FAQ – Online Degrees & Certificates
Frequently Asked Questions
for Online Degrees and Certificates
Is online learning for you?
Online learning requires self-motivation, an ability to learn independently, and time management plus access to a computer and the internet. Read Is an Online Degree Program the Right Fit for You? and find out if online learning is for you.
Is Three Rivers accredited?
Absolutely. Three Rivers Community College is a non-profit, state college accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. This is the same organization that accredits the University of Connecticut, Yale and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, among others. Read more.
How much does it cost?
The cost for one credit at Three Rivers is $244 for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. This rate is one of the lowest in the country. See some comparison costs here.
Learn more about tuition and fees here. Note that the Student Activity Fee and the Transportation Fee are waived for fully-online students.
What are the admissions requirements?
Undergraduate applicants must have completed high school or received a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or other approved equivalent. Learn more here.
How long is a term?
Our Fall and Spring terms are 15 weeks. Most of our courses are a traditional 15-week term. Some courses are 12 or even 8 weeks. The Winter term is 4 weeks, while our Summer term offers 3 sessions – two are 5 weeks and can be taken consecutively, the third is 8 weeks.
How much time should I expect to spend on coursework?
We estimate that students require a minimum of 10 to 12 hours per week per course. This includes time spent in the online classroom and studying offline. Advanced courses may require additional study time.
How do I meet other students?
You can meet other students in your classroom at any time via the discussion board and seminars. Make sure to introduce yourself at the beginning of a course.
What student support services are available?
Three Rivers online students receive:
- Advising Support
- Academic Support – Tutoring and Academic Success Centers (TASC)
- Online services – Donald R. Welter Library, Three Rivers Community College Bookstore
- Career Services
Are there any special benefits for military service members?
Veterans are eligible for Veterans Educational benefits. Read more here.