myFAQ

Shelton State Community College’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  page was created to answer common questions members of our community might have about various areas of the College. Please let us know if you have a question you believe should be included on the FAQ page by sending an email to jswindle@sheltonstate.edu.  

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General Information

What kind of college is SSCC ?

Shelton State Community College is a broad-based institution with general education and technical/occupational programs. Because of its outstanding art, music, and theater programs, Shelton State has been named Alabama’s Community College of the Fine Arts. The C.A. Fredd Campus of Shelton State, designated as one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, plays a special role in extending the operations and activities of Shelton State to West Alabama’s culturally diverse population.  Furthermore, Shelton State has a nationally competitive intercollegiate athletic program with teams in men’s and women’s basketball, women’s softball, and baseball.  In addition, our cheerleading team competes nationally as well.

How do I know if the College will be closed due to inclement weather?

  • You will be notified by CampusCast if the College closes for any type of emergency or inclement weather. You can also obtain information about closures due to inclement weather through the College’s website, Facebook, Twitter, or local media.
  • CampusCast is the college’s emergency notification system that will allow you to receive instant notification should an emergency occur on our campus. You can receive alerts via email, text messaging, land-line and/or cell phone. An email is sent at the beginning of each semester that contains user login information and instructions about the importance of editing your contact information. If you do not know your login information, submit a HelpDesk ticket.

Is Shelton State Community College accredited?

  • Shelton State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and the Associate in Applied Science degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Shelton State Community College. http://www.sacscoc.org/. Please do not contact the Commission with other questions unless there is evidence that appears to support Shelton State Community College's significant non-compliance with the Commission's accreditation requirements or standards.
  • Contact information for the Commission on Colleges is provided to allow interested constituents to (1) learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, and educational support services, should be addressed directly to Shelton State Community College and not to the Commission’s office.

Is there a telephone number I can call if I have questions?

Shelton State Community College established the Telephone Help Line in an effort to serve your needs more efficiently.  The telephone number is 205.391.2220. A staff member will be available to answer the calls Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm and on Friday from 8:00 am until noon. Calls are answered in the order in which they are received.  If you are unable to speak with a representative, please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, and the reason for your call.  Calls received after business hours will be returned the following business day.  More immediate answers might be discovered in this document.

 

What are the names and locations of the two campuses of Shelton State Community College?

The Martin Campus is located at 9500 Old Greensboro Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405. The C.A. Fredd Campus is located at 3401 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

 

Where do I get my parking hang tag?

The Cashier’s Office issues parking hang tags. You will need your driver’s license number, vehicle tag number, and type of vehicle you drive. Hang tags will be issued for the academic year beginning September 1 and expiring August 31 of the following year. The cost for campus access parking registration is $5 per semester for students and no charge for faculty/staff. There will be no registration fee for visitors who receive a temporary parking permit. There is a $5 replacement charge for lost or stolen hang tags.

Where do I pay for a parking ticket?

Parking tickets are paid in the Cashier’s Office.  Please bring your ticket with you when you pay. See more at: http://www.sheltonstate.edu/admissions/registration_information/parking_information.aspx.

How do I appeal a parking ticket?

All individuals who are part of the Shelton State community or who utilize any of the campuses or facilities are subject to all policies and procedures related to campus access, parking and traffic.   If you believe you have been wrongly ticketed, however, you have the right to appeal. Appeal forms are available on the web and are available in the Cashier’s Office.  A completed form is required for a citation to be reviewed.

Where do I get a photo ID?

  • Photo IDs are made in the Cashier’s Office on the first floor of the Martin campus and in the Front Office of Building 100 on the Fredd campus.  IDs are included in the price of tuition.  Replacement IDs are $25.00.
  • Badges for Nursing and Respiratory Therapy are also made in the Cashier’s Office and the cost is $5.00.

Is there a Lost and Found?

If you have lost an item, check with the Office of Security, located in room 2836 on the second floor of the Martin Campus and room 130 of Building 100 on the C. A. Fredd Campus.

Where can I get something copied?

Students may use the copy machines in the library for a fee of ten cents per page; faculty and staff use the College’s Copy Center, located in the faculty office suite on the second floor of the Martin Campus and in the Front Office in Building 100 on the C. A. Fredd Campus.

Where do I get the Wi Fi code?

The Wi Fi code is emailed to students and employees annually.  You may go to the Information Desk or the library on either campus or the SOAR Institute on the Martin Campus and get the code.

Who do I contact if I am having problems logging in to Blackboard or BucsMail?

Go to the website and submit a HelpDesk ticket or click the appropriate link:

How do I register for classes?

  • Go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • When logging in for the 1st time, you will get a message that your PIN has expired, you can create a new PIN if you wish.
    • You will be asked to create a security question; this question will be used if you forget your PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab.
    • Click on Registration.
    • Click on Look Up Classes.
    • Select the appropriate term. Click Submit.
    • Find your subject and course number.
    • To register for a course, select the check box in front of the Course Registration Number (CRN) and click Register at the bottom of the screen (a C in front of the CRN identifies a closed class).

How do I change my name or address?

  • Your address can be updated on your myShelton account.
  • To change your name you must come into the Office of Admissions and Records and complete a Change of Name form.

Are my parents able to obtain my grades as well as any other information concerning my classes?

Parents are not able to obtain grades or any other course information unless you complete a Student Consent Form in the Office of Admissions and Records.  Once completed, it will allow whomever you list on the form to have access to your records for the amount of time specified on the form.

What is the difference between dropping a class, withdrawing from a class, and totally withdrawing from school?

  • You may withdraw or drop a single class, multiple classes, or your entire course schedule. If you withdraw from all classes, you will no longer be considered a student at Shelton State.  You will need to make sure you are aware of the impact of dropping courses (one or many) on your financial aid, your ability to register in subsequent terms, and your grade point average. 
  • You may make an adjustment to your class schedule during the drop/add period at the beginning of each term.  The drop/add dates are listed in the Academic Calendar and are communicated via social media and the website. 
  • Withdrawing from a class is removing a class from your schedule after the drop/add period and prior to the last day to withdraw. Please review the Schedule of Classes for the last day to withdraw each semester.
  • Withdrawing from all of your classes is totally withdrawing from school for the term. If you are withdrawing from the only course left on your schedule, you must first consult with an advisor in the Advising Center or a navigator in the SOAR Institute.  Students receiving financial aid must also consult with a staff member in the Office of Financial Aid.

If I decide to drop a class, is there a deadline?

  • The drop/add deadlines at the beginning of a term are listed in the Academic Calendar and are communicated via social media and the website. 
  • Please review the Schedule of Classes for the last day to withdraw each semester.
  • Please make an appointment to visit with your advisor or navigator prior to changing your schedule.

If I decide to withdraw from a class, what do I do?

  • Your financial aid or scholarships might be impacted by withdrawing from a course.  You are encouraged to meet with your advisor or navigator prior to changing your schedule.  
  • Please review the Schedule of Classes for the last day to withdraw each semester.
  • If you need to withdraw from a single course:
    • Go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab.
    • Click on Registration.
    • Click on Add or Drop Classes.
    • Select the drop down box next to the course from which you wish to withdraw and drop the course.

Are grades mailed at the end of the semester?

No, but after all grades have been posted at the end of the semester you may view them by logging into your myShelton account.

How do I get a copy of my Shelton State Community College transcript?

  • You can visit the Office of Admissions and Records and request a copy of your transcript. Be prepared to show a photo ID. 
  • If a visit to the campus is not possible, you can send a written request to the Office of Admissions and Records that includes your name, student number, date of birth, dates of attendance, a daytime telephone number, and where to send the transcript. The letter must be signed by you in order for the request to be processed.

How do I have an official transcript from Shelton State mailed at the end of the semester?

  • You have many options:
    • The easiest and most efficient way is to log into your myShelton account and request the transcript be sent.
    • Transcript release forms can be obtained on the web by going to http://www.sheltonstate.edu/admissions/forms_requests.aspx.
    • You can visit the Office of Admissions and Records and request a copy of your transcript. Be prepared to show a photo ID. 
    • If a visit to the campus is not possible, you may send a written request that includes your name, student number, date of birth, dates of attendance, a daytime telephone number, and where to send the transcript. The letter must be signed by you in order for the request to be processed.

