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Welcome Welcome to… to… The New Student On-Line Orientation Illinois IllinoisValley ValleyCommunity CommunityCollege College 815 North Orlando 815 North OrlandoSmith SmithAvenue Avenue Oglesby, Oglesby,Illinois Illinois61348 61348 (815) 224-2720 (815) 224-2720 Click anywhere to begin!
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Click Here to Begin the Orientation Main Page Introduction The Career Option Planning & Building Your Class Schedule Navigation Financial Information Getting Started Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know Academic Program Options Tips for Success The Transfer Option Frequently Asked Questions Sections main menu
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This or ientatio n will li kely tak e 30 - 4 5 minu tes Introduction What You Need to Know to be Successful in College! Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) faculty and staff want you to be successful so we have developed this orientation program to help you attain that goal! Please read carefully and answer the questions throughout the orientation. At the conclusion of this on-line orientation, you will be prompted to choose a date to come to the IVCC campus to meet with a counselor and register for classes! IT'S THAT EASY! Let’s get started so that you can be on your way to a seamless transition to IVCC. home | next
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Navigation Read each page carefully! Some pages will have questions to test your knowledge. Responding correctly to the question will advance you to the next page. When you click on a hyperlink - it will minimize the power point screen and then open up the selected Internet page. To get back to the power point simply click on the power point screen and it will return to the screen that you were viewing. Pages that do not contain knowledge checks, simply click the “next” button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. If you wish to go back click the “back” button. If you wish to go to the home page, simply click the “home” button. It’s easy! back | home | next
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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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Test Your Knowledge IVCC offers five associate degree programs. If you wish to complete your associate degree at IVCC and transfer to a university, you are pursuing which degree from IVCC? A. Certificate B. Associate in Science (A. S.) C. Associate of Applied Science (A. A.
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Academic Program Options How do I choose which degree or certificate is right for me? This depends on your major and/or career goal! Transfer Degree Options Associate Degree in Arts (A. A.) and Associate Degree in Science (A. S.)Designed for a student who plans to transfer to a 4-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree. An associate degree requires 2 years (full-time) of general education courses. This would be 64 hours of credit in a variety of general education courses, which include English, Math, Science and History. Associate Degree in Engineering Science (A. E. S.)Designed to prepare the student to transfer directly into an engineering program at the senior universities. Because each 4-year university has its own unique set of requirements students are urged to see a counselor to determine the curriculum required for transfer. back | home | next
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Academic Program Options Career Degree Option Associate in Applied Science Degrees (A. A. S.) This is a 2 year program (full-time) designed to prepare the student for employment. A fewer number of classes in English and Math are required, depending on the program. Certificate A certificate program requires 1 to 4 semesters of course work which prepares the student for a specific academic or vocational career. Classes are taken only in the student's chosen career area. Other Degree Options Associate Degree in General Studies (A. G. S.) Consists of 64 semester hours in any combination of either transfer or career courses. This degree is not normally considered to be a transfer back | home | next
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Test Your Knowledge If you have no interest in completing a transfer degree but wish to develop/enhance a certain skill in a particular field, you may wish to: A. Complete a certificate program B. Complete an associate in applied science degree C. Both of these are effective options and would help you reach your goal
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Academic Program Options What if I haven’t decided on a college major yet? Don't worry! It is perfectly normal if you can't decide on a major before your first year of college. Some students do not determine a major until their second year in college, and many change majors several times. In many cases, deciding students take no longer to finish college than students who knew their major and stayed with it. Here are four suggestions to help you determine the right major for you. •Visit the Counseling Center (E-201) and make an appointment with a counselor to explore career options. IVCC Counselors can help you to explore and clarify your understanding of personal qualities that influence your career choice. Career assessments, also known as personality and interest inventories, are available to aid in the career decision-making process to select educational programs related to a chosen career decision. Take introductory courses in potential major areas. These courses generally provide an overview of the field and can give you an idea of the careers associated with that major. Use Career Cruising (a computerized career exploration system) to learn more about who you are in relation to career options. Access Career Cruising anywhere anytime by visiting www.careercruising.com. Use the following username and password to enter the site: Username: ivcc Password: oglesby •Visit Career Services (E-Link) and make an appointment to identify your personal interests, skills and abilities and match an educational plan with your career interests. back | home | next
