FAQs “Frequently Asked Questions” with answers

About the Program Courses & Exams

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Exams are timed and allow you 60 minutes to complete 40 multiple choice or true and false questions.

You must achieve a minimum score of 55% (Grade: D-) to pass the Final Exam. 

If you scored 54% or below, (whether a result of incorrect answers, losing Internet, or exceeding the time limit), you have failed the Final Exam and as a result the course,

If you failed this course or are unhappy with the passing grade you earned, USILACS offers you the opportunity to retake any final exam.  To retake any exam, proceed to the [My Student Account] tab on the main menu and go to [Exam Retake].  From there you will have the option to retake any USILACS exam up to 10 times.

 

Having a previous TESOL will not reduce the time of your course or tuition.  All prior learning and experience, whether that learning or experience was gained at a college, through personal experience or study, or in the workplace, is evaluated and awarded by the USILACS HESEAP Review Committee, via the USILACS HESEAP application.   

Yes.  USILACS is nationally accredited and is pursuing regional accreditation as well. 

For full details on all our accreditations, registrations, listings, and certifications please visit our Accreditations, Legal Registrations, Memberships, and Ratings page.

No limit, your enrollment never expires

All courses must be completed in the order specified in the degree program.  There is no minimum time limit for online students.  The time required depends on the student’s mastery of the course material, and time needed to complete all assignments and exams. 

The only exception would be for qualified HESEAP students who have received full CLC credit of the course.  In this case the CLC student only needs to review the material and pass a final exam.

If you choose a degree program that includes the TESOL courses, you will be required to pass the exams associated with those classes.

Yes, depending on your English language proficiency.  We have had many students that, despite English not being their mother tongue, have successfully enrolled and graduated from our school. 

Final Exams results will show in your student portal within a minute or two. 

It is up to each individual student.  We provide resource materials for each course which includes reading the materials and viewing videos.  You will have as long as you would like to review, read, and assimilate the information.  As you feel comfortable, you will complete each lesson and exam.  

The one exception is that if the student has received CLC credit for the course.  In this case, all that is necessary is for the student to review the material and pass the final exam.

We have several alumni who are currently earning in excess of $40.00 per hour, teaching English to Chinese students; however, most, if not all, of these schools require a 4-year degree.

Each course has its own relevant resource materials, ten lessons, two midterm exams, and one final exam; however, HESEAP students with full CLC for the class, only need to review material and pass final exam.

We currently have many students working in the USA with degrees from our school.  

No. Although HESEAP Self-Paced Degree Program does include LAN1202 Foreign Language, Intro, this course is focused on how to learn a second language, not actually learning a foreign language.

All prior learning and experience, whether that learning or experience was gained at a college, through personal experience or study, or in the workplace, is evaluated and awarded by the USILACS HESEAP Review Committee, via the USILACS HESEAP application.   

Students may change their degree program at any time prior to completing the first 16 courses of their program.  The charge to change your degree is $150.00.  No degree program changes are allowed after the student has begun their 17th course.

Accreditation, Apostilles, and Legalization

Read the Document Legalization page and contact the Apostille/Legalization Department via the email link below.

Expiration Dates:  The apostille and/or certification documents have an expiration date that is 6 months after it has been produced.

The documents that have been legalized have a 3-year life span.  They will expire three years after the date they were legalized.

Please plan accordingly, when placing your order, to best suit your needs. For detailed information, please visit: https://usilacs.org/usilacs-transcript-diploma-and-certificate-legal-authentication/

Yes.  USILACS is nationally accredited and is pursuing regional accreditation as well. 

For full details on all our accreditations, registrations, listings, and certifications please visit our Accreditations, Legal Registrations, Memberships, and Ratings page.

The apostille process takes 4 to 6 weeks.  Foreign Embassy  legalization, depending on the country can takes up 4 to 6 months.  Please keep in mind that USILACS submits your documents within days of your request.  The delay is not with USILACS or our staff.  We have no control over the superior authorities at state, federal or Embassy levels; especially, during the current Pandemic.

Yes.  Any alumni student can decide to have their education documents apostilled, or legalized, at any time after graduation.  Please visit the Document Legalization section to order using the following link: https://usilacs.org/usilacs-transcript-diploma-and-certificate-legal-authentication/ 

To date our school has thousands of students worldwide.  Many of our alumni have been successful in attaining employment and visa classification in a wide variety of countries.

To date and to our current knowledge, we have multiple students in China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, Philippines, USA, Mexico, France, and many, many more.  All the degrees submitted to Florida State Apostilles, United States Department of State, and Foreign Embassies have been legalized by them. To date we have never had Florida, Washington DC, China, or any other foreign embassies refuse to certify one of our school’s education documents.

