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Registration Information

Registration Procedures

Each semester Lansing Community College provides the Course Schedule which identifies courses offered for that semester. This information includes general information on the dates, times, and location of registration. Students may register for classes according to assigned registration times which are published online before the start of each registration period.

Some courses require basic skills proficiency levels which must be met prior to enrollment. Students are strongly encouraged to arrange for orientation, testing, and advising prior to registration.

Online Learning

Online learning provides quality electronically-supported education that is flexible, convenient and accessible to students without the traditional restraints of time or location. Students who are independent, highly motivated learners may find online courses a good fit. Online courses are not self-paced and follow a regular semester schedule. However, online learning students can adapt study and participation requirements to personal, family, or work schedules. Students access class information and turn in assignments from home or work and have a direct connection to online instructors and advisors to assist them with online course needs. An online course fee is applied to all Online Learning sections. See the current Course Schedule or visit the eCampus/Online Learning site at www.lcc.edu/elearning/students for more information about programs and registration.

The majority of online courses at Lansing Community College require one or more proctored exams. Proctored exams require students to travel to Lansing Community College or an approved off-campus proctoring location and may require additional fees. Please check your syllabus or contact your instructor to determine if you will be required to test in a proctored environment. If you have any questions or concerns regarding proctor requests or off-campus testing, please contact the Assessment Center Online Testing Support Office at (517) 267-5503 or by email at lcc_online_testing@lcc.edu. You can also visit the Assessment Center web site at www.lcc.edu/assessment.

Tuition and Fees

Residency

I. Eligibility for Paying Resident Tuition

  1. A student must be an American citizen, refugee, immigrant, or permanent resident and meet one of the following qualifications before being eligible to pay resident tuition.
  2. The following applies to students under 18 years of age:
    1. The student's parents or legal guardians have resided within the LCC district for at least six months immediately prior to the first day of the semester.
    2. The student is married and has resided within the LCC district at least six months immediately prior to the first day of the semester.
    3. The student is unmarried and is recognized as 'emancipated' (receives no financial support from parent or legal guardian) and has resided within the LCC district for at least six months immediately prior to the first day of the semester.
    4. The student is enrolled under the provisions of Act 245, Public Acts of 1935, as amended by Act 371, Public Acts of 1965 (students receiving benefits under the Michigan Veterans' Trust Fund).
    5. The student is an employee of a business or industrial firm within the LCC district, and the employer agrees in writing to pay directly to the College all tuition and fees of the sponsored student for employer-approved classes.
  3. The following applies to students 18 years of age or older:
    1. The student has resided within the LCC district at least six months immediately prior to the first day of the semester.
    2. The student is an employee of a business or industrial firm within the LCC district, and the employer agrees to pay directly to the College all tuition and fees of the sponsored student for employer-approved classes.
    3. The student is enrolled under the provisions of Act 245, Public Acts of 1935, as amended by Act 371, Public Acts of 1965 (students receiving benefits under the Michigan Veterans' Trust Fund).

II. Proof of Residency

Lansing Community College verifies the residency status of each student each semester by mailings sent to the current residence the student has on file with the college. Residency status may be adjusted for those students whose mail is returned to the college. Students petitioning for a change of status will be required to provide proof of residency. Lansing Community College reserves the right to make the final decision on residency eligibility.

Residency is based on where a student has resided for the six months immediately prior to the first day of the semester of enrollment. Any one of the following documents is acceptable as proof of residency, providing that the six months prior to the first day of the semester for which residency is being sought is covered.

  1. Current Michigan driver's license or State identification card issued not less than six months prior to the first day of the semester in which residency is being sought.
  2. Paid property tax receipts for the current year.
  3. Current rental or lease agreement indicating six months residency immediately prior to the first day of the semester in which residency is sought. The student's name and signature must be on the lease agreement.
  4. Utility bills with the student's name and address for each of the six months prior to the first day of the semester.

III. Residency Classification

  1. Resident Students* - Students who provide proof of residency within the LCC district for the six months immediately prior to the first day of the semester of enrollment are charged resident tuition.
  2. Nonresident Students* - Students who provide proof of residency within the State of Michigan, but outside the LCC district for the six months immediately prior to the first day of the semester of enrollment are charged nonresident tuition.
  3. Out-of-State* - Students who provide proof of residency in a state other than Michigan for the six months immediately prior to the first day of the semester of enrollment are charged out-of-state tuition.
  4. International Students - Students who have been admitted to the United States in a temporary, nonresident status are charged international tuition. Individuals who have refugee, immigrant, or resident alien status are not international students.
  5. Foreign nationals who are enrolling in VirtuaCollege courses and reside outside the United States or are admitted to the United States in a temporary, nonresident status will be charged international tuition. U.S. Nationals who are enrolling in Virtual College courses and are outside the United States will be charged domestic tuition.