How do I apply for graduation?

You will need to complete an Application for Graduation Form and turn it into the Office of Admissions and Records.  The Application for Graduation Form can be obtained by going to http://www.sheltonstate.edu/admissions/forms_requests.aspx

How do I request Repeat Course Forgiveness, Academic Bankruptcy, or Scholastic Amnesty?

  • You must come to the Office of Admissions and Records on the Martin Campus and fill out a request form.  
  • All grades are still calculated in the completion rate for Financial Aid purposes.

If I request Repeat Course Forgiveness, Academic Bankruptcy, or Scholastic Amnesty, are the grades removed from my transcript?

  • No, the grades still appear on the transcript but are removed from the calculation of the overall grade point average.
  • All grades are still calculated in the completion rate for Financial Aid purposes.

How do I change my myShelton PIN?

  • You can change your PIN by logging in to your myShelton account, choosing the Personal Information tab, and choosing the option to change your PIN. 
  • The myShelton PIN/password is different from the one you may have created for financial aid (FAFSA).

What do I do if I forget my myShelton PIN?

Go to the myShelton login page, and select Forgot PIN to reset your PIN/password.

How do I schedule or reschedule my S.T.A.R.T. Up day?

Contact the Office of Recruiting at startup@sheltonstate.edu.

I’m filling out my FAFSA, what is Shelton’s school code?

005691

I need to submit my 1098-T form with my tax information. How do I obtain my 1098-T form?

  • To access your 1098-T form,  you need to:
    • Go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab.
    • Click on the Student Account box.
    • Click on Tax Notification.
    • Enter Tax Year in box (example – 2012) and click Submit.

How can I contact my instructor?

Your syllabus will have contact information for your instructor. You may also refer to the College’s online directory. If you are unable to contact your instructor, contact the Division Chair or appropriate dean.

Where can I get something printed?

Students may print documents in any computer lab, either library, the SOAR Institute on the Martin Campus, or the Learning Center on the C. A. Fredd Campus.

How do I know if the College will be closed because of a holiday?

Please check the current semester calendar for holiday closures.

How do I locate a classroom or office?

  • On the Martin Campus there are maps posted throughout the building. There is also a map with the building layout on the College’s website.
  • On the C. A. Fredd Campus, there is a poster in Building 100 with an aerial view of the campus. 
  • You may also inquire at the Information Desk on either campus.

How much does it cost to have an official transcript sent to another college or an employer?

It is a free service provided by Shelton State Community College.

How do I send my transcripts to Shelton?

Ask your high school or previous college to send your transcript to Shelton State Community College, 9500 Old Greensboro Road, Box 190, Tuscaloosa Al 35405.  Your previous institution may charge a fee. If you are having a transcript sent from another college or university, please check their website to see if they require a fee for processing.

How do I know which courses from my previous college(s) will transfer to SSCC?

  • Once you have applied for admission, you will need to request an official transcript from each college to be mailed to Shelton State.  
  • An evaluation will be done on each transcript in accordance with your chosen program of study. 
  • Previous course work will be posted to your Shelton State transcript and can be viewed on your myShelton account.

How do I change my program of study (often called major)?

  • We strongly encourage you to meet with your advisor or navigator before changing your program of study (commonly referred to as a major).
  • Program of Study Change forms must be turned in to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • Remember, in order to remain eligible for financial aid, the maximum time frame for completing a program is 150% of the required length of the program; this includes all attempted hours, transfer hours, and developmental courses taken. 

I have a hold on my account and cannot register for a certain class, who should I call?

  • For information about your hold, please see your advisor or your navigator.
  • If you do not have an assigned advisor or navigator, visit the Advising Center.

Who do I contact if I can’t access my myShelton account?

How do I pay my tuition?

  • Tuition can be paid in person in the Cashier’s Office at the Martin Campus or online.
  • To make a payment online go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab; be sure to log on under the semester for which you wish to pay.
    • Click on Student Account.
    • Click on Account Summary.  This tab will show you the amount owed on your account.  If you believe this amount does not accurately reflect your financial aid and/or scholarships, please call the Cashier’s Office at 205.391.2335 to have your account reviewed.  Write down the amount owed; you will need to know this for the next step.
    • Click on Credit Card Payment. You will be sent to our secured server to enter your credit card information.
    • Select the appropriate term. Click Submit.
    • Enter the payment amount.
    • Click Submit.
    • Enter credit card information.
  • Payment deadlines are posted at www.sheltonstate.edu.

How do I print my class schedule?

  • Go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab.
    • Click on Registration.
    • Click on Concise Student Schedule.
    • Select the appropriate term. Click Submit.
    • Print the schedule.

Instruction (Academic and Technical)

What academic and technical programs does Shelton State offer?

Shelton State offers the following degrees: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Applied Sciences. You can receive an Associate in Science or Arts degree for most general four-year majors. Most students pursuing this degree are in a transferrable program and are seeking a four-year degree. Shelton State also offers a number of Associate in Applied Science degree programs (two-year) as well as many Certificate and Short-Term Certificate programs.  Please refer to the catalog for a complete listing.

Is Shelton State on quarters or semester terms?

Shelton State is on the semester system, which includes terms typically beginning in August (fall), January (spring), and late May (summer).

How many hours are considered to be full-time?

  • A full-time student at Shelton State is registered for at least 12-credit hours per semester. Some programs and scholarships, though, may require more hours to be considered full-time. 
  • Financial Aid is paid based on the number of hours a student enrolls and attends each term.  You do not have to be enrolled as a full time student to receive financial aid.
  • Students enrolled in certain technical certificates will receive reduced financial aid payments.  Please view the following information for converted programs at http://www.sheltonstate.edu/financial_aid/clock_hour_programs.aspx.

 

What classes do I have to take?

Requirements for each degree or certificate are listed in the Shelton State Catalog and Student Handbook, which may be accessed online at http://catalog.sheltonstate.edu/.

 

How can I get a copy of the College catalog?

You can view the catalog online (http://catalog.sheltonstate.edu/) or obtain a copy in the Advising Center.

Where can I find a list of classes currently offered?

Paper copies of the Schedule of Classes are usually available three (3) weeks prior to registration. We recommend you view the schedule in real-time on the College website.

Can I get help in selecting courses?

Shelton State offers academic advising through the Advising Center or the SOAR Institute. We strongly recommended you get to know your advisor or navigator and make an appointment to talk about your course options prior to registration. 

Is it possible to work class schedules around a full-time job?

Yes. Shelton State offers classes from 7:15 a.m. until 9:55 p.m., Monday through Thursday. For your convenience, you may also be able to enroll in online courses.  Please see the website for the requirements for online/eLearning opportunities

How do I change my myShelton PIN?

  • You can change your PIN by logging in to your myShelton account, choosing the Personal Information tab, and choosing the option to change your PIN. 
  • The myShelton PIN/password is different from the one you may have created for financial aid (FAFSA).

What do I do if I forget my myShelton PIN?

Go to the myShelton login page, and select Forgot PIN to reset your PIN/password.

Are tutoring services available?

Yes! Tutoring is available in the SOAR Institute (Room 2456) on the Martin Campus and in the Learning Center (Room 117) in Building 100 on the C. A. Fredd Campus. The tutor schedule is available by clicking here.  Tutoring services are provided by the College at no cost to the students. Additionally, students can visit the SOAR Institute Tutoring webpage and sign up for  , a free 24 hour on-line  tutoring service. 

Admissions

How do I apply for admission?

Apply online at http://www.sheltonstate.edu/admissions/complete_application_online.aspx.  If you require assistance, please visit the Office of Admissions and Records on the Martin Campus or contact the Office of Recruiting at 205.391.2213 or recruiting@sheltonstate.edu.

What is required to complete the admission process?

  • All students are required to submit the following prior to acceptance:
    • Complete and submit the online Application for Admission.
    • Print, complete, and submit the Signature Page, which can be faxed.
    • Present a valid photo ID to the Office of Admissions and Records. Students may also mail a notarized copy through U.S. mail. Faxed copies are not accepted.
    • First-time freshmen must have valid placement scores, COMPASS or ACT/SAT, on file for English, math, and reading.

Is there an application deadline?

