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Admissions Classifications

Degree or Certificate-Seeking Student: A postsecondary student enrolled for credit coursework with the intention of completing a college or university degree or certificate. Students who apply for financial aid must have degree or certificate-seeking status.

Non-Degree or Certificate-Seeking Student: A student enrolled for credit coursework who does not plan to receive a college or university degree or certificate. A non-degree/certificate seeking student may earn a maximum of 15 semester hours in that status. A non-degree/certificate seeking student is not eligible for financial aid and must meet course prerequisites. Students with a bachelor’s degree or higher are exempt from the 15-hour maximum, with verification of the degree.

Visiting Student: A degree-seeking student from another college who attends ECC for one semester or summer sessions only. An Application for Admission is required, but transcripts or grade reports are only requested as a means to verify prerequisite coursework. A visiting student may also be asked to take an assessment test, depending upon course enrollment. Visiting students are not eligible to receive financial aid while attending ECC, and it is their responsibility to obtain permission from their home campus to apply their ECC courses toward their academic program.

Dual Enrollment Student: A secondary student who has not completed a high school diploma, GED certificate or a home school certificate who is enrolled in credit classes. College classes taken prior to high school graduation will not meet a secondary diploma requirement. Secondary students are not eligible for financial aid and may be asked to provide permission to enroll from their high school.

Dual Credit Student: A secondary student receiving both high school and college credit for the same course taught at their high school campus. The dual credit program is open only to high school juniors and seniors with appropriate test scores and/or coursework. Courses are taught at the high school by high school faculty who meet the standard educational requirements for college faculty. Standard tuition and fees are charged at the time of enrollment, and students are entitled to all college privileges and services but are not eligible for financial aid. Credit earned will be maintained by the ECC Registrar.

Note: For more information on dual credit courses, secondary students should contact their high school counselors.

Dual Technical Credit Student: A secondary student attending a high school or regional career center with a current articulation agreement in place, who receives both high school and college credit for the same career/technical course taught at their high school campus. The dual technical credit program is open only to high school juniors and seniors who meet the eligibility criteria. Students pay a processing fee for each course and are entitled to all college privileges and services except financial aid. Credit earned will be maintained by the ECC Registrar.

Students Under Age 17: Students younger than 17 years of age who are not dual credit students, have not completed a high school diploma, a GED certificate, or a home school certificate may enroll in ECC credit courses only with special permission. In addition to regular admissions procedures, students must complete a Special Admission Form with the approval signatures of a parent or guardian and a high school principal or counselor. Students are subject to the assessment testing required for their coursework and are not eligible to apply for financial aid until they reach the age of 17.

Senior Citizens: In accordance with Section 173.091 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, the college allows a Missouri resident 65 years and older to enroll in credit courses tuition free, on a space available basis, after the regular students’ fees are due, i.e. three weeks before the start of classes. Senior citizens are required to pay the associated general fees and special fees. Proof of eligibility will be required when registering. Courses must be taken on an audit basis, and all course prerequisites must be met.

Audit Students: A student auditing courses must complete the same admission requirements as a regular student and must enroll and pay regular tuition and fees. The student may or may not be required to take exams as determined by the instructor, but an audit student is subject to the same attendance requirements as regular students. A student may initially enroll as audit or may change to audit through the refund period. An audit grade does not count toward credit hours for financial aid eligibility. Failure to meet requirements for an audit grade will result in a W grade being recorded on the student’s transcript.

 
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