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Course Registration FAQs

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How do I register for a course?
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You may register for courses or TECEP® exam in several ways during scheduled registration periods (see the 2011-2012 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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How do I purchase books?

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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I have accepted my Financial Aid, so why am I unable to register?

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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How do I log into Online Student Services?

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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When can I register for a course?

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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Payment FAQs (Tuition and Fees)

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What is the difference in the tuition options?

The Comprehensive Tuition Plan benefits students who are able to earn a lot of credits in a single year. For students who plan to register for more than 18 credits or more (for NJ students) in a single year, or 21 credits or more (for out-of-state students) in a single year, the Comprehensive Tuition Plan may be the best value. This option enables a student to earn up to 36 credits in a year for one price (excluding books). The Comprehensive Tuition Plan is $7,300 for in-state (NJ) residents and $9,820 for out-of-state residents.

Students who are not sure how many credits they are going to earn in a single year should consider the Per Credit Tuition Plan. For students who plan to register for up to 15 credits or less (for NJ students) in a single year, or 18 credits or less (for out-of-state students) in a single year, the Per Credit Tuition Plan may be the best value. The plan has a residency requirement that requires undergraduate students to earn at least 16 credits using Thomas Edison State University's online, guided study or e-Pack® courses. This requirement may be waived by paying the Residency Waiver fee.

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Does the University offer payment plans?

Currently, the University offers payment plans for the Comprehensive Tuition Plan and for nursing students enrolled under a nursing partnership program or the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program.

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Advising and Program Planning

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How do I schedule an academic advising appointment?

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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Why can’t I schedule an appointment?

Only applicants and newly admitted students and enrolled students who have had a completed academic evaluation have access to schedule Academic Advising appointments. To enroll, applicants and newly admitted students select a tuition plan. Learn how to enroll. Once this is done, students are enrolled with the University for one full year (from the date of tuition payment) and are eligible to schedule an academic advising appointment.

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Financial Aid FAQs

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How do I apply for financial aid?

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

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When will I learn if I’ve received financial aid?

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

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How will financial aid be impacted if I drop or fail a course?

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.

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I have accepted my financial aid, so why am I unable to register?

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)

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How do I log into Online Student Services?

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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Is there a difference between the myEdison® portal and Online Student Services?

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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How do I access my courses and log into myEdison®?

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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What should I do if I get a “Log-on to Moodle failed error” (especially at the beginning of the term)?

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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Why can’t I cut and paste in Moodle?

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

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What is the difference between an online quiz and an online exam?

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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What is online proctoring?

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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How do I schedule an online proctor?

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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Can I take an exam at site-based locations?

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)

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When can I register for a course?

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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How do I register and pay for courses?

Registration Methods: An Overview
You may register for courses or TECEP® exam in several ways during scheduled registration periods (see the 2011-2012 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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I haven’t received my academic evaluation; how long does it take for my transcripts to be evaluated?

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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