*International Students are not eligible for the resident, nonresident, or out-of-state residency classifications.

IV. Residency Status for Military Personnel and Dependents

Residency is based on the location of the present domicile of the applicant with the six-month requirement waived if the applicant can provide any of the documents listed below. This waiver is extended to the dependents (spouse and children) of the person named on the Department of Defense 214 or 899 who reside at the same address.

  1. Department of Defense 214, Separation from Active Duty Form, showing separation date within 120 days from the first day of the semester.
  2. Department of Defense 899, Change of Station Form, showing the Lansing area as the duty station.
  3. Department of Defense 899, Change of Station Form, showing a change of duty station for the head-of-household to an overseas destination or as the result of an emergency mobilization.

V. Petitioning for a Change in Residency Status

  1. If the student feels that his or her residency status is not correct, the student may furnish the required proof of residency and the residency status will be corrected.
  2. After acceptance into the College as a nonresident or out-of-state resident, a student who has resided in the College district for six (6) months and furnishes the required proof of residency can have his or her residency status changed.
  3. If a change of residency status is approved by the published deadline date and the student is eligible for a refund, the difference between the previous residency status and the new residency status shall be refunded.
  4. Adjustments in tuition due to a change in residency are not retroactive to previous semesters.

VI. Nonresident Owners of In-District Property

Nonresident students or their guardians owning property in the LCC district will receive credit once a year for property taxes paid in support of the College by himself or herself or his or her guardian. The taxes paid must be in support of the current academic year and the credit cannot exceed the differential between resident and nonresident tuition rates for the current academic year. To obtain this credit, the student must provide Enrollment Services with the paid property tax receipt.

Payment of Tuition and Fees*

All students attending Lansing Community College must pay tuition and fees at the time of registration or by the published payment deadline. Failure to pay will result in an outstanding balance hold on your account. Failure to pay will result in your account being referred to a collection agency and credit bureau.

NOTE: Students with holds on their accounts must pay with secured funds, cashier check, money order, cash or credit card if they want the hold immediately removed.

The most current tuition and fees information is located at: http://www.lcc.edu/schedule/general_information/tuition_fees.aspx

*TUITION AND FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE THROUGH THE ACTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

Refund Policy for Semester-Length Courses

Fall and Spring Semesters and Summer Session

Withdrawal during first week of semester

100% of tuition and fees

Withdrawal during second week of semester

50% of tuition only

Withdrawal after second week of semester

No refund


Students receiving financial aid will receive refunds only if repayment to financial aid sources is not required.

Refunds are not retroactive to previous semesters. Questions relating to refunds should be addressed to the Student Finance Office.

Variable Date Courses

It is the student's responsibility to process all drops by the established deadline dates. To withdraw from class, the student must fill out a Registration Form in the Enrollment Services Office or through the department offering the course. Refunds are automatically issued for courses canceled by the College. The registration fees are nonrefundable.

UP TO AND INCLUDING THREE-DAY COURSES

100% Refund*

Prior to start of course

Drop with no course shown

Prior to start of course
Students with a valid reason for exception to this policy may fax, mail, or present their support documentation to Enrollment Services

Change credit/ audit status

Prior to end of course meeting

FOUR-DAY - LESS THAN EIGHT-WEEK COURSES

100% Refund*

Prior to start of course

Drop with no course shown

Prior to start of course
Students with a valid reason for exception to this policy may fax, mail, or present their support documentation to Enrollment Services

Change credit/ audit status

Through midpoint of course (using calendar date beginning through ending dates of course)

EIGHT WEEK - LESS THAN 16-WEEK COURSES

100% Refund*

During the first week of the course

50% Refund
(of tuition only)

During the second week of the course

Drop with no course shown

Up to 14 days into the course

Change credit/ audit status

Up to 14 days into the course

OPEN ENTRY COURSES

100% Refund*

Day before the semester begins

50% Refund

Not applicable

Drop with no course shown

Day before the semester begins

Change credit/ audit status

Day before the semester begins


*The 100% refund period for courses offered by BCI is seven (7) calendar days (or more) before the first day of class. The refund amount for classes dropped from two (2) to six (6) calendar days before the class begins is 50%. For classes dropped one (1) calendar day before the first day of class or later, there is no refund.

