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How it Works

While sponsored courses offer UM credit, they are quite different from state-supported courses.

  • There is no price differential for residents and non-residents.
  • Credit enrollment is not via Cyberbear, but a form distributed by the sponsoring agency. 
  • Formal admission to UM is not required.
  • Student financial aid does not automatically apply, but may be possible with additional paperwork.
  • Credits do not automatically apply toward a degree program, so students should ask their academic advisor before enrolling.

Additional Information

Where and when do these courses take place?

Courses begin all throughout the year. The actual length of courses varies according to subject matter, and courses can last from just two or three days to the full semester. All course dates are given in the Academic Credit Course Listing.

Courses meet in a variety of locations.  While some courses meet on the UM campus in Missoula, most meet in diverse locations throughout Montana, as well as around the world. Some are online so that you can login and complete lessons on your own schedule, from your own location.

Student grades

For academic credit courses, grades are available within a few weeks after the final and may be accessed on CyberBear by viewing an unofficial transcript.  UM does not notify students after course grades have been posted.  Grades and credits earned become part of your permanent UM transcript.

Students may order official transcripts from the UM Registrar's Office or through the National Student Clearinghouse.  Transcripts can be ordered via standard mail, ordered online through The Clearinghouse, or submitted in person.  Email, phone or fax requests cannot be accepted.

Student Payment

Standard tuition and fees are not charged on these courses.  Instead, students register with and pay a course fee directly to the sponsoring agency.  The course fee varies widely.  Students then complete a Credit Registration Form and pay a credit recording fee ($135/course) to UM. 

UM accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and personal checks. Students who are using UM financial aid may need to complete additional financial aid paperwork, which varies depending on the course you are taking. The student should then log on to https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do and request an educational expense payment be sent to the University of Montana (UM) for the amount equal to course fees and educational materials.  Contact Holly Kulish at holly.kulish@umontana.edu or 406-243-4168 for more information.

Teacher Certification

Academic credit courses through ExtendedCredit have been approved for regular university credit, so it is possible to gain credits for recertification. For specific questions related to teacher certification, please contact the College of Education & Human Sciences at 406-243-2032.

Registration for Courses

Extended Courses are open to everyone. No formal admission to the University of Montana is required, and nonresidents pay the same fees as residents.  UM students are welcome to attend courses, although the fees for the course do not apply to the tuition "flat spot" or the minimum credits for student services such as health insurance or the campus recreation center. 

Registering for academic credit in an Extended Course does not change your admission status with UM. Registration is completed through the outside organization, not Cyberbear, unless otherwise noted.

View our Academic Credit Course Listing.