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Frequently Asked Questions     

 

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 1. Where can I find a list of classes currently offered?
 2. How can I obtain a catalog?
 3. Where can I get information about financial aid?
 4. How much do tuition and fees cost?
 5. What accreditation does Northeast Alabama Community College have?
 6. What is NOAH?
 7. How do I obtain a parking permit?
 8. When will the next term begin?
 9. When is the deadline for applying for admission?
10. I'm not a high school graduate. Where do I find out about the GED?
11. When and how do I sign up for classes?
12. What classes do I have to take?
13. How many classes should I take?
14. Can I take classes online?
15. Can I drop or add classes after I register? How?
16. What is the deadline for withdrawing from a class without penalty? How do I do it?
17. How do I obtain a TRANSCRIPT of my permanent record at Northeast?
18. Can I repeat a class to try for a better grade?
19. Can I request that a semester of bad grades not count?
20. How do I contact my advisor?
21. Will the courses I took previously at Northeast still count?
22. What about transferring from Northeast to other colleges? What is STARS?
25. What if I want training but not college-transfer courses?
24. What if I didnít take advanced classes in high school? Can I still come to college?
25. How will I know if classes are cancelled or delayed due to bad weather?
26. When is the final exam for my class?
27. What types of student activities and organizations can I get involved in at NACC?
28. Where is Northeast located?
29. Where and when do I have a Student ID card made?
30. When is graduation held?

1. Where can I find a list of classes currently offered?

 

The Schedule of Classes shows what is being offered now or next term.

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2. How can I obtain a catalog?

 

You may download the Catalog in Adobe Acrobat in conveniently sized sections.

 

If you want a printed copy, send your name and mailing address by email to the Admissions Office at millerk@nacc.edu or call either (256)638-4418 or (256)228-6001, extension 2322. You can also ask us for the Catalog in an alternative format.

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3. Where can I get information about financial aid?

 

The Financial Aid Office can be contacted by email at willmonn@nacc.edu or by phone at either (256)638-4418 or (256)228-6001, extension 2203. High school guidance counselors also have the official information and forms.  To read more about kinds of aid available, with links, go to Financing Your Education.

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4. How much do tuition and fees cost?

 

Current tuition and fee amounts are shown at this link: Tuition and Fees.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice upon action by the college's governing body, the Board of Education of the State of Alabama.

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5. What accreditation does Northeast Alabama Community College have?


Northeast Alabama Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate Degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Northeast Alabama Community College.
 

Visit the Accreditations page to read more about the accreditation of the college and of the Nursing Program, the EMS Program, the Paremedic Program, Medical Assistant Program, and the Industrial Electronics Program. The page also lists institutional memberships held by Northeast Alabama Community College.

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6. What is NOAH?

 

Northeast Online Account Host is your access to your grades, transcript, tuition and fee balance, financial aid status, and online registration. The access link is on the left side of pages on this website. On the home page, it is the computer icon.
For more information, see Noah Instructions.

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7. How do I obtain a parking permit?

 

Parking permits will be available in the Admissions Office in the Student Center during the first two weeks of classes. Parking is free for students and employees of Northeast Alabama Community College.
Parking regulations are printed in the Student Handbook portion of the Catalog. Students may park at white or unpainted curbs, or at blue curbs with handicapped permits.

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8. When will the next term begin?

 

See the Academic Calendar. Northeast is on the semester system, with a Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer Term.

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9. When is the deadline for applying for admission?

 

There is no firm deadline, but your application should arrive at Northeast as soon as possible, preferably no later than two weeks before registration day for the term you wish to attend. See How to Apply.

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10. I'm not a high school graduate. Where do I find out about the GED?

 

For GED preparation classes and test information, see the web pages of the Northeast Alabama Adult Education Program at Northeast.

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11. When and how do I register for classes?

 

WHEN TO REGISTER:

  • Dates for all registration days are shown on the current Academic Calendar.

  • REGULAR registration days are before the first day of classes each semester. 

  • LATE registration is held the first five days of class (two days in summer term). 

  • EARLY registration is held during the preceding term. Students should make appointments to see their advisors before the Early Registration dates during the advisors' regular office hours. Then on Early Registration days the students can be keyed in quickly.

  • ONLINE registration is available for current students through NOAH.

WHERE TO REGISTER:

  • First-time students: start at  at the Admissions Office in the Student Center.  You will be assigned a faculty member as your academic advisor.   

  • Students who attended the previous term: start in your advisorís office.  (In Fall Semester, "previous term" can mean either Spring Semester or Summer Term.)

  • Students who attended in the past but not the previous term: start at the Admissions Office and fill out a re-admission form.

To see how to contact your advisor, see the Faculty/Staff Directory. To see the exact steps to take, see how to register by Student Classification.

 

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12. What classes do I have to take?

 

All degree and certificate requirements are shown in the current Catalog.

 

Your advisor will also give you a checklist of required courses for your major curriculum and will assist you in scheduling them.

 

You will be asked to declare a major when you enroll, for the purpose of assigning you an academic advisor in your field. However, you will be able to change to another major without losing credit if you do so early, because many beginning courses are required for most majors.

 

Students planning to transfer to a university should see Transfer: STARS or 2to4.

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13. How many classes should I take?

 

You can take one class at a time or six, maybe more. Consider how much time you can spend studying. Here are some other factorsó

  Graduation requirements: To earn an associates degree in two years, you need to pass five or six classes every semester for four semesters. Certificate programs can be completed sooner.

  Summer: a full load in Summer Term is only four typical classes. 

  Labs: Laboratory classes, activity classes, and clinicals meet for more hours than lecture classes.

