Spring 2016 Semester Guide
The Semester Guide is full of information on how to register for classes, make payments, keep up with financial aid, and get ready for the upcoming semester at WPCC. To learn more about a topic, click the name of the category below. A window will slide open with details on that topic, along with appropriate links to information.
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Spring 2016 Academic Calendar
- Early Advising/Registration for Spring 2016 – November 9-20, 2015
Early Advising/Registration ends at 1:00 p.m. on November 20, 2015
- Tuition and Fees Due for Early Registration – December 1, 2015 by 1:00 p.m.
- Spring Regular Registration – January 6-7, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
- Classes Begin – January 11, 2016
- Schedule Adjustments – January 11-14, 2016 (No Registration)
- Tuition and Fees Due for Regular Registration – January 15, 2016 by 1:00 p.m.
- No Classes/Holiday – January 18, 2016
- No Curriculum Classes – February 23-24, 2016
- “A” Term Ends/”B” Term Registration – March 9, 2016
(Tuition and fees are due at the time of Registration. Students’ schedules will be deleted if payment is not received.)
- “B” Term Begins – March 10, 2016
- No classes/Holiday – March 28, 2016
- No Curriculum Classes – March 29 through April 1, 2016
- Early Advising/Registration for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 – April 11 – 22, 2016
Early Advising/Registration ends at 1:00 p.m. on April 22, 2016
- Classes End – May 11, 2016
4 Steps to Complete Early Registration (November 9-20, 2015)
- See your Advisor between November 9-20, 2015
- Make an appointment with your advisor to develop a course schedule.
- Advisor will remove WEB restriction and review for other flags that may prohibit registration.
- Advisor will give you a copy of the registration card to use when registering through Pioneer Pass. (The advisor will submit the original registration card to Student Services).
- Register for Classes between November 9-20, 2015
- If you were enrolled Spring 2015, Summer 2015 and/or Fall 2015 and if you have earned 30 SHC OR MORE at WPCC, you are eligible to register on Monday, November 9, 2015 beginning at 5:00 a.m. through Pioneer Pass and 8:00 a.m. for on-campus registration through Friday, November 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
- If you were enrolled Spring 2015, Summer 2015 and/or Fall 2015 and if you have earned 29 SHC OR LESS, you will be eligible to register on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 beginning at 5:00 a.m. through Pioneer Pass and 8:00 a.m. for on-campus registration through Friday, November 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
- Pioneer Pass may be accessed by any computer with Internet access, including laptops, open computer labs on campus, and kiosks located in each building. Directions are available on the website that gives detailed instructions on how to access and register using Pioneer Pass. Pioneer Pass will periodically be unavailable due to updates and maintenance; please refer to the webpage for scheduled times.
- Technical Support will be available for online registration Monday, November 9 through Friday, November 20 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- IMPORTANT: It is the student’s responsibility to register for courses that are required within his/her program of study and approved by his/her advisor. Registering for a course outside the program of study may prevent a student from graduating and will result in adjustments to Financial Aid award balances.
- Print Your Schedule
- You will need to print your class schedule if you receive any form of Financial Aid or if a third party (WIOA, TAA, VA, etc.) is paying your tuition, fees, and books. This printout is necessary for certain Business Office functions and to purchase merchandise in the Book Cellar. There will be a printer connected to each kiosk for your convenience.
- Pay Tuition and Fees
- Students may pay using one of the following methods: 1) in-person at the Business Office (Moore Hall); 2) convenient drop box located beside the Business Office; 3) Online Tuition Payment Plan; or 4) online through Pioneer Pass with Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Please refer to the Business Office Section under “Paying Your Tuition and Fees.”
- Spring 2016 Tuition and Fees must be paid by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (unless participating in the Online Tuition Payment Plan which closes at midnight on November 20, 2015 or have Financial Aid posted to account) to remain enrolled in classes. Failure to pay during the dates and hours above will result in cancellation of schedule.
Steps to Complete Regular Registration (January 6-7, 2016)
Get information on the placement test.
- Submit your admission application prior to placement test date.
- Students may take the placement test(s) one time only.
- Call (828) 448-6046 to schedule an appointment.
- Visit the Academic Success Center for study assistance or contact Student Services for a study guide. Preparing for the placement test(s) may reduce or eliminate the need for multiple levels of developmental coursework.
