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•Can I attend community college if I am not a high school graduate? Yes, if you are over 18 years of age and meet the other eligibility requirements. By special arrangement, some students may attend community college while still in high school. Click on Community College Info and Resources on the Home Page of this site.
•Can I receive financial aid to attend community college if I am an undocumented immigrant? Yes, undocumented students may be eligible for enrollment fee waivers (California Promise or BOGFW), EOP&S benefits, and Cal Grants by taking advantage of provisions in the California Dream Act (AB540). Click on Financial Aid on the Home Page of this site.
•What is the assessment test? Math and English assessment tests are part of the enrollment and orientation process at every California community college. They help to place students in the appropriate Math and English course levels. Students should be sure to take these tests. They are required in order to enroll in Math and English courses. Test results can be appealed.
•I am a new student and I have heard that it is difficult to find classes that are open. What do I do? If classes are closed, use your ROAD MAP TO SUCCESS to select other classes that meet the same requirements. Be sure to check for needed prerequisites. Be sure to enroll in something. Your registration priority will improve with each semester successfully completed.
General steps to “crash” a closed course:
A. Contact the instructor and ask if they might accept crashers for their course, and what the policy is. Find their contact information on the school web site by searching the “Directory.” Politeness will work in your favor. Usually, you will be required to attend the first 1-2 lectures and sign a waiting list.
B. If you do not receive a reply, attend the first day of class anyway. If the instructor does not announce the crashing policy, ask after class is over.
C. If the instructor wishes to admit you, he or she will give you an “add code.” Log onto the registration system and enter the Section Number and “add code” to bypass the closed course message. If the instructor does not give you an add code, you will not be able to add the course.
•I need help with English. What do I do? First, talk to your English instructor to find out about available resources on your campus. Most community colleges have a writing center. Find out where it is from your instructor. Many community colleges also offer “learning assistance” courses that you can take in the writing center or computer lab. Finally, there are many great and FREE online English tutoring web sites. Click on Important Links on the Home Page of this site for more information on these tutoring web sites.
•I need help with Math. What do I do? First, talk to your Math instructor to find out about available resources on your campus. Every community college has a Math tutoring lab. Find out where it is from your instructor. Many community colleges also offer “learning assistance” courses that you can take in the Math or Computer labs. Finally, there are many great and FREE online Math tutoring web sites. Click on Important Links on the Home Page of this site for more information on these tutoring web sites.
•Do I need to have an Associate Degree in order to transfer to a four year university? UC’s, CSU’s, and most universities in California do not require an Associate Degree for -admission. However, some out-of state or private institutions may. You should check with those institutions. By meeting transfer requirements you may already qualify for a degree without taking additional classes. HAVING THE DEGREE IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR FUTURE!
•Can I receive credits toward my degree or certificate from another community college? Yes, you will need to send an official transcript from the community college(s) that you attended to the admissions and records office of the community college from which you wish to graduate. They may not count all of your credits. IMPORTANT NOTE: In the Los Angeles Community College District you can freely transfer courses between District campuses. In fact, many students attend two colleges in the District simultaneously in order to get all of the classes they need. Your registration priority and enrollment procedures will be the same for all campuses in the District. You can even look for all of the open classes in all of the District campuses my going to the web site LA Colleges.net. http://www.lacolleges.net/class_offerings.
•When should I consider dropping a class? Talk over the matter with your instructor. Every community college has two drop dates. The first date comes early in the semester. If you drop before this date, you may be eligible for a tuition refund and your transcript will have no record of your takking the class. The second date corresponds to the last day that you can drop a class and receive a grade of (W). After that date, your professor must issue you a letter grade or an incomplete. IMORTANT NOTE: A new rule applies that allows a student to take a course a maximum of three times. After that, the student must take the course in another community college district. Also, community colleges require that you complete 50% of your coursework in two primary semesters (i.e. spring/fall) in order to maintain financial aid eligibility. Think carefully before dropping classes!
•Will an instructor automatically drop me if I stop attending class? NO! You should never assume that you will be automatically dropped from a class. Remember to drop classes by the drop deadlines listed in the college Schedule of Classes.
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