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2015-2016 Catalog


Admission

Front Range Community College is an open-door institution and accepts applicants 17 years of age and older. Admission to the college does not guarantee enrollment into a particular course or program.

Application for Admission

Prior to enrolling at the college, students must complete and submit an Application for Admission online at www.frontrange.edu/apply. This form also is available on campus. For returning students, students who are currently attending a local high school and wish to enroll concurrently at the college, students under the age of 17, or students who wish to attend on an international student visa, please review the Special Admission Procedures in the Admissions section of this catalog.

Special Admission Procedures

Readmission (Former Students)

Former students who return after an absence of 12 months or more must reapply for admission. Degree and certificate requirements in effect at the time of readmission apply to readmitted students.

High School Students Seeking Concurrent Enrollment Options

High school students attending FRCC may earn both college and high school credit for their course(s). Students approved by their school district may have tuition costs paid for approved classes. A written agreement must be completed, approved by the school district, and submitted to FRCC. Interested students can obtain more information from their high school or speak with College Now staff at Front Range Community College.

Underage Admission

Pursuant to CRS 23-60-103 (3), FRCC admits students who are 17 years of age or older. Students wishing to secure a waiver of the minimum age for admission to the college must meet the criteria as outlined in State Board Policy BP 4-10.

Qualified students must demonstrate readiness for the course by meeting all established cut scores, recommended preparation, and prerequisites for the course.

Students are required to discuss special considerations, including expectations of college enrollment and appropriateness of course selection with an advisor or designee, complete the underage admission waiver.

The underage application waiver must be signed by the student and parent, or legal guardian indicating that the student and parent/guardian have been advised regarding the expectations of the college.

Students age 15 and younger taking FRCC classes taught at the high school may need approval by the Dean of Student Services or designee prior to enrolling. Students age 15 and younger are not allowed to enroll in FRCC classes taught at the College in any mode of delivery unless they receive prior approval from the Dean of Student Services.

International Students

According to federal law, the college may enroll non-immigrant alien students, or international students with an F-1 Visa. Please refer to International Student Admissions at www.frontrange.edu/international.

International students must complete the following procedures to be admitted to the college:

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission, Supplemental Information Form, and Affidavit of Financial Support document.
  2. Submit one English translated copy of:
    1. High school transcript indicating completion or graduation date
    2. College transcript from any other college or university attended
  3. Submit certified documentation of English proficiency as indicated by:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 153 on the computer based exam (FRCC code is 4119), or internet-Based Test (iBT) score of 53, or
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher, or
    3. Other approved exceptions (i.e. English as a Second Language programs)
  4. Submit the Affidavit of Financial Support document and a statement of the student’s or the sponsor’s financial resources in United States currency. The statement must show minimum funds of US $25,000 deposited in a financial institution to cover expenses for each academic year, and be notarized by an official of the financial institution. Arrangement for payment of tuition and fees must be made with the campus cashier by the payment deadline. Students sponsored by foreign governments must submit a valid authorization. While the college bills approved third parties for tuition and fees, international students are ultimately responsible for payment of all tuition and fees.

To be considered for admission, international students must submit all materials to the Office of Admissions and Records by these deadlines:

Out of Country

  • Summer Semester – April 15
  • Fall Semester – June 15
  • Spring Semester – November 15

In Country

  • Summer Semester – May 1
  • Fall Semester – August 1
  • Spring Semester – December 15

After materials are reviewed and approved, the college issues the United States Immigration Form I-20. Tuition and fees for nonimmigrant alien students are approximately $10,000 for full-time enrollment per academic year. Students need approximately $10,000 for books, supplies, medical insurance, and living expenses during the academic year. FRCC does not have residence halls; therefore, students are responsible for finding their own housing.

After being admitted, international students must complete the following items:

  1. Present proof of current and adequate medical insurance by the first day of classes to the International Student Admissions Officers, or the student will be automatically enrolled and billed for medical insurance. The college has provisions to insure international students under a comprehensive plan. Information may be obtained from the International Student Admissions Officers.
  2. Complete assessment testing for placement into courses. This assessment may be taken online in the student's home country. Contact the Testing Center for more information.
  3. International students must meet with an advisor for academic advising, attend required orientation, and complete payment of tuition and fees with the cashier.

Special Program Admission

Some programs, such as nursing and allied health programs, have limited space and have special admissions procedures. Please review program requirements in this catalog, or contact the faculty advisor in those areas.

Physical Examination and Immunization

Physical examinations and specific immunizations are not required for admission to the college. However, a selected instructional program, such as Health Professions, may require specific immunizations.

Denial of Admission

The College may deny admission to any individual whose personal history and background indicates that his or her presence at the college would endanger the health, safety, welfare, or property of the college community, or interfere with the orderly and effective performance of the college's functions. FRCC has the right to deny admission or continued enrollment to any individual who has misrepresented his or her credentials or background.

Persons who seek enrollment pursuant to CRS 16-11-212 (Work and Education Release Programs) will be given timely notification of an acceptance or denial of admission as required by the statue.

Review of a denial of admission or denial of continued enrollment or re-enrollment of students shall be in accordance with the college's disciplinary procedures.

