Frequently Asked Questions
The page is for incarcerated students, their proctors, and their families. We have a separate FAQ for Internet students.
Academic requirements are the same for prison students and online students. Prison students must identify a proctor before they are accepted to NationsUniversity. A proctor may be a chaplain or education staff. The proctor’s primary responsibility is to administer exams.
When students are accepted at NationsUniversity they are assigned a student client code (SCC). The SCC must be included on ALL correspondence with NationsU.
Prison students receive a 100% discount on tuition. There is a one-time registration fee of $25 to be paid after the student’s application has been approved. Prison students must purchase their own textbooks.
Prospective students may request an application by writing to NationsUniversity Prison Division at the address below.
NationsUniversity: Prison Division
650 Poydras St., Ste 1400
New Orleans, LA 70130
Prison students will be asked to verify how they want their name to appear on the diploma prior to it being issued.
Diplomas are printed in a landscape format, on quality paper, 8 ½ high x11 inches wide.
If a prison student requests a physical diploma, the cost for graduation is $50.00. If the student requests a digital diploma, there is no charge.
Diplomas are issued after students have met all the requirements for their degree program. Prison students may request a physical or a digital diploma. Physical diplomas are mailed, and digital diplomas are emailed to the student’s designee. NationsUniversity has three graduations per year in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. All degree requirements must be met two weeks prior to graduation.
NationsUniversity encourages students to act in an ethical manner in their academic studies. All students are expected to follow the “Honor Code” found in their Academic Catalog & Student Handbook: Prison Edition. Examples of honor code violations include cheating, fabrication, multiple submissions, false citations, plagiarism, unauthorized assistance, and not following syllabus instructions.
If students do not achieve the minimum score of 70% on one exam, there is no need to retake the entire course. The student must retake that one exam only. Three attempts for a passing grade are allowed.
A passing grade at NationsUniversity is 70%. Students are allowed up to three attempts to pass any assignment.
A few exams allow notes and Bibles but, as a general rule, you should not expect to be able to view sources when taking an exam.
Prison students must have a proctor who administers exams. When prison students are ready to take exams, they schedule a time with their proctor who administers the test and returns it to NationsUniversity for grading.
NationsUniversity will send exams to the proctor by e-mail. The student is responsible for scheduling a time with the proctor to take the exams. The proctor returns the completed exams to NU by mail or email.
Where do I send the exam?
Amreeka Exam Services
Attn: Prison Services
P.O. Box 3342
Brentwood, TN 37024
The proctor agreement states, “When a student is taking an exam, the proctor must be within supervisory distance of the student.”
A certified proctor is someone who has agreed to uphold a standard or code of ethics and has been approved by NationsUniversity. Prison personnel such as chaplains, education staff, or librarians will be considered. Special consideration may be given to prison-approved volunteers. Roommates, fellow students, friends, spouses, or other family members are not eligible to be proctors.
Programs of Study
Personal discipline is very important. Students should consider the time they have to study and establish a regular routine. Make the schedule realistic. For example, consider how long it takes to complete one module and plan for the remaining modules accordingly. An established routine will help the student determine when to schedule exams and request the next courses.
Prison students receive courses in a prescribed order. Two to three courses will be mailed at one time. It is the students’ responsibility to keep track of their progress and request their next courses.
Students work at their own pace. However, students are encouraged to set a goal to finish any course within 90 days. A prison student who has no activity in any course in a 24-month period will be designated “inactive.”
Undergraduate students are enrolled in BRS 100, A Search for Spirituality, and graduate students begin with MRS 622, Encountering Biblical Spirituality. Upon successful completion of the first course, the student will be eligible for full admission into a NationsUniversity program.