Lone Star College announces winter break hours, student information

HOUSTON (Dec. 20, 2011) Most Lone Star College System facilities will be closed for the holiday break beginning Dec. 22 through Jan. 4. Regular operations resume on Thursday, Jan. 5.

However, since each college campus has different hours of operation to support December mini-mester classes and other activities, please check LoneStar.edu for the most current information regarding the holiday schedule for your local Lone Star College.

Other important information for students:

Spring registration and payment for classes

Students are reminded that pre-registration for spring 2012 classes ends at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 and full payment for these pre-registered classes is due at the same time. Any unpaid classes after 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 will be dropped. The last day to register for the spring semester is Jan. 14; payment is due at time of registration after Jan. 7. Students should check their myLoneStar account for information specific to their account. General information can be found at LoneStar.edu/payment.

New this year proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination required for new students

A new state requirement in 2012 specifies that new students must provide proof of vaccination for bacterial meningitis 10 days before spring classes begin on Jan. 17. Texas Senate Bill 1107, which becomes effective Jan. 1, amended current Texas law and requires the proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination for new students.

This requirement to provide proof of vaccination for bacterial meningitis is only for new students attending Lone Star College for the first time, transfer students or students who are returning to college after taking off consecutive semesters. To meet the state deadline, proof of vaccination must be submitted to LSCS on or before Jan. 6 for classes starting Jan. 17. For more information about the bacterial meningitis vaccination requirement, see LoneStar.edu/meningitis.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students receiving financial aid must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress at the end of each semester enrolled.  SAP status for the fall 2011 term will be posted in the myLoneStar Student Portal beginning Dec. 21.  

All LSCS financial aid applicants must meet three SAP requirements, prescribed by federal regulation, to receive financial aid. Those SAP requirements include maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, successfully completing 70 percent of cumulative credits attempted, and earning a degree or certificate within 150 percent of the published length in credit hours of the declared program of study.  For example, if the program of study specifies two years for completion, it must be done in three years 150 percent of the published length. Students should check their account status in the myLoneStar Student Portal beginning Dec. 21. To find out more about Satisfactory Academic Progress, visit LoneStar.edu/satisfactory-academic-progress.

With more than 75,000 students in credit classes for fall 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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