Registration Information



Spring Registration Information

Applications for Degree-seeking students will be accepted until January 6, 2017.  Students should submit applications as soon as possible to allow ample time for processing. Priority Deadline to complete Admissions and Financial Aid files by turning in all required documentation is December 1, 2016. Currently enrolled students may register from November 7, 2016 through January 12, 2017.  Students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for classes.


All degree and certificate seeking students must have an ADVISING CODE to register for classes. First time freshmen are required to attend a New Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration (NSOAR) session where they will receive their ADVISING CODE to register. Transfer and readmitted students may attend a NSOAR or can seek advisement and ADVISING CODE from a Dean of the academic division of their major prior to January, then in January can seek advisement in the temporary Advising Center in the Student Center (Advising Center hours - Jan. 3-6 1:00-4:00pm, Jan. 9-10 10:00am-4:00pm, Jan. 11-12 10:00am-6:00pm, Jan. 13 10:00am-4:00pm). Returning students receive ADVISING CODE from faculty advisor.

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2017 Spring Registration Calendar

Registration for Spring 2017 opens Monday, November 7. It is mandatory that students speak with their academic advisor prior to registering for classes. Providing there are no outstanding obligations or holds, all currently enrolled students are eligible to register after meeting with their faculty advisor and receiving ADVISING CODE to register. All new first time freshmen are required to attend a New Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration (NSOAR) session where they will receive their ADVISING CODE to register. Transfer and readmitted students may attend a NSOAR or can seek advisement and ADVISING CODE from a Dean of the academic division of their major prior to January, then in January can seek advisement in the temporary Advising Center in the Student Center(Advising Center hours - Jan. 3-6 1:00-4:00pm, Jan. 9-10 10:00am-4:00pm, Jan. 11-12 10:00am-6:00pm, Jan. 13 10:00am-4:00pm) . Students wishing to audit a course may register beginning the first day of class, January 17. Current student advisor assignment is available via CougarNet through the academic profile link from the "My Account" tab. Students must select a term then press Go to view the advisor information. For registration or admission questions, students may contact the Enrollment Services Center (ESC) at 423-472-7141, ext. 310 or visit the ESC Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. The College is closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2. ESC normal hours of Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm will resume Jan. 3rd.

Registration Calendar
Date(s) What's Happening
October 17 Class schedule available for viewing.
November 7- January 12 Open web registration for currently enrolled  and non-degree seeking students. New students can use web registration at/after NSOAR session. Readmitted and transfer students may register at a NSOAR or after meeting with an advisor.
December 1 Priority deadline for Financial Aid and Admissions documents.
December 15 Financial Aid appeals deadline.
January 3-6 Advising Center open 1:00pm-4:00pm. Located in Student Center on Cleveland Campus
January 5 Deadline to pay balance of tuition and fees.
January 6 Deadline for degree seeking applications and to submit Change of Status(Major) for spring. Any forms submitted after this date will be effective for fall 2017.
January 9 - 12 Last week of Registration
January 9-10  Advising Center open 10:00am-4:00pm. Located in Student Center on Cleveland Campus 
January 11-12 Advising Center open 10:00am-6:00pm. Located in Student Center on Cleveland Campus 
Juanuary 13 Advising Center open 10:00am-4:00pm. Located in Student Center on Cleveland Campus 
January 17 Classes Begin.
January 17 - 18 Schedule adjustment period.

Future Student

ADMISSION and REGISTRATION INFO:

Apply for admission and turn in all documents required by the Admissions office by Priority Deadline of December 1 (i.e. ACT scores, COMPASS scores, immunization records, high school or college transcripts, drivers license, etc.).

New, transfer and readmitted students who apply for a degree or certificate program will receive instructions in an email about next steps to complete admissions file and register.


FAQs:

Is attendance at a New Student Orientation, Advising & Registration (NSOAR) session required?

Yes for new first-time freshmen students.  CSCC requires all new first-time freshmen students who want a degree or certificate to attend one of these sessions. A letter will be sent explaining what to do to sign up for a NSOAR session.

How long does a NSOAR session last?

Most sessions last approximately 1-2 hours.

What if I can’t make it to one of the NSOAR sessions?

Students who do make it to one of the scheduled NSOAR sessions (Dec. 2, Jan. 5 or Jan. 10) will have one last chance to register Jan. 11-12.

