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    Midland College
   
 
  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
2011-2012 Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions and Registration



Midland College Application for Admissions

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Admissions

Determine your entry status and residency and submit application and transcripts.

Midland College maintains an admissions policy which ensures that all persons who can profit from post-secondary education have an opportunity to enroll. Students begin the admission process by completing an application, available online at www.midland.edu and in the Admissions Office. Applicants may assume admission acceptance after all requirements are met. All inquiries should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, (432) 685-6426. Please remember that being admitted to Midland College does NOT guarantee admission to certain specific programs of study. Specialized programs usually have additional qualification requirements. Applicants should consult with the division dean or a counselor/advisor for details concerning admission to these programs.

Immunizations Requirements

Midland College does not require proof of immunization against communicable diseases except for students enrolled in certain health-related occupations and for those who live in on-campus housing. Students should contact the division dean of the appropriate program or the Student Life Director. Information about the risks of communicable diseases is published elsewhere in this catalog.

Basis of Admission

Midland College reserves the right to require academic documentation for any applicant. A student’s eligibility for re-enrollment at his/her previous institution may be a consideration for admission at Midland College.

High School

Graduates from accredited Texas high schools or equivalent institutions are eligible for admission. Proof of high school graduation is required and must be documented. Proof of graduation may include an official high school transcript.

Early Admission Program

Midland College will consider high school students between the ages of 16 to 18 on the basis of individual merit with school district and parental permission.

Dual Enrollment

Midland College has entered into agreements with certain school districts allowing high school students to earn both high school and college credit for selected courses. Students at Midland High School, Robert E. Lee High School, Greenwood High School, Midland Christian School and Trinity School may participate in this program. For more information, students should contact their high school or Midland College counselor/advisor. Similar programs exist at out-of-district sites. Also, the Midland College web page has complete information on the Dual Credit registration process. Go to the following webpage address: http://www.midland.edu/admissions/dualcredit.

Early College High School

Midland College, in partnership with Midland Independent School District, offers an early college high school. The high school starts with the 9th grade and is housed on the Midland College campus. Students begin taking dual credit courses in the second semester of their freshman year. Students must be eligible for dual credit and are selected through a process determined by the Midland Independent School District.

Examination

Students may be admitted upon satisfactory completion of the General Education Development (GED) test. Upon satisfactory completion of the GED test, A Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency will be issued by the state and mailed from Austin. Once received, this certificate is required for admission and must be documented with the official GED scores.

Home School

Home-schooled high school students seeking admission as regular students are required to:

  1. be at least 16 years of age and be classified as a junior or senior level student;
  2. complete the Midland College Admission Application;
  3. provide an Early Admission Permission Form signed by the parent;
  4. comply with all Texas Success Initiative testing requirements and Midland College placement testing requirements.
  5. provide an official transcript which must meet all Texas Education Agency (TEA) standards.

Students will be required to have a Midland College counselor/advisor approve their schedule each time they enroll or change their schedule.

Individual Approval

Individuals who are 18 years of age or older and do not have a high school diploma or GED may be admitted without examination at the discretion of Student Services administrators at Midland College. Transcripts from previous high schools attended, together with tests and other devices, may be used in lieu of high school graduation. Students admitted on individual approval without a GED or high school diploma are not eligible to receive Title IV federal financial assistance.

International Students

International students are welcome at Midland College. Admission is contingent upon the evaluation of the following criteria and upon Midland College’s ability to serve the individual needs as determined by the college’s representatives. Students from other countries must submit:

  1. an application for admission;
  2. a transcript from the last school or college attended (must be the equivalent of a United States high school graduate); the official transcript must be translated into English and must show each course and the grade earned;
  3. demonstrated proficiency of the English language: TOEFL score of 525 or Internet-based score of 70; successful completion of one year or two consecutive semesters of English courses; or approval by the International Student Counselor;
  4. proof of financial responsibility.
  5. proof of insurance policy covering repatriation and medical evacuation. Policies available through Midland College.

It is highly suggested that students coming from non- English speaking countries be required to take an ESL course their first semester at Midland College.

International students must abide by Midland College rules as well as additional federal and state guidelines. Prospective international students must file completed applications with all required forms and a $20 non-refundable application fee. Send the fee, in the form of a check or money order payable to Midland College, to the Director of Counseling. An I-20 form will be issued to the student when the above qualifications have been met. International students must enroll and complete at least 12 semester hours of course work each semester. For further admission information go online www.midland.edu/admissions/international.

Right of Appeal

Persons who are denied admission to the College may appeal to the Student Admissions Committee. Contact the Vice President of Student Services for information on the appeal process.

Audit

A student may contract with an instructor to enroll in a credit course as an audit (non-credit) student. An audit student will not receive a final grade or credit for the audited course. The student is required to pay full tuition and additional fees. Audit status is determined at the time of registration and no later than the census date of the semester of enrollment.

Academic Fresh Start

Residents of Texas who seek admission to a state college or university have the option of electing to have course work taken ten or more years prior to enrollment count as usual or to be ignored for admission purposes. Students electing to have course work ignored may not receive credit for any courses taken ten or more years prior to enrollment. Those hours ignored can be used as a basis for exemption from the Texas Success Initiative.

Excess Undergraduate Credit Hours (Texas Education Code 61.0595)

A Texas resident who has taken more semester credit hours than the minimum required for a bachelor’s degree may be required to pay non-resident tuition rates for the excess hours. Attempted hours include all hours earned at public community colleges and universities, but do not include developmental or technical education hours.

Students enrolled before the Fall 2006 have a limit of 45 semester credit hours above the minimum required for the Bachelor’s degree. Students enrolled beginning in Fall 2006 have a limit of 30 semester credit hours above the minimum required for a Bachelor’s degree. Additional information provided in the Texas Education Code 61.0595.

Transfer Students

Midland College accepts college-level transfer courses with a grade of “D” or better earned from accredited colleges and universities. Please note: some degree plans require a minimum grade of “C” to meet degree requirements. See degree plans in catalog for details. Transfer coursework is evaluated by the end of the semester in which the transcript is received for all students other than those who are transient or non degree seeking. Transfer credit is granted only for work (a) completed at a regionally accredited institution, (b) evaluated by a recognized foreign transcript evaluator, or (c) completed at an approved institution. Transfer courses from Texas institutions with a Common Course Number and drawn from the Academic Course Guide are accepted. Courses found in the Workforce Education Course Manual may also be accepted. Courses not included in 3) above are evaluated based on content and semester credit hours with consultation with and approval of instructional administration as needed.

Transfer students are required to provide official copies of all transcripts from every college or university previously attended. As transcripts from accredited colleges and universities are received, they are evaluated in the Registrar’s Office. A copy of that evaluation is sent to the student at the address recorded in the student files. Continued enrollment is contingent on receipt of all transcripts.

Reverse Transfer Degree Program

Baccalaureate graduates from an accredited college or university may receive an Associate in Applied Science degree from Midland College upon successful completion of 30 semester hours of courses within a technical specialty area, any prerequisite leveling courses as determined by the appropriate dean and general education requirements. Students interested in the program should consult with a counselor in Student Services.

Transfer to Other Colleges

Students planning to transfer to another college after attending Midland College should contact a counselor/advisor.

Students should select a major field of study and a college or university which offers a bachelor’s degree in that field. A Midland College counselor or advisor will help students select Midland College courses corresponding to those they would take at the college or university.

Students should check with the senior college or university regarding admission requirements and transfer regulations and should arrange for the Midland College Registrar to send an official transcript.

Transfer Appeal Process

Following are procedures for the resolution of disputes involving the transfer of courses from Midland College to other public institutions in Texas.

