General Graduate Student FAQs

Questions that apply to all graduate students in all graduate programs at ASU.

Graduate Programs:

Q. What graduate programs does ASU offer?

A. ASU offers a variety of graduate degrees and programs available in online and/or on-campus formats. To review our programs individually, please visit: gradschool.adams.edu.

Q. Are the graduate programs accredited?

A. Yes. ASU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604. HLC can be contacted at 800-621-7440, inquiry@hlcommission.org or www.ncahlc.org. Although currently on probationary status with the HLC, ASU remains fully accredited up until the final decision is made in February 2018, when we are confident the probationary status will be removed. Please review our FAQs on this probation status for further information.

Q. Will I earn semester or quarter credits?

A. You will earn semester credits.

Q. How many credits are required to complete a graduate program?

A. The credits vary per program from 30-66 credits. To review our programs individually, please visit: gradschool.adams.edu.

Tuition and Fees:

Q. What are the tuition and fees for graduate programs?

A. The tuition and fees are dependent on the program of study.

Admission:

Q. How do I become admitted to a graduate program at Adams State University?

A. The first step is to apply online. All official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, letters of intent, personal essays, etc. should all be sent to the specific academic department you are applying to besides. To review the admission criteria for our programs individually, please visit: gradschool.adams.edu.

Q. I just completed my online application. Now what?

A. Your online application will be processed by the Office of Graduate Studies who will then forward your application information to the program of application. When the program receives your information, you will be notified of your application status.

Q. When is the deadline for admission?

A. Adams State University has rolling admission, however, the cohorts fill up quickly and you may be placed on a waiting list for the following cohort. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however the deadline to start the program may vary depending on program.

Q. Is there a standard form needed for my letters of recommendations?

A. The only graduate program that has a standard form is Counselor Education. All other graduate programs do not have a standard form to use.

Course Registration:

Q. How do I register for my course(s)?

A. The course registration process varies per program. Please check with your assigned advisor on the best way for you to register based on your program of study.

Q. What is considered full-time enrollment status for graduate students?

A. Full-time enrollment status is 6 credit hours.

Q. Where can I look at the course descriptions for courses?

A. Course descriptions can be found on the individual programs' websites. Please visit: gradschool.adams.edu.

Materials/Access: 

Q. Where can I order my textbooks at ASU?

A. Textbooks can be purchased from the Adams State University Bookstore. Select "Adams State University" campus. Then, select the appropriate term, department, and course. Followed by, selecting the section number found in your syllabus to order textbooks. You may contact the ASU Bookstore at 719-587-7912.

Q. How can I request a transcript?

A. Transcripts (official and unofficial) can be ordered online at the National Student Clearinghouse (select Adams State University). Any questions should be addressed to the ASU Records Office at 1-800-824-6494.

Q. How do I access my online classes?

A. Once you have been formally accepted, you will be issued your student ID number (900#) and a token number from the Graduate School via email. A token number is a temporary code used to set up your username and password. Using your user name and this password, you will access your classes through Blackboard located at the One Stop.

Q. How do I access my ASU grizzlies email account?

A. Once you have been formally accepted, you will be issued your student ID number (900#) and a token number from the Graduate School. A token number is a temporary code used to set up your username and password. Using your user name and this password, you will access your ASU grizzlies Google email through the One Stop.

Q. How do I access my ASU student account information?

A. Once you have been formally accepted, you will be issued your student ID number (900#) and a token number from the Graduate School. A token number is a temporary code used to set up your username and password. Using your user name and this password, you will access your ASU student account information through the One Stop.

Q. I forgot my username and password to log into my Blackboard, email, and student account, how do I obtain this information again?

A. Please contact our Computing Services Department at: 719-587-7741.

Financial Aid:

Q. When will my financial aid be disbursed?

A. As long as all your financial aid requirements are completed, your financial aid will be disbursed towards your ASU account the day you begin half-time enrollment; which for most graduate students this is their first class. Graduate students are considered full time at 6 credit hours.

Q. Is Financial Aid available for graduate students?

A. Yes. Most graduate students are eligible for a $20,500 Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan for the full academic year (fall, spring, summer).

Q. How do I accept or deny my financial aid package?

A. Once you are packaged for financial aid you can view the award information on your One Stop Student Account. You can accept the full loan, a partial amount, or deny the loan completely. Check out these helpful videos to navigate your student account: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM1XIDdQr4T6oM_7G6CvJ3mYw7-jhLok2

Q. I already completed a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling (EC) as an Undergraduate student. Do I have to do it again?

A. Yes, even though most graduate students take out an unsubsidized loan, which is the same loan you may have received as undergrad student, you need to complete the MPN and EC again as a Graduate student. Good news is they are valid for ten years so you should only have to complete them once when you first start your graduate program.

Q. Am I eligible for anything other than an Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan?

A. Yes. Graduate students are also eligible for Graduate PLUS loans and alternative loans if that is their preference. Graduate students are not eligible for the PELL grant or Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans.

Please contact the One Stop if you have any additional questions concerning financial aid. 719-587-7306 or email onestop@adams.edu.

Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships:

Q. How do I apply for scholarships?

A. Please visit our website on our scholarships, and the application process. Please be aware the deadline to apply is March 1 for the following academic year.

Q. Do you have any graduate assistantships available?

A. Yes, on a limited basis. We have two types of graduate assistantships available: Program Assistantship and Title V Assistantship. Graduate program assistantships pay $2,500/semester for 10 hours per week (150 hours/semester total). Title V assistantships pay $4,500/semester for 19 hours per week (285 hours/semester total). Application requirements do apply to both assistantships. Full application requirements can be found on the individual applications. Pre-approval of work with the department is required.

Q. How do I apply for a Title V or program assistantship?

A. Graduate assistantship positions will need to be pre-approved by the program you will be working along with the completion of a job description. Once a position has been determined and approved, you will be required to complete the online application for the appropriate graduate assistantship.

Veterans/GI Bill:

Q. Do you accept the GI Bill?

A. Yes. All questions regarding GI Bill funding should to go to our Veteran's Center.

Tutoring: 

Q. What if I need writing help or tutoring?

A. Adams State University offers free online writing help and tutoring in various subject areas through NetTutor. Also, The Graduate Student Success Center offers free academic workshops on various topics such as academic writing/APA, qualitative reasoning, library research/information literacy, etc. As part of the Title V PPOHA grant, current graduate students may apply for a $100 per workshop scholarship (requirements apply).

Advisement: 

Q. Will I be able to contact my advisor if I have questions?

A. Yes. You will have an assigned program advisor. Your advisor will answer any questions you may have and will assist you with mapping out the completion of your degree.

Q. Do you accept graduate transfer of credit?

A. Graduate transfer credits can potentially be accepted upon approval from the program director. We require that you provide official transcript and course syllabus for transfer credits.

Graduation:

Q. What are the deadlines to apply for graduation?

A. Spring Graduation: January 31st, Summer Graduation: May 31st, and Fall Graduation: August 31st. 

Q. How do I apply for graduation?

A. Please complete the appropriate intent to graduate online form to apply for graduation.

Q. When I complete all my requirements, when will my degree be awarded?

A. Your degree will be awarded at the end of the semester in which you completed your final courses. You will work with your advisor to complete the necessary graduation documents needed to apply for graduation at the beginning of the term that you plan to complete all coursework required for your degree.

Q. Can I get help after I graduate?

A. Yes. We have a Career Services Office whose goal is to prepare students and alumni to successfully navigate the job search.

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