  • Yes.  Although Shelton State is an open admission college with a rolling application process, there is a deadline for first-time freshmen. The deadline is typically between one and two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.  Please check the College’s academic calendar for application deadlines.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible. While applications are accepted near the close of registration for any term, early applicants have opportunities to register sooner and have greater flexibility in scheduling and planning.
  • High school students are encouraged to apply during their senior year prior to applying for scholarships or financial aid. 
  • Some programs and scholarships have specific application deadlines that might be earlier than deadlines for the general student population.  Applicants are encouraged to be aware of those deadlines when submitting items.

Is an application fee required?

No, Shelton State does not require an application fee.

How long does it take to process an application and when will the acceptance letter be mailed?

The Office of Admissions and Records will contact you by email within forty-eight hours of receiving your application. Once all application documents have been received, the acceptance letter will be mailed.

 

How do I know if I have completed the admissions process?

  • You will receive an email if you have not submitted the Signature Page or presented your photo ID.
  • You may check the status of your application and required admissions documents by logging into myShelton and clicking on Applications. First-time applicants should use the user created Login ID and created PIN to log in to check their application status.

Once I have completed the application process, what do I do then?

  • Once you have completed the application process, you will receive an Acceptance Packet that contains information on what to do next.
  • If you are lacking placement scores, you will need to take the COMPASS assessment, or submit your ACT/SAT scores to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • Schedule a S.T.A.R.T. Up Session (First-time Freshman only.)

What requirements must students satisfy in order to register for classes?

  • All students must complete the application process.
  • First-time freshmen and transfer students are able to register for one semester. Students must provide transcripts of all previously attended schools in order to register for a second semester.
  • Each student type must submit the following:
    • GED recipients must have official GED results sent from their testing center prior to registration.
    • Transient students must submit an unofficial or official college transcript showing prerequisites have been met and a current transient letter from their home institution stating which courses they will be taking. Federal Financial Aid is not available to transient students.
    • Dual Enrollment students must provide a current high school transcript showing they meet the “B” average requirement and current dual enrollment form from their high school and/or Board of Education.  Federal Financial Aid is not available to high school students. 
    • Students from Non-Accredited High Schools must submit a current high school transcript and ACT scores showing a minimum composite score of 16.

Can I attend Shelton State if I didn’t graduate high school or take the GED?

Applicants who have not completed high school and do not have a high school diploma or a GED certificate may be able to attend.  Contact the Office of Adult Education at 205.391.2662 or 877.643.3272 or ged@sheltonstate.edu for eligibility requirements.

Can I attend Shelton State if I attended a home school or high school that is not regionally accredited?

Yes, you must have graduated and must provide an official high school transcript and qualifying ACT/SAT scores (ACT = 16 and SAT = 790).

Can I attend Shelton State if I hold an Alabama Occupational Diploma?

Applicants who have received an Alabama Occupational Diploma (AOD) should request the high school mail an official transcript directly to the Office of Admissions and Records. Students earning the AOD are admitted as Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) students and are exempt from the Ability-to-Benefit test required for non-graduates. However, students earning an AOD may be considered degree eligible if they complete the ACT with a composite score of 16. Financial Aid is not available for Ability-to-Benefit students.

I’ve heard that I have to take a test before I can take classes at Shelton State.  Is that true?

  • No, there is not an entrance test, but you will need course placement scores.  Shelton State accepts placement scores from appropriate ACT/SAT, COMPASS, or ASSET assessments completed within a three-year period prior to the intended start-date.
  • Shelton State administers the COMPASS placement assessment to determine your beginning academic level.  The COMPASS is computer-based, is not timed, and is a course placement exam. This test is used as an assessment tool to help you begin your writing, reading, and mathematics courses at the appropriate level of difficulty based on your current academic skills.

Do I have to take the COMPASS?

  • You do not have to take the COMPASS Assessment if you have appropriate and equivalent ACT/SAT scores that have been issued within a three-year period prior to the intended start date.  A determination is based on the individual scores on the math, English, and reading portions, not on the composite ACT/SAT score.
  • The test requirement may be waived for transfer students or transient students who have already completed freshman composition or pre-calculus algebra. COMPASS is not necessary for programs not requiring writing and math courses.  For all other questions regarding testing for ATB and COMPASS, contact the Testing and Assessment Center at compass@sheltonstate.edu.
  • To be considered for exemption, scores must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records and reviewed by personnel in the Testing and Assessment Center.

What scores do I need on the ACT/SAT for course placement?

Placement by ACT scores

Students with valid ACT scores (less than 3 years old by the intended start date) will be placed by ACT sub scores as indicated below:

ACT Test

Cutoff Range

Course Placement

English

1-19

COMPASS Writing Skills test required

20-36

* College-level English (ENG 101)

Math

1-19

COMPASS Math test required

20-24

College-level Math (MTH 100)

25-26

MTH 110 or 112

27-28

MTH 113 or 120

29-36

MTH 125

Reading

1-19

COMPASS Reading test required

20-36

No reading requirement

*Must also score 20 or higher on ACT Reading, OR 480 or higher on SAT Reading OR a 66 or higher on the COMPASS placement before enrolling into ENG 101.

Placement by SAT scores

Students with valid SAT scores (less than 3 years old by first day of classes) will be placed by SAT sub scores as indicated below:

 

SAT Test

Cutoff Range

Course Placement

English

200-470

COMPASS Writing Skills test required

480 -800

*College-level English (ENG 101)

Math

200-470

COMPASS Math test required

480-570

College-level Math (MTH 100)

580-610

MTH 110 or 112

620-640

MTH 113 or 120

650-800

MTH 125

Reading

200-470

COMPASS Reading test required

480-800

No reading requirement

*Must also score 20 or higher on ACT Reading, OR 480 or higher on SAT Reading OR a 66 or higher on the COMPASS placement before enrolling into ENG 101.


What scores do I need on COMPASS for course placement?

Students with valid COMPASS scores (less than 3 years old by the intended start date) will be placed by  COMPASS sub scores as indicated below:

COMPASS Test

Cutoff Range

Course Placement

English

1-37 Score

ENG 092

38-67 Score

ENG 093

68-99 Score

ENG 101

Math

1-17 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 080

18-35 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 090

36-45 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 091 / MTH 116

46-99 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 092

28-62 Algebra Score

MTH 100

63-99 Algebra Score

MTH 110 / MTH 112

46-99  College Algebra Score

MTH 113 / MTH 120

46-99  Trigonometry Score

MTH 125

Reading

1-33 Score

RDG 084

34-65 Score

RDG 085

66-86 Score

RDG 114 recommended

87 – 99 Score

No reading required


 *Must also score 20 or higher on ACT Reading, OR 480 or higher on SAT Reading OR a 66 or higher on the COMPASS placement before enrolling into ENG 101.

I do not have acceptable ACT/SAT scores for all three course placements; what do I need to do?

You will need to schedule a COMPASS assessment by sending an email to compass@sheltonstate.edu.  You will only need to take the portion of the assessment for which you do not have acceptable scores.

Is there a COMPASS assessment deadline before each semester?

Yes, the established testing deadline is posted on the College website and printed registration publications.

How do I schedule the COMPASS assessment?

The COMPASS assessment can be scheduled by visiting the COMPASS webpage and following procedures.

If I want to audit a class do I have to meet the regular admissions requirements?

Yes, you will still be required to pay the full amount of tuition as well as have official transcripts mailed to complete your admissions file.

How do I login to my account once my application has been processed and I have been accepted?

  • You can login to your student account using the following information:
    • Username: Student number (S-number) or Social Security Number
    • PIN: Your 6-digit birthday with day, month, and year. (Example: A January 1, 1991 birthdate would be listed as 010191.)

If I have not attended Shelton State in more than one year, do I need to reapply?

  • Yes. Students who have not been enrolled within one year will receive a message within myShelton when attempting to register stating they must be readmitted.
  • To reapply complete the following:
    • Click the Student tab.
    • Click Admissions.
    • Select Readmission application type.
    • Complete the Admissions Application.
    • All returning students must submit a new Signature Page.

Who do I contact if I can’t access my myShelton account?

What do I do if I forget my myShelton PIN?

Go to the myShelton login page, and select Forgot PIN to reset your PIN/password.

How do I register for classes?

