Started in Fall 2018, this new and exciting program saves you time, money, and stress. It works like this: Residential students in our traditional undergraduate programs can receive two, tuition-free, online summer classes for each year of study at Eastern University. That’s right. Tuition = $0.00. No kidding. You pay only for books and the usual summer term fee. Here are 3 options we think you’ll love.

1. GRADUATE IN 3 YEARS: SAVE TIME & MONEY

In most of our majors, you’ll be able to complete your “4-year” degree requirements in only 3 years for the price of 3 years.  You’ll also need to take 6 credits online during each of your two intervening summer sessions. 

To take full advantage of this option, you’ll have to take 18 credits (6 classes) in each of five semesters and 19 credits in one semester, and you’ll also need to take 6 credits (2 classes) online during each of your two intervening summer sessions. Add it all up … and that’s 121 credits. Graduation in just three years. The path to graduation can be easier and perhaps a little faster if you bring in prior credit from AP tests or from dual enrollment programs.

2. LIGHTEN YOUR COURSE LOAD (AND STRESS)

Eastern University FastPass is a great way for students with jobs or vigorous extracurricular activities to lighten their load during the school year.

 

Students with Jobs: Going to school while holding down a job can be a challenge. The typical student takes 15 credits (5 classes) in a semester and many take 18 credits (6 classes). Eastern University FastPass™ allows you to postpone a few classes into the summer, creating an easier fall and spring term of just 12 to 13 credits followed by a light summer of only 6 online credits. 

Students with Vigorous Extracurricular Activities: Rewarding experiences like athletics, drama, music, and student government contribute to a well-rounded education but can also be quite time-consuming. Eastern University FastPass™ to the rescue! You can take a lighter load and catch up in the summer.

3. DOUBLE MAJORS MADE EASY

We've made it easy for you to pursue 2 different majors at the same time. Pay for college once but get two different academic qualifications. 

Many Eastern students choose to pursue 2 different majors at the same time … to “double major.” Eastern University FastPass™ makes it easier to do this because, in the 3 summers between your 4 academic years, you can take 18 extra credits for $0 tuition. You pay for college once but get two different academic qualifications. The investment creates a broad and flexible foundation for your future!

FAQs

Who qualifies?

Students in our traditional undergraduate programs, who reside on campus and maintain satisfactory academic progress, can take advantage of this program. It is open to students in all majors in all colleges, including the Templeton Honors College. (Note: While all majors qualify for free online summer classes, talk to your admissions counselor about whether your major allows you to graduate in 3 years.)

What about commuter students?

We didn’t forget you. Commuter students who carry a full-time EU traditional undergraduate course load during the academic year, but do not pay for room and board, will receive significant discounts on these summer classes. We call it EU FastPass Lite. You'll pay only $195 per credit hour for summer online courses in 2018-2019. That's a discount of almost 50%!

Which classes will be offered?

The following list contains the online undergraduate courses in Summer I and Summer II that are eligible for free or reduced tuition through FastPass 2020. Available courses include those that fulfill 2019 and earlier general education requirements (listed below), as well as electives that may fulfill certain major requirements.

Any course with a * also meets the 2020 and later “new” general education requirements. Any course with a ✣ after it means that it is a course that requires a prerequisite.

Biblically Informed
BIBL 101 Nature and Meaning of the Old Testament
BIBL 102 Nature and Meaning of the New Testament

Oral Communication
COMM 120 Public Speaking*

Quantitative Reasoning
CSCI 150 Introduction to Computing Concepts*
MATH 220 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Science*

Scientific Reasoning
BIOL 105 Introductory Biology*

Social Sciences
PSYC 100 General Psychology*
POLI 103 American Government*
ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology*
GEOG 201 World Geography*

Western Tradition
INST 161 Heritage of Western Thought and Civilization: The Modern World*

Beyond the West
ENGL 225 Postcolonial Women's Novels*
ENGL 235 Global Fiction*

Formed in Christian Thought
MISS 100 Introduction to Christian World Missions*
THEO 240 Introduction to Christian Theology*

Arts
ENGL 236 Young Adult Literature*
ENGL 302 American Literature*
COMM 220 The Art of Film*
ENGL 245W Introduction to Creative Writing*

Justice
INST 270 Justice in a Pluralistic Society*
SOWK 110 Human Diversity and Social Interaction*

Electives
EDUC 211 Ed Psych*
EDUC 234 Child and Adolescent Development
EDUC 301 Assessment and Evaluation
EDUC 384 Inclusive Education
BSBA 221 Business Statistics*
BSBA 306 International Business✣
BSBA 311 Business Ethics and Leadership
BSBA 340 HR Management
BUSA 350 Business Law✣
BSBA 480 Strategic Management
LEAD 220 Statistical Analysis & Decision Making
LEAD 320 Research in Organizations
LEAD 336 Finance for Non-financial Managers
LEAD 360 Essentials of Project Management
LEAD 440 Strategic Change
CRMJ 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRMJ 205 Introduction to Policing 
CHEM 095 Preparation for Chemistry 
CHEM 195 Preparation for Organic Chemistry 
CHEM 350 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry✣

What if a student lived on campus for part of the semester but moved off-campus before the end of the semester?

If a student lived on campus for the Spring 2020 semester but had to move off campus due to COVID-19 concerns, they are still able to take advantage of free FastPass tuition. If a student moved off-campus for any other reasons, they are eligible for the commuter rate.

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