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Academic Expectations

At the beginning of each course, every student is given a syllabus that states the teacher's expectations of students. These expectations typically include reading, written work, laboratory work, grading procedures and class attendance. There are requirements for receiving a satisfactory grade in the course. If students have questions or concerns about the course expectations, they should be discussed with the teacher when the syllabus is received. Faculty members post office hours or times they are available to discuss the course with individual students. If a student has conflicts with a teacher's office hours, an individual appointment may be made.

Academic Advising

All new students at Itasca are assigned an academic counselor. A postcard is mailed to the student telling them the name, phone number, e-mail address and office location of their counselor at the beginning of each semester. Students should make an appointment to see their counselor as they plan their classes for the next semester. Counselors also welcome students if they have concerns at other times during the year. Encourage your son or daughter to get to know his/her counselor and to take full advantage of this valuable resource.

Registration for Courses and Credits

Course registration takes place one semester at a time. Each course is assigned a certain number of credits. A credit is a unit of academic work. Each credit loosely refers to an hour per week of class or lab time. Most classes are 3, 4, or 5 credits. To complete an Associate Degree in two years a student usually needs to take an average of 16 credits every semester. The full-time credit load each semester ranges from 12 to 18 credits, which is typically 4 to 6 classes. If students are receiving the Minnesota State Grant as part of their financial aid, they must carry a minimum of 15 credits per semester to receive the full grant.  For health and car insurance, 12 credits is usually considered full-time.

Grades

Students are graded A-F. Grades are usually available within a week after the end of the semester. Students can view their grades via the website.  Just click on "Current Student" and "Check Grades". You'll need to sign in with your Tech ID number and password. Grades are not sent out and are confidential information. By law they are not available to parents or other third parties without written permission from the student for each request.

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Academic Support

Students are encouraged to make use of a variety of academic support services offered at ICC. The following departments offer services that help students succeed in college.

Office for Students with Disabilities

This office assists students with disabilities to achieve academic and physical access to education, social and recreational opportunities. Specific accommodations and services depend on the students documented needs and are provided upon request. Commonly provided services include assistance with adaptive technology, assistance with note taking, sign language interpreters, and test accommodations.

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

Housed in the library, the ARC is a place for students to get academic assistance.  Students can learn to develop better study habits, read more efficiently and learn more about most subject areas. Additional services include the following:

  • Peer Tutoring: This service is provided at no cost to the student. Tutors are students who have taken the class and know the course content and instructors style.
  • Study Groups: The ARC will set up study groups for students. Frequent study groups run for courses such as algebra, psychology, history and biology.
  • Computer: Students can come to the ARC for an introduction to computers and word processing (typing) papers for class.

Student Support Services

This is a program at ICC designed to provide benefits for college students that will enable them to reach their full potential and achieve their educational goals. Services offered by SSS include: professional tutoring, study groups, personal career and academic counseling, peer mentoring, support groups and social and cultural activities.

Freshman Year Experience (FYE)

FYE is a student success course designed to develop academic and intellectual competence for increased likelihood of success in college. Student study skills include: time management, note taking, memory, objective and essay exam preparation  all applied to current course requirements. Students also explore personal issues related to adjustment to college and examine career decision making for initial degree major and career choices.

Tuition and Fees

Paying Tuition

A billing statement will be mailed to the student's permanent address. It will show the amount due for tuition and fees, on-campus housing or meal charges, and any previous unpaid balances. This billing statement will not reflect any financial aid received. Students may pay on their account at any time; however the billing statement will show the exact charges and credits applied to the account on the date the bill was created.

Billing statements will not be mailed for spring and summer terms. After registration, the student's schedule will show the tuition and fee charges. Tuition payment for Fall Semester are due on Friday, August 19, 2011 Spring semester the payment is due on Friday, January 6, 2012. Students do have the option to set up a monthly payment plan (Tuition Deferment/Payment Plan) with FACTS/Nelnet . 

After the fifth class day, students will be automatically dropped for non-payment unless they have done one of the following: 

  • Submitted a FAFSA to Itasca Community College OR
  • Paid a minimum of $300 or 15% toward their tuition/fees AND established a payment plan through FACTS.

Where to Pay

Payment may be made at the Business Office (109 Backes Student Center Building). Office hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm. Payments can also be made by mail to the following address:

Itasca Community College Business Office
1851 East Highway 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Please make your check or money order payable to Itasca Community College. Students can check their account balance at www.itascacc.edu. They will need their Tech ID number.

How to Pay

  • Check or money order - Payable to Itasca Community College
  • Credit Card - VISA, MasterCard, Discover
  • FACTS-Tuition Deferment/Payment Plan arranged prior to the tuition due date
  • Financial Aid Disbursement - charges will be deferred until aid is applied to the student's account. If there is not have enough financial aid to cover all of the charges, the balance must be paid by the due date or the student can set up a payment plan through FACTS.

What if a third party wants to pay the tuition bill?

Students can authorize ICC to bill a sponsoring agency for tuition and/or fees.  The student must bring the authorization to the Business Office located in Room 109 Backes Student Center Building before tuition is due. To obtain information about third party billing, please call 218-322-2310.

Late Fees

You will be charged a $30 late fee if you have unpaid charges on your account and have set up a FACTS payment plan to the Business Office by the following dates:

  • Fall Semester - October 1,2011
  • Spring Semester - February 9, 2012

How are payments made from outside sources?

Most grants, scholarships and loans are applied directly to the student's account by the Financial Aid Office. If financial aid pays the bill in full and there is money remaining in the account, students are entitled to a balance aid check.

Is there a refund?

If the student's account reflects a credit balance due to the payment of financial aid, a balance check can be picked up in the Business Office (Room 109 Backes Student Center Building) between 9 am and 12 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays after the seventh day of the semester. Any checks not picked up will be mailed to the local address we have on file.

Online Student Account

By registering for classes, the student enters into a legally binding contract to pay all tuition and fees, including any nonrefundable fees. Failure to make the required payment by the due date may result in additional late and installment fees, inability to register for classes, and  withholding of a transcript and/or diploma. The student account is a record of all charges and payments made. It also includes financial aid payments, scholarships, grants, loan disbursements, student service fees, technology fee, housing room and board cost.

What happens with no pays?

In addition to installment fees and late payment fees, a "Hold" will be placed on the academic record. This hold must be cleared before the student will be allowed to register again, or obtain a transcript or diploma. Past due accounts may be subject to handling charges and collection procedures. Collection can include court action and referral to outside collection agencies. The student is responsible for any and all costs necessary for the collection of any amount not paid when due.

What happens if the student decides not to attend ICC?

Once officially registered for classes, the student is responsible for all charges to the account. The student must officially drop all classes from Itasca. Just not attending class does not mean the student is automatically dropped. The drop must take place within the first five days (short term classes have shorter drop periods) of the term to get a 100% credit for tuition charges. Students may drop classes on-line or contact the Records Office at 218-322-2330. Contacting other offices on campus does not constitute an official drop and will not remove the financial obligation.


All ICC offices can also be reached by dialing 218-322-2300 / 800-996-6422.