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Parents & Counselors
Parents & Guardians
Questions? Here are some popular ones – including answers!
Becoming informed means getting the answers to some basic questions. We’ve talked with a lot of parents, guardians and guidance counselors over the years, and here are some of the questions we hear most often:
- How does my student get started?
- What if my student just wants to take a summer class?
- What can I do to help my student be successful at SCC?
- Why can’t SCC tell me anything about my student?
- How do I get a copy of my student’s grades?
- How much does it cost to attend SCC?
- How do we apply for financial aid?
- Where’s the class schedule?
- When’s the registration deadline? And when is tuition due?
- How does my student get help with scheduling?
- What’s the College Success Seminar (College 101)?
How does my student get started?
Enrolling is simple – SCC maintains an open admissions policy, which means everyone is accepted to the college. (But there may be some additional admissions criteria for some academic programs!)
The first step is to complete the admissions application, which can be completed at any time of year. You can find step-by-step instructions here.
What if my student just wants to take a summer class?
Getting registered just takes a few easy steps.
- Apply for admission here (unless you have applied previously).
- View our current course listings on SCC Connection. Click on “Search for Courses.” Summer courses can be viewed starting the first week of March.
- Complete page one of the registration form, scan it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If a course requires a prerequisite please include an unofficial copy of your transcript.
That’s it! Payment for summer courses will be due by 7 p.m. May 31, 2016.
What can I do to help my student be successful at SCC?
Your student is now responsible for his or her education, and will have to make decisions, take responsibility and be accountable for his or her actions. For many students, this is a new experience.
As a family member or counselor, you can help and support your student by listening and encouraging him or her to make their own decisions and to seek help when they need it.
SCC has a ton of great student services designed to help your student succeed – after all, nobody expects them to have all the answers straight out of the gate.
Why can’t SCC tell me anything about my student?
As a parent of a child in high school, you were probably used to having access to your student’s records – but it’s different in college. Under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), once the student enrolls at a college, the rights to privacy transfer directly to the student. Yes, even if you’re the one paying the bills.
The student is the only one who can authorize access to his or her records.
How do I get a copy of my student’s grades?
In short, unless you ask your student directly, you can’t. Under FERPA, we can’t give them to you, and we don’t mail report cards. Students can access their grades using SCC Connection, an online resource and communications system at SCC.
How much does it cost to attend SCC?
Community college is an amazing education value – you get the same quality of education at a much lower cost. Still, tuition costs depend on where you live – in St. Charles County, you pay in-district tuition. Otherwise, you pay out-of-district (or out-of-state) fees. Current tuition and fees are listed here.
How do we apply for financial aid?
It’s not as hard as you might think. The first step is to set up an FSA ID and password then complete the Free Application for Student Federal Aid (FAFSA). Complete instructions and links are located in the Financial Aid section.
Where’s the class schedule?
Right here – in SCC Connection. It’s in real-time, and you don’t need to complete either the course level or the start on/after date form fields. And if you’re looking for the college catalog, here’s the link.
When’s the registration deadline? And when is tuition due?
The dates vary from semester to semester, but typically, fall and summer registration begins in April and spring registration begins in October. For the most current dates, visit the academic calendar.
How does my student get help with scheduling?
Academic counselors are available to help your student understand degree requirements and select courses based on his or her goals. For more information, visit the academic advising section.
What’s the College Success Seminar (College 101)?
Just what it sounds like – College 101. In this class, your student will learn about the college, library services, other support services, the importance of a student ID, SCC Connection and other systems they’ll need to make their way around and be successful.
From College 101, students walk away with insight and skills that will benefit them the rest of their academic (and professional) careers, including: financial literacy, time management and study skills, degree planning, navigating SCC and career planning information.
Are you a quick study? Time to learn more about what makes SCC so special, not only to our students, but to our community as well – get some fast facts about SCC.
Are you an overachiever? Check out our tips for college success to help your student break the learning curve.