Definition of a Correspondence Course

According to Title 34 § 600.2 of the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, a correspondence course is:

  1. A “home study” course provided by an institution under which the institution provides instructional materials, including examinations on the materials, to students who are not physically attending classes at the institution. When students complete a portion of the instructional materials, the students take the examinations that relate to that portion of the materials, and return the examinations to the institution for grading.
  2. A home study course that provides instruction in whole or in part through the use of video cassettes or video discs in an award year is a correspondence course unless the institution also delivers the instruction on the cassette or disc to students physically attending classes at the institution during the same award year.
  3. If a course is part correspondence and part residential training, the Secretary considers the course to be a correspondence course.

According to Title 34 e-CFR § 600.2, a telecommunications course is:

A course offered principally through the use of one or a combination of technologies including television, audio, or computer transmission through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, or satellite; audio conferencing; computer conferencing; or video cassettes or discs to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and to support regular and substantive interaction between these students and the instructor, either synchronously or asynchronously. The term does not include a course that is delivered using video cassettes or disc recordings unless that course is delivered to students physically attending classes at the institution providing the course during the same award year. If the course does not qualify as a telecommunications course, it is considered to be a correspondence course.