Frequently Asked Questions

District

What is UCC’s district?

Our district includes most of Douglas County. If your permanent residence is located within the boundaries of UCC’s district and you attend high school within the Douglas Education Service District boundaries, you are eligible for the UCC Scholars program. If you’re not sure, you can contact your county’s elections office to verify.

Which high schools are in UCC’s district?

If you are graduating from one of these schools, you are eligible for the UCC Scholars program:


Camas Valley Community Charter School

Canyonville Christian Academy

Days Creek Charter School

Douglas High School

Elkton Charter School

Geneva Academy

Glendale School District

Glide High School

Milo Adventist Academy

North Douglas High School

Oakland High School

Phoenix Charter School

Riddle High School

Roseburg High School

South Umpqua High School

Sutherlin High School

Umpqua Valley Christian School

Yoncalla High School

How to Apply

When can I apply?

Can I mail my application materials?

No, the application is completed online through AcademicWorks

About the Waiver

What does the tuition waiver pay for?

Twelve credits of tuition per term for six consecutive terms, excluding all other fees or costs. Should you complete your Associates degree or 90 credits are earned before the six consecutive terms are complete, you are no longer eligible to receive the waiver.  Earned credit hours include any credit earned prior to acceptance as a UCC Scholar and all credits earned while part of the Scholars Program.

I am interested in earning a technical certificate or degree and not lower division transfer. Am I eligible?

Yes, technical certificate and associate degree programs are eligible.

Eligibility

Who qualifies for this waiver?

High School Students who:

  • Attend a high school in Umpqua Community College's district
  • Graduate in Spring 2018
  • When applying have earned a cumulative (unweighted) high school GPA of 3.50 or better as of the seventh semester of high school
  • Graduate with a cumulative (unweighted) high school GPA of 3.50 or better
  • Meet the UCC Writing 115 (WR 115) requirement by:
    • demonstrating enrollment in Writing 115 or higher; OR
    • demonstrating completion of Writing 115 or higher; OR
    • placing into WR 115 or higher (see section on Placement in Writing (WR) 115
  • Meet the UCC Math 105 (MTH 105) or Math 111 (MTH 111) requirement by:
    • demonstrating enrollment in MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher; OR
    • demonstrating completion of MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher; OR
    • placing into MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher

Home School Students who:

  • Reside permanently within Umpqua Community College's district
  • Demonstrate registration with the local Educational School District (ESD) as a home-school student
  • Graduate/complete their studies in Spring 2018
  • When applying have earned a cumulative (unweighted) high school GPA of 3.50 or better as of the seventh semester (or equivalent) of home schooling
  • Graduate/complete home-schooling with a cumulative (unweighted) high school GPA of 3.50 or better
  • Meet the UCC Writing 115 (WR 115) requirement by:
    • demonstrating enrollment in Writing 115 or higher; OR
    • demonstrating completion of Writing 115 or higher; OR
    • placing into WR 115 or higher (see section on Placement in Writing (WR) 115
  • Meet the UCC Math 105 (MTH 105) or Math 111 (MTH 111) requirement by:
    • demonstrating enrollment in MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher; OR
    • demonstrating completion of MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher; OR
    • placing into MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher

I am a home-schooled student. Am I eligible?

Yes, as long as you:

  • Reside permanently within Umpqua Community College's district
  • Demonstrate registration with the local Educational School District (ESD) as a home-school student
  • Graduate/complete their studies in Spring 2018
  • When applying have earned a cumulative (unweighted) high school GPA of 3.50 or better as of the seventh semester (or equivalent) of home schooling
  • Graduate/complete home-schooling with a cumulative (unweighted) high school GPA of 3.50 or better
  • Meet the UCC Writing 115 (WR 115) requirement by:
    • demonstrating enrollment in Writing 115 or higher; OR
    • demonstrating completion of Writing 115 or higher; OR
    • placing into WR 115 or higher (see section on Placement in Writing (WR) 115
  • Meet the UCC Math 105 (MTH 105) or Math 111 (MTH 111) requirement by:
    • demonstrating enrollment in MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher; OR
    • demonstrating completion of MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher; OR
    • placing into MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher

What if I didn’t receive or cannot locate my ESD Home School Student Confirmation letter?