Privacy

In completing application and financial aid processes, students must act on their own behalf. Others may not access student academic or financial information without the student's prior written approval. (See Family Education Rights and Privacy)

Student Identification Number

A state law initiated in 2003 requires that each Colorado postsecondary institution assign to each student a unique ID number that shall not be a student's Social Security Number. This number is your Student ID (SID). A Social Security Number is required for Financial Aid and College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend recipients.

High School and Former College Transcripts

FRCC does not require transcripts from previous high schools or colleges for admission. However, if a student plans to complete a degree or certificate with applicable transfer credit, an official transcript must be sent directly to the college. As part of this process, students must complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request Form, available from the Office of Admissions and Records or on our website at: www.frontrange.edu/transcripts/. FRCC may deny admission or continued enrollment to persons who misrepresent their credentials or background. (See Denial of Admission.)

FRCC reserves the right to require transcripts from other institutions when appropriate.

Student Classification

Students are classified by academic year and admission status according to the following definitions:

Academic Year

  • Freshman: Successful completion of fewer than 30 college-level semester credit hours.
  • Sophomore: Successful completion of 30 or more college-level semester credit hours.
  • Unclassified: Awarded a degree at the associate level or above.

Admission Status

  • New Student: Attending FRCC for the first time.
  • Continuing Student: Attended FRCC within the past 12 months.
  • Readmitted Student: Not attended FRCC within the past 12 months and re-entering the college.
  • Transfer Student: Some prior college or university experience.

Residency

Students are classified as either a resident or non-resident of Colorado for tuition purposes at the time of admission. Colorado Tuition Classification is governed by State Law (Title 23, Article 7, of the Colorado Revised Statutes of 1973, as amended) and by judicial decisions that apply to all public institutions of higher education in Colorado and is subject to change at any time. Residency decisions do not transfer between Colorado colleges. Front Range Community College must apply the rules set forth in the residency statutes and is not free to make exceptions to the rules except as specifically permitted by law.

General Qualifications

  • Resident status requires domicile in Colorado for one year immediately prior to the first day of class. Domicile is defined as a true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation. Domicile is a legal characteristic that everyone has, and students can have only one domicile at any one time. A student's domicile is a legal, primary residence.
  • During the one-year domicile period, the student should comply with all legal obligations of a Colorado resident such as demonstrating proof of voter registration, Colorado income tax payment, Colorado motor vehicle registration, Colorado issued driver's license or ID card, and/or proof of employment.
  • Students under the age of 23 (unemancipated minors) may be eligible for in-state tuition if a parent or court-appointed legal guardian has been domiciled and complied with legal obligations in Colorado for one year.
  • Students whose parents are not domiciled in Colorado may also qualify to begin the one-year domiciliary period if the student is: at least 23 years old, married, or emancipated. Emancipation requires documentation of financial independence and the ability to maintain your own residence and associated expenses in addition to tuition. If you receive financial support from your parents, extended family, friends, or other similar sources, including trusts and loans, you are not considered emancipated.
  • There are several amendments to the Tuition Classification Law for certain populations of students including Olympic athletes, military personnel, inmates, recent Colorado high school graduates, GED recipients, etc. Please contact the Tuition Classification Officer at Front Range Community College to determine if you may be in an eligible population.
  • FRCC sets a priority deadline for each semester that is typically one week before the start of the fifteen-week semester. Students who meet this priority deadline should know the petition decision before the deadline to drop courses for the fifteen-week semester. However, all students have up to 30 days after the first day of his/her term of admission or enrollment to petition for in-state tuition. The Tuition Classification Officer may request additional documentation as the burden of proof rests upon the petitioner to substantiate the claim of resident for tuition classification purposes. The Tuition Classification Officer notifies the student of the outcome within 30 days of the decision via email and/or standard letter.

Initial Classification

The initial tuition classification decision is made by the designated Tuition Classification Officer in the Admissions and Records Office for the semester in which the student is admitted. The classification is based on the information provided on the application for admission. Failure to answer all questions could lead to a non-resident classification. After the tuition classification is determined, it remains unchanged in the absence of further action and evidence to the contrary.

Changes in Tuition Classification

Any student who believes that the tuition classification decision is not correct or whose information has changed and now wishes to prove eligibility for in-state tuition may petition for in-state tuition or resident classification. Petition forms are available online at www.frontrange.edu/residency or at the Admissions and Records Office.

Correction of Residency Determination Due to an Error

FRCC reserves the right to correct a residency determination after the 30-day deadline in cases where the college believes an error was made.

Appeal Procedures for Residency and Tuition Classification

Any student who is denied in-state tuition classification after petitioning for in-state tuition may appeal the decision of the Tuition Classification Officer. The student must appeal to the Coordinator of Admissions and Records in writing and provide any additional supporting documentation available to substantiate the claim to in-state tuition classification within 30 days of the denial.

Non-Resident Students and the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program

WUE is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in some western states may enroll in many two-year and four-year public college programs at a reduced tuition rate, which at FRCC is 150% of the total cost of resident tuition. WUE students are not eligible for the College Opportunity Fund stipend, but WUE tuition is considerably less than non-resident tuition. For more information, go to http://wiche.edu/wue.