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Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy


College Unbound seeks to serve all persons regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and employment policies as well as in the policies governing all programs that it offers or administers.


Target Market

While open to all students with a minimum of nine college credits, College Unbound seeks to serve underrepresented, low-income, adult learners with some college credit but no degree who are employed full-time in low wage jobs with little possibility of advancement. Our program is designed specifically for underrepresented, non-traditional, working adult learners who wish to advance in their current careers or move into new careers that improve their quality of life.

 Demographics of our current student body (Spring 2016):




White (non-Hispanic)














Pell Grant Eligible



Credits Upon Enrollment

9 – 29


30 – 59


60 – 89






Requirements for Admissions

The requirements for admission as a degree candidate are that the applicant:

  •      have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent (e.g., G.E.D.).
  •      has earned at least 9 college credits. The nine (9) credits required for admission must include Composition 101 and demonstrate academic readiness. The Composition course must have been taken at an accredited college or university. Other credits may have been earned through an accredited college or university, through the armed services, by assessment of prior learning experiences, or by completing standardized college-level proficiency exams with an acceptable score.
  •      have a minimum 2.0 career (total) gpa, or have received notice of conditional acceptance.
  •      be employed or willing to take on a 10 hour per week internship.
  •      have basic computer skills.
  •      have computer and internet access.
  •      participate in an admissions interview.



Enrollment Process

Prospective students are required to go through the following process:

  1.      Attend a College Unbound open house.
  2.      Request and gather official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.
  3.      Complete and submit an application/enrollment agreement with fee and transcripts for review.
  4.      Participate in interview to examine program requirements and ensure fit.
  5.      Take writing and technology assessment.
  6.      Participate in second interview, if requested.
  7.      Meet with College Unbound Financial Planning advisor; apply for Financial Aid if appropriate.
  8.      Receive acceptance.
  9.      Enroll and register.



Once applicants are admitted to College Unbound and have confirmed their intent to enroll, they must send a complete set of academic credentials from all institutions attended by the enrollment deadline.    


Student records, including the academic transcript, are protected by the FERPA privacy act. Only the student may request a copy of his or her academic record. Family or friends are not permitted access to student records without the written consent of the student. Only College Unbound transcripts may be requested or released. Transcripts and documents from other institutions are the property of College Unbound, and, as such, are under the control of the Office of the Registrar. Under federal policy, a student has the right to view the documents in his or her file; the College is not required to provide (or allow the making of) copies of these documents. Transcripts submitted to College Unbound for admission or credit transfer become the property of the College and cannot be returned to the student or forwarded to other institutions.


Accepting Transfer Credit

College Unbound accepts transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education and from recognized candidates for accreditation. Students who have attended non-regionally accredited institutions of higher education may request that their coursework be evaluated for transfer credit. Credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and students may be asked to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi to assist in evaluating the coursework.


Equivalent Programs

College Unbound awards transfer credits for those courses that are applicable to degree requirements. Once a course has been accepted for transfer credit, it is evaluated to determine whether it will be placed as a direct equivalent or an elective.  


Courses that are designed to give students the necessary background for college-level work are not accepted for transfer credit. Examples of remedial courses include basic writing skills, pre-algebra, and English as a Second Language (ESL).


Non-Semester Hour Based Transfer Credit

College Unbound will award transfer credit for courses completed on other credit systems (quarter-hour, unit-based, etc.) as long as the requirements listed above are met. Courses from other systems will be converted to their semester-hour equivalent during the transfer credit evaluation process.


GPA Requirement

College Unbound awards credit for those courses in which a passing grade was earned. When the grade earned was at least C, transfer credits may be accepted for courses that apply to the student's curriculum and do not duplicate other courses for which credit has been awarded. It is important to remember that specific courses and credit hours transfer, course grades and quality points do not.


Credit by Exam

College Unbound may award credit by examination, provided there is no duplication of other academic credit, and the scores presented meet CU standards.  


Vocational and Technical Credit

Vocational and technical credit from approved institutions or American Council on Education-approved organizations, when applicable, may be accepted as elective credit only.


Credit for Prior Learning

College Unbound may award college credit for knowledge and skills acquired outside the classroom. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) may be accomplished through standardized tests, course challenge examinations or demonstration of competency through portfolio.


Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) may be awarded upon the recommendation of appropriately qualified College Unbound faculty.


Transfer Credit Evaluation Appeals

Students requesting an appeal should be prepared to provide additional information (including course descriptions and/or syllabi) to assist in re-examining the course. Appeal request must be submitted in writing within the student’s first term of enrollment.


Residency Requirement

To earn a bachelor degree students must successfully complete 120 units minimum of course work and satisfy all College Unbound requirements. A student must complete a minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours at College Unbound in order to earn a bachelor degree. The following forms of credit may not be used to fulfill the residency requirement: transfer credit; proficiency exam and credit for prior learning.


