Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is CGES?
How do I apply?
I didn’t get good grades at my last college and/or I owe them money. Can CMU disregard that transcript?
What are your admission requirements?
How much does it cost to attend a CGES location or CMU-Online?
How many weeks are the courses?
How many classes can I take each term?
How long will it take me to complete my degree?
What steps are required for graduation?

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?

Payment and Financial Aid

How do I apply for financial aid?
How do I know how much financial aid I qualify for?
I've filled out the FAFSA and need a student loan, now what?
How do I know what documents and forms Financial Aid has recieved from me?
Can I take classes with another school and have the hours counted in my Financial Aid budget?
When are refunds issued?
How do I contact the Business office if I have a quesiton about a playment plan or my bill?

Book Information

What books do I need for my class?
Can I get an advance on my financial aid to order books?
How do I order my books if I do not qualify for a voucher?
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, be sure to choose the location where you want to take classes, or email cgesadmissions@centralmethodist.edu to obtain a paper application. Request that official transcripts from each institution attended be mailed to 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO 65248. Or, e-transcripts may be requested to cgesadmissions@centralmethodist.edu. We do not accept faxed transcripts as official transcripts.

I didn’t get good grades at my last college and/or I owe them money. Can CMU 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 attended. Failure to list and submit official transcripts from each college may result in MAJOR delays in the admission and financial aid processes. We cannot accurately calculate your cumulative GPA, credit hours earned, or verify you are in good standing with your previous colleges until we have an official transcript from each college.

What are your admission requirements?

General admission to CMU as a transfer student requires a cumulative 2.0 or higher GPA. First-time freshman are required to have a 2.5 or higher high school GPA and a 21 or higher ACT score. Students with less than 30 credit hours of college coursework must submit college and high school transcripts. Some programs, such as education, have higher GPA requirements for admission into the professional program. Students that do not meet the general admission requirements may petition for admission. Contact CGES Admissions at cgesadmissions@centralmethodist.edu or 660-248-6651 for more information.

How much does it cost to attend a CGES location or CMU-Online?

2013-2014 tuition is $190 per credit hour for on-site courses, and $230 per credit hour for on-line courses. There is also a $10 per credit hour student service fee. Full tuition information can be found on the financial aid website.

How many weeks are the courses?

Most undergraduate CGES courses meet for 8-weeks. On-site courses meet one-two nights per week 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 six or more hours in each term are considered full-time. Typical course load per term is two-three classes. Less than six hours is part-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 the majority of your general education courses. Students can finish sooner if scheduling allows, or can study at a slower part-time rate. Your degree plan tells you which courses are complete and which courses need to be completed.

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 about when to submit your Application for Graduation and the $75 Graduation Fee. Your Site Coordinator will provide you with specific details regarding the commencement ceremony.

 

Student Questions

Do I have a CMU email account?

Most students use an already established email address, but if you wish to have a CMU email address, contact the Helpdesk at helpdesk@centralmethodist.edu. Let them know your CMU student ID number and they will create a CMU email for you.

What is myCMU?

myCMU provides tutorials, announcements, gives you access to any online courses your 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. Your myCMU login and password is mailed to you after you complete your application for admission. Tutorials are available at the myCMU homepage. myCMU links are at the top of each CMU webpage.

How do I register for classes?

After you have submitted official transcripts, a degree evaluation will be prepared. Contact your Site Coordinator or Advisor to plan your schedule for the year. The 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. 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.

Can I use myCMU to register myself in future courses?

Absolutely! When you start classes in your first term with us, you will be able to use myCMU to register for classes in the upcoming terms. Always meet with your advisor FIRST to plan out your schedule for the semester or the year. Not sure how to use myCMU? Visit myCMU, click on the Student Help tab, and then look on the left side of the page for the "Using myCMU" link.

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?

Visit the Transcript webpage. You may print an unofficial transcript from your myCMU account.

 

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 before the financial aid office can prepare your eligibility notice.

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 eligibility notice will be prepared for you and listed in your myCMU account. 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.

