ACCESS Online Education

Fall Enrollment for ACCESS's Online Education Courses is now open! 

Click Here to Register for ACCESS Online Education!

    Fall 2021 Courses

    •    Course enrollment period: April 5-August 20, 2021
    •    Fall Term: August 23-November 28, 2021

    • DSS 0113: Practical Money Skills
    • DSS 0713: Career Exploration
    • DSS 0133: Money Management

    Spring 2022 Courses

    •  Course enrollment period: November 8-January 25, 2022
    •  Spring Term: January 18-April 24, 2022

    • DSS 0113: Practical Money Skills
    • DSS 0713: Career Exploration
    • DSS 0133: Money Management
    • DSS 0733: Maintaining Employment

    If you would like to receive additional information regarding ACCESS Online Education, please contact Stacy Jackson ( or call 662-325-8375.


    Overview of ACCESS Online Education

    • Enrichment courses developed to improve functional skills of individuals with disabilities
    • Students enrolling in ACCESS Online Education are not required to be MSU or ACCESS "on-campus" students.
    • Self-paced online courses
    • No admission process or criteria to register and enroll
    • Taught by certified online education ACCESS instructors
    • Virtual office hours held weekly to meet with students and/or families
    • Registration open to all
    • Designed for ages 14 to adulthood
    • Fall, spring, and summer enrollments
    • Variety of new courses being developed and launching
    • $40 registration fee required at time of registration
    • Tuition and additional fees are billed after enrollment and are based on the number of enrolled courses 

      Frequently Asked Questions


      Do students who take ACCESS’s Online Education courses have to be enrolled at Mississippi State University or in the ACCESS program?

      No. The courses are taught by an ACCESS instructor; however, the courses are separate from the on-campus program. Please do not enroll through the MSU's Center for Distance Education website. Students enrolling for the ACCESS online courses must complete the following steps: 1) Complete the ACCESS Online Education Registration Form 2) submit $40 registration fee and 3) register for the course(s). Returning students only need to complete step 3!

      What days and times do classes meet?

      Classes will be asynchronous; students will complete courses at their own pace but are required to meet assignment deadlines. Each week, students will participate in chats and discussion boards via videos or messaging. The ACCESS instructor will hold weekly office hours to meet with students and families.

      Is there an age requirement for the class?

      Courses are designed for students 14 years and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

      What is the cost of an ACCESS online course?

      Estimated Costs Per Semester:

      Distance Fee = $100 Per Credit Hour
      Instructional Support Fee = $25 Per Credit Hour
      Tuition and Required Fees / Undergraduate (T&RF UG) - Distance = $366.75/credit hour

      *Each course is 3 credit hours

      Tuition is subject to change. These estimates are accurate as of 12/1/2020.

      The $40 registration fee is not a part of the course tuition and fees. 

      What types of technology and devices will I need to be successful in an online course?

      Courses will require access to a computer, headphones (if necessary), and reliable internet. Visit the MSU Online Education requirements page

      What math and reading skills are required for distance education courses?

      The following are necessary for success in an ACCESS Online Education course:

      •    Ability to read and perform basic math at a 3rd grade level and/or have a family member to be able to assist if needed
      •    Ability to navigate Canvas and the internet independently and/or have a family member available to assist if needed
      •    Ability and willingness to commit 3-6 hours each week on self-paced course materials and coursework

      Will ACCESS staff be available to assist my student with the coursework?

      ACCESS staff will hold weekly office hours and will be available by appointment. Students are encouraged to utilize family members for additional support.

      Will these courses count as credit hours towards a degree?

      No. These courses are designed for personal enrichment and growth. They are pass/fail courses and are non-credit bearing. The courses are non-transferable towards our on-campus program if a student applies and is accepted.

      How are the distance ed courses like the on-campus courses?

      Our distance ed courses have the same learning objectives and course content as our on-campus courses. Some projects or assignments may be modified to meet the learning environment and layout for each course. The distance ed courses are asynchronous allowing students to work through the coursework at their own pace each week.

      Is financial assistance available for ACCESS online courses?

      ACCESS partners with Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) and other Voc Rehab facilities throughout the country. If your student is VR client, please contact your VR counselor and inquire about financial assistance. If your student is enrolled in a MS public school, he/she may qualify for Pre-ETS funds. Please see your student's school counselor or transition coordinator.

      Who do I contact for assistance?

      Reference the following departments for assistance:

      • For online registration questions, contact the MSU Center for Distance Education at 662.325.3473
      • For registration fee ($40) and/or waiver questions, contact Brooke Hathorn at 662.325.2663
      • For ACCESS Online Education course information questions, contact ACCESS at or 662.325.8375