  1. If an institution of higher education does not accept course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher education, the receiving institution shall give written notice to the student and to the sending institution that transfer of the course credit is denied. A receiving institution shall also provide written notice of the reasons for denying credit for a particular course or set of courses at the request of the sending institution.
  2. A student who receives notice as specified may dispute the denial of credit by contacting a designated official at either the sending or receiving institution.
  3. The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules and guidelines.
  4. If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the sending institution within 45 days after the date the student received written notice of denial, the institution that denies the course credit for transfer shall notify the Commissioner of Higher Education of its denial and the reasons for the denial.
  5. The Commissioner of Higher Education or the Commissioner’s designee shall make the final determination about a dispute concerning the transfer of course credit and give written notice of the determination to the involved student and institutions.
  6. The Higher Education Coordinating Board shall collect data on the types of transfer disputes that are reported and the disposition of each case that is considered by the Commissioner’s designee.
  7. If a receiving institution has cause to believe that a course being presented by a student for transfer from another school is not of an acceptable level of quality, it should first contact the sending institution and attempt to resolve the problem. In the event that the two institutions are unable to come to a satisfactory resolution, the receiving institution may notify the Commissioner of Higher Education, who may investigate the course. If its quality is found to be unacceptable, the Higher Education Coordinating Board may discontinue funding for the course.

Transfer Agreement Partners

Midland College partners with area universities to provide special transfer opportunities just for Midland College students. These transfer agreements are designed to provide Midland College students a seamless transfer to those institutions.

Depending on the institution, students can expect a variety of benefits including: special admissions coordination to the universities, early degree planning, access to upperlevel advising, and access to the institutions’ online student website, to name just a few.

The programs also provide for the retroactive awarding of an associate degree from Midland College. This process allows hours completed at the upper-level institution to be transferred back to Midland College to complete an associate degree program.

Each university may have varying additional admission requirements. Your advisor at Midland College can help you identify those requirements.

The four current transfer agreement programs are:

  • Angelo State University’s Access ASU Program
  • UT Permian Basin’s Direct Connect Program
  • Texas Tech University’s Pathway Program
  • UT Dallas Comet Connection Program

For more information on these partner programs, call (432) 685-5502.

Advising

Visit with a counselor to identify interests, testing needs and degree plan.

Advising and Counseling

Scharbauer Student Center Hours

Fall & Spring

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, Counselor/Advisor available until 6:00 p.m.

Summer

Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Counselor/Advisor available until 6:00 p.m.

Midland College provides a professional staff to help students with academic, personal and career counseling, financial aid, and international student advising.

Academic advisement is provided regarding appropriate major and course selection, study habits, developmental work and transferring to other colleges or universities. Faculty advisors cooperate with the counseling staff in aiding the individual student with academic issues of course selection and career choice. Degree plans should be arranged with the faculty advisor as early as possible and may be modified at any time. Prior to the semester of graduation, students must have the degree plan approved by the appropriate division office.

Personal/Social adjustment counseling is provided on a confidential basis regarding issues of life adjustments which many college students experience.

Veterans Services – Students eligible for federal VA education benefits should contact the Associate Registrar in the Midland College Registrar’s office. Hazlewood Act benefits are processed through the Financial Aid office. Some veterans may also qualify for certain residency exemptions. More information on these benefits and links to additional veteran information are available on our website at www.midland.edu/va.

Referrals are provided regarding financial aid, tutoring, job placement, medical emergencies, or personal adjustment problems.

The Career Center provides services for students that include tutoring, career guidance, services for students with disabilities, and support for mature returning students and single parents to enable them to succeed at Midland College. Career interest tests available include the Career Occupational Preference System, Myers-Briggs personality indicator, Self-Directed Search, Career Assessment Inventory, Texas C.A.R.E.S., and Choices-CT.

The Job Placement Office provides Midland College students and recent certificate, associate and baccalaureate graduates with opportunities for full and part-time employment. The office is designed to prepare, screen, and refer qualified applicants to job openings. Resume assistance, seminars on interviewing skills, job search techniques, and an annual community-wide job fair are other services provided to the students. For more information, contact the Job Placement Coordinator, (432) 685-4716.

Federal College Work-Study Program

The college work-study program provides employment for students who have demonstrated financial need. The maximum amount a recipient can earn under this federal program is determined by the financial aid application. Students employed under this program are paid at least the minimum wage and may work a maximum of 15 hours per week. A current list of college work-study jobs is available in the Job Placement Office in the Scharbauer Student Center.

Student Support Services

The Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $255,505. This office provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with college requirements and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of participants and facilitate the transition from one level of higher education to the next.

To be selected into SSS, students must first apply and be accepted to Midland College. U.S. citizens or legal residents who are receiving Pell grants are strongly encouraged to apply to the program. Citizens and resident students who are first generation college (neither parent has a four-year degree) or students who are disabled are also eligible to apply. Student Support Services is located in the Scharbauer Student Center, room 130.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Services for Midland College students with disabilities are provided through Student Services. Medical documentation must be on file with the Counselor/Disability Specialist to qualify for services. Services include, but are not limited to: assistance with the registration process, technical assistance with modification of course requirements, and referral to other appropriate campus and community resources. Academic, career, and personal counseling are available upon request.

The student’s permanent records are confidential. Individuals may examine personal records at any time. Personnel within the institution may examine student records when it is in the best interest of the student. As per Public Law 93-380, The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Students with disabilities should notify Midland College in advance regarding their need for services to allow arrangements to be in place at the beginning of each semester. Students who require sign language interpreters or materials from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic should contact the specialist as soon as possible because these accommodations may require additional time to implement. Midland College assistance may include but is not limited to note takers, scribes, transcriptions of tape recordings, tape recorders, alternative testing options, preferential seating or other appropriate accommodations.

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require that no otherwise qualified person with a disability be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination by any program or activity provided by an institution or entity receiving federal financial assistance. It is this Section 504 mandate that has promoted the development of disability support service programs in colleges and universities across the country. Subpart E of Section 504 deals specifically with this mandate for institutions of higher education. While it does not require that special educational programming be developed for students with disabilities, it does require that an institution (public or private) be prepared to make appropriate academic adjustments and reasonable accommodations in order to allow the full participation of students with disabilities in the same programs and activities available to nondisabled students.

A complete handbook for students with disabilities is available in the Scharbauer Student Center. Information, forms, and resources are available on the MC website at www.midland.edu. Click on Admissions/Student Services, then Student Services, then Students with Disabilities. Call (432) 685-5598 for more information.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Credit

Midland College will grant a maximum of 24 semester credit hours (SCH) to any new student having an International Baccalaureate Diploma based on the table below. Midland College may grant fewer than 24 SCH to a student if the student has scored less than 4 on any IBD examination administered as part of the diploma program. Applicants with the IB diploma must provide a completed IB transcript to the Admissions Office before enrolling in order to receive credit.

Students who participate in the International Baccalaureate Program may receive college credit for exam scores of 4 or better on most Higher Level (HL) Exams and for a 5 or better on most Standard Level (SL) Exams. The amount of credit awarded will depend upon the exam scores and the level of the courses.

IB Subject SL Score HL Score MC/TCCN Credit Hours
English A1   4 ENGL 1301  or ENGL 1302  3
  5+ ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302  6
Spanish A2 or B 5 4 SPAN 1411 , SPAN 1412  8
  5+ SPAN 1411 , SPAN 1412 , SPAN 2311 , SPAN 2312  14
Business & Management 5 4 BUSI 1301  3
Economics 5 4 ECON 2301 , ECON 2302  6
Geography 5 4 GEOG 1303  3
History 5 4 HIST 1301  or HIST 1302  3
  5+ HIST 1301 , HIST 1302  6
Philosophy 5 4 PHIL 1301  3
Psychology 5 4 PSYC 2301  3
  5+ PSYC 2301 , PSYC 2314  6
         
Anthropology 5 4 ANTH 2301 or ANTH 2351  3
  5+ ANTH 2301, ANTH 2351  6
Biology 4   BIOL 1408  4
  5 BIOL 1406  4
Chemistry 5   CHEM 1405  4
  6 CHEM 1411  4
Physics   6 PHYS 1401 , PHYS 1402  8
Mathematics (HL only)   4 MATH 2413  4
Computer Science 5 4 COSC 1330  3
Visual Arts 5 4 ARTS 1301  3
Music 5 4 MUSI 1306  3
Theatre Arts 5 4 DRAM 1310  3

The Testing Center

The Testing Center, located in the Scharbauer Student Center offers a wide array of testing services for students. In addition to standardized testing, the Center provides make-up testing for Midland College faculty, proctors exams for distance learning and Virtual College of Texas (VCT) courses, as well as administering a number of professional certification tests.

