Fall 2012 Registration Changes

Dear faculty and staff, 

            There are several changes that may impact student enrollment for fall 2012 semester classes.

            Please make sure you are aware of the following changes so that we may all work to help students experience a smooth enrollment process and a successful fall semester. 

Payment due date is June 1:

            Early registration begins May 1 and the payment due date for students who register early for fall 2012 classes is June 1. Payment or payment arrangements (whether paying out of pocket or with financial aid) must be made by this deadline or students’ enrollment may be canceled. Registration re-opens for all students on June 4, after which time payment is due at 11:59 p.m. on the day of registration.

            The use of this “rolling” enrollment cancellation process will help ensure CSN does not shutdown the entire registration system for all NSHE institutions as we did last fall.

            The following steps will help students protect their enrollment from cancelation:

· Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form before May 30;

· Pay the balance due before 11:59 p.m. on June 1; or

· Sign up for a payment plan online via MyCSN and pay the minimum amount due by 11:59 p.m. on June 1, (or do so in person at a campus cashier’s office during regular business hours).                       

Residency application materials are due Aug. 1, 2012:

            To apply for in-state residency for the fall 2012 semester, students submitting residency applications must turn in their complete application with all supporting documentation no later than Aug. 1, 2012.           

Changes affecting students who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent:

            Incoming students seeking a degree or certificate of achievement from CSN must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, to be admitted to an academic program at CSN and to be considered for financial aid.

An incoming student without a high school diploma or its equivalent may apply for admission to CSN as a degree-seeking student under alternative criteria but will not be eligible for financial aid. Incoming students may be admitted under alternative criteria by satisfying one of the following requirements:

  1. Placement testing scores sufficient for entry into ENG 100 and Math 095 or higher; or
  2. Transfer credits equivalent to NSHE’s ENG 100 and Math 095 with grades of “C” or better from another accredited college or university; and have good standing at any previously attended institutions, including but not limited to, records of disciplinary action. 

Subject to the approval of appropriate high school and college officials, junior and senior high school students who are at least 16 years old may be admitted and enrolled at CSN.

            Due to changes in federal regulations, students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent to be considered for financial aid.

Current degree-seeking CSN students without a high school diploma or its equivalent receiving financial aid (including students satisfying the Ability-to-Benefit requirement) will be allowed to complete that program with financial aid assistance but will not be able to change their declared majors after June 30, 2012 without first earning their high school diplomas or its equivalent.

            Therefore, current students who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent should verify that their declared major/degree programs in the MyCSN Student Center are accurate. If the major/degree listed is incorrect, a student must submit a change of major form in person to the Office of the Registrar prior to June 30, 2012.

            If students have not graduated from high school and would like to take the GED (offered in English or Spanish), they can prepare for and take the GED exam at CSN. They must pre-register in person with a proper government-issued picture ID at CSN’s Testing Center, located at each campus. CSN also provides GED preparation classes.  For a paid class ($135), contact 702-651-4747. For a free course at CSN’s Sahara West Center, please call 702-651-4487.           

            In conclusion, please help us communicate to students that they must plan ahead for the June 1 payment due date and submit their FAFSA forms before May 30 if they intend to use financial aid to pay for courses this fall. I appreciate your assistance in helping us to disseminate this information to help students succeed at CSN. 



Michael Richards, Ph.D.

President, College of Southern Nevada


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