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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below is a listing of frequently asked questions arranged by topic.

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How do I apply for admission?

Click the Apply Now button at the top of the page. This will take you to the online application. Please pay special attention to any supplemental materials required by the program.

How do I register for classes?

FIU's CMBA team will automatically register you for your classes prior to the start of each term. You will receive confirmation from FIU's CMBA team once registration is complete. Please check your student portal: https://login.fiu.edu/myfiu/ for detailed registration information. Feel free to contact cmbahelp@fiu.edu with any questions.

Can I fax my transcripts?

All documents must be original and in a sealed envelope sent directly from the institution.

What is Florida International University's mailing address?

Florida International University
Corporate MBA
11200 SW 8th Street
College of Business Complex - CBC 200
Miami, Florida 33199

How do I change my contact information, start date, or major?

If you are a new student and have not started your first course, please send an email to cmba@fiu.edu. Otherwise, this information may be changed in your MyFIU account.

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Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available to those who qualify. To apply for financial aid, please go online at www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete your Federal Application for Aid. This application allows the Financial Aid Office to determine what grants/loans you may be eligible for. FIU's Institution Code is 009635.

If you would like help with the actual FAFSA application, please contact FAFSA at 1-800-433-3243. FAFSA will send you an email within 48 hours of you filing with your Student Aid Report (SAR).

After I submit my FAFSA application, what happens next?

The student will receive an email notification from FAFSA within 48 hours of completion indicating that the FAFSA has been processed. Within 5-7 business days of completion, FIU will receive the processed FAFSA. Once FIU receives the FAFSA, FIU will notify the student via the To-Do list on their FIU student portal if any verification documents are required.

What types of financial aid are available?

There are two types of loans available to grad students: unsubsidized Stafford and Grad PLUS loans. The Stafford loan is federally regulated with a 6.8% interest rate, and you do not start repayment of principal until six months after graduation or you drop below half-time. The Grad PLUS loan is based on your credit score and has a 7.9% interest rate. The total award per semester for the Stafford loan is $10,250 additional funds being offered in Grad PLUS loans. For additional loan information, please contact the College of Business, Financial Aid Team.

Is financial aid available to international students?

The financial assistance offered through the University requires U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency to qualify for any federal or state aid. Need-based federal and state assistance is not available to international or ineligible non-citizens.

What are the loan eligibility requirements for financial aid?

Recipients of federal loans must meet the following criteria:

  • +  Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application for each academic year
  • +  Demonstrate financial need
  • +  Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • +  Be registered with Selective Service, if required
  • +  Admitted to a degree seeking program or an eligible certificate program
  • +  Be enrolled at least half time (6 credits/undergraduates-5 credits/graduates) when loan proceeds are received
  • +  Not be in default on a previous student loan or owe a repayment on a previous federal financial aid award received at any institution
  • +  Applicant cannot have an adverse credit history (for Graduate Plus loans only)

Additional requirements may apply depending on the aid programs awarded to you.

Whom do I contact at FIU if I have questions about Financial Aid?

For any financial aid questions, please contact the College of Business, Financial Aid Team for the College of Business Administration.

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How do I make a payment?

Log in to PantherSoft from anywhere on a computer with Internet access.

Are there additional scholarships for which I can apply?

For scholarship inquiries, you may want to start with your planned program. There is also a website that you may want to explore, www.fastweb.com. For additional scholarship information, other than the one the Corporate MBA offers, please visit: http://scholarships.fiu.edu/.

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Can I email assignments directly to my academic coach?

No. The university requires a record of your assignment within the course. Submitting your assignment in the course shows documentation of completing the course requirements.

Will I need to document sources in my assignments?

Yes. Please use APA (American Psychological Association) formatting guidelines for documenting sources.

What are the requirements for the proctored exams?

Please note that online courses may require a virtual proctored exam(s) through ProctorU. In order to determine whether your course requires a proctored exam(s), check your syllabus upon gaining access to the course. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of the exam dates and times to make appropriate arrangements.

All details, including instructions on how to get started, will be located within the course(s) using ProctorU. Additional information can be found at www.proctorU.com.

Can I toggle in and out of my exam?

Once you begin you cannot stop and start or navigate out of the exam.

When will we begin our group work?

Teachers, administrators and students all benefit when people work together. There will be many opportunities in this degree program to work collaboratively with your colleagues.

What is scholarly writing?

Scholarly writing uses peer-reviewed sources and edited publications including journals and books. Peer-reviewed articles are reviewed or judged by a panel of experts, which include scientific or scholarly peers. Please see the attachment "Scholarly Writing" for more information.

Are the courses accredited?

Yes. The University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Who teaches the online courses?

In many cases, online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach face-to-face courses at Florida International University. Some courses are taught by professionals from the community who are experts in their field.

How much time should I anticipate spending in each course per week?

Time required to complete coursework each week can vary considerably from student to student. However, a student should on average allot 10-12 hrs per course per to complete each week's assignments.

What are the computer requirements?

Computer Requirements

You'll need access to and should be proficient on a personal computer, have access to the Internet with a browser compatible with Blackboard Learn, and be familiar with the Microsoft Office suite of products. You can test your computer with the Blackboard Learn Requirements Check to ensure its compatibility.

The required system profile for the personal computer includes:

  • +  Windows XP/Vista/7 or Macintosh OS X 10.5 (or higher)
  • +  256MB of RAM (512MB recommended); 1GB of RAM for Windows XP/Vista
  • +  6GB hard drive (100 MB or more of free disc space; 1 GB recommended)
  • +  CD-ROM drive
  • +  56 Kbps v.90 modem (xDSL or cable modem recommended)
  • +  Sound card and speakers
  • +  Adobe Flash Player 9 (or higher)
  • +  Adobe Reader 8 (or higher)
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Is there a graduation ceremony for online learners?

Yes. Commencement ceremonies are held three times a year (Fall, Spring and Summer). Students should check the Commencement Guide at the address given below to find the time of their commencement. Each commencement ceremony lasts approximately two hours. In order to participate, the student must confirm their participation to their corresponding ceremony within PantherSoft under ACADEMICS. This may be obtained along with the Commencement Guide (of which it is part) at commencement.fiu.edu.

The Commencement Guide will answer most questions about the commencement process but a few points should be mentioned. There is a deadline for confirmation to the ceremony. Please consult the above website for the deadlines at the beginning of the semester in which you expect to graduate.

The student can apply for graduation on PantherSoft under ACADEMICS. Students must be enrolled in at least 1 graduate credit the semester they apply to graduate. Before applying for graduation, the graduate student should perform a grad check, which can be done by checking their "Panther Degree Audit" under "Academics" at https://login.fiu.edu/myfiu/.

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