FAQ: Mizzou Self-Paced Enrollment
Choosing Your Courses and Enrolling
When can I enroll?
How do I add a self-paced course in myZou?
- Select "Student Center,"
- Use either "Class Search/Browse" or "Add a Class."
- Select a term. Click "Continue."
- Click "Search" to get to an advanced search box.
- Choosing a course:
- To choose a self–paced 9–month max to finish course, use the "session" selector pull-down menu and scroll to the option called "Self–paced 9mnth max to finish" session (near the end of the list).
- To choose a self–paced 16–week course, use the "session" selector and choose the "Self–paced Sixteen week" session.
- To choose a self–paced second 8–week course, use the "session" selector and choose the "Self–paced Eight Week – Second" session.
- You will need to pick a second criterion somewhere on the search page, such as the Course Subject or Course Career.
- Click "Search."
- Always check with your adviser to be sure that the course you want to take will satisfy your academic needs.
What do the "Meeting Dates" mean on the self–paced 9–month max
to finish course descriptions?
The meeting dates are a range. The first date listed represents the first date you can start the self–paced 9–month max to finish course. The second date listed represents nine months after the last possible date to start the class. If you enroll on the last possible day to start the class, this second date is the deadline by which it must be finished.
What does the graded-SP grading option in myZou mean on the Self–paced 9–month max to finish course?
It means you are enrolling in a self-paced course for a normal A–F letter grade.
Can I choose my start date for a self–paced 9–month max to finish course?
Yes. You should choose the date to start your self–paced 9–month max to finish course or the system will choose the default date for you.
- For summer and spring, the default start date is the current day you are enrolling.
- For fall, the default start date is the current day you are enrolling but never earlier than July 1.
We strongly encourage you to choose a start date several days after the enrollment date when possible for your self–paced 9–month max to finish course.
See the "Dates to understand" section below for information to consider when choosing your start date for your self–paced 9–month max to finish course. The start dates will appear on your "Class Schedule" in myZou.
Note that you cannot complete a self–paced 9–month max to finish course in fewer than six weeks and must complete it within nine months.
Are there prerequisites for my course?
Guidelines for prerequisites are the same for online courses as for courses taken face–to–face on the MU campus. Academic departments establish prerequisites to ensure that students enter a course with the knowledge to be successful. myZou will display any requisites required.
Do I have to get approval before taking a self–paced 9–month max
to finish course?
Check with your academic adviser as some academic units may require advance approval before you can register for a self–paced 9–month max to finish course, and others may restrict the maximum number of credits you can take in a term through self–paced 9–month max to finish courses.
When do I need a permission number to take a self–paced course?
If your transfer credit is not showing in myZou, and you need this to meet the requisite for the course, a permission number is required. In this case, contact Mizzou Online about how to send transcripts showing proof of the requisite and obtain a permission number.
If your academic unit requires advance approval to register for a self–paced 9–month max to finish course, you will need to contact them for approval. You will not be able to register in a self–paced 9–month max to finish course without their approval.
Where can I view my class schedule?
In myZou Student Center, the schedule that displays initially is your class schedule for the current week. So if you have courses that don't meet the full term, they may not immediately show.
To see your schedule of ALL classes for the term, click on the "My Class Schedule" link.
Dates to Understand
When do my self–paced 9–month max to finish classes start?
When you register, you may either accept the default start date or choose a later start date for your self–paced 9–month max to finish course. The start date appears on "My Class Schedule" in myZou.
What is the difference between the enrollment date and start date for my self–paced 9–month max to finish course?
The enrollment date is when you enroll in your self–paced course. The start date is the date you indicate in myZou when you will start your self–paced 9–month max to finish course. When possible, we strongly encourage you to choose a start date several days after the enrollment date for your self–paced 9–month max to finish course.
What should I consider when choosing a start date for my self–paced 9–month max to finish course?
If you choose a later start date, you will have time to alter your schedule prior to the financial obligation that begins seven days after the start date for your self–paced 9–month max to finish course.
If you choose a later date, you will have time for follow–up academic advising before the course starts.
A later start date may better accommodate your personal schedule.
Make sure you choose a start date for your self–paced 9–month max to finish course that meets any financial aid deadlines applicable to you.