Midland College administers an extensive testing program for interested students and residents of the community. The Testing Center provides the facility for staff to administer ASE, CLEP, COMPASS, ICE, TEAS, THEA, 16 PF and FAA Certification.

GED Testing is administered in Room 182 of the Technical Center Annex. The GED is comprised of five tests: Language Arts: Writing, Language Arts: Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. In order to receive a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency, a student must pass each test with a combined score of 2250 (450 Average) and with no test scoring below 410. The initial test fee is $70 and advance registration is required. Each re-test is $15. Please contact the GED Examiner at 432-685-6886 for detailed information.

Advanced Standing Examination

Midland College administers College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations. Upon approval of the Division Dean and departmental faculty, departmental examinations may be used in cases where approved CLEP tests are not available. Procedures also exist for the granting of credit through the Advanced Placement by examination. Credit will not be granted until student has earned an equal or greater number or semester credit hours at Midland College. Please inquire in the Testing Center for additional information.

Credit for Non-traditional Learning

Midland College may grant credit toward a degree or certificate if a student has achieved knowledge and skills from non-traditional sources. This knowledge must be demonstrated by: 1) written examination conducted by nationally recognized services or by a Midland College instructional department; 2) professional certification; or 3) military training/education. The maximum credit that will be awarded for non-traditional learning is 75% of the semester credit hours needed for the degree sought. Students should contact the Registrar’s Office for detailed information.

High School Equivalency Examination

Midland College offers the General Educational Development (GED) examination for those who have not completed a formal high school education. The successful completion of this examination secures a certificate of high school equivalency and enables students to enter college and pursue a college degree.

CLEP Credit Granted at Midland College

Subject Course Credit Test Used Passing Score Hours of Credit
Accounting ACCT 2401 /ACCT 2402  Principles of Accounting 50 8.0
Business BUSI 2301  Introductory Business Law 50 3.0
Economics ECON 2301  Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3.0
ECON 2302  Principles of Microeconomics 50 3.0
English ENGL 1301  College Composition Modular 50 w/essay 3.0
ENGL 1302  Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3.0
ENGL 2322 /ENGL 2323  English Literature 50 6.0
ENGL 2327 /ENGL 2328  American Literature 50 6.0
Government GOVT 2302  American Government* 50 3.0
History HIST 1301  History of the United States 1* 50 3.0
HIST 1302  History of the United States II * 50 3.0
HIST 2311  Western Civilization I 50 3.0
HIST 2312  Western Civilization II 50 3.0
Management BMGT 1303 Principles of Management 50 3.0
Math MATH 1314  College Algebra 50 3.0
MATH 2413  Calculus 50 4.0
Modern Languages FREN 1411 /FREN 1412  College Level French 50 8.0
FREN 2311 /FREN 2312  College Level French 50 14.0
GERM 1411 /GERM 1412  College Level German 50 8.0
GERM 2311 /GERM 2312  College Level German 60 14.0
SPAN 1411 /SPAN 1412  College Level Spanish 50 8.0
SPAN 2311 /SPAN 2312  College Level Spanish 63 14.0
Psychology PSYC 2301  Introductory Psychology 50 3.0
PSYC 2314  Human Growth & Development 50 3.0
Sociology SOCI 1301  Introductory Sociology 50 3.0

In the State of Texas, students may have either  HIST 1301   or  HIST 1302   credit by examination on their transcripts. Students may not have credit by examination for both courses. Likewise, students may be awarded credit by examination for one Government course only.

Advanced Placement Examination Credit Granted at Midland College

Advanced Placement scores of 3 or better are accepted for designated subject areas. If you have scores in an area not listed below, please see the Testing Coordinator.

Subject Course Credit Test Used Passing Score Hours of Credit
Biology BIOL 1406 /BIOL 1407  Biology 3 (4-5) 4.0 (8.0)
Chemistry CHEM 1411 /CHEM 1412  Chemistry 3 (4-5) 4.0 (8.0)
English ENGL 1301 /ENGL 1302  English Language & Composition 3 (4-5) 3.0 (6.0)
ENGL 2322 /ENGL 2323  English Literature & Composition 3 (4-5) 3.0 (6.0)
American Government GOVT 2302  Government 3-5 3.0
History HIST 1301  or United States History 1 or II 3 (4-5) 3.0 (6.0)
HIST 1302 
Math MATH 2413  Calculus AB 3 4.0
MATH 2414  Calculus BC 4-5 8.0
Modern Languages SPAN 1411 /SPAN 1412  Spanish 3 8.0
SPAN 2311 /SPAN 2312  Spanish 4 (5) 11.0 (14.0)

Texas Success Initiative/Testing Requirements

The Texas Legislature approved the Texas Success Initiative in June 2003 as a program designed to help students be successful in college. It includes assessment of students before entering a state-supported college or university, advisement and an individual plan designed to prepare students to meet college-readiness skills.

Students are required to take an approved test to meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative. The state approved assessment tests administered by the Midland College Testing Center are THEA, Quick THEA and COMPASS. Other approved assessments tests include the ACCUPLACER test. These assessments are used to assess the academic skills of each undergraduate student prior to enrollment.

The following standards are established to determine a student’s readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework at Midland College.

THEA: Reading 230+; Mathematics 230+ (270 or an appropriate math placement test score is required for placement in college-level math courses); Writing 220

COMPASS: Reading 81; Algebra 39 (71 or appropriate math placement test score is required for placement in college-level math courses); Writing - Essay: 6 or Essay: 5 plus 59 objective.

Reading 78; Elementary Algebra 63 (87 or an appropriate Math placement test score is required for placement in college-level math course); Writing- Essay: 6 or Essay: 5 plus 80 objective.

*Beginning Fall 2011, Midland College will require that students who fail two or more TSI requirements will be enrolled into a Student Success Course during their first semester.

NOTE: Effective Fall 2007 Semester a passing score in both the Reading and Writing sections of THEA/COMPASS are required before a student can enroll in ENGL 1301  and ENGL 1302 .

Call (432) 685-4504 or visit online at www.midland.edu for testing dates. The cost is $29.00 for each testing session.

NOTE: Passage of the Reading section of THEA can be achieved for ESL students who are enrolled in ESL 0371  Academic ESL: Reading and Vocabulary and pass the Reading department exam. Passage of the Writing section of THEA can be achieved for ESL students who are enrolled in  ESL 0373  Academic ESL: Composition and pass the Writing department exam. In addition, ESL students may substitute Academic ESL 0371  for READ 0370  and Academic ESL 0373  for ENGL 0370  (or ENGL 0371  with the ESL coordinator’s permission).

Placement Tests

Math placement is based on THEA/COMPASS scores. Students who are exempt from the Texas Success Initiative, must take a math placement test before enrolling in college- level mathematics courses.

Dual-Credit Student Placement

High school students wishing to enroll in dual-credit courses must pass appropriate sections of the TAKS exit-level exam or have appropriate THEA/COMPASS. In addition, a placement test may be required for math courses. Students should contact high school counselors or college counselors/advisors for exam and placement information.

An 11th-grade student is also eligible to enroll in dual-credit courses under the following conditions:

  • *PSAT/NMSQT -- a combined math and critical reading score of 107 with a minimum of 50 on each section relevant to the courses to be attempted.
  • *PLAN -- a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the math and/or English section.

*An eligible student who has enrolled in dual-credit under either of these tests MUST demonstrate eligibility again to enroll in 12th-grade dual-credit courses.

If not covered by any of the above tests, then a student must pass the portion of the TSI test that correlates with the dual-credit class being requested. The state-approved TSI assessments administered by Midland College are the THEA, the Quick THEA and the COMPASS.

An 11th- or 12th-grade student is eligible to enroll in Workforce Education dual-credit courses if the student meets the minimum high school passing standard in the math and/or English sections of TAKS. A student who is exempt from taking TAKS may be otherwise evaluated by the education institution.

