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  • It is important to complete the financial aid form early so that your information can be processed and a determination of the amount needed can be made. Even though you may not qualify for federal aid, if you are a South Carolina Resident, lottery funds may be available for you. It is critical to file early. You should expect a 4 to 6 week wait before receiving a letter informing you of your award status. Corrections and/or audits could hold up the processing of your information even longer, especially if you file late. If you have not already completed an application for this semester, it is not too late to do so. You may file at any time and if you are awarded funds, you will be reimbursed the amount of the award issued.
  • The importance of completing this form early cannot be emphasized enough. Filing ahead of time keeps individuals from having to pay for school expenses out of pocket. FILE Early: For federal aid you may submit your application as early as January 1 and must submit by June 30 th . It is recommended that if you will file an income tax return that you do it before completing the FAFSA The process for determination takes at least 4 to 6 weeks to complete and if there are any mistakes, corrections must be made before the determination can be forwarded to the Financial Aid office for processing.
  • You must complete an application ( FAFSA ) to be eligible for any of the following:
  • If a student completely withdrawals from all classes before completing 60% of the semester, he/she will be required to return a portion of the financial aid that was not earned, to FDTC and/or the Department of Education.  The Return of Federal Funds Regulations only involves students receiving financial aid that completely withdraw from all classes, not those that drop a course.  Any student considering completely withdrawing should stop by the Financial Aid Office, located in the 100 Building, to find out about the return of Federal Funds before starting the withdrawal process.
  • 1. (SAP - Satisfactory Academic Progress) must be maintained. This means that a student must maintain a cumulative grade point ratio (GPA) of 2.0. 2. Students must successfully complete at least 70 percent of the cumulative credit hours attempted (Grades of W, I, WF, CF, and F, will be counted as hours attempted). 3. The cumulative maximum time frame that a student may receive financial assistance is 150% of the published program length in the College Catalog.  Financial Aid may be received for remedial coursework up to 30 credit hours . Time spent in remedial coursework will count toward maximum time Students will be allowed two changes in curriculum and students may repeat courses not previously passed a maximum of 3 times .
  • If a student does not comply with the “3” rules for receiving financial aid, they will be placed on probation for one semester. If the situation is not rectified, the student is then placed on suspension and will receive no financial assistance. To appeal a suspension a student must fill out a Satisfactory Academic Progress Financial Aid Appeal Request Form. Special extenuating circumstances, which cause students to fail to comply with the College’s Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress will be reviewed.  If the appeal is approved, the waiver will be for one semester only.  Students that fail to make progress toward improving their GPA will be denied approval for financial aid eligibility.
  • Students should investigate these possibilities by checking with Financial Aid Office for scholarship applications and information, VA benefits pertain to veterans, their spouses, and/or children (Check in the Registrar’s office), or visit the Success Center for information on the Single Parent Program that is sponsored by the Perkins Grant Program.
  • Students may make changes by filling out forms in the Registrars office or online.
  • A Student must meet with their current advisor to determine if the he/she is eligible for the desired program. Once approved, the student must complete a Change of Curriculum form.  The Current advisor and the new program advisor must sign the form.  The completed form should be given to the new program advisor for data entry. Change of programs are effective at the beginning of terms. 
  • Courses may not be added or sections changed after the Drop/Add period . Drop/Add dates and deadlines are published in the Catalog and the Course Schedule. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the proper paperwork to withdraw from courses . If a student stops attending a class they may be withdrawn by the instructor for excessive absences. If the date of withdrawal is not in compliance with the 60% rule, the student may be responsible for returning a portion of the money received through Federal Financial Aid. If at the end of the semester the student has withdrawn from classes and has not completed at least 70% of the attempted hours, he/she may be placed on probation and could possibly loose funding awarded by financial aid.
  • Grade reports are mailed at the end of each semester and can be viewed online through WebAdvisor .  Grading Policy { Assignment of Grades (responsibility of instructor) Grade Changes (may be changed within one term following initial assignment of the grade) Grades for Repeated Courses (all are entered on student’s permanent academic record/higher of two grades will be applied) Grade Appeals (grade appeals must take place within one calendar year of the grade issued} 2. Official Transcripts and/or Verification of enrollment can be issued to the student upon written request. 3. Any student who has an outstanding obligation will not be allowed to register for an additional term academic records will be frozen until obligations are fulfilled.
  • Confidentiality of Student Records The College is restricted as to the release of certain educational records information without the written consent of the student. We do however disclose directory information such as name and address to limited external organizations (ex. Federal Financial Aid Offices) Student Access to Educational Records: To inspect and review their education records and to request the amendment of their education records that he or she believes are inaccurate or misleading. Student right to know requires that the college make know the graduation rate of certificate/degree-seeking, full time undergraduate students. The Campus Security Act requires the college to publish a report on the on campus crime statistics. Students who would like more information on Student Rights may read about them in the Tech Times, the Student Handbook, The College Catalog, and also online.