 

How do I find out if the course I want to take is available?

Use the online schedule located on our website’s home page to see if the course is offered.  Be aware that space in most classes is limited.  In other words, just because the class is offered doesn’t mean there are spaces available.  When in the student account and actually registering for the course you can see if there are spots available.

When should I pay for my classes?

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the published deadline.  Tuition due dates can be found on the "Tuition, Fees, and Deadlines" page.  These dates are applicable whether paying by cash, credit card, third parties, VA and all forms of financial aid.  Students can set up a payment plan ptrior to the published date. After this date, if financial aid has not paid, not paid in full or have payment plan set up student will be dropped from all courses for non-payment.

To use your Financial Aid to pay your tuition and fees:

Complete Financial Aid file by turning in all required documentation by priority deadline. If required Financial Aid documentation is not submitted by Dec. 1, it is possible you may not have aid processed by deadline to pay fees and would be dropped for non-payment. Complete all required Financial Aid documentation by Dec. 1.

What is CougarNet?

CougarNet is Cleveland State’s internal website to online student services including:  class registration, fee payments, grades, class schedules, email and much more.  CougarNet is available 24/7 and is the gateway to all the things you will need to be successful at Cleveland State.

I’m having trouble logging on to my CougarNet account.  Can anyone help me?
Yes.  The Computer help desk can be reached M-F from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at 423-478-6210 or 800-604-2722 ext. 210 and emailed at helpdesk@clevelandstatecc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID:

How do I apply for financial aid?

Go to the website www.fsaid.ed.gov and apply for a FSA ID. You will need to keep your FSA ID for future reference.

Go to the website http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application will be evaluated by the Department of Education. Within 3-5 business days an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to you and to the Financial Aid Office.

The Financial Aid Office will evaluate the SAR to determine if your application was selected for verification. If you have been selected for verification, you will need to supply the Financial Aid Office with necessary documents such as copies of Federal tax return transcripts, verification worksheets, etc. If you are selected for verification, you must submit the proper documentation by the deadline.


What is the priority deadline for applying for financial aid?

Your FAFSA and all accompanying documentation such as verification documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office no later than December 1, 2016.

The census date for financial aid is January 30, 2017. If a student registers after January 30, 2017 he/she will NOT be able to receive Financial Aid for that course.

How will I be affected if I miss the financial aid deadline?

If you miss the deadline, it can result in classes being dropped for non-payment. If required Financial Aid documentation is not submitted by Dec. 1, it is possible you may not have aid processed by deadline to pay fees and would be dropped for non-payment. Complete all required Financial Aid documentation by Dec. 1.

Do I reapply for financial aid each year?

You will need to renew your FAFSA form each academic year. This spring semester academic year is 2016-17 when doing the FAFSA application. Go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov to fill out the FAFSA.

What documents/information will I need to fill out my FAFSA?

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your driver's license (if any)
  • Your W-2 forms and other records of money earned (from the previous year)
  • Your (and your spouse's, if you are married) Federal Income Tax information (from the previous year)
  • Your parent's Federal Income Tax information (if you are a dependent student)
  • Your untaxed income records (from previous year)
  • Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records.


My parents are divorced. Whose information do I need for the FAFSA?

The parent with whom you lived with the most during the past year should complete the FAFSA. If you did not live with either parent or lived equally with each parent, use the information from the parent who provided you with the most financial support. It does not make a difference which parent claims you as a dependent for tax purposes.

What is the difference between dependent and independent students?

The US Department of Education considers a student a dependent up until the age of 24 except in certain circumstances.

Independent Status

  • You are at least 24 years old on the day you file your FAFSA.
  • You are or will be enrolled in a masters or Doctoral degree program at the beginning of the school year.
  • You are married on the day you file your FAFSA.
  • You are a parent.
  • You have dependents other than your spouse who live with you and who receive more than half their support from you at the time you apply.
  • Both your parents are deceased (or were until age 18), and you are a ward of dependent of the court.
  • You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training.
  • You are a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • You were a foster child after the age of 13.
  • You are an emancipated child as determined by a court judge.
  • You were in legal guardianship.
  • You are homeless or at risk of homelessness as determined by the director of a HUD approved homeless shelter, transitional program, or a liaison.

