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Yavapai College    
2017-18 Catalog 
  
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
2017-18 Catalog

Academic Support and Support Services



Admissions

Yavapai College invites qualified individuals who demonstrate evidence of potential success as adult learners in an institution of post-secondary higher education to seek admission.

In accordance with Arizona state law, Revised Statutes 15-1805.01 and 15-1821, Yavapai College may admit:

A. A person who satisfies any one of the following criteria:

1. Is a graduate of a high school that is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States office of education or approved by a state board of education or other appropriate state educational agency.

2. Has a high school certificate of equivalency.

3. Is at least eighteen years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college.

4. Is a student transferring from another regionally accredited college or university in good standing (2.0 cumulative GPA).

B. A person who is under 18 years of age and has not satisfied the requirements above may be admitted upon completion of course pre-requisites and achievement of one of the following:

1. A composite score of 93 or more on the preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).

2. A composite score of 930 or more on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

3. A composite score of 22 or more on the American College Test (ACT).

4. A passing score on the relevant portions of the current state test(s) required for Arizona standards measurement or graduation (AIMS or replacement).

5. The completion of a college placement test designated by the College district that indicates the student is at the appropriate college level for the course.

A person under 18 who wishes to enroll in a course for which there is no prerequisite nor applicable placement test may be admitted on an individual basis with the approval of college officials.

C. Homeschooled students are exempt from subsection B of this policy.

D. Students who enroll in vocational education courses may be admitted on an individual basis with the approval of college officials if the student meets the established requirements of the courses for which the student enrolls and the college officials determine that the student’s admission is in the best interest of the student.

 

  • Yavapai College reserves the right to restrict enrollment.
  • Admission to Yavapai College does not guarantee admission to specific programs.
  • Specialized application materials may be required for certain programs, from non-citizens of the United States, from students appealing a residency classification, and in related circumstances.
  • Yavapai College may admit students according to intergovernmental agreement, contract, program participation, or College-approved instruction.

Discover Yavapai Information Sessions

Discover Yavapai Programs are designed for students and families who are exploring their options for college. The program provides general information about Yavapai College, programs, and services. The agenda includes:

  • General information sessions about admissions, cost of attendance, degree programs, financial aid and residence life
  • Campus tours, led by Student Ambassadors and Student Council members

This event is reservation only. To sign up, please go to www.yc.edu/discover-yavapai.

Questions? Contact the Answer Center at 928.776.2149 or 928.634.6510

Residency Determination

Classification of state residency for tuition purposes at Yavapai College is governed by state law. The information below establishes the criteria for Arizona residency. Students who are classified as non-residents will be assessed out-of-state fees when registering for classes.

Definition of Terms

  1. “Armed Forces of the United States” means the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, the commissioned corps of the United States Public Health Service and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association.
  2. “Continuous attendance” means enrollment at an educational institution in this state as a full-time student, as such term is defined by the governing body of the educational institution, for a normal academic year since the beginning of the period for which continuous attendance is claimed. Such person need not attend summer sessions in order to maintain continuous attendance.
  3. “Domicile” means a person’s true, fixed and permanent home and place of habitation. It is the place where he/she intends to remain and to which he/she expects to return when he/she leaves without intending to establish a new domicile elsewhere.
  4. “Emancipated person” means a person who is neither under a legal duty of service to his parent nor entitled to the support of such parent under the laws of this state.
  5. “Parent” means a person’s father or mother, or custodial parent, or if there is no surviving parent or the whereabouts of the parents are unknown, then a guardian of an unemancipated person if there are not circumstances indicating that such guardianship was created primarily for the purpose of conferring the status of an in-state student on such unemancipated person.

In-State Student Status

  1. Except as otherwise provided in this article no person having a domicile elsewhere than in this state is eligible for classification as an in-state student for tuition purposes.
  2. A person is not entitled to classification as an in-state student until the person is domiciled in this state for one year, except that a person whose domicile is in this state is entitled to classification as an in-state student if the person meets one of the following requirements:
    1. The person’s parent’s domicile is in this state, and the parent is entitled to claim the person as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes.
    2. The person is an employee of an employer which transferred the person to this state for employment purposes or the person is the spouse of such employee.
    3. The person is an employee of a school district in this state and is under contract to teach on a full-time basis, or is employed as a full-time non-certified classroom aide, at a school within that school district. For purposes of this paragraph, the person is eligible for classification as an in-state student only for courses necessary to complete the requirements for certification by the state board of education to teach in a school district in this state. No member of the person’s family is eligible for classification as an in-state student if the person is eligible for classification as an in-state student pursuant to this paragraph.
  3. The domicile of an unemancipated person is that of such person’s parent.
  4. Any unemancipated person who remains in this state when such person’s parent, who had been domiciled in this state, removes from this state is entitled to classification as an in-state student until attainment of the degree for which currently enrolled, so long as such person maintains continuous attendance.
  5. A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States and who is stationed in this state pursuant to military orders or who is the spouse or a dependent child as defined in section 43-1001 of a person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States and who is stationed in this state pursuant to military orders is entitled to classification as an in-state student. The student, while in continuous attendance toward the degree for which currently enrolled, does not lose in-state student classification.
  6. A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed in this state pursuant to military orders or the spouse or a dependent as defined in section 43-1001 of a member of the armed forces of the United States is entitled to classification as an in-state student if the member of the armed forces has claimed this state as the person’s state of legal residence for at least twelve consecutive months before the member of the armed forces, spouse or dependent enrolls in a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district governing board. For purposes of this subsection, the requirement that a person be domiciled in this state for one year before enrollment to qualify for in-state student classification does not apply.
  7. A person who is honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States shall be granted immediate classification as an in-state student on honorable discharge from the armed forces and, while in continuous attendance toward the degree for which currently enrolled, does not lose in-state student classification if the person has met all of the following requirements:
    1. Declared Arizona as the person’s legal residence with the person’s branch of service at least one year prior to discharge from the armed forces.
    2. Demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona which, for the purposes of this section, includes at least one of the following:
      1. An Arizona driver’s license
      2. Arizona motor vehicle registration
      3. Employment history in Arizona
      4. Arizona voter registration
      5. Transfer of major banking services to Arizona
      6. Change of permanent address on all pertinent records
      7. Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status
    3. Filed an Arizona income tax return with the Department of Revenue during the previous tax year.

