2016-17 Course Catalog - 15
Selection of Students
The following represents a priority listing of the selection criteria
for admission to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology:
* Family status; indigent orphans given preference
* Financial need
* Academic achievement
* Entrance evaluation results
* Number of applicants for the program
* Date application is received (qualified Stevens Grant students
Academic Bridge Program
A summer session for academically underprepared students, who
meet specific admission requirements, is available in a 5-week
term from late June through early August. These courses are for
students who need to develop basic educational skills before the
start of the regular semester. Counselors, mentors, and tutors are
also available for students who need additional support.
At the conclusion of the summer semester, students are evaluated for
academic and personal progress. Those who successfully complete
the summer program are recommended for matriculation into
degree programs in the fall.
A 10-week summer session is available for students who want to
make progress in their degreed program. Credit-bearing courses
in science, math, and/or computer instruction may be offered.
Entry into the summer program is determined by the director of
Students whose placement evaluation indicates a deficit in
foundational skills associated with reading, writing, and/or
mathematics are required to successfully complete foundational
courses before acceptance in technical programs. Success in
a foundational course is indicated by earning a grade of "C"
or better in all foundational courses and achieving required
COMPASS test entrance scores. Foundational students who do
not achieve successful COMPASS test scores may request a waiver
for demonstrated academic achievement at the college level.
Students enrolled in foundational courses will be scheduled for
courses during the fall and/or spring semester or may qualify for
TSCT summer program.
Foundational courses are calculated in the students' overall course
load and applicable in determining full-time or part-time status
and meeting financial aid standards. However, credit hours earned
do NOT tabulate toward graduation credits and are considered
foundational courses. Students earn a grade point average that is
based on their overall cumulative level of performance in each
course. Grade point averages in foundational courses remain
separate from those earned in college-level courses. Foundational
courses have a 0 level designator.
Entry into the pre-major program is determined by the director
Students who have attended Thaddeus Stevens College and wish
to re-enroll must apply for re-admission through the Office of
Admissions. Appropriate fees must again be paid. Graduation
requirements are those in effect at the time of re-enrollment.
Special circumstances may be appealed to the vice president for
academic affairs. Students are reviewed by several offices and may
be asked to complete additional steps.
Students at Thaddeus Stevens College may be eligible for the
following financial aid:
* Pell Grants (federal)
* Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
* Federal Stafford subsidized and unsubsidized student loans
* Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
* Scholarships via various donors
* Student alternative loans
* Thaddeus Stevens Grant
* Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Information and application forms may be secured from the Office of
Financial Aid and Registration, located in Room 105, Hartzell Hall.
Grade Level Advancement Policy for Stafford Loan
* Students that are in the pre-major program or in the first
year of their program are eligible to borrow up to $5,500 as a
dependent student or up to $9,500 as an independent student.
* Students that are in the second year of their program are
eligible to borrow up to $6,500 as a dependent student or up
to $10,500 as an independent student.
The Office of Financial Aid and Registration, located in Hartzell
Hall, also provides assistance in completing applications.
Thaddeus Stevens Grant Policy
The Stevens Grant assists those students that are financially
disadvantaged. To be eligible, students must complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by July 1st for
the fall semester and November 1st for the spring semester. All
requested and required paperwork such as; verification paperwork,
signatures on the FAFSA, discrepancy documentation, etc. must
be completed by October 1st for the fall semester and February
1st for the spring semester. Our priority deadline is April 1st of
each year. Those that qualify for the Federal Pell Grant will be
awarded the Stevens Grant. Students may receive the Stevens
Grant for a maximum of 4 semesters. Students that are admitted
to the college in the pre-major program may receive the Stevens
Grant for a maximum of 6 semesters. Students that are degree
seeking, taking 12 or more credits and working towards degree
requirements are eligible for the Stevens Grant. Students that
are taking the full load of their program courses in any given
semester according to their model schedule which results in being
enrolled in less than 12 credits and have met all general education
graduation requirements will be eligible for the Stevens Grant but
only a prorated amount. This is subject to review each semester
based on changes to program curriculum. Please see the Financial
Aid Office for questions regarding your eligibility. Students who
qualify for the Pell Grant will still receive the Stevens Grant but
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