You can request a “verification” letter from the Douglas Education Service District (ESD) office. confirming that you are a registered home-school student.  For more information, contact Kim Rencher, Home School Registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I joined the military immediately after I graduated high school and have just been discharged. Am I eligible?

No, not at this time.

I signed up for the military in high school and I will need to attend basic training during summer, fall or winter term after I graduate from high school. Will I be able to start at Umpqua Community College as a Scholar after I get back?

Yes, you must apply for the UCC Scholars program during the application period.  If you are eligible for the program, you will be asked to provide a letter that includes the dates of your training and your anticipated return.

If you have it, please also supply your military orders that would include this information or a letter from your military liaison explaining your assignment. We will review this and will respond with a letter explaining your steps for when you return from training in order to start receiving your tuition waiver.

I am an international (foreign exchange) student. Am I eligible?

No, this scholarship award is intended for students who reside permanently in the US and within our district only.

Grade Point Average

What if my unweighted cumulative high school GPA is 3.49 at the end of the seventh semester of high school?

A minimum 3.50 GPA is required to qualify for the tuition waiver. No exceptions will be granted and no appeals can be made for decisions regarding ineligibility due to grade point average.

What if I have an unweighted 3.499 cumulative GPA at the end of my seventh semester?

The requirement is technically a 3.50 cumulative GPA. Rounding to the nearest 100th decimal point brings the 3.499 to a 3.50. A 3.49 GPA, however, does not meet the minimum requirement.

If my weighted GPA is 3.50 or better, am I eligible for the program?

No, your GPA must be at least 3.50, unweighted.

What if my overall GPA upon graduation is less than 3.50? Am I eligible for the program?

No, your GPA upon graduation (or completion of home schooling) must be a 3.50 GPA or higher. Final high school/home school transcripts will be requested in June.

Placement in Writing (WR) 115 and Math (MTH) 95

If I have not demonstrated that I can start in Writing (WR) 115 and Math (MTH) 105 or MTH 111, am I still eligible?

No, you must demonstrate you are ready to begin in WR 115 or MTH 105 or MTH 111.  See placement tables.

Writing Placement in WR 115 or higher

Smarter
Balanced
Accuplacer
Reading
Comp (1st)
AccuPlacer
Sentence
Skills (2nd)
SAT
Evidenced-Based
Reading & Writing
ACT
English
Compass
Writing
Asset
Writing
3 OR
2 with A or B
in 12th Grade
English and/or
writing course
≥60 ≥46 ≥461 ≥19 ≥59 ≥42

Math Placement in MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher

  High
School
Transcript
ALEKS
Math
SAT
Math
ACT
Math
Accuplacer
MTH 105 Algebra II - with an "A" or "B" ≥46 ≥550 ≥25 CollMath ≥ 36
MTH 111 Algebra II - with an "A"
OR
Algebra II with a "B" and
high school instructor recommendation
OR
PreCalculus with a "C" or better
≥46 ≥550 ≥25 CollMath ≥ 36

Do I still need to demonstrate I am ready to begin in WR 115 or MTH 105 or MTH 111 if I have earned Umpqua Community College credit in these courses (or higher level courses)?

If you are able to demonstrate enrollment in WR 115 or higher OR demonstrate completion of WR 115 or higher, then no. Otherwise, yes you will need to demonstrate you are ready to begin in WR 115 using one or more of the measures indicated below.

If you are able to demonstrate enrollment in MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher OR demonstrate completion of MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher, then no. Otherwise, yes you will need to demonstrate you are ready to begin in MTH 105 or MTH 111 using one or more of the measures indicated below.

