Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When does the program start?
A: Every fall in late August.

Q: Is the NOW plan the former Saturday Business Degree plan?
A:  Yes, the NOW plan is a continuation of the successful Saturday Business Degree Plan, but with improved, more flexible scheduling of classes.  In addition to Saturday classes (Weekends), the NOW Business Degree Plan includes classes in the evening (Nights) and Online.  Students no longer have to give up most of their Saturdays to complete their degree.
Q: What type of classes are provided?
A: The schedule of classes includes a mixture of classes at Night and Online (both full semester 16 week), and Weekend (Saturday) classes that are eight weeks in duration.  The Saturday classes are a hybrid format combination of online and in-class.  Students meet every other Saturday in class (four classes) with online activity between classes. 

Q: How do I know what courses to take?
A:  You meet with your adviser and together you develop a schedule that keeps you on track to graduate and which is customized to your schedule of work and family activity.
Q: How long will it take to graduate?
A: It is possible to graduate in 22 months, but most students take two to three years depending upon their course transfers and their family and work responsibilities. 
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The tuition for each course is about $890. Many employers offer tuition-reimbursement programs that pay $5,250 a year or more. There are ways to dramatically reduce or even eliminate the cost of tuition for students who qualify by aligning scholarship with employer-reimbursement schedules. Savannah-area residents also pay the lower, in-state tuition.

Q: How do I enroll and financial aid availability?
A: Our admissions process involves an application and a review of prior transcripts. Click here to access our application page and follow the instructions to complete the application. Rolling admissions occur from January to June.  Directions for filling out FAFSA and financial aid information is also available in the Admissions area of the USCB web site.

Q: How long does it take to enroll?
A: Getting a previous college to send your transcript can take two weeks to two months, depending on the college, so request your transcripts as soon as possible. When we have your online application and your transcripts, we can decide on admission within two weeks.

Further questions?
For more information about the program or the admissions process, contact Dr. Peter Swift, NOW Business Degree Plan coordinator, at (843) 208-8213,, or call the Admissions Office at (843) 208-8055.