  • Go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • When logging in for the 1st time, you will get a message that your PIN has expired, you can create a new PIN if you wish.
    • You will be asked to create a security question; this question will be used if you forget your PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab.
    • Click on Registration.
    • Click on Look Up Classes.
    • Select the appropriate term. Click Submit.
    • Find your subject and course number.
    • To register for a course, select the check box in front of the Course Registration Number (CRN) and click Register at the bottom of the screen (a C in front of the CRN identifies a closed class).

How do I print my class schedule?

  • Go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab.
    • Click on Registration.
    • Click on Concise Student Schedule.
    • Select the appropriate term. Click Submit.
    • Print the schedule.

How do I pay my tuition?

  • Tuition can be paid in person in the Cashier’s Office at the Martin Campus or online.
  • To make a payment online go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab; be sure to log on under the semester for which you wish to pay.
    • Click on Student Account.
    • Click on Account Summary.  This tab will show you the amount owed on your account.  If you believe this amount does not accurately reflect your financial aid and/or scholarships, please call the Cashier’s Office at 205.391.2335 to have your account reviewed.  Write down the amount owed; you will need to know this for the next step.
    • Click on Credit Card Payment. You will be sent to our secured server to enter your credit card information.
    • Select the appropriate term. Click Submit.
    • Enter the payment amount.
    • Click Submit.
    • Enter credit card information.
  • Payment deadlines are posted at www.sheltonstate.edu.

How do I become classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes?

The issue of residency must be handled on a student-by-student basis.  If you believe you qualify to pay in-state tuition, please contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 205.391.2214 or email  admissions@sheltonstate.edu.

How do I change my name or address?

  • Your address can be updated on your myShelton account.
  • To change your name you must come into the Office of Admissions and Records and complete a Change of Name form.

How do I change my program of study (often called major)?

  • We strongly encourage you to meet with your advisor or navigator before changing your program of study (commonly referred to as a major).
  • Program of Study Change forms must be turned in to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • Remember, in order to remain eligible for financial aid, the maximum time frame for completing a program is 150% of the required length of the program; this includes all attempted hours, transfer hours, and developmental courses taken. 

Are my parents able to obtain my grades as well as any other information concerning my classes?

Parents are not able to obtain grades or any other course information unless you complete a Student Consent Form in the Office of Admissions and Records.  Once completed, it will allow whomever you list on the form to have access to your records for the amount of time specified on the form.

What is the difference between dropping a class, withdrawing from a class, and totally withdrawing from school?

  • You may withdraw or drop a single class, multiple classes, or your entire course schedule. If you withdraw from all classes, you will no longer be considered a student at Shelton State.  You will need to make sure you are aware of the impact of dropping courses (one or many) on your financial aid, your ability to register in subsequent terms, and your grade point average. 
  • You may make an adjustment to your class schedule during the drop/add period at the beginning of each term.  The drop/add dates are listed in the Academic Calendar and are communicated via social media and the website. 
  • Withdrawing from a class is removing a class from your schedule after the drop/add period and prior to the last day to withdraw. Please review the Schedule of Classes for the last day to withdraw each semester.
  • Withdrawing from all of your classes is totally withdrawing from school for the term. If you are withdrawing from the only course left on your schedule, you must first consult with an advisor in the Advising Center or a navigator in the SOAR Institute.  Students receiving financial aid must also consult with a staff member in the Office of Financial Aid.

If I decide to drop a class, is there a deadline?

  • The drop/add deadlines at the beginning of a term are listed in the Academic Calendar and are communicated via social media and the website. 
  • Please review the Schedule of Classes for the last day to withdraw each semester.
  • Please make an appointment to visit with your advisor or navigator prior to changing your schedule.

If I decide to withdraw from a class, what do I do?

  • Your financial aid or scholarships might be impacted by withdrawing from a course.  You are encouraged to meet with your advisor or navigator prior to changing your schedule.  
  • Please review the Schedule of Classes for the last day to withdraw each semester.
  • If you need to withdraw from a single course:
    • Go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab.
    • Click on Registration.
    • Click on Add or Drop Classes.
    • Select the drop down box next to the course from which you wish to withdraw and drop the course.

What if I decide to withdraw from school totally?

  • Withdrawing from any or all of your courses may adversely impact your short and long-term financial aid eligibility.

  • If you are withdrawing from your last course (completely withdrawing from school), you must first consult with an advisor in the Advising Center, advising@sheltonstate.edu, or a navigator in the SOAR Institute, soarinstitute@sheltonstate.edu.  Your advisor/navigator will review your schedule and then discuss the Intent to Withdraw form and Withdrawal Process with you.
  • Students receiving financial aid must also consult with a staff member in the Office of Financial Aid. 

Are grades mailed at the end of the semester?

No, but after all grades have been posted at the end of the semester you may view them by logging into your myShelton account.

How do I have an official transcript from Shelton State mailed at the end of the semester?

  • You have many options:
    • The easiest and most efficient way is to log into your myShelton account and request the transcript be sent.
    • Transcript release forms can be obtained on the web by going to http://www.sheltonstate.edu/admissions/forms_requests.aspx.
    • You can visit the Office of Admissions and Records and request a copy of your transcript. Be prepared to show a photo ID. 
    • If a visit to the campus is not possible, you may send a written request that includes your name, student number, date of birth, dates of attendance, a daytime telephone number, and where to send the transcript. The letter must be signed by you in order for the request to be processed.

How do I apply for graduation?

You will need to complete an Application for Graduation Form and turn it into the Office of Admissions and Records.  The Application for Graduation Form can be obtained by going to http://www.sheltonstate.edu/admissions/forms_requests.aspx

How do I know which courses from my previous college(s) will transfer to SSCC?

  • Once you have applied for admission, you will need to request an official transcript from each college to be mailed to Shelton State.  
  • An evaluation will be done on each transcript in accordance with your chosen program of study. 
  • Previous course work will be posted to your Shelton State transcript and can be viewed on your myShelton account.

How do I request Repeat Course Forgiveness, Academic Bankruptcy, or Scholastic Amnesty?

  • You must come to the Office of Admissions and Records on the Martin Campus and fill out a request form.  
  • All grades are still calculated in the completion rate for Financial Aid purposes.

If I request Repeat Course Forgiveness, Academic Bankruptcy, or Scholastic Amnesty, are the grades removed from my transcript?

  • No, the grades still appear on the transcript but are removed from the calculation of the overall grade point average.
  • All grades are still calculated in the completion rate for Financial Aid purposes.

How do I get a copy of my Shelton State Community College transcript?

  • You can visit the Office of Admissions and Records and request a copy of your transcript. Be prepared to show a photo ID. 
  • If a visit to the campus is not possible, you can send a written request to the Office of Admissions and Records that includes your name, student number, date of birth, dates of attendance, a daytime telephone number, and where to send the transcript. The letter must be signed by you in order for the request to be processed.

How do I change my myShelton PIN?

  • You can change your PIN by logging in to your myShelton account, choosing the Personal Information tab, and choosing the option to change your PIN. 
  • The myShelton PIN/password is different from the one you may have created for financial aid (FAFSA).

I have a hold on my account and cannot register for a certain class, who should I call?

  • For information about your hold, please see your advisor or your navigator.
  • If you do not have an assigned advisor or navigator, visit the Advising Center.

Advising

How do I contact an advisor?

  • You can visit an advisor during regular operational hours by scheduling an appointment or you may walk-in and meet with the "on call" advisor. Please follow the instructions on the Advising section of the webpage to schedule an appointment.
  • On the Martin Campus, advising is available Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon in the Advising Center.
  • On the C. A. Fredd Campus, advising is available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon in room 109 of Building 100.

How can I make sure I will not have trouble transferring my credits?

  • Transferring to in-state or out-of-state four-year institutions is typically not a problem if you consult an advisor each semester. You can find excellent transfer information specifically designed for students planning to transfer from Alabama's two-year colleges to Alabama's four-year institutions by visiting STARS.
  • Students transferring to an out-of-state institution are highly encouraged to talk with an advisor at the transfer college/university to guide in the course-selection process.

Will courses that I took previously at Shelton State still count even if I attended years ago?

Yes. Core curriculum classes are good for an indefinite number of years at Shelton State. Programs of Study that have special admission criteria may have particular rules. Please contact your advisor or navigator for assistance.

