Can’t Get Your Class? Take Action!

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Financial reductions have hammered state budgets, cuts which have been passed on to state colleges and universities as well as community colleges and technical schools. Classes are larger, staff has been thinned out and some students are finding it difficult to complete their education on time as required classes are canceled or quickly filled.

Unavailable Classes

college studentThe average college student takes 4.5 years to complete her education which means that graduating with your class is not possible for half of the students who set out to get their degree. According to an Associated Press article covering the same topic, students all across the country are having difficulty taking required classes, facing the prospect of extending their education by a year or more. Some students have said that this puts them in a financial bind and could lead them to dropping out of college.

If you’re unable to sign up for a particular class this semester, all hope may not be lost. Take action to explore your options including doing the following:

Contact The Registrar – Make a visit to your college’s Registrar to see what options are available to you. A course may not be available to you this semester, but it may be offered in the spring. Perhaps the college is weighing a three week winter session semester to help students out. If so, find out if your course will be offered.

Visit Your Adviser –  Contact your college adviser to seek guidance on how you can get the class you need. The school may have an alternative class in mind or they may be open to you taking a class at another university and transferring those credits. Explain your predicament especially if a financial hardship could keep you from getting your degree.

Take A Class Elsewhere – Your college probably has stringent guidelines as to which classes can be taken elsewhere and applied to your degree. That could include requiring you to complete your final thirty credits at the same school, but if you make your case you may be able to have that requirement waived. After all, if it was a budget cutback which laid off the instructor who would have taught your class, build a case for you to take that same class online with a distant learning school such as the University of Phoenix or Walden University.

Budgets Restored

Eventually, college budgets will be restored but not before countless students learn that they won’t be able to graduate on time. Politely inquire as to what options are available to you, stating your case with conviction while offering the school an alternative when none is being offered by them.

Adv. — Are you searching for college scholarship funding? If yes, billions of dollars is available to students every academic year. Please visit our Scholarship Directory to review what is out there. Apply as soon as you can — you just may get enough money to close the financial gap next semester!

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