Public Service Undergraduate Programs FAQ

Federal and financial aid is available regardless of income, with low interest rates and flexible payment options. Excelsior College is the pioneer in offering federal aid for a completely online education. See the Financial Aid & Costs page to learn more.

We offer several ways to help you get credit for prior learning acquired outside college or university settings including Excelsior College® Examinations, other exams such as CLEP® Subject Examinations or DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, training that has been evaluated by the American Council on Education or the National Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction, and portfolio-based assessment  which is the assessment for possible credit of your prior learning through employment, community, volunteer, or other experiences.

No. As of July 1, 2010, all students are required to take an Excelsior College capstone course near the end of their program.

The Criminal Justice Training Assessment program assessed training through June 30, 2009. Several agencies have also chosen to continue to work with the program and Excelsior will provide credit to their officers on a continuing basis. Read more.

Distribution requirements for general education ensure that all students develop basic competence (at least 100-level courses/examinations) in the areas of arts and sciences (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics), as well as specific abilities in written English and information literacy.

Learn more about General Education Requirements

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