ACT (American College Test) – One of two major entrance exams used to determine college admission eligibility.

ATB (Ability to Benefit) – A test taken by students who do not have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent in order to receive financial aid funds.

AWE (Assessment of Written English) – A test taken by students who do not have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent in order to receive financial aid funds.

AWE (Assessment of Written English) – A test given to assess a student's current level of ability to write standard written English.

Accreditation – A determination made by an organization or agency that a college meets certain established standards of educational quality and delivery of student services.

Associate Degree – A degree usually awarded by a community college upon completion of a program of study traditionally completed in two years.

Award Letter – A letter students receive to inform them of eligible aid (usually financial) in which the student chooses to accept or decline the award being offered.

BOGW (Board of Governors Fee Waiver) – Allows student fees to be paid by the State of California residents who meet certain income standards or who have calculated need.

Baccalaureate – College coursework and degrees related to the bachelor level.

Cal Grant – Free money awarded by the State to California residents to attend California colleges and universities.

Concurrent Enrollment – Enrollment at two different institutions during the same semester.

Corequisite – A course that must be taken simultaneously in order to enroll in another course.

Credential Program – Prescribed professional education requirements that must be met in order to teach at the K-12 levels. These are usually fulfilled after completion of a bachelor's degree but may also be completed while pursuing the degree.

Credit/No Credit – A form of grading whereby a student receives a grade of CR or NC instead of an A, B, C, D, or F. A CR is assigned for coursework equivalent to a grade of C or above.

CSU Transfer – Courses designated "CSU" are baccalaureate-level and will transfer to all of the California State University campuses and count toward graduation at Mt. SAC.

Degree Appropriate – College-level-classes that are acceptable toward an associate degree or certificate program.

DSP&S (Disabled Student Programs & Services) – A program that provides a wide range of support services that enable students with specific disabilities to access and participate in instructional and extracurricular programs at Mt. SAC.

EOPS (Educational Opportunity Programs and Services) – A state-funded program offering support services to economically disadvantaged students who have experienced limited success in high school and/or college.

Elective – Courses which are not required for the major or general education but which are acceptable for credit. An elective course may be in the student's major area of study or any department of a college.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) – The application required to apply for financial aid. It can be accessed online at

Federal Work Study – A federal program that offers eligible students part-time employment. Eligibility is determined by the student's financial need, which comes from the results of the FAFSA.

Financial Aid Transcript – A copy of a student's official record of all financial aid awarded and received at an institution.

Freshman – A student who has completed fewer than 30 degree-applicable units of credit.

Full-time – A student enrolled in 12 units in a regular semester, 6 or more in a nine-week session or 4 or more units during a six-week session.

General Education Requirements – A group of courses required for graduation, selected by the student from varied areas of the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and math.

Occupational/Professional Certificate Programs – Programs designed to develop skills and knowledge needed to enter and progress in vocational and technical careers.

Part-time – A student enrolled in fewer than 12 units during a regular session, fewer than 6 in a nine-week session, and fewer than 4 units during a six-week session.

Pell Grant – The largest source of free money awarded by the federal government to students for college expenses. Grants are needs-based.

Prerequisite – A course or test score required BEFORE enrolling in a course.

Probation – A warning system to alert students and counselors that a student is not being successful.

Resident/Non Resident Status – Student status based on place of legal residence. Non residents (out-of-state) often have to pay higher fees and meet higher admission requirements at state financed colleges and universities.

SAR (Student Aid Report) – A report that contains the results of the FAFSA.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) – An admissions exam administered by the College Board, designed to measure proficiency in mathematical and verbal ability. It is used as an entrance exam by many colleges.

SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) – Given to students on a first come, first serve basis, who demonstrate the greatest need.

Semester System – Approximately 16-18 weeks of instruction offered two times a year, during the fall and spring.

Sophomore – A student who has completed 30 or more degree-applicable units of credit.

Transcript – A list of all courses taken at a college or university showing the final grade received for each course. Official transcripts bear a seal of the college and signature of a designated college official and are sent directly from one institution to another.

Transfer – Changing from one college to another after meeting the requirements for admission to the second institution.

Undergraduate – A student enrolled in the years of college study prior to receiving a bachelor's degree.

Unit – The measure of college credit given a course, usually on the basis of one unit for each lecture hour per week or for every two to three lab.

Unit – The measure of college credit given a course, usually on the basis of one unit for each lecture hour per week or for every two to three lab.

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