Considering an online class?
Today’s students have many demands on their time: work, family obligations, community involvement, and more. At GHC, we want to make sure that you have every tool necessary to benefit from the convenience of an online class, but to be successful as well. Georgia ONmyLINE offers a self-assessment tool through Smarter Measure. Take the assessment and see how ready you are!
Please use the navigation links provided in this section to find out more information on how to apply and take classes at GHC.
Affordable Online Options at Georgia Highlands College
Distance Learning Fee. Unlike many institutions, Georgia Highlands does not charge an additional layer of tuition per credit hour for online classes. Instead, a $9 fee is imposed for each course (not credit hour) taken online. Courses conducted via eClassroom (web-based conferencing) and listed as Web-based are the ones for which the Distance Learning Fee is added.
Regular tuition and fees at Georgia Highlands are shown here: https://www.highlands.edu/tuition-and-fees
These fees do not include the cost of textbooks or other instructional materials which are purchased through the bookstore.
Open Educational Resources. Georgia Highlands has embraced the goals of Affordable Learning Georgia, an initiative designed to convert courses to use open educational resources (OERs). Compared with traditional textbooks, many OERs are free online or low-cost if printed copies are desired.
The eLearning division assists GHC instructors who are redesigning courses via OER grants from Affordable Learning Georgia. In addition, the division provides stipends for developers of online courses to help with the cost of converting them to OERs. Once converted, these online courses provide a lower total cost than courses not using open resources.
GHC’s RN to BSN Online Completion Program was identified as second among the 30 most affordable online RN-BSN degree programs in the nation published by Great Value Colleges.
Financial aid covers eLearning courses as well as face-to-face ones. A variety of financial aid packages are available and more information can be found at https://sites.highlands.edu/financial-aid/
The Georgia Highlands College Foundation has a variety of scholarships available for GHC students. Click here for more information.
Technical Considerations and Information
Students enrolled in online courses at GHC have the same access to student technology and services as students taking courses in other formats. Therefore, it is important for you to review the Student Technology at GHC page. As as GHC online student, your primary online learning environment will be D2L, but each course may use other supporting technology or systems. For example, our eClassroom course use the Zoom web meeting system to hold the scheduled class meetings. Therefore, while on-campus computers may be available to students during the business hours of the college, it is recommend that each online student have a reliable computer or mobile device at home with access to the Internet. This makes participating easier and increases the likelihood of success, since, in most cases, students will need to work on academic tasks outside the business hours of the college. The cost of ensuring adequate access may require some planning prior to the start of each semester.
Technology for Online Courses
Have questions about online courses, D2L, technical requirements, or just need general information about eLearning at GHC? Contact us!
For the D2L Help Desk, available 24-hours a day, please visit their website for information on outages and how to reach live assistance.
Disclaimer: While the goal of Georgia Highlands College is to keep this information updated, in the fast changing world of technology, the requirements above are subject to change without notice.