Students dropping a West Campus open entry module prior to the module start date will receive a 100% refund. Students dropping an open entry module after the module start date will receive 0% refund, no matter when they enrolled in the course. Students who are administratively dropped for non-completion of the Student Learning Contract will receive 0% refund.

Student Credit Requirements

Student credit requirements are as follows:

FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS

Full-time enrollment

12 credits

Three-quarters enrollment

9 credits

One-half enrollment

6 credits

SUMMER SESSION (8 weeks)

Full-time enrollment

6 credits

Three-quarters enrollment

5 credits

One-half enrollment

3 credits

Canceled Classes

The College reserves the right to cancel classes which do not have sufficient enrollment. Students enrolled in classes that are canceled will have the opportunity to add another class or receive a refund.

Tuition Refund Appeals

Students may experience situations that are beyond their control and may be eligible to receive a refund for part or all tuition paid for a semester beyond the published refund periods. If a student has extenuating circumstances, e.g., a medical emergency, an accident, military deployment, other situations beyond their control, or a situation that is the result of college error, he/she can submit a request in writing to be considered for an exception to college policy. The Request for Exception to College Policy form is available from Enrollment Services and must be completed and submitted with supporting documentation. The form and documentation is reviewed by the Registrar's Office and the student is notified in writing of a decision. If the request is approved, a refund will be mailed to the student, or the amount outstanding on the student account will be removed.

If the request is denied by the Registrar's Office, the student may appeal the decision in writing to the Refund/Residency Review Panel. Decisions rendered by the Refund/Residency Review Panel will be final.

Schedule Changes

During the schedule change period, and in accordance with procedures specified in the Course Schedule, a student may make changes in his or her schedule. A student may withdraw from a course before the end of the second week of the semester without academic penalty. Drops will not be processed after the deadlines published in the Course Schedule.

Schedule changes involve the following procedures which must be completely carried out by the student so that the student's records in the Enrollment Services Office may be accurately maintained:

  1. Pick up a Registration Form during the registration process or at the Enrollment Services Office.
  2. Fill out the form completely with information requested.
  3. Return the form to the registration assistant or to the Enrollment Services Office for proper recording. Do not leave until processing of the form has been completed and a copy has been received.

Auditing Courses

A student who registers as an audit attends class regularly but does not take the final examination, does not receive an achievement grade, and does not receive credit for the course. Students wishing to audit must meet all prerequisites required for the course and indicate their intention to audit at the time they register for the course. Audited courses cannot be applied toward a degree or certificate and cannot be used to meet prerequisites.

The College allows students to change from credit to audit or from audit to credit by the end of the second week for 16-week classes (and other equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses). Students electing to change from audit to credit are responsible for having course work up to date at the time the change is made and must have instructor approval after the first week of the semester. Changes from credit to audit through the end of the second week for 16-week courses (and other equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses) do not require instructor approval. In addition, students should be aware that exercising this option may have an impact on their financial assistance or on student employment at the College. Any student balance due created by a change in total number of enrolled credits or change of course(s) to audit status must be paid by the student. Changes in audit or credit status must be requested by the student through the Enrollment Services Office.

Withdrawal

I. Student-Initiated Withdrawal

  1. If a student finds it necessary to withdraw from a class or from the College, he or she must follow the procedure specified by the college.
  2. If the withdrawal takes place within the established refund period for each semester, a student withdrawing will receive a refund.
  3. If a student withdraws from a semester-length class prior to the end of the second week of the semester (or other equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses), instructor approval is not needed, a final grade is not issued, and the withdrawn class is not recorded on the academic record.
  4. If a student withdraws from a semester-length class between the end of the second week of the semester and the end of the eighth week of the semester (or other equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses), instructor approval is not needed, the student will receive a W as the record of the course, and the instructor will be informed of the withdrawal.
  5. After the end of the eighth week of the semester (or other equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses), a student's request to withdraw from a class will be considered only if the student is completing the course requirements at a passing level (1.0 or higher) at the time the W is requested. If the student has not done passing work, he or she will receive a 0.0. The instructor's signature is required for the student to receive a W. If the instructor finds that the student was not able to apply for the W in a timely fashion, the instructor may grant the student's request for a W if the student was passing the course on the date of the event that caused the application for withdrawal. A student may request to withdraw from a class, with the instructor's approval, until the end of the fourteenth week of the semester (or other equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses).
  6. The college will retain a record of all student-initiated withdrawals.

II. Administrative Withdrawal

The ultimate responsibility for withdrawal from a class rests with the student. However, it may be in the best interest of the student and/or the College community that a student be withdrawn from a class or a group of classes. This process is known as "administrative withdrawal."

