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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 the Registrar's Office 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 Registrar's 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 the Registrar's Office.

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 the Registrar's Office.

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 the Registrar's Office 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.

Late Enrollment Policy for Face-to-Face Classes

Students wanting to enroll in a face-to-face class whose first class session has not yet started may enroll in that class as long as they meet the prerequisites or are otherwise qualified to enroll in that class and as long as there are seats available.  Students will use the normal registration process, and no permission is needed by the instructor or an administrator.

In order to maximize student success, the college has created the following Late Enrollment Policy for students who want to enroll in a face-to-face class after the class has started, whether or not there are seats available.

The following table indicates the approvals needed for late enrollment:

Length of Class Instructor's
Permission
Instructor and Dean's*
Permission
15 weeks or greater First two weeks Third week and beyond
14 weeks or fewer First week Second week and beyond

* Approvals must be obtained in the order listed (Instructor then Dean). In addition, given the amount of class time and work missed, late enrollments of this type will be rare and will be granted under exceptional circumstances.

For face-to-face classes with no available seats (that is, closed sections):

Beginning on the first day of instruction, if there are seats available in the section due to registered students' not being present, students will be permitted to enroll in a closed section according to the following procedure: Students whose names are on the official college waitlist and who are present in class will be added to the class in the order in which the students' names appear on the waitlist. If additional seats remain available after the waitlisted students have been added to the section, other students who are present in class may be added to the section provided that they are eligible to register for the class. Faculty will use a randomized procedure to add these students.

Please note: Waitlisted students who are not present for the class session will be dropped from the waitlist.

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 Registrar's Office may be accurately maintained:

  1. Pick up a Registration Form during the registration process or in the Registrar's Office.
  2. Fill out the form completely with information requested.
  3. Return the form to the registration assistant or to the Registrar's 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 Registrar's Office.

Course Withdrawal Policy

I. Purpose
Although the College is committed to helping students be successful in their courses and remain on track to complete their educational goals, on occasion it might be in the best interest of the student and/or the College community that a student withdraw from or be withdrawn from a course or from courses prior to the end of the course(s).
 
II. Scope
This policy applies to all students and college courses.

III. General
Before withdrawing from a course, a student is strongly encouraged to discuss her/his situation with her/his instructor to see if other options exist. A student should withdraw from a course only as a last resort and only for a substantial reason. For example, she or he might be facing a severe work or life crisis or might be having consistent, irremediable learning-related challenges in the course. Whatever the reason, before withdrawing from a course, the student is strongly encouraged to discuss her or his situation with the instructor and/or academic advisor to see if any other remedies (other than course withdrawal) might be available. Ultimately, if a student finds it necessary to withdraw from a course or from courses, she or he must follow the procedure specified by the college.

Subject to applicable procedures, the college may initiate a withdrawal for one or more of the following reasons: (1) the student lacks the appropriate prerequisite(s) for the course; (2) the student's attendance or participation in the class fails to meet established standards; (3) the student has engaged in behavior that interferes with the instructional process; and/or (4) the student is not in good financial standing with the college.

Whether the student withdraws from a course or is withdrawn from it, the following conditions apply:

If the withdrawal takes place within the established refund period for the semester, the student will receive a refund. Otherwise, the student will not receive a refund.

If the withdrawal from a semester-length course occurs prior to the end of the second week of the semester (or other equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses), a final grade will not be issued, and the withdrawn course will not be recorded on the student's academic record.

If the withdrawal from a semester-length course occurs between the first day of the third week of the semester and the last day of the fourteenth week of the semester (or other equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses), the student will receive a grade of "W" for the course.

The deadline for college-initiated withdrawals is the last day of the fourteenth week of the semester (or equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses).

Except in exceedingly rare cases and for exceptionally good reasons, neither student-initiated nor college-initiated withdrawals will occur after the last day of the fourteenth week of the semester (or other equivalent dates as specified for variable length courses).

The college will retain a record of all withdrawals.
 
Students who are receiving financial aid should be aware that withdrawing from a course could impact their financial aid status. They are therefore strongly encouraged to consult with Financial Aid before withdrawing from a course.

Any student who is withdrawn from a course may appeal the withdrawal following the procedure specified by the college.
 
IV. Responsibility
The College Registrar and the Student Affairs Dean are responsible for preparing procedures to implement this policy.

Revised 11/20/15

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Student Affairs Division
Gannon Building - StarZone
Phone: 517-483-1162
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