Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is Distance Learning?

Distance Learning is a method of course delivery that takes place away from the traditional classroom. In a distance learning environment communication between student and faculty member occurs electronically. All course related questions will be answered by an experienced and dedicated faculty member. Our faculty members are just one click away from our students. With our program, students may download their courses from our website or receive their courses by mail.


Do I have to attend campus classes?

FTU provides its courses in distance learning and online formats. Therefore, there is no class attendance requirement. You can fit your coursework into your busy schedule by focusing on one course at a time. You study in privacy of your own home and work closely with your assigned faculty members to complete your degree program.


What are the courses like?

Our textbooks are similar to the books used by campus-based degree programs. Our courses are designed to ensure your academic progress in a distance learning format. FTU encourages a one-on-one communication between faculty and students. Our expert faculty will provide continual guidance throughout your courses to ensure your academic success.


Can I purchase textbooks and other learning materials from the FTU bookstore?

FTU does not have a bookstore. For on-campus students, students will be provided with the list of textbooks to be purchased before 1st day of class every semester. For Online students, textbook purchase is not necessary. FTU utilizes open source textbooks. Therefore, students can access their online textbooks at no cost.


How can I contact my faculty members?

Faculty members will provide students a way to contact them. Your instructors will guide you step-by-step through your courses and assignments.


Do I need to complete the courses based on a pre-scheduled timetable?

Students may complete their degree programs at their own pace with no set schedule, as long as the entire program is completed within 3 years.


Is FTU an approved University?

Yes, the University has the authorization to operate and award undergraduate and graduate degrees by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, of the State of California.


Are FTU students qualified for tuition reimbursement assistance by their employers?

Some FTU students, working for major corporations and governmental agencies, receive tuition reimbursement assistance from their employers. To check your eligibility, please contact your employer.


Does FTU offer scholarships?

Yes, qualified students may be awarded partial-tuition scholarships given by FTU. FTU does not participate in any other forms of scholarships. Students may also pay their tuition fees in installment plans with no interest charges.


Does FTU offer financial aid?

No, FTU does not participate in any financial aid.


Should I pay my total tuition in one payment prior to enrollment?

No. You may pay your tuition on a course-by-course basis or on a monthly payment schedule, whichever meets your financial circumstances. There are no interest charges if you pay your tuition on an installment basis. However, you will receive 10% discount if you pay your entire tuition in one payment.


How long will it take to complete my degree?

Normally, students complete their certificate program within 1 year, undergraduate programs within 4 years, and graduate programs within 2 years.


Does the University provide transcripts?

Transcripts are available from the Registrar’s Office, upon request.


May courses taken elsewhere be transferred into FTU?

FTU will accept appropriate transfer credits from approved or accredited institutions. Transferability of FTU credits to other institutions is determined by the receiving institutions which is a standard practice throughout academia.


How soon can I start my degree program?

You can start at any time. Enrollment is continuous and you will begin your education as soon as your enrollment forms and first installment of your tuition are received. Simply submit your online application for admission. After processing, we will issue an enrollment packet for you that include your coursework requirements and terms and conditions of your enrollment in our program. You may review, sign and forward your enrollment document to the University along with your first payment to begin your degree program. Many students begin their degree programs within 2 weeks of the date of their acceptance letter.


Will distance learning be worded on my degree or transcript?

No. Our degree, certificate and transcripts are similar to those of traditional institutions.


Is challenge examination permitted?

Yes, courses may be challenged upon permission of the faculty.


What are the degree credit requirements?

B.S. and B.B.A. Degrees: 120 semester units are required for graduation.

M.B.A. Degree: 36 semester units are required for graduation.


May courses taken elsewhere be transferred to FTU??

Yes, transfer credits are allowed in the undergraduate (up to 90 semester units) and graduate programs (up to 18 semester units). However, no transfer credits are allowed in the certificate programs.


Does FTU participate in Federal or State student loan programs?

No, FTU does not participate in any Federal or State student loan program at this time.


Do I have to buy any books for my certificate program?

No. The University will supply the access to required textbooks and study materials at no charge. Each certificate program is supported by textbooks and various reading materials.


How do I access my course and reading materials?

Most courses are available in print or download versions. Downloadable courses can be accessed through our website, right after enrollment. Print version courses are sent to our students by the U.S. Priority Mail.


Can the certification program be applied towards a degree program at FTU?

If you applied and accepted to one of our degree programs, you would receive academic credit based on your final grade.


Do I have to attend campus classes?

FTU provides its courses in distance learning and online formats. Therefore, there is no class attendance requirement. You can fit your coursework into your busy schedule. You study in privacy of your own home and work closely with your assigned faculty members to complete your certificate program.


What is a course like?

Our certificate course comes with a textbook, course syllabus, homework and final assignment. Our textbook is similar to the books used by campus-based degree programs. Each course is designed to ensure your academic progress in a distance learning format. FTU encourages a one-on-one communication between faculty and student. Our expert faculty will provide continual guidance throughout your program to ensure your academic success.


Do I need to complete my course based on a pre-scheduled timetable?

Students may complete their certificate programs within (6) months.


Is FTU an Approved University?

Yes, the University has the authorization to operate and award undergraduate and graduate degrees by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, of the State of California.


Are FTU students qualified for tuition reimbursement assistance by their employers?

Some FTU students, working for major corporations and governmental agencies, receive tuition reimbursement assistance from their employers. To check your eligibility, please contact your employer.


Should I pay my total tuition in one payment prior to enrollment?

Yes.


How long will it take to complete my certificate?

That depends on your motivation and your own study pace. Each program is comprised of two courses and is designed to require about 150 clock hours of study for completion. Please note that FTU allows students to set their own study pace as long as the program is completed within (6) months.


How soon can I start my program?

You can start at any time. Enrollment is continuous and you will begin your education as soon as your enrollment forms and first installment of your tuition are received. Simply submit your online application for admission. After processing, we will issue an enrollment packet for you that includes the terms and conditions of your enrollment in our program. You may review, sign and forward your enrollment document to the University along with your first payment to begin your degree program.