Online FAQ's

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1. How much does it cost?

Each credit is $150 with a non-refundable $30 per course fee.  There is no differential tuition based on residency.  Ergo a student from Timbuktu pays the
same as a Montana student.

2. Can I get financial aid?

Yes, online classes are eligible for financial aid (FAFSA) but not for scholarships or tuition waivers.  Financial aid can take up to six weeks to process so if you are planning on applying, do so early.

3. How do I order my books? Several of the courses now have a digital content fee, that is built into the course. This means this will be included in your tuition and you will not have to buy a hard copy of the book.

4. How and where do I pay?

Payment in full is due  by the last day to add a class. Payment is done through the business office at (406) 377-9400.

5.Who do I talk to about what classes to take?

If you are degree seeking, you will be assigned an academic advisor to work with you on your educational plans.  If you are non degree seeking, you can visit with one of our advisors:

6. Do I have to take a placement test?

Classes requiring pre-requisite scores will need a placement test.  Kortney Diegel can set up the placement test.

7.  Do I have to know a lot about computers to take an online class?

You certainly don't have to be a computer "genius," but you do need to know the basics about your computer, how to get around on the Internet, how to create and download documents, etc.

8. Do I have to log on at a certain time?

No, online courses are asynchronous (meaning you can log on at any time). However, you do need to submit coursework (assignments, exams, etc.) by the due dates indicated by the instructor within the course. Courses are NOT self-paced or independent learning!

9. How do lab courses work online?

The science courses do not require attendance at a local campus for laboratory work. Some courses, including biology, chemistry, and geology make use of laboratory kits, which students are required to purchase along with texts. Other courses may use "virtual labs"  Some courses may also require special supplements such as Thinkwell disks or CDs. Lab assignments, when required, are performed in the home or outdoors.

Virtual Labs
The student interacts with a sophisticated program in which she or he instructs the program to perform certain sequences of events, which the student can watch occurring on the screen as though taking place in a laboratory. Experiments done, for example, in a physics virtual lab can have far more impact on the student than working in a "real" lab. The consequences of error can be very strikingly portrayed on the screen, but without the risk of injury, making such labs potent learning tools.

10. Do I need to apply if I am only taking one class?

Yes, all students need to apply.  Admission applications must be on file by the first day of classes or you will not be able to register for that term.

11. Do I have to send my immunization records if I am taking online classes?

No, however your account will be placed on hold every semester without proof of two vaccinations against measles and rubella.

12. Is tutoring online available?

Yes,  24x7 web-based tutoring services is available through NetTutor. This service supplements our existing academic support services by offering real-time online tutoring and homework help for core courses and skills 24 hours a day, seven days a week. NetTutor is not an answering or proofreading/editing service. Students can access live tutorials in writing across many subjects, including math, accounting, business, statistics and economics, science, world languages, English, and social sciences. In addition, students can submit writing projects to the NetTutor Paper Center.

13. Who do I go to if I am having technical difficulties?

Contact DCC’s help desk.

14.How much time do I have to spend online?

You should expect to spend at least 5 hours per week, per course, online. But remember, this does not include time spent offline doing work. For that, you should expect at least 3-4 more hours per week, per course. Online courses are as rigorous as on campus courses, and you should expect the same level of work or more.

15. Why do I have a ‘D’ username instead of an ‘S’ username as indicated on the log in screen?

Dawson Community College students are issued a D username that begins in the format (D00000xxx).  This D username is different from the student id issued to you as a DCC student.  That number will begin with D16 and is used only on the website. The D000000 username is to be used to log in to

16.  How do I drop an online course?

Send an email to [email protected] with your username, the course and the reasons why you are dropping it.

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