Commonly Asked Questions and Answers
Do I have to apply to the University of Montana in order to take the courses?
Are there any eligibility requirements to the graduate certificate?
Are the credits transferable to other universities?
May I use my financial aid to pay for the courses?
No, WMDEP is a self-support program, so financial aid does not apply unless you are already an enrolled student at UM.
If you are a UM student:
WMDEP courses are run through Extended Learning at UM, students must complete the attached “SELL Agreement with Financial Aid” form, have your program chair or dean sign, then submit to the Financial Aid Office. This form helps Financial Aid factor in the cost of the WMDEP course & alerts them you are taking a mix of regular & Extended courses during a semester to achieve full time credit load. April Wilbur, 406.243.5379 or firstname.lastname@example.org, processes these forms and can answer any additional financial aid questions.
May I use my AmeriCorps Award to pay for the courses?
You may use the AmeriCorps Award for the tuition, books, and the recording fee.
Is there a time limit to complete the graduate certificate?
Is there a sequence for taking all four courses?
How much time per work should I devote to complete course requirements (readings and assignments?
You should commit to spending at least 8 to 12 hours per week for each course.
Can I sign up for more than one course at a time?
How many courses are considered half-time?
If I choose to drop the course, can I receive a full refund for tuition?
A course withdrawal request must be made in writing to the WMDEP/College of Forestry and Conservation and must be postmarked within 30 calendar days of the registration date (the date you paid) in order to receive a refund of tuition.A tuition refund (less $50 withdrawal fee) will then be processed. No refunds will be given for textbooks. If you registered for academic credit, the course will not appear on your transcript. You may not withdraw from the course after 30 calendar days of the registration date.
I need a letter of enrollment for my workplace. Is that possible?
Are the WMDEP courses eligible for GI Bill benefits?
The GI Bill may NOT be used for WMDEP courses. The VA is very particular and requires course tuition and fees be processed through the student’s Cyberbear account (which doesn’t happen with WMDEP courses).
The only veteran funding that sometimes works is VA Vocational Rehabilitation funds, as those offices will usually pay any invoice for training/coursework/etc.