Before graduating current students, Craven Community College’s (Craven CC) student services staff was already registering new and existing students for the new academic year. Last year, the college began registering students for fall semester classes as early as April instead of July.
(NOTE: For application/registration schedule, go to: http://bit.ly/summerfall17)
The college moved up the registration schedule to allow existing students to enroll before they left for summer. Also, because the enrollment process can take several weeks for new students, the college wanted to encourage applicants to start the process as early as possible.
According to Zomar Peter, dean of enrollment management, students who register now for fall semester do not have to pay for classes until July 30. In addition to financial aid, there are scholarships available for fall semester.
An important factor in allowing earlier registration is the college implemented a year-round curriculum schedule. This also enabled advisors and students to design a clearer path toward on-time completion of a certificate, diploma or degree.
Another factor was the change in the financial aid application deadline. Starting in 2016, enrollees could submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early October for the next year. This new FAFSA deadline is four months earlier and uses the prior year’s tax return information to start the process. For example, the October 2016 FAFSA required 2015 tax return.
For new applicants, there are five steps to enrolling:
1) Submit an application (www.CFNC.org),
2) Apply for financial aid (www.FAFSA.gov);
3) Submit official transcripts from high school; college or military;
4) Take placement test, if needed;
and 5) Attend new student orientation. The fall orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25.
“The steps can take a few to several weeks. The earlier new students can start the admissions process, the more likely they are ready to start the semester on time,” said Peter.
Future Craven CC students can apply to college by going to the college’s website at www.cravencc.edu/apply. Existing students can register online through their WebAdvisor account. The fall semester begins Friday, August 18.
High school students who will be juniors or seniors this fall can take tuition-free classes under the NC College and Career Promise (CCP) program. Under the CCP program, a high school student earns both high school and college credit from the same class. CCP students only pay for books and fees. More information about this program can be found on the college’s website at www.cravencc.edu/careercollegepromise.
Summer operating hours for Craven CC Admissions are Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For questions or assistance, call 252-638-7200 (New Bern), 252-444-6005 (Havelock), or 252-444-6000 (MCAS Cherry Point Office).
Deborah Kania is the director of communications at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in New Bern Sun Journal.