If none of the above criteria apply to you, you’re a dependent student – even if your IRS tax status is different and even if you have no idea where your parents are.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are considered an independent student.

I do not get along with my parents or live with them. I pay my own rent and bills. Can I apply without my parent's income?

If unusual circumstances exist in your relationship with your parents, you may be eligible to complete a Professional Judgment Form. Please see Financial Aid Office for more information.

When should I apply for financial aid?

You should complete a FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 of each year for the next academic year. The sooner you complete the FAFSA prior to the semester you plan to start the better. The 2016-17 FAFSA has been available since Jan. 1 2016. If starting this spring semester, fill out FAFSA ASAP and complete requirements for Financial Aid by Dec. 1. This will help ensure the funds are available to you when tuition and fees are due. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so try to get your FAFSA filled out as early as possible.

Why was I selected for verification?

FAFSA selects 3 out of 5 of all applicants and requires the school to verify the information provided. It is a random process and does not necessarily mean that anything is wrong.


How will I know if I was selected for verification?

You can check the Financial Aid tab in your Cougar Net account to see if you are selected for verification and see what forms are needed. You can also track the process on your account from start to finish.

Who to call for more information:

Contact Information
Office Phone Number
Admissions 423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Registration 423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Financial Aid 423-472-7141 Ext. 310

Current Student

ADMISSION and REGISTRATION INFO:

Online Registration for currently enrolled students will begin on November 7.  It is mandatory that all full-time and part-time degree and certificate seeking students meet with their assigned advisor prior to registering for classes.  Advisor assignments are available on student’s CougarNet accounts.    Registration for current students will continue through January 12.  Please be advised that the registration process is not complete until ALL fees are paid by the advertised deadline.  Failure to pay fees will result in the loss of the class schedule.

FAQs:

Do I have to see my assigned advisor before registering for classes?

Yes, it is mandatory for all degree and certificate seeking students. Your advisor will help you stay on track so that you can finish your degree as quickly as possible.  Advisors can also suggest appropriate electives for your field of study. The college adheres to a mandatory advising philosophy. The academic advisor will provide information regarding course selection and provide you with an ADVISING CODE which permits registration for courses.

Who is my assigned advisor?

The “My Account” tab in CougarNet will indicate your current advisor.

If I change majors will my advisor change?

Yes.  When you complete the online form to change your major (Change of Status in CougarNet under Records Forms on the My Account tab) a new advisor will be assigned by the appropriate academic division.

How do I find out if the course I want to take is available?

Use the online schedule located on our website’s homepage to see if the course is offered.  Be aware that space in most classes is limited.  In other words, just because the class is offered doesn’t mean there are spaces available.  When in the student account and actually registering for the course you can see if there are spots available.

When should I pay for my classes?

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the published deadline.  Tuition due dates can be found on the "Tuition, Fees, and Deadlines" page.  These dates are applicable whether paying by cash, credit card, third parties, VA and all forms of financial aid.  Students can set up a payment plan ptrior to the published date. After this date, if financial aid has not paid, not paid in full or have payment plan set up student will be dropped from all courses for non-payment.

What is CougarNet?

CougarNet is Cleveland State’s internal website to online student services including:  class registration, fee payments, grades, class schedules, email and much more.  CougarNet is available 24/7 and is the gateway to all the things you will need to be successful at Cleveland State.

I’m having trouble logging on to my CougarNet account.  Can anyone help me?
Yes.  The Computer help desk can be reached M-F from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at 423-478-6210 or 800-604-2722 ext. 210 and emailed at helpdesk@clevelandstatecc.edu.

 

FINANCIAL AID:

How do I apply for financial aid?

You only need to do a FAFSA once per academic year. If you have done the 2016-17 FAFSA for fall semester, you do not need to fill it out again for spring semester. If you did not fill out a 2016-17 FAFSA yet then you may do so for spring semester.

When is the priority deadline to apply for financial aid?

All documentation needs to be submitted by December 1, 2016.

The census date for financial aid is January 30, 2017. If a student registers after January 30, 2017, he/she will NOT receive financial aid for that course.

Why was I selected for verification?

FAFSA selects 3 out of 5 of all applicants and requires the school to verify the information provided. It is a random process and does not necessarily mean that anything is wrong.

