Frequently Asked Questions Q: Are there tutors available if I have trouble with any of my classes, especially math? A: Yes, the Peer Tutoring Center, located in CRC-D, offers free tutoring to all IVCC students in almost all subject areas. Call 815-2240479 to arrange your tutoring session. Q: How can I be certain my classes will transfer to a four-year college or university? A: Our Counselors can assist you with selecting the right courses. The Counseling Center, located in E-201, also has transfer guide sheets from most Illinois four-year colleges. Q: Do I buy or rent my textbooks? A: You can buy textbooks from the IVCC bookstore located in the Main Building C, to the right of the Lobby. Some textbooks may be available for rental. Q: I have a disability. Where can I receive reasonable accommodations? A: The Disability Services Office at IVCC assists students in achieving success in their college classes. At IVCC, professional staff and faculty, along with many academic and adaptive support services, are available to help students meet their individual special needs. For more information, contact Special Needs Coordinators: Tina Hardy 815-224-0284 or Judy Mika 815-224-0350. back | home | next
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FAFSA (Federal Financial Aid) Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) each year. • Use 2016 tax returns for 2018-2019 FAFSA. Be sure to use the IRS Retrieval Tool. If you are selected for Federal Verification, your tax transcript will have already been provided to the college which will save time and effort. • Bergen Community College must be listed as one of your college choices. The school code is #004736. • If you need help, attend one of the 2018-2019 FAFSA Workshops at Bergen Community College, or view the “ 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA” Video Tutorial. • Check Bergen Community College to see the Office of Financial Aid emailed you via your student email advising you were selected for Federal Verification. If selected, submit all documents required by the Office of Financial Aid via scanning process. You should receive an email confirmation within an hour advising that your documents were successfully scanned. • Check in Correspondence/My Documents in your Bergen Community College student portal to be sure you aren’t missing any documents. If your FAFSA is not listed in My Documents, the financial aid review process cannot begin. • Check Bergen Community College student email and student portal to be sure the Office of Financial Aid either sent you an award letter or an email stating you do not qualify for Financial Aid which signifies your file is complete. • Access How to be Sure Your Federal Financial Aid Review is Complete. 10
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Applying For Financial Aid Complete a 2018-2019 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Go to: www.fafsa.ed.gov Follow the instructions as directed. Our FAFSA school code is: 016024. If you need a FSA ID # go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid.     As a medical student, you are now considered an independent student on the FAFSA. This means you are no longer required to provide parent information on your FAFSA, nor does TTUHSC require you to provide your parental information on your FAFSA. Your FAFSA data will be sent to our office once it has been processed. Please allow 5 business days for the data to be reviewed and processed. You will receive an email from the Student Financial Aid Office if we need any additional information to finish processing your file. All Student Financial Aid emails are sent to your TTUHSC Student Email Account. Please be sure to check this account for correspondence from our office.
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Resources for NJ STARS Students Bergen Community College’s NJ STARS Webpages at www.bergen.edu/njstars •Information for High School Students and Graduates •Eligibility Requirements for New and Transfer Students •How to Apply to the NJ STARS Program •Contact NJ STARS Representative •Current Students •Events •FAQs •News and Social Media •NJ STARS II •Resources •RSVP for NJ STARS Events •Student Testimonials BCC NJ STARS Documents •2018-2019 NJ STARS Application Process Checklist •NJ STARS Program - New Student Application/Contract-Fall 2018/Spring 2019 •BCC NJ STARS Brochure NJ STARS Official NJCCC Website Step-by-Step Guides to Complete Financial Aid Process •Federal Financial Aid Review Process (FAFSA) •State-Based Financial Aid Review Process (HESAA) FAFSA- Federal Financial Aid •FAFSA website (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) •7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2018-2019 FAFSA(Department of Education) •7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA Video Tutorial HESAA (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority) State-Based Financial Aid) •HESAA Student Portal/website (NJFAMS) •Additional HESAA Forms and Instructions •HESAA NJ STARS Brochure •NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2018 High School Graduates •NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2017 High School Graduates •NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2016 High School Graduates NJ STARS of Bergen Community College Social Media •Facebook (@bccnjstars): Register for NJ STARS Events and Like page and receive notifications for early registration, etc. •Twitter (@njstarsofbcc): Follow us on Twitter and receive notifications for early registration, etc. •Pinterest (njstarsofbcc): Follow us on Pinterest and get great information such as How to Succeed in College, College Note Taking & Studying, Leadership, Scholarship Opportunities and much more! •Instagram (njstarsofbcc): Follow up on Instagram to see the latest photos of NJ STARS students at Bergen Community College. 38