Do I have to see an advisor in order to register?

We strongly recommend that you speak with your assigned advisor or navigator.  If you do not have an assigned advisor or navigator, please visit the Advising Center and ask to speak to someone or make an appointment.  Some student accounts may be placed on hold for a required visit with an advisor or navigator. 

Why can’t I register for some classes?

Students are restricted from registering for classes for various reasons, such as a missing prerequisite, an outstanding balance, or an incomplete admissions file. The student should contact his/her advisor in the Advising Center or his/her navigator in the SOAR Institute for assistance.

If I am on academic suspension, how do I register?

Refer to the College Catalog to fully understand your academic status. If you are on academic suspension and wish to apply for re-admission to the College, please contact the advisor who assists those on academic suspension at 205.391.2469 or advising@sheltonstate.edu.
 

When do I need to complete a degree audit for graduation?

Degree audits for graduation should preferably be completed prior to the anticipated last semester.  This will allow enough time to complete the Application for Graduation and submit any paperwork for participation in the graduation ceremony.

How do I know what classes I need to take for my program of study (often called major)?

  • Students planning to transfer in-state should refer to their Statewide Transfer Articulation Reporting System (STARS) guide and seek advice from their assigned advisor or navigator.  STARS  is a web-accessible database system which provides guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the state of Alabama. STARS allows public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This guide/agreement can guide the student through their first two years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours when transferring to a four-year university in Alabama.
  • Students working toward a certificate or AAS degree should consult their program of study checklist and also contact their advisor or navigator.

When should I apply to the 4-year school I want to transfer to after I finish at Shelton State?

A general rule is at least 4-6 months in advance.  However, some schools have priority deadlines for scholarships and financial aid 8-9 months in advance.  Please seek advice from the transfer specialist in the Advising Center.

Why do I have to learn my new student ID number when I can log into my account using my social?

Using your student ID number is a more secure method than using your social security number.  Also, some services on campus will need your student number for access to their services.

I have been to school at another college but I didn’t do well.   Can I just start over at Shelton, not mention the other college, and not send my transcript?

No.  You will need to send all transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Records.  If we discover you did not accurately report your previous institutions, you be will subject to disciplinary action and, possibly, dismissal.  Students who misrepresent their previous financial aid status may be subject to federal review and charged with fraud.

I took classes at a college outside of the State of Alabama.  How do I know if Shelton State  has accepted them?

Look at your academic transcript in myShelton under the Student Records tab.  If you do not see your transfer work on your transcript, contact the transcript evaluator in the Office of Admissions and Records by emailing admissions@sheltonstate.edu or calling 205.391.2214.

Will a grade of “D” transfer to another institution?

You will need to contact the other institution for an answer as to which courses will transfer.

Will a grade of “D”count toward graduation from Shelton State?

It depends. You should contact your advisor in the Advising Center or navigator in the SOAR Institute.

Testing and Assessment

What subjects are on the COMPASS assessment?

There are three portions of the assessment: Math, English and Reading.

How long is the COMPASS?

The assessment is untimed.  The average time for all three portions is three hours.

Do I have to take the COMPASS?

  • You do not have to take the COMPASS Assessment if you have appropriate and equivalent ACT/SAT scores that have been issued within a three-year period prior to the intended start date.  A determination is based on the individual scores on the math, English, and reading portions, not on the composite ACT/SAT score.
  • The test requirement may be waived for transfer students or transient students who have already completed freshman composition or pre-calculus algebra. COMPASS is not necessary for programs not requiring writing and math courses.  For all other questions regarding testing for ATB and COMPASS, contact the Testing and Assessment Center at compass@sheltonstate.edu.
  • To be considered for exemption, scores must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records and reviewed by personnel in the Testing and Assessment Center.

What placement exams may I use for course placement at Shelton State?

Shelton State can accept scores within three year period prior to the intended start date from the COMPASS or ASSET exam for course placement.  Also, if you have ACT/SAT scores, refer to the chart below to determine if your scores may be used for course placement.

What scores do I need on the ACT/SAT for course placement?

Placement by ACT scores

Students with valid ACT scores (less than 3 years old by the intended start date) will be placed by ACT sub scores as indicated below:

ACT Test

Cutoff Range

Course Placement

English

1-19

COMPASS Writing Skills test required

20-36

* College-level English (ENG 101)

Math

1-19

COMPASS Math test required

20-24

College-level Math (MTH 100)

25-26

MTH 110 or 112

27-28

MTH 113 or 120

29-36

MTH 125

Reading

1-19

COMPASS Reading test required

20-36

No reading requirement

*Must also score 20 or higher on ACT Reading, OR 480 or higher on SAT Reading OR a 66 or higher on the COMPASS placement before enrolling into ENG 101.

Placement by SAT scores

Students with valid SAT scores (less than 3 years old by first day of classes) will be placed by SAT sub scores as indicated below:

 

SAT Test

Cutoff Range

Course Placement

English

200-470

COMPASS Writing Skills test required

480 -800

*College-level English (ENG 101)

Math

200-470

COMPASS Math test required

480-570

College-level Math (MTH 100)

580-610

MTH 110 or 112

620-640

MTH 113 or 120

650-800

MTH 125

Reading

200-470

COMPASS Reading test required

480-800

No reading requirement

*Must also score 20 or higher on ACT Reading, OR 480 or higher on SAT Reading OR a 66 or higher on the COMPASS placement before enrolling into ENG 101.


What scores do I need on COMPASS for course placement?

Students with valid COMPASS scores (less than 3 years old by the intended start date) will be placed by  COMPASS sub scores as indicated below:

COMPASS Test

Cutoff Range

Course Placement

English

1-37 Score

ENG 092

38-67 Score

ENG 093

68-99 Score

ENG 101

Math

1-17 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 080

18-35 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 090

36-45 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 091 / MTH 116

46-99 Pre-Algebra Score

MTH 092

28-62 Algebra Score

MTH 100

63-99 Algebra Score

MTH 110 / MTH 112

46-99  College Algebra Score

MTH 113 / MTH 120

46-99  Trigonometry Score

MTH 125

Reading

1-33 Score

RDG 084

34-65 Score

RDG 085

66-86 Score

RDG 114 recommended

87 – 99 Score

No reading required


 *Must also score 20 or higher on ACT Reading, OR 480 or higher on SAT Reading OR a 66 or higher on the COMPASS placement before enrolling into ENG 101.

I do not have acceptable ACT/SAT scores for all three course placements; what do I need to do?

You will need to schedule a COMPASS assessment by sending an email to compass@sheltonstate.edu.  You will only need to take the portion of the assessment for which you do not have acceptable scores.

Is there a COMPASS assessment deadline before each semester?

Yes, the established testing deadline is posted on the College website and printed registration publications.

How do I schedule the COMPASS assessment?

The COMPASS assessment can be scheduled by visiting the COMPASS webpage and following procedures.

May I take the COMPASS assessment more than one time?

Yes, you may retest one time on each portion of the COMPASS assessment.  If you would like to retake the math test, you will need to retest before you enroll in a math class.  No one is allowed to retest after they have begun the math sequence.

Is there a charge to retest on the COMPASS assessment?

Yes, you will pay $8 for each retesting portion of the assessment.

What do I need to bring to my COMPASS assessment session?

You will need to bring an official photo ID and a calculator if you wish to use something other than a four function calculator that we provide.

How do I know if I may use my own calculator?

To view a list of acceptable calculators, view the ACT approved list at www.act.org.

If I took COMPASS or ASSET at another college, may I use those scores?

Yes, if the scores are within a three-year period prior to the intended start date.

Where do I send my COMPASS or ASSET scores from another college?

Ask the college to send an official copy of your scores to Shelton State Community College, 9500 Old Greensboro Road, Box 190, Tuscaloosa Alabama 35405.

I plan to enroll as a Shelton State student, but I am currently not close in proximity to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  May I take the COMPASS assessment somewhere else other than Shelton State?

You may be able to take a remote test at another registered testing center.  You will need to send an email to compass@sheltonstate.edu to request a remote test.

How do I schedule a makeup exam if I am a currently enrolled student?

Visit the Exam Proctoring webpage and follow the procedures.

How do I register for the TEAS V exam to apply to SSCC Nursing Program?

All exams are scheduled through www.atitesting.com.