  • A complete copy of the discipline code is located in the Registrars office.
  • The Perkins III Grant Program is funded by the Carl Perkins Vocational Technical Education Act of 1998.  It is designed to provide supplemental academic and enrichment services for Florence-Darlington Technical College Students in the vocation and technical curriculum program areas, with special emphasis on the enrollment and retention of students in non-traditional program areas and special populations such as single parents, displaced homemakers, and disabled students. 
  • Student Support Services (SSS) is a comprehensive, federally funded TRiO grant program offering academic assistance and personal support to qualified students at Florence-Darlington Technical College.  The primary goal of the program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.  The SSS program is designed to enrich student life academically, culturally, and socially to ensure a supportive environment for students adjusting to college life.
  • Enrollment Management Counselors are available to assist enrolled, prospective, and returning students in establishing personal and career goals. Counselors provide information on occupations that are in demand and aid students in becoming more productive. Counseling Services adheres to strict standards of confidentiality.
  • Students are assigned advisors when they enter FDTC.  Advisors help students make the right choices to achieve their educational goals as well as offer career advice. Students should see their advisor each semester to plan a schedule of classes for the next semester, or register through WebAdvisor.  Each student is responsible for completion of all requirements in their program.  Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor whenever questions about academics arise.
  • Florence-Darlington Technical College provides a balanced student life program to meet the needs of its students.  With all students living off campus and with the complexities involved at a technical college, a successful student life program can only be accomplished through the cooperative efforts of students, faculty and administration. All students are invited to become involved in the activities at FDTC and to avail themselves of the services and opportunities at the College.
  • Students may also search for classes, register for classes, and drop/add classes (before classes actually begin). Students may also print off their personal class schedule for reference and verify that all the required documents, test scores, and payments have been received by the appropriate office.
  • Reading the information contained on the main page will help the student maneuver efficiently through Web Advisors resources. Please email questions or problems to [email_address] .
  • COL 103 Orientation

    1. 1. Welcome to Florence-Darlington Technical College New Student Orientation
    2. 2. This presentation will give you the important facts about: <ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Aid </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student Records </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FDTC Web Site </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web Advisor </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Financial Aid <ul><li>Have you applied for financial Aid? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you waiting for a reply regarding Financial Aid? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Financial Aid Form <ul><li>What is a FAFSA? </li></ul><ul><li>FAFSA – Free Application for Student Aide </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it important and how long will it take to process the application? </li></ul><ul><li>File EARLY!!! </li></ul>
    5. 5. Types of Financial Aid <ul><li>Federal Pell Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Work Study </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Perkins Loan </li></ul><ul><li>South Carolina Need-Based Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Stafford Loan </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students </li></ul><ul><li>Lottery Tuition Assistance </li></ul>
    6. 6. Financial Aid Withdrawal and Return of Federal Funds Policy <ul><li>Do not totally drop or withdrawal from classes without checking with the Financial Aid Center in the 100 Building. </li></ul><ul><li>Dates that apply for the 60% rule : </li></ul><ul><li>View FDTC College Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>available on main web page. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Satisfactory Academic Progress <ul><li>3 Rules to follow when receiving Financial Aid: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GPA rule </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>70% rule </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>150% rule </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Reasons for Financial Aid Probation and Suspension <ul><li>Probation </li></ul><ul><li>Suspension </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal </li></ul>
    9. 9. Other Financial Assistance Available to Students <ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Veterans Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Single Parent Program </li></ul>
    10. 10. Registrar Services <ul><li>Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Name/Address Change </li></ul><ul><li>Change of Major </li></ul><ul><li>Withdrawal Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Records </li></ul><ul><li>Grades </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts/Verification </li></ul><ul><li>Outstanding Obligations </li></ul><ul><li>Discipline Code </li></ul><ul><li>Access/Privacy ( FERPA ) </li></ul>
    11. 11. Change of Name or Address <ul><li>It is the responsibility of every student to notify Registrar Services of any change in name or address.  </li></ul><ul><li>Failure to do so can cause delay in receiving grades and other important correspondence. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Change of Academic Major <ul><li>Step 1 : Meet with current advisor </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2 : Complete Change of Curriculum form.  </li></ul><ul><li>Students who are on Financial Aid are allowed 2 curriculum changes only. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Withdrawal Procedures <ul><li>A student may: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>add a course without penalty during the first three ( 3 ) days </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>drop a course during the first five ( 5 ) days of the semester.  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Withdrawal after first week of classes is the students responsibility </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Grades </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grading Policy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assignment of Grades </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grade Changes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grades for Repeated Courses </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grade Appeals </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transcripts/Verification of Enrollment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outstanding Obligations </li></ul></ul></ul>Grades, Transcripts, and Obligations