Students with disabilities should notify Midland College in advance regarding their need for services to allow arrangements to be in place at the beginning of each semester. Students who require sign language interpreters or materials from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic should contact the specialist as soon as possible because these accommodations may require additional time to implement. Midland College can provide assistance in the form of note takers, scribes, transcriptions of tape recordings, tape recorders, alternative testing options, preferential seating or other appropriate accommodations.

Exemptions/Exceptions

Students who meet one of the following conditions are exempt from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements:

  1. For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards:
    • ACT tests with a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt for those corresponding sections.
    • SAT tests with a combined verbal and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the verbal test and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt for those corresponding sections.
  2. For a period of three (3) years from the date of testing, a student who tests and performs on the Eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3 shall be exempt from the assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections.
  3. A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  4. A student who transfers to Midland College from other accredited institutions of higher education with appropriate college-level work in the areas of writing, reading and/or mathematics (grades of “C” or higher) may be deemed as college-ready after review by the Registrar’s Office. Students not meeting college-readiness in writing, reading or mathematics will be required to take the THEA or COMPASS test for that area.
  5. A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
  6. A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment. Written documentation from the appropriate branch of the military is required for the exemption to be granted.
  7. A student who on or after August 1, 1990 was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States. Written documentation (DD-214) is required before the exemption will be granted.
  8. A casual/enrichment student who is taking courses for personal interest only and who is not seeking a degree or certificate will be allowed to defer developmental course work and may enroll under the following conditions: (a) take a maximum of two courses per semester that are not academically restricted courses; (b) may not declare a major; and (c) may not receive financial aid. Consult with a Midland College counselor/ advisor for a list of academically restricted courses.

 

Registration

Register ONLINE through Campus Connect or during walk-in registration at the Scharbauer Student Center.

There are two methods of registration at Midland College. Students who are in good academic standing, have all required paperwork submitted to the Admissions Office, and have no financial or academic holds on their record are eligible to register online. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor/advisor if he/she is in need of assistance in planning a course schedule. All students may register in person in Student Services. Consult the course schedule for more details.

Campus Connect

This online service is available at www.midland.edu. To log on, you must be an admitted Midland College student. Campus Connect provides students access to their college information including:

  1. class schedule
  2. grade report for current semester grades
  3. course availability
  4. unofficial transcript
  5. status of school account/balance due
  6. degree audit that lists the courses that have been completed and those needed to complete a degree or certificate
  7. demographic information on file
  8. status of financial aid

Please refer to the course schedule for registration deadlines. Some courses have special prerequisites; check individual course listings. Some programs have limited enrollments.

Residence Requirements

It is the responsibility of each student attending Midland College to register under the proper residence classification and pay the correct tuition and fees. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rule 21.731 requires each student applying to enroll at an institution to respond to a set of core residency questions for the purpose of determining the student’s eligibility for classification as a resident. This questionnaire, along with other pertinent residency information, is available in the Admissions Office and on the Midland College website at www.midland.edu/admissions.

In-District

To qualify for In-District tuition, a student must be classified as a Texas resident and have been a resident of the Midland College District for a period of six months before the first enrollment.

Out-of-District

A Texas resident who does not physically reside within the geographic boundaries of the Midland College District will pay Out-of-District tuition. Aliens living in the United States under a visa must meet the same tuition residency requirements as do U.S. citizens. A permanent resident must meet the same length of residency requirements as a citizen. A student may reclassify from Out-of-District to In-District status, with appropriate documentation, after six months residency in the Midland College District. A listing of those documents which can be accepted for the purpose of residency classification is available in the Admissions Office and on the Midland College website.

Students Residing Outside of the Midland College District

The Midland College Board has adopted Section 130.0032, Subchapter A, of the Texas Education Code that permits a person who resides outside of the Midland College District and who owns property subject to ad valorem taxation by the Midland College District, or a dependent of the person, to pay tuition at the rate applicable to a student who resides in the district. To qualify for this benefit, the property owner or dependent must provide the Admissions Office with a copy of a Notice of Appraised Value Statement from the Midland Central Appraisal District in the property owner or dependent’s name that shows Midland College as one of the taxing units. 

Payment

Pay your tuition bill using financial aid earned or take advantage of one of several payment methods.

Tuition and Fees

Students who enroll both in a community college and a senior college or university should register for the community college courses first. After that has been completed, they should take their receipt to the senior college or university and register. This may result in savings of tuition and fees.

Midland College offers senior citizens an exemption from the payment of general use fees when they enroll in credit classes. To be eligible for the exemption, students must be sixty-five years of age or older and pay tuition costs plus any lab fees. All other Midland College policies apply.

The schedule below reflects the combined tuition and general use fees required of all courses. Certain courses may require additional fees for labs, liability insurance, private instruction, and testing. This schedule reflects the tuition and fee rates in effect at the time of printing. All tuition and fees printed in this catalog are subject to change by the Midland College Board of Trustees. The most recent rates are published in the course schedule.

Lower Division (Freshman & Sophomore)

Hours In-District Resident Out-Of-District Resident Out-Of-State Resident/Alien
1 129.00 163.00 454.00
2 182.00 250.00 454.00
3 235.00 337.00 454.00
4 288.00 424.00 580.00
5 360.00 530.00 725.00
6 432.00 636.00 870.00
7 504.00 742.00 1,015.00
8 576.00 848.00 1,160.00
9 648.00 954.00 1,305.00
10 720.00 1,060.00 1,450.00
11 792.00 1,166.00 1,595.00
12 864.00 1,272.00 1,740.00
13 936.00 1,378.00 1,885.00
14 1,008.00 1,484.00 2,030.00
15 1,080.00 1,590.00 2,175.00
16 1,152.00 1,696.00 2,320.00
17 1,224.00 1,802.00 2,465.00
18 1,296.00 1,908.00 2,610.00
19 1,368.00 2,014.00 2,755.00
20 1,440.00 2,120.00 2,900.00
21 1,512.00 2,226.00 3,045.00
22 1,584.00 2,332.00 3,190.00
23 1,656.00 2,438.00 3,335.00
24 1,728.00 2,544.00 3,480.00
25 1,800.00 2,650.00 3,625.00
26 1,872.00 2,756.00 3,770.00
27 1,994.00 2,862.00 3,915.00
 

Upper Division (Junior & Senior)

Hours In-District Resident Out-Of-District Resident Out-Of-State Resident/Alien
1 177.00 211.00 598.00
2 278.00 346.00 598.00
3 379.00 481.00 598.00
4 480.00 616.00 772.00
5 600.00 770.00 965.00
6 720.00 924.00 1,158.00
7 840.00 1,078.00 1,351.00
8 960.00 1,232.00 1,544.00
9 1,080.00 1,386.00 1,737.00
10 1,200.00 1,540.00 1,930.00
11 1,320.00 1,694.00 2,123.00
12 1,440.00 1,848.00 2,316.00
13 1,560.00 2,002.00 2,509.00
14 1,680.00 2,156.00 2,702.00
15 1,800.00 2,310.00 2,895.00
16 1,920.00 2,464.00 3,088.00
17 2,040.00 2,618.00 3,281.00
18 2,160.00 2,772.00 3,474.00
19 2,280.00 2,926.00 3,667.00
20 2,400.00 3,080.00 3,860.00
21 2,520.00 3,234.00 4,053.00
22 2,640.00 3,388.00 4,246.00
23 2,760.00 3,542.00 4,439.00
24 2,880.00 3,696.00 4,632.00
25 3,000.00 3,850.00 4,825.00
26 3,120.00 4,004.00 5,018.00
27 3,240.00 4,158.00 5,211.00

