Frequently Asked Community Scholar Questions
1. What is a Community Scholar?
Answer: A Community Scholar is a nondegree student at the
University of Virginia and enrolled through the School of Continuing
and Professional Studies. Through this program, adults within
Charlottesville and the surrounding counties can enroll in the
regular, on-Grounds credit courses of the University.
Although most courses are offered during the daytime hours, Monday
through Friday, 8a.m.-5p.m., some are available during evening and
2. Am I qualified to participate in the Community Scholar
Answer: Community Scholars bring a broad range of experiences and
backgrounds to this program and their reasons for participating and
previous educational experiences are similarly varied. Enrolling in
undergraduate courses through the Community Scholar Program allows you
to meet your needs whether or not you have earned a college degree.
Interested participants with a college degree may enroll in either
undergraduate or graduate level courses.
Anyone currently under suspension with any college or university is
ineligible for enrollment through the Community Scholar Program as
long as the suspension is in force. All Community Scholars must have
left their prior institution in good standing to participate in this
Students currently enrolled in a degree program at the University of
Virginia are not eligible for the Community Scholar Program.
there an application to participate in the Community Scholar Program?
Answer: Although there is not an application required to
participate in the Community Scholar Program, you will be asked to
obtain the approval of the course instructor(s) and complete a
Registration form when you register for your desired course(s).
Please refer to the Community Scholar Calendar,
obtain the upcoming registration dates.
How do I obtain permission of the course
instructor(s) to take my desired course(s)?
Answer: Community Scholars must obtain
permission of the course instructor to enroll in each class. A
particular school may also require permission of its department chair
and/or dean. This information will be specified on the applicable
Permission to Enroll forms and can be obtained from the
Charlottesville Center, School of Continuing and Professional Studies,
104 Midmont Lane. Forms can also be obtained on-line at
information may be obtained by referring to the
Registrar’s Web site at
When you click on the instructor’s name, you will receive the
instructor’s e-mail address and phone number.
Please keep in mind that
faculty members reserve the right not to admit a Community Scholar to
a class based on class size or lack of prerequisite education.
While this is an unusual occurrence, special circumstances may lead to
such a decision.
I need to provide transcripts of previously completed college work to
enroll in my desired course(s)?
Answer: If you are enrolling in graduate courses, transcripts
(or a proof of your undergraduate degree completion) will be required
at the time of registration. Participants that wish
to enroll in the McIntire School of Commerce, 300-level and above
Engineering courses, 700-level and above English courses, or Nursing
courses with course mnemonics beginning with NUIP, will need to
provide actual transcripts of all previously completed college credits
to the Charlottesville Center several weeks prior to the start date of
classes. This information will be forwarded to the appropriate
department to assure that the needed prerequisites have been completed
for your desired course(s).
6. Are any of these courses offered online?
Answer: At this time, limited courses from the regular, on-Grounds
courses of the University are available online.
7. Can I take courses year around?
Answer: The Community Scholar Program is offered during the Fall
and Spring semesters. To enroll in classes during the summer
months, please contact the Office of Summer Session at (434) 924-3371.
8. Will I receive a degree and college credit for the
course(s) I take through the Community Scholar Program?
Answer: The Community Scholar Program is a nondegree program (meaning
you will not receive a degree). Since you will be participating in the
same classes with the full-time University degree seeking students,
you will receive the same credit hours for your efforts.
9. As a Community Scholar, will this increase my chances
of being accepted as a full-time student to the University of
Answer: Students who subsequently apply for degree status at the
University of Virginia will be evaluated according to the University's
usual admission procedures and standards.
10: If am accepted to the University of Virginia, will all of my
credits be applied towards my degree?
Answer: If accepted as a University of Virginia full-time degree
seeking student, the degree-granting school will determine what
credits will be transferred towards a degree program. This is
true for both the University of Virginia and students desiring to
transfer their earned credit hours towards a degree at another
11. Can I exceed the two classes, along with any
dependent laboratory or discussion session, or the indicated maximum
of eight credit hours per semester?
Answer: No. The credit hour limit of the Community Scholar
Program is determined by the participating Schools at the University.
12. Will I receive a University I.D. and the same benefits
as a regular University student?
Answer: No. UVA student I.D. cards and access to the University
full- time benefits (to include athletic tickets, intramural access,
student health, University Transit, student legal services and
University Union tickets) are restricted to full-time University
much does the Community Scholar Program cost and is financial aid an
Answer: The Fall 2002 and Spring 2003 tuition rates are $221 per
credit hour for in-state residents and $991 per credit hour for
out-of-state participants. In addition to this rate, $10 per student
per semester administrative technology fee will be assessed. Financial
Aid and tuition assistance is not available through the Community
Scholar Program. There are a number of alternative, non-University
loans available by outside financial institutes.
In order to
qualify for In-State residency, you must have been legally domiciled
in Virginia for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first day
of classes. Generally, the fall semester begins near the beginning of
September and the spring semester starts in mid-January. The residency
requirements may be found at
If you are uncertain as to your residency status, please contact our
office several weeks prior to the start date of classes. Students may
be required to submit proof of residency.
free to contact the
University's Financial Aid office at (434) 982-6000 or visit an
online resource at:
www.finaid.org to search for private sources
of financial aid.
14. Can I fax, mail, or e-mail my
Permission to Enroll form to the School of Continuing and Professional
Studies to register for my desired class(es)?
No. Registration must be done in person. When
you register, you will need to bring your completed Permission to
Enroll form(s), fill in a Registration Information sheet, and make
payment for your desired course(s). Please consult the Calendar area
of the Community Scholar Website for the upcoming registration dates.
15. How long will I be able to take courses as a Community
Answer: You will remain eligible for continued registration by
maintaining grades consistent with expectations for the University's
graduate and undergraduate schools. For graduate course work, grades
must be a "B-" or above and for undergraduate courses, a "C" or above
must be received.
If we can be of any further assistance, please
feel free to contact the Community Scholar office at (434) 982-4789 or
e-mail us at
We look forward to your involvement in the University’s Community