Individuals who meet one of the following criteria are eligible for admission to Porterville College:
- graduates of accredited high schools
- individuals who have either the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) certificate or the General Education Development (GED) certificate
- persons 18 years of age or older who are able to profit from the college's instructional programs
High school seniors and juniors and special category students in grades K-10 who qualify may be admitted as special students at the college upon the recommendation of their school principal and with the approval of the Vice President of Student Services or extension administrator.
CREDIT FROM OTHER ACCREDITED POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS
Credit earned from other accredited colleges or universities may be transferred to Porterville College upon admission. Students will provide official transcripts showing satisfactory scholarship and an honorable dismissal. Transcripts from all previously attended colleges are to be mailed directly to Porterville College.
GENERAL ADMISSION PROCEDURES
Non-exempt students (as defined in the Matriculation Exemption Policy statement entering Porterville College must complete the following steps:
- Complete and submit an enrollment application form to the college Admissions and Records Office.
- Request transcripts from high school and each college previously attended. It is very important to have transcripts of other college course work sent to Porterville College prior to seeing a counselor so that the remaining requirements to achieve your educational objective can be determined.
- Meet with a counselor to assess your placement in college courses. (ASSESSMENT is required of ALL NEW NON-EXEMPT STUDENTS.) You and your counselor in light of several factors, which may effect successful course completion, will determine placement. (Schedule an appointment by calling the college or extension office.)
- Attend an orientation session. (An orientation session is part of the matriculation process for ALL NEW NON-EXEMPT STUDENTS.)
- Contact the Student Services Office (559/791-2329) to schedule an appointment to see a counselor for assistance with:
- Interpretation of placement exam scores
- Class selection
- Educational goals
- Career planning
- Register for classes as per published registration schedule.
(On-line Registration Information)
(Web Registration Help)
(Telephone Registration Information)
- Attend classes. Much of your educational success can be attributed initially to simply showing up.
A student living anywhere within the Kern Community College District may attend Porterville College provided his/her legal residence is in the district. Generally, college residency status is established by one of the following conditions:
- If the applicant is under the age of 18, his/her parents must currently reside within the Kern Community College District and must have resided within the state of California for 12 consecutive months preceding the first day of the semester.
- If the applicant is 18 but not yet 19 years of age, both the applicant and the applicant's parents must have resided within the state of California for 12 consecutive months preceding the first day of the semester.
- If the applicant is 19 years or older, the applicant must have resided within the state of California for 12 consecutive months preceding the first day of the semester.
NON CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS
An out of state student may be admitted to Porterville College under the following conditions:
- Students who are not residents of the state of California as of the day immediately preceding the first day of classes in any given semester or summer session will be required to pay out of state tuition fees.
- Active duty military personnel are granted resident fees provided they are in California for reasons other than educational requirements.
- Dependents of military personnel are granted a one-year exemption from the out of state tuition fees. After the one-year exemption they will be required to pay out of state tuition fees.
- Minors (under 18 years of age and not married) will be required to pay the out of state tuition fees if their parents or legal guardian reside outside the state even though such minors may have lived in the state of California for one year or more. Non California residents who wish to become residents of California must reside in the state for one year and one day prior to the beginning of the semester and show evidence of the intent to establish residency (e.g., driver's license, a filed state income tax, auto license).
CHANGE OF RESIDENCE STATUS
A residence classification form must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records when registering for the semester following eligibility.
Class enrollment fees and out of state tuition refunds are only made if a student drops a course:
- Within 2 weeks after the starting date (NOT ADD DATE) of the semester for a full term course (These are classes that typically meet for 18 weeks); or
- Prior to a date calculated to be 10% from the starting date of a course of less than a semester in length. If a course is ten days or less in length, for example, a student must withdraw before the second meeting to be credited a refund. 3.A student entitled to receive the enrollment fee refund must apply for the refund before the end of the second consecutive semester of non-attendance (summer session is not considered a semester), and shall use the appropriate campus refund request form. If a student does not apply within the time frame noted, the available funds will revert to the Kern Community College District.
NO REFUNDS CAN BE MADE AFTER THESE DEADLINES. All applications for refunds must be made in person at the Admissions and Records Office.
All students are encouraged to utilize the Porterville College telephone registration system. The system allows you to enroll in and drop classes, check enrollment status, and to get your grades at the end of the semester. It will also allow you to update your file information if you completed the previous semester (excluding summer).
Instructions for using the telephone registration system, restrictions on its usage, fee payment information, and a worksheet are also provided each semester in the schedule of classes. Telephone registration will be discontinued starting with summer and fall 2005 registration.
For instructions on registering online, click here.
TUITION AND FEES
The following must be paid at the time of registration.
- NON RESIDENT TUITION: All non resident students of the state of California will be charged tuition at the rate of $167 per unit in addition to the enrollment fee payable at the time of registration. Out of state tuition will be assessed up to a maximum of 15 units or a total of $2,505 per semester.
- STUDENT ENROLLMENT FEE: The fee for Spring 2005 semester is $26 per semester unit with NO CAP, i.e., 10 units=$260, 12 units= $312 and so on. A mandatory capital outlay fee of $43 per credit, up to and including 15 credits, will be assessed to international students. Non-resident students, out of state and international, are required to pay tuition on all credits for which they enroll. The tuition fee is re-evaluated each year by the Board of Trustees, who then set the per-credit charge. In some cases the non-resident tuition fee may be paid on an installment plan. In these cases, the tuition must be paid prior to the end of the semester. Installment contracts must be requested and approved by the director of financial aid and vice president of learning.
- EXEMPTION FROM PAYMENT OF NON-RESIDENT TUITION FEE: (Details coming soon.)
- SPECIAL MATERIALS FEE: For some laboratory courses additional materials or costs necessary for class projects may require payment of a special materials fee. Special material fees are indicated in BOLD PRINT within the individual course entry information. Such fees should be paid at the time of registration in the Admissions and Records office.
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