How do I register to take my ACT exam at Shelton State Community College?

All exams are scheduled through www.act.org.

Cashier

What do I do if I have a hold on my account related to payment due?

If you have a financial hold on your account preventing you from registering, you need to pay the amount due in the Cashier’s Office or online in your myShelton account.  Once payment has been made in full, we can remove the hold.

How do I make a payment online?

  • Tuition can be paid in person in the Cashier’s Office at the Martin Campus or online.
  • To make a payment online go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab; be sure to log on under the semester for which you wish to pay.
    • Click on Student Account.
    • Click on Account Summary.  This tab will show you the amount owed on your account.  If you believe this amount does not accurately reflect your financial aid and/or scholarships, please call the Cashier’s Office at 205.391.2335 to have your account reviewed.  Write down the amount owed; you will need to know this for the next step.
    • Click on Credit Card Payment. You will be sent to our secured server to enter your credit card information.
    • Select the appropriate term. Click Submit.
    • Enter the payment amount.
    • Click Submit.
    • Enter credit card information.
  • Payment deadlines are posted at www.sheltonstate.edu.

When will I get a refund?

  • If you paid by credit card, come in or call the Cashier’s Office to have the charges placed back on the original card.
  • If you paid by cash or check, come in or contact the Cashier’s Office for a check to be cut for you.
  • If you are waiting on a financial aid refund, refunds are done fourteen days after the first day of class and are mailed.
  • Refunds will only be issued to the account holder.

What do I do if I have vending machine issues?

See someone in the Cashier’s Office on the first floor of Martin Campus and in Building 200 on the Fredd Campus.  You may be asked to complete a form regarding your request for reimbursement.

Where do I get my parking hang tag?

The Cashier’s Office issues parking hang tags. You will need your driver’s license number, vehicle tag number, and type of vehicle you drive. Hang tags will be issued for the academic year beginning September 1 and expiring August 31 of the following year. The cost for campus access parking registration is $5 per semester for students and no charge for faculty/staff. There will be no registration fee for visitors who receive a temporary parking permit. There is a $5 replacement charge for lost or stolen hang tags.

Where do I pay for a parking ticket?

Parking tickets are paid in the Cashier’s Office.  Please bring your ticket with you when you pay. See more at: http://www.sheltonstate.edu/admissions/registration_information/parking_information.aspx.

How do I appeal a parking ticket?

All individuals who are part of the Shelton State community or who utilize any of the campuses or facilities are subject to all policies and procedures related to campus access, parking and traffic.   If you believe you have been wrongly ticketed, however, you have the right to appeal. Appeal forms are available on the web and are available in the Cashier’s Office.  A completed form is required for a citation to be reviewed.

Where do I get a photo ID?

  • Photo IDs are made in the Cashier’s Office on the first floor of the Martin campus and in the Front Office of Building 100 on the Fredd campus.  IDs are included in the price of tuition.  Replacement IDs are $25.00.
  • Badges for Nursing and Respiratory Therapy are also made in the Cashier’s Office and the cost is $5.00.

When is the Cashier’s Office open?

  • The Cashier’s Office on the Martin Campus is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
  • The Cashier’s Office on the C. A. Fredd Campus is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
 

eLearning

Do I have to have my own computer to enroll in eLearning classes at Shelton State?

No. You may take Shelton State's eLearning classes at any location where you may use a computer with Internet access. At Shelton State, you may use computers in the SOAR Institute, the Learning Center, or the libraries.

Can I register and begin an eLearning class anytime during the semester?

The eLearning classes follow the same semester schedule (starting and ending dates) as the traditional, on-campus classes. Before enrolling in an online class, students must successfully complete ELO 100.  For more information on ELO 100, please see the ELO 100 FAQs.

Is being able to communicate through writing important in an ELO course?

Yes. In an online classroom, nearly all communication is written. Therefore, it is important that students feel comfortable in expressing themselves in writing. Many students have limited writing abilities, which should be addressed before or as part of the online experience.

How many hours per week should I be willing to commit to my eLearning class?

You should be willing and able to commit  4 to 15 hours per week per course. Online is not easier than the traditional educational process.  In fact, many students will say it requires much more time and commitment. Typically, distance learners will participate in the virtual classroom 5-7 days a week. With the flexibility and independence of the online environment comes responsibility. The online process takes self-motivation and self-discipline to keep up with the flow of the process.

What are the rules for interacting with others in an eLearning class?

Please click here for rules of etiquette in online courses. 

How do I take tests or exams for eLearning classes at Shelton State?

Some quizzes are online and may be taken according to guidelines indicated by your instructor. Some instructors require tests to be taken on campus at Shelton State. Proctor Agreement Forms are available for students who cannot come to campus. Refer to the course description and syllabus of the class to find out test requirements for each course.

How do I complete labs for eLearning classes at Shelton State?

It depends on the class and the instructor. Some classes may include virtual labs which you may do from a computer, while others must be completed on campus. Refer to the course description and syllabus for specific information about labs for each course. Please note that some virtual labs and/or assignments may have technical requirements beyond the minimums listed earlier. These requirements are always noted in the course descriptions and syllabus.

Can I take Shelton State eLearning classes and on campus classes during the same semester?

Yes.

I am having trouble keeping up with my eLearning class. What should I do?

The requirements are no different than in a regular, face-to-face course.  Review your syllabus and contact your instructor.

How do I withdraw from an eLearning class at Shelton State?

  • The requirements are no different than in a regular, face-to-face course. Your financial aid or scholarships might be impacted by withdrawing from a course.  You are encouraged to meet with your advisor or navigator prior to changing your schedule.
  • Please review the Schedule of Classes (hyperlink) for the last day to withdraw each semester.
  • If you need to withdraw from a single course:
    • Go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab.
    • Click on Registration.
    • Click on Add or Drop Classes.
    • Select the drop down box next to the course from which you wish to withdraw and drop the course.

Do eLearning classes require a face-to-face orientation, and will I ever have to come to the Shelton State campus if I enroll in an eLearning class?

Some e-learning classes require face-to-face orientations, and some require students come to campus for tests. You should contact your advisor or the division chair for the specific course requirements.

Are eLearning classes the only form of distance education at Shelton State?

Yes. At the present time, the only distance education classes offered at Shelton State are eLearning classes.

How can I contact my instructor in an eLearning class?

Refer to the printed schedule for your instructor’s contact information.

What is ELO 100?

eLearning Orientation (ELO) is designed to ensure that students are prepared for the online teaching/learning environment. Emphasis is placed on self-motivation, time management skills, individual learning styles, and technical skills needed in an online environment. This course is a prerequisite to all online classes.

Is there a cost for ELO 100?

No, there is no charge.

Who has to take ELO 100?

Any student who plans to take an online class at Shelton State must successfully complete ELO 100 prior to registering for an online class.

If I have taken online classes before, do I have to take ELO 100?

ELO 100 is required of all students regardless of past online experience.

Can I take ELO 100 if I am not planning to take an online class this semester?

Yes, once a student successfully completes ELO 100, he/she can register for an online class any semester.

When is ELO 100 offered?

ELO 100 is offered each semester.

How do I register for ELO 100?

Current students may register online through Blackboard or in person during the advertised registration periods. All incoming freshman must complete an application for admission and submit a valid ID. Click here for step by step instructions on how to register for ELO 100.

How do I access the class after I register?

ELO 100 will be completed in Blackboard. After registering for ELO 100, you will have access to the course in Blackboard approximately one hour after registration. Log into Blackboard.

Do I have to take ELO 100 each semester?

No, once a student completes ELO 100, he/she can enroll in online classes at Shelton State.

Is there a book required for ELO 100?

No.

How long does it take to complete ELO 100?

The time will vary based on a student's skill level. Typically, students finish the course in less than ten hours.

How long will I have access to ELO 100?

Registration is now open for ELO 100. You must successfully complete ELO 100 before you can register for any online classes.

Will I receive credit for ELO 100?

No, ELO 100 is a non-credit class.

Will I receive a grade for ELO 100?

A student will receive an S (satisfactory) with a score of 21 out of 21 points.

Once I have completed ELO 100, how will I know my grade?