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Test Your Knowledge Listed below are some strategies you could take if you are unsure or undecided about your major. Select the most effective strategy from the list below: A. Visit Career Services B. Visit the Counseling Center to make an appointment to see a Counselor C. Take an introductory course in a potential major area of interest D. Use Career Cruising, username: ivcc, password: oglesby E. All the above are effective strategies if you are still deciding
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Academic Program Options Once I've determined a major, how do I know which courses to take at IVCC? All colleges and universities divide courses into three categories: General Education Core Courses: These courses provide you with the knowledge to become a truly educated, responsible, and productive person in a rapidly changing world. Major courses: These courses provide you with the knowledge and expertise of your chosen field or career. Elective courses: You chose these courses, and we recommend that you speak with a counselor before choosing them. back | home | next
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The Transfer Option What if my plan is to continue my education after IVCC and eventually complete a bachelor's degree? We plan to support and assist you with this process! Our hope is to make the transition to a four-year college or university as easy as possible. But we need your help! Throughout your stay with us at IVCC, you will need to meet with Counselor regularly. The Counselor will work with you to determine the courses you should select based on the college/university you plan to transfer to and your choice of major. ices v r e s r ransfe t t i / s i u v d o e Als vcc. sferring. www.i n about mation tra or for inf back | home | next
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The Transfer Option So I need to take general education courses... What exactly does that mean for transfer students? Most educational plans begin with general education. If you want to complete an A. A. or A. S. degree, you are required to take a minimum of 42 credits of general education. (The requirements for the A. E. S. are slightly different and should be discussed with a Counselor.) At IVCC, general education is divided into seven areas: - Communications - Mathematics - Life and Physical Sciences - Humanities and Fine Arts - Social and Behavioral Sciences - Global Appreciation - Health and Wellness back | home | next
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Test Your Knowledge General Education is comprised of seven categories. Identify below the category that is not part of the General Education Core: A. Mathematics B. Social and Behavioral Sciences C. Computer Skills D. Life and Physical Sciences E. Humanities and Fine Arts
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The Transfer Option When I complete the general education requirements, does this mean I will complete my degree and graduate from IVCC? No, but good question! Your goal is to accumulate credits. A total of 64 credits consisting of general education courses and electives, and a cumulative grade point average of a 2.0/4.0 will satisfy the graduation requirement for an Associate Degree. Understanding Credit Hours Credit is a value assigned to each course. Most courses are worth 3 credits. To acquire 64 credits, you will need to complete an average of 15-16 credit hours per semester if you want to graduate in four semesters (2 academic years). back | home | next
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Test Your Knowledge In order to complete an Associate Degree from IVCC, you will need to complete at least: A. 55 credit hours B. 38 credit hours C. 62 credit hours D. 64 credit hours
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The Transfer Option So what's my first step as a transfer student? Begin by selecting courses from the general education core...especially if you do not know your major or transfer school yet. The general education core for both the Associate in Arts (A. A.) and Associate in Science (A. S.) degree consists of 42 credit hours. These 42 credit hours are only part of the 64 credit hours needed to complete an A. A. or A. S. degree here at IVCC. This 42-hour general education core satisfies the requirements for the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). This is an official way of saying that our general education core courses will transfer to over 100 Illinois colleges and universities that also participate in the Illinois Articulation Initiative. The general education core includes courses in the following areas… back | home | next
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A. S. Degree - 9 credit hours of Communications - 3 credit hours of Mathematics -10 credit hours of Life and Physical Science - 9 credit hours of Humanities and Fine Arts - 6 credit hours of Global Appreciation (can be fulfilled by completing appropriate courses in other general education categories) - 9 credit hours of Social and Behavioral Sciences - 2 credit hours of Health and Wellness A.A. Degree - 9 credit hours of Communications - 3 credit hours of Mathematics - 7 credit hours of Life and Physical Science - 12 credit hours of Humanities and Fine Arts - 6 credit hours of Global Appreciation (can be fulfilled by completing appropriate courses in other general education categories) - 9 credit hours of Social and Behavioral Sciences - 2 credit hours of Health and Wellness back | home | next
