Why UGA Online?

With so many options available, we understand that choosing the right school is a challenge. You want the best educational value and you want to learn from the brightest minds in your area of interest. A degree or certificate from the University of Georgia opens doors and expands your career opportunities not only because of the quality reputation of the University of Georgia, but because we've earned that reputation by providing you with the best educators.

"We continue to invest in faculty, staff and innovative programs to ensure that students at Georgia's flagship university have an unparalleled learning experience." - UGA President Jere W. Morehead.

Getting Started

Before You Apply

Check to see if your state will allow UGA to offer online education to its residents. UGA is compliant with state authorization laws in all 50 states. More information about state authorization in each state for distance education at the University of Georgia is also available to you. If you have questions or do not reside in one of the states listed, contact us

Apply for Financial Aid

Students wishing to be considered for financial assistance opportunities should consider completing a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information about financial assistance opportunities is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) at the University of Georgia.


Admission

Only students admitted to the University of Georgia (UGA) can register for online classes.

Undergraduate

Interested in taking an online course or applying to an online undergraduate program? Apply through UGA Undergraduate Admissions.

Program specific requirements for admission are on each program page. Visit the online degrees and certificates page for a list of UGA online degrees.

Students currently enrolled at another university or college who wish to take an online class at the University of Georgia should apply as a transient student using the Transfer Admission Application.

Once you've applied for admission, check the UGA myStatus page or contact UGA Admissions at 1 (706) 542-8776.

Graduate

To apply to a UGA online graduate program, start by exploring the online degrees and certificates page. An application checklist for each program will guide you through the admissions process. You will need to apply to the Graduate School and meet the specific requirements of the program. Program specific application requirements can be found on each program page as well as requirements for admission.

Once you've applied for admission, check the UGA GradStatus page or contact UGA Graduate School Admissions at gradadm@uga.edu or 1 (706) 542-1739.


After Acceptance

  • Contact your online program personal advisor.
    Every online program has advisors who will be happy to assist you with course planning and registration. 
  • Register for Class
    All online classes at the University of Georgia will be available for registration through Athena.
  • Check the Academic Calendar
    Review the information provided on the Academic Calendar to determine when your class begins and ends.
  • Check Your Student Account
    Review information in the Student Accounts System to determine the cost of your course(s). Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.
  • Get Help
    For specific questions about your course (i.e. exam, assignments, due dates), contact your instructor.
    For technical issues with eLC, contact the EITS Help Desk.
    For general questions about taking classes online, contact your Academic Advisor.

Cost

Tuition

Online Programs

  • Tuition for in-state vs. out-of-state students is the same for most online programs.
  • Tuition does vary per program and can be found on each program’s webpage under “Cost."

Financial Aid

There are several different avenues that can be taken to finance a UGA degree. Some financial aid options are listed here for your convenience, but there is more information on financial aid for college at UGA's Office of Student Financial Aid or call 1 (706) 542-6147.

  • Corporate Assistance: Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
  • Military Assistance: UGA's Student Veterans Resource Center and the UGA Veteran Certification staff in UGA’s Office of the Registrar are ready to offer information and guidance on educational benefits and more. Active duty military, veterans, and military families should also visit the Veterans Educational Benefits page for more information on applying for and utilizing VA educational benefits. 
  • Grants and Loans: Grants and loans are available for graduate and undergraduate study. U.S. Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Visit the Federal Student Aid website to explore your options and to access the free online FAFSA application. 
  • Scholarships: While scholarships for graduate work are often more limited than those for undergraduate degrees, they are available if you are willing and able to put in the time to research and apply. Individual UGA departments offer many of these opportunities, so information can be found by visiting the departmental websites. Visit FastWEB for additional links to opportunities open to graduate students. 

Accreditation

UGA Accreditation

The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of University of Georgia.

Specialized Accreditation

In addition to the University's institutional accreditation, many of the University's individual programs and units undergo specialized accreditations. The Office of Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness maintains a directory of specialized accreditations held by University of Georgia schools, colleges, units, and programs.

Military, Veterans, and Dependents

UGA is proudly recognized as a military friendly university by Military Times "Best for Vets," Victory Media "Military Friendly Schools" and Advanced Military Education "Top School." There are expert staff available to answer your questions and provide services to military, veteran and dependent online students from admissions to graduation. See all the military, veteran and dependent resources at once, or chose a specific resource area.

Military Services

Academics

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Path to Enrollment

State Authorization

The University of Georgia is currently authorized, exempt, not subject to approval or is permitted to accept students to distance education programs in all 50 states as a result of our participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Agreement and various state authorization processes.

Please be advised that certain online programs, which include internships, practicums, or other experiential requirements, may trigger additional State Authorization requirements.

Individuals may check program availability in your state by contacting online@uga.edu.

See detailed information about state authorization in each state for distance education at the University of Georgia.

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