You need the best educational experience you can get this Spring. And whether you’re taking your first college class, studying at the undergraduate level, or transferring to finish your degree, PVCC offers a variety of learning options. Study from home, an office, a park or the coffee shop - anywhere you have an Internet connection. Nearly all of our programs are now available online, so you can accomplish your educational goals while balancing your life.
It's simple, convenient, and straightforward. I enjoy the live interaction with my professor and classmates and the structure of lectures. Online classes have made it easier for me to balance all the different aspects of my life.
The Spring 2021 semester offers several different learning options to keep you on track with your educational goals. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions our students have about our courses.
What’s the difference among Live Online, Online and Hybrid/Virtual classes?
For the Spring 2021 semester, the majority of PVCC’s classes will be taught in Live Online, Online, a combination of Live Online and Online, and Hybrid/Virtual classes. Face-to-Face classes on campus are limited to only a few programs.
With Live Online, you will meet weekly with your instructor at your scheduled class time, allowing you to interact with your instructor and classmates. With Online classes, you have no set time in which you need to be in front of your computer. You’ll still participate – only instead of in-person lectures, it will be through weekly online assignments. For Hybrid/Virtual, part of the class will be held online without a set time to attend; the other part will occur at the time listed in the class schedule, either in a face-to-face format on campus or in a virtual format using a virtual platform, depending on the state of Arizona’s response to COVID-19. Similar to the Fall 2020 semester, Face-to-Face classes for the Spring 2021 semester are mainly for Fire Science, Nursing, EMT, Physical Education and Occupational classes.
Are Live Online, Online or Hybrid/Virtual classes harder than Face-to-face classes?
Online classes are no more or less difficult than campus classes – you’re just spending more time on your computer. From the support of your academic advisors and instructors, to tutoring services, and even our Technology Help Desk, we’re here to help when you need it.
Are there benefits to taking Live Online, Online or Hybrid/Virtual classes?
There are many benefits to enrolling in these learning options. PVCC believes in providing affordable, accessible education catering to your own schedule that helps you stay on track with your educational goals. Our online platform allows you to personalize your college experience to how you learn best. What’s more, these learning options allow you to stay motivated and learn more, while still balancing other life priorities.
To learn more about Live Online, Online and Hybrid/Virtual formats, visit the Getting Started with Online Learning webpage.
Do online classes cost more?
No. PVCC’s tuition is the same for all learning options and is very affordable. In fact, the average annual tuition for a full-time student attending one of the MCCCD's ten community colleges is about $2,070 ($85 per credit hour/24 hours/2 semesters). Earning scholarships, grants and other aid can also help you lower your costs.
Are all of PVCC’s classes offered online?
For now, the majority of PVCC’s Spring 2021 classes will be offered in Live Online, Online, Hybrid or Hybrid/Virtual formats. Only a limited number of classes will be offered Face-to-Face. If you have questions about your learning options, please feel free to contact us at 602-787-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or take a look at our Spring 2021 class schedule for more details.
What are the minimum system requirements to take Live Online, Online or Hybrid classes?
To participate in PVCC's Spring 2021 classes, we have free resources available to download or for web access. In addition, you may need a working camera and microphone for your computer. For more information, please visit our technology training page.
Textbook and course materials fees are contributing to the rising cost of higher education. To address this challenge, PVCC provides a resource where you can now pursue an entire degree program that offers no cost or low cost (less than $40) textbooks throughout all courses within the program
I love the flexibility I get from taking online classes. The ability to completely schedule my own day has taught me accountability and time management skills. I've been able to take more credits this semester towards completing my degree and getting ahead.
Being a mom means I juggle a lot. Live Online classes give me the remote socialization I need, plus I love the immediate feedback from my professors. I am able to engage with other students on camera or in the chatbox. I feel connected even though I am at home.