Houghton Online | Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We've got answers.

Why a 100 percent online degree from Houghton College?

At Houghton College, we prepare our students to become global contributors empowered by a challenging education taught in a vibrant online community and grounded in a relevant faith-based context.

Will my transcripts state "online"?

No you will have the same exact transcripts as the on-campus students.

What's the difference between a B.S. and a B.B.A.?

The B.S. degree is the best path for someone, for example, who already has a liberal arts associate degree OR who wants a well-rounded program.

The B.B.A. degree is offered to make it easier for those entering the program with a high number of non-liberal arts (mostly pre-professional) courses already under their belt OR who simply want to take a higher percentage of courses that are professional in nature.

Are previous credits required to apply?

For psychology B.A., liberal arts A.A., and management B.S. or B.B.A. no, there are no minimum credit requirements.

For human resources management, leadership development, and integrated marketing, 63 credits are required to apply.

(Contact online@houghton.edu with specific questions regarding these requirements.)

Can you tell me which of my previous courses will transfer?

Absolutely! Once you submit your application and send in your unofficial transcripts, we will gladly complete a preliminary transfer credit evaluation. This document details how your credits will transfer into Houghton College and is designed to help you make an informed decision about your education.

Please note that this preliminary evaluation of transfer credit is unofficial and may change upon receipt and review of official transcripts by Houghton’s registrar’s office.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

This depends on if the student has prior college credits. With prior credit, generally 18 months, without prior credit, program length varies.

Will I have a scheduled time for online courses?

Your course is conducted according to a schedule outline in your course syllabus, but there are no 'live' classes to attend. Instead, lectures, coursework, and discussions all take place at your convenience, allowing you to choose when and where to work on your course. There may be times when you are asked to conduct a live chat with either a professor or classmates, but they will occur on a case-by-case basis and will always be clearly discussed in your course syllabus.

What is a Houghton education worth?

We believe that your financial investment paves the way for more than just classroom time. We believe your education should have value, and that you should finish your degree with more than just a diploma. A Houghton College education helps you develop both personally and professionally, with the lessons you receive in the coursework immediately applicable to your everyday life. We are committed to the needs of our students and recognize that college is a significant personal investment.

Is financial aid available for students enrolled in online programs?

Yes, students taking online-only courses may be eligible for federal and/or state aid if they are seeking a degree at Houghton College.

Do I need to fill out a separate form for Houghton, or does the FAFSA cover it?

In most cases, the FAFSA is the only financial aid form you’ll need to complete. View our Applying for Financial Aid section under the Tuition & Fees page for complete details.

How do I complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) to receive my federal student loans?

Sign in with your FSA ID at https://studentloans.gov and select "Complete Loan Agreement." For the type of direct loan you would like to receive, select "Subsidized/Unsubsidized." You will need names and addresses of two references. After you have completed the process, we suggest that you review the signed MPN and save or print a copy for your personal records.

  • Go to www.studentloans.gov to begin, and on the Manage My Direct Loan page, select “Sign In.” To sign in you will need your social security number, the first two characters of your last name, date of birth, and PIN.
  • Select “Complete Master Promissory Note,” then select “Subsidized/Unsubsidized.” Complete all four steps which will ask for your contact information, the college you plan on or are currently attending, and the contact information for two different references.
  • You need to print a copy of the MPN for your personal records. However, this does not mean you are finished. Minimize the “MPN” view and click on the “process” button.
How do I complete the direct loan entrance counseling requirements?

Go to www.studentloans.gov and select “Sign In” to begin. To sign in you will need your social security number, the first two characters of your last name, date of birth, and PIN. Select “Complete Entrance Counseling,” and once again on the next page. Complete all four steps regarding Counseling Type, Guidelines, School Information and Counseling Session/Quiz

What accreditations does Houghton College have?

Houghton College is accredited by the Regents of University of the State of New York and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104; phone: 267.284.5000) is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

What if I do not meet the 63 credit hour requirement (for my program)?

Most of our programs do not have an initial credit requirement. We currently only have three programs that require 63 credits before enrolling: Human Resources Management, Leadership Development, and Integrated Marketing & Communication programs. Every new student for these programs will be appointed an academic advisor who will discuss a variety of options to meet this requirement. This may include: Houghton College courses, DSST exams, CLEP exams, or experiential learning assessments. We would love to help you earn additional credits to get you started with our online program!