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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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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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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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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PLACEMENT HOW? Placement Placement Test Test Transfer Transfer Credits Credits SAT SAT or or ACT ACT Scores Scores High High School School AP AP Scores Scores (Mathematics) (Mathematics) WHAT TO DO? Take Take placement placement test test on on any any campus campus at at Testing Testing Center. Center. Accuplacer Accuplacer MATH MATH can can be be taken taken twice. twice. Students Students who who wish wish higher higher placement placement must must then then “appeal”. “appeal”. Appeal Appeal is is request to take a pencil-and-paper type test on material from the course they request to take a pencil-and-paper type test on material from the course they placed placed into. into. Bring Bring transcript transcript showing showing general general education education math math credits credits from from another another college college or or university university to to CCBC CCBC for for evaluation. evaluation. If If completed completed in in Maryland, Maryland, the the highest highest level level developmental math course, Intermediate Algebra can be used for placement. developmental math course, Intermediate Algebra can be used for placement. Placement Placement by by SAT SAT MATH MATH score score of of 500 500 or or higher higher (or (or by by ACT ACT MATH MATH score score 21 21 or or higher) places the student into an entry-level general education math course higher) places the student into an entry-level general education math course (MATH (MATH 111, 111, 125, 125, 131/2/3, 131/2/3, 135, 135, 163). 163). For For higher higher placement, placement, the the student student must must take take Accuplacer MATH. MATH. Accuplacer Students Students with with documentation documentation of of AP AP math math scores scores of of 3, 3, 4, 4, or or 5 5 from from high high school school can can be awarded college credit and placement according to this chart. be awarded college credit and placement according to this chart.
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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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DMC Reduction Strategies and Action Steps 1. Reduce AA Youth Failure to Appears (FTA) • Phone & In-Person Notification (Enhanced Oct. 08) • Two-Tier Warrant Process • Bench Warrant Quash Program (Started Oct. 09) 2. Reduce AA Youth Violation Detention Episodes  Standardize sanctions with supervisor staffings & implement a staffing guide  Utilize ATDs in lieu of detention  New procedures for failure to reside 3. Reduce AA Parent Refusal Detention Overrides  Survey why parents refuse to accept custody  Teach Detention staff effective methods to engage parents  Develop alternatives in the community 4. Increase the Number of AA Youth to Successfully Complete FFT  Specialized FFT caseload for AA youth  Enhance culturally competent instruction 5. Increase the Number of AA Youth to Successfully Complete ART  Reduce the barriers to participation (i.e. provide transportation, increase motivation of youth)  Increase the referral and retention rate Goal Baseline Data (2007) Admissions – 130 Increase % Admission – attendance at 28.8% court hearings to Bednights – reduce detention % Bednights – admissions & LOS 20.0% ALOS – days 903 Admissions – 95 % Admission – Reduce detention 33.5% admissions & LOS Bednights – for violations % Bednights – 29.1% ALOS – days 918 Reduce the number of youth detained due to parents refusing to accept custody who are eligible for release Increase the number of AA youth served and successfully complete FFT Increase the number of AA youth served and successfully complete ART 6.9 9.7 Admissions – 67 % Admission – 32% Bednights – 163 % Bednights – 27% AA Youth Served – 41 # Completed – 27 % Completed – 66% # In/Out – 13 % In/Out – 24% AA Youth Served – 36 # Completed – 23 % Completed – 64% Of total youth served in Current Data (2010) Admissions – 80 % Admission – 25% Bednights – % Bednights – 31% ALOS – Admissions – 37 % Admission – 28% Bednights – % Bednights – 20% ALOS – 563 5.8 days 149 5.9 days (39% drop) Admissions – 86 % Admission – 28% Bednights – 363 % Bednights – 33% AA Youth Served – 50 # Completed – 33 % Completed – 66% # In/Out – 16 % In/Out – 24% AA Youth Served – 71 # Completed – 57 % Completed – 80% 17
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Tips For Success See Your Counselor Often Once again, you will want to visit with your Counselor often to discuss your educational plan, your progress, and any problems you encounter. Planning for the next semester should begin midway through the current semester. That way you will be able to take advantage of early enrollment and get the best choice of classes and schedules. Don’t wait until you are in academic high water to see your Counselor! Make an appointment to see your Counselor often before you start having problems. The moment you recognize that the water is rising, call 815-224-0346 to ask about the Early Alert System (EAS). EAS can help you get back on track before falling into academic distress!Your Counselor can help you plan your coursework, your career, and even your academic life. Take advantage of his/her wisdom and expertise!! Your Counselor can prevent you from making unwise academic moves! back | home | next
