Jul 16, 2020  
2020-21 Academic Catalog 
    
2020-21 Academic Catalog

Admissions and Financial Aid


 

Admissions

General Admission to the College

Individuals are eligible for admission to the community college if they are high school graduates or the equivalent, or if they are eighteen years of age or older and able to benefit academically from study at the community college, as demonstrated by assessment in reading, writing and mathematics.

All students must submit a completed application to Enrollment Services using the online application available at http://apply.vccs.edu. The applicant’s Social Security number is required to receive select services from the College.

The College reserves the right to evaluate and document special cases and to refuse or revoke admission if the College determines that the applicant poses a threat, is a potential danger, is significantly disruptive to the College community or if such refusal or revocation is considered to be in the best interest of the College. The College also reserves the right to refuse admission for applicants that have been expelled or suspended from, or determined to be a threat, potential danger or significantly disruptive, by another college. Students whose admission is revoked after enrollment must be given due process. Procedures for general admissions denials are located at https://lfcc.edu/current-students/college-policies/.

Readmission

Students in “good academic standing” who have not been enrolled for a period of three years (nine consecutive terms) seeking readmission must submit a new “Application for Admission” prior to registration.

A student who applies for admission but does not enroll in classes within one year (three consecutive terms) must submit a new “Application for Admission” prior to registration.

Readmission to a Degree or Certificate Program

Students seeking readmission to a restricted program or with specific admission criteria in addition to general admission requirements must consult with the specific program for detailed readmission requirements. Students seeking readmission to non-restricted programs after one year of non-attendance will not need to reapply for admission to the program; however, students should check to see if the program requirements have changed since last attendance.

Residence Requirements

In order to determine in-state or out-of-state tuition rates, the following information must be submitted online with your admissions application or in person in Enrollment Services.

  1. A completed Application for In-State Tuition,
  2. Part A must be completed and signed by the student.
  3. Students under 24 years of age who do not qualify as independent students in Part A of the Application for In-State must have their parent or legal guardian complete Part B of the form.
  4. Students under 24 years of age who are no longer a dependent of their parent or legal guardian must provide documentation proving independent domicile. Forms for proving independent domicile are available in the Enrollment Services Office.

Residence or domicile for students who are under the age of 24 is based on their parents’ or legal guardians’ domicile/residence. A Virginia In-State resident is one who has been domiciled in and is and has been an actual bona fide legal resident of Virginia for a period of at least one year prior to the term for which enrollment is planned.

Please direct all inquiries concerning admission requirements to:

Enrollment Services
Lord Fairfax Community College
173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, VA 22645-1745
(540) 868-7105
(800) 906-5322, Ext. 7105 (toll free)
(540) 868-7005 (fax)
Web site address: http://www.lfcc.edu

Address Corrections

The student is responsible for maintaining a correct address and telephone number online in their student center or with Enrollment Services. In all cases requiring student notification, the student will be considered notified if the College uses the most current information found in the Student Information System.

Placement Testing Requirements

Students must demonstrate readiness for college-level English and math courses, via one of the following means and measures:

  • Any student who has earned an associate degree or higher or who has earned a C or better in college-level courses in math and/or English at a regionally accredited institution will be exempt from placement testing provided they meet the prerequisites for the respective courses in their chosen program of study.
  • Any student who has successfully completed developmental courses at a VCCS institution will be exempt from placement testing in those areas.
  • Any student who has successfully completed developmental courses at a non-VCCS institution will have their coursework evaluated for placement.
  • A student may submit a high school/home school transcript or an approved test score for placement evaluation. Seniors who have not yet graduated may submit a transcript as of the completion of their first semester of their senior year to determine readiness for placement into college-level courses for the purpose of early admission. Transcripts, SAT and ACT scores should be evaluated by an academic advisor or career coach to determine if placement testing will be required.
  • Any student who is not placed by the above criteria will take the Virginia Placement Test, or ESL-specific test, as appropriate. Students have the option to take the Virginia Placement Test in order to improve their placement standing after other measures are considered. Such placement test scores will not be used to place a student in a lower English or math course than indicated by other criteria, unless the student desires a lower placement.