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The Transfer Option What courses are available within each general education core area? In some areas, there are very specific courses that every student will take to complete the general education core requirement. In other areas, you will have choices to make. Click the links below to view an outline of the degree requirements for the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees. You will consult the college catalog for detailed course descriptions. PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompres sed) decompress or are needed to see this picture. Associate in Arts Degree (A. A.) Associate in Science Degree (A. S.) When clicking on the hyperlinks above, you are leaving the orientation site and you will need to use the browser's back button to return to this page. back | home | next
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The Career Option What if I don't want to transfer to a four-year college or university? In addition to offering transfer degree programs, IVCC also offers a wide range of Career Programs that will lead to an Associate of Applied Science (A. A. S.) or a Certificate. There are over 60 Career Programs to choose from, some of which lead to an A. A. S. degree and some which lead to a Certificate. back | home | next
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Test Your Knowledge If you wish to major in a Career Program and have no plans to transfer to a four-year college or university, you are pursuing which degree from IVCC: A. Associate in Arts (A. A.) B. Associate in Applied Science (A. A. S.) C. Associate in Science (A. S.) D. Associate in Engineering Sciences (A. E. S)
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The Career Option If I choose a Career Program (A. A. S.) what courses will I be taking? The majority of the courses you’ll take will be related to the Career Program you are pursuing. The A. A. S can be completed in two years of full time study. About 75 percent of the course work required for the A. A. S. is directly in the particular field major or field of study, or very closely related to it. The remaining 25 percent of the course work is in General Education and/or elective courses. More detailed information about the specifics of each Career Program is available in the college catalog and our career guide sheets (available in the Counseling Center). back | home | next
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The Career Option What exactly is a Certificate program and how do I know if it's right for me? Certificate programs are designed to teach you skills to gain employment in a new profession or to improve your knowledge in your current profession. They are short programs that can be completed fairly quickly. Some certificates consist of as little as three courses; others contain as many as 30 credit hours. Most certificate programs contain many of the same courses found in the longer A. A. S. degree programs. While all certificate programs contain career courses, some certificates also contain some general education courses. back | home | next
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The Career Option What Career Programs (A. A. S.) and Certificates are available at IVCC? Click the links below to view the A. A .S. and Certificate programs offered at IVCC. Associate of Applied Science Degrees Certificate Programs back | home | next
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Planning & Building Your Class Schedule Pick Your Classes! Now that I know the difference between transfer and career, do I get to pick my classes? Here are a few steps you can take to get started planning your schedule, and a few things you'll need to remember and do while at IVCC. back | home | next
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Planning & Building Your Class Schedule Planning and Building Your Program of Study Pull out your trusty IVCC Catalog. (And if you don’t have one, get one Now!) Find your Program of Study http://www.ivcc.edu/programsofstudy in the middle of the catalog. Put a paper clip there because this will guide your attendance at IVCC (the same holds true for any college attended). Now the good part, you can take any course** listed on your Program of Study page that’s right any course**. Now isn’t that cool compared to the high school days? But there’s one catch, you can’t take courses that have prerequisite requirements. Well, you ask, how is one to know if a course has prerequisite requirements? You look in the back of the catalog under the course listings. If a course has a prerequisite, it will be listed directly below the course description. Example: You can't take ENG 1002 until you’ve completed ENG 1001. You can't take MTH 1007 until you’ve completed MTH 1003. **If you are a transfer student pursuing a Bachelor ユ s degree, you want to use the guide sheets listed with your major and school choice to choose your classes. See http://www.ivcc.edu/transferservices for the majors and schools.When clicking on the hyperlinks above, you are leaving the orientation site and you will need to use the browser's back button to return to this page. back | home | next
