Frequently asked questions

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edX is the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. GFA courses are delivered through the edX platform. edX's mission is to increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere,  enhance teaching and learning on campus and online, and advance teaching and learning through research.

Yes, you can. The mission of GFA is to remove barriers to high-quality education, help individuals achieve college readiness, and create meaningful pathways into a university.

No. GFA is a great option for incoming freshman and high school students looking to jump-start their first year of college, but it’s also a good option for adult learners returning to school. GFA’s introductory courses are available to anyone pursuing lifelong learning opportunities or to educators looking for resources to share with their students.

With the exception of MAT 117: College Algebra & Problem Solving, GFA courses are not self-paced. Most GFA courses have a start and stop date and are typically 8 weeks long. Additionally, most of the courses have specific assignment due dates.

Most GFA courses are 8 weeks long.

Students should be prepared to spend 5 hours a week on coursework for every 1 course credit in a 7.5 week course. This means that for a 3 credit course, you should expect to spend around 15 hours a week on coursework.

If you miss a course registration date, you can sign up when the course is offered again. Check the courses page for upcoming courses and their start dates.

Each course is different, so be sure to check courses for their enrollment deadlines.

Community colleges require tuition be paid prior to enrolling in and completing classes. GFA provides an alternative entry into the first year of college. Students who choose to purchase academic credit do so after they’ve successfully passed their class(es). Additionally, students can enroll in and complete GFA classes as many times as they’d like.

High school students may choose to enroll in AP courses to demonstrate their college readiness to college admissions teams. Students must score successfully on related AP Exams to potentially avoid enrolling in a similar first-year course during their freshman year of college. Students may have to pay to take AP Exams if their school or district does not cover the cost, Students should also check with the colleges/universities they are considering to see if taking an AP Exam will translate to academic credit.

Students enrolled in GFA courses will receive academic credit after they’ve successfully passed their course(s), and they can take GFA courses multiple times if necessary to ensure college readiness. Since students only pay for academic credit once they’ve passed their class(es), GFA is an excellent risk-free option for students looking to jump-start their first year of college.

The academic credits you earn via your GFA courses will appear on an Arizona State University (ASU) transcript and can be used as transfer credits at any school that accepts ASU credits. Be sure to check with your university to ensure these credits will be accepted.

University credits issued by an accredited university like ASU are typically recognized internationally, but be sure to check with your university to ensure these credits will be accepted.

Check with the university of your choice to see which of the credits you have already earned would transfer and which first-year classes you may still need to take. This will help you decide which GFA courses would be most beneficial.

If you’d like to apply the academic credit you earn from your GFA courses toward a university degree, it is likely that the university to which you are applying will require that you also have a high school diploma or proof that you’ve passed the high school equivalency exam. Be sure to check with the university to which you are applying.

To be eligible for academic credit, you must verify your identification so we know who you are and can ensure the academic credit you earn appears on your official ASU transcript.

Students must verify their identification by the deadline listed within their course(s). Check your course syllabus for ID Verification deadlines.

You have up to one year after successfully passing a GFA course to convert it over to ASU academic credit.

The Verified Certificate is provided by edX to any student who completes an ID Verified course with a passing score (this varies but will be clearly communicated via course materials). You will not receive a letter grade on your Verified Certificate, and the Verified Certificate does not equal credit earned by ASU. To be eligible for academic credit from ASU, you will still need to verify your identification and successfully pass your GFA courses.

Yes, students who pursue academic credit will receive a letter grade for their courses, which will appear on an official ASU transcript.

Transcripts issued by ASU are only available in English.

Students who would like to earn academic credit for a course are asked to verify their identification before taking exams which require proctoring (ex: midterm exam, final exam). A webcam is required to take a proctored exam. During the exam, students are monitored for suspicious behavior, which is flagged and reviewed within 3-5 days of exam submission.

If you do not meet exam proctoring requirements and would like to receive academic credit for a course, you can always re-enroll in and complete the course again to take the exam a second time. Remember, with GFA, you only pay tuition for the course after you’ve successfully passed the final exam, receive a "C" or better in the class, and are happy with your grade.

Accessibility is a key requirement for ASU and edX. All GFA courses delivered through the edX platform are ADA compliant, and transcripts for hearing impaired students are available for all videos within each course. Additionally, edX is committed to achieving full accessibility (WCAG 2.0 compliant or better) in the platform and continuously makes accessibility improvements as they build out new capabilities and programs.

Financial aid is not currently available to GFA students.

If you do not pass a course, you will not be eligible to receive academic credit. This will not appear on your ASU transcript, and you can re-enroll in the course as many times as you need to to successfully pass the class. Remember, with GFA, you only pay tuition for the course after you’ve successfully passed the final exam, receive a "C" or better in the class, and are happy with your grade.

With GFA, you only pay for academic credit after you receive a passing grade. You can retake a course at any time but will be required to pay the $49 ID Verification fee to confirm the identity of the person taking the course.

Currently, you cannot test out of the material offered in a GFA course. To earn academic credit, you must complete and pass all course materials.

Global Freshman Academy is a collection of first-year courses that fulfill a specific set of general education requirements, including Mathematical Studies, English, Humanities, Arts and Design, Social-Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences. To see a current list of courses offered through GFA, visit the Upcoming Global Freshman Academy Courses.

At this time, ASU and edX are focused on removing barriers and increasing access to the first year of college.

If the grade received for the previous course is “C” or higher, the grade will not be replaced on the student’s official transcript. Thus, the student’s cumulative GPA would not be impacted. However, the course would count towards the student’s GFA GPA as a 2.75 is required to earn admission to ASU, regardless of previously completed coursework. This applies to individuals intending to pursue a degree at ASU after GFA.

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