Costs, Scholarships, Discounts & Payment Plans

For full tuition price information and some very exciting options, please visit our 2021/2022 College Tuition page.

We all major credit and debit cards, PayPal, Zelle Transfer, Bank Checks or Money Orders.

Because our school is an American-based school, all tuition and other charges are calculated in US Dollars.  Payments in any currency are acceptable; however, foreign currency payments must be made in amounts that are in equivalency to US Dollars at the time of payment.

Our school offers several discount and payment plans. Please visit our Discount Plans and Financing Options Page.

Degree Selections

The degree you select is your major, i.e., you choose Bachelor of DME, your major is Doctrines and Methods of Language Education.

We have found the (1) Bachelor of Clerical Education, (2) Bachelor of Principles and Methods of Language Education, (3) Bachelor of Fundamentals and Methodology of Education, to be the most sought-after degrees in traditional education settings.

Currently, the most popular degrees to teach are (1) Bachelor of Doctrines and Methodology of Education, (2) Bachelor of TESOL Origins and Methods, and (3) Bachelor of Principles and Methods of Language Education.

Currently, our most popular degrees are Principles and Methods of Language Education (PME), TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and International Business Etiquette & Integrity (IBE).

Our school offers ten Bachelor Degrees.  We offer three degrees in Business, four in Education, one in Counseling, and two in Social Science.  The first 16 courses in all degrees are identical, as these are core education courses which each student must complete. Courses 17 thru 40 are a combination of courses related to the degree, the minor, and the students elective courses.

We currently offer undergraduate students the selection of one minor as part of their degree program.  For more information regarding exactly which minors are available for each degree, please visit the following link and then select the Description next to each degree: https://usilacs.org/degree-programs/

For traditional college students the minimum age is 18 years old.

Students applying for the HESEAP, the minimum age for enrollment is 22.

Students choose a minor of their liking with the degree program, and those courses will become part of the roster of classes the students must complete.

Yes you can. However, it would be wise to be realistic about your own level of English and whether a heavy accent may cause doubt as to the legitimacy of your abilities.

It depends on the country or state, as each country and state has different requirements.. We strongly recommend you verify licensing and educational qualifications requirements prior to enrolling.

Education Documents

Many students earn Classroom Learning Credits (CLC) through our HESEAP program. These CLC credits credit them for education received prior to their enrollment into USILACS.  USILACS students are required to take comprehensive competency exams for any subject for which they have received credit.

USILACS dates all courses and semesters based upon when the student received the education, for a particular course, not on the date they passed their final exam.  Therefore, yes, some students may at times see dates and semesters on their transcripts which may not exactly correspond with the student’s official dates of attendance.

After you complete you the final class in your degree program, proceed to [Student Portal] and select [Graduation Portal].

Within the Graduation Portal you must complete the Five Required Steps to place the order for your Education Documents.

NOTE: It is ONLY after completing each of the Five Required Steps that your Education Documents will be processes.

Preparation Times:

Your documents will be checked, printed, signed and shipped within 14 days of your graduation.

Shipping Times:

Domestic (inside the USA) (USPS Priority): Approximately 1 week
International (FedEx Express): 2 to 6 weeks depending on country

Yes, all USILACS degrees come with an Official Academic Transcript.

NOTE: Frequently for shipping purposes and to assure save arrival TESOL Certificates and Transcripts are placed under the diploma inside the four tabs of the document cover   Make sure to check under your diploma.

120-Hour TESOL Certificates are only issued to students who either (1) complete the TESOL Degree program, or (2) select and complete TESOL as their minor.

Yes. Upon enrollment, all students are emailed, a signed and sealed Official Enrollment Letter on school letterhead.

Within the Graduation Portal you must complete the Five Required Steps to place the order for your Education Documents.

NOTE: It is ONLY after completing each of the Five Required Steps that your Education Documents will be processes.

Preparation Times:

Your documents will be checked, printed, signed and shipped within 14 days of your graduation.

Shipping Times:

Domestic (inside the USA) (USPS Priority): Approximately 1 week
International (FedEx Express): 2 to 6 weeks depending on country

Enrollment

For full tuition price information and some very exciting options, please visit our 2021/2022 College Tuition page.

You will be required to take a High School Equivalency exam prior to your enrollment in our college program.  Please visit https://usilacs.org/high-school-equivalency-exam/ for more information.

For traditional college students the minimum age is 18 years old.

Students applying for the HESEAP, the minimum age for enrollment is 22.

For traditional college students the minimum age is 18 years old.

Students applying for the HESEAP, the minimum age for enrollment is 22.

Immediately!  