Please direct any questions regarding residency status to the Answer Center: 928.776.2149.

County Residency

Arizona residents from counties in which there is no established community college district (Apache and Greenlee) may enroll in credit classes with Yavapai College without payment of out-of-county charges, if the student presents a notarized Arizona Out-of-County Affidavit stating that the individual has resided in the county for at least 50 days prior to the 1st day of classes. The student still is responsible for payment of regular tuition and fees.

Western Undergraduate Exchange Program Reduced Tuition

Yavapai College participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE), a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Residents of eligible states (currently Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) that enroll in any of Yavapai College’s WUE-eligible programs in seven (7) credit hours or more will pay a reduced out-of-state tuition. See www.yc.edu/tuition for current rates and exempt programs.

Time enrolled under WUE status does not count toward establishing Arizona residency for tuition purposes.

For additional information, contact the Answer Center at 928.776.2149.

International Students

To qualify for admission as an international student, one must:

  • be a high school graduate
  • demonstrate proficiency in the English language with a score of 525 or higher on the paper Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or a score of 193 on the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 70 on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL
  • have U.S. health insurance coverage which includes repatriation and medical evacuation clauses (this can be purchased through Yavapai College)
  • certify that he/she has adequate financial resources to be self-supporting while attending Yavapai College
  • complete application forms and submit in paper form to Admissions, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, AZ 86301. Visit www.yc.edu/Registration/InternationalStudents for application forms and additional information
  • Admitted international students are required to enroll for a full-time course load (minimum of 12 semester credits) each Fall and Spring, as well as meet with an academic advisor each semester

Incoming Transfer Students

Students who have attended prior colleges should indicate this on the admission application, and provide Yavapai College with an official transcript of all work completed. Transcripts will be evaluated to determine how much credit will be granted for transfer courses toward satisfying Yavapai College degree and certificate requirements.

Yavapai College only accepts credits from regionally accredited institutions on a credit-unit-for-credit-unit basis (adjusted for semester/quarter terms). Course equivalencies are established based on alignment of the course description and learning outcomes. Only courses 100-level or above with a grade of “C” or better will be considered for transfer credit. Yavapai College accepts only transfer credits, no grade point averages.

Registering for Classes

Registration

The College regards a student’s registration in classes as a commitment on his/her part to comply with all College regulations. It is the student’s responsibility to read the catalog and understand these regulations.

Students register for classes via secure log in at www.yc.edu. Students who do not have approved financial aid must pay all fees at the time of registration. Detailed information regarding registering (dates, fees, course availability, etc.) is published online each semester.

Degree and certificate seeking students should meet with an academic advisor prior to each semester to review degree requirements, prerequisites, and course selection.

Students must maintain current address and other personal information in myYC portal each semester. It is important to keep a current address on file and it is required for students to monitor their College assigned email address in order to receive all official correspondence.

Yavapai College reserves the right to restrict enrollment in classes and/or programs when educational, contractual, legal, or safety obligations warrant such restrictions.

Changes in Registration (Add, Drop & Withdraw)

Add/Drop/Withdrawal Procedures

Students may add, drop and withdraw from classes during designated periods each term via secure log in at www.yc.edu. For deadlines and effects of changes, see www.yc.edu/registrar/calendars.

A student-initiated withdrawal prior to the deadline will results in a “W” posted to the permanent record. An administrative withdrawal will be noted with a “Y.”

It is strongly recommended that students see an academic advisor prior to a complete withdrawal from the College.

College Tuition, Fees and Fee RefundsUnlink

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are determined annually and are approved by the College Governing Board and State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona. The cost of attending classes at Yavapai College is based on the number and type of credit hours taken. Tuition and fees are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information: www.yc.edu/tuition

Tuition and fees are generally due at the time of registration. It is not possible to enroll in classes if the student owes money to the college for unpaid tuition and fees or fines (examples: library fines, parking violations, and damage to college property).

Refunds

Refunds will be issued to students who drop classes during the refund period. The refund policy applies to all tuition and fees. See www.yc.edu/regisrar/calendars.