Make sure you choose a start date for your self–paced 9–month max to finish course that allows sufficient time to complete a course to meet academic deadlines, such as graduation.
What is the deadline to finish my self–paced 9–month max to finish course?
The last date to complete the course is set at 9 months after the start date that was chosen for your self–paced 9–month max to finish course.
The last date appears on "My Class Schedule" in myZou as the "End Date."
What do the "Meeting Dates" mean on the course descriptions of the self–paced 9–month max to finish course?
The meeting dates are a range. The first date listed represents the first date you can start the self–paced 9–month max to finish course. The second date listed represents nine months after the last possible date to start the course.
What does the graded–SP grading option in myZou mean for the self–paced 9–month max to finish courses?
It means you are enrolling in a self–paced 9–month max to finish course for a normal A–F letter grade.
How do I find my dates for dropping or withdrawing from the
self–paced 9–month max to finish course?
When viewing "My Class Schedule" in myZou, click on the calendar icon under "deadlines" for a specific class. The deadlines for dropping and withdrawing are shown on this screen. You can also view your deadlines after logging into our learning management system.
The deadline for dropping is shown as "Drop—Retain Record" and "Withdraw without Penalty." A course dropped on or before this date will not appear on your transcript, but will still remain as part of your academic record.
The deadline for withdrawing is shown as "Drop with Penalty," "Drop with Greater Penalty," "Withdraw with Penalty" and "Withdraw with Greater Penalty." A course dropped during this period will appear on your transcript as a withdrawal and have a grade of W or F.
Refer to the section on "Changing your enrollment" for details on the drop and withdrawal processes.
Changing Your Enrollment
How do I change to a different course?
For MU self–paced courses, you will use the add/drop procedure in myZou to accomplish this.
Learn more about add/drop procedures in myZou.
What is the difference between dropping a course, withdrawing from a course and withdrawing from the term, for my self–paced 9–month max to finish course?
Dropping a self–paced 9–month max to finish course is an activity that occurs in the first 1/3 of the nine months. Specifically, this equates to the first 92 days in the course. During this time, self–paced 9–month max to finish courses dropped do not appear on your transcript, and no grade is assigned.
If you drop a self–paced 9–month max to finish course after the deadline to "Drop without Penalty" (after the first 1/3 of the nine months), the process is referred to as withdrawing from a course. During this time, self–paced 9–month max to finish courses you withdraw from will appear on your transcript with a grade of either a W or F, depending on your performance at the time of withdrawal.
Withdrawing from a term means that you are dropping or withdrawing from all of your courses for that term. If you withdraw from all of your self–paced 9–month max to finish courses after the deadline to "Drop without Penalty" (after the first 1/3 of the nine months), you will receive a grade of "W" or "F" from the instructor, depending on your performance at the time of withdrawal.
The course or term withdrawal should be received/dated no later than one week (seven days) prior to the nine month course end date.
If you have not completed your course or withdrawn from it by the end of your nine months, ordinarily you will receive an "F."
Learn more about dropping and withdrawing.
How do I drop a course?
For dropping an MU self–paced course:
If you are dropping a self-paced 16-week or self-paced second 8-week course, or if you are dropping a self-paced 9-month max to finish course before the semester in which it is transcripted ends, and you are within the drop period for the course:
- Log in to myZou
- In myZou, use the "Drop a class" link and follow the on-screen steps.
If you are dropping a self-paced course after the semester in which it is transcripted ends, and you are within the drop period for the course:
- Using your University of Missouri email address, send an email to the registrar's office. Please include your name, UM student number and the course number/title in your request. The registrar's office will then go ahead and drop you from your course.
Learn more about adding and dropping courses in myZou.
How do I withdraw from a course?
Begin by completing the MU Course Withdrawal Form. Be sure to follow the directions on the form and check with any offices as noted on the form before completing the process. If time, we also suggest you contact your instructor via email to see if they will assign a W or an F and submit a copy of their response with the withdrawal form. When you log into your online course, your instructor's name and contact information are provided.
After you complete and sign your section of the MU withdraw form, submit it to your academic area.
Once approved by your academic area, it is submitted to the MU Registrar. The withdrawal process is not complete until the MU Registrar accepts the form.
Learn more about withdrawing from a course.