  • To view your ELO 100 grade, visit your myShelton account.
  • Your work for ELO 100 is checked by a member of the staff on a regular basis. Once you have a score of 21 in your grade book, your grade will generally be posted within three business days. If you do not see your grade after three business days, please contact Academic Services (205.391.3920) for assistance.

Does ELO 100 count for my course load for financial aid, scholarship, or other academic-related purposes?

No.

Once I complete ELO 100, when will I be able to register for an online class?

Your work for ELO 100 is checked by the staff on a regular basis. Once you have a score of 21 in your grade book, your grade will generally be posted within three business days.  Once your grade for ELO 100 has been posted, you will be able to register for an online class.

What happens if I choose not to complete ELO 100?

You will not be able to register for any online classes.

Will ELO 100 be on my official transcript?

  • No, however, the grade will post on the unofficial transcript.
  • For questions or assistance with ELO 100, email elearning@sheltonstate.edu or call 205.391.3920.

Financial Aid

How long will it take for my financial aid to post?

  • This depends on verification. If your file was selected for verification by FAFSA, you will be required to return documents to the Office of Financial Aid. Once all documents are submitted, it may take up to two weeks to post your award.

  • Students not selected for verification only need to complete two steps online in myShelton, and their award will post within a few days.

My parents are divorced; which parent should I use to complete my FAFSA?

You are required to use the parent supporting you the most (at least 50%).

I don’t talk to my parents. Do I still have to use their income?

Yes.  Until you are 24-years-old, married, have children you support, are a veteran, orphan, ward of the court, have ever been in legal guardianship, or are homeless, you must still use their income. Moving away from your parents does not allow you to be independent.

I’m filling out my FAFSA, what is Shelton’s school code?

005691

What are the financial aid deadlines?

The Financial Aid deadlines for each semester are listed on the College’s Financial Aid web page.

How do I find my financial aid requirements?

You must view all tracking requirements on your myShelton account at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.

How do I see my Pell award?

This information will be on the award tab in your myShelton account.

How do I apply for FAFSA (Free Application Federal Student Aid)?

You can apply online at www.fafsa.gov or attend one of our monthly workshops.          (http://www.sheltonstate.edu/financial_aid/important_dates_-_financial_aid.aspx)

 

How do I request tax return transcripts?

The information is online in myShelton and on our website at www.sheltonstate.edu/financial_aid/financial_aid_forms.aspx.

Are Continuing Education (CEU) Programs covered by Pell?

Courses not covered by Pell include all Continuing Education (CEU) and certain certificate programs. Please review the Clock Hour section of the financial aid website for additional information.

With regard to my financial aid status, why does my program of study matter?

Federal regulations require students receiving Pell grants to follow an approved program of study and register for classes in that specific program only.

What is my lifetime eligibility for Pell Grant funding?

Students are limited to 12 full-time semesters (600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime.

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)? Why does it matter?

Students receiving federal financial assistance must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a degree or certificate. A student’s SAP is measured by their completion rate, cumulative GPA, and time frame. See catalog (hyperlink) or website (http://www.sheltonstate.edu/financial_aid/apply_for_financial_aid.aspx#sap)  for more information.

What is the required Grade Point Average (GPA) for Pell eligibility?

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements for long-term certificate and degree-seeking students change with the number of hours attempted.
  • If the student has attempted 0-21 hours, the student must maintain a 1.5 GPA.
  • If the student has attempted 22-32 hours, the student must maintain a 1.75 GPA.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements for Short-term certificate (24-29 hours) students change with the number of hours attempted.
  • If the student has attempted 12 hours, the student must maintain a 1.5 GPA.
  • If the student has attempted 24 hours, the student must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

What Completion Rate is required for Pell eligibility?

  • The completion rate (attempted class hours) required by long-term and degree-seeking students changes with the number of hours attempted.
  • If the student has attempted 0-21 hours, the student must maintain a 58% completion rate.
  • If the student has attempted 22-32 hours, the student must maintain a 62% completion rate.
  • If the student has attempted 33 or more hours,  the student must maintain a 67% completion rate.
  • The completion rate (attempted class hours) required for short-term certificate (24-29 credit hours) students changes with the number of hours attempted. 
  • If the student has attempted 12 hours, the student must maintain a 58% completion rate.
  • If the student has attempted 24 hours, the student must maintain a 67%completion rate.

What is the required time frame to complete program of study for Pell eligibility?

Federal regulations require that all students meet minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress to receive Title IV aid, which includes Pell grant.  Each student receiving Title IV aid is expected to complete his/her designated course of study within a period not to exceed 1.5 times the length of his or her program of study; e.g., a two-year program of study (six semesters) must be completed within three years (nine semesters) of attendance. Example:  General Studies is 64 credits.  A student is allowed 150% or 96 attempted credits to complete the program successfully.  If the student does not complete the program in the allotted time frame, financial aid will be suspended.

What does it mean if I am on Financial Aid Warning?

You can receive financial aid for one semester if you are on Financial Aid Warning . You must be successful in all enrolled hours during your warning semester in order to be eligible to receive financial aid in the future.  If after your warning semester, you have not achieved the required Grade Point Average (GPA) or Completion Rate, your financial aid will be suspended.  If you are successful in all classes during the warning semester and do not achieve compliance, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid to set up an appointment to apply for an appeal.

How do I know Shelton received my FAFSA?

Once we receive your FAFSA application, you will be notified by email of additional requirements to complete and finalize your financial aid file.

What paperwork do I need to turn in when I’m applying for financial aid?

All unsatisfied requirements needed to complete your Pell file must be viewed on myShelton under the Financial Aid/Eligibility tab.

When are checks going out? What if I haven’t received my check?

Pell checks will be available for pick up 14 days after the first official day of class.  Students should monitor the website for the official time and location each semester. 

Where can I print a copy of my schedule?

  • Students may print documents in any computer lab, either library, the SOAR Institute, or the Learning Center.
  • To print your schedule, go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab.
    • Click on Registration.
    • Click on Concise Student Schedule.
    • Select the appropriate term. Click Submit.
    • Print the schedule.

What is the difference between dropping a class, withdrawing from a class, and totally withdrawing from school?

  • You may withdraw or drop a single class, multiple classes, or your entire course schedule. If you withdraw from all classes, you will no longer be considered a student at Shelton State.  You will need to make sure you are aware of the impact of dropping courses (one or many) on your financial aid, your ability to register in subsequent terms, and your grade point average. 
  • You may make an adjustment to your class schedule during the drop/add period at the beginning of each term.  The drop/add dates are listed in the Academic Calendar and are communicated via social media and the website. 
  • Withdrawing from a class is removing a class from your schedule after the drop/add period and prior to the last day to withdraw. Please review the Schedule of Classes for the last day to withdraw each semester.
  • Withdrawing from all of your classes is totally withdrawing from school for the term. If you are withdrawing from the only course left on your schedule, you must first consult with an advisor in the Advising Center or a navigator in the SOAR Institute.  Students receiving financial aid must also consult with a staff member in the Office of Financial Aid.

If I decide to drop a class, is there a deadline?

  • The drop/add deadlines at the beginning of a term are listed in the Academic Calendar and are communicated via social media and the website. 
  • Please review the Schedule of Classes for the last day to withdraw each semester.
  • Please make an appointment to visit with your advisor or navigator prior to changing your schedule.

If I decide to withdraw from a class, what do I do?

  • Your financial aid or scholarships might be impacted by withdrawing from a course.  You are encouraged to meet with your advisor or navigator prior to changing your schedule.  
  • Please review the Schedule of Classes for the last day to withdraw each semester.
  • If you need to withdraw from a single course:
    • Go to myShelton at https://mysheltonssb.sheltonstate.edu.
    • Click Sign In.
    • Type in your User ID and PIN.
    • Once you have logged in, click on the Student tab.
    • Click on Registration.
    • Click on Add or Drop Classes.
    • Select the drop down box next to the course from which you wish to withdraw and drop the course.

What if I decide to withdraw from school totally?

  • Withdrawing from any or all of your courses may adversely impact your short and long-term financial aid eligibility.

  • If you are withdrawing from your last course (completely withdrawing from school), you must first consult with an advisor in the Advising Center, advising@sheltonstate.edu, or a navigator in the SOAR Institute, soarinstitute@sheltonstate.edu.  Your advisor/navigator will review your schedule and then discuss the Intent to Withdraw form and Withdrawal Process with you.
  • Students receiving financial aid must also consult with a staff member in the Office of Financial Aid. 