Attendance Policy

Yavapai College offers courses in a variety of delivery formats. Students are expected to attend classes and/or actively participate in all credit courses regardless of the delivery method.

All course syllabi will state attendance and class participation requirements. Syllabi will also define any consequences for not adhering to attendance and/or participation requirements.

The course calendar must identify assignments that require student participation in class activities or due dates for course assignments.

Student Responsibilities

A student who will be absent for any reason must contact the instructor. A student who expects to be absent for athletic travel, a field trip, or any other activity scheduled in advance must make prior arrangements with the instructor concerning makeup work.

Visitors and Guests in Class

An enrolled student may occasionally bring a guest to class, upon permission of the instructor. Guests who wish to visit frequently will be denied entrance to the class unless they register officially for the class. Safety considerations or disruption of instruction may require that guests not be permitted to attend a class.

Student E-Mail Accounts

Yavapai College requires enrolled students to have an e-mail address to which official College communications can be sent. In the best interest of effective communications management, this address will reside on the College maintained e-mail system. Students may elect to forward their e-mail to an address different from their official Yavapai College account, but these students assume full responsibility for reading e-mail at the forwarded location. Students are expected to check their Yavapai College e-mail account, or the account to which their Yavapai College e-mail is forwarded, prior to the first class meeting and at least once a week during the semester. If you have questions regarding your student e-mail account, contact the Yavapai College Help Desk at 928.776.2168 or 800.922.6787 X2168.

Transcripts

Transcripts are permanent academic records released by written consent (signature) of the student.

  • Order online - cost is $7.25 per transcript
    • Current students: login www.yc.edu-My Services/Students/Request My Official Transcripts
    • Former students: www.parchment.com
  • Order by mail - cost is $10.00 per transcript

If ordering by mail, the written request must include the student’s signature, current mailing address and phone, and must identify where the transcript is sent. A check or money order must be included for $10 per transcript requested.

Yavapai College Office of the Registrar
1100 E. Sheldon St.
Prescott, AZ 86301
  • Order in person at the Prescott Campus or Verde Campus - cost is $10.00 per transcript
    • Complete a transcript request and pay $10 to the cashier.

Students who have completed work at other institutions and wish to apply credits toward their Yavapai College degree or certificate must have official transcripts sent to the Office of the Registrar at the address above. Transfer students should meet with an academic advisor to achieve maximum benefit when establishing an education plan. Students receiving veteran education benefits are required by VA regulations to submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities, technical schools, non-accredited institutions and military training.

Student Holds

Holds may be placed on student records for outstanding obligations to the college. A student may not be able to enroll in classes, obtain grade reports, obtain official transcripts, or receive an earned degree or certificate until any holds placed on the record have been cleared. Examples of student holds are:

  • Academic probation or suspension
  • Bad or returned check
  • Unpaid fees such as library fines
  • Disciplinary holds for student misconduct
  • Financial aid or student loan holds

Students can determine the originator of the hold via secure log in at www.yc.edu/MyServices/Students/ViewHolds.

Methods of Class Delivery

Yavapai College offers a variety of class delivery and learning strategies to meet the needs of a diverse student population, as described below:

Delivery Types Description
Regular Session Semester-length classes which last 15 weeks. Courses are taught through a variety of delivery types including lecture, laboratory, applied experiences, and others. Two full length semesters are offered each academic year (Fall and Spring), and one abbreviated semester is offered in the summer.
Open Entry Classes Classes which are usually taught in an open lab setting, and in which students work at their own pace. Students may register at specified times beyond the regular registration period. Delivery types may vary.
Video Conferencing Traditional Yavapai College courses held in a classroom equipped with closed-circuit TV cameras, screens and microphones. Students can see, hear and interact with one another as if they were in the same room.
Online Courses Courses are delivered entirely on the web and have no in-person meetings. Some online classes may require proctored exams. Additional fees may be charged for proctored exams. Blackboard is the official delivery system for online courses at Yavapai College. Students communicate with the instructor through discussion boards, chat rooms and e-mail. Students can access their course material and assignments by logging into their portal.
Independent Study Classes Supervised special project which is undertaken with the direction of an assigned faculty member. Certain requirements must be met. Consult with the Instructional Dean.
Internships Structured field experiences within specific academic disciplines or technical areas. These experiences enable students to explore potential careers and apply knowledge gained in the classroom while refining the technical skills and gaining relevant  experience in the workplace.
Classroom and Web (Hybrid) A classroom and web course is a blend of face-to-face instruction with online learning. In a hybrid course, a significant part of the course learning is online and as a result, the amount of classroom seat-time is reduced.
Individually Paced Instruction (IPI) Classes in which students, with faculty guidance, work at their own pace to complete course requirements. Students are expected to exhibit weekly progress and to follow the start/end dates specified on the class schedule.

Student Success: A Shared Responsibility

Becoming a successful student involves taking responsibility for your own experience at Yavapai College. Your college success can be measured not only in terms of acquiring skills and knowledge, but also through personal growth and development. Certain factors will contribute to your success, such as:

  • Having clearly defined goals
  • Knowing your skill levels
  • Being aware of campus resources to support your efforts
  • Recognizing that you are continually changing and growing as a person

Student Development staff share in the responsibility for your success by fostering an environment where your needs in each of these areas can be addressed. Working with our team of support personnel and other College resources, you will get the maximum benefit from your experience at Yavapai College. Establish your relationships with Student Development staff members early in your college career. We are committed to sharing in the responsibility for your success.

