Coming Spring 2022!
LLCC-Taylorville has been offering concurrent enrollment opportunities for area high school students since 2000. Over 600 area high school students have earned college credits while they are still in high school. Whether you are a student, parent, or guardian, we are delighted you are considering First Semester opportunities for high school students. In these challenging economic times, taking advantage of First Semester opportunities close to home makes sense.
Higher education results in higher lifetime earnings. Unfortunately, college degrees are costly and enrolling at a two-year community college is a smart financial choice. Participation in First Semester is a great way for students to be challenged in their learning and get a head start on their college education.
First Semester was created for students who plan to transfer to a university. Students may be pursuing degrees like pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary, pre-law, psychology, nursing, and many more. Students preparing to transfer are advised to refer directly to the official catalog of the college or university they plan to attend and meet that institution’s requirements and recommendations for a selected area of concentration. Other transfer resources can be found at www.iTransfer.org.
First Semester classes are held only during the spring semester and are available to high school seniors. The classes are usually Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students are enrolled in four classes totaling 14 credit hours. All tuition, fees and textbook costs are the responsibility of the parent or guardian. Check with your high school to see if they are paying a portion of the tuition.
Students accepted for enrollment in college-level courses must have appropriate academic qualifications, a high level of motivation, and adequate time to devote to studying a college-level course. The students must meet all college criteria and follow all college procedures for enrolling in the courses. Ultimately, students must receive approval from their high school counselor to attend LLCC’s First Semester program. High school counselors usually look for students who will have earned enough credits to graduate, have a good attendance record, and no behavioral problems.
Class Attendance Policy
Students are expected to attend class regularly, and shall notify their instructor(s) when they are unable to attend class. The instructor may establish class attendance as an achievement standard. (Board Policy 4.12)
Because LLCC views student participation as crucial to academic success, a student who has neither participated in a class nor communicated in some other way with the courses instructor during the first two weeks of class will be administratively withdrawn from such courses for non-attendance. This attendance verification period can be pro-rated for course meeting over shorter terms. In such cases of administrative withdrawal, students are not entitled to a refund of tuition or fees. Those facing extenuating circumstances may go through the tuition refund appeals process.
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain assignments and content missed when a class is not attended. When students are unable to attend class for an extended period, they shall notify the appropriate instructor(s). In cases where it creates an undue hardship on a student to contact all instructors, the director of LLCC-Taylorville or designee shall contact his/her instructors.
In case you are going to miss class due to illness, you must report your absence to your high school as well as Lincoln Land Community College. Your LLCC instructor will let you know their preferred method of contact. First Semester students are expected to attend all meetings and will not be excused for extra-curricular activities. First Semester students must follow LLCC’s academic calendar.
LLCC Student Grades
Instructors establish their own individual course grading systems, evaluation methods, and course policies. These become official letter grades when reported by the instructor at the end of the semester. Letter grades promote meaningful evaluation of student achievement, inform students of academic progress, and assess student’s readiness to advance.
It is important to understand that your grades will be generating an official college transcript which will become part of your permanent college record. Your performance in these classes may impact the following at Lincoln Land Community College: future federal financial aid including loans, admission criteria for special college programs, such as the Honors Program and future scholarships. As part of your permanent record, your performance in these courses may also affect your admission/enrollment and scholarship eligibility at other higher education institutions. Withdrawing from courses can have similar implications at LLCC or other higher education institutions.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees are based upon LLCC’s rates. Tuition costs are reviewed each fall semester and are subject to change. Current tuition and fees are located here. Convenient payment plans are also available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a cost to apply to LLCC and will I be accepted?
A: There is no charge for the general admission process at LLCC. LLCC is an “open-door” college. All students aged 16 and over, graduates and non-graduates, qualify for admission. In special circumstances, the Vice President for Student Services (or the Vice President’s designee) in conjunction with the Vice President for Academic Services (or the Vice President’s designee) may, with mutual agreement of affected faculty, authorize admission to the college and registration into college-level course work by students who do not meet all admissions criteria. (Board Policy 5.11) New and returning students must complete an admissions information worksheet online. The online application can be found here.
Q: How do I register for First Semester classes?
A: Accepted high school students should check their provided email address for additional instructions for registration. High School transcripts should be submitted at the end of the sophomore year. Actual class registration will be at the end of the new student orientation.
Q: Do First Semester students have to complete a new student orientation?
A: Yes, First Semester students must complete a New Student Orientation which is currently being offered online.
Q: What is the cost?
A: All district 526 residents under age 65 are charged the current per credit hour tuition rate along with fees. Students will also need to purchase textbooks.
Q: What payment methods does LLCC accept? Is the total amount due at one time?
A: LLCC accepts cash, check, money order, MasterCard, VISA and Discover. You may choose to pay tuition and fees in one lump sum, or you may set up and interest-free LLCC deferred tuition payment plan through Nelnet Business Solutions.
Q: What if LLCC is in session on a day the high school is closed?
A: First Semester courses adhere to the LLCC academic calendar. The complete calendar can be found here. First Semester students are required to attend classes although their high school may be closed. First Semester classes will not be in session if no other LLCC classes are in session. If LLCC-Taylorville cancels classes due to inclement weather, students are not expected to attend LLCC classes. LLCC weather closing announcements are available at www.llcc.edu
Books can be purchased at LLCC-Taylorville approximately 10 days before each semester begins. LLCC-Taylorville will have used books when they are available. Books can also be purchased online at bookstore.llcc.edu
Students can obtain their student ID/Library card at LLCC-Taylorville approximately two weeks after the beginning of classes. LLCC’s library card can be used to order books online through LLCC’s online book catalog.
LLCC-Taylorville offers free tutor assistance in many classes. Contact LLCC-Taylorville at 217-786-2754, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by the Student Services Office to arrange your tutoring session.
College is more than just going to class! Join the Taylorville Student Union (TSU). It’s a great way to meet new people, build your resume, and have fun! Officer elections are held each fall semester.
Many different events are scheduled through-out the year at LLCC-Taylorville. Past events have included Lincoln Celebration, Multicultural Fest, blood drives, and more!
New Student Orientations
A new student orientation will be scheduled for all approved First Semester students.