Policies & Procedures

Distance Learning Fees

A distance learning course is a course in which at least 80 percent of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time or space, or both.  Departments may request to assess a per-credit-hour distance learning course fee.

Approval Process

The process for approval of unit/departmental level distance learning course fees begins prior to the schedule of courses opening each semester.  The specific dates for this process are sent to all college deans in the form of an Administrative Memo.  The summer and fall terms dates are the same as both of those terms open registration on the same date.  

The amount of the distance learning course fee may not exceed the additional costs of the services provided which are attributable to the development and delivery of the distance learning course. If the distance learning course fee is assessed by a state university, the institution may not assess duplicative fees to cover the additional costs. For example, the cost associated with the DL fee should not be the same cost associated with fees such as M&S or technology.

Units seeking to assess a departmental level distance learning fee per Florida Statute 1009.24 (17) should follow the steps in the Instruction Guide below for creating a Distance Learning Fee in the myUFL system.

Once the Distance Learning Fee request has been approved by the College the request is forwarded to The Office of the Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology for final review and approval, denial or returned for more information.  Once approved the unit offering the course tags sections of courses approved for the purpose of assessing the Distance Learning fee.

All courses/sections authorized to assess a distance learning fee will be subject to end of academic year review of costs incurred and fees collected. The enabling regulation does not permit an above cost residual.

  • Distance Learning Course Fees must be for purposes associated with this list of fee items:
    • Course Production
    • IT Support Costs
    • Online Proctoring

Sections tagged to charge a distance learning course fee must match the section level technology data submitted via myUFL – Quick Links - ONE.UF Admin.   The section level technology data reports to the university which courses comply with the state's 80% rule. 

Special Topics course numbers are not eligible to charge departmental/unit Distance Learning Course Fees for examples: XXX4930, XXX6930

Collection of Revenue

The University of Florida Division of Continuing Education (DOCE) was established in 1972 to administer and support non-credit and designated credit programming sponsored by the University. DCE has the responsibility of insuring that these programs are conducted in accordance with the laws, rules, regulations, and policies of the State of Florida and the University.

UF Regulations 6C1-3.0376 Miscellaneous Fees

Section (21) Division of Continuing Education Auxiliary Fund:

  1. All registration fees or other income collected as payment for development of or participation in non-credit educational activities (i.e., workshops, symposia, conferences, etc.) shall be deposited into the Division of Continuing Education auxiliary fund. Non-credit courses sponsored by a unit of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Studies [IFAS] and administered through the IFAS Office of Conferences and Institutes may be exempted from this requirement.
  2. Revenues received for the purpose of planning, offering, and recovering all costs of sponsored credit institutes and other self-funded credit programs as provided by Board of Governors Regulation 6C-7.008(1)(a) will be deposited into the Division of Continuing Education auxiliary fund.

The Division of Continuing Education auxiliary fund may be used for the recovery of any additional fees established for off-campus educational activities under section (19) of this regulation, or for continuing education credit courses as provided by Board of Governors Regulation 6C-8.002(2)(b)4.

Self-Funded Distance & Online Credit Programs Approval Process

Distance Learning (fully online or on-site off-campus) degree and certificate programs seeking self-funded status must undergo a multilevel review and approval process.

Units seeking to establish a self-funded Distance Learning program for a degree or certificate that has not been previously approved should first proceed to the Developing A New Academic Program page and follow instructions for receiving the required academic approval. Once a program receives the necessary academic approvals, units should follow one of the processes detailed below.

Create a New Self-Funded Program

Examples of Self-Funded Programs

Offering degrees or certificates where 25-49% of a program's credits are available onsite at locations off main campus (either state or self-funded);

Offering degrees or certificates where 50% or more of a program's available credits are (either state or self-funded) and;

  • Fully online
  • Online with on-site meetings on main campus
  • Online with on-site meetings off main campus
  • On-site, off main campus

The Review Process

  1. Department/Unit Level Review
    Faculty and or administrative staff should begin the process by accessing either the "Application for Establishing an Alternative Educational Delivery Platform/ Funding Model" or the "Application for Change in Educational Delivery Platform/ Funding Model" form. Once completed the form should be routed to the Department Chair for consideration by the department faculty and signature by the chair.
  2. College Level Review
    Once the proposal has been signed by the department chair it should then be referred to the appropriate college contact (typically an Associate Dean) for review and consideration by the college.
  3. University Curriculum Council (UCC) or Graduate School's Graduate Council
    Appropriate approval for the program must be sought and gained from either the UCC (for undergraduate programs) or the Graduate School's Graduate Council (for graduate programs).
  4. Provost Level Review and Approval
    Once the proposal has been signed by the Dean of the College it should then be sent to the Office of the Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology for review by the Distance Education Self-Funded Workgroup. The Workgroup will make a recommendation to the Provost who will provide final review and approval.
  5. SACS Notification or Approval Prior to Implementation
    If the proposal is approved by the Provost, the Office of the Associate Provost will provide information to the Director of SACS Accreditation for appropriate SACS notification or approval.

Getting Started

If you would like to create a new Self-Funded or add a Self-Funded version of your existing program, please send an email to distance@dce.ufl.edu or contact Dr. Brian Marchman, Director of Distance & Continuing Education.

Application Forms

Units seeking to offer self-funded programs per BOG Rule 8.002 may apply for such status by completing the application in the links above.

Click here to learn more about Self-Funded Policies.

Non-Credit Education

The Office of the Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology upholds and extends the mission of the University of Florida by helping academic units provide access to quality education and flexible learning for working professionals, traditional and non-traditional students wherever they are located.

Notification Process

The University is required [BOG Regulation 8.002 (8) b.] to file an annual report of all non-credit activity (for which there is a participant fee assessed) beginning with FY 2012-2013. The reportable non-credit activity will include the delivery of any content with the following attributes:

  1. Non-credit;
  2. Revenue generating;
  3. Associated directly or indirectly by the students with the University.

In order to comply with this reporting requirement all Non Credit programs are required to be registered with (and supply an annual report to) the Office of the Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology.

New Non Credit programs can be registered by submitting a New Non-Credit Program Registration form.

While "Continuing Education" can be defined a variety of ways, TNT defines it as educational activities that do not grant college credit.

Continuing Education programs may only be funded through collected revenues or grants, and must be approved by the dean of their academic college.

While a program is in the process of developing their business plan, TNT will work with the organizers to determine what services the unit needs to produce, market and deliver the program.

Approval of Vendor Agreements

Contracts for support of programs which collect revenue pursuant to UF Regulations 6C1-3.0376 must be approved by the Office of the Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology.

Vendor Approval Process

Required Forms:

Please submit completed, Dean-approved proposals, to Brian K. Marchman, Ph.D. at marchman@ufl.edu.