How do I enroll in the degree program?
Enrollment is easy! Simply navigate to the
and choose the degree program you want by clicking on the degree title. Then, complete the
enrollment application and submit your tuition payment. Applications are
processed very quickly (usually just a few hours). See the specific degree
program page for tuition rates and required courses.
How do I enroll in single course?
Enrollment is easy! Simply navigate to the
Descriptions page, choose the course you want, and click on the "Enroll"
button next to the course title. Then, follow the instructions for submitting
your tuition payment. PayPal and major credit/debit cards are accepted.
Enrollment is instant once tuition is submitted.
How long do I have to complete a course?
For single courses, enrollment is for 2
years. Please complete your course within this time frame.
For those enrolled in the TFU Degree Program,
you will be enrolled in your courses until after you graduate with your Doctoral
Students are encouraged to save the study
material to their computers for future reference.
Why is your degree tuition so much lower than other schools?
Our tuition is deliberately low because we maintain a low overhead and we want to make our degree program available to as many students as possible.
Thomas Francis University is a division of the
International Church of Metaphysical Humanism, Inc. (ICMH), a
metaphysical religious organization that focuses on quality training and education as part of its ministry in an effort to raise the level of consciousness among people in our world. Since our
Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD degree programs are based online, we are able to automate many tasks that would normally require staff members to complete. This saves both us and student's time and money. Even though our tuition is very reasonable, our courses are concentrated and comprehensive, and contain quality content that is designed to teach you the skills you desire as well as practical life skills that will enhance all aspects of your life. The old expression, "You get what you pay for" may be true in most cases, but
with Thomas Francis University, you get far more than you pay for.
Will my tuition ever go up as with
Tuition rates for students who prepay
or have paid for their courses will never go up. Otherwise, course tuition
will be at the then-current rate when enrolling. This said, we do not
raise our tuition rates every year like traditional colleges and
Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?
Since our tuition rates are
deliberately kept low, financial aid is offered in the form of paying for
one course at a time with zero interest or with automatic payment plans.
Degree Program Tuition & Enrollment Info for details.
Do you offer payment plans?
For students in the TFU Degree Program,
we offer a payment plan or you can pay for one course at a time at your
own pace. We can also customize an automatic payment plan for you. Please
Program Tuition & Enrollment Info for more details.
Payment plans for single courses are not available.
Can I use federal
student loans or other federal funding such as a GI Bill for my degree
Since no metaphysical school is
eligible for federal accreditation, you will not be able to get a federal
student loan or use your GI Bill for your degree program tuition. This is
one more reason why we maintain low tuition rates and offer payment plans
as well as the Pay-As-You-Go option.
Is an instructor/professor available if I need help?
Yes! Once you have enrolled in
a course, you will have email access to the course instructor. In addition, help is
available from the instructor by phone or Skype, if necessary.
Do you offer
credit for life and work experience?
While your life and work
experience is priceless, we are unable to give credit for these for
several reasons. Our curriculum is unique and follows a specific
path toward graduation. Therefore, it would be impossible to give
credit for previous work or life experience because it is nearly
impossible to quantify such experience and then translate it to our
degree program in a meaningful way. However, your prior training and
experience will aid you in taking our courses.
I already have a
Bachelor's and Master's degree. Can I just complete the Doctoral Thesis to
get my Doctoral degree?
We appreciate the time and effort you spent
in getting your degrees. However, our degrees are metaphysically-based and are
therefore different from other academic degrees or even other metaphysical
school degrees. For this reason, students must take all required degree courses
for their degree choice. Do not view this as doing your Bachelor's and/or
Master's degrees all over again. View this as earning additional degrees based
on new subject material.
This being said, we do offer credit for a
previous Bachelor's/Master's degree at our sister school, the Institute of
Metaphysical Humanistic Science (IMHS).
Click Here for details.
Can I get credit for
previous metaphysical courses I've taken with other schools?
Since our curriculum is unique and
proprietary, we are unable
to give credit for other metaphysical courses. However, your previous training
will likely help you get through our courses more effectively.
How slow or fast can I complete my degree?
With the self-paced format, you
can generally take your time or speed up the process within limits.
On average, our students complete all three degrees in 10 to 12
months; some go faster, some take longer. It all depends on one's
circumstances. The degree program is designed so you can easily fit
in one course per month. For students who wish to finish their degree as fast as
possible, they can complete up to three courses per month if their
schedule permits fulltime study. This would allow completion in
about 3 or 4 months, which is the minimum amount of time allowed.
However, we reserve the right to require extra-credit assignments if
the instructor is concerned about a student not properly
assimilating the course material.
Are the courses taken online or through
All courses, study material, multimedia, assignments, and exams
are conducted 100% online. Many course materials may be downloaded for offline
study, but some do require you to be online.