Laboratory Fees

1. Accounting, ACCT 2401 -ACCT 2402 , ACNT 1403 -ACNT 1413  24.00
2. Agriculture 24.00
3. Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration, HART 1391 -HART 1445  HART 2434 -HART 2442  and HART 2449  48.00
4. Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling DAAC 2441  & DAAC 2454  10.00
5. Arts ARTS 1311 , ARTS 1312 , ARTS 1316 , ARTS 1317 , ARTS 2311 , 2312, ARTS 2326 , ARTS 2327 , ARTS 2333 , ARTS 2334  36.00
  Arts ARTS 2316 , ARTS 2317 , ARTS 2323 , ARTS 2324 , ARTS 2366 , ARTS 2367  18.00
  ARTS 2341 , ARTS 2342 , ARTS 2346 , ARTS 2347 , ARTS 2348 , ARTS 2349 , ARTS 2356 , ARTS 2357  48.00
6. Automotive Technology, all AUMT courses, except AUMT 2321  30.00
  ABDR 1431 , ABDR 1458  48.00
  ABDR 2449  72.00
  AUMT 2321  35.00
7. All Aviation Maintenance (AERM) lab classes per credit hour 24.00
8. Biology 35.00
 9. Business Administration, BCIS 1405  40.00
10. Business Systems, BCIS 1405 , IMED, ITSW 1401 -ITSW 1410 , ITSW 2434 , POFI 2401 -POFI 2440 , POFT 2333 , POFT 2401 , and POFT 2431  40.00
11. Chemistry 35.00
12. Chemistry Technology 35.00
13. Child Care and Development, all lab courses 24.00
14. Communication, COMM 1129 , COMM 1130 , COMM 2129 , COMM 2130 , COMM 2289 , COMM 2389  5.00
  COMM 2305 , COMM 2311  12.00
  COMM 1318 , COMM 1319  48.00
15. Computer Graphics Technology, all lab courses, (except DFTG 2340 , and DFTG 2319 ) 24.00
  DFTG 2340 , DFTG 2319  48.00
16. Cosmetology 24.00
17. Diagnostic Medical Sonography, DMSO 1405 , DMSO 1442 , DMSO 2357 , DMSO 2405  24.00
18. Diesel Technology, all DEMR classes (except DEMR 1403 ) 24.00
19. Drama, DRAM 1120 , DRAM 1121 , DRAM 2120 , DRAM 2121 , DRAM 2336  12.00
20. Emergency Medical Services, EMSP 1356 , EMSP 1438 , EMSP 1501 , EMSP 2135 , EMSP 2434 , EMSP 2444  24.00
21. Energy Technology, ELMT, ENER, ITNW 1425 , ITNC, PTRT, WIND 24.00
22. English, ENGL 0171  and ENGL 0270  12.00
  ENGL 0370  and ENGL 0371  12.00
23. Fire Science Technology,  FIRS 1343 , FIRS 1413 , FIRS 1419 , FIRS 1423 , FIRS 1433 , FIRS 2344  48.00
  FIRS 1329 , FIRS 1401 , FIRS 1407  24.00
24. French, FREN 1411 , FREN 1412 , FREN 2311 , FREN 2312  4.00
25. Geology 35.00
26. German 4.00
27. Health Information Technology, HITT 1301 , HITT 1341 , HITT 1342 , HITT 2335 , HITT 2343  48.00
28. Information Technology, BCIS 1405 , CETT 1402 , CPMT, ITCC, ITNW 1454 , ITSC 1407 -ITSC 2437 , ITSE 1445 , ITSE 2409 , ITSE 2447 , ITSE 2454 , ITSY 2400   40.00
  Information Technology COSC 1330 , COSC 1336 , COSC 1337 , COSC 2330 , COSC 2336 , GAME, ITNW 1351 , ITSE 1331 , ITSE 2313 , ITSE 2349 , POFT 1325 , and ELMT 24.00
29. Kinesiology/Physical Education, KINE 1100 -KINE 1131 , KINE 1151 -KINE 1178 , KINE 2100 -KINE 2130 , KINE 2171 -KINE 2178  5.00
  KINE 2156  24.00

30.

Mathematics, MATH 0170  10.00
  MATH 0370 MyMath Test 24.00
31. Music, MUSI 1159 -MUSI 1184 , MUSI 1311 -MUSI 1312 , MUSI 2159 -MUSI 2312 , MUEN 24.00
32. Nursing, Associate Degree RNSG 1200 , RNSG 1201 , RNSG 1227 , RNSG 1412 , RNSG 2130 , RNSG 2205 , RNSG 2213 , RNSG 2370  24.00
  Nursing, Associate Degree RNSG 1215 , RNSG 1513 , RNSG 2207 , RNSG 2400  30.00
  Nursing, Vocational VNSG 1420  48.00
  Nursing, Vocational VNSG 1423 , VNSG 1509 , VNSG 2431  60.00
33. Physics 35.00
34. Professional Pilot, AIRP 1301 , AIRP 1451  24.00
35. Reading, READ 0170-READ 0372  12.00
36. Respiratory Care, RSPT 1410 -RSPT 2135 , RSPT 2255 -RSPT 2305  24.00
37. Sign Language, SGNL 2302  4.00
38. Spanish, SPAN 1411 - SPAN 2312  4.00
39. Speech, SPCH 1144 , SPCH 1145 , SPCH 2144 , SPCH 2145  3.00
  SPCH 2289 , SPCH 2389  5.00
40. Veterinary Technology, VTHT 1225 -VTHT 1345 , VTHT 1413 -VTHT 2213 , VTHT 2323 -VTHT 2439  35.00
41. Welding Technology, WLDG 1437 -WLDG 1557 , WLDG 2506 -WLDG 2553  72.00

Courses with lab components are designated by the second number in parentheses following the title and semester credit hours in the course description area of this catalog. For example COSC 1330 - Computer Programming  3 Hours (3-1) has a lecture component of 3 hours and a lab component of 1 hour. 

Special Charges

1. Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Exit Exam  
  (Industry Competency Exam (ICE) required for A.A.S. Degree and Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Certificate) 30.00
2. Associate Degree Nursing testing fee required for RNSG 1200 , RNSG 1227 , RNSG 1412 , RNSG 2370 , RNSG 2400  102.00-130.00
  Associate Degree Nursing review course fee for RNSG 2130  349.00
3. Communication, COMM 2301 , COMM 2316 , COMM 2330  Course fee 8.00
  Communication, COMM 1335 , COMM 2315 , COMM 2327 , COMM 2332 , COMM 2339  Course fee 12.00
4. Criminal Justice, CJSA 2323  Course fee 24.00
5. Credit by Departmental Examination 50.00
6. CLEP Examination 90.00
7. Correspondence Test Fee 20.00
8. Diesel Truck Driving lab fee DEMR 1403  2,400.00
9. Distance Learning Fee (charged for internet and interactive courses) 54.00
10. Drafting, DFTG 1325  Course fee 24.00
11. Emergency Medical Services testing fee for EMSP 1438  and EMSP 1501  20.00-40.00
12. English, ENGL 1301 -ENGL 2343  Course fee 4.00
13. Excessive Repeat fee per hour (charged for repeating certain courses three or more times) 50.00
14. Excessive Remediation fee per hour 50.00
15. Health Information (AHIMA) fee HITT 2260 , HITT 1301  35.00
16. Identification card replacement fee 25.00
17. Information Technology POFI 1204  Course fee 40.00
18. Installment payment plan online 25.00
19. *Liability insurance 17.00
  *Liability insurance for Emergency Medical Services courses 71.00
20. Late registration (1st class day through census date) 15.00
  Late registration after census date 150.00
21. Latin, LATI 1411 -LATI 2312  Course fee 4.00
22. Mathematics, MATH 0390-MATH 2420  Course fee 10.00
23. Music private instruction fee (MUAP) 150.00
24. TEAS Admission Test (Required for admission into Associate Degree Nursing, Aviation Maintenance, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Services, Respiratory Care and Vocational Nursing) 25.00
25. Paralegal, LGLA 2331  Course fee 84.00
26. Parking replacement sticker or additional vehicle 1.00
27. Parking fines 10.00 - 50.00
28. Private flight instruction fee 5,500.00 to 12,500.00
29. Professional Pilot Application testing fee 45.00
30. Professional Pilot Software fee (AIRP 2357 ) 400.00
31. Respiratory Care testing fee required for RSPT 2361  35.00 - 40.00
32. Returned check 10.00/25.00
33. Sign Language, SGNL 1401 -SGNL 2301  Course fee 4.00
34. Spanish SPAN 1300 , SPAN 2321 , SPAN 2324  Course fee 4.00
35. Speech, SPCH 1311 -SPCH 1342 , SPCH 2301 -SPCH 2341  Course fee 4.00
36. THEA fee (Required for ENGL 0370 ; READ 0370 ; and MATH 0191) 29.00
37. Vocational Nursing testing fee required for VNSG 1219 , VNSG 1230 , VNSG 1234 , VNSG 1238 , VNSG 1304 , VNSG 1423 , VNSG 1509  25.00 - 60.00
  Vocational Nursing review course fee for VNSG 1219  168.00

*Student liability insurance is required for students enrolled in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Practicum I (DAAC2166) and Practicum II (DAAC2167); Associate Degree Nursing clinical courses; Child Care and Development courses; Cosmetology courses; Diagnostic Medical Sonography clinical courses; Emergency Medical Services clinical courses; Respiratory Care clinical courses; and Vocational Nursing clinical courses. This is subject to change due to insurance rate changes.

