You are an “Under Age” student if these three points are true:
- You will be younger than 18 during the quarter you would like to enroll;
- You are not in the Running Start program; and
- You have not earned your GED® or High School Diploma.
Being an “Under Age” student at SPSCC is meant to enrich your academic learning, not replace your secondary school experience.
Under Age Student Guidelines
- Students must be at least age 14 at the time they begin courses.
- Students may take up to five credits during their first quarter. If the student does well in their first quarter, they may be able to take more credits the next quarter.
- Financial aid and scholarships are not available for Under Age students. Students are responsible for paying tuition and fees, or setting up a payment plan, by the tuition due date each quarter.
- Students need approval to enroll every quarter. SPSCC can deny admissions or continued enrollment due to social-emotional readiness, failing grades, or parent or guardian interference in admissions or academic learning.
Before taking the steps for Under Age enrollment, students and their families should ask the student these questions:
Am I ready to engage with adult learners? SPSCC serves our entire community, so you may be in class with other high schoolers or older adult learners; our average student age is 28. It is important that you have the social and emotional maturity to interact with a diverse range of individuals who bring various life experience to the classroom setting.
Am I ready to be responsible for my own academic learning? Your parent or guardian will not be able to sit in class with you, interact with your instructors, or turn in work for you. College is an adult learner environment and you will be expected to take on the same responsibilities as any other student.
Am I ready to take on the workload of a college course? For every credit you are enrolled in, you should expect one to two additional hours of work on your own time. This means one 5 credit class will require 10-15 hours of your time per week. Time management and organizational skills are critical to college success.
If you feel confident in your ability to be an independent learner in a college environment, follow these steps to apply for Under Age enrollment.
Under Age Admissions & Registration Steps
Once SPSCC reviews your Under Age Enrollment form, you will be invited to set up your SPSCC email account, which is also your login to the college network. You must use this email address for official communication with SPSCC. If you need help activating your email, get help from the IT Services Help Desk.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org from your SPSCC email account. You must indicate in your email that you are an Under Age student so that you are set up with the correct exams. Under Age students are required to take the English Accuplacer exam to assess college-level reading and writing readiness. You will also take the Math Accuplacer exam if you are looking to take a math course or course with a math prerequisite. You can learn more about the Accuplacer exams including practice tests and cost information on the Assessment webpage.
Once you have your placement results, get into Compass through your mySPSCC portal to set up a meeting with the Director of K12 Partnerships & Recruitment. They will be listed as your Advisor in your Success Network. At this meeting, you’ll review college readiness and expectations and your admissions will be approved or denied. A parent or guardian is encouraged to attend this meeting with their student.
If approved for admissions, you will register for your first course at SPSCC. Under Age students are blocked from online enrollment. You will fill out a registration form sent to you after your admissions meeting to register for classes. This form will need to be submitted to email@example.com for processing.