How will I know if I was selected for verification?

You can check your CougarNet account to see if you are selected for verification and see what forms are needed. You can also track the process on your account from start to finish.

Am I eligible to receive Financial Aid?

Check your CougarNet account for eligibility status after grades are posted.  If you are not eligible, check the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress on the Financial Aid website.  If you are eligible to appeal, print and complete the SAP appeal forms, along with other required documents, and submit to the Financial Aid Office by December 15, 2016.

Who to call for more information:

Contact Information
Office Phone Number
Admissions 423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Registration 423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Financial Aid 423-472-7141 Ext. 310

Visiting/Transient Student

Visiting Student Registration

ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION INFO:
A guide to Enrolling in CLSCC for Transient Students (students enrolled at another college/university):

College Application

  • The first step is to apply for admission to the college.   Apply online at www.clevelandstatecc.edu from the APPLY NOW link.

Set-up CougarNet Account

  • After applying to Cleveland State, information will be emailed to set-up your CougarNet account. This is where you will check your status and be able to register when admissions file is complete. 

Proof of prerequisite coursework/transcripts

  • Complete and submit a transient approval form.  A transient approval form is available on the college website under the Future Student Button/Transient Student section. The Transient student Approval Form can also be found in student CougarNet account unerd My account tab and Admissions Forms link. The home institution MUST specifically identify approved courses in English and Mathematics.  For courses which have prerequisites (refer to college catalog, course descriptions) an academic transcript may be required to verify completion of the prerequisite.  Transient Student Approval Form or Letter of Good Standing must be received PRIOR to registration for courses.

Consult with home institution before you register at CLSCC

  • CLSCC is not responsible for transfer credit at another school.  Before completing the steps above, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure with the home institution that any courses taken at CLSCC will be accepted at the home institution.

Students on Academic Suspension at Home Institution

  • Students who are on Academic Suspension at the home institution MUST provide a transcript which identifies the terms of the suspension (one term, three term, etc.) and MUST be approved by the Registrar or Director of Enrollment Services to enroll at CLSCC.

Registration Dates and Times

  • Transient students who have completed ALL Admissions requirements may begin registration.  Registration dates for spring semester are Nov. 7- Jan. 12. Transient students do not need an ADVISING CODE and can register online without seeing an advisor. If assistance is needed, contact Enrollment Services for assistance.

FAQs:
How do I find out if the course I want to take is available?
Use the online schedule located on our website’s homepage to see if the course is offered.  Be aware that space in most classes is limited.  In other words, just because the class is offered doesn’t mean there are spaces available.  When in the student account and actually registering for the course you can see if there are spots available.

Do I have an assigned advisor?
No, Transient students may contact a Division Dean or can visit the temporary advising center in January on the main campus in Cleveland. Temporary Advising Center will be located in the Student Center in January.

When should I pay for my classes?
Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the published deadline.  Tuition due dates can be found on the "Tuition, Fees, and Deadlines" page.
Transient students are not eligible for financial aid. You must be enrolled at Cleveland State Community College in an eligible degree program to receive financial aid. 

What is CougarNet?
CougarNet is Cleveland State’s internal website to online student services including:  class registration, fee payments, grades, class schedules, email and much more.  CougarNet is available 24/7 and is the gateway to all the things you will need to be successful at Cleveland State.

I’m having trouble logging on to my CougarNet account.  Can anyone help me?
Yes.  The Computer help desk can be reached M-F from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at 423-478-6210 or 800-604-2722 ext. 210 and emailed at helpdesk@clevelandstatecc.edu.

What is the difference between a Cleveland State web class and a RODP class?
RODP courses have additional fees, the instructor is often from another institution, and the textbooks must be purchased from the RODP online bookstore. For more information go to http://www.rodp.org/

When and how do I access my RODP course?
Students cannot log in to their class until the published date that classes begin. To log in, select the RODP symbol at the top of your CougarNet page and look for the directions on the right side of the page.

FINANCIAL AID:
Transient students are not eligible for financial aid. You must be enrolled at Cleveland State Community College in an eligible degree program to receive financial aid.

