Frequently Asked Questions
for Winter Courses
1. How much will it cost?
For Winter 2014-15, students will pay $1420 for a 4-credit course rather than the $3,860 that would be charged during the regular academic year for a course. This is a HUGE SAVINGS and makes a winter course from Elizabethtown an EXCELLENT VALUE. Note: $355 per credit. See below (#3) for billing information.
2. When will the courses begin and how long do they last?
The 4-week intensive "Winter" term begins December 13th and ends January 9th.
3. When is payment due?
Payment for winter courses will be due on the Friday prior to the start of classes. Thus, payment will be due on December 12th. You may call the Business Office (717-361-1417). The College does not accept payment by credit card over the phone. Students paying by an electronic check or credit card can pay online at www.etown.edu/businessoffice. Otherwise, students can mail a check to the Business Office at Elizabethtown College, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.
4. How will the online courses be formatted and do I need any special computer hardware or software?
You don’t need any special hardware. The online courses will be offered using the Blackboard platform that you may already know from other courses you have taken at Elizabethtown. Please check with Information and Technology Services to confirm that your computer is up to the challenge of an online course. If issues with technology arise during the course, you can contact our Help Desk for support. In terms of course format, you can expect to be dynamically engaged on multiple levels in this learning experience. Specific course expectations will vary and will be clearly stated on each course syllabus by your instructor. For example, you may be asked to participate in a live discussion or make regular posts to a discussion board.
5. What kind of Internet connection do I need?
While you may be able to get by with a dial-up connection, you should ideally have a high-speed internet connection for the online courses. Some courses will be using screen casts, videos, and other technology and interactions methods that work best with a high-speed connection.
6. Am I eligible for financial aid in the winter?
Because of the very steep tuition discount for winter courses (40 percent!), the College does not offer additional institutional aid.
7. Do I need to purchase a textbook for the course?
This will vary with each course, just as it does during the regular academic year. Textbook requirements will be listed on the syllabus for each course. The Textbook list can also be found on the Elizabethtown College Store website . For May Term courses and Online Term courses, you may purchase your textbooks from the Elizabethtown College Store. Students are encouraged to contact the Elizabethtown College Store at 717-361-1130 for alternative purchase methods that do not include a physical visit to campus.
8. Do I need to be a current Elizabethtown student to take an E-town winter course?
Yes. This year our course offerings are limited to actively enrolled Elizabethtown College students.