For students who are required to take the placement test, results of these tests are used to help students and advisors determine appropriate course selection. Students whose scores indicate specific needs may be required to enroll and successfully complete skills improvement courses prior to college course work. Electronic study materials are available on the testing center website at http://www.lfcc.edu/testing. Placement testing at the Middletown and Fauquier Campuses is available on a walk-in basis, no appointment required. Placement testing at the Luray-Page County Center is available by appointment only. There is no placement testing available at Vint Hill. Photo identification is required.

One of the following photo IDs must be provided:

  • Valid driver’s or learner’s license
  • Passport or U.S. issued Visa
  • Photo ID from D.M.V.
  • U.S. military ID
  • LFCC ID
  • Current high school ID
  • Green Card

Students should attend New Student Welcome Day, held before classes begin. This event gives new students the opportunity to become familiar with the College and its resources.

New Student Registration

Those students wishing to pursue degrees/certificates at LFCC are required to complete orientation and complete a new student advising session. The process provides students the opportunity to:

  • Determine if placement testing is required,
  • Learn about College programs, services and resources,
  • Discuss educational/career interests,
  • Determine and plan curricular needs, and
  • Register for classes

Students should attend New Student Welcome Day, held before classes begin. This event gives new students the opportunity to become familiar with the College and its resources.

Admission to a Curriculum

Apart from the general admission requirements for acceptance by the College, some curricula have additional requirements for admission; these are listed under lfcc.edu/pathways. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to credit programs with restricted enrollments or competitive admissions requirements. Students are advised to consult with their academic advisor to discuss their educational interests and the requirements for admission to specific curricula. Students who do not meet all program admission requirements may be placed in another appropriate curriculum or be considered non-curricular while completing prescribed developmental courses or other course prerequisites.

Admission to Health Professions Programs

Students must apply for admission to health professions programs in addition to applying for admission to the College. Admission requirements and application materials are available through the Health Professions Division. Specific requirements are in this catalog for each program.

Admission Priorities

When enrollments must be limited for any curriculum, priority shall be given to all qualified applicants who are residents of the political subdivisions supporting the college and to Virginia residents not having access to a given program at their local community college, provided such students apply for admission to the program prior to registration or by a deadline established by the college. In addition, residents of localities with which the college has clinical-site or other agreements may receive equal consideration for admission.

Special Admission Enrollment

Dual Enrollment

Although high school and home school students are not normally qualified for general admission, colleges may offer admission to those students who meet additional criteria. Dual enrollment is restricted to high school juniors, seniors, and home school students studying at the high school junior or senior levels. Home school students must also provide a copy of a home school agreement approved by the school district or a letter from the local school board or a copy of the letter filed by the parent or legal guardian declaring home school. Documentation of parental permission is required for all dual enrollment students.

Students interested in dual enrollment should contact their high school counseling office. Please visit LFCC’s homepage and click on Future Students for the procedures to enroll. For more information, please contact the Dual Enrollment Office. LFCC works in cooperation with all area public high schools and some private high schools in the region to provide dual enrollment opportunities.

Admissions Requirements for International Students

LFCC is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, all international applicants must submit documentation of eligibility to the Enrollment Services Office prior to registering for classes. Students in the United States on certain temporary visas may be denied admission or restricted to part-time study that is vocational or recreational and does not lead to a professional or educational objective.

Non-immigrant students holding or seeking F1 status may obtain the necessary forms and instructions for applying for an I-20 from the Enrollment Services Office or the LFCC Web site. Non-immigrant students with a visa status other than F1 must contact the Enrollment Services Office to determine admission eligibility and/or limitations. An international student holding a F1 visa that has attended another college may be eligible for admission to LFCC as a transfer student. For additional information regarding F1 transfer applications contact the Enrollment Services Office.

For specific information regarding application deadlines and requirements please visit the Enrollment Services Office or the LFCC Web site: http://www.lfcc.edu/international.