Students may also be charged for loss or damages to college property for which they are responsible. Non-payment of these obligations may result in the withholding of grades, transcripts, or graduation.

Installment Payment Plan (Fall and Spring Semesters Only)

Students may pay tuition and fees and/or room and board on an installment basis. These require two separate payment plans. A $25.00 processing fee is charged for each plan. The student can execute an installment agreement on the Midland College website www.midland.edu within their Campus Connect account. There are different payment plan options depending on the time that you register. Tuition and fees or payment plan contracts are due at the time of registration. Failure to pay the complete balance may result in denial of course credit for that semester. 


Refund Policy

Please be aware that refunds are made according to the date that classes officially begin rather than the date the student enrolls. All tuition and fee refunds must be initiated by the student. The date on the drop slip will determine the date of withdrawal and the amount of refund.

Refunds for installment agreements will first be applied to total balances. Refunds will be the applicable percentage of the total tuition and refundable fees due for the semester, less any amount not paid. If a student has paid less than the amount due after applying the applicable refund percentage, the student is required to pay the balance. Students who officially drop or withdraw from the institution will have their tuition and certain fees refunded according to the following schedules:

Refund Schedule for Complete Withdrawal

Regular Semester Length Summer Sessions 3-Week Flexible Entry

100% - Prior to 1st class day 100% - Prior to 1st class day 100% - Prior to 1st class day
70% - 1st 15 class days 70% - 1st 5 class days 70% - 1st through 3rd class days
25% - 16th through 20th class days 25% - 6th and 7th class days 25% - 4th class day
NONE - After 20th class day NONE - After 7th class day NONE - After 4th class day

Refund Schedule for Reduction in Course Load

Regular Semester Length Summer Sessions 3-Week Flexible Entry

100% - Prior to 1st class day 100% - Prior to 1st class day 100% - Prior to 1st class day
100% - 1st through 5th class days 100% - 1st through 4th class days 100% - 1st through 2nd class days
70% - 6th through 15th class days 70% - 5th Day 70% - 3rd class day
25% - 16th through 20th class days 25% - 6th and 7th class days 25% - 4th class day
NONE - After 20th class day NONE - After 7th class day NONE - After 4th class day
Late fees and payment contract fees are nonrefundable.
Refunds will be processed after the state census of the semester.

Pro Rata Refund Policy

In accordance with the Higher Education Amendments, Section 484B, students receiving any Title IV funds (Pell, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, FFEL Stafford Subsidized Student Loans, or FFEL Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students), who completely withdraw from school prior to the 60 percent point in the semester may owe a repayment of grant funds received. Part of the repayment may be owed directly to the Department of Education and the remainder to the school. Midland College is required by the Department of Education to evaluate each student who receives Title IV funds to determine if the student has earned all of the money received and calculate if the student owes. Students owing will be notified in writing. The student must then respond by repaying the funds owed or establishing a repayment agreement. Students not responding will no longer be able to receive any Title IV funds at any school until repayment is made.

Amounts repaid will apply to funds in the following order:

FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loan
FFEL Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students
Pell Grant
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Other Title IV aid

For additional information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (432) 685-5513.

Tuition and fees paid directly to the institution by a sponsor, donor, or scholarship shall be refunded to the source rather than directly to the student. 

Financial Aid 

Financial aid at Midland College is intended to help students and their families pay for the costs associated with obtaining a college education. With financial assistance from state or federal governments, civic groups and colleges, more students have found they can afford higher education.

To be eligible for federal programs, an applicant must:

  1. be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the U.S., or citizen of certain former trust territories;
  2. be enrolled at least half-time as a regular student in an eligible program;
  3. be making satisfactory academic progress;
  4. sign the following statements (as applicable): Statement of Educational Purpose, Selective Service Registration; and
  5. not be in default on a Federal student loan.

All students receiving federal financial aid at Midland College must have a high school diploma or a GED. In addition, a student cannot receive financial aid from more than one school during the same semester.

Eligibility for various scholarships may be based upon a combination of academic achievement, financial need, and the wishes of the donor.

The U.S. Department of Education frequently changes regulations pertaining to financial aid and disbursement. Due to these changes, the Midland College Financial Aid Office reserves the right to make policy and procedure changes during and between award years. If you have any questions concerning the above information or financial aid, please consult with a financial aid representative.

No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under, any program or activity sponsored or conducted by Midland College, on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including, but not limited to race, color, age, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, disability, or status as a qualified disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.

Students transferring from another institution, between the fall and spring semesters, must notify the Financial Aid Office and submit all needed documents from all institutions that were attended beyond high school, whether or not financial aid was received at the institution. Once all the required documentation has been received, transfer students are placed on a transfer monitoring list for seven days before a financial aid award can be made. By applying for aid at Midland College, the student gives permission to the Financial Aid Office to verify any and all information. All documents provided will become the property of Midland College and may not be returned to the student.

Transient students—students who are enrolled in another college or university who attend Midland College for one semester, are not eligible for grants, loans, or work-study.

Adding courses after the census date will not change aid eligibility for the semester. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 hours to receive some types of financial aid.

Full-time enrollment is 12 or more semester credit hours, 3/4 time is 9 to 11 hours, ½ time is 6 to 8 hours and less than ½ time is 1 to 5 hours. If paid for any prior semester, students will only receive funds for classes in which a grade of “C” or better was achieved. By accepting financial aid at Midland College, students agree to receive their funds according to the Midland College financial aid disbursement policy and to keep all receipts for charges and residuals received from the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office may not have and/or provide copies of receipts that may be needed by students for tax or other purposes. 

Estimated In-District Costs
Based on Full-time (15 hours) for Fall & Spring
  Living with Parent Living in Apartment Living in Residence Hall
Tuition/Fees $2,160 $2,160 $2,160
Books/Supplies 1,168 1,168 1,168
Room/Board 2,464 9,344 4,340
Transportation
1,458 1,458 1,458
Personal/Misc. 1,813 1,813 1,813
Total $9,063 $15,943 $10,939

Federal Aid Payments and Disbursement Policy

Periodically the Higher Education Act is reauthorized and changes are made to the regulations governing Title IV Federal Financial Aid such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Family Education Loan Programs (Stafford and Plus loans), Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP), and the Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP). The new rules governing the administration of these programs went into effect with the Fall 2011 semester. To remain in compliance, Midland College has made adjustments to its disbursement policy for the 2011-2012 award year in the following manner:

  1. Students are allowed to charge tuition, fees, books, room and board against any grant or scholarship received (as applicable).
  2. The official enrollment date is the census date (12th class day) for each semester.
  3. All financial aid awards are locked on the census date, and aid amounts are based on that enrollment status.
  4. No book vouchers of any kind will be issued after certain dates.
  5. All residual balances from Title IV aid (Pell, SEOG, Stafford loans) will be issued during the semester. Residual balances will be applied to the student’s Chap Card or deposited directly to the student’s designated bank account.
  6. A disbursement schedule which states all the book voucher and dates for the academic year will be mailed with the students award letter. No other notice of these dates will be mailed to the student. Students with an extenuating circumstance can appeal the disbursement policy before the census date.
  7. All sources of aid are applied toward tuition, fees, books, and room and board before any residual is paid.

Note: New regulations require that students withdrawing completely before the 60% point in the semester repay any unearned portion of Title IV aid that they received.

