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What accreditation does the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program have?

The BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities both regionally and nationally.


Who can take online courses?

BYU-Idaho Online Courses are open to many different types of students. On-track, off-track, online degrees, Pathway, and Continuing Education students are all eligible to enroll. We encourage students to review our available programs and apply through the option that best fits their needs. As long as you are admitted as a student, you can sign up for an online course. You register online according to the registration schedule, just like you would for a regular course.


Can students audit Online Courses?

No.  Students cannot audit Online Courses.


Which courses are currently online?

We currently list all our online courses.

To see section availability for courses each semester log-in through


What if I have online course or instructor concerns?

If you have specific concerns about an online course or instructor, please contact your instructor first. You can find his/her contact information in the "Communicate" section of your course menu.

If you are unable to reach your instructor or you feel your concerns have not been addressed, please contact the online support center: or (208) 496-1800, or toll free at: (866) 672-2984. We'll work with you to resolve the issue.

You can also review the BYU-Idaho's Grievance Policy if you feel that your situation requires filing a grievance.  


Can I get my degree online?

Please check out our Online Degree Programs webpage for qualifications, more information, and future updates on degree availability.


Which online program or classes are for me?

If you are a current BYU-Idaho on-track or off-track student, and are interested in taking online courses:
Log into your portal and click on the course search tab, choose the desired semester, and choose "online" as the method to view available course options. Consult with your academic advisor before registering for classes.

If you are a former Ricks College, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii or LDSBC student who did not complete your degree:
You may be eligible to apply for admission to one of our Online Degree programs, please review our Online Degree Programs website for qualifications and more information.

If you do not have previous credit from Ricks College, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii or LDSBC:
You may be eligible to participate in our Pathway program. Our goal is to provide a pathway to educational opportunities to young adults regardless of where they live or where they may ultimately receive their degree.



How do I register for online courses?

The process to apply to take online classes varies based on the type of student you are. If you are a current on-track or off-track BYU-Idaho student, there is not a separate application process. You can just register for the classes you need by logging into You can search for an online class with the ONLN subprogram.

Visit our registration page for more information.

If you are interested in one of our online degree programs, view the Online Degree website for more information.


How long do I have to complete an online course?

BYU-Idaho Online Courses are aligned with semesters. Most courses have weekly assignments and projects due at different times during the semester.


How do I know if the system is/will be down?

Check the current status of our IT Systems.


How can I test my system for compatibility?

Recommended base system requirements for successful completion of online classes includes:

  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • 2.0 GHZ Processor
  • 15" WXGA Monitor
  • 160GB Hard Drive
  • 2GB Memory
  • DVD-RW Drive
  • Vista/XP Pro

Most of the content for courses is found in files that can be read within your standard web browser. There are a few audio clips, video clips, flash, and PDF files. Test your system by clicking on the following links: (Please be patient with the loading time. If links do not work the first time close the window and try again. Your computer may just load the information the first time and then play the second time).

  • Audio - President Kim B. Clark speaking about the Spirit of Ricks.
  • .Mov video - A presentation about the Tabernacle of Israel (PC users click to download Quicktime).
  • .Wmv video - Elder Nelson's testimony of the Book of Mormon (Mac users click to download Flip4Mac).
  • PDF - President's Welcome Message from the catalog.
  • Flash - A Flash Video (swf) from one of our online courses.
  • Streaming Server - The dedication of the BYU-Idaho Center.

You will need to make sure you have the most up-to-date version of Microsoft Silverlight. Click the link for an automatic check to see what version you are running and download and install the new version if needed. If the new version is needed you will need to restart your browser once it has installed.

If the audio or video files do not play in your web browser try downloading and playing them from these links:
.mov, .wmv and audio.
If any of the files continue to not load correctly on your computer, contact the student help desk for assistance.

Technical Difficulties Help
Help Desk:
(208) 496-3550 OR (866) 237-5195 (toll free)


What do I do if I might need disability accommodations for an online course?

Please contact Disabilities Services directly to learn about your options: or (208) 496-4271


What is the cost for tuition?

The tuition for online courses is the same as on-campus courses.  For a detailed breakdown of other estimated fees and expenses please visit the Bursar's Tuition and Fees Page.

For Tuition and Fees for Online Programs visit:


How does Financial Aid work with Online Courses?

To apply for Financial Aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We encourage you to visit the Financial Aid website for detailed information. The online degree program allows you to use Federal Pell Grant funds. Once you complete the FAFSA and the online degree admissions application, the Financial Aid office can begin reviewing and processing your financial aid options. In most cases, there is no credit minimum to be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. In order to be eligible for Federal Student Loans, however, you must enroll at least half-time (6 credit hours).


Will all my BYU-Idaho credits transfer to another college?

Transfer credit processes and decisions are at the discretion of the institution to which you are transferring. Please be sure to contact the other college/university directly to verify what credits or degrees they will accept.


How is GPA calculated?

Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted. Your grade point average may range from 0.0 to a 4.0.

Course Credit Hours Grade Grade Points
GS 120 Pathway Life Skills 3 B- 8.1 (3×2.7)
FDREL 121 Book of Mormon 2 B+ 6.8 (2×3.4)
Total Credit Hours 5 Total GradePoints 14.9
GPA = Total Grade Points ÷ Total Credit Hours Attempted
2.98 GPA = 14.9 ÷ 5

The following chart lists the point values per credit hour.

A 4.0 B+ 3.4 C+ 2.4 D+ 1.4 F 0.0
A- 3.7 B 3.0 C 2.0 D 1.0
B+ 3.4 B- 2.7 C- 1.7 D- 0.7
UW, P, I, IP, I, IP, W, NR, T, does not affect GPA






Can the application for online programs be filled out online?

Yes, you can apply to any program offered online at  


I have not fulfilled the basic credit requirement.

As the program grows and is evaluated admission requirements may change and we encourage you to check the Online Degrees website for updated information.


I graduated with an associate's degree. Do I need to repeat Foundations courses?

No, we apply as many credits as possible toward your degree. If you have an applied associates you may need to complete some foundations classes, but a general or transfer associate's degree will transfer well. Once you apply and register for the orientation class, your advisor will map out exactly how many classes you will need. That way, if you decide to go forward and complete the degree you'll know ahead of time how long it might take you.


What is the purpose of the Online Orientation Course?

The online orientation course helps you map out your graduation plan. By the end of the course you will be familiar with the program, AND see how many more credits you need to graduate. The class really helps students decide if the online degree program is the right fit for their goals.


Can Online Degree students get I-Cards? If so, how?

Online degree students are eligible for I-Cards, and requests are processed through the Bursar's office. To learn more about I-Cards and fill out the application visit:
Students can also contact the Bursar's office at 208-496-1900 or if they have additional questions about I-Cards.


Do you offer a Master's Degree online?

Unfortunately, we do not offer any type of Master's degree.

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