FAQs “Frequently Asked Questions” with answers

About the Program Courses & Exams

2021/2022 COLLEGE TUITION COSTS

USILACS tuition is calculated based upon credit hours.

The 2021/2022 cost per credit hour is $385.00.

The average course is 3 credit hours, bringing the average cost per course to $1,155.00, plus textbooks and/or supplies, which vary per course.

The average bachelor’s degree is 120 credit hours, bringing the tuition cost of a bachelor’s degree to $46,200.00, plus an average cost of $2,600 in additional textbooks and supplies cost.

Every responsible student must “fully count the cost” prior to embarking on their higher education journey.  USILACS has many programs designed to make your education affordable.  We have scholarships, student loan programs, and other discounts.

One of our most popular and affordable programs is the USILACS Fast-Track HESEAP “Higher Education Skills Equivalency Accreditation Program”. This program is designed to academically verify and certify your prior education and experience.  This program allows qualified students to drastically reduce their tuition cost as well as physical time to earn their degree.

Click this links for full details on:
Discount Plans and Financing Options
USILACS Fast-Track HESEP Program

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

If you fail an exam or are unhappy with the grade achieved, you have the option to upgrade to our Premium Exam for that course.  Premium Exams are untimed, can be taken up to 10 times. The Premium Exam option can be purchased for any course desired for a fee of $45.00. 

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.   

USA National Accreditation:

We are proud to received and maintained national accreditation from the North American Commission on College and University Accreditation (NACCUA) since March 12, 2017.

Since 2015, NACCUA has been located in Chicago, USA and has been actively engaged in the highest standards of academic accreditation.  NACCUA utilizes and is in full compliance with, the accreditation standards as set by the United States Department of Education 34 CFR 602.16 as adopted July 1, 2012.

USA Regional Accreditation

If your future plans require a college with US regional accreditation or listing on the US Department of Education database, then we recommend you possibly consider looking at other larger colleges.  Phoenix University, University of Arizona, and Harvard Extension School all offer wonderful programs. They are all fully regionally accredited; however, they are substantially more costly than USILACS.

USILACS urges you to fully count the cost and conduct your own due diligence to assure yourself that a USILACS degree will work for you.  No one single degree and/or college will work to fulfill all plans.  Each college and each degree are different.

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. 

The grades earned from standard exams will show to your student portal within a minute or two. If the grade was amended, it will not appear in your portal; instead, it will be reflected in your transcript after graduation.

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/

USA National Accreditation:

We are proud to received and maintained national accreditation from the North American Commission on College and University Accreditation (NACCUA) since March 12, 2017.

Since 2015, NACCUA has been located in Chicago, USA and has been actively engaged in the highest standards of academic accreditation.  NACCUA utilizes and is in full compliance with, the accreditation standards as set by the United States Department of Education 34 CFR 602.16 as adopted July 1, 2012.

USA Regional Accreditation

If your future plans require a college with US regional accreditation or listing on the US Department of Education database, then we recommend you possibly consider looking at other larger colleges.  Phoenix University, University of Arizona, and Harvard Extension School all offer wonderful programs. They are all fully regionally accredited; however, they are substantially more costly than USILACS.

USILACS urges you to fully count the cost and conduct your own due diligence to assure yourself that a USILACS degree will work for you.  No one single degree and/or college will work to fulfill all plans.  Each college and each degree are different.

The apostille process takes 4 to 6 weeks.  Foreign Embassy  legalization, depending on the country can takes up 4 to 6 months.

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

2021/2022 COLLEGE TUITION COSTS

USILACS tuition is calculated based upon credit hours.

The 2021/2022 cost per credit hour is $385.00.

The average course is 3 credit hours, bringing the average cost per course to $1,155.00, plus textbooks and/or supplies, which vary per course.

The average bachelor’s degree is 120 credit hours, bringing the tuition cost of a bachelor’s degree to $46,200.00, plus an average cost of $2,600 in additional textbooks and supplies cost.

Every responsible student must “fully count the cost” prior to embarking on their higher education journey.  USILACS has many programs designed to make your education affordable.  We have scholarships, student loan programs, and other discounts.

One of our most popular and affordable programs is the USILACS Fast-Track HESEAP “Higher Education Skills Equivalency Accreditation Program”. This program is designed to academically verify and certify your prior education and experience.  This program allows qualified students to drastically reduce their tuition cost as well as physical time to earn their degree.

Click this links for full details on:
Discount Plans and Financing Options
USILACS Fast-Track HESEP Program

We prefer payments be paid via Credit, Debit, or PayPal paid via PayPal; however, if this is not possible, we also accept Direct Bank Transfer, Western Union, and Bank Check or Money Order.

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 financing; please visit our Financing options page.

Unfortunately, this is not a payment option available; however, our school offers full financing as well as other exciting discount programs.  For complete information, please visit: Discount Plans and Financing Options

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, or from prior college level education, which credits 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.

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

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.

Enrollment

2021/2022 COLLEGE TUITION COSTS

USILACS tuition is calculated based upon credit hours.

The 2021/2022 cost per credit hour is $385.00.

The average course is 3 credit hours, bringing the average cost per course to $1,155.00, plus textbooks and/or supplies, which vary per course.

The average bachelor’s degree is 120 credit hours, bringing the tuition cost of a bachelor’s degree to $46,200.00, plus an average cost of $2,600 in additional textbooks and supplies cost.

Every responsible student must “fully count the cost” prior to embarking on their higher education journey.  USILACS has many programs designed to make your education affordable.  We have scholarships, student loan programs, and other discounts.

One of our most popular and affordable programs is the USILACS Fast-Track HESEAP “Higher Education Skills Equivalency Accreditation Program”. This program is designed to academically verify and certify your prior education and experience.  This program allows qualified students to drastically reduce their tuition cost as well as physical time to earn their degree.

Click this links for full details on:
Discount Plans and Financing Options
USILACS Fast-Track HESEP Program

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.

USILACS considers refund requests on a case-by-case basis; however, as a rule, we will happily provide a full tuition refund within the first 30 days of purchase.

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

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

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.

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 4 to 6 weeks after completing all required courses and/or successful completion of all final exams. 

Teaching Licenses

USA National Accreditation:

We are proud to received and maintained national accreditation from the North American Commission on College and University Accreditation (NACCUA) since March 12, 2017.

Since 2015, NACCUA has been located in Chicago, USA and has been actively engaged in the highest standards of academic accreditation.  NACCUA utilizes and is in full compliance with, the accreditation standards as set by the United States Department of Education 34 CFR 602.16 as adopted July 1, 2012.

USA Regional Accreditation

If your future plans require a college with US regional accreditation or listing on the US Department of Education database, then we recommend you possibly consider looking at other larger colleges.  Phoenix University, University of Arizona, and Harvard Extension School all offer wonderful programs. They are all fully regionally accredited; however, they are substantially more costly than USILACS.

USILACS urges you to fully count the cost and conduct your own due diligence to assure yourself that a USILACS degree will work for you.  No one single degree and/or college will work to fulfill all plans.  Each college and each degree are different.