initial login, you will be required to change your password.

To Log in: For most students, the user ID will be your first name, followed by a period, then your last name (example: frank.smith). Students who have common first and last names will be assigned a number to provide them with unique user IDs (example: frank.smith2).

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With the exception of nursing courses, undergraduate courses are offered every month, so you can register for a course whenever you are ready. For our online nursing programs for registered nurses, courses are offered four times a year. Graduate courses are also offered four times a year.

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Advising and Program Planning top of page

Applicants and newly admitted students who have a received their academic evaluation can schedule an advising appointment online. Enrolled students should login to the myEdison® portal. Once logged into myEdison®, click the "Make an Advising Appointment" link in the center of the screen, under the "Student" tab, which will take you to the AppointmentDesk Login page.

  • Enter your University ID and last name in the appointment area.
  • Select your degree program from the drop-down menu.
  • Choose an advisor and a counseling method. Students will receive a confirmation email immediately and a reminder within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment.
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You can schedule your appointment with an academic advisor once your academic evaluation is completed. Learn more about your academic evaluation. In the meantime, an admissions counselor can answer any questions you have. Learn more about admissions requirements, transferring credit and applying for financial aid. 

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Financial Aid FAQs top of page

To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must be an accepted, degree-seeking student at TESU. To apply, you need to complete both a TESU application for financial aid and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA). For more information, contact finaid@tesu.edu.

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The financial aid application process can take up to six weeks.

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In order to have financial aid cover the cost of a student’s courses, a student needs to maintain enrollment in 6 credits (two courses) per term. If a student is in danger of falling below 6 credits, it is their responsibility to first contact finaid@tesu.edu to determine next steps. Learn more in the Financial Aid Handbook

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Students planning to use the Federal Direct Loans to pay for their tuition will be unable to register unless they have completed both the Master Promissory Note (MPN) as well as their Entrance Counseling. These can be found on www.studentloans.gov using the students’ FAFSA login information.

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Technology FAQs (Accessing courses and Online Student Services) top of page

Visit Online Student Services to login.

To obtain your User ID and Password, select the "I'm new to Online Student Services" link and follow the prompts. A temporary password will be generated and emailed to you. After initial login, you will be required to change your password.

To Log in: For most students, the user ID will be your first name, followed by a period, then your last name (example: frank.smith). Students who have common first and last names will be assigned a number to provide them with unique user IDs (example: frank.smith2).

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Yes, there is a difference.

myEdsion®
myEdison® student portal provides that provides students access to courses in the Moodle learning management system, Online Student Services, Google docs, the University Help Desk and other student resources.

Online Student Services
Online Student Services is where students register and pay for a course or a TECEP®, drop courses, view their schedule and final course grades, update their address, phone number, or email address, view academic evaluation and accept financial aid awards.

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Students will log into myEdison® with:

  • Domain\user name: students\firstname.lastname (students\frank.smith)
  • Password: (the password that the student initially created)
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Once students are on the University Portal, click on a Moodle class. On the first attempt students may experience an error like these below.

  1. The login to Moodle failed.
    SSO credentials for user "0#.w|students\thomas.edison" could not be found in application "MoodleSSO" Enter your credentials.
  2. The login to Moodle failed. Click here to enter your Moodle username and password.

Please watch the Student Portal Login Instructional Video to fix these issues or visit the Common Issues page.

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When copying and pasting into Moodle, students will need to use keyboard commands. Students can copy by pressing Ctrl+C and paste using Ctrl+V. Using right click and selecting copy/paste will not work.

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Testing FAQs top of page

Quizzes are un-proctored, so students do not need to schedule an online proctor. Most quizzes have multiple-choice questions that are automatically scored, but not every quiz is the same. Some have time limits, some do not. Some are open book, while others are closed book. Some provide students multiple chances to answer correctly and some do not. Exams are a little different, and require the use of the University’s Online Proctor Service, which allows students to take their course exams online from the comfort of their own home or office.

You access an exams or quiz within your Moodle course. Quiz links are typically listed as learning activities within each module, while links to exams can be found in the Examinations area.

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Online proctoring enables students to take exams online and from their homes or offices. Online proctors use two-way communication to communicate with students who are taking online exams by using a webcam, a microphone, speakers and a high-speed Internet connection. Online proctors help students set up their computer to take the exam, authenticate the ID of the student, examines a student’s workspace, provide technical help during the exam session, and monitor the testing session via a video and audio link to the student. Once the exam is completed, the connection with the online proctor ends.

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Students schedule an online proctor through the University’s Online Proctor Service. This should be done early in the semester to make sure you find a day and time that works with your schedule.

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You can take exams at Thomas Edison State University and any accredited college or university or at any public library that offers a proctoring service. If you prefer a site-based location, you should find a place close to your home or work so you have easy access on the day of the test. This is especially important if you are enrolled in more than one course per semester or if you are taking more than one exam. Learn more about finding a proctor and a location.

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Registrar FAQs (Graduation, Transcripts, Degree Audits, Evaluations) top of page

With the exception of nursing courses, undergraduate courses are offered every month, so you can register for a course whenever you are ready. For our online nursing programs for registered nurses, courses are offered four times a year. Graduate courses are also offered four times a year.

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Registration Methods: An Overview
You may register for courses or TECEP® exam in several ways during scheduled registration periods (see the Academic Calendar for exact registration dates). Please note that no registrations will be accepted by mail during late registration periods.

  1. Online registration (via Online Student Services) is available to Thomas Edison State University students who have paid the University’s Comprehensive Tuition, have approved Thomas Edison State University financial aid, are paying for the course tuition and fees by credit card or have an approved Tuition Assistance Form from the Navy, Marines, Air Force, MyCAA or Coast Guard. Online registration allows you to view and select from among the up-to-the-minute course offerings and available mentors. In addition, you may view your final course grades and change your address, phone number and email address. 

    The following options require the use of a paper Undergraduate Registration Form, which may be accessed at www.tesu.edu/studentforms.
     
  2. Mail in your Registration Form during scheduled registration sessions to the Office of the Registrar (Attention: Course Registration/TECEP® Registration) with your check or money order, company tuition aid voucher or your VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover number indicated in the space provided on the Registration Form.
     
  3. Walk in with your completed Registration Form and payment. The Office of the Registrar is located in Hanover Hall at 167 W. Hanover St., Trenton, N.J. If you pay in cash, your payment must be delivered directly to the Office of Student Financial Accounts at 221 W. Hanover St., Trenton, N.J., after the registrar has processed your registration at Hanover Hall.
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Completed initial evaluations will be completed within 10 business days from the date all your transcripts have been received. Students will be notified via email when the evaluation is complete. The email will have instructions for viewing the academic evaluation within Online Student Services.

Students who submit additional transcripts after their initial evaluation has been completed, can expect to receive an updated evaluation 20-25 business days after receipt of the additional transcripts/documents. Questions concerning student evaluations can be directed to (609) 777-5680 or by creating a helpdesk ticket with the appropriate topic “Evaluation.”

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