On July 1, 2018, Johnson State College and Lyndon State College will become Northern Vermont University, a single institution of higher education with physical campuses in Johnson and Lyndon as well as a strong distance-learning division. Current JSC Online and External Degree Program (EDP) students will become Northern Vermont University Online students. 

While our name will change, our distance-learning students will continue to benefit from our small classes, flexible course scheduling, individualized attention from faculty, and expert advising. 

This is an exciting time for our institution that will result in more opportunities for all of our students, but we understand that change can create questions. We’ve answered a few common questions below. Please let us know if you have questions that aren’t answered here

NVU Online FAQ

What are the technical requirements (computer and software) for online NVU Online courses?
NVU Online courses require students to use the Moodle learning management system on a weekly basis throughout the term. In order to ensure that students can access their course content in Moodle without problems, students should comply with the following technical requirements.

Are NVU Online students eligible for the same services as campus-based students?
Students enrolled in distance-learning programs are eligible for certain student services related to their program such as advising, career planning, etc., as well as other student support services. However, they are generally restricted from participating in and/or gaining access to certain college activities, events, and facilities.

Support services available to NVU Online students include but are not limited to:

  • Academic Advising
  • Financial aid
  • Library
  • Tutoring
  • Disability services
  • Bookstore

Activities, events, and facilities NOT available to NVU Online students include:

  • Campus housing
  • SHAPE Fitness & Athletics Center
  • Wellness Center
  • Participation in campus-based clubs and organizations
  • Student Government Association
  • College transportation services including the Badger Bullet Bus and Morrisville Shuttle
  • Varsity athletics

Do I have to be a Vermont resident to apply to NVU Online?
No! While nearly all NVU Online students pay in-state rates*, you can be located anywhere in the U.S. and complete your degree via NVU Online. Learn more about tuition and fees for NVU Online students. 

Can I complete an NVU Online degree faster than a campus-based degree?
NVU Online students are eligible to participate in 14-week or intensive 7-week courses. While it is possible that students who take consecutive 7-week courses would be able to complete their degree requirements relatively quickly, be aware that not all courses are offered as 7-week intensives.

Is financial aid available to students enrolled in NVU Online?
Yes! The financial aid process is the same for all undergraduate students. However, please be aware: federal regulations require that you complete a minimum of 6 credits a semester to receive federal student aid. If you take two 7-week intensive courses (3 credits each) in a given semester, you must successfully complete both to receive any financial aid for that semester. Loans cannot be disbursed until your second 7-week intensive course begins; please note that there will be no cash advances or book vouchers available. Learn more about Financial Aid at NVU.

Will I be required to purchase books and course materials?
Your instructors will let you know what materials you will need for your courses. Required materials and textbooks may be purchased or, in most cases, rented, from the JSC Summit Bookstore.

Are online instructors as qualified as traditional classroom-based instructors?
Yes. Just as with our classroom-based faculty, online instructors are experienced faculty who are experts in their field who love to teach and are eager to share their professional experience with students.

Will my NVU Online degree be recognized by master’s or doctoral programs if I decide to apply to graduate school?
Yes! By successfully completing your requirements through NVU Online, you will receive a degree from Northern Vermont University, a fully accredited, nonprofit institution of higher education. It is the same degree that all NVU graduates receive.

*Conditions apply. 

What is the difference between the virtual and regional services?


  • Students work with advisors at NVU Online Regional Centers who can be contacted virtually or in person
  • Students pay standard tuition rates 
  • Students are eligible to take campus-based courses
  • A minimum of 60 credits are required to enroll in this program



  • Students receive online advising
  • All students pay in-state tuition
  • Students can only take NVU Online courses
  • 0 credits are required to enroll in this program

Frequently Asked Questions from Current EDP Students

Will all my credits earned from CCV transfer?  
Yes, all credits earned within the Vermont State Colleges System are transferable.

Will the External Degree Program degree programs change? 
No. NVU Online will continue to offer bachelor's degrees in Business, Psychology, Wellness and Alternative Medicine, Professional Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Additionally, Lyndon’s 90% online Early Childhood Education program will be part of NVU Online.

Does it cost more to be an NVU Online student? 
Tuition and fee increases are determined annually by the Vermont State Colleges’ System Board of Trustees for all of the institutions in the VSC System. The cost of attending Northern Vermont University, whether as an online or campus-based student, will not increase as a result of the unification of Johnson and Lyndon.

As a NVU Online student, do I have access to both Johnson and Lyndon campuses? 
NVU Online students in our degree-completion program who utilize our face-to-face advising model (i.e., current EDP students), will continue to have access to certain campus services. NVU Online students who utilize our remote advising model (i.e., current JSC Online students) will not have access to campus services. 

Am I still required to have 120 credits to earn my bachelor’s degree from Northern Vermont University? 

More Questions?

Email the Admissions Office or give us a call at 800.635.2356 (802.635.1219 locally). We’re here to help!