- Arrive in Student Services (Hildebrand Hall) at least 30 minutes before test time.
- Photo ID must be presented.
- Allow 3-4 hours to complete testing.
- Test scores are good for five years.
PROVIDE official transcripts from all previously attended Colleges/Universities and High School or GED program or Adult High School. By providing your College/University transcripts, you may be exempt from Placement Testing. Students receiving Financial Aid must have official high school transcripts on file in Student Records prior to being awarded any financial aid funds.
MEET with Advisor to develop semester class schedule.
REGISTER – Registration can then be processed by advisor, Curriculum Division Assistant or in the Computer Labs (Pioneer Pass). Pioneer Pass is the preferred method of payment giving the students more opportunities to receive automatic notifications at the time of registration. Returning students must meet with their academic advisor, and then proceed with registration through Pioneer Pass. IMPORTANT: It is the student’s responsibility to register for courses that are required within his/her program of study and approved by his/her advisor. Registering for a course outside the program of study may prevent a student from graduating and will result in adjustments to Financial Aid award balances.
PRINT SCHEDULE from Pioneer Pass prior to payment of tuition and fees.
Spring, 2016 Regular Registration
- Wednesday, January 6, 2016: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, January 7, 2016: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Schedule Adjustments will also be processed during the above dates and times.
Spring 2016 Tuition and Fees must be paid by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016 (unless participating in the Online Tuition Payment Plan which closes at midnight on January 8, 2016 or have Financial Aid posted to account) to remain enrolled in classes. Failure to pay during the dates and hours above will result in cancellation of schedule.
Schedule Adjustment Procedures
- Schedule adjustments are only permitted in Student Services on scheduled days. A 25% fee will be assessed if schedule adjustments are made on or after January 11, 2016.
- Friday, January 8, 2016: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- Monday, January 11 through Thursday, January 14: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Students who make schedule adjustments into classes that have previously met, will be counted absent for the missed class(es).
- Meet with advisor. If not available, meet with program area Division Dean.
- Students are responsible for reading their WPCC assigned email accounts and to review/print their revised schedules from Pioneer Pass prior to classes beginning. Often times schedule adjustments are due to cancelled classes, pre-requisite issues or non-payment deletions.
Requesting A Refund
To be eligible for a tuition refund, students must “officially” withdraw from or drop classes. The WPCC Catalog has information on class withdrawal and refunds.
100% of Tuition and Fees:
- Full term classes (1/11/16-5/11/16): January 8, 2016
- “A” term classes (1/11/16 – 3/9/16): January 8, 2016
- “B” term classes (3/10/16 – 5/11/16): March 9, 2016
75% of Tuition only:
- Full term classes (1/11/16-5/11/16): January 21, 2016
- “A” term classes (1/11/16 – 3/9/16): January 14, 2016
- “B” term classes (3/10/16 – 5/11/16): March 15, 2016
DMA Modular Classes: Modular classes MUST be officially dropped by the student by January 8, 2016 to receive a 100% refund or on the first day of the class to receive a 75% refund.
Paying Your Tuition and Fees
A Tuition Payment Plan is available. See the Online Tuition Payment Plan for more information.
Early Registered Students – Tuition and Fees Payment
Early Registered students may pay using one of the following methods: 1) in-person at the Business Office (Moore Hall); 2) convenient drop box located beside the Business Office; 3) Online Tuition Payment Plan; 4) on-line through Pioneer Pass with Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express; or 5) have financial aid posted to your student account. The Business Office will be open during the following hours for the receipt of tuition and fees for Early Registration:
- Monday, November 9, 2015 through Thursday, November 20, 2015: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Spring 2016 Tuition and Fees must be paid by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (unless participating in the Online Tuition Payment Plan which closes at midnight on November 20, 2015 or have Financial Aid posted to account) to remain enrolled in classes.
Regular Registered Students – Tuition and Fees Payment
The Business Office will be open during the following hours for the receipt of tuition and fees for Regular Registration:
- Wednesday, January 6, 2016: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, January 7, 2016: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Friday, January 8, 2016: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Spring 2016 Tuition and Fees must be paid by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016 (unless participating in the Online Tuition Payment Plan which closes at midnight on January 8, 2016 or have Financial Aid posted to account) to remain enrolled in classes.
Failure to pick up schedule and pay during the hours above will result in cancellation of schedule.
