The deadline for admission to Sampson Community College is quickly approaching.
Those students who are seeking admission into a diploma or degree program at the local community college are being encouraged by school officials to apply for admission on or before May 1 for the fall semester classes.
According to Janna Bass, project coordinator for the college, meeting this deadline allows students time to complete and process financial aid applications, which are not available to students who are enrolled as a special credit student. The college’s website provides detailed information on deadlines for general admission as well as admission into specialized programs such as nursing.
Bass, along with SCC president Dr. Paul Hutchins, feels Sampson Community has a lot to offer local students.
“Sampson Community College is a great choice for students, because as our slogan indicates, you can begin here and go anywhere,” Hutchins said. “SCC provides personal attention, an outstanding faculty, small class sizes, low tuition costs and student support services that enable students to achieve their educational goals”
According to Hutchins, articulation agreements are in place that provide clear pathways to transfer to state universities. The knowledge and skills students develop at SCC provide the foundation needed to transfer to a state university, enter the world of work or to sharpen skills for advancement opportunities in the workplace.
During the spring graduation scheduled for May, the college expects to recognize over 240 students. Last year, during the spring graduation, only 208 students were recognized. And according to Blair Hairr, dean of student services, those numbers are projected to grow.
“It is anticipated that the expected number of graduates in May 2016 is higher than last year,” Hairr said. “Other students completing certificate programs, which encompass a number of specialized programs, do not participate in the college-wide graduation exercises.”
According to Bass, students wanting to enroll on a course by course basis without seeking admission into a program of study, the college requires the completion of online application and, depending upon the course(s) selected, may require transcripts of high school or previous college work. Special credit students are also asked to schedule a meeting with the director of admissions prior to enrolling.
Students seeking admission into a program of study will also need to complete placement testing and provide high school transcripts and transcripts of any post-secondary coursework they wish to have recognized by SCC. Specialized programs such as nursing and Basic Law Enforcement have additional requirements.
Additionally, the college provides a number of classes each summer in arts and sciences that may be transferred to institutions in the University of North Carolina System (UGETC classes) as well as private colleges.
“University students who come home this summer will have the opportunity to take college courses for about a third of what the same course would cost at a four-year institution,” Carole Phipps, division chair for Arts and Science, said. “Some of these courses will not require textbooks, lessening the financial burden of earning a degree. In addition, 70 percent of the transferable courses offered this summer will be in the online format, making it easier for students to take a couple of classes and still work part-time.”
According to Marleen Powell, director of financial aid, Federal Pell Grant Funds may be available for students during the summer semester. If a student has not previously applied for financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year, they will need to apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Powell added, that before students can be awarded Summer Federal Pell Grant Awards they will need to make sure that they have successfully completed all admission requirements.
In addition to financial aid, students are encouraged to submit their application for the SCC Foundation scholarship by Friday, April 15. By completing this single application, students will be eligible for all potential SCC foundation awards for the 2016-2017 academic year.
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