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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Common Questions

Listed below are frequently asked questions. Scroll down to find your question and click it to see the answer. If you still have unanswered questions, please call the Oregon Tech Online toll free number at 1.866.497.0008.

What programs does Oregon Tech offer online?

Oregon Tech offers bachelor's degree completion programs in several allied health fields, a full degree program in Information Technology, as well as several minors. View the list of Online Programs Oregon Tech offers.

How will my credits transfer in?

An official transfer evaluation will be completed as part of the application process. Once you are admitted, an advising session will be set up with you to go through the evaluation and answer any questions you might have.

For more information, view Advising and Registration.

Does Oregon Tech's courses follow a semester or quarter schedule?

The academic calendar at Oregon Tech follows a quarter schedule. There are three, ten-week terms during the academic year. Summer term is eight weeks in length.  View the Academic Calendar.

How do I apply for admission into an online program or class?

When applying for admission to an online program, do not use the general application form found on the Admissions page. That form is used for students attending on-campus classes. Note that the Admissions Application Forms webpage has a link labeled "Distance Education Application" which will lead you to the correct location to apply for online programs which is described below.

To apply for admission to an online program, it is best if you go directly to Online Admission (if you're applying for a graduate program though, please read the note at the bottom of this answer block). The forms listed on the Online website are designed to be sent directly to the Online Office to expedite your admission process. On the Online admission webpage, you'll see a couple of documents.

  • Click the Non-Degree link if you are not seeking full admission to Oregon Tech and only wish to take up to eight credit hours per term. Students wishing to take DHE 100, MIT 103, or REE 201 should use this application.
  • Click the Application for Admission link if you are applying for an online program.

The application deadline for each term is three weeks prior to the first day of the term to assure your application can be processed in time. To see the current year application deadline, look at the Online application page. The deadline does NOT apply to the Non-Degree Application.

Graduate programs: If you're applying for admission into an online graduate program, you will need to follow a different process. Please click here to go to the graduate programs admission page.

Which calendar should I follow?

All Oregon Tech programs follow the same Academic Calendar.

How do I register for classes?

You register for classes by logging into your Web for Student account. Remember to use your student ID number (918 number) for your User ID. Your default PIN is your birthdate (mmddyy). If you have changed your Web for Student PIN, you should use that password. Listed here are instructions for logging into your Web for Student account for the first time.

Students wanting to enroll in DHE 100, MIT 103, or REE 201 can find registration information here (look in the area on the side of the webpage under the Inside heading. There is a separate link for each class).

How do I know what classes I should take?

Once you are admitted, a transfer evaluation will be prepared and the sequence of classes will be discussed during your advising session with an Online advisor. You will be contacted by the advisor to arrange this session.

For non-admitted students, please contact the Online Office toll free at 866.497.0008, 541.885.1676, or by email at

How many classes should I take each term?

Most students begin by taking one class. This allows students to determine how much time is required to complete a course. Since our degree completion programs are designed for working professionals, career and personal commitments will determine the load a student can handle successfully. 

However, if you are applying for financial aid, you need to be enrolled in at least six credit hours per term. You would need to take two or more classes per term to meet that requirement.

Once registered, when can I access my class(es)?

Online classes are available on the first day of the term, and students are expected to access any online class they are registered in on that day.

How much will this cost?

How do I pay my bill?

You can pay your bill online or by mail. To view information about paying your bill, click here. Note the payment and refund deadlines. Note that Oregon Tech will NOT send you a hard copy bill in the mail. The bill will be sent to your Oregon Tech email account only. Please check your Oregon Tech email account regularly.

Can I get financial aid for an online class?

Online students may be eligible for financial aid. Students who want to receive financial aid must be fully admitted to Oregon Tech and must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per term. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at or 541.885.1280.

How do I buy books?

Most online courses require books and/or additional materials. These may be ordered online from Oregon Tech's bookstore.