Skills Assessment, Advisement and Placement Policy

Yavapai College believes that correct course placement is a powerful factor in student retention and success. Therefore, the college requires assessment of competency in reading, writing and mathematics.

Skills Assessment

We want students to be successful at Yavapai College. Enrolling in courses that are appropriate to the student’s level of preparation is an important step on the road to success.

The skills assessment helps students to identify strengths as well as where development is required to provide a strong foundation prior to enrolling in college-level courses. The results will guide students in the right direction to complete their educational goals without taking courses which they don’t need, and/or taking courses for which they are not prepared.

The skills assessment is not an admissions test. When students meet with their academic advisor, they will also review other evidence of college readiness, such as high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, and copies of transcripts from other colleges/universities that the student has attended.

Attention Veterans: Veterans seeking to improve their skills assessment scores can contact the TRIO Veterans Upward Bound Program which is designed to prepare veterans before enrolling in college courses. Visit www.yc.edu/vub for more details.

Reading Proficiency

All students enrolling in any course on the General Education Course list or any course that has designated the prerequisite of Reading Proficiency must demonstrate proficiency in reading by scoring at least 53 on the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension placement assessment, scoring at least 17 on the ACT reading assessment, or 400/22 on the SAT critical reading assessment. Students scoring below these levels will be required to complete ENG 085 before enrolling in these courses. It is strongly recommended that students enroll in ENG 140  if they score between 53 and 69 on the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension placement assessment.

Math and English Skills Assessment

Students who intend to take English, math or a general education course for the first time are required to take the English and math skills assessment prior to enrollment. Students should begin in the course(s) in which they place in their first semester and continue to enroll in the course in which they qualify until the college requirements are satisfied. See specific degrees for applicable course sequencing.

Academic and Career Advising

Advisors at Yavapai College help students identify and clarify their life and career goals and construct an educational plan to reach those goals. They also assist students in adjusting to college life, in developing study skills, by providing information and resources about careers, majors, and degree requirements.

Advisors assist students in connecting their personal interests, abilities, values and life goals to career and educational goals. They can also assist students by providing guidance on self-assessment, career exploration, decision making, and choosing an appropriate course of study. Advisors provide support to individual students during their entire college experience.

Academic Advising is required for students who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Student athletes
  • International students
  • Majors in nursing, paramedicine, aviation, radiologic technology, health information technology
  • Financial aid recipients who have met the maximum timeframe requirements
  • Students on academic probation
  • Seeking to take more than 18 credits in one semester

Students in these categories who wish to register must first consult with an academic advisor. To request an appointment with an academic advisor, students can call one of the numbers listed on this page. Advisors may be contacted directly by email. To find an advisor in your area of study go to www.yc.edu/advisor  or email academic.advising@yc.edu. Advising services are available at the Prescott, Verde Valley, Career and Technical Education Center, and Prescott Valley.

Counseling Services

Students sometimes find it difficult to adjust to being a college student whether they are a commuter or a residence hall student. When problems arise, it is difficult to concentrate on academic goals. Yavapai College wants to assist students who are experiencing college life adjustments in locating appropriate resources. For information on available campus and community resources, please see www.yc.edu/personalcounseling.

Internships

Internships facilitate learning beyond the classroom through supervised field experiences within specific academic disciplines or technical areas. These experiences enable students to explore potential careers and apply knowledge gained in the classroom while refining the technical skills and gaining relevant experience in the workplace.

Internship credit is available at Yavapai College on a limited basis, and only if a student is enrolled in a program that requires an internship for program completion.

Specific requirements must be met before students are approved for internships. See www.yc.edu/internships for requirement information. Unless noted otherwise, internships are graded as S/U only.

SUN (Shared Unique Number) System

The Shared Unique Number (SUN) System is a college course numbering system designed to help Arizona students plan their education and ensure successful transfer of course credits. The SUN System is being implemented in phases, initially including the AGEC and major courses having direct equivalencies at all three Arizona universities and the community college districts which offer them. Institutions are reviewing additional courses for inclusion in the SUN System.

  • SUN courses are identified by a three-letter prefix, four-digit course number, and a SUN icon. These courses are labeled in university and community college catalogs, schedules, and websites, making it easy and immediate for students to find transferable courses.
  • SUN courses are a subset of the tens of thousands of college courses that transfer among Arizona’s colleges and universities. These courses and their equivalencies can be found in the searchable Course Equivalency Guide on AZTransfer.com.

Because each student has a unique academic plan, they are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor prior to enrollment. For more information about SUN, including a list of SUN courses, visit www.aztransfer.com/sun.

Financial Aid

Types of Aid

Our Financial Aid Office offers many opportunities from a variety of sources to help our students with their educational expenses. Federal aid from the Department of Education, like the Pell Grant, is the greatest source of aid. In addition, Yavapai College offers scholarships (separate application required). Details about federal and state aid, and YC Institutional and Foundation Scholarship programs can be found on the web at www.yc.edu/financialaid.

