About two-thirds of students who plan to attend Tyler Junior College this fall did everything required by the July 25 deadline. However, the other third can still get ready by the time college starts Aug. 22, but will probably experience frustration during the compressed time frame remaining to complete the enrollment process, officials said.
Online registration is still open at both TJC and The University of Texas at Tyler. The final date to register and pay for tuition and fees for the fall semester at TJC is Aug. 18, according to Devon Wiggins, director of financial aid and enrollment support services.
The deadline for online or in-person registration at UT Tyler is 5 p.m. Aug. 26. However, students can add courses during an extended period Aug. 29 to 31.
Wiggins said students who are considering starting college this fall should move quickly.
“It’s possible to get everything done if you start now, but the student has to be very proactive, really on top of things and doing things one right after the other to meet the final deadline.”
Not only are there admissions applications to fill out, but new students must supply several documents, such as official high school transcripts or GED scores, a bacterial meningitis vaccination form, a tax return transcript from the Internal Revenue Service and ACT or SAT scores or take the TSI test. Some of these documents take time to acquire.
Both new and returning students are advised to fill out the financial aid application, called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
While it is still possible to register in time to attend the fall semester, admissions officials recommend students should collect applications in the fall and turn in their application for financial aid in early spring.
“For the fall semester coming up, we are in our peak processing time for FAFSA right now, because so many students miss our deadlines,” Wiggins said about TJC’s process.
FAFSA awards are made twice a week throughout the next school year.
“If they wait until July to turn in their financial aid documents to us, they will not be awarded by the time they need to get their books,” Wiggins said.
TJC anticipates a fall enrollment of about 11,000. Of those, about 8,000 went through the application process the recommended way, attended orientation, met deadlines and are registered, according to Kim Lessner, executive director of marketing, media and communications. Another 3,000 will probably go through the process by the Aug. 18 deadline, she predicted.
Students who do not register by the Aug. 18 deadline for the regular fall semester can register for a shorter, 12-week semester.
The University of Texas at Tyler has a similar enrollment process for undergraduate admissions. Step One for first-time freshmen and transfer students with less than 30 semester credit hours is to submit an official transcript for each high school and college attended, as well as SAT or ACT scores and a non-refundable application fee of $40 for domestic students or $75 for international students.
Then, students apply for financial aid, receive academic advising, consider applying to live on campus, go through orientation, register for classes and pay for tuition and fees.