Print-based courses (PBC), course credit by examination (CCE), and special projects are available as flexible, independent study for students who do not have access to the Internet or prefer to learn from a distance. These courses do not adhere to the regular Ohio University academic calendar. Students have eight months from the date of enrollment to complete a print-based course and six months from the date of enrollment to take the examination for a course credit by examination option or complete a special project.
For more information about these options, view the Print-Based Education Course Formats page.
To view the policies and procedures for print-based education, click HERE.
How Print-Based Education Works
Students may enroll in classes any time during the year.
PBCs are developed by Ohio University faculty using the same content from their classroom courses. A study guide helps the student understand the material and contains assignments that the student will submit to the instructor for evaluation and feedback. Most lessons require the student to answer objective questions, write brief essays, or complete a paper or project. Generally, two supervised examinations are required—a midcourse and a final examination.
Course Credit by Examination
CCEs involve no instructor guidance. Students enrolled in CCEs receive a syllabus that outlines course requirements, grading policy, and the kind of examination to be taken. The student will need to obtain the textbook and prepare for the examination without assistance from the instructor. The grade on the examination will be the grade for the course.
Special arrangements can sometimes be made for individualized courses called independent study projects. However, important restrictions apply. View the Print-Based Education Course Formats page for more information.
Application and Enrollment
If you are interested in PBC and CCE options, you must be a current Ohio University student to enroll in courses. If you are not a current Ohio University student and you want to take these courses, you must complete the eCampus Admission Application.
Incarcerated students must complete a paper-based admission application. Visit the Correctional Education Admission page for more information.
View the course list. When you are ready to register, complete a course registration form.
Tuition, Payment, and Financial Aid
section where we list the various rates and fees associated with flexible courses and special projects.
Financial aid generally covers the cost of tuition, textbooks, database fees and technology fees for print-based education and special projects.
If you indicate print-based education is part of the course enrollment plan, the financial award offer is adjusted to reflect the eligibility for print-based education courses. Please review the Financial Aid Information for Print-Based Courses.
Veterans Administration Educational Benefits
The Veterans Administration will not cover course credit by examination (CCE). The Veterans Administration does not pay for housing or other expenses when a student is taking online or print-based courses from a distance. You will be reimbursed for tuition and fees only. Click HERE for more information.
Electronic Submission of Lessons
If you are allowed to submit an assignment electronically in a print-based course, there will be instructions for how to do so in your course manual.
If you reside near an Ohio University campus, you must take your examination at the nearest campus. Others can arrange to have their examinations proctored at another accredited college or university or, if it is more convenient, at an accredited local high school. Learn more about proctored examinations. Ohio University reserves the right to reject a proposed examination supervisor.
To withdraw from PBC and CCE courses, complete the Withdrawal Form and return it to the eLearning office prior to the last date to drop the course(s). As a reminder, the last date to drop information is provided to all students upon enrollment in a print-based course and can be found on the getting started letter that accompanies the lesson cover forms for each course.
The completed form can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 740.593.2901, or mailed to:
Haning Hall 102
1 Ohio University
Athens OH 45701