Ways to classify different types of financial aid:

Financial Aid you don’t have to repay:

  • Federal and State Grants
  • YC Institutional Scholarships
  • YC Foundation Scholarships
  • Private and Corporate Scholarships
  • Student Employment
  • Native American Tribal Grants
  • Veteran’s Education Benefits

Financial Aid you do repay:

  • Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Student Loan
  • Federal Direct Plus Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students
  • Interest-free Online Payment Plan
  • Private/Alternative Student Loans

General Eligibility Requirements for Federal Financial Aid

Eligibility requirements necessitate that you:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security Number
  • Demonstrate that you are qualified to obtain a post-secondary education by having a high school diploma, a General Education Development (GED) Certificate or home-schooled completion equivalent
  • Enroll in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate
  • Register (or have registered) with the Selective Service if you’re a male between 18 and 25
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Cannot be convicted of a drug related felony while receiving financial aid

How to Apply for Federal Aid

The college uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as its application for federal financial aid programs.

The Process

  • Apply for a FAFSA Pin at: https://fsaid.ed.gov.
  • Complete and submit the 2017-18 FAFSA (to the Department of Education). It’s available online.
    It’s available online (www.fafsa.ed.gov) October 1st. Be sure to include the Yavapai College code: 001079.
  • Check your YC email frequently. You will be notified by email when we receive your FAFSA results instructing you to check your eligibility requirements by logging into the YC website, clicking on My Services, Students, and My Financial Aid.
  • Have an award posted stating how much aid per semester, if any, that you will receive.
  • The award amount is applied to any outstanding funds you may still owe the college; you may then receive a disbursement for any remaining credit balance.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Required for Federal Aid Recipients

Federal regulations require that financial aid students maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward an eligible degree or certificate program. SAP Standards include: Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0; Rate of Progression 66% or greater; Maximum time frame for completion of a degree or certificate. SAP is reviewed at the end of each semester to determine financial aid eligibility for the upcoming semester. SAP is evaluated on a student’s entire academic history regardless of whether financial aid was received elsewhere. Please visit the Financial Aid website at: www.yc.edu/v5content/financial-aid/policies.htm.

Withdrawal/Repayment Policy for Federal Financial Aid Recipients

Students who withdraw from ALL of their classes will have their financial aid reevaluated to determine the amount of aid that has been earned, and any unearned aid will be required to be paid back. Please note that this repayment calculation will be determined for students who follow official withdrawal procedures as well as for students who stop attending classes. For further details consult your financial aid advisor and/or the Withdrawal/Repayment Policy for Federal Financial aid at: www.yc.edu/v5content/financial-aid/policies.htm.

Student Employment Services

Student employees gain crucial preparation for the competitive job market through career-enhancing opportunities. To be eligible for on-campus jobs, students must be currently enrolled in at least six credit hours and must complete a FAFSA application.

Students can find on-campus jobs, community service positions in area schools, and special Community Service Federal Work-Study jobs off campus, all of which give students an opportunity to earn money and to gain valuable skills in a number of career-related environments.

For more information regarding student employment, go to: www.yc.edu/studentjobs, email studentemployment@yc.edu or call the Student Employment office at 928.776.2100.

Veterans Education & Transition Services

Individuals eligible to receive Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits including veterans, reserve and National Guard members, or dependents must complete and submit all required VA and Yavapai College documents to the Veteran Education Benefits Office. Processing may take up to eight weeks, so early planning and class registration is highly recommended.

Students who have submitted the required documents for VA education benefits are eligible to sign up for an interest-free payment plan to defer the cost of tuition, fees and books. Students eligible for VA education benefits may also be eligible for other types of financial aid such as Pell Grant and scholarships and are encouraged to apply through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once initial required documents are submitted, a VA education benefits request form must be submitted each semester thereafter. Instructions pertaining to new and continuing VA education requests are available at www.yc.edu/veterans.

To receive VA education benefits, students must:

  • Only enroll in applicable classes which satisfy declared program requirements at Yavapai College. Please note that special conditions in accordance with VA and state regulations may be applicable to specific programs.
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges, universities, technical schools, military training, and non-accredited institutions. Official transcripts must be sent directly to Yavapai College, Enrollment Services, 1100 E. Sheldon Street, Prescott, Arizona, 86301.
  • Maintain good academic standing in accordance with Yavapai College Standards of Academic Progress .
  • Be aware that veteran education benefits may be required to be repaid to the VA for repeated courses or courses from which the student withdraws.
  • Immediately notify the Veteran Education Benefits Office of any enrollment changes to avoid debt owed to the VA. Be aware that varying course lengths can affect veteran education benefit payments. Contact the Veterans Education Benefits Office to clarify how course lengths are required to be reported to the VA.

TRIO Veterans Upward Bound is available to eligible veterans seeking to refresh or improve their academic skills before enrolling in college courses. Free college prep courses include mathematics through pre-calculus, writing, reading, study skills, computers, and other core academic subjects. Visit the TRIO VUB website at www.yc.edu/vub for more details.

