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General Student Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's: General Student Questions

I am thinking about attending school for the first time or returning after a long hiatus, will I be the only one?

Absolutely not! While most people associate college with young adults, we have over 1800 students who are over the age of 25, more than 500 of those students are over age 40. All this equates to one in three students who attend MVCC are over the age of 25!

I was not a successful student in high school or when I previously attended school quite some time ago, will I be able to do the level of work college requires?

We understand that past performance does not always predict future outcomes. Most adults who return/begin school at a later date are focused and motivated toward a specific obtainable goal. These factors alone make a world of difference to students’ academic progress. If students find themselves struggling, there are a variety of supports on campus to assist you such as your professors, the Learning Center, tutors, and the Adult Learner Services office.

I attended college previously at MVCC, does my GPA still count?

If you take classes at any college and return to the same institution years later, your GPA remains intact. Your previous GPA may impact your financial aid eligibility however; there are ways in which to raise your overall GPA and Adult Learner Services will be happy to discuss this with you.

I have a lot of anxiety when it comes to Math, are there supports on campus to assist me with this?

You are not alone! Math at any age can be a challenge. MVCC’s Learning Commons has a dedicated space called the Math Lab where students can receive extra assistance with their questions. Study groups and both professional and peer tutors are also available to students free of charge through the Learning Center.

I am looking for a program that allows me to do hands on training without a lot of extra classes. Does MVCC offer anything like this?

MVCC’s certificate programs allow students to gain valuable knowledge in over 30 specific areas. Certificates help students obtain necessary skills in their desired field of study and prepare them for swift entry/re-entry into the workforce. These concentrated offerings typically do not include general liberal arts and sciences classes unless they are imperative for success.

What type of funding is available to help me pay for my education at MVCC?

Those students who wish to obtain a college education may be eligible for financial aid. Financial aid consists of both grants and loans. Grants are those monies allocated to your education that you do not have to pay back. Loans are pools of money that you may qualify for but that you must pay back starting 6 months after your have either completed your education or stopped attending. Your income taxes are used to determine if you are able to receive any financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid, please refer to the Financial Aid portion of our website.

It should also be noted that scholarships from various places are available for students. There are literally thousands of groups, organizations, and institutions that offer scholarships to students.

What happens if I miss class due to a family or work situation?

Most classes have an attendance policy. Should a situation arise in which you cannot attend class it’s important for you to notify your instructor as soon as possible. The onus is on you to communicate with them and make-up any missed material/coursework. Most instructors are willing to assist you if take responsibility for your education.


I want to keep working while I attend school, should I be a full time or part time student?

While students have the option to attend classes as they see fit, it is considered more academically sound for those students who work full time to attend school part-time. Having said this, we realize that there is no one size fits all solution to education so we would be happy to discuss your individual needs with you.

Can I complete a degree by taking all evening or online classes?

The ability exists for students to combine traditional classes with online classes to complete their coursework. As we continue to expand our online offerings, more degrees and certificates will be available to complete through these methods.

How do I know if online learning is for me?

Online learning requires students to be self motivated, have a reliable internet connection, have good time management skills, have the ability to learn independently, read and comprehend course materials, and feel comfortable with internet browsing and general computer skills such as emails, word processing, and attachments. Complete an assessment now!

I am the first of my family to go to college and I do not have a lot of support. Is there someone I can talk to that will understand my situation as an adult student?

Adult Leaner Services understands and is here to support you in whatever capacity we can. We can connect you to a myriad of other services on and off campus to provide you with whatever support you may need as a student here on campus from academics to personal counseling.

I am interested in a specific career field/job title. How do I find out which certificate, degree, or non-credit program I should enroll in?

Adult Learner Services, Career Services, and faculty are all great resources on campus to help you in your educational goals. If you are unsure what kind of training is right for you, we suggest making an appointment to discuss your plans with us.

Can I earn credit for my life or military experience?

Yes, college credit can be earned through life and military experience. Evaluations are done on a case by case basis and are initiated by the student after they have been accepted into the college. The individuals who are responsible for evaluating credits will be happy to discuss various options with you.