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Planning & Building Your Class Schedule How do I read the course descriptions in the college catalog? The course descriptions provide you with basic information about the topics covered in each course. Pay close attention to the course prefix, number, credit hours, course title, prerequisites, co-requisites, content description, and contact hours.Check out the following course description: Prefix BIO 1007 Course Name Anatomy & Physiology I Hours 4 This course involves an introductory study of the structure and function of the human body. A study of cytology, histology and five organ systems (integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine) illustrates the relationships between structures and their functions. Laboratory exercises include cat dissection, cadaver demonstration and other materials. Prerequisite: none, but BIO 1200 is recommended for students with a limited science background. IAI:L1 904L back | home | next
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Course Description Definitions Prefix Course Name Hours BIO 1007 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Course Description Definitions BIO Course Prefix 1007 Course Number 4 hrs Number of credit hours earned in this course Anatomy & Physiology Course Title Prerequisite: None Courses which must be taken before taking this class IAI:L1 904L This code means that this course is a part of the Illinois Articulation Initiative and meets a portion of General Education Core Curriculum requirements. back | home | next
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Planning & Building Your Class Schedule Develop Your Program of Study You and your counselor will work together to develop your individual plan of study, discuss strategies for success, and address any problems you may be facing Continue to meet with your Counselor each semester. Remember, the sooner you schedule your appointment each semester, the better! Call or stop by the Counseling Center during the month of September to schedule an appointment with a Counselor to plan your Spring Semester Classes. Call or stop by the Counseling Center after January 15th to schedule an appointment with a Counselor to plan your Summer Session and Fall Semester. back | home | next
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Planning & Building Your Class Schedule What’s the best way to build your schedule? Most people have jobs or personal responsibilities that they have to build their schedules around. So, look at the class schedule http://www.ivcc.edu/schedules/ for the times that are good for you. Some students must register full-time for health insurance purposes or to receive a full-time Pell grant. Full-time is defined as 12 semester hours or more. Other students are not able to take a full-time course load with their other responsibilities. Remember, a good rule of thumb is to plan for 2 hours outside of class for homework for every hour you spend in class. Build your schedule based on the time you actually have available to devote to school. Your Counselor can help you take a realistic look at the best schedule for you. If you plan to finish your two-year degree program in two years and you don't want to attend summer terms, you will need to plan to be full-time each term to complete a 64-hour Associate in Arts or Science degree within two years. Some A. A. S. programs may take even longer. back | home | next
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Test Your Knowledge In order to be considered a full-time student at IVCC, you need to be enrolled in at least: A. 9 credit hours B. 12 credit hours C. 11 credit hours D. 14 credit hours
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Planning & Building Your Class Schedule Check Your Program of Study Now remember, your counselor will help you - But… you are ultimately responsible for making sure you take the right classes. You must double check your catalog for your program of study (guide sheet) and check off…… yes, literally making a big check mark... after you complete each course on your guide sheet. That way, you will be in charge and will know exactly where you stand regarding how close you are to completing your program and obtaining that degree or certificate!!! It is also your responsibility to apply for graduation when you are within one semester of completing your degree or certificate requirements. back | home | next
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Planning & Building Your Class Schedule What if I want to make changes before or after classes start? You may add a course or change sections, on a space available basis before the start of classes only. Keep in mind that you must satisfy the course prerequisites and cannot go over 18 credit hours. Adding courses after the class has met the first time is not allowed. back | home | next
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Financial Information Once I have picked my classes and selected the days and times - how do I know how much it will cost? Tuition Per Credit Hour In-District Tuition & Fees Per Credit Hours $65.75 back | home | next
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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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Test Your Knowledge How can I pay for classes? A. Cash B. Check C. Credit Card D. Payment Plan E. All of the Above
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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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Sources of Financial Aid – Continued. . . Employment: Employment (Federal Work-Study or College Employment) enables students to earn money while attending school. All student employees are paid the State minimum wage and are limited to 20 hours of work per week or less. Loans: Financial Aid awarded to students or parents to help meet education-related expenses. An educational loan is just that a loan which must be repaid, with interest. Some financial aid programs are subject to the availability of funds (first-come, first-served); therefore, aid applications should be completed as soon as possible after January 1st for the upcoming academic year. back | home | next