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 enables covered individuals (veterans and/or family members) to be eligible for in-state tuition rates. Visit the VA’s website at: http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_residentraterequirements.asp

Yavapai College Scholarship Opportunities

Yavapai College offers a wide variety of scholarships based on athletics, academic performance, ethnic background, financial need, area of study, or other criteria. Scholarship awards range from $100 to $4000. To apply for the majority of scholarships, only one application form is required. The YC Foundation application is available beginning January 5th by logging onto the YC website and selecting My Services, Students, My Financial Aid. The deadline is April 1. For detailed information regarding Yavapai College and other scholarship opportunities, students may visit our website at www.yc.edu/financialaid. For additional private scholarship information, visit www.fastweb.com and www.saltmoney.org.

Payment Plan

Yavapai College offers an interest-free, automated monthly payment option to help you meet your education expenses. There is a non-refundable $25 application fee required per semester. Payments can be set up through automatic withdrawals from your checking or savings account or can be charged to a credit card account. This is available by logging onto the YC website and selecting My Service, Students, My Bills and Payments, Payment Plans. Contact the Business Office or Financial Aid Office for additional details: 928.776.2124.

Library Services

Library services are available to all Yavapai College students, faculty and staff as well as open to the public. The libraries support all YC-related classes. Yavapai College students can access library services, resources, hours of operation and more at our website (www.yc.edu/library). Library staff assistance is available in person, by phone at 928.776.2261 (Prescott Reference Desk), 928.776.2260 (Prescott Circulation Desk), 928.634.6540 (Verde Valley Reference Desk), 928.634.6541 (Verde Valley Circulation Desk), or use our Ask a Librarian service on our website.

Physical libraries are located on the Prescott (Building 19) and Verde Valley (“M” Building) campuses. Both libraries are members of the Yavapai Library Network. Yavapai College students have access to more than one million items through the 40+ member Yavapai county libraries.

Other services and resources:

  • Computers and printers
  • Laptops for in-library use (Prescott only)
  • Wireless access
  • More than 80,000 full-text e-books
  • Subject-specific and general interest article databases
  • 24/7 access to millions of online magazine and newspaper articles
  • Individual and class support for research projects
  • Study rooms for group use
  • Library instruction for YC classes
  • Quiet study space
  • Individual and group media viewing facilities
  • Interlibrary loan services
  • Government documents (Prescott campus only)

Borrowing Information:

  • YC students can obtain a library card by presenting a photo ID and proof of current enrollment at Yavapai College or make their YC ID their Iibrary card.
  • YC faculty and staff can obtain a library card by presenting a photo ID and proof of current employment at Yavapai College or make their YC ID their library card.
  • Community patrons can obtain a library card by presenting a photo ID that includes their current Yavapai county address or a photo ID with proper paperwork confirming Yavapai County residency.
  • Any Yavapai Library Network card is valid to use in the library.

Student Printing at Yavapai College

Yavapai College offers a pay-for-print solution called WEPA (Wireless Everywhere Print Anywhere). With these cloud-based WEPA printing kiosks, you can print from anywhere in a variety of ways. YC lab and library computers are set-up to print to the WEPA kiosks, you can also download the print driver onto your personal computer/laptop or tablet devices, upload your files via the web, or you can print your files from a flash drive. You have several options to pay for printing at these kiosks including using your YC flexi card, uploading funds to your WEPA account, credit/debit cards or WEPA Print Cards. For more information, please see the YC WEPA website at: www.yc.edu/wepa.

Learning Centers

The Mission of the Learning Center is to provide individualized attention in a supportive and comfortable learning environment, which nurtures academic independence and success for all students.

The Learning Centers provide a variety of resources, services, and programs designed to promote the academic success of all students by providing:

  • Drop-in tutoring for students enrolled in math, biology, chemistry, physics, Spanish and English courses as well as any course requiring writing assignments. Tutoring for other subjects may be available on request
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI)
  • Online services include: an Online Writing Tutor, Ask-A-Tutor email tutoring service, and Skype a tutor
  • Computer stations with networked software programs for completing academic coursework
  • Adaptive computers and equipment for students with disabilities
  • Private and group study areas available by reservation
  • Course resources, current textbooks, calculators, and headphones available for use while in the centers
  • A variety of workshops on test-taking tips, study skills, and targeted study groups available throughout the semester
  • WEPA print stations

Visit the Learning Center website and Facebook pages for details on hours of operation, tutoring and workshop schedules, directions on how to access online tutoring services, study tips, and other resources. www.yc.edu/learningcenter.

Disability Resources

The Mission of Disability Resources is to ensure qualified persons with disabilities equal access and reasonable accommodations in all Yavapai College’s academic programs and activities.

Disability Resources provides services to students who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA Amendment Act 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Students must self-identify and register with the Disability Resources office and provide required documentation verifying the nature and extent of their disability. The Disability Resources office is responsible for evaluating documentation and determining accommodation eligibility. All situations shall be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Students requesting reasonable accommodations must do so by registering with Disability Resources in a timely manner, usually four to six weeks prior to the start of the semester. Without four to six weeks’ notice, we cannot assure the timely availability of accommodations. The process of determining reasonable accommodations is collaborative among the student, Disability Resources staff and other college staff and faculty when necessary.

Assistance is available at all Yavapai College locations. Please visit our website at www.yc.edu/disabilityresources or call us at 928.776.2085 for more information.