Who to call for more information:

Contact Information
OfficePhone Number
Admissions423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Registration423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Financial Aid423-472-7141 Ext. 310

Dual Enrollment Student

Dual Enrollment Student Registration

What classes can dual enrollment students take?
Dual enrollment students can register to take any class on our schedule that they qualify for.  If wanting or expecting to get the high school credit as well as the college credit for the course, they must clear that or get approval from their high school guidance counselor prior to registering for the course.

Can dual students receive the dual enrollment lottery grant?
Yes. Dual Students must register for the lottery grant every semester by going to the state website (www.collegepaystn.com) and must meet specified criteria for eligibility. All information can be found in the Dual Registration Packet.

How do I register for a dual enrollment course?
All dual students must fill out a dual registration packet and submit it to Enrollment Services by specified deadline. Dual registration packets and deadlines information can be found on the Dual Enrollment page , click on Admissions and then Dual Enrollment link. Required information on checklist for “New” or “Returning” students must be submitted with registration packet, and packet must be filled out completely.

Who to call for more information:
Dual Enrollment Office: 423-614-8734


Fall Registration Information

Applications for Degree-seeking students will be accepted until August 12.  Students should submit applications as soon as possible to allow ample time for processing.  Priority Deadline to complete Financial Aid file by turning in all required documentation is July 15. Priority Deadline to complete Admissions file by turning in all required documentation is July 29. Currently enrolled students may register from April 4 - August 18. Students are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to registering for classes.

All degree and certificate seeking students must have a PIN to register for classes. New students receive PIN at New Student Advisement and Registration (NSAR) session. Transfer and readmit students will receive advisement and PIN through the summer Advising Center or by seeing the Dean of their major of study. Returning students receive PIN from faculty advisor.

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2016 Fall Registration Calendar

Registration for fall 2016 opens Monday, April 4. Providing there are no outstanding obligations or holds, all currently enrolled students are eligible to register. First time freshmen are required to attend a NSAR (New Student Advising & Registration) session which is scheduled through the ACCESS Center. Transfer and readmit students will receive advisement and PIN through the summer Advising Center or by seeing the Dean of their respected major of study. Students wishing to audit a course may register beginning the first day of class, August 22. It is mandatory that students speak with their academic advisor prior to registering for classes. The advisor assignment is available via CougarNet through the academic profile link from the "My Account" tab. Students must select a term, then press Go to view the advisor information. For registration or admission questions, students may contact the Enrollment Services Center at 423-472-7141, ext 310 or visit the ESC Monday-Thursday 8:00am-6:00pm or Friday 8:00am-4:30pm.

Registration Calendar
Date What's Happening
March 14 Class schedule available for viewing.
April 4 - August 18 Open web registration for currently enrolled  and non-degree seeking students. New students, readmitted students and transfer students can use web registration at/after meeting with advisor/NSAR session.
July 15 Priority deadline for Financial Aid file documents.
July 15 Financial Aid appeals deadline.
July 29 Priority deadline for Admissions file documents
August 10 Deadline for students registered to pay balance of tuition and fees or have set up a deferred payment plan option
August 11 Deadline for deferred payment set-up 4 payment plan option
August 12 Deadline for degree seeking applications and to submit Change of Status for fall. Any forms submitted after this date will be effective for spring 2015.
August 17-18 Late Registration Days
August 22  Classes Begin
August 22-23 Schedule adjustment period.
August 31 Deadline for students registered since August 11 to pay balance of tuition and fees or have set-up a deferred payment plan
September 9 Deadline for deferred payment set-up 3 payment plan option

Future Student

ADMISSION and REGISTRATION INFO:

Apply for admission and turn in all documents required by the Admissions office by Priority Deadline of July 29 (i.e. ACT scores, COMPASS scores, immunization records, high school or college transcripts, drivers license, etc.).

New students, transfers and readmits who apply for a degree or certificate program will receive instructions in the mail about next steps to register.  New students must attend New Student Advisement and Registration (NSAR) date. Register for a NSAR by completing the online orientation located on the Cleveland State homepage.

When students reach the last module of the online orientation, they are prompted to sign up for a live New Student Advising & Registration (NSAR) session.  Students meet with an advisor and register for classes during this session.


FAQs:

Is attendance at a New Student Advising & Registration session required?

Yes.  CSCC requires all new (first-time) students who want a degree or certificate to attend one of these sessions.

