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It's hard enough dealing with the fact that your baby is going on to college let alone figuring out how to navigate the sea of new terms and processes involved: applications, registration, testing, transferability, tuition, books, and on and on.

There is hope! Fortunately for you, we've been down this road thousands of times with other students' parents. Below you'll find a list of answers to many of your questions relating to your child's college needs along with explanations of some college-specific terms.

If after looking through our list you're still stumped, contact any of our Enrollment Specialists. They can help you get the answers you're looking for.

1. What does it cost and how do I pay for it?
SCC is one of the most economical colleges in Iowa. Check out our tuition rates. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, loans, grants and work study. Payment plans are also available.

2. Will the courses transfer?
Southeastern Community College is a great place to start your education. If you're planning on earning a bachelor's degree, you can take your general education requirements before transferring to a four-year college or university. (Usually, this will mean earning your associate of arts degree at Southeastern before transferring. SCC also has articulation agreements for some of our associate of science and associate in applied science career programs. Common course numbering makes transferring easy.)

3. What if my son or daughter doesn't know exactly what they want to do?
SCC offers nearly 50 career programs as well as college transfer options. The career services office provides inventories and counseling to aid students in career and academic decisions. Enrollment services specialists are also available to help students make decisions.

4. What services are available to help students find jobs?
SCC maintains job banks with current openings. Recruiters from businesses, industries, and professions are encouraged to list their job openings with appropriate faculty and the Career Services Office. On campus interviewing is also available with interested employers. Career Placement offers assistance with job seeking strategies that can help organize job searches, resume and job interview preparation. Job listings are posted on the Placement Bulletin Boards at both the West Burlington (North) and Keokuk (South) campuses.

5. What do students need to do prior to starting classes at SCC?
Students should be encouraged to take challenging classes in high school and to take joint enrollment classes when possible. They should complete an application for admission and make arrangements to have a final high school transcript sent to SCC. Students will also need to complete the compass test if they have not taken the ACT previously, schedule to attend an orientation and set up an appointment with an enrollment services specialist to plan a schedule.

6. What is FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and what does it mean for parents?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that protects the privacy of student records. This would make it illegal for SCC to provide private information concerning students to any one including the parents. Students may waive this right and make information available by completing a form in the Enrollment Services Office.

7. What help is available to my student after they enroll?
Numerous services are available to help students once they arrive on campus. Free tutoring and accommodations for students with special needs are available through the Success Center.Technology and technology support are available on all campuses. A technology help desk is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Computer labs are available for student use Monday through Friday at all campuses and on Saturday mornings at the West Burlington campus. Student safety is provided by security services.




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