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Financial Information So what if I don’t have the money to pay for my classes? There are several types of financial assistance that you may qualify for to help you pay for classes. Regardless of your financial situation, whether great or bit of a challenge, you should always apply for financial aid. There are several sources of aid of which you can apply. Check them out! Sources of Financial Aid Grants: Financial Aid awarded to students based on financial need. They are typically funded by the Federal or State Government, however many private colleges and universities have institutional grants which are awarded according to their own criteria. Grants are "free." No repayment is necessary. Scholarships: Financial Aid awarded to students based on merit, talent, financial need, or other specialized criteria. Scholarships given to IVCC students are funded by the State Government, the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation, and Private Agencies. Scholarships are also "free." No repayment is necessary, (except in a small number of cases which will be specified on the application materials). back | home | next
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Important Legal Information for Adolescents and Parents According to Iowa law, a minor (an individual younger than 18 years) may seek medical care for the following without the permission or knowledge of his parents: • Substance abuse treatment; • Sexually Transmitted Infection(STI) testing and treatment; • HIV testing – if test is positive, Iowa law requires parent notification; • Contraceptive care and counseling, including emergency contraception; and Even though teenagers young • Blood donation if 17and years of age or adults can receive these treatments older. without their parent’s knowledge, it is important to remember parents are a key part of all aspects of your life. We encourage parents and teens to be open and honest with each other when it comes to health care decisions. It is important for teens to know that if they are covered by their parents’ medical insurance and want it to cover their treatment, they will need to consent to their medical records being shared – possibly even with parents. A minor may also consent for evaluation and treatment in a medical emergency or following a sexual assault. However, treatment information can not be kept confidential from parents. Bill of Rights for Teens and Young Adults • The things you tell us in confidence will be kept private. • We will speak and write respectfully about your teen and family. • We will honor your privacy. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO: Emotional Support • Care that respects your teen’s growth and development. • We will consider all of your teen’s interests and needs, not just those related to illness or disability. Respect and Personal Dignity • You are important. We want to get to know you. • We will tell you who we are, and we will call you by your name. We will take time to listen to you. • We will honor your privacy. Care that Supports You and Your Family • All teens are different. We want to learn what is important to you and your family. Information You Can Understand • We will explain things to you. We will speak in ways you can understand. You can ask about what is happening to you and why. Care that Respects Your Need to Grow and Learn • We will consider all your interests and needs, not just those related to your illness or disability. Make Choices and Decisions • Your ideas and feelings about how you want to be cared for are important. • You can tell us how we can help you feel more comfortable. • You can tell us how you want to take part in your care. • You can make choices whenever possible like when and where you YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO: receive your treatments. Bill of Rights for Parents Respect and Personal Dignity • You and your teen will be treated with courtesy and respect. Make Decisions About Your Teen’s Care • We will work in partnership with you and your teen to make decisions about his care. • You can ask for a second opinion from another healthcare provider. Family Responsibilities YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO: Provide Information • You have important information about your teen’s health. We need to know about symptoms, treatments, medicines, and other illnesses. • You should tell us what you want for your child. It is important for you to tell us how you want to take part in your teen’s care. • You should tell us if you don’t understand something about your teen’s care. • If you are not satisfied with your teen’s care, please tell us. Provide Appropriate Care • You and the other members of the health care team work together to plan your teen’s care. • You are responsible for doing the things you agreed to do in this plan
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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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