TRIO is a set of college opportunity programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education and are designed to motivate and support eligible students and veterans in their pursuit of a college education. Of nearly 3,000 programs in the nation, Yavapai College is the fortunate recipient of  three TRiO Programs including Student Support Services, Educational Talent Search, and Veterans Upward Bound. General eligibility criteria is based on low income status, first generation college attendance, and/or disability. Other program-specific eligibility requirements may apply.

Veterans Upward Bound - TRiO Program (VUB-TRiO)

The primary mission of the VUB-TRIO Program is to prepare eligible veterans before enrolling in college to ensure academic success and completion of post-secondary education at a college, university, or vocational/technical school. In addition to low income status and/or neither parent having a four-year degree, eligible veterans must also have a discharge other than dishonorable with at least 180 days of active duty or a release for medical reasons. Members of the reserve component may also be considered for program eligibility. Other considerations may apply.

Free VUB TRiO services provided to eligible veterans throughout northern Arizona include:

  • Individualized, self-paced refresher modules in basic mathematics through pre-calculus, computers, composition, literature and more
  • Academic skills assessment
  • Student success workshops and tutoring
  • Guidance on post-secondary programs and career exploration
  • Assistance with applying for college admissions, scholarships, financial aid, and veterans education benefits
  • Referral and assistance with securing support services from local resources such as the Vet Center, Veterans Administration, and other veteran serving agencies

For more information call 928.717.7686. Visit online at www.yc.edu/vub.

Student Support Services - TRIO Program (SSS-TRIO)

The SSS-TRIO Program helps eligible students stay in college, graduate, and/or transfer to a four-year university. The SSS-TRIO mission is to encourage and assist eligible students in reaching their educational goals. The program serves eligible students who are considered first generation college students, low income, and/or have a disability.

Free services offered to students accepted into the program include:

  • Individual tutoring
  • Assistance with financial aid and scholarships
  • Extended academic advising and transfer assistance
  • Student success and leadership development
  • Cultural enrichment, social events, and university field trips
  • Peer mentoring

For more information call 928.776.2084 (Prescott) or 928.634.6596 (Verde), email sss@yc.edu. Visit online at www.yc.edu/sss.

Educational Talent Search - TRiO Program (ETS-TRiO)

Another federally-funded TRiO program at Yavapai College is ETS-TRiO which serves students, grades six through twelve, in ten schools in Yavapai County. The purpose of this early intervention program is to increase enrollment in post secondary education among traditionally under-represented groups including students who will likely qualify for federal financial aid programs and whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree.

Free comprehensive support services provided to eligible students in their schools include:

  • Academic counseling
  • Goal-setting
  • Career awareness
  • Tutoring/mentoring
  • Technology enrichment
  • Exposure to college campuses and cultural events
  • Assistance with college admissions
  • Information and assistance in completing financial aid and scholarship applications

For more information call 928.717.7655, email ets@yc.edu. Specific schools served and program details can also be found online at www.yc.edu/ets.

Adult Basic Education Program

ABE (Adult Basic Education) provides adults with an opportunity to improve basic skills necessary to:

  • Obtain a GED/HSE
  • Academic readiness for career and college
  • Pursue further education
  • Get or keep a job
  • Help their children achieve in school
  • Participate more effectively in the community
  • Learn English as a second language

Free ABE classes, funded by the Arizona Department of Education, are open to adults age 16 or older and who are eligible for services. The following classes are available:

  • GED/HSE Study Program: GED/HSE stands for General Educational Development and is a way for adults to earn a high school equivalency diploma.
  • Basic Skills Enhancement: Sometimes adults who have a high school diploma find that they need to learn new reading, writing, or math skills.
  • ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages is for immigrants and refugees who are permanent residents of the United States. Classroom activities are designed to help adults adapt to a new culture and improve their English skills in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

ABE Transitions Program

The ABE Transitions Program serves students enrolled in the college’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. Specialized services designed to help students transition into college or career training programs are offered. The program is open to all current or former GED/HSE and ESOL students.

Components of the program include:

  • Assistance with the college admissions and application process
  • Academic advising and course registration assistance
  • Workshops and trainings focusing on career exploration, goal setting, financial aid, and technology enrichment
  • Field trips to Arizona colleges and universities
  • Scholarships based on special eligibility

For more information, call 928.776.2094.

Student Engagement

The office of Student Engagement supports the ongoing development of all students through diverse out-of-class opportunities. Student Engagement complements academic programs by providing students the opportunity to engage in social, cultural, educational, self-help, recreational, leadership and governance programs.

The Student Engagement department supports district student activities, clubs and special events that enhance the quality of student life, promote student development and student engagement with the College.

Both the Prescott campus and Verde Valley campus have game rooms available for students, including table games, television, board games, and video game stations.

For more information, call 928.776.2125 or visit our website at www.yc.edu/studentlife
Prescott Campus office: 3-125; Game room: 3-123
Verde Valley campus office: M-122

Student ID Cards

The Yavapai College OneCard is your multipurpose student ID card. Photo ID cards may be obtained at the Prescott or Verde Valley Campuses, as well as the Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, CTEC and Sedona sites. The ID card is valid for the duration of a student’s enrollment, so you will not need a new one each semester. If you are a new student, enroll in classes for the current semester and bring proof of registration and a current photo ID to any campus enrollment office to receive your ID. If you are a continuing student, obtain a new semester validation sticker, at no charge, by presenting your previous student ID card and your current semester schedule. Report lost or stolen cards immediately to the OneCard Office to avoid misuse of the card. The fee for replacement cards is $10.

