Frequently Asked Questions
Continuing your education is a big step, and we understand you’ve got lots of questions. We’re always just a call or chat away, and here are some commonly requested answers and resources.
Mercer’s evening, weekend, and online programs are designed for busy adults. With that in mind, students tend to be in their mid-20s to late 30s.
A completed application and official transcripts of all college work attempted are required to complete an application file. If an applicant has not completed any college work prior to applying to Mercer or has attempted less than 24 hours of college work, a high school or GED transcript is required.
The evening, weekend, and online programs run on a semester system, with two eight-week sessions within each 16-week semester. Individual classes meet once a week for the eight-week session.
Most evening classes are held between Monday and Thursday, and some classes are held on Friday and Saturday. Evening, weekend, and online classes are available, based on your program.
For select programs, yes, you can! Use our program finder to view online and blended (combination of in-class and online coursework) program options.
Mercer is a transfer-friendly university. Upon being admitted to Mercer, an applicant’s official transcripts are sent to the University Registrar for review. The Registrar’s office works to allow a student all possible transfer credits. The general policy outlines the following stipulations for transferring class credit: (a) the transferring school must be regionally accredited; (b) the student must have earned a ‘C’ or better grade; and (c) Mercer must offer a course equivalent. The Registrar may also grant college credit to those who have military experience and can provide either a copy of their DD214 or military Joint Services transcript.
VIEW TRANSFER EQUIVALENCY ESTIMATOR
Each student (except those already holding a bachelor’s degree) will complete three ACCUPLACER assessment tests. The first two tests are multiple-choice tests based on math and reading skills. The third test requires an applicant to write a five-paragraph essay on a question of their choice. These tests DO NOT affect an admission decision. They are designed to help faculty advisors assess what classes will be most appropriate for each student to take.
Overall cost of attendance may vary from year to year; additional information can be found on our Student Financial Planning website.
Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. There are a variety of financial aid options, which may include federal and external funding—such as scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Speak to your admissions counselor to discuss which options are available and best for you.
VISIT THE OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL PLANNING
Completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) yearly allows the Office of Student Financial Planning to help you figure this out. Your admissions counselor is your first line of contact for questions about paying for college. You will be advised on the best plan on how to use your financial aid eligibility to get you to graduation.
Applying for financial aid is simple. Visit studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa and complete your FAFSA using Mercer’s school code: 001580. Use the data retrieval tool if applicable. In order to sign the FAFSA electronically, you will need your FSA ID. If you do not have an FSA ID, visit fsaid.ed.gov.
COMPLETE YOUR FAFSA
There are many different types of student loans, including those that come from the federal government or from private sources such as a bank or financial institution. Loans made by the federal government, called federal student loans, usually offer borrowers lower interest rates and have more flexible repayment options than loans from banks or other private sources. Visit the Federal Student Aid website to gain a better understanding about the different types of student loans.
EXPLORE STUDENT LOAN OPTIONS
Mercer University will receive your FAFSA application three days after you complete and sign it (make sure to include Mercer’s school code: 001580). Once we receive it and verify that no additional documentation is needed, your eligibility will be determined, and your financial aid, if applicable, will be set up in your student account. You will then receive a financial aid award notification that you can review and accept through your MyMercer student portal at my.mercer.edu.
ACCESS YOUR MYMERCER ACCOUNT
We encourage students to attend full time for the fall and spring semesters and at least half time in the summer. This will give you 30 hours per year, leading to a more timely graduation. Full-time status requires you to be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours a semester; half-time status requires you to be enrolled for at least six credit hours. Please note that you must be enrolled at least half time (six hours) to establish financial aid eligibility.
We understand that life happens, but we want to make sure you are aware of the financial aid impact withdrawing and dropping classes can have on your ability to remain eligible for financial aid. Dropping and/or withdrawing from classes can create financial aid ineligibility. Before making a decision to drop or withdraw, please contact the Office of Student Financial Planning to review the best options with you.