Writing Placement in WR 115 or higher

Smarter
Balanced
Accuplacer
Reading
Comp (1st)
AccuPlacer
Sentence
Skills (2nd)
SAT
Evidenced-Based
Reading & Writing
ACT
English
Compass
Writing
Asset
Writing
3 OR
2 with A or B
in 12th Grade
English and/or
writing course
≥60 ≥46 ≥461 ≥19 ≥59 ≥42

Math Placement in MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher

  High
School
Transcript
ALEKS
Math
SAT
Math
ACT
Math
Accuplacer
MTH 105 Algebra II - with an "A" or "B" ≥46 ≥550 ≥25 CollMath ≥ 36
MTH 111 Algebra II - with an "A"
OR
Algebra II with a "B" and
high school instructor recommendation
OR
PreCalculus with a "C" or better
≥46 ≥550 ≥25 CollMath ≥ 36

How can I demonstrate I am ready to take WR 115 (or higher) and MTH 105 or MTH 111 (or higher)?

  • Be enrolled in WR 115 (or higher) and MTH 105 or MTH 111 (or higher)
  • Complete WR 115 (or higher) and MTH 105 or MTH 111 (or higher)
  • Use one or more of the measures listed in the tables (below)


Writing Placement in WR 115 or higher

Smarter
Balanced
Accuplacer
Reading
Comp (1st)
AccuPlacer
Sentence
Skills (2nd)
SAT
Evidenced-Based
Reading & Writing
ACT
English
Compass
Writing
Asset
Writing
3 OR
2 with A or B
in 12th Grade
English and/or
writing course
≥60 ≥46 ≥461 ≥19 ≥59 ≥42

Math Placement in MTH 105 or MTH 111 or higher

  High
School
Transcript
ALEKS
Math
SAT
Math
ACT
Math
Accuplacer
MTH 105 Algebra II - with an "A" or "B" ≥46 ≥550 ≥25 CollMath ≥ 36
MTH 111 Algebra II - with an "A"
OR
Algebra II with a "B" and
high school instructor recommendation
OR
PreCalculus with a "C" or better
≥46 ≥550 ≥25 CollMath ≥ 36

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Do I have to be eligible for federal financial aid in order to qualify for this scholarship?

No, you do not have to qualify for federal financial aid in order to be considered for UCC Scholars. However, as you are applying through AcademicWorks, which is also used for UCC Scholarships, you will be required to complete the FAFSA.

What if I am receiving other scholarships? Will they affect my tuition waiver?

The UCC Scholars tuition waiver is applied after all scholarship funds are applied. As such, you may find that you are not able to use the tuition waiver. Should this be the case, you have the option of exiting from the program. However, we believe that being recognized as a UCC Scholar will benefit you as you move forward in your academic journey.

Enrollment

Can I enroll in summer or do I have to wait to start in fall?

You may start college either term. However, the tuition waiver is only available beginning fall term 2018.

Can I take more than 12 credits per term?

Yes, however the tuition waiver will only pay for 12 credits of tuition.  You will be responsible for the cost of any additional credits above the 12.

What if I enroll as a full-time student with 12 credits but I drop some classes?

You must maintain enrollment in 12 credits.  If you drop below 12 credits you may be required to reimburse the college the tuition cost of the credits and may no longer be eligible for the program.

Maintaining Your Tuition Waiver

I understand that I must maintain a quarterly GPA of 3.50 or better while a part of the program. I also understand that I must complete 12 (or more) credits while a part of the program. When are GPA's and credit hours checked for eligibility?

Grades and credit hours are checked at the end of each term to verify that a quarterly 3.50 GPA has been maintained and 12 (or more) credits have been earned to determine eligibility for the following term.

Earned Credit Hours

I earned Umpqua Community College credit while in high school. Will those credits count toward the 90 earned hours?

Yes. Credits earned prior to participation in the UCC Scholars program will count toward the 90 earned hours.

 

Contact

Marjan Coester - Contact
Director of Student Life & Campus Engagement
541-440-7749