Resources for Current Students
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your PID is a unique Personal IDentifier. Your PID belongs to you and you only; it, along with your PID password, gives you access to Virginia Tech e-mail, MyVT, Scholar, some of the library databases, and more. You must have a PID if you are taking a course through Virginia Tech.
To create and manage your PID, visit OnBoard.
Virginia Tech has a drop period when you can drop courses from your schedule. Notify firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you decide to drop. You will receive a full refund if you drop prior to the start of the course, and you will receive a partial refund depending on how long the course has been in progress.
For more information, visit the University Bursar website.
You should have a working knowledge of the minimum hardware and software requirements, which are listed on the Course Syllabus and reviewed in the New Student Orientation.
Please consult with faculty and course syllabi for individual course requirements. All of the courses require a computer and high-speed internet connection.
Students are encouraged to obtain a Microsoft Office 365 license through the university Student Software Distribution. Most courses require Windows applications such as MS Office, MySQL, Text Editors, Microsoft Visio, and Microsoft Project.
If you are looking to purchase a new computer, the program does not have a specific recommendation but makes the following suggestions.
- Intel i7 processor (eighth or ninth generation)
- Minimum of 16GB of DDR4 memory, higher if needed
- Solid State Hard Drive (256 GB or above)
- Nvidia GPU (2GB or higher)
Yes. We highly recommend that you use your Virginia Tech email address for all communication for the university. You may always forward your VT email to another account, but this is how all faculty and staff from the university will communicate with you and how the onine learning management system communicates with you.
Courses should be designed to be completed in a 15-week semester or 6-week summer session, depending upon when they are offered. There are more 12 week extended summer sessions also being offered now.
Most course materials are located Canvas for the particular course. After you log in, you should see a link for each active course either as a tab at the top of the window or under the My Active Sites (tab to far right at top). All courses will appear in Canvas approximately one week before courses begin, but the instructor of the course has the ability to restrict viewing of content until the first day of courses. If you still do not see a course by the first day of courses, check your schedule to see that you are actually registered for the course and email the instructor of record.
Many instructors will enable you to purchase course materials from the University Bookstore, which will mail your books to you. You may also be able to purchase books from other online sources, such as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or Books-a-Million. Your instructor will tell you which materials are available online and how to obtain any special materials not available in bookstores.
Remember to plan ahead when ordering course materials so that you get them when you need them. Please do not wait until the last minute.
Yes, you can receive a tuition waiver or apply for tuition reimbursement if you are a Virginia Tech employee at the time you take the course(s). A Virginia Tech employee may receive tuition assistance for up to 12 credit hours per academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II). Understand that employer provided tuition assistance (waiver and/or reimbursement) exceeding $5,250 is taxable in most cases. The value of the benefit exceeding the allowable exclusion (per IRS) will be added as non-cash earnings for W-2 reporting and taxed accordingly once the $5250 limit has been reached during any calendar year. If you have more questions about this policy, please contact the Human Resources department at 540-231-9331 or email@example.com.
As a student in good standing, you have access to all the resources available to Virginia Tech students through the university’s library system. Many resources are available through the Virginia Tech University Libraries website.
To learn more about how to access the library system as a virtual campus student, please visit the libraries’ distance learning resource page.
Some of the library services have restricted access. Only people using a Virginia Tech computer are recognized by the system. Use the library resources to get access to materials while you are off campus.