How long does a NSAR session last?

Most sessions last approximately 1-2 hours.

What if I can’t make it to one of the NSAR sessions?

Students will be allowed to attend CSCC’s “late registration” period on August 17 - 18.

I already completed the Financial Aid online orientation.  Is the New Student Online Orientation the same thing?

No.  The New Student Online Orientation has five modules that talk about student support services, academic information, and general college policies.  Module 5 is where you make a reservation for a “live” New Student Advising & Registration session.

How do I find out if the course I want to take is available?

Use the online schedule located on our website’s home page to see if the course is offered.  Be aware that space in most classes is limited.  In other words, just because the class is offered doesn’t mean there are spaces available.  You can call 423-472-7141 and ask for the class’s academic division office to find out if a class still has openings or if they have a waiting list.

When should I pay for my classes?

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the published deadline.  Tuition due dates can be found by going to the Cleveland State website at http://www.clevelandstatecc.edu and clicking on “Current Students”, the “Business Office”, and then “How/When to Pay.”  These dates are applicable whether paying by cash, credit card, third parties, VA and all forms of financial aid.  After this date, you will be removed from your classes for non-payment.

What is CougarNet?

CougarNet is Cleveland State’s internal website to online student services including:  class registration, fee payments, grades, class schedules, email and much more.  CougarNet is available 24/7 and is the gateway to all the things you will need to be successful at Cleveland State.

FINANCIAL AID:

How do I apply for financial aid?


•Go to fsaid.ed.gov to create an ID
•After creating ID, go to the website http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application will be evaluated by the Department of Education. Within 3-5 business days an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to you and to the Financial Aid Office.
•The Financial Aid Office will evaluate the SAR to determine if your application was selected for verification. If you have been selected for verification, you will need to supply the Financial Aid Office with necessary documents such as copies of Federal tax return transcripts, verification worksheets, etc. If you are selected for verification, you must submit the proper documentation by the deadline.
 


What is the priority deadline for applying for financial aid?

Your FAFSA and all accompanying documentation such as verification documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office no later than July 15, 2016.

The census date for financial aid is September 6, 2016. If a student registers after September 6, 2016, he/she will NOT receive financial aid for that course.

How will I be affected if I miss the financial aid deadline?

If you miss the deadline, it can result in classes being dropped for non-payment.

Do I reapply for financial aid each year?

You will need to renew your FAFSA form each academic year. This will be a much easier process than previously as you can link to the IRS to transfer tax information. Go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov to fill out the renewal FAFSA.

What documents/information will I need to fill out my FAFSA?

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your driver's license (if any)
  • Your W-2 forms and other records of money earned (from the previous year)
  • Your (and your spouse's, if you are married) Federal Income Tax information (from the previous year)
  • Your parent's Federal Income Tax information (if you are a dependent student)
  • Your untaxed income records (from previous year)
  • Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records.


My parents are divorced. Whose information do I need for the FAFSA?

The parent with whom you lived with the most during the past year should complete the FAFSA. If you did not live with either parent or lived equally with each parent, use the information from the parent who provided you with the most financial support. It does not make a difference which parent claims you as a dependent for tax purposes.

What is the difference between dependent and independent students?

The US Department of Education considers a student a dependent up until the age of 24 except in certain circumstances.

Independent Status

  • You are at least 24 years old on the day you file your FAFSA.
  • You are or will be enrolled in a masters or Doctoral degree program at the beginning of the school year.
  • You are married on the day you file your FAFSA.
  • You are a parent.
  • You have dependents other than your spouse who live with you and who receive more than half their support from you at the time you apply.
  • Both your parents are deceased (or were until age 18), and you are a ward of dependent of the court.
  • You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training.
  • You are a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • You were a foster child after the age of 13.
  • You are an emancipated child as determined by a court judge.
  • You were in legal guardianship.
  • You are homeless or at risk of homelessness as determined by the director of a HUD approved homeless shelter, transitional program, or a liaison.

If none of the above criteria apply to you, you’re a dependent student – even if your IRS tax status is different and even if you have no idea where your parents are.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are considered an independent student.

I do not get along with my parents or live with them. I pay my own rent and bills. Can I apply without my parent's income?

