What are the basic qualifications for the accelerated format?
Those interested in pursuing accelerated coursework at Kirkwood must be at least 21 years of age and have three years of prior work experience.
How does the accelerated format work?
Courses are offered in 5 or 10-week blocks throughout the year. Classes meet one night per week
for four hours. Students take one course at a time so there is no need to juggle coursework from numerous classes at the same time. The credits for each class are equivalent to a traditional
What degrees and majors do you offer?
AAL offers courses that fulfill the Associate of Arts degree. Students can complete Core Requirements such as Composition, Humanities, Math, etc. as well as a variety of elective courses.
Is this format only open to someone working on an Associate of Arts degree?
Students are not required to complete the A.A. A number of our students already hold some type of degree so are only choosing courses that will assist them in completing their bachelor’s degree.
Where and when do the classes meet?
The accelerated classes begin at 5:30 p.m. on different nights of the week and are offered at the Linn County Regional Center located at 1770 Boyson Road in Hiawatha.
I took classes a long time ago, will those credits transfer toward my new degree?
Yes, absolutely! All previous course work from an accredited institution will transfer, no matter how long ago the courses were taken. When applying to Kirkwood, make sure to contact your previous educational institutions to have transcripts sent for evaluation. Many of our students do not realize how close they are to their degree until they see the transfer equivalency!
What if I have a number of failing grades from my last attempt at a degree?
Kirkwood has a Forgiveness of Failing Grades policy that allows students to remove Fs from their Kirkwood transcripts. If you have not been enrolled in school for three consecutive years and have failing grades on your transcripts, you can have those Fs turned into 0s in order to raise your GPA.
You may also apply for the FFG if you have served in the armed forces for two consecutive years
since your last date of attendance.
Does the Accelerated Degree Program offer online courses?
Yes! There is one class per block that is offered online.
How much is your tuition, and how can I make a payment?
You can find our most up-to-date tuition cost here. Most courses are worth 3 credits. All students pay a technology fee per semester. There are many options for making a payment including online, over the phone, in person and by check or cash.
Is Financial Aid available?
Yes, many of our students are eligible for Financial Aid. Students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.gov. Depending on the student’s need, a financial package is put together that includes money for tuition, books and living costs. When your financial package is available, you can accept or decline any amount of the entire package. In rare cases
when a student is not able to get financial aid due to taking too many courses or withdrawing from
the maximum allotted courses, a financial appeal can be sent to secure funds to allow you to reenroll in school.
How do I become a student in the Accelerated Degree Program?
Your first step is to complete the general Kirkwood application. Once that is complete you will be contacted to set up an informational meeting with one of our advisors.
When can I start?
Now! Or in Block 2! Or in Block 3! Or in Block… There are eight blocks offered each year so you can choose when the time is right for you to begin! You have the flexibility to take classes during the times that work best with your busy schedule.