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Financial Information Now that I know about costs, how do I pay for my classes? Payment Options After the initial payment due date, anyone registering must pay by the Wednesday following registration. Wednesday registrations would be due that day. Students with any type of financial aid including tuition waivers, scholarships, loans, grants, etc.... must contact the cashier department to have their tuition deferred. Failure to do so will result in classes being dropped for non-payment.There are six methods for payment of classes: 1. Payment Plan/Full payment: payment plans are available online with eCashier. To learn more about payment plans visit the eCashier site or contact the Cashier at 815-224-0213. 2. In person: The Cashier’s Office is located in the Main Lobby - C building. 3. By mail: (Please allow 3-5 business days)IVCC - Attn. Cashier815 N. Orlando Smith Ave.Oglesby, IL 613484. 4. Tuition Drop Box: Drop off payments in the drop box located at the front entrance below the "IVCC welcomes you" sign. 5. By phone: credit card payments can be made by phone at 815- 224-0213. Visa, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted. 6. By fax: credit card information may be faxed to 815-224-6091. Please include student account number (or social security number), credit card number, expiration date and name of card holder. back | home | next
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Frequently Asked Questions Q: I took a class in high school and received college credit for it. What do I do about that? A: IVCC courses are transferable to other colleges and universities, but subject to the course acceptance policies of the transfer college. You are encouraged to meet with an IVCC Counselor to explore transfer issues, particularly to the University of Illinois and to private or out-of-state colleges. Our courses that are offered at your high school meet the IVCC General Education requirements, as well as those requirements established by the statewide Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). Q: Where can I go for help to improve my test taking, writing and study skills? A: Visit our Writing Center located in CRC-D or call 815-224-0335 for free service to those who need assistance with the writing process.Assistant to improve academic skills is available through the Reading, Writing and Study Skills Lab, located in B-201. The lab offers a variety of courses in Reading, English and Study Skills. Most courses are one credit hour, are pass/fail, and can be started at any time during the semester. For further information, contact Jennifer Bubb at 815-224-0277. back | home | next
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HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System) is a distr file sys for commodity hdwr. Differences from other distr file sys are few but significant. HDFS is highly fault-tolerant and is designed to be deployed on low-cost hardware. HDFS provides hi thruput access to app data and is suitable for apps that have large data sets. HDFS relaxes a few POSIX requirements to enable streaming access to file system data. HDFS originally was infrastructure for Apache Nutch web search engine project, is part of Apache Hadoop Core http://hadoop.apache.org/core/ 2.1. Hardware Failure Hardware failure is the normal. An HDFS may consist of hundreds or thousands of server machines, each storing part of the file system’s data. There are many components and each component has a non-trivial prob of failure means that some component of HDFS is always non-functional. Detection of faults and quick, automatic recovery from them is core arch goal of HDFS. 2.2. Streaming Data Access Applications that run on HDFS need streaming access to their data sets. They are not general purpose applications that typically run on general purpose file systems. HDFS is designed more for batch processing rather than interactive use by users. The emphasis is on high throughput of data access rather than low latency of data access. POSIX imposes many hard requirements not needed for applications that are targeted for HDFS. POSIX semantics in a few key areas has been traded to increase data throughput rates. 2.3. Large Data Sets Apps on HDFS have large data sets, typically gigabytes to terabytes in size. Thus, HDFS is tuned to support large files. It provides high aggregate data bandwidth and scale to hundreds of nodes in a single cluster. It supports ~10 million files in a single instance. 