If unusual circumstances exist in your relationship with your parents, you may complete the Professional Judgment Form. This form is available online at Financial Aid Forms or at the Financial Aid Office.

When should I apply for financial aid?

You should complete a FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of each year. This will help ensure the funds are available to you when tuition and fees are due. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so try to get your FAFSA filled out as early as possible.

Why was I selected for verification?

FAFSA selects 3 out of 5 of all applicants and requires the school to verify the information provided. It is a random process and does not necessarily mean that anything is wrong.


How will I know if I was selected for verification?

You can check your Cougar Net account to see if you are selected for verification and see what forms are needed. You can also track the process on your account from start to finish.

Who to call for more information:

Contact Information
Office Phone Number
Admissions 423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Registration 423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Financial Aid 423-472-7141 Ext. 310

Current Student

ADMISSION and REGISTRATION INFO:

Online Registration for currently enrolled students will begin on April 4.  It is mandatory that all full-time and part-time degree and certificate seeking students meet with their assigned advisor prior to registering for classes.  Advisor assignments are available on student’s CougarNet accounts.    Registration for current students will continue through August 18.  Please be advised that the registration process is not complete until ALL fees are paid by the advertised deadline.  Failure to pay fees will result in the loss of the class schedule.

FAQs:

Do I have to see my assigned advisor before registering for classes?

Yes, it is mandatory for all degree and certificate seeking students. Your advisor will help you stay on track so that you can finish your degree as quickly as possible.  Advisors can also suggest appropriate electives for your field of study. The college adheres to a mandatory advising philosophy. The academic advisor will provide information regarding course selection and provide you with the alternate PIN which permits registration for courses.

Who is my assigned advisor?

The “My Account” tab in CougarNet will indicate your current advisor.

If I change majors will my advisor change?

Yes.  When you complete the form in CougarNet to change your major a new advisor will be assigned by the appropriate academic division.

How do I find out if the course I want to take is available?

Use the online schedule located on our website’s homepage to see if the course is offered.  Be aware that space in most classes is limited.  In other words, just because the class is offered doesn’t mean there are spaces available.  You can call 423-472-7141 and ask for the class’s academic division office to find out if a class still has openings or if they have a waiting list.

When should I pay for my classes?

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the published deadline.  Tuition due dates can be found by going to the Cleveland State website at http://www.clevelandstatecc.edu and clicking on “Current Students”, the “Business Office”, and then “How/When to Pay.”  These dates are applicable whether paying by cash, credit card, third parties, VA and all forms of financial aid.  After this date, you will be removed from your classes for non-payment.

What is CougarNet?

CougarNet is Cleveland State’s internal website to online student services including:  class registration, fee payments, grades, class schedules, email and much more.  CougarNet is available 24/7 and is the gateway to all the things you will need to be successful at Cleveland State.

FINANCIAL AID:

How do I apply for financial aid?

Even if you are a continuing/current student you will need to fill out the FAFSA. This allows the counselors to review your eligibility for the semester.

When is the priority deadline to apply for financial aid?

All documentation needs to be submitted by July 15.

The census date for financial aid is September 6, 2016. If a student registers after September 6, 2016, he/she will NOT receive financial aid for that course.

Why was I selected for verification?

FAFSA selects 3 out of 5 of all applicants and requires the school to verify the information provided. It is a random process and does not necessarily mean that anything is wrong.

How will I know if I was selected for verification?

You can check your CougarNet account to see if you are selected for verification and see what forms are needed. You can also track the process on your account from start to finish.

How do I know I’m awarded financial aid for the fall?

You can check Your Cougar Net account to track the process on your account from start to finish.

If you are just starting this summer, please be aware that one-semester loans will be disbursed in two segments.

Am I eligible to receive Financial Aid?

Check your CougarNet account for eligibility status after grades are posted.  If you are not eligible, check the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress on the Financial Aid website.  If you are eligible to appeal, print and complete the SAP appeal forms, along with other required documents, and submit to the Financial Aid Office by July 15, 2016.

Who to call for more information:

Contact Information
Office Phone Number
Admissions 423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Registration 423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Financial Aid 423-472-7141 Ext. 310

Visiting/Transient Student

ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION INFO:

A guide to Enrolling in CLSCC for Transient Students (students enrolled at another college/university):

College Application

The first step is to apply for admission to the college. Apply online at http://www.clevelandstatecc.edu from the APPLY NOW FOR ADMISSION link.

