North Central Now! Costs
North Central provides educational, economic, and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.
Since its founding in 1958, North Central has been a partner to the local high schools in providing a pathway to college opportunity for students throughout our region. North Central Now! Is an expansion of the earlier vision. The vision of North Central Now! is to provide students and parents in the region an exceptional academic experience that promotes student success through achieving college credits while reducing the time and expense of college education beyond high school.
North Central Now! Provides three pathways for students to earn college credit while attending high school –traditional dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment and Early College. In all three pathways, students must meet eligibility requirements as determined by the State of Michigan Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act of 1996 and/or the Career and Technical Education Preparation Act of 2000.
North Central Now! focuses on dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities for high school students.
Dual enrollment courses are offered at North Central Michigan’s campus in Petoskey or at its Centers in Cheboygan and Gaylord. Dual enrollment students are incorporated into regularly offered classes with other college students.
Concurrent enrollment courses are offered in area high schools in specially designated sections that cover the same college course content while eliminating travel barriers for students. Both dual and concurrent enrollment offer students the opportunity to earn semester-based college credits that will appear on a North Central Michigan transcript and that may be transferred to any public university in our state.
North Central Now! Early College is a program for high school students in the northern Michigan region which allows students to receive both their high school diploma and associate degree after their fifth year of high school. Students will complete their course work at their high school and at North Central Michigan College’s locations.
Any student enrolled in an approved North Central Now! course is eligible to receive college credit for the course(s) in which he/she is registered. The high school is responsible for determining if the student is academically ready to participate in the North Central Now! dual enrollment and concurrent program. All students must demonstrate course readiness by meeting all prerequisites for each course as determined by the College Catalog. Students in general dual enrollment courses will need to complete one of, or a combination of, the following tests to determine course readiness – PSAT/SAT or the COMPASS Course Placement Evaluation.
The MME, ACT, SAT, and Compass scores are designed to indicate whether a student is ready for college success. The ASPIRE scores are designed to indicate whether a student is on track to be ready for college success. In approving a student for dual enrollment, high school counselors and principals use the guidelines provided by the Michigan Department of Education and their assessment of the student’s readiness for such work. At a minimum, federally-based ability to benefit scores of 19 in SAT English/Writing and 14 SAT Reading (COMPASS =62; E-Write = 3)) should be used to qualify students for participation in North Central Now!. Using the information provided in the state and federal guidelines, the high school counselor or principal can determine the student’s eligibility for participation in North Central Now! The endorsement of the high school principal is a requirement for enrollment in dual or concurrent courses.
Table 1 shows the Michigan Department of Education’s qualifying scores used to determine eligibility for dual enrollment courses. Please note that students must also meet college course prerequisites listed in the North Central College Catalog or Class Schedule in order to receive college credit.
Table 1: MDE Dual Enrollment Qualifying Scores
Students can meet college prerequisites either by obtaining qualifying scores on PSAT, ACT, SAT or the college’s COMPASS Placement Evaluation or by successfully completing a college course.
Table 2 identifies the appropriate college courses as determined by students’ scores on PSAT, ACT, and COMPASS.
Table 2: Prerequisite Scores for College Courses
Participating high schools in the state of Michigan and in the college’s Service Area will be charged tuition and fee rates for the North Central Now! program. The following examples demonstrate the North Central Now! tuition and fee structure using rates from the 2016-2017 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of the North Central Board of Trustees.
Tuition for North Central Now! Dual Enrollment:
In-District Tuition (Emmet County) 2016-2017: $108 per contact hour /per student/plus applicable fees
Out-of-District Tuition (All other Michigan counties) 2016-2016: $179 per contact hour/per student/plus applicable fees
In-District Tuition (minimum of 10 students) 2016-2017: $108 per contact hour/per student/plus applicable fees
Out-of-District Tuition (minimum of 10 students) 2016-2017: $79 per contact hour/per student/plus applicable fees
In-District Tuition (minimum of 10 students) 2016-2017: $33 per contact hour /per student/no fees
Out-of-District Tuition (minimum of 10 students) 2016-2017: $38 per contact hour/per student/no fees
Tuition and applicable fees are billed directly to the participating school district or ISD. Students are responsible for any costs not covered by the district or ISD. If the balance is left unpaid, students will be place on a business hold and ineligible to enroll in future college courses until the bill is paid.
Participating schools will not be billed for courses and fees if students drop prior to the 100% refund period. Schools and/or the ISD will be charged for tuition and applicable fees if courses are dropped after the refund deadline. According to state law, students are responsible for reimbursing high schools if the drop occurs after the refund date or if the student fails the course. It is the high school’s responsibility to collect this reimbursement from the student.
Refund dates for classes offered on the North Central campus are posted on the Academic Calendar. Because high school start dates may vary, the Registrar or Director of Student Outreach and Engagement will provide refund deadlines to the high school liaison prior to each term.
According to the State of Michigan Public Act 131 of 2012, eligible students shall have required textbooks paid by the school district if the amount of foundational money generated for the course is enough to cover the expense. Participating schools may determine the method for purchasing textbooks, and textbooks then become the property of the school district. If the dual enrollment or concurrent course is offered at the high school, the textbook must be the same textbook used for courses taught at the college or must be approved by the Associate Dean.
North Central Now! students are required to access the NC Portal for resources at North Central. Students will be notified of the username and password via the email address they supply on their application to the college. If a student needs to reset his username or password, there is a recovery link next to the log in.
Blackboard is an electronic learning management system found within the Student and Community Portal which provides a wide variety of on-line learning services to students in traditional classrooms and online course offerings. North Central Now! students are expected to access Blackboard to obtain their syllabus, participate in class, and monitor their grade throughout the semester.
The College requires students to use a free email account, MyMail, to communicate with the college, with instructors, and with fellow students. North Central will use MyMail for all college communication including alerts and notifications to the students.
North Central Now! students have access to the same services as traditional students:
Students who are interested in North Central Now! courses should apply online through the College’s website, www.ncmich.edu by completing the “Attending North Central WHILE in High School Application and should seek the endorsement of their high school principal. Once the student is accepted to North Central, the high school must submit the Dual/Concurrent Enrollment Registration Request Form to be enrolled in classes. Only those students who have received the principal’s endorsement will be enrolled in the selected dual or concurrent course. A North Central representative will visit each concurrent enrollment class in the first weeks of the academic year to ensure that the enrollment process is complete and to review the expectations of the College for all its students.
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