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Email sent to ACC students on Thursday, August 17 by Dr. Lisa Matye Edwards, VP of Student Affairs

ACC Students – only 3 more days until Fall 2023 starts!!! 

ACTION ITEM FOR Today, Thursday, August 17: Understand how adding / dropping a class works. 

Do you need to switch a class? Do you want to get closer to graduation by adding a class? Do you know the drop/add and withdrawal dates for each of your courses if you need to switch courses? What the heck does course census mean?   

Dropping a class. You may drop a class without it appearing on your transcript and have tuition refunded IF you do it by the drop deadline. The drop deadline is based on WHEN the class starts. How do you know what the drop deadline is? You can see (and note it in your planner) the drop and withdraw date for ALL your courses by going to myACC -- Student -- Registration Tools -- Select Detailed Student Schedule (with Drop/Withdrawal Dates) and it will give you specific dates for each of your courses. Pay attention – forgetting or not knowing the date is not a valid excuse. Missing the deadline will have financial consequences. 

Withdrawing from a class. After the drop deadline has passed you may still withdraw from a class. Withdrawing results in a W on your transcript but IS NOT calculated in your GPA. Withdrawing may be a wise option but be sure to discuss it with your instructor first – withdrawing may not be your best option. Your ACC Academic Advisor or Navigator can help you understand consequences of withdrawing, including potential financial aid implications for not maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress. You are still responsible for tuition if you withdraw and may have to repay financial aid or tuition charges. 

Census. You may hear or see the word course census (higher education speak). The census date is the last date to add or drop a course. You may not ADD a course after the census date (ADD / DROP date) has passed. Census is the state of Colorado’s language and really just means ADD / DROP deadline. 

Detailed information on Academic Policies & Procedures including Registration (Add, Drop & Withdrawal) can be in the ACC Catalog. If you receive financial aid, be sure you understand the impact of dropping, adding or withdrawing from courses. You can stop by the Financial Aid office on Littleton Main, 2nd floor or email them at financialaid [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (financialaid[at]arapahoe[dot]edu.) We know life happens but be sure to talk to your instructors first before you make a decision. Instructors often can help you assess if you can still pass a course or if your best option is withdrawing. 

Several of you have questions about books or materials for can locate what books / materials you need for your class by entering your S# in the Bookstore website.  

This webpage has helpful instructions, info about renting or buying your books, or what might be Open Educational Resources for a class (OER = Free!). 

Hope that helps! Check out the dates now for each of your courses. The more you know, the better prepared you are for success! 

As always – we’re here to answer questions and we’re excited for you to join us for Fall 2023 at ACC! 

Previous Action Items: 

ACTION ITEM from Monday, August 14: Know how to access your ACC email. Please visit this webpage for Monday’s email.   

ACTION ITEM from Tuesday, August 15: Download the Navigate App and know how your course will be offered! Do you need to log in and how will that work? Where is your in-person class? See the entire message here

ACTION ITEM from Wednesday, August 16: Get to know your technology tools and set yourself up for success!  

You can review the entire email communication from August 16 online.    

Go Pumas! 

Lisa Matye Edwards 
Vice President for Student Affairs