Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is CGES?
How do I apply?
I didn’t get very good grades at my last college./I owe my last college money./I enrolled for a few days, then withdrew. Can CMU just disregard that transcript?
What are your admission requirements?
How much are tuition and fees?
How many weeks are the courses?
How many classes can I take each term?
How long will it take me to complete my degree?

Student Questions

Do I have a CMU email account?
What is myCMU?
How do I register for classes?
Can I use myCMU to register myself in future courses?
How do I withdraw from classes?
How do I obtain enrollment verification for insurance/loan purposes?
What library resources are available to me?
How do I request a CMU transcript?
What steps are required for graduation?

Payment and Financial Aid

How do I apply for financial aid?
How do I know how much financial aid I qualify for?
How do I request a student loan?
How do I know what documents and forms Financial Aid has received from me?
What is a Consortium Agreement?
When can I expect my refund?
How do I contact the Business office if I have a question about a payment plan or my bill?

Book Information

How do I find ISBN numbers for my textbooks?
Can I get an advance on my financial aid to order books?
How do I order my books?
Can I sell my books back when my classes are finished?


General Information

What is CGES?

CGES is the College of Graduate and Extended Studies, and encompasses our undergraduate state-wide locations, as well as online and graduate studies.

How do I apply?

Complete the free online application, (take care that you select the correct location). You can also email cgesadmissions@centralmethodist.edu to obtain a paper application. Request that official transcripts from each institution you enrolled at (even if you withdrew or transferred the credits) be mailed to CGES Admissions, 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO 65248. E-transcripts may be requested to cgesadmissions@centralmethodist.edu. We do not accept faxed transcripts as official transcripts.

I didn't get very good grades at my last college./I owe my last college money./I enrolled for a few days, then withdrew. Can CMU just disregard that transcript?

No. CMU must receive an official transcript from each regionally accredited college you attended. We look up your record in the National Student Clearinghouse and will see every college you enrolled at. Failure to submit official transcripts from each college you enrolled at will result in MAJOR delays in the admission and financial aid processes. We cannot accurately calculate your cumulative GPA or credit hours earned, verify you are in good standing with your previous colleges, or prepare financial aid until we have an official transcript from each college.

What are your admission requirements?

We must have official transcripts from ALL colleges you previous enrolled at, and:

  • Transfer: cumulative 2.0 or higher GPA from all previously attempted coursework
  • First-time freshman: 2.5 or higher high school GPA and a 21 or higher ACT score.
  • Students with less than 24 credit hours of college coursework: must submit college and high school transcripts. Must have 2.0 or higher GPA from all college transcripts, as well as 2.5 or higher high school GPA and 21 or higher ACT score.
  • Some programs, such as education and applied behavior analysis, have higher GPA requirements for admission into the formal professional program.
  • Students that do not meet general admission requirements may have the option to petition for admission. Contact CGES Admissions at cgesadmissions@centralmethodist.edu or 660-248-6677 for more information.

How much are tuition and fees?

Tuition and fees vary between programs and locations. Please visit the Tuition and Fees page on the financial aid website to view the most up-to-date information

How many weeks are the courses?

Most undergraduate courses meet for 8 weeks. Onsite courses meet 1-2 nights per week, in the evening, at the local site. Term I is August-October, Term II is October-December, Term III is January-March, Term IV is March-May, and Term V is June-July. 16 week courses may be available at some locations and are also available online.

How many classes can I take each term?

Students that take 6 or more credit hours in an 8-week term are considered full-time. Typical undergrad course load per 8-week term is 2-3 classes (6-9 credit hours). Less than 6 hours is considered three-fourths or half-time.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

Most degree plans can be completed in about 18-24 months if you've already completed 60 hours and/or an associate's degree and are full-time each term. First-time freshman typically complete their degree in about 4 years if they are full-time in each term. The degree plan you receive from your academic advisor after you apply/submit transcripts will show you which courses are complete, which courses need to be completed, and your expected graduation date.

Student Questions

Do I have a CMU email account?

The email address you used to fill out the application is typically retained as the primary email address. If a CMU email address is desired, contact the Helpdesk at helpdesk@centralmethodist.edu.

What is myCMU?

Your myCMU login and password is mailed to you after you complete your application for admission. myCMU provides tutorials, announcements, gives you access to any online courses you are enrolled in, tracks the documents received by financial aid, notifies you if you are selected for FINANCIAL AID VERIFICATION, allows you to register for future courses, provides a billing statement, and MUCH more. Tutorials are available at the myCMU homepage. myCMU links are at the top of each CMU webpage, or by accessing your site location from our website.

How do I register for classes?

Your advisor will prepare a degree evaluation for you from a copy of your transcript, or, after official transcripts are received. This is your guide as to which courses are needed to complete your degree. The very first time you enroll, your advisor will have you fill out a Registration Form, Contract for Payment, FERPA, and other various forms, as applicable. You will also sign a copy of your degree plan. Only your advisor can enroll you in your very first set of classes. You can use myCMU to self-register for classes in the next terms, if desired. Conference with your advisor at least once each semester to be certain the classes you plan to enroll in for the upcoming terms are correct.

How do I withdraw from classes?

Complete an official withdrawal form and send it to your Site Coordinator. Withdrawal forms are located online, you can ask your Site Coordinator to email you one, or, you can pick one up in person from your local site. Be aware of the refund schedule and policy! If you drop your class before the start of the term you will not be charged for the course. When the term begins you will be charged 10% of tuition for participation during the first week. The amount you owe increases each week.

