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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Who is eligible to enroll?

Why distance education?

Does Hadley offer courses online?

How long does it take to complete a Hadley course?

What credit will I receive?

Do you offer college credit?

What are the course fees?

Do I have to buy textbooks?

How are payments accepted?

Are scholarships available?

How can I access my student records?

How do I contact my instructor?

When can I enroll?

Does Hadley provide technical assistance?


Who is eligible to enroll?

Anyone who works directly with blind and visually impaired individuals in a school, work or community setting, whether as a paid employee or a volunteer, may apply. Students currently enrolled in a college or university program and preparing for a career in the blindness field may apply for enrollment in an HIPS course.

As Hadley's courses are offered worldwide, it is important to note that students must read and understand courses written in English.

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Why distance education?

Hadley's distance education programs meet the needs of busy adults. With distance education, you can work in the comfort of your own home or office, avoid travel concerns and schedule study time when it best suits your learning needs and life's demands. Distance education is considered by many to be a cost-effective way to learn.

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Does Hadley offer courses online?

Yes. In fact, most of the courses offered in the Professional Studies program are available online. Alternate media are available for selected courses.

Email submission of assignments directly to your instructor is encouraged and expedites the turnaround time for assignment feedback.

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How long does it take to complete a Hadley course?

The time it takes to complete a course depends upon the course length and the determination of the student. Most courses offered in this program are between six and 10 lessons in length, although some courses have as few as one lesson and the longest course has 27 lessons.

Students taking an HIPS course are expected to submit at least two assignments per month.

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What credit will I receive?

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit is offered. One CEU is generally defined as 10 hours of successful participation in an organized continuing education program under responsible direction and qualified instruction.

Approval and acceptance of CEUs is at the discretion of your professional certification body, education agency, employer or entity that recognizes professional development.

You may download a list of approved ACVREP courses (Excel spreadsheet).

Seminars@Hadley, in some cases, offer Continuing Education Hours to professionals.

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Do you offer college credit?

Hadley does not offer college credit for courses; however, we do partner with institutions of higher learning that incorporate selected Hadley courses into their curriculum. Enrollment through the university is required. Contact Student Services for details.

Hadley currently has a collaboration with Utah State University, which offers a series of courses of interest to individuals working with school-age children who are blind or visually impaired. For additional information, visit the Hadley-Utah program page.

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What are the course fees?

HIPS course fees range from $29 to $139 (BEP program modules cost $500 each). Some HIPS courses remain free of charge.

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Do I have to buy textbooks?

No. Hadley provides textbooks and study materials. The student is responsible for equipment and supplies needed to prepare and submit assignments, such as paper, envelopes, computers and access technology, if needed.

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How are payments accepted?

Payment by credit card, purchase order, or money order in U.S. dollars is accepted. Review payment options for details.

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Are scholarships available?

Yes. For more details and a scholarship application form, select the Scholarships link under “Enrollment Application.”

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How can I access my student records?

Retrieve your student information online 24 hours a day, seven days a week using OASIS, our Online Automated Student Information System that allows you to request personal transcripts, sign up for courses and view grades.

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How do I contact my instructor?

Complete contact information for your instructor is included with the course materials. You can also access their contact information online by visiting the Hadley Faculty page.

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When can I enroll?

Anytime! Hadley offers year-round open enrollment no waiting-for the next semester to apply. Enroll online now!

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Does Hadley provide technical assistance?

If you have a technical question or problem with a Hadley course, email the help desk at helpdesk@hadley.edu. If you prefer to leave a voice message, call 800-323-4238 if calling from the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada. All other students, call 847-446-8111, extension 6690. Be sure to provide your name, telephone number with area code, the course title and a description of the problem you are experiencing. Help desk support is for course-related inquiries only. We are unable to answer general computer-related questions.

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