I've filled out the FAFSA and need a student loan, now what?

Visit the CMU Financial Assistance website. If you have not submitted a Master Promissory Note or Entrance Counseling since January 2010, you will need to complete these electronically. A copy of each can be found on the student-loan page.

Print, complete, and return a Stafford Loan Data Sheet to the FA office. The amount you request will be evenly distributed between Terms I-IV. Meet with your advisor to plan or estimate how many credit hours you will take each term. Calculate how much your tuition will be each term. You may also need to consider books, miscellaneous, or travel costs into your calculations. The average cost of books each term is $200-$250. If you rent your textbooks or purchase from discount sites, your average should be a little less.

Example scenario: If you request and are approved for $5500 of student loan money for the year, you will receive about $1375 each term (minus lending fees) in the third week of the term. If this amount plus any other financial aid you qualify for does not cover your tuition for a term you may want to request a higher loan amount, pay the difference at the start of each term, or set up a payment plan with the business office.

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."

Can I take classes with another school and have the hours counted in my Financial Aid budget?

Remember, CMU is your home school and the other school is the host school. You can only receive financial aid from ONE school. CMU is NOT responsible for paying your tuition at the HOST school. This is the responsibility of the STUDENT (YOU!). 

You (the student) must complete the personal information section of a consortium agreement and consult with your academic advisor. You should provide the course numbers, course titles, and credit hours that you will take from the Host Institution, and sign. Give the form to your CMU advisor. He/she will sign and send the form to the Host Institution’s Financial Assistance Office, along with the Host School Visiting Student Form, if applicable. The Host school completes its section of the form and sends back to the CMU Financial Assistance Office. Agreement will be reviewed and signed by the Director of Financial Aid and a final copy is sent back to the Host Institution Financial Assistance Office.

The course you are taking from the host school will calculate into your CMU financial aid budget, but remember that CMU operates in 8-week terms. If you are taking a 3 credit hour course from a Host school that is 16 weeks long, 1.5 hours will calculate into the first CMU term, and the remaining 1.5 hours will calculate into the second CMU term. If you are a Missouri Grant Recipient, you must have six credit hours of CMU courses each term. HOST school hours DO NOT COUNT into MO Grant aid calculations

When are refunds issued?

Once enrolled hours have been confirmed, the Business Office will begin processing refunds for students whose financial aid has been received and are eligible for a refund. Students can refer to their "Student Billing Statement" on myCMU to see if there is a credit on their account and eligible for a refund. Refund checks are mailed to the address on file; please make sure to update your address before classes begin. If the aid you receive is more than your tuition balance, a refund check will be mailed to you. Refunds are issued on Mondays. They begin in the third week of classes to students that have fully completed all admission, financial aid and verification documentation. It may take several weeks for all refunds to be 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

What books do I need for my class?

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 (all official transcripts received),
  • registered for class(es),
  • have all financial aid steps (including verification) completed,
  • have a Title IV credit balance available, and
  • complete a Book Voucher Request Form 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 1, 2013 August 2 August 13-21
  August 9 August 17-21
Term 2, 2013 October 4 October 15-23
  October 11 October 19-23
Term 3, 2014 December 20 January 7-15
  January 3 January 11-15
Term 4, 2014 February 28 March 11-19
  March 7 March 15-19
Term 5, 2014 May 16 May 27-June 4
  May 23 May 31-June 4

How do I order my books if I do not qualify for a voucher?

CGES has a partnership with MBS to provide book information and a purchasing option, OR, you can purchase or rent from any other site you prefer. The main campus book store does not carry books for CGES students. To find the ISBN numbers of your books or purchase books from MBS, visit the Textbook Information page. If you choose to purchase your books through MBS, visit the online store. Select "Order my books" from the top menu. Make sure the displayed term is correct and select your site location (select CMU ONLINE COURSES if you are enrolled in an online course!). Select the courses you are enrolled in, hit submit course selections. Your book options will now appear, and you can proceed to checkout. You are not required to purchase from MBS and can always compare costs w/other sites.

Can I sell my book back 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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