Frequently Asked Questions

Below, find answers to 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 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 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, as well as skills such as data analysis and more. 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).

What if I can’t afford the program?

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

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 of the two courses 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 on their own time, with ongoing feedback and interaction with instructors. Students should expect to spend about 10-12 hours most weeks preparing for or attending class and working on course assignments. 

How much does it cost? Are scholarships or financial assistance available?

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

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 are the policies for adding/dropping classes and refunds?

Please click here for details.

What is included in tuition, fees, and materials?

Students pay only $300 out-of-pocket for the full program, after the application of any employer education benefits, but the full value of the program is:

  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.

Please see the technical support contact information below:

 
Additional resources include:

 

Will there be an orientation?

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.

We will also 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. 

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

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

How do I register for classes?

All Edge students will be manually enrolled in their courses each term by the UVA Edge team, and they do not need to self-register. The course descriptions are available here.

What is the difference between an unofficial and official transcript?

An official transcript is one that is sent directly from your high school or college to SCPS Central Admission at UVA; anything received from a student is not considered official.

Electronic submissions should be directed to centralscpsadmission@virginia.edu; hard copy official transcripts should be mailed directly from your prior school to:

University of Virginia
SCPS Central Admission Office
PO Box 401105, Charlottesville, VA 22904.

Students cannot be enrolled in courses until official transcripts are received. More information will be sent to students with the offer of admission.

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