Spring semester is off to a swift start at Salt Lake Community College.
To make sure you are taking the classes you want to take, all students need to be aware of a few important dates on the academic calendar. If you registered for the wrong class, or if the class is not what you expected, you are able to drop or add classes prior to certain deadlines established by SLCC.
“The college has policies and procedures in place so that we can make sure students are starting in a timely manner and they can get their books and their financial aid in place,” says Verl Long, assistant director of Academic and Career Advising.
For the 2018 spring semester, students need to remember the following deadlines:
- Wednesday, Jan. 17: Last day to add classes
- Wednesday, Jan. 24: Tuition due date
- Monday, Jan. 29: Last day to drop classes (100% refund)
- Tuesday, March 13: Last day to withdraw (no refund)
“The date to withdraw and get a full refund is early in the semester. Once you get past that, then the college figures that you’re invested in the course. So, beyond [Jan. 29] you can still withdraw [until March 13] but you wouldn’t get a refund,” Long says.
However, Financial Aid advisor Melissa Stephan warns students there are consequences for withdrawing from classes.
“Withdraws affect their academic satisfaction progress,” she says. “We have to look at [a student’s] earned and their attempted hours. We take their earned hours and divide them by their attempted hours. If they’re below 70 percent of their pace rate, they [receive] a warning if it’s their first time. Then, they have one semester to get it over the 70 percent. If they don’t, then they are not available for financial aid anymore.”
Make sure you get your tuition paid by Wednesday, Jan. 24. Long explains missing the tuition due date can be problematic, as a hold will be placed on your account and you will not be allowed to register for classes or request transcripts.
Long recommends students keep a planner or add the dates into their smartphone to make certain they do not miss them. Also, the bookstore sells academic calendars for the entire school year to conveniently keep at home or work.