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
Fill out the general SPSCC Admissions application and Under Age Enrollment Form. The admissions application will be submitted online. The Under Age Enrollment form you will need to get needed signatures, and send via email to email@example.com. The form requires review and signature from your school counselor or another K-12 administrator.
Once SPSCC reviews your Under Age Enrollment form, you will be invited to activate your ClipperID, which is your login to the college network and access to your college email. You must use this email address for official communication with SPSCC. If you need help activating your ClipperID, get help from the IT Services Help Desk.
Under Age students are required to take the English Guided Self Placement (English GSP) to assess college-level reading and writing readiness. English GSP is accessed via your mySPSCC portal which you log into using your SPSCC email and password you created. In the portal, click on the "GSP Surveys" link. The English GSP must be completed before your admissions meeting. You can opt into taking the Math Placement WAMAP exams if you are looking to take a math course or course with a math prerequisite and do not have any high school documents to use for placement. You can learn more about math placement options using the Interactive Placement Guide to look at your possible placement options customized to what you've already completed! You can also view the full list of options on the Placement & Transfer of Credit webpage. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-596-5770 if you have additional placement questions.
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.