Senior Citizens Higher Education Program

Eligible Virginia senior citizens (residents 60 years of age or older who have had their legal domicile in Virginia for one year or more) may enroll in courses for academic credit, full or part time, and pay no tuition if their Virginia taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed $23,850. They may audit credit courses or enroll in noncredit courses regardless of income level. No fees will be charged, except for course materials, such as laboratory fees.

For professional development courses, a percentage of the tuition may be charged.

Senior citizens are required to complete an application for admission. They will be accepted in a course after all full and part-time students who are paying regular tuition fees have been accommodated, on a space-available basis, unless they have completed 75 percent of the requirements necessary for a degree. At such time senior citizens can enroll in courses at the same time as other tuition-paying students. Interested persons should contact the Enrollment Services Office.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer of Credit from Other Postsecondary Institutions

Credit may be transferred only from colleges and universities that

  1. are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or the Commission on Higher Education of the regional accreditation associations, such as the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or
  2. conform to the requirements published in the Transfer of Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Credits earned at other postsecondary institutions either before or after admission to the College are reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Transfer credit must be similar in content, credit, and learning outcomes to the counterpart courses at LFCC. The student must have been in good standing and only courses with a grade of C or better are considered for transfer credit. Transfer credit does not guarantee curricular substitution of specific course requirements. Requests for evaluation of transfer credit must be submitted to the Records Office. Students are urged to meet with a counselor or advisor to determine specific course requirements.

Transfer credit may be awarded for coursework completed at international colleges and universities that are accredited or approved by the appropriate Ministry of Education or another governmental agency. Students must have international transcripts translated and evaluated by a professional organization or agency. Fees for the evaluation are the responsibility of the student. Additional information regarding the process is available on the LFCC Web site at: http://www.lfcc.edu/future-students/future-international-students/international-transcript-evaluation-/index.html.

Transfer Credit for Professional Legal Secretaries

LFCC awards transfer credit to those who have successfully completed the professional legal secretary examination (PLS), upon certification of completion of the exam. Those interested should contact the Office of the Registrar.

Alternative Forms of Credit

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs

Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs AP/IB examinations generally follow the successful completion of AP/IB courses in high schools where AP/IB courses are taught. LFCC awards credit for completion of selected AP examinations on which a score of three, four or five is achieved. LFCC accepts scores of 5 or higher for the higher-level test for International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. To receive credit, students must be admitted to the College, be admitted to a program, submit a copy of their score report printed from the College Board Web site or sent directly from the College Board, and submit a signed Transcript Evaluation Request Form. Credits awarded by LFCC may or may not be accepted at other institutions. Students are encouraged to contact the college or university to which transfer is anticipated to determine the institution’s policy regarding AP/IB course credit. Students eligible for AP/IB credit should contact the Middletown Campus Office of the Registrar at 540-868-7105, or the Fauquier Campus Records Office at (540) 351-1510 for additional assistance.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College recognizes most CLEP general and subject examinations. College policy is periodically reviewed; therefore, students should request current information from counselors and faculty. Students should also consult colleges and universities where they plan to transfer. Credit may not be accepted at all schools. The College’s testing center is an open CLEP center, providing convenient test administration to students of LFCC and other colleges.

Credit by Examination

The College provides a means to earn credit by examination for some courses. Students whose previous educational studies, training programs or work experience may entitle them to an adjustment in the course requirements for a particular curriculum should contact the course professor to determine whether a course is available for CBE.

Credits earned through the examination method may or may not be transferable to other institutions. Students should determine transferability of credits earned through CBE with the institution to which transfer is planned.

LFCC’s Credit for Prior Learning Manual is available online at https://lfcc.edu/future-students/transfer-in-creditcredentials/.

Expenses

The VCCS is dedicated to giving individuals an opportunity for the continuing development and extension of skills and knowledge, along with the prospect to increase an awareness of his or her role and responsibility to society.

In an effort not to exclude any Virginia resident from the opportunities offered by LFCC, the State Board for Community Colleges has consistently maintained tuition and fees at the lowest possible level. LFCC realizes that any tuition or fee may represent a barrier to those wishing to pursue further education. The College has funds available to help students needing financial assistance. (See the Financial Assistance section.) The College may be able to assist in providing funds for tuition, books and other expenses for students who qualify.