2.4. Simple Coherency Model: HDFS apps need a write-once-read-many access model for files. A file once created, written, and closed need not be changed. This assumption simplifies data coherency issues and enables high throughput data access. A Map/Reduce application or a web crawler application fits perfectly with this model. There is a plan to support appending-writes to files in future [write once read many at file level] 2.5. “Moving Computation is Cheaper than Moving Data” A computation requested by an application is much more efficient if it is executed near the data it operates on. This is especially true when the size of the data set is huge. This minimizes network congestion and increases the overall throughput of the system. The assumption is that it is often better to migrate the computation closer to where the data is located rather than moving the data to where the app is running. HDFS provides interfaces for applications to move themselves closer to where the data is located. 2.6. Portability Across Heterogeneous Hardware and Software Platforms: HDFS has been designed to be easily portable from one platform to another. This facilitates widespread adoption of HDFS as a platform of choice for a large set of applications. 3. NameNode and DataNodes: HDFS has a master/slave architecture. An HDFS cluster consists of a single NameNode, a master server that manages the file system namespace and regulates access to files by clients. In addition, there are a number of DataNodes, usually one per node in the cluster, which manage storage attached to the nodes that they run on. HDFS exposes a file system namespace and allows user data to be stored in files. Internally, a file is 1 blocks stored in a set of DataNodes. The NameNode executes file system namespace operations like opening, closing, and renaming files and directories. It also determines the mapping of blocks to DataNodes. The DataNodes are responsible for serving read and write requests from the file system’s clients. The DataNodes also perform block creation, deletion, and replication upon instruction The NameNode and DataNode are pieces of software designed to run on commodity machines, typically run GNU/Linux operating system (OS). HDFS is built using the Java language; any machine that supports Java can run the NameNode or the DataNode software. Usage of the highly portable Java language means that HDFS can be deployed on a wide range of machines. A typical deployment has a dedicated machine that runs only the NameNode software. Each of the other machines in the cluster runs one instance of the DataNode software. The architecture does not preclude running multiple DataNodes on the same machine but in a real deployment that is rarely the case. The existence of a single NameNode in a cluster greatly simplifies the architecture of the system. The NameNode is the arbitrator and repository for all HDFS metadata. The system is designed in such a way that user data never flows through the NameNode. 4. The File System Namespace: HDFS supports a traditional hierarchical file organization. A user or an application can create directories and store files inside these directories. The file system namespace hierarchy is similar to most other existing file systems; one can create and remove files, move a file from one directory to another, or rename a file. HDFS does not yet implement user quotas or access permissions. HDFS does not support hard links or soft links. However, the HDFS architecture does not preclude implementing these features. The NameNode maintains the file system namespace. Any change to the file system namespace or its properties is recorded by the NameNode. An application can specify the number of replicas of a file that should be maintained by HDFS. The number of copies of a file is called the replication factor of that file. This info is stored by NameNode. 5. Data Replication: HDFS is designed to reliably store very large files across machines in a large cluster. It stores each file as a sequence of blocks; all blocks in a file except the last block are the same size. The blocks of a file are replicated for fault tolerance. The block size and replication factor are configurable per file. An application can specify the number of replicas of a file. The replication factor can be specified at file creation time and can be changed later. Files in HDFS are write-once and have strictly one writer at any time. The NameNode makes all decisions regarding replication of blocks. It periodically receives a Heartbeat and a Blockreport from each of the DataNodes in the cluster. Receipt of a Heartbeat implies that the DataNode is functioning properly. A Blockreport contains a list of all blocks on a DataNode
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FAFSA (Federal Financial Aid) Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) each year. •Use 2016 tax returns for 2018-2019 FAFSA. Be sure to use the IRS Retrieval Tool. If you are selected for Federal Verification, your tax transcript will have already been provided to the college which will save time and effort. •Bergen Community College must be listed as one of your college choices. The school code is #004736. •If you need help, attend one of the 2018-2019 FAFSA Workshops at Bergen Community College, or view the “ 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA” Video Tutorial. •Periodically check your BCC student email to see if the Office of Financial Aid emailed you advising you were selected for Federal Verification. •Check your Financial Aid status in the new Self Service section of WebAdvisor to be sure you aren’t missing any documents and that your financial aid review process is complete, and if so, review and accept your Financial Aid Award Package. •Login with your BCC username and password and scan all required documents via the Office of Financial Aid scanners in Room A-128. You should receive an email confirmation within an hour advising that your documents were successfully scanned. •For detailed instructions, please access Federal Financial Aid Review Process (FAFSA): PowerPoint presentation or PDF version. To view the presentation, click “Enable Editing”, then click “Enable Content”. All links in the presentation and pdf version are clickable and videos are playable. 14