All prior learning and experience, whether that learning or experience was gained at a college, through personal experience or study, or in the workplace, is evaluated and awarded by the USILACS HESEAP Review Committee, via the USILACS HESEAP application.   

A student’s enrollment date is the date shown on their official Enrollment Letter.

HESEAP Credit Evaluation program

The HESEAP Credit Evaluation Program is a program whereby the applicant’s previous education and experience is evaluated, and if it meets our school’s strict requirements, the HESEAP Review Committee will award the applicant CLCs “Classroom Learning Credits”. All prior learning and experience, whether that learning or experience was gained at a college, through personal experience or study, or in the workplace, is evaluated and awarded by the USILACS HESEAP Review Committee, via the USILACS HESEAP application.   

For more information on the HESEAP program, please visit: https://usilacs.org/heseap-program/

Students applying for the HESEAP must be the minimum age of 22, plus, your prior education, training, and experience in the field in which you are applying for will greatly effect your HESEAP award.  

For traditional college students the minimum age is 18 years old.

Students applying for the HESEAP, the minimum age for enrollment is 22.

A student must earn 120-credit-hours to graduate; however, in earning those 120-credit-hours, a student may choose to devote many hours a day or few hours a week to study.  Therefore, it really depends on which pace fits his or her lifestyle best.

Misc. Questions

The acceptance of transfer credits is totally up to the accepting college or university, and requirements and procedures for transfer vary with each institution.  If you plan to enroll in another institution after our school, we strongly recommend that you check with that institution in advance.

Refunds are only available for tuition, and only if both of the following apply: (1) it is less than 30-days since you enrolled and (2) no education documents i.e., Diploma, Transcripts, Certificates have been prepared, shipped, or delivered to you.

There is no refund on HESEAP applications, legalizations or exam retake fees.

For more details please see our Terms and Conditions.

USILACS Federal Tax Identification Number (FEIN) is: 81-5339803

For traditional college students the minimum age is 18 years old.

Students applying for the HESEAP, the minimum age for enrollment is 22.

After you complete you the final class in your degree program, proceed to [Student Portal] and select [Graduation Portal].

Within the Graduation Portal you must complete the Five Required Steps to place the order for your Education Documents.

NOTE: It is ONLY after completing each of the Five Required Steps that your Education Documents will be processes.

Preparation Times:

Your documents will be checked, printed, signed and shipped within 14 days of your graduation.

Shipping Times:

Domestic (inside the USA) (USPS Priority): Approximately 1 week
International (FedEx Express): 2 to 6 weeks depending on country

We have several students who have used their degrees to obtain various non-teaching positions successfully. We offer a variety of degrees in different fields; Business is one of them. To date, our students have been able to successfully utilize their degrees to obtain work permits, and/or secure employment, in various countries around the world. This is the case for our students regardless of whether the degrees were in Business, Counseling, Education, or Social Science.

Currently, our Registrar’s Office offers alumni students free employment recommendations for employers who hire USILACS graduates.  We also are able to recommend others, who are knowledgeable, with specific requirements unique to individual countries.

Our school offers Letters of Recommendation to all graduates upon request.

We are sorry we don’t offer 1098-Ts.  For a institution to offer 1098-T, they must be approved to receive US Education Grants or Student Loans.  USILACS does not accept US Education Grants, Military Scholarships, or Federal Student Loans.

It depends on the state, as each state has different requirements.. We strongly recommend you verify your states licensing and educational qualifications requirements prior to enrolling.

It is the responsibility of the student to verify in advance whether they can claim their tuition on income taxes, or for other credits, they may or may not be eligible. However, upon request by any current or alumni student, our school is more than happy to complete any forms requested or to supply any information needed.

Yes.  We have numerous students teaching English online.  We also have students teaching in traditional schools, in various countries throughout the world, as assistants or substitutes.  Carefully examine whether or not the school in which you would like to gain employment, will accept the USILACS credentials.

We normally ship your documents within 2 to 3 weeks after completing all required courses and/or successful completion of all final exams. 

Within the Graduation Portal you must complete the Five Required Steps to place the order for your Education Documents.

NOTE: It is ONLY after completing each of the Five Required Steps that your Education Documents will be processes.

Preparation Times:

Your documents will be checked, printed, signed and shipped within 14 days of your graduation.

Shipping Times:

Domestic (inside the USA) (USPS Priority): Approximately 1 week
International (FedEx Express): 2 to 6 weeks depending on country

Teaching Licenses

Yes.  USILACS is nationally accredited and is pursuing regional accreditation as well. 

For full details on all our accreditations, registrations, listings, and certifications please visit our Accreditations, Legal Registrations, Memberships, and Ratings page.