Additional Expenses

Payment of tuition and fees enables students to use the libraries, bookstores, parking lots, student centers and other facilities of the College. Students are required to pay charges for any College property they damage or lose (such as laboratory or shop equipment, supplies, library books and materials).

Eligibility for In-State Tuition

To be eligible for in-state tuition, a student (or in the case of an unemancipated minor or dependent student, the parent or legal guardian) must have been domiciled in the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least one year immediately prior to the commencement of the semester for which in-state tuition is sought. Domicile is a legal concept which means “the present home of an individual where he or she returns from temporary absences and where he or she intends to stay indefinitely.” The student must establish eligibility by clear and convincing evidence.

Domicile Appeal Process

Any applicant denied in-state tuition has the right to appeal according to the following process:

  1. A member of Enrollment Services will make the initial determination.
  2. Upon appeal, an intermediate review will be conducted by the Registrar.
  3. Final administrative review will be made by a domicile appeals committee.

Additional information regarding the domicile appeal policy is available in the student handbook and from Enrollment Services.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are set by the State Board for Community Colleges and are subject to change. Consult the College’s Web site for current fee information at https://lfcc.edu/current-students/tuition-and-payment-information/tuition-rates/.

Tuition may be paid with cash, personal checks, money orders, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or Visa credit cards or the TMS interest-free payment plan. The preferred method of payment is online using credit cards, e check or savings account. Tuition paid by check or credit card should be for the exact amount. The College is not permitted to cash checks or give change for checks written for an amount greater than that due for tuition and fees. Students enrolling in two or more community colleges simultaneously pay tuition at each college based on their status at either college. Separate payment is required for bookstore purchases; one payment cannot be accepted for both tuition and books.

Accounts

Each student who enrolls at LFCC must meet his or her financial obligations to the College before transcripts, certificates, diplomas or degrees will be issued to the student. A student with delinquent accounts will be withdrawn, refused admittance to classes, precluded from registering for a course(s) or subject to civil court action. Students with special circumstances need to contact the financial aid officer or the budget and financial services officer regarding their situation.

Additional Fees

Specific programs or courses may have additional fees. Students should consult specific program or course documents for details.

Auxiliary Fee

The College charges an auxiliary fee per semester to maintain and repair existing parking facilities and construct new parking facilities. Parking maintenance includes parking lot paving, painting, lighting repairs, security and other associated costs. An auxiliary fee will be charged to all students. The auxiliary fee is subject to change and can be found at https://lfcc.edu/current-students/tuition-and-payment-information/tuition-rates/.

Books and Materials

Students are expected to obtain their books, supplies and consumable materials needed for their studies.

Student Activity Fee

A student activity fee supports student events and programs. Funds in this account are spent only for student activities, subject to the review of the College administration. The College Board is responsible for the operation and control of these funds under the specific methods and procedures established by the State Board for Community Colleges and approved by the state auditor.

A student activity fee is charged to all students taking classes. Student activity fees fund various student activities and events throughout the school year. This fee is subject to change and can be found at https://lfcc.edu/current-students/tuition-and-payment-information/tuition-rates/.

Administration and Collection Charges

Past due accounts may be charged a one percent per month, 12 percent per year, administrative and collection fee. The College utilizes a collection agency to assist in the collection of past due amounts. Costs of all collection efforts are passed to the debtor. Past due accounts sent to a collection agency are assessed an additional collection charge, usually 25 (20.48) percent. This charge is calculated to provide the normal collection fee to the collection agency and to provide the full amount due the College. LFCC participates in the Set-Off Debt Collection Program. This program permits the College to collect past due amounts from its debtors’ by appropriating an individual’s Virginia tax refunds and lottery winnings.

Dishonored or Insufficient Funds Checks

A service charge of $35.00 is assessed for any check dishonored by a student’s bank. Student accounts must be cleared immediately in order for the College to continue to provide service.

