Registration Starts March 14 for Spring/Summer 2012 Semester
Even though you still may be wearing heavy coats, scarves, and mittens, Spring/Summer 2012 Semester is just around the corner.
Registration for Spring/Summer Semester starts Wednesday, March 14, for current and readmitted students. Registration for new students starts one week later on Wednesday, March 21.
A schedule of credit classes is available on WCC’s website. Most Spring/Summer classes start May 7, although some begin May 30 and others on June 18. The later start dates—especially June 18—are designed to help new high school graduates get a head start on college.
“WCC’s summer classes are a great opportunity for high school seniors who will be starting at a four-year school this fall,” said Kathy Currie, director of Student Records. “They can get some of their basic classes out of the way, while enjoying smaller class sizes and paying lower tuition than at four-year schools.”
Change Affects Financial Aid Students
Beginning in Spring/Summer Semester, instructors will be required to verify the attendance of students who receive financial aid. Financial aid recipients who don’t attend class will be dropped, causing their financial aid to be reduced or canceled.
“The federal government has always required students to attend class to be eligible for financial aid,” said Lori Trapp, director of Financial Aid. “So this change really isn’t new. It’s simply a different way to implement the federal regulations.”
The change also means that students who get financial aid refunds will receive them later than in the past. Exactly when you receive your refund will depend on which sessions you register for during Spring/Summer Semester and how much aid you receive. Initial refund checks will be issued beginning May 31.
Preparing Before Registration Is Crucial
Being prepared when registration starts can help students avoid getting delayed during the process, Currie said.
Preparation is especially important for transfer students, she said. The key for them is getting prerequisite overrides approved before registration begins.
The Course Prerequisite Check lets students check prerequisites for a class and, if they feel that they meet them, apply for a prerequisite override online. It’s available through MyWCC, the same system that students use to register for classes.
She said transfer students should submit the requests as soon as possible so they don’t run into delays when they try to register for classes.
Currie also noted that new and readmitted students must come into WCC to present official government documents that verify their identity and residency before they can register. Students should bring in their documents as soon as possible after WCC processes their application. The requirement does not apply to current students.
In addition to the Course Prerequisite Check, students have two other online tools to help them build their schedules through MyWCC:
- The WCC Schedule Planner lets students type in classes they want and block out times they’re unavailable, and then produces possible class schedules.
- The Program Requirements and Degree Audit allows students to see which classes they still must take to earn a degree.
Registration Times Are Staggered
Current and readmitted students have staggered registration start times on March 14. The times are based on the overall number of credit hours earned, either at WCC or through accepted transfer hours, through Fall 2011 Semester:
- 45 hours or more: 8:00am
- 30 hours or more: 11:00am
- 15 hours or more: 1:00pm
- Less than 15 hours: 3:00pm
You’re a current student if you took credit classes at WCC in any semester from Spring/Summer 2010 to Winter 2012. You’re a readmitted student if you took classes more than two years ago and have reactivated your file by completing the online application again.
Registration for new students starts at 9:00am on Wednesday, March 21. New students must submit an online application and be admitted before they can register.
Students Urged to Register Early
Students should register as early as possible to ensure the best selection of classes. During the Spring/Summer 2011 Semester, 8,235 students enrolled at WCC.
WCC offers classes during the day, at night, on weekends, online, and in a blended format that combines online and classroom instruction. Classes are available at WCC’s main campus and at extension centers in Brighton, Dexter, Hartland, and Ypsilanti.
Students register for credit classes online. If you need access to a computer or help with registering, visit WCC’s Student Connection on the second floor of the Student Center building. If you have questions about registering, call the Student Connection at 734-973-3543.
See a Counselor or Advisor
WCC strongly encourages students to see a counselor or advisor before registering. Walk-in counseling at Counseling & Career Planning is available Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 6:00pm and Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The office is located on the second floor of the Student Center building.
You can submit basic advising questions through the Internet and receive replies by email or phone. If you need more help and it’s hard for you to get to campus, you can use WCC’s real-time online advising service. Your computer needs a high-speed Internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone for you to take full advantage of the service.
Register for LifeLong Learning Classes
Registration for WCC’s LifeLong Learning continuing education classes also starts March 14. You do not have to be admitted to WCC to take the non-credit classes.
A schedule of LifeLong Learning classes will be available online starting March 14. You can register for LifeLong Learning classes online, by mail, or in person at the Student Connection.