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What’s Next? If you completed your FAFSA online, then the U.S. Department of Education will process your application within 3-5 days. If you submitted a paper FAFSA, your application will be processed within 7-10 days. • Once your application is processed, you will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA. Review your SAR and make sure all of the information is complete and accurate. • If there is any missing or incorrect information, then you should complete or correct your FAFSA as soon as possible. • Your SAR will include your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC determines your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, and the college uses the EFC to assess your eligibility for other federal and nonfederal student aid. • Once your FAFSA is processed by Federal Student Aid, your SAR is sent to the colleges that you listed on your FAFSA. Each college will use the information on your SAR to determine your eligibility for federal and nonfederal student aid. The colleges you listed are responsible for creating your award package and disbursing your financial aid. 9
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Financial Aid Annual Process Beginning October 1 of each year: Student completes new year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov TTUHSC receives FAFSA data from the Federal processor electronically. March: TTUHSC begins sending missing information emails to the student if additional documents are needed. Student returns those necessary documents to complete the financial aid file. May: TTUHSC emails award notice to the student. The award offer outlines the programs and funding the student is eligible to receive for the school year. Student completes the Federal Direct Loan Application process for the year. (only for students borrowing Federal Direct Loans). Student completes Grad Plus/Alternative loan application (only for students borrowing one of these loans) 10 days prior to the start of each semester: Student Business Services (SBS) Tuition Due date—ONLY for students not receiving Financial Aid 10 days prior to the start of each semester: • Federal Direct Loan and alternative loan processing service electronically sends loan funds to the school • Financial aid funds (loans, grants, & scholarships) are posted towards student’s tuition accounts The week before the start of each semester: • HSC SBS Office sends any refunds to student based on student’s refund preference. st
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Helpful Links Bergen Community College’s NJ STARS Webpages •Information for High School Students and Graduates •Eligibility Requirements for New and Transfer Students4 •How to Apply to the NJ STARS Program •Contact the MK STARS Representative •Current Students •Events •FAQs •News and Social Media •NJ STARS II •Resources •RSVP for NJ STARS Events •Student Testimonials Bergen Community College NJ STARS Documents •2018-2019 NJ STARS Application Process Checklist •NJ STARS PowerPoint Presentation •BCC NJ STARS Brochure FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) FAFSA Website FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Website 2018-2019 FAFSA Workshops at Bergen Community College 7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2018-2019 FAFSA(Department of Education) 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA Video Tutorial HESAA (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority – State of NJ Aid) •New HESAA Student Portal and Website (NJFAMS)– •Additional HESAA Forms and Instructions •HESAA NJ STARS Brochure •NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2018 High School Graduates •NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2017 High School Graduates •NJ STARS Fact Sheet for 2016 High School Graduates NJ STARS Official NJCCC Website NJ STARS of Bergen Community College Social Media •Facebook (@bccnjstars): Register for NJ STARS Events and Like page and receive notifications for early registration, etc. •Twitter(@njstarsofbcc): Follow us on Twitter and receive notifications for early registration, etc. •Pinterest (njstarsofbcc): Follow us on Pinterest and get great information such as How to Succeed in College, College Note Taking & Studying, Leadership, Scholarship Opportunities and much more! •Instagram (njstarsofbcc): Follow up on Instagram to see the latest photos of NJ STARS students at Bergen Community College. 21