If you have not completed your course or withdrawn from it by the end of your enrollment time, ordinarily you will receive an "F."
After Enrollment - Beginning Your Course
How do I get started with my course work?
After you have enrolled you will receive an email from Mizzou Online with a login ID and password that you should use to access the self-paced learning management system (LMS). Access is available to an individual course once you have reached its start date. The LMS will show you information such as your course overview, assignments and grading scale.
How do I get my course materials?
Course materials can be obtained by ordering them from The Mizzou Store. You don't have to purchase your course materials from The Mizzou Store, as you have options to purchase them elsewhere. However, you will want to be very careful to make sure you obtain the correct editions of the materials. Learn more about course materials.
When can I order my course materials from The Mizzou Store?
You can order your course materials once you have enrolled. If you aren't immediately starting the course, you might consider waiting to order your materials until closer to the start date.
How quickly can I complete my self–paced 9–month max to finish course?
You may not complete a self–paced 9–month max to finish course in less than six weeks from the day you submit your first lesson. Since students typically take four months to complete a course, attempting to complete the learning process in less time may be detrimental to your course grade.
How long can I take to complete my self–paced 9–month max to finish course?
You have up to nine months from your start date to complete a self–paced 9–month max to finish course. Learn more about course completion deadlines.
How do I schedule a proctored (supervised) exam?
Grades and Transcripts
Where can I see my grade?
Your official grade record is housed in myZou. You also can log in to the self-paced course learning management system to view your course grade in addition to lesson and exam grades.
What is an "IP" grade?
IP stands for in-progress. After the deadline to drop your self–paced 9–month max to finish course, an IP grade will be recorded. Once you have completed the self–paced 9–month max to finish course, withdrawn or reached the nine-month limit, your instructor will replace the IP grade with your final course grade.
How do I request a transcript?
All transcript requests must be made in writing or submitted through the online request system and must include your signature or electronic approval. All financial holds must be cleared on your account before the request can be processed. Learn more about requesting an official transcript.
How can I obtain certification of my enrollment?
You may verify your student enrollment by visiting the MU Student Information Clearinghouse.
Note: Even though you may take more than one MU semester to complete your self–paced 9–month max to finish course, the course only counts for the one term in which you originally enrolled.
What email address will MU use to contact me?
Once you are admitted you will be given an official MU email address. The University will use only that address to communicate with you. Once established, you will always have access to this email account. Learn more about MU student email.
How do I update my contact information with the University?
Use myZou to update your contact information. Contact information could include: local and permanent addresses, phone numbers and other email addresses. You should keep this information up-to-date. Please log into myZou and review your contact information in your Student Service Center by clicking on the appropriate field.
What IT assistance does Mizzou offer?
What library resources do I have as a distance learner?
MU offers library book check out as well as electronic academic resources.
How long do I have access to library resources?
You have access to the library resources as long as you have an active self-paced course (until the end of your 9 month max enrollment time).
What is the cost of a course?
View the full Mizzou schedule of tuition and fees.
How will I be billed?
myZou will show your consolidated charges, including the charges for your self-paced course as well as any campus-based course in which you may be enrolled. Learn about billing and due dates.
How can I view what I owe?
Information on the balance due for your student account is available in myZou in the Student Center. Refer to the section called "Finances."
How can I view and pay my bill?
In myZou, in the Finances section, click on "View Bill" to see a copy of the monthly bills issued to you. From the Finances section, you can also click on "Make a Payment" to access the myZou payment center. Learn more about making payments (including third-party payments) from the Cashiers Office.
Which credit cards do you accept?
Mizzou accepts Mastercard, Discover and American Express. A 2.75% service charge will apply. Learn about Mizzou's payment options.
Is financial aid available?
There is financial aid available for degree-seeking students.
Are refunds available if I decide to drop a course after it has started?
Refund amounts are based on the percentage of class length elapsed before dropping. View Cashier's Office information about refunds, including a spreadsheet calculator for students in 9 month self-paced courses, to help you figure your refund eligibility. You also can read more about refund policies.
Will I still pay Mizzou Online for past balances due?
All payments for self-paced courses for Spring 2012 and earlier will still be paid to Mizzou Online. All payments for Summer 2012 forward will be made through the MU Cashiers Office.