Students may owe a portion of the unearned aid received to the school if it was used to pay for tuition, fees, books, room and board, or to the Department of Education, if it was disbursed to the students. Students owing a repayment will not be able to receive any additional federal funding without a repayment agreement and timely payment.

Steps for Applying for Financial Aid

  1. Complete the application for federal aid-preferably online at www.fafsa.ed.gov-each year after filling out federal income tax forms. Also, complete the Midland College application process.
  2. Apply for all types of aid funded by Midland College by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and General Scholarship application by the deadlines.
  3. Submit all required documents to the Financial Aid Office.
  4. Check on the status of the application periodically.
  5. Students with an extenuating circumstance (i.e., loss of household, income in 2011, request to change dependency status) should contact the Financial Aid Office and submit appropriate documentation

Award Procedure

Federal grants and work-study positions are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. In accordance with federal regulations, preference is given to applications which are submitted prior to the deadlines indicated.

Federal Aid Preference Priority/Deadline Dates

Fall June 1
Spring October 1
Summer February 15

The financial aid process is lengthy. If the priority deadlines are missed, funds may not be available in time for registration.

In order to receive maximum consideration for financial aid, a student’s file must be complete by the above dates. A file is complete when all necessary documents have been provided to the Financial Aid Office. This usually means that a student has completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and listed Midland College on that application. Additional documents or information may be needed to complete a file if a student is selected for verification. Additional documents may include, but are not limited to; a signed copy of the student’s and/or parents federal income tax return of the previous year, a verification work sheet, an Economic Sufficiency Form, or verification of untaxed income.

If a student is selected for verification, the student’s file is not complete until all information is determined to be accurate and results of any corrections have been received by the Financial Aid Office from the Department of Education.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide all documents needed by the Financial Aid Office. Complete files will be processed in date order. The student will be sent an award letter that lists all aid that the student is eligible to receive at Midland College for the school year.

Loans

Midland College participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. We offer Stafford Loans and Plus (Parent) Loans.

Before applying for a loan, students must have a completed file in the Financial Aid Office. In addition:

  1. Transfer students must submit all academic transcripts to the Financial Aid Office from all prior schools attended and must have completed 75 percent of all hours attempted at all schools;
  2. Students must be enrolled in a minimum 6 semester hours; and
  3. Complete both an entrance and exit counseling session.
  4. Students have the right to appeal any of the above loan criteria.
  5. You are encouraged to apply for the loan by census date (12th class day).
  6. Yearly loan limits: Freshman $3,500, Sophomore $4,500, Junior and Senior $5,500.

A student has the right to select a lender of choice. However, Midland College does provide a list of frequently used lenders.

Students interested in loans should contact the Midland College Loan Coordinator at (432) 685-4693.

There are several organizations that offer alternative educational loans. These loans are not federally funded and the lending institution determines their criteria.

Scholarships

The primary purpose of the scholarship program at Midland College is to provide financial assistance to students who, without aid, would be unable to attend college. In addition, Midland College seeks to:

  1. Attract and retain students with outstanding intellectual, creative, and leadership abilities;
  2. Develop a student body with socio-cultural, economic, geographic, and ideological diversity; and
  3. Develop a student body committed to quality education in the liberal arts tradition.

Consequently, Midland College offers academic and performance scholarships, as well as need-based scholarships, both endowed and undesignated, that recognize excellence. Scholarship awards may be based upon merit, interest, need or ability.

Normally, scholarships are awarded for one year. In most cases, one-half of any yearly scholarship is awarded for the fall semester and the remaining half for the spring semester. However, a student must meet all academic requirements at the end of each semester.

Most Midland college scholarships are considered “charge only”-a cash residual will not be given. Scholarships are gifts and do not have to be repaid. Unless specified in the scholarship agreement, no scholarship aid will be given for audited courses or for workshop participation.

Fasken Top 5 Percent

Applicants must be in the top 5 percent of their graduating class from high schools outside of Midland County. Applications are made through the high school or the Midland College Financial Aid Office after February 1.

The award covers tuition, fees, and books to a maximum of $1,000 per semester.

Midland’s Legacy Scholarship Program

Applicants must have a high school GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, be a graduate of a Midland County high school, and complete 40 hours of community service at an approved agency. Applications are available in the high school counselor’s office and online. The scholarship covers tuition with a maximum of $750 for each long semester; summer and interim semesters are not included. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours. In order to renew the scholarship for a second year, the student must remain in good standing, reapply, and complete 40 more hours of community service.

For early high school graduates, eligibility for the scholarship begins in the fall semester after graduation.

Abell-Hanger GED

Applicants must be Midland County Residents and must have received their GED within the last 12 months through the Midland College Testing Center. Applications are available at the Midland College Financial Aid Office. This scholarship covers tuition with a maximum of $750 for the fall and spring semesters only. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours. The scholarship is renewable for three additional semesters, provided that students remain in good standing and reapply for the scholarship for the sophomore year.

Abell-Hanger Educational Continuance Scholarship

Students must be Midland Legacy, Abell-Hanger GED or Students in Philanthropy scholarship recipients in good standing at Midland College, must have 3.0 GPA or higher, must provide 25 hours of community service each semester and must be residents of the state of Texas and citizens of the United States. The amount of scholarship is $6,250 per semester and is renewable for 2 years or 4 semesters if qualifications are met. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester and demonstrate financial need. Deadline for application is April 1st. To qualify, students must be graduating sophomores.

Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships are governed by conference rules and are awarded by coaches based upon athletic ability and academic criteria. Applications are available from the Midland College Athletic Department. The amount of scholarships will vary.

General Scholarships

Midland College general scholarships are funded by many sources. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. Students must apply online at https://mama.midland.edu/cc3/aid.html.

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required; however, some scholarships have higher standards. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid.

Students in Philanthropy Scholarship

Students in Philanthropy (SIP) is a scholarship-based, student leadership program funded by the Abell-Hanger Foundation and the Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust. Up to 25 SIP members participate in program activities which are designed to enhance the students’ knowledge of the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Students must make a full academic year commitment to the program and are required to attend weekly meetings, conduct agency site visits, participate in various presentations and seminars as well as participating in community service opportunities throughout the year.

Ambassadors Scholarship

The Ambassadors scholarship is funded by the Midland College Foundation. This scholarship pays $500 toward the cost of fall and spring on-campus housing. Ambassadors assist with on-campus events and complete leadership training.

Other State Aid Programs

Students must prove their eligibility for all state exemptions. In addition, students will need to provide the proper documentation to the Financial Aid Office at the time of registration each semester, but no later than the census date of the semester for which the student wishes to use the exemption. More detailed information regarding state programs can be found at http://www.collegefortexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa.cfm?Kind=E.

Competitive Scholarship Policy

Competitive scholarships pertain to certain students who, when receiving competitive scholarships, will pay out-of-district tuition rates who would normally pay nonresident tuition rates.

A competitive scholarship is defined as a “scholarship totaling $1,000 or more for the academic year, which both resident and non-resident applicants will be in competition to receive.” Competitive scholarships may be awarded on the basis of either academic potential or performance, which is determined by the nature and scope of the scholarship for which the award will be made. The scholarship committee membership depends upon which department has responsibility for the selection of recipients of the particular scholarship. The factors to be used in the selection of recipients will depend upon the individual scholarship requirements.

An academic year, for purposes of competitive scholarships, is defined to be the fall semester through the second summer session of each school year.

Hazlewood Act

Veterans who were Texas residents when they joined the military and are now residents may be eligible for exemption of tuition and fees. The Hazlewood Exemption covers no more than 150 cumulative semester hours. Applicants must provide a DD-214 along with verification of Montgomery GI Bill expiration (if the veteran served after 9/11) and must complete an application. A new application must be completed each semester. Students who have used the Hazlewood Exemption at a school other than Midland College must provide Hazlewood transcripts to verify the number of hours used at other institutions. Under certain conditions, unused hours of exemption eligibility may be transferred to a dependent child. In addition, students that have a parent or spouse who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of service-related injury or illness may qualify for the exemption.

Applications for the Hazlewood Exemption can be downloaded from the College for Texans website: http://www.collegefortexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa2.cfm?ID=579.

