First Financial Aid Disbursement (posted 08/26)

The first disbursement (* see note below) for Financial Aid is this Friday, August 28th.  However, to receive your grant on this day, your entire Financial Aid file must be complete.  This means that all of your required documents were received on time and processed by June 1st.  In additional to submitting all required documents, you must have been enrolled in courses for the Fall 2015 semester by July 20th.

If you qualify for Financial Aid, please remember that your grant is to help you purchase textbooks and supplies so that you can succeed in your classes.  You probably have homework to do this weekend and having your textbooks will definitely keep you on track!

So, before you withdraw funds with your OneCard, there are a few important things to remeber about financial aid.  For example, financial aid is based on ACADEMIC SUCCESS!  This means that you must complete each semester with a satisfactory GPA (2.00 GPA or higher) and with satisfactory progress (complete at least 75% of your courses).

If you are unsure of your Financial Aid status or need help with understanding the different forms, log onto “My City Aid” or visit the Financial Aid Lab in Business Building 153.

* NOTE: Depending on the number of units enrolled, you may receive one disbursement for Financial Aid. Only full time and three-quarter time students will receive two disbursements this semester.

Weekly Post #1 (posted 08/24)

You’re here!

And, yes, we are just as excited as you are!

You woke up early this morning to find a parking spot, you arrived to all of your classes on time, and you waited in the long lines of Counseling, Admissions, and the College Store to take care of business!

Now you get to do it all over again for 16 weeks!  And, though that may seem like such a L-O-N-G time from now, it will actually go by pretty quickly.

Surviving the first week of the semester takes a lot of courage, patience, and determination:  COURAGE because starting college can be overwhelming, PATIENCE because trying to add a class or find an open seat can be frustrating, and DETERMINATION because – above all else – you are not going to let anything get in the way of your success!

Whether you are new to SCC or a continuing student, there are certain things that will need to be done.

Many of these things need immediate attention (like getting officially added into your classes) and some you can do in the next week (like attending a Library orientation).  But, don’t wait too long because you will soon be busy with homework assignments, preparing for exams, and reading your textbooks.

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SOS – Students Obtaining Success (posted 08/20)

If you are a new student at Sacramento City College, you may be asking yourself a lot of questions:  “Where is Lillard Hall?”, “How do I buy a parking permit?”, “Where can I print my class schedule?”, and “Where is the nearest bathroom?!?!?”

If you have a quick question, there is no reason for you to stand in the long lines at the Admissions counter or at the Counseling office – especially if you have to run to class in the next 5 minutes.

If you need help, just look for an SOS Welcome Table outside the bookstore, near the cafeteria entrance, and at the Rodda Hall breezeway.  At one of the many SOS Welcome Tables, you will be greeted by friendly staff, faculty, and administrators who will help you get to where you need to go!  If you need a campus map, an add/drop slip, or a list of student support services, those will be available for you at an SOS Welcome Table.

Sacramento City College cares about your success and there will be volunteers at each SOS Welcome Table to help you!  If you are not near an SOS Welcome Table, look for any SCC staff, faculty, or administrator to assist you.  You can easily find one of us with our name tag on!

The SOS Welcome Tables will be available for the first three days of the semester from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Afterwards, you are always welcome – and encouraged! – to utilize the many support services available on campus.

Understanding your class schedule (posted 08/12)

Important details about your class schedule:

Course:  The name of the course will be listed on the very top of the box.  The sample schedule above shows the class as “Math 103 – Elementary Algebra, Part I.”

Status: Either you are ENROLLED in a class or WAITING.  Being “enrolled” means that you are officially on the class roster and “waiting” means that you are on the wait list.  Either way, you still need to SHOW UP on the first day.

Waitlist Position: If you are on the wait list, check your number…you may have moved up since you first got on the wait list!  If you are #6 (as seen above), there is a good chance that you may be given a permission number by the instructor and allowed to add the class.

Units: This number could vary depending on the class that you are enrolled in.  For example, a science class with a lecture and lab could be 5 units while a fitness course could be 1 unit.  This class is 3 units.

Class number: You will need this class number when searching for your textbook on the College Store website.  For example, Math 103 is offered in different sections and taught by different instructors.  This 5-digit number will tell you specifically which textbook(s) are needed for this particular course.

Days & Times: Most classes meet twice a week, but there are courses that meet three times a week or meet every day.  This will tell you the days of the week that you will be meeting…and, yes, some students will be taking classes on the weekends.  This will also tell you the start and end times of the class.  Make sure that you know whether your class is in the “AM” (morning!) or the PM (afternoon or evening!).  If you are taking an online course, make sure that you attend the mandatory orienation.  You can find more information about the orientation on your instructor’s website or in the class schedule online.

Room: Make sure you know WHERE your class is located, especially if it’s at the main campus or not!  We offer many great classes at the outreach centers which are located in Davis and West Sacramento.  If your schedule shows “Davis Cntr” or “West Sac,” then your class is NOT at the “Main” campus.  Before the semester begins, take a look at the campus map (or visit the campus in person) to find out where your classes are located.

Instructor: All of your classes will be taught by an instructor!  Yes, even if the class is online, there is still an instructor who will teach and guide you throughout the semester.  Sometimes, you will find “TBA” (To Be Announced) listed on your schedule, but, don’t worry, there will be an instructor assigned to your class by the first day of the semester.

