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Frequently Asked Questions about iStudy

How do I enroll in an iStudy course?

To apply to enroll in a course, just access our online iStudy Course Application Form. If you are a UM student, you must have your Academic Dean’s office approve and sign your application. Note: If you are using the online application, iStudy will send it to your academic dean's office electronically.

Deliver you application to our office in one of the following ways:

  • Online: Fill out the application form online.
  • In Person: deliver to our office at 1111 Jackson Avenue West, Jackson Avenue Center, Suite H Room 10, University, MS 38677
  • By Email: email to our office at
  • By Fax: fax the form to 662-915-8826
  • By Mail: mail to our office at the following address:
    P.O. Box 1848
    University, MS  38677.
When can I enroll?

Semester courses (UM students only)
When the semester registration window is open iStudy courses are available as Semester courses. These are only available during the registration window of each major semester (fall, spring, and full-summer).

The cost of a Semester iStudy course will be included in full-time tuition. The course(s) must be completed within the semester. All semester dates and regulations associated with University policies, the academic calendar, and catalog will be applied and upheld.

If the extended time that comes with a Flex course is desired, students must apply for a Flex course, and its cost is in addition to full-time tuition.

Flex courses:
Students may enroll in a Flex course anytime of the year, and aren’t tied to the semester calendar. Once enrolled, students may begin immediately. Flex iStudy courses can be completed in any amount of time between two months to one year. Personal deadlines, such as graduation, supersede course expiration.

After the last day to register or add classes, the semester-based option is no longer available. After this point only full-year courses are offered and payment for the course(s) is apart from full-time tuition. The cost of 3 credit hours is currently $1,023.75 (2017-2018). Students may add full-year courses in addition to full-time tuition if they want extra time to work on the course.

Do I need approvals?

If you are enrolled as a student at UM, you must have the approval of your academic dean’s office. If you are using the online application, iStudy will send your application to your academic dean's office electronically. Click HERE to see a list of the deans’ offices.

If you indicate that you use financial aid the iStudy staff will send your application to the Office of Financial Aid for approval. For financial aid questions contact the Office of Financial Aid:

How many courses can I take at one time?

Generally, students may take up to two courses at one time. However, some academic areas may limit the course load to one course at a time.

How long do I have to complete the course?

Semester courses:
Semester iStudy courses must be completed within the semester and no extensions are available. Instructors may be approached for a temporary grade of incomplete. Incompletes are not automatic and are at the instructor’s discretion. All normal semester protocols apply.

Flex Courses:
You'll have one year from the date you enroll. One three-month extension is available, and costs $150. If you need the course completed by a particular deadline, including graduation, we suggest taking the final exam two weeks prior to your deadline.

Are there deadlines within Semester iStudy courses?

Requirements for Semester students: (Note: this does not apply to Flex students. If you are unsure of your status, the information will appear in your Blackboard course gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course, as indicated on the lesson page. The exact date is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint, but not completed by the midpoint deadline, will receive the grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons is the last day of class, per the UM Registrar’s academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week, per the UM Registrar’s academic calendar.

How much does it cost?

Semester courses:
Tuition for a semester-based course(s) is included in full-time tuition.

Flex Courses:
The tuition fee for a three credit hours course is currently $1,023.75 (2017-2018). There is no non-resident fee for Flex iStudy courses.

How quickly can I complete a course?

The minimum time needed for the completion of a course is two months from the date on which the first lesson is submitted. 

Can I transfer to another course?

Semester-Based courses:
Students taking semester-based courses may transfer an enrollment from one course to another only when the semester period to register/add is open.

Full-Year Courses:
Students taking full-year courses may transfer an enrollment from one course to another provided that no more than three lessons have been submitted, and the transfer is requested within the two months following enrollment. See the policy information on Transfers for more details.

Can I drop my course?

Semester courses:
A University of Mississippi student taking a Semester course(s) can only withdraw when the semester withdrawal period is open, per the academic calendar.

Flex Courses:
A University of Mississippi student taking a Flex course(s) can only withdraw before reaching the course midpoint and before the course expiration date. See the section on Withdrawals for more information.

Non-UM student:
A non-University of Mississippi student may withdraw from a course at any time prior to taking the final exam with no academic penalty for withdrawal, and no grade will be recorded.

Will I get a refund if I drop my course?

Semester courses:
For students taking a Semester course(s), the cost of the course is part of regular full-time tuition. No refund is due because there is no additional cost.

Flex Courses:
For students taking a Flex course(s), a refund of 80% is given when students withdraw within thirty days of enrollment. For more information about refunds, click HERE.

What if I have questions once I enroll?

Your instructor will be available to answer content questions, and the iStudy staff (662-915-7313 or can help you with any other questions.

Where do I take examinations?

All iStudy tests are proctored. In Oxford, the Distance Education Testing Lab is available to proctor iStudy exams most Mondays - Fridays. It is located at the Jackson Avenue Center. You must have an appointment to take a test. To make an appointment, please click here. Outside of Oxford, students can utilize proctors from our approved proctors list at the Proctors for iStudy Students webpage. Additionally, we will approve any testing center from a two or four year university, college, or community college. ProctorU is also an approved proctor.

Testing outside of Oxford requires an Exam Application.

Exam applications (for those located in Oxford, MS) Oxford Online Exam Application
Exam Application: (for exams outside Oxford, MS) Apply Online
Application for Course Exams: (for exams in Oxford, MS) Download PDF

Are UM library services available to all iStudy students?

UM Library services are available to non-UM, as well as UM, iStudy students. Please feel free to utilize this valuable resource. The library web address is:

What if I need technical assistance with my Blackboard class?

All technical assistance is provided through the iStudy office (662-915-7313). We are opened Monday through Friday from 8-5 CST. You can also email us at

Are tutorial services available?

Should you have the need for a tutor, the iStudy department will work with you to find appropriate resources.

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