FAQs about PACE

How is PACE different from Millikin’s traditional degree program?

There's only one main difference: more flexible options for when you can take classes. PACE students receive the same quality education as any other student at Millikin. It's just that we've found a way to provide more flexible options to those who need an alternative to the traditional day program in order to earn their degree. It meets the needs of students who are unable to attend classes during the day. PACE students enjoy the camaraderie and support of other non-traditional students who work, have families, and are active in the community. 

What makes a program "accelerated"?

Accelerated courses are those designed specifically for adults who already have career or family obligations. Depending on the major, classes are 7, 8, or 10 weeks in length. Because of the accelerated nature of the classes, students are able to earn 12 credits per semester and generally take one course at a time (Accounting and Business Management take two). Classes are held one night per week, from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. In some cases, a class may be offered on a Saturday from 8 a.m.- noon.

Most classes are held on-campus, but some classes are offered online or in the hybrid (blended traditional and online) format. Students are often placed in cohorts that proceed through the major courses together.

What is the difference between accessible, partially-accessible, and non-accessible majors?

  • Accelerated: Courses required to complete a major are accelerated and offered entirely in evening/weekend/online format.
  • Partially-Accelerated: A portion of courses required to complete major are accelerated and offered in evening/weekend/online format. There is some flexibility with those interested in a major considered "partially-accessible" and who need to have access to evening classes. If there is high demand for a non-traditional class format in a given major labeled as partially-accessible, Millikin is willing to work with students to make that happen. 

Who can apply for PACE?

You are eligible for the PACE program if you have a professional licensure or meet three of the following requirements:

  • Student must be age 24 on admission/re-admission to Millikin University
  • Student has a dependent other than a spouse
  • Student has at least one year identifying themselves as something other than a student
  • Student is financially independent of parents
  • Student intends to work full-time (a minimum of 32 hours) while enrolled in courses at Millikin

What happens during a PACE Open House?

PACE Open Houses are informal sessions that allow potential students to meet one-on-one in small groups with advisors and faculty. General information is provided, but specific questions can also be addressed. Students are encouraged to bring sealed, official transcripts to be evaluated by the Registrar’s Office during the Open House. A representative from Financial Aid is available to answer financial questions.

How can I learn more about a specific program?

A phone call to the PACE Admission Counselor at 217.420.6771 will provide you with more information. Questions also may be directed to mgtaylor@millikin.edu. In addition, each of the PACE programs has a specific advisor who can answer questions and provide guidance.

How long will it take to complete my degree?

That answer will vary by person and hinges mostly upon your schedule. Degree completion depends on the major and the number of credit hours you might transfer into the program. Millikin University requires a minimum of 124 semester credit hours to complete a bachelor’s degree. This total consists of courses in the major, university requirements, and electives. A minimum of 39 credit hours must be taken in upper division (300 level or above), and a minimum of 33 credit hours must be taken at Millikin University. Most students will complete an average of 24 credit hours per academic year.

How do I know what credits will transfer to Millikin?

In order to correctly evaluate each student’s earned credit hours, we will need to evaluate your official transcript. When you are applying for admission to Millikin, you will need to contact each university or college you have attended and request your transcripts. They should be sent to Millikin University’s Office of Admission, 1184 West Main Street, Decatur, IL, 62522.

What if I already have an Associate degree from a community college?

An Associate in Arts or Science degree is an asset for the PACE Program. Your credits will transfer easily, and you will most likely be ready to begin the upper level courses. An Associate’s degree in Applied Science may have some courses that will not transfer. An evaluation of your transcript will tell you exactly which courses will be accepted.

Can I afford PACE?

PACE students pay a reduced rate compared to traditional Millikin students. View the associated costs for PACE. PACE students can take advantage of a monthly payment plan, and many local employers will provide tuition reimbursement. PACE students are eligible for financial aid consisting of grants, scholarships, and student loans.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Students planning to apply for financial aid will need to submit a Free Student Application for Financial Assistance (FAFSA). Millikin’s code for the FAFSA is 001724. The FAFSA requires your previous year’s income tax information. FAFSA may be filed online and responses are returned promptly. Millikin’s Student Financial Services can assist you with financial aid questions. Students are encouraged to file for financial aid as soon as possible.

When do I need to apply?

Classes start every 7, 8, or 10 weeks, and students may be able to start at various points throughout the year. Students are required to be admitted and registered at least two weeks prior to the start of classes.

Besides tuition, what other expenses will I incur?

Students are responsible for books and supplies. New Millikin students are required to make a $150 nonrefundable deposit upon initial registration (this fee is deducted from tuition). A $75 fee is required for Graduation. The Nursing and Education programs will require additional expenses associated with the curriculum.