Photo ID cards are required for:

  • Residence Hall access, meal plan privileges, flexi-cash debit card privileges, and certain classes and class locations
  • Checking out library materials in lieu of the Yavapai Library Network card

Mail Center

The Mail Center is located in Building 7, Room 101B and offers shipping services via US Mail (including stamps), UPS, and FedEX. Faxing, notary services and limited shipping supplies are also available. Residence Hall students are provided with an on-campus mailbox free of charge. For more information: www.yc.edu/mailcenter.

Bookstore Purchases

Students can purchase required textbooks, reference materials, supplies, greeting cards, Yavapai College clothing and gifts at the Yavapai College Bookstore. Students may use personal checks with proper identification, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express to make their purchases. Textbooks can also be purchased online at www.cbamatthews.com/yavcol/. Course textbook information is subject to change up to the start of classes. For the most current information, contact the Yavapai College Bookstore. If you purchase your textbooks from a source other than the Yavapai College Bookstore, buyback and return procedures must be arranged with the company from which you purchased your texts. For more information: www.yc.edu/bookstore.

Housing

Yavapai College has two residence halls on the Prescott Campus. Students live in two-person rooms. Each unit has a private bath, cable and high speed Internet services. All students who apply for housing should refer to the Housing Handbook at www.yc.edu/media/housinghandbook for the rules and regulations that govern residence hall living.

Housing Reservations

Steps for new students to secure on-campus housing:

  1. APPLY EARLY! Housing is limited
  2. Submit completed application with deposit
  3. Housing applications are available online at www.yc.edu/residencelife
  4. Include photocopy of immunization records with dates of required immunizations for MMR and meningococal meningitis
  5. Initial housing assignments are on a first come, first served basis

Housing Deposit

Reservations are made by the Residence Life Office upon receipt of all required materials, providing rooms are still available. Deposits received after all spaces are filled will result in students being notified of their placement on a waiting list. Students who do not want to be on a waiting list may cancel their request and receive a full refund.

The housing deposit has two purposes:

  1. Indication of a commitment to occupy a space in the residence hall
  2. To insure against damages and loss of college property and expenses

The housing deposit is refundable upon completion of the contract minus any damage fees (if applicable). All details can be found on the housing contract.

Housing Regulations

  • Students must be enrolled in at least twelve credit-hours per semester.
  • All residents are subject to the rules and regulations governing residence hall life as listed in the Housing Handbook and Student Code of Conduct.
  • The Residence Life Office reserves the right to change, deny or to cancel the room reservation, either before or while the student occupies the room, if such action is believed to be in the best interest of the student and of the college.
  • The college reserves the right (subject to the approval of the Yavapai College Governing Board) to increase the room charges as deemed necessary.
  • Except for animals providing disability assistance, animals are prohibited in residence halls.
  • Family housing is not available.
  • Students in housing are expected to maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Food Services for Residence Hall Students

Yavapai College food service offers a wide variety of meals based on a food court concept. Residence Hall students are required to purchase a meal plan. Meal plans guarantee a specific number of meals each week for the student. Roughrider Dollars are also available to supplement the meal plan. Meal plans and prices are subject to change. For further information regarding rates or plans, consult the Residence Life website at  www.yc.edu/residencelife or call 928.776.2220.

Meal Plan Refund Policy

  1. Changes in the meal plan will not be permitted after the first two weeks of the semester. Meal plan cycles begin on Friday and end on Thursday.
  2. Meal plan refunds are given on a weekly pro-rated basis.

College Police

Arizona Revised Statutes recognize Yavapai College Police Department (YCPD) officers as peace officers, providing them with full enforcement authority in the State of Arizona. YCPD officers are commissioned under the authority of the Yavapai College District Governing Board with jurisdiction of all campuses and property owned and/or utilized for educational purposes by Yavapai College approved by the District Governing Board.

Yavapai College Police Department (YCPD) services include:

  • Responding to emergencies on campus
  • Investigating traffic accidents
  • Investigating crimes and violations of college policy
  • Delivering emergency messages
  • Assisting victims of crime
  • Patrolling and monitoring the campus grounds for intrusion, fire, criminal activity and hazardous conditions
  • Traffic control and sign placement
  • Providing security consultation to the campus community
  • Monitoring fire alarms
  • Maintaining lost and found
  • Serving as a central location for campus safety information
  • Providing crime prevention seminars and programs
  • Assisting with requested door locks/unlocks

Campus Crime Reporting

The Yavapai College Police Department provides crime statistics for all campuses. These statistics can be obtained from the College Police Office, Student Affairs Office or on the College Police website.

Notification of college crime statistics is either mailed in post card format or sent by e-mail each year to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. Prospective students are advised of the availability of the crime statistics through recruiters and also through the College Police website.  Federal law, through the Department of Education, mandates that Yavapai College provide the college community with this information annually. The annual report is available on the College Police website, and also available for distribution at the College Police Department.