Special Admission Categories
ATC has a number of special admission categories.
Career Development Students
An applicant who is not pursuing an academic award and desires to be admitted to take a specific course(s) as a Career Development student must meet course prerequisites or have acquired an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
If a student chooses to change to a regular program of study at a later date, placement tests may be necessary.
A Career Development student is not eligible for Federal financial aid programs such as Pell Grants, nor South Carolina state financial aid programs, scholarships or Veterans Benefits.
Applicants who have attended a regionally accredited college or university should request that all colleges previously attended send official transcripts directly to the ATC Enrollment Services Center.
These transcripts will be reviewed to determine whether the placement testing requirements will be waived and if transfer credit may be awarded. Unofficial transcripts are used only for admission purposes and are not evaluated.
Transfer students are urged not to enroll in any course(s) for which transfer credit is being sought until the transfer question is resolved.
If a current catalog from the college where previous courses were taken is not on file, the student is responsible for providing a catalog with official descriptions of courses to accompany the transfer request.
The Enrollment Services Center evaluates official college transcripts for transfer of credit for applicants and students. Official transcripts are sent directly from one college to another, presented in a sealed envelope from the previous college or via electronic data exchange.
The Admission and Records office posts the approved course(s) to the student's transcript and sends the student a copy of the evaluation form.
The following criteria are used to determine acceptability of prior college course work for advanced standing:
The final grade for the course(s) must be C or better.
The course(s) must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution; if from a non-regionally accredited foreign post-secondary institution, the courses must have been recommended by the NACES-member external evaluation service.
The course(s) must be applicable to the program in which the student plans to enroll in order for the course to be considered for graduation.
The course(s) must be college-level; no course that is remedial/developmental in nature will be accepted.
A major consideration in the evaluation of a course for transfer of credit is the equivalency of that course to an ATC course.
Transfer Credit Limitation
A student must take and earn a minimum of 25 percent of credits required for graduation from a degree, diploma or certificate program of study at ATC.
Regardless of the comparability of courses and the number of courses successfully completed at other accredited post-secondary institutions, a student must successfully complete a minimum of three higher-level courses (as determined by the academic advisor) representative of the major program or discipline at ATC. The total of both courses accepted for transfer and courses exempted cannot exceed 75 percent of the credit required for completion of the program.
Former Aiken Technical College students who were not enrolled for the preceding two semesters (excluding the summer semester) and who wish to re-enroll must complete a new application for admission prior to re-entry. Students who have attended another college during the interim should ask that college to send an official transcript to the Enrollment Services Center.
Applicants for readmission must meet current admissions criteria, including testing and placement requirements, but are not required to pay an additional application fee.
A student already accepted or enrolled at another college may enroll as a transient student at ATC in order to transfer credits back to the primary college.
The transient student should be advised by the primary college concerning recommended courses to be taken at ATC. An applicant for transient student status must submit an ATC application for admission along with a form/letter from the primary college specifying course(s) to be transferred.
It is the responsibility of the transient student to request that an ATC transcript be sent to the primary college after completion of ATC course(s).
Applicants who are at least 60 years of age and legal residents of South Carolina may enroll in classes on a space-available basis without paying tuition. These applicants must meet regular admission requirements, submit an application and pay all applicable fees other than tuition.
Senior citizens who are full-time employees are not eligible for a tuition waiver.
An international student should begin the admission process at least six months prior to the semester for which he/she seeks admission.
In addition to meeting regular college and program admission requirements, international applicants must also meet certain requirements if an Immigration and Naturalization Form I-20 is required. They must:
Be 18 years old and present evidence of a successful completion of a secondary level program. This evidence must be in the form of a transcript or other traditional document from the institution. The document(s) must be accompanied by a certified English translation, if not in English.
Earn a minimum score of 500 (190 on computerized version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit an official score report.
Provide evidence or affidavit verifying adequate financial support.
Show proof of health insurance with an American insurance carrier.
Additional information about international admissions may be obtained from the Enrollment Services Center.
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