    15. 15. Student Rights <ul><li>FERPA ( Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Confidentiality of Student Records </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student Access to Educational Records </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Amend records which are inconsistent or inaccurate </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Right to Know </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Security Act </li></ul>
    16. 16. Discipline Code <ul><li>Disciplinary action will result from the following: </li></ul><ul><li>a. Academic Dishonesty </li></ul><ul><li>b. Disruptive Activity in classrooms/campus </li></ul><ul><li>FDTC follows the Student Code for </li></ul><ul><li>South Carolina’s Technical </li></ul><ul><li>College System </li></ul>
    17. 17. Academic Support and Other Student Services <ul><li>Success Center </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Perkins Grant Program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student Support Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Student Activities </li></ul>
    18. 18. Success Center Perkins Grant Program <ul><li>The Success Center provides academic support and preparation services to all FDTC Students. </li></ul><ul><li>These services include: </li></ul><ul><li>Individual and group tutoring in core and advanced courses, </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Academic needs workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Students also have access to: </li></ul><ul><li>Computers, </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional CD-ROM's </li></ul><ul><li>Anatomy models </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional video tapes </li></ul><ul><li>Various others supplemental tools and instruction </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, call the Success Center at 843-661-8281 or visit the Center in Room 5313 in the 5000 Building. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Student Support Services <ul><li>SSS offices are located in the Success Center , 5000 building, room 5313 </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifications to participate: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Must be first generation college student </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Must qualify for federal financial aid </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>or </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have a documented disability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Services provided are: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tutoring </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Counseling (academic and personal) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural and Social Events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Aid Assistance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide information on transferring to four-year institutions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>For more information please call Student Support Services at 843-661-8367 </li></ul>
    20. 20. Counseling Services <ul><li>Consisting of Recruitment, Admissions, Assessment, Counseling, and Job Placement, the Enrollment Management Department offers the following assistance: </li></ul><ul><li>Academic , Personal , and Career Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Needs , Interests , and Values Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental Workshops and Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Job Development and Placement Services </li></ul><ul><li>Career Video Tapes and College Catalogs </li></ul><ul><li>On-line Services </li></ul><ul><li>Referral Services </li></ul>
    21. 21. Advisors <ul><li>Advisors assist students with choosing appropriate course sequences to successfully complete a curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>They are listed under the following divisions: </li></ul><ul><li>Health & Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Technical & General Education </li></ul><ul><li>For curriculum advisor listings please check the current class schedule. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Student Activities <ul><li>The Student Activities Staff develops, implements, and manages all aspects of student life including: </li></ul><ul><li>Student Government Association activities </li></ul><ul><li>Student Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Athletics </li></ul><ul><li>Student Ambassadors Program </li></ul><ul><li>Student Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>For more information visit the Student Activities office, located on the first floor of the 5000 Building. </li></ul>
    23. 23. The Florence-Darlington Technical College Web Page , , offers students easy access to information about: <ul><li>Financial Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Student Services </li></ul><ul><li>Library Services </li></ul><ul><li>Advisors and Instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing Education </li></ul><ul><li>Web Advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Online College </li></ul><ul><li>Inclement Weather Closings/Cancellations </li></ul><ul><li>Registrar Services </li></ul><ul><li>and much more… </li></ul>
    24. 24. These links direct students to information concerning: General Information (About Us), Admissions, Academic Programs, Student Services, Human Resources, and Continuing Education.
    25. 25. These are direct links for: Financial Aid Information, Blackboard/WebCT Log-in, Online College programs, and WebAdvisor .
    26. 26. The Academic Calendar link lists important dates: In-session dates for 16 week and 8 week courses, pre-registration, college closed dates, student activities dates, and scheduled exam dates.
    27. 27. Web Advisor <ul><li>What can Web Advisor do for you? </li></ul><ul><li>Web advisor allows students access, </li></ul><ul><li>at any time, to information such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Class Schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Unofficial Transcripts </li></ul><ul><li>Grades </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Your Student ID number </li></ul>
    28. 28. Web Advisor <ul><li>The Direct Icon link for Web Advisor is located on the FDTC web page </li></ul><ul><li>Logon information is provided on the WebAdvisor main page. </li></ul><ul><li>PLEASE REVIEW ALL INSTRUCTIONS ON MAIN PAGE BEFORE FIRST LOG-IN </li></ul>
    29. 29. Inclement Weather Policy <ul><li>For information regarding FDTC closing due to hazardous weather conditions tune to the following broadcast stations: </li></ul><ul><li>Radio : WJMX, WOLS, WYNN, WDAR, WHSC, WZNS, WMXT, WHLZ, WJAY </li></ul><ul><li>TV : WPDE-15, WBTW-13, WIS TV-10 </li></ul><ul><li>Closings are also posted on </li></ul>
    30. 30. <ul><li>For more information on any of the discussed topics: </li></ul><ul><li>Visit our web site </li></ul><ul><li>Consult your College Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Review the Student Handbook </li></ul>