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screening. However, applicants who fail the screening will be
charged for the test and will have to wait at least six months
The screening is a requirement. Eligible applicants who fail
to provide a successful drug screening in a timely basis will
lose their reserved slot in their desired program of study.
Finally, the College reserves the right to have any enrolled
student screened for illicit drug use based upon reasonable
suspicion and through random drug testing.
If a student is requested to be screened, he/she will not be
allowed back in the class until proof of screening. Enrolled
students who fail the drug screening will be dismissed from
school and will be charged for the cost of the drug screening.
Selection of Students
The following represents a priority listing of the selection
criteria for admission to Thaddeus Stevens College of
* 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 given preference)
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
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 parttime 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 of admissions.
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 reenrollment. 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
* Federal Stafford subsidized and unsubsidized student
* Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
* Scholarships via various donors
* Student alternative loans
* Thaddeus Stevens Grant
* Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Information and application forms may be secured from the
Office of Financial Aid and Registration, located in Room 105,
Grade Level Advancement Policy for Stafford
* Students that are in the pre-major program or in the
first year of their program are eligible to borrow up to
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