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