How do I obtain enrollment verification for insurance/loan purposes?

Login to your myCMU account after the second week of class and click on "Print My Schedule" to access the verification link.

What library resources are available to me?

Visit the Library Services page, there is also a link on the top right of every page of the CMU website. You can search catalogs and databases, utilize Quest, Mobius, or the InterLibrary Loan to find books, find guides for MLA and APA styles, and more!

How do I request my CMU transcript?

Official transcripts are requested through the National Student Clearinghouse. Visit the Transcript webpage. An unofficial transcript can be easily printed from your myCMU account.

What steps are required for graduation?

When you register for your first term, you should determine an expected graduation date with your advisor, sign your degree plan, and continue to meet regularly with your advisor. In the semester BEFORE you graduate, talk to your site coordinator or academic advisor about when to submit your Application for Graduation and $75 Graduation Fee. Your site coordinator/academic advisor will provide you with specific details regarding the commencement ceremony.

Payment and Financial Aid

How do I apply for financial aid?

File the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov and enter our school code 002453. You must be admitted and registered as a degree-seeking student before the financial aid office can prepare your award letter. To receive financial aid funds, you must be admitted as a degree-seeking student and submitted all required financial aid documentation before the conclusion of the term or semester in which you are enrolled in/requesting funds for.

How do I know how much financial aid I qualify for?

After you are fully admitted to CMU and registered in classes, the financial aid office will begin working on your financial aid package. The credit hours that are transferred in from previous schools and the credit hours you are enrolled in are important factors in the calculation of your financial aid budget. An award letter will be prepared for you and listed in your myCMU account (financial aid document tracking). If you were selected for verification, you must have all verification materials submitted and verified before Financial Aid can prepare your notice. Your aid cannot be processed until you accept/deny your aid and e-sign your eligibility notice.

How do I request a student loan?

Visit the CMU Financial Assistance website and follow Step 3. You must be admitted as a degree-seeking student before the conclusion of the term or semester in which you are enrolled in/requesting funds for.

How do I know what documents and forms Financial Aid has received from me?

Your financial aid information is tracked through your myCMU account. Login to myCMU, select the"Student" tab, look on the LH side for "Financial Aid" and then look for "Financial Aid Document Tracking." Any forms that are received or needed will be listed here.

What is a Consortium Agreement?

If you need to take a course from a host school to count into your CMU financial aid budget, visit the Financial Aid link on our webpage, access their "Forms" link, and print the Consortium Agreement. CMU is your HOME school. The other school you are taking classes from is the HOST school. Complete your section, have your advisor complete the advisor sections. You send the form to the host school financial aid office. Host school FA Office will complete their section and send back to CMU financial aid for final approval.

When can I expect my refund?

Once enrolled hours have been confirmed when the term begins, the Business Office will begin processing refunds for accepted degree-seeking students that have submitted all required documentation. Students can refer to their "Student Billing Statement" on myCMU to see if there is a credit on their account and are due a refund. Refund checks are mailed to the address on file; please make sure to update your address before classes begin. If you are accepted and have all necessary documentation in order, refunds, if applicable, begin in the 3rd week of classes. Depending on volume of refunds, it may take several weeks before your refund is issued.

How do I contact the Business Office if I have a question about a payment plan or my bill?

All CGES students should contact 660-248-6272. You can also view and/or print your billing statement from your myCMU account.

Book Information

How do I find ISBN numbers for my textbooks?

You can find out what books are needed for each class on the Textbook Information page.

Can I get an advance on my financial aid to order books?

Yes, but only if you meet the following criteria:

  • fully admitted degree-seeking student, and
  • registered for class(es), and
  • have all financial aid steps (including verification) completed, and
  • have a Title IV credit balance available, and
  • Book Voucher Request Form is submitted through your myCMU account (under "Billing and Payments" section) no later than TWO WEEKS before the start date of a term.

Once your book voucher is available, you will receive an email from Missouri Book Service (MBS) with instructions on how to order your books. Remember, the book voucher is an advance from your financial aid and the book charge is placed on your tuition account. If your financial aid does not fully cover your tuition/book charges, you will be billed for the remainder of the balance and are fully responsible for these charges.

Session: Date Eligibility Criteria Met: Book Voucher Availability:
Term 5, 2014 May 16 May 27-June 4
  May 23 May 31-June 4

 

Session: Date Eligibility
Criteria Met:
Book Voucher
Availability:
Term 1, 2014 August 1 August 12-20
  August 8 August 16-20
Term 2, 2014 October 3 October 14-22
  October 10 October 18-22
Term 3, 2015 December 19 January 6-14
  January 2 January 110-14
Term 4, 2015 February 27 March 10-18
  March 6 March 14-18
Term 5, 2015 May 15 May 26-June 3
  May 22 May 30-June 3

How do I order my books?

If you are dependent upon financial aid to obtain textbooks, carefully read more about book vouchers above. There are specific criteria that must be met at least two weeks before the start of classes. It may be cheaper to rent or purchase your textbooks out of pocket from discount sites, like www.chegg.com or www.collegebookrenter.com. If you obtain textbooks on your own, just jot down the ISBN numbers from the textbook list and search your favorite book sites for best prices.

Can I sell my book back to MBS when my classes are finished?

If you purchase through MBS you are going to follow the above steps, but choose "Sell My Books" instead of "Order my Books." If you ordered books through a different vendor you need to contact that vendor for instructions. 

 
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