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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an RBA degree?
RBA stands for Regents Bachelor of Arts. The RBA is a bachelor's degree program designed to fit the needs of adult students -- particularly those who already have work and family commitments.

How is RBA Today different from the RBA degree?
The Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) is a degree program, while RBA Today represents a commitment made by some of the state's colleges and universities to provide more options and greater support for students in the RBA program. In other words, many adult students may be able to earn an RBA degree more quickly and easily, thanks to the additional course options and personalized support institutions are now providing as part of the RBA Today initiative.

Who can enroll in the RBA program?
Students who have earned a high school diploma (or a GED) and who have been out of high school for four years or more can pursue an RBA.

I'm interested in getting my RBA - where do I start?
Begin by contacting an RBA coordinator. He or she will guide you through the process and get you on track to earning your bachelor's degree!

Are there financial aid programs available for RBA students? How can I fund my degree?
There are many ways to pay for your degree. If you enroll part-time, you may be eligible to participate in The Higher Education Adult Part-time Student Program (HEAPS). If you enroll full-time, you may be eligible for the WV Higher Education Grant. You should also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you can receive help from the federal government. To find out more about financial aid, check out the Financial Aid Resources for Adult Learners page.

What sort of time commitment is involved?
The RBA program really is designed to fit your schedule. You can work at your own pace to complete your degree.

Can my work experience count toward a degree?
One of the great benefits of the RBA program is that knowledge gained from your work and life experience can count toward college credit. If you are interested in earning credit for your career experience, ask your RBA Today coordinator about the portfolio submission process.

I've attended college before, but didn't earn a degree. Can I count the credits I earned the first time toward my RBA?
Yes, you may be able to count credits you've already earned toward your RBA degree--even if you've been out of school for a long time. Talk to your RBA Today coordinator or admissions counselor to see if your prior college experiences can count.

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