Start/End Date: A semester at SCC is 16 weeks long.  There are some classes (such as Computer Information Science) that are offered as “short-term” classes and lasts for only 8 weeks.  If you have a short-term class, make sure you know if it is during the “1st 8 weeks” or the “2nd 8 weeks.”

SIDE NOTES:

1.  Math 103 has a prerequisite of “Math 34 with a grade of C or better; or placement through the assessment process.”  Even though your class schedule will not list the prerequisite, this information can be found in the class schedule and SCC catalog.  Your instructor will ask for a prerequisite verification during the first week of the semester.

2.  Yes, the semester begins on a SATURDAY, but you only have to show up if you have a Saturday class.  If not, then show up on Monday or Tuesday when your first class begins.

3.  If you DO NOT see your class schedule when you log into your eServices account, check if you have been dropped.  You may have been dropped from all classes if you did not pay your enrollment fees within the 14-day period.

4.  FOR MATH COURSES ONLY: Be aware of the prerequisite verification required to enroll into a math course.  Your prerequisite will be automatically cleared if you are currently enrolled in the appropriate prerequisite course within Los Rios, you have completed the appropriate prerequisite course within Los Rios with a “C” or better, or you assessed into the math class that you want to take.  If you completed the prerequisite course at another college outside of Los Rios, you must bring an official transcript to the Admissions Office along with the “Math Prerequisite Equivalency Form.”

Oh wait…I’m on the wait list?!

The Fall 2015 semester doesn’t start until mid-August and, although there is still time to enroll into classes, the unthinkable has happened…the classes that YOU WANTED are all filled up!

So, now what?  Get your name on the wait list!

Putting your name on the wait list doesn’t mean that you are officially enrolled, but it does mean that if other students drop the course, then – depending on where you are on the list – there is a possibility that you may be added into the class.

Here is how it works…

If a class is already full, then students can place their names on the wait list if the limit hasn’t been reached.  Some wait lists allow up to 10 students to add their names and other wait lists allow up to 20 students to add their names.  (NOTE:  If a wait list is full today, that doesn’t mean that a spot won’t open up tomorrow.)  It may seem like a hassle, but it is important to log onto eServices EVERYDAY.  (If you can log onto Facebook a dozen times a day, you can certainly log onto eServices!)  You never know what can happen…in the last hour, someone may have dropped from a wait list leaving that one last spot open just for you!

Getting your name on a wait list doesn’t guarantee you a seat in the class, but, unfortunately, some students will be dropped for non-payment of fees, not meeting prerequisites, or because they simply changed their schedules.  If you are #2 on the wait list, you have a good chance of getting added into the class.  If you are #20, don’t lose hope…you still need to show up on the first day.  What if the first 10 students on the wait list don’t show up and permission numbers are being given out?  If you do not show up and your name is called from the wait list, the professor will continue onto the next student.

Wherever you are on the wait list, it is IMPORTANT that you continue to monitor your status!  If you are #3 on the wait list and three students suddenly drop, then you are in.  Once you are in, you NEED TO PAY TO STAY!  Unfortunately, no one is going to send you a text message that you have to pay…you just need to remember!

But, whether you are #1 or #20, you should still plan to attend class on the first day!  By the end of the first week, you should have a better idea whether or not you will be added into the class.   

Enrollment tips!

Helpful tips to get you started…

1.  Know how to navigate eServices.  If this is your first time enrolling, it can be complicated trying to figure out how to add classes. It can also get confusing if you don’t know the difference between a blue square, a gold triangle, and green circle!

If you need help with the enrollment process, visit the eServices Lab located in Business Building 153. The friendly staff from Admissions and Records will show you how to search for classes, how to add them into your shopping cart, and how to proceed to enrollment.

(Reminder: You will need to know your 7-digit ID number and password to log onto eServices!)

2.  When you log onto eServices, is the word “HOLD” written boldly inside of a red hexagon?  If so, that means exactly what it says…you have a “hold” that must be cleared before you can enroll into classes.  Most likely, you forgot to complete the “Supplemental Enrollment Form” which must be updated every semester.  If you have already submitted that form and you still see that darn hexagon, then you have another “hold” that must be cleared.  It could be a library fine, a financial aid hold, a dismissal, or an overdue payment.  If you need to make a payment related to a “hold,” visit the Business Services Office located inside Rodda North.

3.  Be flexible with your schedule.  Consider taking classes in the morning, afternoon, evening, or even the weekends.  But, only enroll into classes that you know you can attend for the next 16 weeks!  For example, if you decide to take a class at 7:00 in the morning, you must be able to make it to class on time…and then stay awake!  And, as you consider all options for creating your schedule, be aware of how often a class will meet and in the format that it will be taught.  Some classes are “hybrid” classes where there is both in-class and online learning.  In this case, you will be required to use the internet to submit some assignments.

4.  SCC’s main campus is beautiful…but don’t forget about the Davis Center and West Sacramento Center!  Both centers offer a wide range of general education courses including Math and English.  If you plan to attend both the main campus and one of the outreach centers, make sure that you give yourself plenty of travel time to get from one location to another.  As you are browsing through the class schedule, you will see the words “SCC Main,” “Davis Center,” or “West Sac” to indicate the location of the class.  Don’t get lost on the first day of the semester because you can’t find the “Davis Center” on the main campus…you will have to actually drive to the city of Davis to find it.

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