Book listings for the next term are usually available three weeks before the term starts. Be sure you order your books as soon as possible in order to have your books arrive by the first day of the term.

On the bookstore page:

  • Hold your mouse over the word "Books" to see a drop-down menu.
  • Click "Textbooks & Course Materials" in the menu.

Do the online classes meet at a specific time?

Online classes are generally taught so you don't have to be at your computer at a given time. Your instructors will provide a structured learning experience with deadlines to help you keep on track, but will offer you a range of times in which to complete your assignments.

Some of our online classes may take advantage of our web conferencing program called Zoom to schedule live help or office hours. Your instructor will attempt to choose times that will allow everyone who wishes to attend these optional sessions to participate. Your instructor may record the web conference sessions for those who cannot attend at the assigned time.

Who do I talk to about my advising questions?

Students should call the toll free number (866.497.0008) to be transferred to the correct person to ask initial advising questions. Referrals to program directors will be made as needed.

How are these classes delivered?

Your classes will be offered through a program called Blackboard. You will log into the TECHweb portal to access Blackboard

When you log into your class, you will find instructions, syllabus, course content, email and discussion tools, and any exams, activities, or assignments your instructor has set up for the course. Our online courses are not self-paced; they include structure and deadlines to keep you on track. Some courses require a proctor for test taking. Each course usually includes a separate textbook, which you can purchase online at the The Tech Nest.

To see how an Oregon Tech online class looks, click the attachment labeled "Example of online class" on this page.

What if I need to drop a class?

You may drop your courses by using Web for Student through the fifth day of the term. After the fifth day of the term, you may fax a signed request to Oregon Tech Online at 541.885.1139, or send an email to from your Oregon Tech email account requesting to drop a class. See the link labeled "How to Drop a Class" on Getting Started for screenshots on how to drop a class.

Check Web for Student to find the last day to drop. The date is listed in the Check Your Registration menu under the Student Registration link.

NOTE: Never assume you will be automatically dropped from a course for any reason. It is your responsibility to drop a course.


Refund Policies
Once you are registered in courses, you are fully responsible for the tuition and fees. To receive a 100% refund, you must drop your courses by the 12th calendar day of the term (Second Friday of the term) at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. After that Friday at 5:00 p.m. you will receive a partial refund according to the Oregon Tech refund schedule. For more information, see Payment Information.

How do I register for DHE 100 Intro to Dental Hygiene or MIT 103 Intro to Medical Imaging?

Students enrolling in DHE 100 or MIT 103 are referred to as being Pre-Dental or Pre-MIT students. Staff in the Online Office will register students in the appropriate class. Students wishing to take these classes must complete the Online Non-Degree application.

Students who are receiving financial aid will need to be sure to coordinate financial aid with any other schools they may be attending concurrently by filling out a consortium agreement. Visit the Cashier's Office page for online payment information, or you may also view refund information here.

More details on DHE 100

More details on MIT 103

Where do I log into my Oregon Tech accounts?

All students will have the following accounts:

  • Oregon Tech email
  • Blackboard 
  • Web for Student
  • CASHNet 

Links to all of these accounts are listed in TECHweb. Open the Oregon Tech main page ( and click "Login" in the top right corner of the page to log into TECHweb. 

For information on what name and password to use for each of these accounts, see "What is my login name and password" link on this FAQ list (the page you're viewing now).

What is TECHweb used for?

TECHweb allows you to log into your other Oregon Tech accounts in one location including Oregon Tech Email, Blackboard, Web for Student and CASHNet. It also pulls some information from the main Oregon Tech website into one convenient location and includes some information that you'll only see in TECHweb. 

You can get to your TECHweb account either by going to the Oregon Tech website and clicking the Login link in the top right corner; or you can go directly to TECHweb by typing in a browser window. Your username and password are the same ones you use for your Oregon Tech email or Blackboard account. See the "What is my login name and password?" section in this list of FAQs for more information.

