Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are JSOL credits transferable?

A: JSOL is a division of Hebrew Theological College, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. As an accredited institution, students have been able to transfer HTC credits to many colleges and universities around the world. JSOL courses may be used to fulfill elective or general studies requirements, according to each college's rules. Please contact the Office of the Registrar or appropriate department at your college to discuss credit transfer policy to ensure a smooth transfer of credit. Upon completion of the course, students can request a transcript from Hebrew Theological College.

Q: How much do JSOL courses cost?

A: Tuition for a three-credit JSOL course is $1320 (as of 8/1/13.) In addition, there is a $100 technology fee for each JSOL course you enroll in. There is also a registration fee of $25 for students enrolled in 1 JSOL course; $50 registration fee for students enrolled in 2 or 3 JSOL courses; $80 for four or more JSOL courses.

Q: Is financial aid available for JSOL classes?

A: HTC does not offer any scholarships for JSOL classes. Financial aid may be available through the Federal government Pell Grant program, Federal Student Loans, and for Illinois residents the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP). Please visit or HTC's own Financial Aid Office webpage for eligibility requirements.

Q. Can I take a JSOL course even if I am coming to HTC later in the school year?

A: Of course! Enrolling in JSOL courses before coming on campus is a great way to start earning credits toward your degree! Please contact Dr. Shkop (Blitstein Institute-Women's Division)  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Rabbi Yitzhak (Beis Midrash-Men's Division)  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to discuss which JSOL courses are right for you!

Q. How long do IEP students have to comply with their agreement to a “Capstone Course” on-line or on-campus?

A: IEP students are expected to take a “Capstone Course” either on-line through JSOL or on-campus in the fall following their participation on IEP.

Q: How much time does each course require?

A: JSOL courses are college-level classes, which require time and effort. Expect to spend several hours each week on the required readings and other assignments. Courses may have more reading and writing assignments than an on-campus course. The work might include web-based multimedia components, readings, threaded discussions, multiple choice tests, essays, and exams.

Q: How do JSOL's on-line classes work? Do I need special hardware or software?

A: All JSOL courses are offered asynchronously through a web-based platform called, so you can access your class any time of day or night from any computer with access to the Internet. You may be required to install a web-browser based plug-in. While you can login to class according to your own schedule, you will have weekly assignments, papers, quizzes, and exams. After you register, approximately two weeks before the beginning of the semester, you will receive a link to the class website as well as a login and password. You will be automatically enrolled in a student tutorial to familiarize yourself with our on-line class software. A help desk is available 24 hours a day help you with technical issues

Q: How often do I need to log into the class?

A: Typically, each class will have assignments posted on a weekly basis. Therefore, you will need to be able to access the Internet at least once per week. All assignments must be submitted through the JSOL system. Some assignments will be locked out once the time to submit the assignment has passed. On average, most students felt that they required between 1-4 hours online each week (depending on if students printed or saved reading assignments to their personal computers).

Q: Do I need an e-mail address for JSOL?

A: Yes. The primary method of corresponding with students is via e-mail. Additionally, for security purposes, the username and password of each student is sent directly to the student by the system.

Q: How do I register for a JSOL course?

A: The registration form is available online. Complete the form and fax your registration, with payment, to our office at (847) 982-2507, Attention: JSOL. You will receive a confirmation of enrollment from the Registrar's office and your login and password will be sent to you through email.

Q: Who are the instructors?

A: JSOL employees highly qualified instructors with many years of combined teaching experience. Please check our website for the full list of instructors.

Q: What courses are being offered during Fall 2013?

A: Check our website in July 2013 for the full course bulletin.

Q: Where can I go for more information?

A: Visit our website; Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with any questions you have regarding our courses or registration; or call 1-888-576-JSOL (5765), or 773-359-3402.  

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