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First Year and Forward Funding


New online programs are able to request forward funding for up to three semesters to help offset startup costs. To begin the request process, please complete this form. Once the form has been submitted, you will receive an email with a link to a Google Spreadsheet. You should enter information about your request into the spreadsheet, including the semester(s) and year(s) for which you are requesting funding, the anticipated number of students the program will enroll, and the anticipated credit hours each student will take. The spreadsheet will calculate and display the total amount of forward funding your program may request based on the numbers you enter.

Once you have entered all of the requested information, you should initial the spreadsheet where requested. Once you have entered your initials, you will receive a forward funding request form for your program via email within 15 minutes. You should obtain the requested signatures (Department Head & Dean), then forward the request to the Director of Online Learning.

Once the form is sent to the Director of Online Learning, it will be routed through the Office of Instruction to the Provost for approval.

New online programs that have been approved by the University Council and approved for an online differential tuition may apply for first-year forward funding. These funds are intended to support start-up expenses for the program.

Deans may estimate the revenue from the online differential for the first three semesters’ enrollment in the program and request an advance against that projected balance. If the program collects more money from the first three semesters than estimated, the amount of the advance will be taken out of the online differential earned before the funds are sent to the college/school for that first year. If the amount collected is less than the advance, the the college/school must pay back the additional amount.

The requested advance will be amended in the college or school’s budget in the first year of operation and may span across two fiscal years to cover the three consecutive semesters.

If you have any questions about these processes, please contact the Office of Online Learning at