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Test Your Knowledge Who should apply for financial aid? A. Only students who have no money for college B. Only students who are putting themselves through college C. Everyone
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Financial Information How do I apply for financial aid? To apply for Federal and State financial aid you must first complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There are a variety of ways you can complete the FAFSA: Traditional paper FAFSAs are available in High School Guidance Offices, calling IVCC's Financial Aid Office 1-815-224-0438, or by calling 1-800-4-FEDAID. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to file online. It's safe and it's fast! back | home | next
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Financial Information Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions Who should apply for financial aid? Everyone should apply regardless of household income. What happens if I don't attend class? Attendance is verified before financial aid is disbursed. If you do not start, financial aid will be withheld. You will still be responsible for the tuition and fees. What happens if I stop attending? If you have zero credits at the end of the semester you may have to repay some of your financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office prior to making this decision. What happens if I apply late? You are responsible for your tuition if your aid is not finalized by the tuition due date. You may pay your tuition or set up a payment plan. Can I apply for aid even after I have paid my tuition? Yes. If you apply and have eligibility you will receive what you are eligible for.Do I have to be full-time No. All award letters have full-time amounts on them. Your award will be reduced if you are not full-time but in many cases you can still receive financial aid for just one class. To receive a loan you must be at least half-time (6 credit hours). I'm taking classes here and at another school. Can I get aid at both schools? No. You can only receive aid from one school at a time. You should apply for financial aid where you are seeking your degree. 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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Financial Information Scholarships Reminder! Be sure to investigate scholarships available for Illinois Valley Students. Information is available on line http://www.ivcc.edu/financialaid/scholarship.html Questions? Call the Financial Aid Office at 815-224-0438. back | home | next
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Financial Information What about dropping and refunds? It is the student's responsibility to drop a course by published deadlines. Courses dropped within the refund period do not appear on the student record. Refunds of tuition will be made on the following basis: Traditional courses (16 weeks): Students must drop on or before the 10th day of the semester or summer term in order to receive a 100% refund of tuition and fees, excluding a non-refundable $5.00 registration fee. Non-traditional courses (less than 16 weeks): The drop/refund period varies according to the length of class. You must drop prior to the withdrawal date stated on your registration statement in order to receive a refund. This statement is provided to you at the time of registration. Always remember that the withdrawal date is listed on the student's registration/billing statement. In order to receive a refund, you must drop your classes Before the withdrawal date. Students must contact the Records Office to drop classes. back | home | next
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OK, Once I've Paid...Then What? Get your picture taken! Photo IDs are mandatory for currently enrolled students. Your Photo ID will have many uses on campus, such as LRC/Library services and use of the Assessment Center. Get your Photo ID at the Information Desk located at the College’s Main Entrance. Two forms of identification are needed - your current class schedule and a picture ID. Next, learn about important policies every student should know! back | home | next
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! The most important IVCC policies that sometimes get students in trouble are: 1. Your Grade Point Average 2. The Drop/Withdrawal Policy 3. The “I” (Incomplete) Grade Policy 4. The 2.0 Graduation Policy back | home | next You can find more information on college policies by visiting the college website at www.ivcc.edu, reviewing the college catalog and student handbook.
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Test Your Knowledge Where can you find information on College policies? A. College Website (www.ivcc.edu) B. College Catalog C. College Student Handbook D. All of the Above
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! Your GPA - Figure It Out Keeping up your GPA is very important. A strong GPA will likely get you into the major that you want to pursue and into the college or university that you want to attend. Furthermore, all students must have a 2.0 to graduate and a 3.5 to be an honor graduate. Understanding how to calculate your GPA will help you know exactly where you stand with respect to GPA requirements for your major and graduation. Here’s how to calculate your cumulative grade point average (lovingly known as your CPGA) so listen up! It’s easy! Most colleges are on a 4.0 grading scale. What does this mean? Each letter grade is assigned a value: A = 4 points B = 3 points C = 2 points D = 1 point F = 0 point W = 0 points back | home | next
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! To compute your GPA 1. Multiply the credit hours for the class by the grade points you made for the class. For example: a 3 hr course with an A grade would be 3 X 4. Do this for each course. 2. Add all of these up to get your total “grade points”. 3. Divide by the total number of credit hours, and there you have it - your GPA. Let’s try an example! back | home | next