Conditional Acceptance

A student who is accepted into the College with less than a 2.0 career (total) GPA will be placed on a type of academic probation called conditional acceptance. The student will have one semester or twelve (12) credits to earn a 2.0 career GPA, or he/she will be dismissed from the College.


A student who is placed on conditional acceptance probation will be allowed to take a maximum of six (6) credits during his/her first semester. If the student earns a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher during the first semester of conditional acceptance, the student is then eligible to take more than six (6) credits of course work in the following semester.


Graduation Requirements

1) Complete all requirements for program of study, maintaining satisfactory academic progress,

2) Return all property belonging to College Unbound, and

3) Fulfill all financial obligations to College Unbound prior to graduation and attend exit interviews.


Tuition and Fees

Application Fee = $100

This fee covers admissions and advising staff resources necessary to serve students.


Course Tuition = $330 per credit

Most College Unbound students enroll in two 15-credit semesters per year, making their yearly tuition $9,900.


Refund Policies


Application Fee

An Application Fee of $100.00 is required at the time of enrollment to secure your spot. The fee is refundable for first-term students and only if cancellation of enrollment is received by College Unbound seven days prior to the start of the term. If eligible, the refund will be processed within 30 days upon receipt of the cancellation notice. Applicants not accepted by College Unbound shall be entitled to a refund of all monies paid.


The current tuition will be $330 per credit hour. The tuition per credit hour is subject to change. Tuition and fees are subject to change with 30 days of notice.


CANCELLATION OF ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT: You may cancel your Enrollment Agreement without any penalty or obligation if requested in writing and delivered to College Unbound management within three business days after signing the agreement.


NOTICE TO STUDENTS: If you withdraw from College Unbound up through the 60 percent point in any payment period and received federal financial aid in the form of grant or loan funds, federal law requires that College Unbound, and in some cases, you, the student, return funds you did not earn to the U.S. Department of Education. The amount of federal financial aid that you have earned is computed by (1) determining the percentage of the payment period for which federal financial aid was awarded and completed, and (2) multiplying such percentage by the total amount of federal financial aid that was, or could have been, disbursed on your behalf for the payment period as of the date you withdrew. After the 60 percent point in the payment period, you will have earned 100 percent of the federal financial aid funds already disbursed to you. This calculation concerning federal financial aid is separate and distinct from the institutional refund policy and may result in your owing additional funds to College Unbound to cover tuition charges previously paid by federal financial aid prior to your withdrawal. If you plan to withdraw from College Unbound, please contact the financial aid office to determine the amount of funds, if any, that must be retuned on your behalf.


WITHDRAWAL AFTER COMMENCEMENT OF CLASSES: The effective withdrawal date for a student shall be when any of the following occur:

1) The date the student notifies College Unbound of withdrawal or the date of withdrawal, whichever is earlier.

2) The beginning date of any term in which a student fails to start classes.

3) The first business day following any 21 consecutive calendar days of absences (excluding scheduled breaks).

4) The date when College Unbound terminates the student’s enrollment, or

5) The date that the student is scheduled to return from a leave of absence and fails to do so.


All refunds due will be made within 30 days of the student’s effective withdrawal date. The last date of actual participation is used in calculating any refund amount. Students who are continuing or restarting their enrollment at College Unbound are subject to the College Unbound Refund Policy. Under this policy, the percentages of refundable charges are as follows:


Students Withdrawing                                                                      Refund

Prior to the first day of the term                                                           100% Tuition

During the first 6 calendar days of the first term                                  100% Tuition

During the first day through 10% of the term                                        90% Tuition*

After more than 10% and through 25% of the term                              50% Tuition*

After more than 25% and through 50% of the term                              25% Tuition*

After more than 50% and through 100% of the term                            0% Tuition

*Less $100 Administrative Fee


In case of prolonged illness, accident, death in the family, or other circumstances that make it impractical to complete the program, a refund that is reasonable and fair to both parties shall be made.


Additional Conditions

1) College Unbound will not deny admission because of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, nondisqualifying disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status.

2) This agreement, its addenda, and its attachments constitute the complete agreement between College Unbound and the student, and no verbal statements or promises will be recognized or enforced.

3) College Unbound does not imply, promise, or guarantee transferability of earned credits to any other institution.

4) College Unbound has the right, at its discretion, to make reasonable changes in program content, materials, schedules, sequence of courses, or locations in the interest of improving the student’s education, or where deemed necessary due to industry changes, academic scheduling, or professional requirements. College Unbound is required to make changes in programs or policies when ongoing federal, state, or accrediting changes affect students currently in attendance.

5) College Unbound does not provide health services for students.

Tuition and Fees

Though not yet accredited, College Unbound supports students through completion of Bachelor’s Degrees awarded by accredited partner institutions.  


Students enroll in courses through our accredited partner institutions.  Most are courses designed by College Unbound and facilitated by College Unbound recommended instructors.