  Financial aid: Pell Grants and most scholarships require certain minimum class loads; find out what they are before you register.


Classes are available day, evening, and online. You can take a full class load  in most programs by coming to campus 2, 3, or 4 times a week.
2:   T-T day and evening classes
3:   M-W-F day and M-W evening classes
4:   M-T-W-T evening classes

You can also take a combination of on-campus and online classes.

Of course, the traditional five days a week are still available as well.

 

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14. Can I take classes online?

 

Yes. Many courses are offered through online instruction. Please visit Distance Education for more information.

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15. Can I drop or add classes after I register? How?

 

You may change your schedule (drop and/or add classes) during the late registration period (the first five days of class in Fall or Spring Semester, the first two days of class in Summer Term). You must see your advisor to fill out a form.

You will also want to see how dropping classes will affect your financial aid, insurance, or other status before you decide to do so. Here is the procedure to add, drop, or change classes.

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16. What is the deadline for withdrawing from a class without penalty? How do I do it?

 

The deadline to withdraw from any or all of your classes without penalty is always published on the Academic Calendar. Your permanent record will show a W beside the course(s) you drop. If you quit attending a class without officially withdrawing, you may receive an F.

Here are the procedures for dropping classes or withdrawing from college.

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17. How do I obtain a transcript of my permanent record at Northeast?

 

Print the Transcript Request Form, fill it out, and deliver it to the Registrar's office by FAX, mail, or in person (129 Pendley Administration Building). Do not attempt to order a transcript by telephone or email. Transcripts are free.

The transcript will be mailed or given to you in person.  Transcripts are not faxed, and information on your college record is not given over the telephone.

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18. Can I repeat a class to try for a better grade?

 

See the "Course Forgiveness" policy described in the current Catalog of Northeast Alabama Community College. You will notice it is up to you to request that the new grade be counted instead of the first one; this procedure is not automatic. Your advisor can assist you in understanding the policy.

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19. Can I request that a semester of bad grades not count?

 

Yes, you can request that one semester of bad grades not be counted in your grade point average. This procedure is called "Academic Bankruptcy" and is described in the current Catalog of Northeast Alabama Community College. There are several restrictions involved, so discuss this with your advisor. You can be granted Academic Bankruptcy only once.

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20. How do I contact my advisor?

 

Faculty member offices, phone extensions, and email addresses are shown in the Faculty/Staff Directory. They are also available by telephone or voice mail through the college switchboard.

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21. Will the courses I took previously at Northeast still count?

 

All work you take at Northeast Alabama Community College remains on your permanent record. Most courses count the same now they counted in the past. If a course differs (for example, a course that formerly earned fewer credit hours), you should ask your advisor how it will count.

Similarly, most courses you have taken at other colleges will count; ask your advisor to find out exactly how.

If you took college classes at Northeast before graduating from high school, your record will show them but not count them as college credit until after you graduate from high school (or the equivalent) and complete all requirements for admission to Northeast as a regular college student.

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22. What about transferring from Northeast to other colleges? What is STARS?

 

Two full years of credit at Northeast will transfer as two full years of credit at any public college or university in Alabama, if the student has passed the required courses for his/her major and met other requirements to be admitted. This is guaranteed by STARS, the STatewide Articulation Reporting System.

At the STARS website, you can choose a public state university and print out a personalized Transfer Guide stating that, if you pass the specified courses at Northeast, they will count as equivalent courses at that university. Itís that easy, and itís guaranteed by Alabama law.

 

Private colleges in Alabama have a similar system, the 2to4 Program.

See Planning to Transfer to read about STARS, 2to4, the Transfer Advisor, and what to do if you want to transfer to an out of state university.

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23. What if I want training but not college-transfer courses?

 

Look at Northeastís Workforce Development Division and Skills Training.

 

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24. What if I didnít take advanced classes in high school? Can I still come to college?

 

Yes, Northeast Alabama Community College is an open-admissions institution. You wonít get over your head in math or English courses because we determine your skill levels and place you classes that are right for you. We also have tutors in math, English, and other subjects, plus a student success center where you can develop your study skills. Your advisor will also be helpful.

For more information about being admitted to Northeast, go to our Admissions page.

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25. How will I know if classes are cancelled or delayed due to bad weather?

 

Register with NACC Alert (SchoolCast) to have messages sent to your phones and email accounts. You can also listen to local radio stations and the Huntsville and Chattanooga television stations. If no announcement is made about Northeast Alabama Community College, that means classes will be held as scheduled. For a fuller explanation and a list of broadcast stations, see the President's announcement on Inclement Weather.

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26. When is the final exam for my class?

 

The current Final Exam Schedule is linked from the current Schedule of Classes and also appears on the printed schedule. Exam periods are two hours long.

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27. What types of student activities and organizations can I get involved in at Northeast?

 

For a list and links, please go to Activities and Organizations. You also can read what some of our students are doing in the News.

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28. Where is Northeast located?

 

The College is on the county line of DeKalb and Jackson Counties on Alabama Highway 35 (Lowell Barron Highway).  For a map, click here.

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29. Where and when do I have a Student ID card made?

 

The Admissions Office in the Student Center will make this card during the first two weeks of classes, and will also issue Parking permits. See ID Cards.

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30. When is Graduation held?

 

The graduation ceremony is held at the end of Spring Semester to recognize all students who have completed degrees at the end of the preceding Summer, Fall, or Spring. Family and friends are invited to see graduates participate in the historic college graduation ceremony, which is the most festive celebration of the college year.
 

Students apply for graduation early in the term when they will finish their degree requirements. See Applying for Graduation to see how to apply for the ceremony or for the degree only, if you will not be able to attend the annual ceremony.