Tuition and Fees
(Tuition charges are subject to change by action of the North Carolina General Assembly and the State Board of Community Colleges)
- In-State – $76.00 per credit hour ($1,216.00 max.)
- Out-of-State – $268.00 per credit hour ($4,288.00 max.)
Additional Fees (Required and Non-refundable)
- Student Activity Fee – $2.00 per credit hour ($18 max.)
- Student Insurance Fee – $1.25
- Parking Fee – $5.00 per semester
- Technology Fee – $3.00 per credit hour ($48 maximum)
- Other fees may be charged as required for specific courses.
Online Tuition Payment Plan
Interest-Free Monthly Payment Plan
To help you meet your educational expenses, Western Piedmont Community College is proud to offer a convenient monthly Tuition Payment Plan from Nelnet Business Solutions. The monthly payment plan is not a loan program or financial aid. There are no interest or finance charges assessed, and there is no credit check. The only requirement is a minimum balance due of $100. There are two payment options:
- Automatic Bank Payment (ACH) – ACH payments are those payments you have authorized Nelnet to process directly with your financial institution. It is simply a bank-to-bank transfer of funds that you have pre-approved for your tuition and fees at Western Piedmont Community College. Payments may be made from either your checking or savings account. Payments are processed on the 5th of each month as designated by the payment schedule. Some banks do not allow ACH payments to be made from savings accounts. Check with your bank regarding their policies about savings accounts being used.
- Credit Card Payment – Paying with your credit card gives you the option of taking advantage of any bonus programs that may be offered by your credit card company. Your monthly payment will be automatically charged to the credit card you designate. Payments will be charged on the 5th of each month as designated by the schedule below.
Convenient Online Enrollment for Payment Options
Connecting online is simple, secure, and easy. Enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan online and follow the instructions. To protect your privacy, you will need to create your own unique Access Code. Be sure to have the following information:
- Student ID Number as assigned by Western Piedmont Community College.
- Total amount of tuition and fees for the current semester
- The name, address, and e-mail address of the person responsible for making the payments.
- Account information for the person responsible for payment.
- If paying by automatic bank payments, you will need the bank name, telephone number, account number, and the bank routing number. Most of this information is located on your check.
Before you click the “Submit” button, please carefully read through the Final Review and the Terms and Conditions. Please print your confirmation for your records. An immediate e-mail will be sent (if an e-mail address was provided) confirming enrollment through Nelnet.
Down payments or enrollment fees returned for any reason will result in termination of your Payment Plan agreement by Nelnet, and you must pay in full.
Fees – The cost to budget your interest-free monthly payment plan is a $25 per semester, nonrefundable enrollment fee that is charged by Nelnet to use their service. A $30.00 fee will be assessed for each returned payment.
NOTE: Please do not assume your balance will automatically be adjusted if financial aid is received or a class is dropped or added. You are still obligated for payments. You should notify the Western Piedmont Community College Business Office of any changes at (828) 448-3106.
Spring 2016 Payment Plan Enrollment Deadlines and Payment Schedule
You must go on-line during the same registration period as when you register for classes.
No. of Payments
November 9, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. through
25% down +
January 6, 2016 –
30% down +
Financial Aid Information
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FINANCIAL AID STUDENTS: In the event that you are unable to attend classes for the Spring semester, it is your responsibility to OFFICIALLY withdraw from classes by 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016 to avoid a tuition liability.
- Check campus email accounts on a weekly basis – ALL financial aid award notifications are sent to students through campus email accounts. The Financial Aid Office is not responsible for any missed communications when students fail to activate or check campus email accounts.
- View your current financial aid status in Pioneer Pass by selecting the “Financial Aid Award Letter” link.
- If aid has not yet been awarded (and you have already completed the FAFSA), select the “My Documents” link in Pioneer Pass to determine what documents may be needed by the Financial Aid Office, and submit those items as soon as possible.
- If financial aid has not been awarded by the time you register for classes, you should make other arrangements to pay for tuition and fees, by using either the tuition payment plan or paying out of pocket.
- Full time enrollment for Financial Aid purposes is always 12 semester hour credits (SHC), every semester (fall, spring AND summer).
- Only classes required for your current program of study (major) can be counted in determining your financial aid award amount for each term.
- The first date Financial Aid refund checks will be mailed to students for the 2016 Spring Semester is Friday, February 5, 2016.