What are clock hour and converted programs?

Several certificate programs pay at different rates based on certain federal regulations. Please visit the clock hour section of our website for complete information if your program of study is cosmetology, auto body, automotive, diesel, nursing assistant, LPN, or Welding. http://www.sheltonstate.edu/financial_aid/clock_hour_programs.aspx

Does changing my program of study (often called major) affect my financial aid?

Students need to contact their advisor or navigator (if assigned) or the Office of Admissions and Records to change their program of study. Remember, the maximum time frame for completing a program is 150% of the required length of the program; this includes all attempted hours, transfer hours, and developmental work taken.

How do I view my financial aid balance?

You must view your bill and balance on myShelton under the Student Account Detail section.

How do I complete my Terms/Conditions and Authorization of Payment?

Go on your myShelton account and click on your Financial Aid tab. The information will be listed under your unsatisfied documents, and you can click on the link to go to the requirement pages.

If I go to a four-year college/university next semester, can I transfer my financial aid or will I have to fill out another FAFSA?

You just need to add the new school’s code to your FAFSA. Remember you cannot receive aid at two schools during the same term, and you should notify the Office of Financial Aid that you are a transfer student.

The FAFSA website said I qualify for a loan. How can I use the FAFSA loan here?

Shelton State does not accept, process, or participate in any student loan programs.

How many hours do I have to take in order to receive financial aid?

Depending on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number, you can take anywhere from one to twelve or more hours as defined by FAFSA.

May I withdraw from all of my classes and not be charged?

If classes have started, you may not. If you change your mind before the first day of class, you may.

If I drop a class, will I get a refund for that class?

You will not receive a refund if classes have started.

GED / Adult Education

What services are offered by Shelton State Community College’s Adult Education Department?

  • Adult Education and General Educational Development (GED) Classes
    The course of study and materials are designed specifically to prepare adult learners to pass the GED test and earn their high school equivalency diploma. The GED test covers four subject areas: language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics. For more information about GED classes, contact the Office of Adult Education at 205.391.2662 or 877.643.3272 or ged@sheltonstate.edu.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
    We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in Tuscaloosa County. We teach English skills by using real life situations, such as going to the doctor’s office or filling out a job application, as well as providing a civics component. For more information about the ESL classes, contact the Office of Adult Education at 205.391.2662 or 877.643.3272 or email ged@sheltonstate.edu.
  • Project Literacy United States (PLUS)
    PLUS Tuscaloosa is a community-wide effort using trained volunteers to teach adults to read.  The program is administered and coordinated by the Shelton State Community College Adult Education Program and is funded by the Department of Postsecondary Education and by contributions from community organizations, churches, businesses, and individuals.  PLUS Tuscaloosa has three goals: to raise awareness of the problem of adult functional illiteracy; to recruit and train volunteer reading tutors; and to encourage participation of those who need assistance with reading. If you would like to volunteer to help someone learn to read or if you know someone who needs reading help, call PLUS Tuscaloosa 205.391.2671 or email the program coordinator at PLUS@sheltonstate.edu

How much do the Adult Education Classes Costs?

All classes and materials are free. We are funded by the Department of Postsecondary Education.

Am I eligible to take the GED Tests?

In order to be administered the GED Test, candidates shall meet the following: 
 
I. Not be enrolled in a public K-12 school, a private K-12 school, a church school, or a private tutor program registered with the Alabama Department of Education. 
II. Not have earned a secondary school diploma from a public school or a private school registered with the Alabama Department of Education. NOTE: Those awarded the Alabama Occupational Diploma (AOD) as defined in §290-3-1-.02(8)(g) of the Alabama State Board of Education Administrative Code are eligible to take the GED Test. 
III. Meet one of the following requirements: 
A. Eighteen (18) years of age or older 
B. Seventeen (17) years of age and present to the GED Examiner a notarized Student Exit Interview Form from the school system 
C. Sixteen (16) years of age and present to the GED Examiner a notarized Certificate of Exemption issued by the local superintendent. 
D. Sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years of age, resident of Alabama, exited a private school, a church school, or a private tutor program, and present to the GED Examiner a notarized letter from a parent/legal guardian that the applicant has exited the school/program and has permission to be administered the GED Test 
E. Alabama residency is required for applicants under eighteen (18) years of age.

Are scholarships available for GED recipients?

GED recipients are eligible to participate in a tuition scholarship program. Alabama GED Scholarship (AGS).  Applications may be obtained by contacting the College’s Office of  Adult Education at ged@sheltonstate.edu or 205.391.2662 or 877.643.3272.

Can I attend Shelton State if I didn’t graduate high school or take the GED?

Applicants who have not completed high school and do not have a high school diploma or a GED certificate may be able to attend.  Contact the Office of Adult Education at 205.391.2662 or 877.643.3272 or ged@sheltonstate.edu for eligibility requirements.

Scholarships

Who qualifies for a scholarship at Shelton State Community College?

Shelton State Scholarships are available to residents of the State of Alabama who meet institutional requirements for admission.

How do I apply for Shelton State scholarships?

How do I submit my Shelton State scholarship application?

Shelton State Scholarship applications should be submitted electronically via the website. Paper applications are not accepted. For more information, please contact the Scholarship Office by emailing scholarships@sheltonstate.edu or calling 205.391.2959.

Where is the Shelton State Scholarship Office located?

The Shelton State Scholarship Office is located in room 3640 on the third floor of the Martin Campus. You may contact the Scholarship Office by emailing scholarships@sheltonstate.edu or calling 205.391.2959.

If I apply for a Shelton State scholarship, does it guarantee that I will receive a scholarship?

Submitting a scholarship application does not guarantee an award.

Do I have to submit a FAFSA form in order to apply for a Shelton State scholarship?

A  FAFSA application is encouraged but not required.

Do I have to fill out an application for admission in order to apply for a Shelton State scholarship?

Yes, students must submit an application for admission to the College in order to be considered for scholarship.

What are the criteria for scholarships at Shelton State Community College?

Individual scholarships have different criteria.  Students are encouraged to read all information carefully prior to submitting an application.

What is the deadline for scholarships at Shelton State Community College?

Please review the website for details. Various scholarships have different application deadlines. 

How will I be notified if I receive/don’t receive a scholarship?

All applicants, recipients as well as those not awarded, will be notified via the email address provided on their scholarship application. Notification will be received by the deadline specified in the submission verification email.

Does my Shelton State scholarship cover all my education-related expenses?

Students receiving scholarship awards will be responsible for paying any additional tuition and fees above their designated award. 

What types of Shelton State scholarships are available for students?

  • Shelton State offers various types of scholarships. Please visit the scholarship page of the website for more information. 
  • Applicants will be responsible for submitting information and following up with additional information as necessary.  Only completed applications will be processed and considered.

Where can I find additional information about scholarships?

In addition to SSCC Scholarships, the Scholarships page of the website lists scholarship opportunities offered by the Shelton State Foundation Office as well as external opportunities available on local, state, regional, and national levels. 

Are scholarships available for GED recipients?

GED recipients are eligible to participate in a tuition scholarship program.  Alabama GED Scholarship (AGS).  Applications may be obtained by contacting the College’s Office of Adult Education at email ged@sheltonstate.edu or 205.391.2662 or 877.643.3272.

Are Institutional Scholarships renewable?

Scholarship renewal varies based on your scholarship type.  The award letter emailed to you will detail information on renewal opportunities and criteria.  For a copy of your award letter, please contact the Scholarship Office at scholarships@sheltonstate.edu.

Office of Disability Services (ODS)

Where is the Office of Disability Services (sometimes referred to as the ADA office)?

The Office of Disability Services is located on the second floor in the Student Organizations Suite directly across from the SOAR Institute on the Martin Campus.

How do I apply for assistance from the Office of Disability Services (sometimes referred to as the ADA Office)?

Schedule an appointment by contacting the ODS Office at email  ODS@sheltonstate.edu or 205.391.2983. Bring your disability documentation and a photo ID when you come to the meeting. If you have registered for classes, also bring a copy of your class schedule.  We request that disability documentation be no older than three years. A full list of documentation information is listed on the web under Student Life and Support Resources.