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Information for Academic Advisors

The Office of Distance and Extended Learning is happy to work with academic advisors to improve service to students. To this end, we've compiled some basic information that is useful for academic advisors with regard to correspondence study.

Course Information

  • Course samples for all correspondence self-paced courses are available from the Course Offerings webpages on our website.
  • The Office of Distance and Extended Learning does not provide academic advising and does not "police" prerequisites. Students must meet any prerequisites for correspondence self-paced courses.
  • All Texas State correspondence self-paced courses parallel courses offered on campus. The same amount of student time and effort is required for correspondence self-paced courses as for semester-long courses. The ability of students to "self-motivate" and "self-teach" plays a major role in successful completion of correspondence self-paced courses.

General Information

  • A maximum of 18 hours of correspondence credit can be applied toward a bachelor's degree.
  • Correspondence Studies students are required to be in compliance with the TSIP regulations.
  • Correspondence students are responsible for adhering to the Texas State Honor Code as it relates to academic honesty. The Office of Distance and Extended Learning does not discourage students from enrolling with a friend or study partner, but our office does counsel them about doing their own work in their own words. Sending the same work, even though it may be the product of students working together, constitutes plagiarism. Students found cheating on assignments or exams will be held accountable. 
  • The Office of Distance and Extended Learning works with the Office of Disability Services to provide adequate accommodations to students with special needs.



  • A student on active suspension from Texas State is ineligible to enroll in Texas State correspondence self-paced study courses unless permission is explicitly granted in his/her suspension contract. Access to a correspondence self-paced course is controlled by departments through an override in Banner.
  • Enrollment solely in correspondence self-paced courses does not constitute official admission to Texas State. 
  • Enrollments are accepted throughout the year. 
  • The enrollment is for a period of nine or six months, and the Office of Distance and Extended Learning no longer offers course extensions. If a student fails to complete the course within the enrollment period, it will be necessary for the student to re-enroll, make full payment, resubmit all assignments, and retake all exams. 
  • The Office of Distance and Extended Learning encourages first-time correspondence students to enroll in only one course. In general, our office does not encourage any student to enroll in more than two correspondence courses at a time.



  • Texas State correspondence self-paced study students are not entered into the main Texas State system until a final grade has been determined and forwarded to the Registrar for posting to the transcript. 
  • The Office of Distance and Extended Learning encourages students to check with their academic advisors to determine personal deadlines for obtaining course grades, and then to complete the Personal Study Schedule, found in all correspondence self-paced courses, to plan for meeting personal deadlines. 
  • Correspondence self-paced courses count toward the Texas State GPA, overall GPA, and as a replacement grade for any Texas State course, just as on-campus courses do. 
  • Instructors are allowed one week (5 working days) to grade and return assignments and exams to the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. 


Payment Information

  • Students must make payment of the full tuition amount at the time of registration in a self-paced correspondence self-paced study course through  Texas State Self-Service.
  • For dropping a course, please see our Costs page
  • Students who owe money will have a hold put on their transcripts until payment is made to the Texas State Cashier.

Academic Advising Webinar Recording

For up-to-date information, please review the Academic Advising Webinar recording from June, 2020 (coming soon).