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How do I start the process for taking an online course?

In order to enroll in an online course at HCC, you must apply for admission. The application for admission is found at this Web site: Admissions

If you are plan to courses for transfer credit, you should check with the appropriate personnel at your primary institution to make sure that any course you take at HCC will transfer for credit.

Please note that most courses have prerequisites. In order for HCC to determine that you are eligible to be enrolled, all transcripts that reflect your past academic history must be submitted with your application. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED. For a list of courses and pre- or co-requisites, please refer to this Web site: HCC Catalog

When you mail your application for admission, you must also include a signed photocopy of your social security card.

Return the application for admission to the following address:

HCC Admissions Officer
Halifax Community College
P. O. Drawer 809
Weldon, NC 27890

Also, please note that placement tests in reading, writing, and math might be required if there are prerequisites and/or co-requisites.

What is the cost of a distance learning course?
The cost of courses in the North Carolina Community College System is set by the general legislature and is subject to change. Please refer to this Web site for the current charges: Tuition & Fees

There is a refund policy. Please refer to the catalog for more information.

Additionally, the North Carolina Community College System has put in place a 25% tuition penalty for students who do not withdraw from or drop classes they do not wish to take before the first day of classes. Your advisor should provide you with more information regarding this policy.

Which courses are online and where is the academic calendar?
For the most recent distance learning course offerings and the academic calendar, visit these Web pages:
Calendar
Schedule of all HCC Courses

These pages are updated at least 3-4 weeks prior to a new semester.

How do I pay for an online course when I am not able to visit the HCC campus?
HCC accepts cash, a cashier's check, a personal check, MasterCard, and Visa. However, HCC does not accept credit card payments over the telephone at this time. Therefore, a visit to HCC's campus will be necessary in order for you to pay tuition/fees. If you want to pay with a cashier's check or a personal check and are unable to visit campus because of travel distances, please contact Beth Gray-Robertson at robertsonb@halifaxcc.edu to inquire about an alternate procedure. If paying with cash or credit card, your visit to the HCC campus is required.

How do I pay for and receive books and materials needed for the class?
On the day that you visit campus to pay tuition/fees, please visit the bookstore, also.

If you would like to purchase your books/materials from a third-party vendor, the book title, author, edition, and ISBN can be e-mailed to you. However, please make sure that your purchase matches the course requirements.

If you pay tuition/fees with a cashier's check or personal check and are unable to visit campus because of travel distances, please contact Beth Gray-Robertson at robertsonb@halifaxcc.edu to inquire about an alternative procedure.

Once I have paid the tuition and fees and received my books/materials, how do I get started?

There is an online orientation that is required for first time Blackboard HCC students. Start the online orientation at this Web page: Online Orientation

Do I have to use the e-mail address that Halifax Community Colleges issues?
Yes, all students are required to use their HCC-issued e-mail address for school-related communications. For details regarding how to access your HCC e-mail account, refer to this Web page: New Student Gmail Instructions .

What do I do when I cannot access my online class or when I have questions?
You should direct all questions about the course content to your instructor. A list of faculty names and e-mail addresses is located at this Web page: Faculty Contact Information

If you have technical issues with Blackboard, the software used to deliver HCC's online courses, you can call technical support 24/7, including holidays and weekends: 1-866-834-3083. Refer to this Web page for more information: Technical Assistance

If your issues cannot be resolved, you can contact Beth Gray-Robertson, Director of Distance Learning, via e-mail: robertsonb@halifaxcc.edu Please provide details regarding your issue, including your full name and Colleague student identification number.