FastPass FAQ’s for Faculty

You asked; we answered.

Q: If a student only attends Eastern University in the spring (because, for instance, they transferred in), will he/she be eligible for FastPass?

A: A traditional undergraduate student who lives on campus for a full semester in either the fall or the spring earns three free credits of online summer coursework through FastPass. If he/she lives on campus for both the fall and spring semesters, he/she earns six free credits of online summer coursework through FastPass.

Q: Does a student have to apply for FastPass?

A: No. If all requirements have been met, applicable discounts automatically go into effect when a student registers for their summer courses.

Q: Can a student take a course that is less than or more than three credits in the summer and still have it be eligible for FastPass? Can a student take two three-credit FastPass courses in the same summer semester?

A: Yes to both questions. Students can earn up to six free credits of online summer coursework. They can take all six credits in one summer semester or take four credits in one summer semester and two credits in the next. Only when their total summer online credit hours exceed six will they be charged additional tuition.

Q: If a student takes an Eastern University undergraduate online course in the summer that is not on the list of FastPass courses, will he/she have to pay for that course?

A: No. Any fully online undergraduate course offered through Eastern University in Summer I or Summer II is eligible for free (or reduced, as in the case of commuters) tuition, as long as the student has met the criteria stated for full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress in the previous fall and spring semesters. The list provided on the FastPass website only indicates courses that satisfy specific general education requirements.

Q: What about summer courses at Eastern that are held on-ground or hybrid? Are they eligible for FastPass.

A: No. Only fully online undergraduate courses in Summer I and Summer II are eligible for FastPass.

Q: Is there an extra fee for a four-credit course like BIOL 105?

A: No. Since our faculty advisor training sessions, we’ve been able to work out the policy so that students can take up to six credits online in either of the summer semesters. Therefore, if a student takes a four-credit course in Summer I, he/she can also take a two-credit course in Summer II (if one exists) and still have all six credits paid for. However, if a student takes a four-credit course in Summer I and also wants to take a three-credit course in Summer II, he/she will need to pay for one of those credits, since the total credit number will be seven.

Q: If a student graduates in May but meets all other requirements for FastPass, can they still take up to six free undergraduate online credits the summer after they graduate, particularly if they need to finish a certification?

A: Yes, this is possible for a certification. However, if a student officially graduates, his or her record is closed and nothing can be added to it.  The student can come back and take additional courses through FastPass, but those would not apply to a minor or additional major. If a student needs to finish a minor or a major, it would be better for him/her to delay his/her graduation date until after the summer semester is complete. In most cases, though, he/she would still be able to walk in May. (Contact the Office of the Registrar if more clarification is needed on this point.)

Q: What do the guidelines mean when they state that a student must “maintain satisfactory academic progress” in order to be eligible for FastPass?

A: This simply means that a student who has been dismissed from the university for academic failure is not eligible for FastPass. If a student is in good standing or even on probation, he/she is still allowed to participate in FastPass.

Q: If a student withdraws from a class in the fall or spring and ends up with only 9 credits that semester, are they still eligible for FastPass in the summer?

A: No. They need to be registered for at least 12 credits each semester to be considered full-time.

Q: If a student fails a class in the fall or spring and ends up with only 9 credits that semester, are they eligible for FastPass in the summer?

A: Yes. As long as they have not been dismissed from the university for academic failure, they may still participate in FastPass.

Q: Will BIOL 105 through FastPass count as a lab science to fulfill the natural sciences graduation requirement? And will students be able to complete the labs at home?

The answer to both question is yes.  BIOL 105 is a 4-credit lab science class that will be offered in a fully online format with no need for students to come to campus.  The labs can be done at home and through field trips to places near students' homes.  There will be a lab kit the students will need to purchase to complete the labs at home that will include all lab and safety supplies.  It is likely that at least 2 labs will require students to visit a park, zoo, aquarium, garden, etc. to complete the lab; however, there will be quite a bit of flexibility in how this works.  This course on-ground consists of a 3-hour lecture and a 2.5 hour lab per week, so the lab work in the online course will be almost equal to the amount of lecture work each week, just as it is in the on-ground course.  


Visit the FastPass website for the list of courses offered that fulfill Eastern University’s general education requirements.

Advisors are encouraged to consult the Summer 2019 Online Undergraduate Course Schedule when helping students plan for Summer I and Summer II. In WebAdvisor, students can search for courses by name and add them to the appropriate summer semester.


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