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! Your GPA - Figure It Out Course Name GPA Calculation Calculus is 4 Hours 4 hrs x 1 grade point D=4 Theater is 3 Hours 3 hrs x 4 grade points A=12 Wellness is 2 Hours 2 hrs x 3 grade points B=6 Add them up: And divide by total hours of 9 4 + 12 + 6 = 22 22/9 = 2.44 (You can’t round off - drop any number past 2 decimal points) back | home | next
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! Dropping or Withdrawing from a Class… First, all students Must follow the proper procedure to drop or withdraw from a class otherwise they are considered still enrolled. If you do not fill out the drop form or if your instructor does not complete a withdrawal upon your request you will receive a grade for the class - and it may well be an “F” grade for the course based on the course grading requirements. Also, you will not be eligible for a refund. So, do not assume that you are automatically dropped or withdrawn from a class for non-attendance or non-payment. back | home | next
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! Hardship Withdrawal And, the second thing to remember is that the mid-term date of the semester is the deadline for withdrawing from a full semester (16 week) class. If you get sick, have an accident, or have some other special circumstance after the withdrawal deadline, you can petition for a “Hardship Withdrawal” to receive a “W” for extenuating circumstances beyond your control. You will be required to provide documentation along with the Hardship Withdrawal Petition. Contact the office of the Vice President for Learning and Student Development for more information. back | home | next
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! What is the difference between dropping and withdrawing a class? Dropping a Class A drop removes the class from your academic record and you are entitled to a full refund, minus a $5 registration fee. The drop period takes place before the start of the withdrawal period. The drop period runs from the moment that you register for a class up to the 10th day of the start of a 16-week class. The deadlines to drop classes that run less than 16 weeks varies according to the length of time the class runs (i.e. 8 weeks, 14 weeks, etc.). Check the Summer/Fall 2007 Schedule of credit classes for more details on these deadlines. You do not need the instructor’s or a counselor’s approval to drop a class, however it is highly recommended that you consult with a counselor prior to dropping to ensure make adjustments to your academic plan due to the drop. back | home | next
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Slide #66.

What is the difference between dropping and withdrawing a class? Continued… Withdrawing From a Class You must see your instructor to withdraw from a class. No refunds are granted for withdrawals. A withdrawal is recorded on your academic record, which means that a “W” will be placed on your transcript. The withdrawal period takes place After the drop period. Check the Summer/Fall 2007 Schedule of Credit Classes for more details on the withdrawal deadline A “W” grade on your transcript is not computed into your Grade Point Average. back | home | next
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! When dropping or withdrawing from class, you are Responsible for... You are responsible for initiating an official drop or withdrawal from class prior to the deadline listed in the "Schedule of Credit Classes" and on your class schedule. It is also your responsibility to verify that the request was processed, which you can do by reviewing your account information online. back | home | next
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! What will happen to my financial aid if I drop or withdraw from a class? If you are receiving financial aid and drop or withdraw from a class after it has started, you may be required to repay federal funds. Check with the Financial Aid Office! back | home | next
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! The “I” - Incomplete Grade policy It is the week before finals and things have been going well for you. Your health has been good, your family supportive, your job not too demanding, and your classes exciting and interesting. Then the phone rings: your grandmother has just died and you have to plan the funeral and take care of the estate or your boss is sending you to Denver to meet with important clients for the next two weeks or you are in an automobile accident. What do you do? Fortunately, you have planned ahead and the most of your assignments are finished. Whew! You think you can be back in time for your final exams. But there is one research paper you just haven’t been able to finish. Obviously you won’t be able to turn in by the deadline… back | home | next
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The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! The “I” - Incomplete Grade Policy Talk with your Instructor. Explain the situation and ask if an “I” grade might be appropriate.An “Incomplete” (“I”) is a temporary grade assigned when illness, unavoidable absence, or other reasons satisfactory to the instructor prevent completion of the course requirements by the end of the semester. A grade of “I” must be satisfactorily removed, as designated by the instructor, no later than the last class day of the semester following the issuance of the incomplete, or the “I” will be changed to an “F” or fail grade. Important - students cannot re-register for the course to satisfy an "I" grade. 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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Slide #72.

