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VI.A. ADMISSIONS

VI.A.1.01 Admissions Policy

The College is an open-enrollment community college system. It identifies, attracts, enrolls, and retains students reflecting the College’s diverse population. The College does not consider race, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic or national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status in admissions.

VI.A.1.02 Definitions

(a)   Academic Fresh Start means the College does not consider grades from courses taken 10 or more years before the start of the applicant’s first semester. The College may not give any applicant under this program course credit for courses older than 10 years. The applicant must be a Texas resident.

(b)   Active Military Service means active service as a U.S. Armed Forces or Texas National Guard member. A student withdrawing from the College to complete training exercises as a Texas National Guard member does not qualify.

(c)    Chief Student Services Officer means the official at each college who has been designated as such in corresponding procedures.

(d)   Potential Students are people who may enroll in the College.

1.                  High school, secondary education, GED, or home school graduates.

2.                  High school or home school students enrolled in dual-credit or early-college programs.

3.                  Special admissions may be granted for (a) students aged 16 years or younger, or (b) other applicants able to do college-level work according to the same general standards as high school graduates.

The College may enroll potential students with valid immigration visas if they qualify under (d)(1) through (d)(3).

 This definition applies only to the College’s general admission policy. Special admission requirements are required for some specific College programs, degrees, and certificates. Special rules are detailed in the College’s annual course catalog.

 (e)    Texas Common Admission Application Form means the adopted Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board electronic common admission application form.

VI.A.1.03 Admission Grievance Policy

Admission rejections are rare because the College is an open-enrollment institution. However, individuals should direct admission grievances to a college’s Chief Student Services Officer.

VI.A.1.04 Returning from Active Military Service

The College has two duties under this policy: (a) provide the student a financial aid package similar to the one for which the student was eligible before withdrawing for military service. This assumes the student meets the current financial aid eligibility requirements and conditions; and (b) allow the student the same academic status the student had before the student withdrew for military service. This includes any course credit the College awarded the student.

LSCS Policy Manual Section VI adopted by the Board of Trustees on March 3, 2016