Students who register for classes but do not attend nor request a refund within the 10% period of the semester or 10% period of the class, whichever comes first, will be graded as a “No Show;” however, they will still be responsible for tuition, fees and bookstore charges, if applicable.
Book Cellar Hours (subject to change)
- Wednesday, January 6: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, January 7: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Friday, January 8: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Monday-Thursday, January 11-14: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Friday, January 15: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Tuesday-Thursday, January 19-21: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Regular Bookstore hours resume Friday, January 22, 2016
- Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Financial Aid Purchases
- Wednesday, January 6, 2016 through Thursday, January 21, 2016
Registration statement and photo ID are required for each Financial Aid transaction.
Last Day for Refunds and Exchanges: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Class Schedule Information
|01-29||Traditional Courses – 100% of instruction is delivered in face-to-face sessions in a seated environment.|
|31-39||Hybrid Courses – Instruction uses a combination of online information delivery and face to face class meetings.|
|41-59||Internet Courses – 100% of instruction is delivered online. Please refer to the Internet/Hybrid Students section of the Semester Guide for important deadlines.|
|41OPT-59OPT||Internet Courses – 100% of instruction is delivered online with optional on-campus meetings available.|
|61-69||Courses with irregular meeting times.|
|A||“A” Term Courses 1/11/16 – 3/9/16|
|B||“B” Term Courses 3/10/16 – 5/11/16|
|C||Designates Course for Career & College Promise (CCP)|
|E||Designates Evening Courses|
|M||Designates “Module” for Developmental Courses|
|WB||Web Assisted Courses – Primary delivery is via traditional face-to-face method with a requirement that students have Internet access as a supplemental part of the course.|
- Any student registering for hybrid courses runs the risk of being dropped if it is found that the mandatory on-campus meetings conflict with other courses on the schedule.
- Some traditional daytime and evening courses may require supplemental work to be completed online.
- Please refer to your registration statement or the online schedule for class locations.
Some courses offered have required pre-requisites and/or co-requisites. Each pre-requisite and co-requisite is located in our General Catalog and is printed in bold with the course description. Enrolling into a class without the appropriate pre/co-requisite will result in the DELETION OF THIS COURSE from your schedule.
Are you a new or first time online learner at WPCC? If so, complete the “Online Readiness Checklist” to see if you have what it takes to be successful in an internet or hybrid class.
- Students taking Internet (sections 41-59 or 41OPT-59OPT) classes or Hybrid (section 31-39) classes MUST log into their Internet/Hybrid class as soon as the semester begins, Monday, January 11, 2016, to complete required class assignments.
- Failure to complete REQUIRED class assignments by the appropriate census date will cause students to receive a grade of “No Show” by their course instructor.
- Internet/hybrid students should contact their course instructor FIRST if they have questions about the course.
- Full term classes (1/11/16 – 5/11/16) – Thursday, January 21, 2016
- “A” Term classes (1/11/16 – 3/9/16) – Thursday, January 14, 2016
- “B” Term classes (3/10/16 – 5/11/16) – Tuesday, March 15, 2016
What Do I Need To Take An Internet Class?
- A computer with the correct supported web browser and operating system. Information can be found on the Distance Learning F.A.Q page.
- A reliable connection to the Internet (DSL, cable).
- Up-to-date anti-virus software.
- A printer.
Career & College Promise Program
Eligible high school juniors and seniors can choose a career and college promise pathway and register for classes on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Registration takes place in Hildebrand Hall on the WPCC Main Campus. Contact Amanda Rhea at (828) 448-3159 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All numbers are area code 828.
- Academic Success Center – 448-3115
- Admissions Office – 448-6051
- Advising Center – 448-6046
- Bookstore – 448-3186
- Business Office – 448-3106
- Business & Public Services – 448-6050
- Disability Services – 448-3153
- English – 448-6096
- Financial Aid –448-6046
- Health Sciences – 448-6123
- Humanities & Social Sciences – 448-6139
- Information Center – 438-6000
- Library – 448-6195
- Moodle Administrator – 448-6097
- Records & Transcripts – 448-6049
- Registration – 448-6041
- Science, Engineering, & Mathematics – 448-6146
- Security – 448-6196
- Student Activities – 448-3174
- Student Services – 448-6046
- Workforce and Professional Development – 448-6140