Tips For Success Communicating With Your Instructors Communicating with your Instructor can be very important. For the successful college student, it is vital!If an emergency prevents you from attending class, you need to call your instructors to tell them what’s going on and to get your assignments. If they are not in, leave a message or contact the division office. Always!!It is a must that you always leave a message for the Instructor/Counselor to call you back - or if you must, leave word with the secretary of what you need to tell the Instructor. Be prepared to have documentation for your reasons of non-attendance. back | home | next
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Tips For Success The Course Syllabus Communication from your Instructors’ side means they distribute a syllabus syllabi for plural) for every course. If you cannot avoid missing the first day of class, always ask the Instructor for a copy of the course syllabus. This is like a “contract” between you and the Instructor. It states what is expected of you for the course, what the course will cover, and how you will be graded. Some courses have very strict attendance policies; some courses have very strict test make-up procedures, etc… To know about your course and what is expected of you, you must read the course syllabus for each of your classes. back | home | next
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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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Test Your Knowledge Which center provides information about program requirements, assistance with course selection, and help with personal/mental health issues? A. Writing Center B. Counseling Center C. Career Services Office D. Office of Admission and Records
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Slide #77.

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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Tips For Success In the Classroom… - Always show up for class on time!! If you don’t, your chances of knowing what’s going on are remarkably slim. - Attend classes regularly and participate. - Try to get a seat in the front where you have a good view of the board and the professor. - Come to class prepared! Read your material and complete all assignments. - Ask questions if you don’t understand the professor. Someone else may be wondering the same thing! - Your professors are required to keep office hours. Take advantage of them! - Classes are real obligations. Don’t schedule doctors’ appointments during class hours. - Be sure to examine returned tests. - Bad things happen when you cheat …..Don’t do it! - Plagiarism is a form of cheating and is defined as using the words or ideas of another as one’s own either on purpose or unintentionally. back | home | next
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Tips For Success Addressing Professors… Know your professor’s name. Know how to contact your professor. Know where your professor’s office is and what his or her office hours are. Ask questions. Be an active participant in class. If you need help outside of class, take advantage of your professor’s office hours. If you cannot go during the published office hours, contact your professor to make an appointment. Read the course syllabus. You can find out office location, office hours, and the appropriate title for your professor in the syllabus. back | home | next
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Tips For Success Common Class Courtesy… - Listen to lecture and instructions carefully. If you missed something that was clearly explained, ask after class. - Talk only when contributing: discussing in class, working in groups, or responding to a teacher’s question. - Have your books out and assignments ready when class begins. The professor will have more time to explain the material to you if class starts on time. - Read your assignment before class. You will be able to contribute more effectively to class discussions. - Focus on the class. Deal with outside assignments afterwards. - Take notes! If you don’t, you will have a hard time remembering the material later. Visit the Learning Center to learn how to take better notes. - Consider taking SFC-1000 - the College Success Seminar. back | home | next
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Tips For Success Success Begins with Personal Goals… - Make time for educational priorities. College is hard work, and studying takes time. - Start on papers and projects early! Librarians can help you, but you must do the work. Allow adequate time to do your research and obtain library materials. - Do your best on the Accuplacer (Placement) Test. - Keep your GPA up! The Honor’s List, the Dean’s List, transfer programs, many colleges and universities all rely on your GPA to meet requirements. - Pass developmental classes on the first try. - Get involved! There are many exciting events scheduled at IVCC. Find a club or organization to participate in. back | home | next
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Frequently Asked Questions What additional questions might I have once I actually start attending classes? Following is a list of the most frequently asked questions. Most of the answers provide an excellent directory of places to go and faces to know. Q: What are the different social and academic organizations available at Illinois Valley Community College? A: Visit http://www.ivcc.edu/clubs_and_organizations/ for a complete listing. Q: If I am having a personal problem or concern, is there someone available that I can speak with? A: The Counseling Center, E-201, has staff available to help you with personal issues, career issues, or academic issues. Also visit www.Ulifeline.com if you or someone you know is in need of help. back | home | next
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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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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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Congratulations! You have successfully completed the on-line orientation! Remember, you can come back to the orientation any time to review the information. What next? If you haven't already completed the following, your next steps are to submit an IVCC admissions application, take placement tests, and apply for financial aid. NOW IT’S TIME TO SIGN UP FOR THE CAMPUS ORIENTATION PROGRAM WHERE YOU WILL SEE A COUNSELOR AND REGISTER FOR CLASSES! It’s Easy!
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