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ACC Students – only 3 days until Spring 2024 starts!! 

ACTION ITEM FOR Today, Friday, January 12: 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, second 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.  

Books and Supplies 

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 Spring 2024 at ACC! 

Previous Action Items

ACTION ITEM from Tuesday, January 9:  Know how to get a parking pass and where student services are located during construction. Please visit this webpage for Tuesday’s email.   

ACTION ITEM from Wednesday, January 10: 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?  You can review the email communication from Wednesday online.   

ACTION ITEM from Thursday, January 11: Get to know your technology tools and set yourself up for success! You can review the email communication from January 11 here.    

Go Pumas! 

Lisa Matye Edwards 
Vice President for Student Affairs