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Financial Information Financial Aid Things to Know Did you know… That you can lose your federal financial aid if you do not meet Standards of Progress-ie. You must pass 66.6% of all college courses ever taken, and you cannot be academically suspended. That you can appeal your loss of financial aid provided you have documentation of extenuating circumstances such as severe illness or change of program. However, you should make the Appeal immediately upon receipt of your letter so you can be sure to get an answer in a timely manner. Write your appeal using the form provided by the Financial Aid Office, have a Counselor review it (required) and submit it to the IVCC Director of Financial Aid. That you must re-apply for financial aid Every Year - apply in the Spring for the upcoming Fall through Summer terms. Be sure to visit with the IVCC Financial Aid Counselors for more help and information. back | home | next
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Federal Regulation Agencies Consumer ConsumerProduct Product Safety Commission Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov http://www.cpsc.gov Department Departmentof ofLabor Labor http://www.dol.gov http://www.dol.gov Environmental EnvironmentalProtection ProtectionAgency Agency http://www.epa.gov http://www.epa.gov Equal EqualEmployment Employment Opportunity OpportunityCommission Commission Federal FederalCommunications Communications Commission Commission 3.4 http://www.eeoc.gov http://www.eeoc.gov http://www.fcc.gov http://www.fcc.gov Federal FederalReserve ReserveSystem System http://www.federalreserve.gov http://www.federalreserve.gov Federal FederalTrade TradeCommission Commission http://www.ftc.gov http://www.ftc.gov Food Foodand andDrug DrugAdministration Administration http://www.fda.gov http://www.fda.gov National NationalLabor LaborRelations RelationsBoard Board http://www. http://www.nlrb.gov nlrb.gov Occupational OccupationalSafety Safetyand and Health Administration Health Administration Securities Securitiesand andExchange Exchange Commission Commission http://www.osha.gov http://www.osha.gov http://www.sec.gov http://www.sec.gov 22
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! The 2.0 Graduation Policy Want to graduate? First, You Must Apply For Graduation. Pick up the “Intent to Graduate” form in the Office of Admissions/Records and submit it by the deadline below: Semester Month of Graduation Intent Form Due Summer Graduation August July 1 Fall Graduation December October 1 Spring Graduation May February There is no computer in the sky that automatically knows you have completed all your coursework since programs of study change from year to year. Secondly, there are several requirements for graduation. One that we’d like for you to especially be aware of is the 2.0 Graduation Policy. You must have successfully completed all required courses for the Associate and/or Certificate desired and have the required minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Further, you must have taken at least 16 hours of academic coursework at IVCC to graduate with an Associate Degree from IVCC, and/or you must have completed at IVCC at least 25% of the coursework required of your certificate program to graduate from IVCC. In doubt about CGPA? See the “Your GPA section” of this orientation! back | home | next
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5. Mean projections and mean student scores are calculated. Student Projection1 Student Score 1 Student Projection 2 Student Score 2 Student Projection 3 Student Score 3 Student Projection 4 Student Score 4 Student Projection 5 Your School Student Score 5 Student Projection 6 Student Score 6 Student Projection 7 Student Score 7 Student Projection 8 Student Score 8 Student Projection 9 Student Score 9 Student Projection 10 Student Score 10 Student Projection 11 Student Score 11 Student Projection 12 Student Score 12 Student Projection 13 Student Score 13 Student Projection 14 Student Score 14 Student Projection 15 Student Score 15 Student Projection 16 Student Score 16 Student Projection 17 Student Score 17 Student Projection 18 Student Score 18 Student Projection 19 Student Score 19 Student Projection 20 Student Score 20 Mean Projected Score Mean Student Score Copyright © 2003. Battelle for Kids
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NJ STARS Award • Students who are awarded enough federal and/or state-based financial aid to pay the tuition portion of their bill are considered “unfunded” NJ STARS students. Unfunded NJ STARS students are not awarded NJ STARS scholarships, however the federal and state financial aid process must be completed each academic year by posted deadlines to qualify for NJ STARS II scholarships. • NJ TAG (New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant) is a state-based financial aid award, and NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) is a merit based award. Some students may receive both but they are two totally different awards. • Students who are awarded NJ TAG must complete their FAFSA and the New Jersey Additional Application Questions by April 15th each year or they may temporarily or permanently become ineligible for NJ STARS scholarships. New and continuing students who did not receive NJ TAG have more time to complete the process but should still do so early in case any issues arise. • As long as the financial aid review process is complete for both federal and state financial aid, and students are in good standing, students who are not awarded financial aid, and students who are awarded only partial federal and/or state financial aid will see an Estimated NJ STARS award in the financial aid section of their BCC student portal. • Estimated awards will not be shown until all NJ STARS students are certified on HESAA Roster which is usually sometime in late November during Fall semesters, and sometime in late April during Spring semesters. • Once an estimated award appears in the BCC student portal, you should also see the award in the HESAA student portal. It will first show as unpaid but when a green dollar sign appears, the NJ STARS payment has been made to Bergen Community College. • Students who receive NJ STARS scholarships will first see an “Estimated” NJ STARS award in their student portal. Please do not accept estimated awards. Once applied to your bill, the award will no longer show as estimated. 25