In accordance with the guidelines (1, 2, and 3) listed below, an administrative withdrawal may be initiated by a classroom instructor for the following reasons: (1) student nonattendance/nonparticipation; (2) lack of prerequisites for a particular course; and/or (3) student behavior that interferes with the instructional process.

  1. When a student fails to attend or participate in the class, the instructor may initiate an administrative withdrawal. In order to affect an administrative withdrawal for the reason of student nonattendance or nonparticipation, an instructor must have their attendance/participation policy clearly written in their syllabus and/or course policies handout. If a student fails to comply with these policies as they are presented, an instructor may then initiate an administrative withdrawal for nonattendance or nonparticipation.
  2. When a student does not have the prerequisites for a particular course, the classroom instructor consults with the student regarding the potential of administrative withdrawal. The instructor has the right to initiate an administrative withdrawal.
  3. When a student behaves in a manner that interferes with the instructional process, the classroom instructor consults with the student regarding the potential of administrative withdrawal and establishes guidelines in writing for retaining enrollment in the class. If the student does not satisfactorily meet the guidelines or if the student does not respond to an invitation to meet with the classroom instructor, the classroom instructor, with the co-recommendation of the appropriate departmental chairperson, may initiate an administrative withdrawal. The classroom instructor, with the co-recommendation of the appropriate departmental chairperson, may also recommend that a member of the counseling staff meet with the instructor and the student to review the circumstances of the student's behavior and to work out a possible alternative.

In all cases of administrative withdrawal, a student who is withdrawn from a semester-length class prior to the end of the second week of the semester (or other equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses) will not receive a grade and a record of attempting the class will not appear on the academic record. If the student is withdrawn between the first day of the third week of the semester and the last day of the eighth week of the semester (or equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses), the student will receive a W as the record of the course. If a student is withdrawn between the first day of the ninth week of the semester and the last day of the fourteenth week of the semester (or equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses), the student will receive a W only if he or she was completing the course requirements at a passing level (1.0 or higher) up until the date of the event that caused the administrative withdrawal. If the student has not done passing work, he or she will receive a 0.0. The deadline for administrative withdrawals is the last day of the fourteenth week of the semester (or equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses).

The college will retain documentation of all administrative withdrawals.

Any student who is administratively withdrawn may appeal the withdrawal following the procedure specified by the college.

III. Procedure for Resolving Health-Related Student Problems

In a situation in which a serious (physical or emotional) health-related problem becomes evident in a student, the College's responsibilities are to assist the student and take necessary action to maintain order consistent with a positive learning environment for other students. If a student's health-related behavior becomes disruptive or clearly inappropriate, the following procedures shall be followed:

  1. Call the Department of Public Safety and the Office of the Dean of the Student Services Division if:
    1. Emergency health services are required or
    2. It appears that there has been or is likely to be a violation of the law.
  2. Call only the Office of the Dean of Student Services if it appears that there has been a violation of a College regulation that is not also a violation of the law.
  3. If there is no apparent violation of the law or College regulation and no emergency exists, the student should be encouraged to seek help from an appropriate health or counseling office or agency, on or off campus. Assistance from the Office of the Dean of Student Services and/or College counselors should be sought if needed.
  4. If there appears to be a violation of the law or a College regulation, the student may be subject to discipline under the Due Process procedures of the College. In addition, the Office of the Dean of Student Services (or designee) may contact the counseling staff in order for a member of the counseling staff to meet with the student and recommend:
    1. Continued counseling if the problem is within the ability of the Counseling and Advising Center to handle.
    2. Referral back to the Office of the Dean of Student Services when no health-related problem is evident or when it is determined that the Counseling and Advising Center can be of no further service.
    3. Referral to other appropriate professional assistance if the problem is beyond the scope and ability of the Counseling and Advising Center to handle. If the problem significantly compromises the rights or safety of other persons at the College or if a professional recommendation to withdraw the student is made, the Office of the Dean of Student Services may institute procedures for administrative withdrawal of the student from the College until he or she provides evidence from a licensed and appropriate health care professional stating that the student is able to function effectively with the stresses and demands of a College setting. The student may appeal the withdrawal decision to the Board of Appeals.
    4. Whenever possible, the counseling staff, working with the student's physician and/or relatives, shall make a recommendation to the student as to his or her future course of action.

Catalog Information at Lansing Community College

Student Services Division
TLC Lobby, Room 221
Phone: 517-483-1162
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