Legacy Program

An eligible veteran may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child. Certain conditions and restrictions do apply.

Combat Exemption for Children of Military Service Members

This program provides an exemption from the payment of tuition (only) to a child, or stepchild, of a member of the Armed Forces who was deployed to Active duty in a combat zone outside the United States.

The dependent child or stepchild must:

  • Be a Texas Resident or entitled to pay resident tuition,
  • Have a parent who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, and
  • Is enrolled for a semester or other academic term during which the service member of the armed forces is deployed on active duty for the engaging in a combative military operation outside the United States.

To receive the exemption, students must be able to provide proof of meeting the program’s eligibility requirements, as outlined above. Child must provide proof (ex-military orders, pay records from service member’s unit to which he/she is assigned, etc.) of service member’s deployment from the Department of Defense for the relevant semester or academic term.

If additional documentation is needed, students may wish to contact The National Personnel Records Center at (314)801-0800.

Valedictory Scholarship

The highest ranking graduate from any accredited Texas high school is eligible for exemption from tuition for the first two long semesters following graduation. Certification from the Texas Education Agency is required.

Early High School Graduation Scholarship Program

This program provides an exemption from the payment of tuition for students that have completed the requirements of high school graduation in no more than 36, 41, or 45 continuous months. Students must have attended only Texas public high schools and must be Texas residents. To apply, the high school counselor must submit documentation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Award amounts vary.

TANF Recipient Exemption

This program provides a tuition and fee exemption for students that have received TANF for at least six months of their senior year in high school. The student must be under 22 years of age and must start using the exemption within 24 months of high school graduation. Students must apply through the Department of Human Services.

Blind/Deaf Students Exemption

Legally blind or deaf students may be exempt from paying tuition and all fees. Application must be made through the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).

Foster Care Students Exemption

Students that have been in foster care or other residential care under the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (DPRS) and meet one of the following criteria;

  • are in DPRS on or after the day preceding the student’s 18th birthday;
  • the day of the student’s 14th birthday, if the student was also eligible for adoption on or after that day; or
  • the day the student graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school degree, are eligible to receive a tuition and fee exemption. The student must enroll within 3 years of the earliest of the following dates:
  • the date the student was discharged from foster or other residential care
  • graduated from high school or received the equivalency degree, or
  • the student’s 21st birthday.

Senior Citizens Exemption

Senior citizens 65 or older may be exempt from paying course-related fees. To receive the exemption, students must present a valid picture ID and proof of birth date to the Midland College Financial Aid Office.

Fire Science and Peace Officer Exemption

Fire Science

Students employed as fire fighters are exempt from the payment of tuition and laboratory fees for courses offered as part of a fire science curriculum. To apply, students must contact the Midland Fire Science Department and submit documentation to the Midland College Financial Aid Office.

Peace Officers

Guidelines are pending one week prior to the end of regular registration. Students must apply for exemption.

Texas National Guard Tuition Assistance Program

Certain members of the Texas Army or Air National Guard and Texas State Guard may be eligible to receive a tuition exemption. To apply, students should contact the Education Services Office at Camp Mabry: http//www/agd.state.tex.u.s./education/.

Educational Aides Exemption

Students that are certified educational aides may be eligible for a tuition and fee exemption. Eligibility is based on a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or previous tax returns. In addition, students must meet Midland College criteria for satisfactory academic progress. Students must apply through their employing school districts.

Clinical Preceptors and Their Children Exemption

Eligible persons employed as clinical preceptors and their children may be eligible to receive a tuition exemption (up to $500). Application are available in the Midland College Financial Aid office.

Grants

Federal Pell Grant

Eligibility is determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The award amount (approximately $5,550 maximum) is determined by need and is set by the U.S. Department of Education each year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Eligibility is determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The award amount is determined by need with a minimum of $100 per year and a maximum of $4,000 per year.

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

Eligibility is determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The award amount is determined by need.

Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program (LEAP) & State Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program (SLEAP)

Eligibility is determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The award amount is determined by need.

Toward Excellence, Access, and Success (TEXAS) Grant Program

Among other criteria, eligibility is determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To qualify, a student must be a Texas resident, graduate from a public or accredited private high school in Texas no earlier than fall 1998, apply no later than 16 months after high school graduation, complete the recommended or advanced high school curriculum or its equivalent, have financial need, enroll in at least 9 semester hours in an undergraduate degree or certificate program, have a family contribution of no more than $4,000, and not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance. The maximum award amount at Midland College is $1,780 per year.

TEXAS Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG)

Among other criteria, eligibility is determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To qualify, a student must be a Texas resident, have financial need, if applying for his/her first award have a family contribution of no more than $2,000, be enrolled.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Assistance

In order to maintain eligibility for federal, state and some forms of institutional financial aid, students must meet certain minimum standards. These provisions apply retroactively. The student’s academic record at Midland College is used to measure satisfactory progress and all periods of enrollment at MC must be counted, including any semesters in which the student did not receive financial aid. There are three standards for satisfactory progress: successful completion of courses, cumulative grade point average (GPA) and time frame.

Successful completion of courses - Students must successfully complete at least 75% of the annual credit for which they have registered as of their enrollment on the Census date (the official count day at Midland College). This includes both developmental and college level course work. Successful completion is measured by grades of A, B, C, D, and P. Grades of F, W, AU, N, and I are counted toward the total hours attempted but not successfully completed each semester.

Grade point average - Students must maintain a yearly GPA of at least 2.0. Grades of A, B, C, D, P and F contribute toward this GPA. Students who have not previously attended Midland College will be assumed to be making satisfactory progress at the time of first enrollment. Remedial course work is included in the yearly GPA calculation.

Time frame - Federal regulations specify that the maximum time frame for program completion may not exceed 150 percent of the published length of the program. If before completing a program, the student switches degree or certificate programs, Midland College will not count toward the 150% maximum time frame the credits attempted in the old major. However, any courses that apply to the new program must be counted. For transfer students, MC will count those transfer credits that apply toward the new or current program. Students who exceed the 150% maximum time frame limit will no longer be eligible for federal and state financial aid. Credits that have been repeated will be counted toward the 150% maximum time frame. The new grade will be used to calculate GPA.

In most cases, students that have already received a type of degree, have already exceeded the maximum time frame. These students will need to contact the Financial Aid Office regarding their eligibility.

Scholarship and state grant recipients must also satisfy any additional program requirements.

Complete Withdrawals

Students that withdraw from all courses in which they are enrolled before 60 percent of the semester has passed, will immediately be placed on financial aid suspension. Students may also be responsible for paying back the unearned portion of the Title IV funds they have received.

Failing Grades and Incompletes

Students that receive failing grades (F), Incompletes (I), or a combination of all Fs and Is at the end of the semester will immediately be placed on financial aid suspension.

Consequences of Not Making Progress

Student progress is evaluated once each year at the end of the spring semester-except in the case of complete withdrawals, Fs, and Is. At the time of evaluation, if a student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, the student will be placed on financial aid suspension. Students who are on financial aid suspension will no longer be eligible to receive any form of financial assistance at Midland College.

Procedure to Follow for Removal of Suspension

Financial aid suspension, for reasons other than time, may be lifted if students receive academic advising and complete the required number of hours and achieve a 2.0 GPA.

Students on suspension who have mitigating circumstances may request a review in writing to the Director of Financial Aid. No action will be taken until a written request for review has been received. The request must include the following:

  1. the circumstances which caused the suspension,
  2. plans to correct the circumstances,
  3. future enrollment plans,
  4. a current academic transcript,
  5. other pertinent documentation.

Exceptions to this policy may be made at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid. Criteria that will influence the Financial Aid Director’s decision may include but is not limited to the following:

  1. class attendance, completion of assignments, and substantiated academic progress in required courses;
  2. unusual circumstances, such as extended medical confinement or a death in the family;
  3. utilization of campus supportive services; or
  4. response to Financial Aid Office contacts.

Students who are not removed from suspension by the Director after the summary review may make written appeal to the Midland College Vice President of Student Services. Written procedures are available in the Financial Aid Office.

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