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Frequently Asked Questions About Registration and Enrollment

Degree status is granted to students who have declared an intention to pursue a particular degree or certificate by following a prescribed program and sequence of study.

Non-degree status is granted to applicants who wish to take courses for their own purposes without intending to seek any degree or certificate. A high school diploma is not required for admission, but age requirements may apply.

How do I apply for admission at SFCC?
Go to the page for First Time Students then click on "Apply to SFCC ONLINE" and follow the instructions, OR use the printable form. Download and print the SFCC Admission Form (Adobe PDF document) and apply by mail.

As an international student, how do I apply to SFCC?
An international student with a nonimmigrant visa seeking an F-1 visa must apply for admissions on a full-time, degree-seeking basis. Go to the International Students page and follow the instructions.

Can I enroll at SFCC while still in high school or working on my GED?
Yes, high school and GED students can enroll at SFCC. Follow the directions on how to apply for admission. Learn more about programs for high school students and GED students.

Does SFCC accept the GED?
Yes, SFCC does accept the GED.

Can I be a degree-seeking student if I am not sure what I want to study?
Yes you can. You should visit with your academic adviser to determine the best program to follow.

Can I audit a class?
Yes. Students who audit a credit course do not earn a grade or college credit. Audited courses do not count toward a certificate or degree. Standard prerequisites, tuition and fees apply.

What degrees does SFCC offer?
SFCC offers the following types of degrees:

The Associate in Arts degree is intended to prepare students to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at four-year institutions. The AA gives emphasis to those majoring in the Arts, Humanities and Behavioral and Social Sciences. Visit the Academics index page of our website for a list of education options. 

The Associate in Science degree is intended to prepare students to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at four-year institutions. The AS gives emphasis to those majoring in Engineering, Technology and the sciences with substantial undergraduate requirements in mathematics and the natural sciences. This program also allows students to develop a degree plan with an emphasis in the biological sciences. Students work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisors to ensure the best transition to four-year institutions.

The Associate in Applied Arts degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

The Associate in Applied Science degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Certificates are one-year programs intended to prepare the student for employment.

How do I transfer credits to SFCC?
In order to transfer credits from another institution to SFCC, you should request official transcripts be sent directly to:
SFCC Records Office
6401 Richards Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Once the transcripts arrive at the Registrar’s Office, they will be evaluated to determine courses that transfer to SFCC for the program of study you have selected. The Declaration of Major form is also available online and can be printed, completed and mailed to the above address. Also, for more information on transfer credits, visit the Registrar’s Office page.

How do I declare a major?
Students may declare a major when completing the admissions application or by completing the Declaration of Major form and submitting it to the Welcome and Advising Center.

How do I satisfy a pre-requisite?
Students may fulfill course prerequisites by:
Completing the required course with a grade of “C” or better
Demonstrating proficiency on a placement test
Submitting qualifying ACT, SAT, AP or CLEP scores
Submitting transcripts from another institution that demonstrates completion of an equivalent course with a grade of “C” or better
OR
You may be permitted to waive a prerequisite based on demonstrated mastery of skills. A student must petition the appropriate department chair or designee for permission to waive a prerequisite.

When is registration?
Visit the Registration and Payment Deadlines page.

How do I log in to JACK?
jack login iconJACK is SFCC’s Web portal that’s a fast and easy way for SFCC students, faculty and staff to communicate. Once you have applied to SFCC, you are ready to log onto your student account – JACK. Click on the JACK login icon (top right on black menu bar on every page). Log in to Jack with your user name and password.

What is my username and password?
SFCC assigns each student a user name once you’ve applied to the college. You can get your user name by clicking on the link to JACK. Once, there follow the instructions to find your user name and password.

Can I register and pay for classes on-line?
Yes, you can register and pay online once you’ve logged onto your JACK account. Select the Registration tab, click on Tuition and Fees/Payment Deadlines and click on Payment Options.

Does SFCC have a payment plan?
Payment plans allow you to pay your tuition in up to three installments. A $15 setup fee and 25% down payment are required. Payment plans can be set up on your JACK account by selecting the Registration tab, clicking on Tuition and Fees/Payment Deadlines and clicking on Payment Options and locating SFCC Payment Plan.

How do I get my Student ID card?
Once you have registered for classes, take a copy of your schedule to Student Development Office in Room LL311 to obtain your student ID card.

Do I need an appointment to meet with an academic adviser?
While you are always welcome on a walk-in basis, it would be best to schedule an appointment to meet with an adviser. In this way, the adviser can inform you on what to do prior to your appointment.

How do I know which classes to take?
If you are a new student visiting with an Academic Adviser is important. The adviser will help you determine which course work is best for you. Make sure you have taken your Accuplacer exam prior to meeting with the adviser as this will help expedite your meeting.

Can I audit a course?
Yes, you may opt out of receiving a letter grade and credit for any course. Under the audit option, you are still responsible for meeting all prerequisites and paying regular tuition and fees. Audited courses cannot be used to meet a prerequisite, nor do they count toward requirements for a degree or certificate program.

Can I take online and/or distance learning classes?
Yes, these classes are available. Online classes cover the same material as their on-campus equivalent, but your work is done using a computer and Canvas  online course management programs. Online classes may take more time than traditional classes. Go to the Distance Learning page, then click on “Are you Ready” on the left hand side. That will answer many questions you may have regarding online and/or distance learning classes.

How can I drop or withdraw from a class?
You can drop or withdraw in the following ways:
Through your JACK account
By submitting a written request to the Welcome and Advising Center
By faxing your request to 505-428-1468
OR
Mail to:
The Welcome and Advising Center
6401 Richards Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87508

NOTE: Verbal requests, whether made in person or by phone, cannot be processed. Do not assume that you are automatically dropped or withdrawn from a class for nonattendance or nonpayment. Official drops or withdrawals from class(es) must be requested prior to the deadline dates. If the drop deadline has passed, you can still withdraw from a class; however, withdrawals are not eligible for a refund.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?
Students applying for federal financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For complete information regarding financial aid and scholarships, go to www.sfcc.edu/financial_aid or contact the Financial Aid Office at 505-428-1268.

Are work study options available?
Whether you’ve received a work-study award as part of your financial aid packet or you are hoping to earn a little cash while you go to school, the Student Employment Office will get you started. Contact the Student Employment Office at 505-428-1285 for more information.

Does SFCC offer scholarships?
Yes, SFCC awards numerous scholarships. Specific scholarship descriptions and eligibility criteria are provided throuth the Financial Aid web pages. Go to the Scholarships page or call the Financial Aid Office at 505-428-1268.

What support services are available?
SFCC offers numerous support services to students. Go to the Student Services menu link and scroll down to Student Support for a listing of all support services available.

Does SFCC have accommodations for students with special needs?
Yes, SFCC offers services to qualified students with disabilities. SFCC follows the guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and provides for reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with documented disabilities. Go to Disabilities Services for more information on services available.

Where do I find information about the Higher Education Center (HEC)?
Go to hec.sfcc.edu.

What are the tuition and fees for attending SFCC?
Find out SFCC's current tuition and fees from the Tuition and Fees page.

For more information, please contact the Welcome and Advising Center, 505-428-1270, wac@sfcc.edu.

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