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NJ STARS Award • Students who are awarded enough federal and/or state-based financial aid to pay the tuition portion of their bill are considered “unfunded” NJ STARS students. Unfunded NJ STARS students are not awarded NJ STARS scholarships, however the federal and state financial aid process must be completed each academic year by published deadlines to qualify for NJ STARS II scholarships. • NJ TAG (New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant) is a state-based financial aid award, and NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) is a merit based award. Some students may receive both but they are two totally different awards. • Students who are awarded NJ TAG must complete their FAFSA and the New Jersey Additional Application Questions by April 15th each year or they may temporarily or permanently become ineligible for NJ STARS scholarships. New and continuing students who did not receive NJ TAG have more time to complete the process but should still do so early in case any issues arise. • As long as the financial aid review process is complete for both federal and state financial aid, and students are in good standing, students who are not awarded financial aid, and students who are awarded only partial federal and/or state financial aid will see an Estimated NJ STARS award in the financial aid section of their BCC student portal. • Estimated awards will not be shown until all NJ STARS students are certified on HESAA Roster which is usually sometime in late November during Fall semesters, and sometime in late April during Spring semesters. • Once an estimated award appears in the BCC student portal, you should also see the award in the HESAA student portal. It will first show as unpaid but when a green dollar sign appears, the NJ STARS payment has been made to Bergen Community College. • Students who receive NJ STARS scholarships will first see an “Estimated” NJ STARS award in their student portal. Please do not accept estimated awards. Once applied to your bill, the award will no longer show as estimated. 22
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NJ STARS Award • Students who are awarded enough federal and/or state-based financial aid to pay the tuition portion of their bill are considered “unfunded” NJ STARS students. Unfunded NJ STARS students are not awarded NJ STARS scholarships, however the federal and state financial aid process must be completed each academic year by posted deadlines to qualify for NJ STARS II scholarships. • NJ TAG (New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant) is a state-based financial aid award, and NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) is a merit based award. Some students may receive both but they are two totally different awards. • Students who are awarded NJ TAG must complete their FAFSA and the New Jersey Additional Application Questions by April 15th each year or they may temporarily or permanently become ineligible for NJ STARS scholarships. New and continuing students who did not receive NJ TAG have more time to complete the process but should still do so early in case any issues arise. • As long as the financial aid review process is complete for both federal and state financial aid, and students are in good standing, students who are not awarded financial aid, and students who are awarded only partial federal and/or state financial aid will see an Estimated NJ STARS award in the financial aid section of their BCC student portal. • Estimated awards will not be shown until all NJ STARS students are certified on HESAA Roster which is usually sometime in late November during Fall semesters, and sometime in late April during Spring semesters. • Once an estimated award appears in the BCC student portal, you should also see the award in the HESAA student portal. It will first show as unpaid but when a green dollar sign appears, the NJ STARS payment has been made to Bergen Community College. • Students who receive NJ STARS scholarships will first see an “Estimated” NJ STARS award in their student portal. Please do not accept estimated awards. Once applied to your bill, the award will no longer show as estimated. 13
