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FAQs – Psychology Bachelor’s Degree
Completion Program

Cohort

Q: WHAT IS THE 24-MONTH COHORT PROGRAM?

A: The 24-month cohort program is a full-time evening model which allows you to finish your Bachelor Completion Degree program in two years (6 semesters). The Office of Professional Studies will register you for all of your classes. Books and meals are provided and are included in the cost of tuition. It is a comprehensive, concierge program designed to provide additional conveniences to those who want to take advantage of an accelerated, structured and supported program. 

Q: WHAT IS A COHORT MODEL?

A: The cohort model is a full-time program, designed for you to graduate in two years. Students go through the program with the same core group of students and follow the same sequence of courses throughout the program.   

Q: WHAT IS THE COST FOR THE 24-MONTH COHORT MODEL?

A: $385 per credit which includes the cost of books and and meals during on-campus class times. There is also a comprehensive fee of $315 and parking fee of $320 for the year.

Q: WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE 24-MONTH COHORT?

A: The 24-month cohort model consists six semesters (2 summer, 2 fall, and 2 spring semesters). Classes are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Saturdays. During the fall and spring semesters, students are enrolled in 3 four-credit courses on Tuesday and Thursday starting at 6:00p.m. and in a Saturday morning class that typically meets every other week, with online components on the alternate weeks. During the summer semester, students are enrolled in 2 four-credit courses that meet on Tuesday and Thursday starting at 6:00 p.m. (no Saturday class). Two labs are required which may change the schedule of that particular semester. 

Summer Term: May - August
Fall Term: September - December
Spring Term: January - May

Admission

Q:  HOW CAN I APPLY?

A:  You may apply online by clicking the Apply button on the top right of this page. We offer a streamlined application process for you. Do not use the Common Application.  A resume and personal statement are required documents for the application. Official transcripts from all previous institutions will need to be sent to the Office of Professional Studies.  If you have questions about the application process, please call us at 978-837-3563.  

Merrimack College
Office of Professional Studies A485
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845

Q: WHAT IS A PERSONAL STATEMENT?

A: The purpose of a written personal statement is to provide further insight into the applicant’s:

  • Intent in applying to a program
  • Writing and communication skills
  • Personal and professional accomplishments and experiences
  • Educational goals and expectations from the program

The personal statement should be two pages typed (500-1,000 words) and double spaced. Care in preparing this statement is strongly encouraged.

Q: HOW DO I OBTAIN MY ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS?

A: Contact the Registrar’s Office at your transferring college or university to request an official transcript.

  • In order for a transcript to be “official,” it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university
  • Be sure to confirm with the institution’s Registrar’s Office whether your classes were undergraduate, graduate, or both.
Q: WHAT KIND OF RESUME DO I NEED?

A: Please include a resume that reflects your academic and professional qualifications.

Q: IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE FOR MERRIMACK?

A: No, there is no application fee. 

Financial Aid 

Q: I NEED FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

A: All full-time students (students taking 12 credits per semester)may qualify for financial aid in the form of federal/state grant or loan programs. Students taking 8 credits may also be eligible for Federal loans or grant programs.  Eligibility is based upon enrollment status.

Q: ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

A: Yes. Scholarships are available to qualified students applying to the program.

Students may apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.govIn order to be considered for the maximum in federal and state funding, it is necessary to submit your FAFSA by May 1 of the year you apply.  Please be sure to add Merrimack’s school code (002120) to ensure your FAFSA is received.

Note: You may still apply for financial aid after the May 1 deadline, but may not be considered for all types of available funds.

For questions or to learn more about your financial aid options, please call us at 978-837-5484.   

Q: DOES FAFSA COVER FEDERAL AND STATE?

A:  FAFSA is one application and it is the only application required for both federal and state aid.

Q: IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS TAKING THE BACHELOR COMPLETION PROGRAM?

A:  Yes, there is a payment plan available for students.  Students have the option of participating in the TMS payment plan for a small fee to break up tuition payments into three or four payments.  

Q: ARE MERRIMACK COLLEGE PROGRAMS ACCREDITED?

A: All programs and courses are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. 

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