First time applicants must answer a Hepatitis B Immunization Health History question on application and provide Proof of Citizenship.

Proof of prerequisite coursework/transcripts

Submit a Letter of Good Standing or transient student approval form from the home institution. The home institution MUST specifically identify approved courses in English and Mathematics. For courses which have prerequisites (refer to college catalog, course descriptions) an academic transcript may be required to verify completion of the prerequisite. Letters of Good Standing must be received PRIOR to registration for courses.

Consult with home institution before you register at CLSCC

CLSCC is not responsible for transfer credit at another school.  Before completing the steps above, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure with the home institution that any courses taken at CLSCC will be accepted at the home institution.

Students on Academic Suspension at Home Institution

Students who are on Academic Suspension at the home institution MUST provide a transcript which identifies the terms of the suspension (one term, three term, etc.) and MUST be approved by the Registrar to enroll at CLSCC.

Registration Dates and Times

Transient students who have completed ALL of the steps above may begin registration. Registration is online and advising is not required. However, it is recommended that  transient students speak with an advisor prior to registering for courses. Transient students may speak with an advisor in the ACCESS Center-call (423) 478-6217 for advising information.

FAQs:

How do I find out if the course I want to take is available?

Use the online schedule located on our website’s homepage to see if the course is offered. Be aware that space in most classes is limited. In other words, just because the class is offered doesn’t mean there are spaces available. You can call 423-472-7141 and ask for the class’s academic division office to find out if a class still has openings or if they have a waiting list.

Do I have an assigned advisor?

Transient students may contact the ACCESS Center (423-478-6217) for general advising-related questions.

When should I pay for my classes?

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the published deadline. Tuition due dates can be found by going to the Cleveland State website at http://www.clevelandstatecc.edu and clicking on “Current Students”, the “Business Office”, and then “How/When to Pay.” These dates are applicable whether paying by cash, credit card, third parties, VA and all forms of financial aid. After this date, you will be removed from your classes for non-payment.

What is CougarNet?

CougarNet is Cleveland State’s internal website to online student services including: class registration, fee payments, grades, class schedules, email and much more.  CougarNet is available 24/7 and is the gateway to all the things you will need to be successful at Cleveland State.

I’m having trouble logging on to my CougarNet account.  Can anyone help me?

Yes. The Computer help desk can be reached M-F from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at 423-478-6210 or 800-604-2722 ext. 210 and emailed at helpdesk@clevelandstatecc.edu.

What is the difference between a Cleveland State web class and a TN eCampus/RODP class?

TN eCampus/RODP courses have additional fees, the instructor is often from another institution, and the textbooks must be purchased from the TN eCampus/RODP online bookstore.

When and how do I access my TN eCampus/RODP course?

Students cannot log in to their class until the published date that classes begin. To log in, select the TN eCampus/RODP symbol at the top of your CougarNet page and look for the directions on the right side of the page.

FINANCIAL AID:

Transient students are not eligible for financial aid. You must be enrolled at Cleveland State Community College in an eligible degree program to receive financial aid.

Who to call for more information:

Contact Information
Office Phone Number
Admissions 423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Registration 423-472-7141 Ext. 310
Financial Aid 423-472-7141 Ext. 310

Dual Enrollment Student

What classes can dual enrollment students take?

Dual enrollment students can register to take any class on our schedule that they qualify for.  If wanting or expecting to get the high school credit as well as the college credit for the course, they must clear that or get approval from their high school guidance counselor prior to registering for the course.

Can dual students receive the dual enrollment lottery grant?

Yes. Dual Students must register for the lottery grant every semester by going to the state website (http://www.tn.gov/collegepays/) and must meet specified criteria for eligibility. All information can be found in the Dual Registration Packet.

How do I register for a dual enrollment course?

All dual students must fill out a dual registration packet and submit it to Enrollment Services by specified deadline. Dual registration packets and deadlines information can be found on the Dual Enrollment page , click on Admissions and then Dual Enrollment link. Required information on checklist for “New” or “Returning” students must be submitted with registration packet, and packet must be filled out completely.

Who to call for more information:

Dual Enrollment Office: 423-614-8734