If you are looking to join summer classes at a local community college, it’s a good idea to start applying at least six months in advance. This head start is important, especially in the evolving COVID-19 condition, as the application paperwork alone can be overwhelming – leaving little energy for you to manage your current course load. But the process doesn’t have to be so stressful. So, how to sign up for summer classes at a community college, in an efficient manner, you ask?
Read on, as this article was written to answer exactly that!
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How to sign up for college classes in summer: a step-by-step guide
Though the process of applying to summer classes is fairly straightforward, remember that what slows it down is the paperwork – at almost every step of the way. While many ‘visiting colleges’ have streamlined the admission process with CRMs and online forms, there will still be elements of traditional paperwork – printing-out, scanning, couriering, etc.
See how, by using an eSignature solution such as Signeasy, you can completely eliminate the effort of going back and forth in securing, signing, and submitting paperwork to register for summer classes:
- Find the right course: Let’s say that you selected a summer course, that is not accepted by your current institute. It will do nothing to fast-track your graduation after spending a whole summer of the course. To avoid such disappointments in the long-term, download prospectuses of your favorite courses and share them with your academic advisor (via Signeasy) for guidance, before you register.
- Secure approval from the home institution: To be considered for admission, you will need to present the community college that you are applying to for the summer, a written (or printed) approval from your ‘parent institution’. For this purpose, use an eSignature solution. It will ensure that the form is sent and signed remotely, without you having to visit your university.
- Apply for admission: The transfer college may have an admission process to complete before registering for classes. So fill out the related forms (including guest student course approval) and send them to the transfer institute via Signeasy. Some transfer colleges may even ask for official transcripts from your home university.
- Register and pay for the classes: Typically, the college website will have a registration form and payment details. If not, get the payment details from the admissions office along with a printed registration form. Use Signeasy to scan, fill, sign, and send the same back to the admissions office.
- Manage financial aid applications: If you are eligible for financial aid, get your hands on a Consortium Agreement. This will allow you to secure financial aid to cover your summer classes at a different school during the enrollment period. Once you fill in the form using Signeasy, you can send it over to the Financial Aid Office of your home institute for further processing.
Your summer course is complete? Congrats! Now, you just need to transfer the credits back to your home institution. To this end, you need to fill in the related form and share it (through Signeasy, of course) with your ‘transfer institution’.
* Remember, this list of tasks related to enrolling in summer classes isn’t all-encompassing. So, you will need to check with the admissions team at both institutions to see if any additional paperwork is required.
Why use Signeasy to apply for summer classes?
Ultimately, here is how Signeasy can help students (like you) with the application process:
- Fill forms remotely: Thanks to Signeasy’s mobile app, you don’t need to carry around bundles of forms to sign or frequent the admission’s office. All documents can be signed remotely, from within the comfort of your home.
- Sign hygienically: Especially with the pandemic raging, the touchfree feature of eSignatures helps you avoid touching high-contact surfaces such as printers, scanners, and printing paper.
- Do away with drudgework: With just a few clicks you can fill out and send application forms. This means no more paperwork eating into your productive study-hours.
- Legally binding: Most universities accept electronically signed documents, especially if (like Signeasy) it is ESIGN Act & eIDAS compliant. In case the institute has a more traditional standing on eSignatures, Signeasy even allows you to physically sign, scan, and send the documents over.
Want to see all these benefits live in action? Check out Signeasy’s 14-day free trial. You can send a few admission forms to see how incredibly intuitive and seamless its singing experience is.