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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get my degree entirely online? 

FIT offers a one-year online Associates degree in Fashion Business Management and a two-year online Bachelor's degree in International Trade and Marketing. For more information, please visit the Degree Programs page or contact the Admissions office at 212 217.3760.

For all other degree programs, credits may be obtained by taking online courses, but the majority of courses in FIT's degree programs are offered on campus only.

Who can take online courses?

Courses are available to everyone, both degree students and non-degree students, as well as international students. Online Learning is not for everybody. It is best suited for those students who are independent learners and are motivated to take a fast-paced course. You should be very comfortable reading and writing on a computer.

What are the technical requirements to take an online course?

Your computer must meet certain technical requirements.

Do I have to log on to the course at one particular time or place?

No, the great advantage of an online course is that you can do your work at any time of the day from any place that you can access the Internet. Some courses require proctored exams but you can arrange to take your exam/s at a location convenient for you (see below).

My course requires proctored exams. How can I find a proctoring location near me?

Here are some resources to help you find a proctor in New York City and across the United States (please make sure to get approval from your instructor before scheduling your exam/s):

NYPL Mid-Manhattan Library - Free Proctoring in NYC

Other NYC Proctoring Locations that the NYPL Links to

Although you are not required to be online at any particular time, online courses are not self-paced. They follow the same semester schedule as other courses offered at FIT and have regular due dates, assignments, and exams.

Do I have to be an experienced internet/computer user to take online courses at FIT?

Although you do not have to be an expert, you must have basic computer skills such as word processing, using the Internet, checking email, and downloading and uploading attachments.

How much work is involved?

Online courses require the same amount of work as classroom courses. In most courses you will be asked to log on several times a week, for approximately two hours each time, to participate in online discussions, read lectures, complete assignments, and interact with the professor and other students. The most successful students log on frequently.

What can I do to be a successful online student?

View our Strategies for Success In Online Courses.

When do courses begin?

Online credit courses run on the same semester schedule as campus courses; non-credit courses start and end on varying dates. See Courses for dates. You should access your course as soon as the course begins. You should also purchase your textbook as soon as possible. Textbook information can be found after you have logged in to your course.

Will I still feel connected to the teacher and my classmates even though we are online?

Most students who take online courses actually report feeling more connected to their professors and their classmates.

Is financial aid available for online courses?

Financial aid is available to full-time students only. The Office of Online Learning does not handle financial aid. Please contact FIT's Financial Aid office for assistance at 212 217.3560.  

I do not live in New York. Do I have to pay out-of-state tuition?

Yes. If your home address is outside of New York State, non-NY State tuition applies. Visit our Tuition page for more information.

Will credits obtained from taking online courses at FIT transfer to my school?

Whether or not credits obtained at FIT will be accepted is determined by your school.

Will credits obtained as a non-degree student at FIT transfer if I decide to apply to a degree program in the future?

Please contact the Admissions office at 212 217.3760 or [email protected].

I am having trouble logging in to Blackboard.

Please keep in mind that it can take up to 24 hours for you to gain access to Blackboard after you have registered. If it has been at least 24 hours since you registered and you have followed the steps in Access Your Course and are still having trouble logging in, please contact FIT's TechHelp.