Refunds

Students shall be eligible for a refund for those credit hours dropped by the “last date to qualify for a refund” date as noted in the Academic Calendar. To be eligible for a refund, a student must log into their My LFCC account to drop a course by the refund deadline date. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of all deadline dates listed in the Academic Calendar. After the drop period has passed, there shall be no refunds, unless due to highly unusual emergency or extenuating circumstance.

Under exceptional circumstances, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) can grant tuition refund/debt removals for students who withdraw after the final drop date. Refund/debt removals are guided by Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Policy 4.3.2.3 Exceptional Cases Caused by VCCS or College.

These have been defined as the following:

  • Administrative error
  • Extreme financial hardship
  • Major medical emergency of extraordinary circumstances
  • National emergency or mobilization declared by the president of the United States
  • Other highly unusual emergency or extenuating circumstance as determined by the College

A review panel is responsible for determining if a tuition refund/debt removal is justified. Tuition refund requests must be initiated no later than the end of the subsequent academic semester in which the refund request is requested. (Example: A fall refund request must be completed no later than the end of the subsequent spring semester). Requests outside of this deadline will not be accepted.

Determination of Refund

To be eligible for a refund under any of the above circumstances, a student must complete the drop procedure within the student information system. After drop date, a student needs to complete a withdrawal and see an academic advisor to complete the process. Eligibility for a refund is determined by the date the drop transaction is completed. The number of times a course has met is not used in determining eligibility for a refund. Questions regarding refunds should be directed to the Business Office. The College has a military refund policy that complies with state and federal regulations. For more information, please visit https://lfcc.edu/veterans-services/military-refund-policy/.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend all of their regularly scheduled classes. Faculty are responsible for attendance records and all matters related to attendance in his/her classes. Attendance is defined as participating as required by the course syllabus (e.g., participation in a discussion board for an online course, being present at a designated work site for an internship, etc.).

Attendance/Administrative Deletion Policy

It is the policy of Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) that any student who has enrolled in a traditional, in-person course, but does not attend a minimum of one class meeting by the college census date (add/drop date) for the semester (as published by the Office of the Registrar), shall be administratively deleted from the course. For online learning and hybrid courses, students must participate in one responsive activity by the same date to avoid administrative deletion from the class roster. This administrative deletion will not entitle the student to any refund in full or in portion. The Office of the Registrar will issue notification letters to all students that are administratively deleted. It will be the student’s responsibility to notify Enrollment Services if the deletions were done in error and/or if the student wants to be reinstated in the class.

Instructors will be required to take attendance throughout the entirety of the semester, submit an Attendance Verification Roster listing the student(s) that need to be administratively deleted at Census Date, and report the last date of attendance for any student receiving an “F,” “U,” or “R” on the Course Final Grade Roster. The course syllabus will reflect that attendance will be monitored. To see the full policy, go to www.lfcc.edu/policies.

Financial Aid

LFCC is committed to using all available funds to help students gain access to a college education. Financial aid is usually awarded based on financial need but can be awarded based on merit or a combination of factors.

Assistance is available through a variety of federal, state and institutional programs. For a complete list of financial aid available see http://www.lfcc.edu/finaid.

How to Apply for Federal & State Financial Aid

Students applying for aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). See http://www.lfcc.edu/finaid to apply. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible after Oct. 1 of each year. The priority application deadline is June 1. Information concerning financial aid at LFCC is available at the Financial Aid Office or on the College’s Web site at http://www.lfcc.edu/finaid. Students must have a high school diploma, a GED or have completed a homeschool program in order to be eligible to receive financial aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients

Students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive and continue receiving aid. The U.S. Department of Education has established a series of standards that define all of the satisfactory academic progress (SAP). For full Satisfactory Academic Progress details, see http://www.lfcc.edu/finaid.

Financial Aid Repayment

If students drop a class and financial aid has already been disbursed to their account, a debt may be incurred to LFCC if an overpayment occurs for a change in enrollment status. Additionally, student who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absences prior to completing 60 percent of a payment period may be required to pay back some or all of the financial aid. These policies are effective only if the student completely terminated enrollment or stops attending all their classes before competing more than 60 percent of the enrollment period. For more information, see Repayment Policy at http://www.lfcc.edu/finaid.