The Big Ten Academic Alliance is offering Michigan State University undergraduate students the opportunity to take courses at other Big Ten universities this Spring.
The program was announced as a course sharing initiative as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, offering more academic opportunities for students.
The participating schools — Indiana University, University of Maryland, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University — are coming together to offer up to 18 credits free of tuition and fees as part of this course sharing opportunity.
All undergraduate students currently enrolled in any one of these universities may take one additional class at one participating institution per semester.
Students who attempt to take more than one course at a participating institution or one or more courses at two or more participating institutions may be dropped from all courses in the program and forfeit the tuition and fee waiver associated with the program, according to the website.
According to an email from Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Mark Largent, the many courses may earn credit at MSU and count towards a student's degree, with the consultation of an academic advisor.
The schools' offered courses and applications can be found on the Big Ten Academic Alliance website.
Courses in this program will not be included in determining a student's part-time or full-time enrollment status or residency at their home institution.
According to the website, not all Big Ten universities will participate in the program, and the schools participating may change on a semesterly basis.
The website also clarified that you cannot receive free courses from your home institution through the program and that the only courses eligible are from other institutions.
They clarified that a student’s enrollment status, progress toward a degree, residency, financial aid eligibility, etc. will be determined solely based on enrollment at the student’s home institution.
Registration for Spring 2021 courses will be opening in December and January.
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