Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Nicholls Online?

A: Nicholls Online is way to receive a college degree or college credits by taking courses offered completely online. The courses are 8-weeks in length and begin in January, March, June, August and October. If a student takes three courses a semester, he/she can graduate with a bachelor’s degree in three years. Nicholls Online is managed by the Division of Distance Education at Nicholls State University.


Q: What is an online course?

A:  Nicholls Online courses do not require physical face-to-face meetings with the instructor. All course work is online. There are typically no regularly scheduled class times, so you can “go to class” at you want as long as you keep up with the instructor’s course schedule. The instructor will communicate with you through the course website or via email. Since there is no set time schedule for class, it is important for learners to be independent and self-motivated.


Q: Will I have to come to campus for anything?

A: The entire process of Nicholls Online can be done remotely, from admissions to your course work to degree completion. Students are invited to participate in the graduation ceremony, but, if preferred your diploma can be mailed to you, eliminating the need to ever come to campus.


Q: What are the advantages of taking an online course?

A: Taking a course online simply shifts the learning environment from the classroom to the computer. It is beneficial for people who have difficulty attending traditional university classes, online courses are for anyone, can be taken at anytime, and from anywhere with an Internet connection.


Q: Who teaches the Nicholls Online courses?

A: Nicholls Online instructors are highly qualified Nicholls State University faculty members who are experts in the areas they are teaching. All instructors are required to take special training to be certified to teach classes through Nicholls Online.


Q: Is distance learning right for me?

A: Distance learning is not for everyone. Students should have above average computer skills and be self-motivated learners. To find out if you are a good candidate for online learning, take the online assessment survey.


Q: What is the cost?

A: Tuition for Nicholls Online undergraduate courses is $250 per credit hour. For graduate courses, the cost is $350 per credit hour. There are no additional costs for out-of-state students. Select courses may require additional fees.


Q: When do courses begin?

A: Nicholls Online offers five 8-week sessions per year. Sessions begin in January, March, June, August, and October. A current class schedule is available at http://web2.nicholls.edu/dev .


Q: What if I cannot complete my coursework in 8 weeks?

A: At Nicholls Online you can continue your coursework beyond the standard 8-week period if you have an extenuating circumstance. The cost to continue the class beyond the 8-week time period is $100 per month.


Q:  How are Nicholls Online classes administered?

A:  Nicholls Online courses will be delivered through Moodle, an online learning management system that will act as your virtual classroom. This is where you will go to obtain your class materials and interact with your instructor and classmates. Simply stated, Moodle is a website where you will go to class.  The link to Moodle is on the Nicholls Online website, and at http://moodle2.nicholls.edu/moodle/

Watch the video below to see more about Moodle and your classes.


Q:  What is my Moodle username and password?

A:  Your Moodle username is your 3rd party id (first initial last name, which may or may not have numbers after). If you do not know your 3rd party id, you should log in to Banner Self Serve. This information is in bold on the right side of the screen.

Your Moodle password is your Banner N number (you must type the “N” and it must be capitalized). If you do not know your Banner N number, you should log in to Banner Self Serve. This information is in bold on the right side of the screen.


Q: What is Banner?

A: Banner Self Service is the official records system for the university. This system allows students to apply to the university, register for classes and more.


Q:  What is my Banner username and password?

  1. Go to nicholls.edu/nicholls-online
  2. Click on the ‘Banner Self-Service’ link
  3. Click ‘Enter Secure Area’
  4. Enter your User ID. For first-time users, this is your social security number. Your default PIN is your six-digit birthday (MMDDYY – Example: 010110 is January 1, 2010). First time users will be prompted to create a new PIN.
  5. You will then be presented with the Main Menu
  6. In the upper right corner of the Main Menu is your Banner ID (N#).


Q:  How do I apply for admission or readmission?

A:  Complete the online application.

*You must choose either Nicholls Online Undergraduate or Nicholls Online Graduate from the application type list.

There is a $20 application fee.  You will receive a confirmation email after completing the electronic application form.  Application processing may take a week.

Q: Can I receive financial aid for Nicholls Online?

A: Yes, Nicholls Online students are eligible for federal and state financial aid. To apply, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

To find out more about financial aid and scholarships talk with your Nicholls Online advisor.


Q: Are Nicholls Online courses accredited like traditional face-to-face courses?

A: Yes, all Nicholls Online courses are accredited and taught by qualified instructors. Nicholls Online is part of Nicholls State University, which is part of the University of Louisiana System and is certified by the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS). In addition, all of the degree programs are accredited within the individual departments in which they are offered.


Q:  Will an online degree prepare me for the same job opportunities as traditional degree programs?

A:  Yes, completing an online degree from Nicholls is the same as completing a traditional degree program.