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HESAA Application for State-Based Aid (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority) Complete the Application for State-Based Financial Aid. The application is considered the Additional New Jersey Application Questions. If you answered the questions at the end of the FAFSA, your application was already received by HESAA and is being processed. To check: • Create a Student Login on the HESAA NJ FAMS Student Portal. • Click “To Do List” on the Home Menu and select the appropriate year in the drop down box if the current academic year is not listed. • Check to see if your FAFSA has been received by HESAA. There will be a green checkmark in the box preceding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if it was received. • If you didn’t answer the Additional New Jersey Application Questions at the end of the FAFSA, the box will be unchecked, but you can click the link to answer the questions and complete the HESAA application. Print a copy for your records. • For detailed instructions, please access State-Based Financial Aid Review Process (HESAA): PowerPoint presentation or PDF version. All links in the presentation and the pdf version are clickable and the videos are 22
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Credit Student Origins High School Graduates GCC Does Regular Outreach to the Following High Schools: Hoover High School Glendale High School La Canada High School Franklin High School Eagle Rock High School Daily High School Crescenta Valley High School Clark Magnet Burroughs High School Burbank Adult School Burbank High School Belmont High School Bell-Jeff High School Los Angeles High School Marshall High School North Hollywood High School Verdugo Hills High School Downtown Magnet Miguel Contreras High School John Francis Poly Taft High School Temple City High School Garfield Campus
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What is FAFSA? (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)  Is a federal application form that needs to be completed if students want to apply for federal student aid  The FAFSA is filled out online at fafsa.gov. Paper FAFSA, FAFSA in Spanish and FAFSA in brail still an option  Filling out the FAFSA is the fist step in the financial aid application process
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Getting Started – First things first! How do you become a student at Illinois Valley Community College? 1. Submit an application for admission. If you have not submitted an application, you can begin the process on-line. Go to http://www.ivcc.edu/apply/ for more information. 2. Complete placement testing. If your ACT English sub score is a 21 or higher, ACT Reading sub score is a 23 or higher and ACT Math sub score is a 22 or higher you are exempt from placement testing. Scores of 24 and 26 in Math will also allow for placement in higher levels of math coursework. If your scores are less than indicated above you may be required to take all or portions of the IVCC placement tests. Individuals will also need to complete a Basic Computer Skills Assessment when taking Placement Tests. For more information go to http://www.ivcc.edu/assessment/placement_test.html. 3. Apply for Financial Aid. 4. Complete this orientation. 5. Meet with a Counselor to schedule your classes and register. Now on with the orientation! back | home | next
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Academic Program Options What educational options are available at IVCC? Okay, now that you know how to get started here at IVCC, what about academic program options? At IVCC, you can choose from five different degrees and a variety of certificate programs. If you want to transfer to a four-year college or university, you will pursue either an Associate in Arts (A. A.) degree, an Associate in Science (A. S.) degree, or an Associate in Engineering Science (A. E. S.) degree. These three degrees are called transfer degrees. If you want to learn a professional skill that will result in immediate employment after IVCC, you will pursue either an Associate of Applied Science (A. A. S.) degree or a certificate program. Another degree option available to you is the Associate in General Studies (A. G. S.) degree. This degree is individualized to meet the needs and interests of the student. It allows for the combination of both transfer and career courses. While not intended to be a transfer degree, the A. G. S. degree recognizes completion of two years of college. back | home | next
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Tips For Success Study Habits & You Smart students take advantage of IVCC Learning Center located in the Library. The Learning Center offers free computer-based tutorials, academic success workshops, and one-on-one peer tutoring. Don’t wait until mid-term to get help! A tutor from our Peer Tutoring/Writing Center (LRC-B, Room B325, 815-224-0479) can help you stay on top of your classes from the first day. Also check at our Reading, Writing, and Study Skills Lab, LRC-B, 815-224-0277. The lab offers individualized instruction in these areas. Emphasis is placed on assisting students in setting and achieving their personal and study skill goals. The Counseling Center office is located in the Main Building, E201. Call the Reception Desk at 815-224-0360 and ask to speak to a Counselor. The Counselors can help you identify resources related to employment after graduation, transfer to a four-year college or university, improve your personal skills, or obtaining counseling during a difficult time. Not sure what you want to do after college? Check with Career Services or the Counseling Center about tests that can help you determine what kinds of work fit your interests and personality, and identify resources related to employment after graduation. Here are some more tips for college success… back | home | next
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