Note that the directions throughout the Online webpages may show you how to access programs directly. If you prefer, you can log into TECHweb and access the programs from there instead. One of the benefits of logging in through TECHweb is that it automatically logs you into your Oregon Tech email and Blackboard accounts. If you ever have problems accessing a program through TECHweb, you should use the direct addresses that are listed throughout the Online webpages instead.

What is my student ID number?

Your student ID number, which starts with 918, is listed on your admissions letter or in an email from Oregon Tech Online.

Your student ID number is used to log into Web for Student and CASHNet. Keep this number handy or memorize it as you will use it frequently.

If you have questions regarding your ID and PIN, please contact the Online department using the toll free number (866.497.0008).

What is my login name and password?

Blackboard and Oregon Tech email account

  • You will typically use the format of your firstname.lastname for your username. Your default password for both of these programs will be Hootie and the last four digits of your Oregon Tech Student Identification Number. So if Jane Smith's student number is 918-55-1234, she would use: jane.smith for her username and Hootie1234 for her password.

Web for Student account and CASHNet

  • Your user ID is your student id number. Your default PIN is your birthdate. Your student id number should have been sent to you when you registered. It starts with 918. Your birthdate PIN needs to be typed in the format of MMDDYY. So if you were born on January 21, 1975, you would type 012175 for your pin in this program. You will be required to change your password after your initial login. 


  • You will typically use the format of your firstname.lastname for your username. Your default password for this program will be Hootie and the last four digits of your Oregon Tech Student Identification Number. So if Jane Smith's student number is 918-55-1234, she would use: jane.smith for her username and Hootie1234 for her password.

What is Web for Student?

Web for Student is a program you use to register for classes, check your final grades, and view your student records. See "What is my login name and password" in this FAQ for more information on how to log into your Web for Student account.

How do I get help with computer issues?

For Blackboard or general computer issues, you should contact the ITS HelpDesk first.

Call the ITS help desk at 541.885.1470 or email them at They are available Monday through Thursday from 7:30am to 9:00pm Pacific Time. On Friday, they are available from 7:30am to 5:00pm Pacific Time. On Saturday and Sunday, they are open from 10:00am to 4:00pm Pacific Time. During the breaks between terms and during all of summer term, they are only open on Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

The ITS HelpDesk staff can help you with logging into Blackboard or logging into your email account and can reset your password if you have forgotten it. They can provide some basic troubleshooting for you. One common issue you may encounter is a pop up box warning you about the security certificate being invalid or does not match the name of the site. If you see this box, please click the Yes button to continue.

If you need help with using the tools in Blackboard, or if the ITS HelpDesk has not been successful in helping you, then please call the Oregon Tech Online Office at 866.497.0008. The tech support staff in the Online Office work Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.

You can also find some answers to your Blackboard questions in the Blackboard Learn section.

Will a Mac computer work with Blackboard?

A Mac computer will work with Blackboard. If you use a Mac, we have found that you should install the Mozilla Firefox browser and use it if Safari doesn't work well with Blackboard. Firefox can be downloaded for free from The Online technical staff and the ITS HelpDesk are more familiar with non-Mac computers. If you use a Mac, you will want to find a local expert to help with any issues we can't resolve for you.

What should I do if Oregon Tech doesn't offer a certain class online?

Please call the Online department toll free at 866.497.0008 . We can offer suggestions on where you can take classes online, which are not available through Oregon Tech. It is a good idea to get pre-approval from Oregon Tech Online before signing up for any non-Oregon Tech classes to be sure the class that you're taking will be accepted for credit at Oregon Tech. Some classes may have the same number such as SPE 111 but not actually be the same class you need to take to complete your Oregon Tech degree. 

If you do not see the degree you are interested in, check out Online Degree Programs: Online degrees from Note that clicking on this link will close the Oregon Tech website and open a new website.