Frequently Asked Questions

Below please find answers to some commonly asked questions about UVA Edge. If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to edge@virginia.edu, or complete the Request for Information form. Check back here for additional questions as they become available.

What will I learn and how will this help me?

UVA Edge has two major benefits. 

First, the program builds the digital and human skills that are relevant in today’s workplace. Human skills--like critical thinking, communication, and leadership--are the hardest to develop and the most important for your career. UVA Edge draws on UVA’s world-class programs to build these human skills for a digital world. You can find more details and a list of the program course descriptions here.

Second, UVA Edge is a stepping stone to a degree. Students receive an Award of Completion and 20 credits that can be applied to an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree (Note: students should inquire with the receiving institution about transfer credit).

How much does it cost? Is financial assistance available?

The full value of the program is $10,844, including materials, but accepted students who begin classes for the Summer 2021 semester can expect to pay $300 total out-of-pocket cost, after the application of available employer benefits. 

Eligible UVA employees: After the application of your full Education Benefit, the maximum out-of-pocket costs are $100 per term ($300 over the total program), including materials. Students can expect to apply more than one year of the benefit to the program. 

General public: After the application of any education benefits from your employer, the maximum out-of-pocket costs are also $100 per term ($300 total), including materials.

Note that this information only applies to students who begin classes in the Summer 2021 semester. 

What if I can’t afford the program?

We are committed to making this affordable. Please contact edge@virginia.edu for additional assistance.

What if I cannot complete or I do not pass a class?

Students applying the UVA Education Benefit must complete the course with a C or better or they may be liable for reimbursing the education benefit for that course. Students participating in UVA Edge through other tuition reimbursement programs should be familiar with their employer’s policies.

What do I need to apply?

Your high school transcript OR your undergraduate transcript, if you have college credits, and a 300-word statement of purpose. The application is available online.

What are the policies for adding/dropping classes and refunds?

Please click here for details.

What if I need access to a computer or internet connectivity?

Employees of UVA Facilities Management can borrow computers from their department. Facilities Management will also provide classroom space with internet connectivity. UVA wifi can typically be accessed across Grounds.

What is included in tuition, fees, and materials?
  Per Credit Total
Tuition $488 $9,760
Fees $9 $180
Total Tuition & Fees   $9,940
Books & Materials   $904
Total Value of Program   $10,844
What academic resources are available to support me during the program?

We are committed to working with students who experience academic challenges during the program, and all of our instructors design their courses with the goal of making them both challenging and accessible. In cases where students need accommodation for a documented learning difficulty, UVA Edge will direct them towards appropriate resources. Your instructors are available to help you in any way they can, but you can also reach out to edge@virginia.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

I’ve never taken a class online before. Will I have help with the technology?

Absolutely. Here's a brief list of the online learning tools the program uses, along with links to resources. In addition, students can reach out at any time for help acclimating to online instruction. The orientation process, and the first courses in the UVA Edge sequence, will introduce students to the tech tools we use, and strategies for effective online learning.

The orientation process, and the first courses in the UVA Edge sequence, will introduce students to the tech tools we use, and strategies for effective online learning.

Please see the technical support contact information below:

 
Additional resources include:

 

Will there be an orientation?

We will provide onboarding materials and a point of contact to ensure that you are set up for success in the program and can get answers to any questions you might have prior to the start of classes. 

In addition to the first classes, which are designed to introduce students to the broader program, students will be guided through a UVA Edge orientation that should answer most questions, get them set up with all of the tools they’ll need, and welcome them to the program.

What time commitment should I expect to make? When will the classes be held?

UVA Edge is designed with working adults in mind. In a given semester, one course will be held once-a-week in the evenings and will consist of ‘live’ online instruction and interaction between instructors and students. The other will be available as recorded lectures, and students will be able to engage at the most convenient time for them, with ongoing feedback and interaction with instructors. Students should expect to spend about 2 hours most days preparing for or attending class and working on course assignments. 

 

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