Are there any additional costs such as textbooks? How do I get my study material?
The various course pages contain all of
the study material you need for completion. No additional books are
required. All courses, study material, multimedia, assignments, and exams
are conducted 100% online. Course materials may be downloaded for offline
What do I need to complete the degree program courses? Is my computer good enough to take the courses?
To complete the courses, you only need
a home computer or laptop, an Internet connection (preferably cable or
DSL; dialup may pose a problem for videos), and some quiet time for study and mediation. As
long as your computer is not a relic from days gone by, you should have no
problem accessing our course material. The study material comes in PDF
format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (comes standard on all
computers). Audios are in MP3 format. Videos are in MP4 format. If you
can view videos on YouTube, you should have no problem. Our courses are
also compatible with Mac's. You can also use iPads and Android Tablets for
some study activities, but completing essays and assignments on such
devices may be difficult.
I have a slow,
dial-up Internet connection that makes viewing videos difficult and slow.
Can I get the study material on CD?
We're sorry, but physical study
materials such as books and CDs are not available for TFU courses.
Is the Degree Program accredited?
privately accredited by the International Metaphysical Practitioners Association (IMPA), an accrediting agency for metaphysical educational organizations that
promotes high educational standards by requiring that only high-quality content
must be used in courses, degrees must be earned through diligent study, transcripts
must be maintained indefinitely and available upon the student's
request, and strict records are to be maintained regarding student
educational activity while the courses are taken. Please see the
Accreditation page for more information on accreditation.
How is your metaphysical
degree any different than a diploma mill degree?
Diploma mills are unethical businesses that
offer fake academic degrees in an effort to make money. Some try to feign
legitimacy by offering credit for life and work experience, and require little
or no course work or effort from the student. Moreover, they are used by people
to get higher paying jobs fraudulently. Our degrees, on the other hand, are
legitimate, non-academic degrees that require time and earnest effort from
students. Our degrees cannot be bought; they must be earned. We will not allow a
student to graduate who has not earned the right.
Do you offer Apostille certification for international students?
Yes, you may get your degree program diploma and ministerial credential certified by Apostille when you graduate provided you live in a country that recognizes the
Hague Convention of 1961 for authenticating documents for use in foreign countries. If your
country does not recognize the Hague Convention, you can get a Certificate of Notarial Authority. An additional fee of $100 applies for either Apostille certification or Certificate
of Notarial Authority (covers both your diploma and ordination credential, if
applicable). We do not provide translation services (if required), nor do we send the credential to the Consulate of your country for approval (if required), nor do we advise on what may or
may not be required for your country. Therefore, please consult the appropriate department within your government for more information.
Can TFU degree course credits transfer as college
TFU courses can transfer to our sister
Institute of Metaphysical Humanistic Science (IMHS). Otherwise, our courses
will not transfer to traditional colleges or universities. Please see the
Accreditation page for more information.
What forms of payment do you accept?
accept PayPal and credit/debit cards for courses. We also accept bank wire transfers and Western
Union for students in the degree program. You DO NOT need a PayPal account to use a credit/debit card. You
can also pay by telephone. You do need a PayPal account to set up
automatic payments on your own (if you choose such a tuition plan).
However, we can set up an automatic payment plan for students who want
one, but do not have a PayPal account.
What if I need to
take a break from my studies, or I have to withdraw?
Will I still be required to
fulfill my tuition payments?
There are no contracts with the TFU
Degree Program—students can cancel or withdraw at any time simply by
discontinuing their studies and canceling any payment plans in effect. No tuition refunds for previous or current
courses are available. Students who do not complete a course within 24 months will
be considered inactive and will be automatically unenrolled from courses. However, the student can resume his or her studies
at any time by simply notifying Admin. Students with extenuating circumstances
need to inform Admin of their situation to avoid becoming inactive or unenrolled. Also, students whose email addresses are no longer valid will
be unenrolled from the degree program until such time as they provide a working
Can I get a second
Master's or Doctoral Degree?
Yes, you can get a second Master’s and
Doctoral degree by taking the required courses for that degree and, in the case
of a Doctoral degree, submitting a dissertation related to that area of
specialization. An administration fee of $100 applies to Master’s degrees and
$300 for both Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
How do I order
You can print your transcript from the
various course pages
for individual courses. You
will receive an official transcript upon your Doctoral graduation. Additional copies can
be purchased from TFU. If you are someone other than the student,
have the student email your request to
firstname.lastname@example.org and include their full name and the approximate date
of graduation. You will receive an official transcript in PDF format within 48 hours (usually much faster)
once the student has approved the request. Printed and sealed transcripts with
an imprint/seal are available for $15 plus postage (includes two copies).
Contact Admin for more information.
Have a question not answered here?
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