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Frequently Asked Questions

FYE Eligibility

Yes! First time college students who are applying to MSJC are encouraged to apply for the FYE Program.

Depends. Previous dual or concurrent enrollment students who took courses through MSJC are welcome to apply. 

Students who took dual or concurrent enrollment courses through another college and now are applying to MSJC are considered transfer students. Therefore, they would not be eligible for the FYE program.

No. Students who accumulated credits at either MSJC or another college in the past and are now returning to MSJC are not considered first-year students. This is because the student's academic transcripts show completed college course work.

 No. Students are considered transfer students if they are moving their academic transcripts and records from one college to another. This is because the student's academic transcripts show completed college course work.

The FYE Program is designed for first time college students. Therefore, students who are currently in a concurrent or dual enrollment program are asked to graduate from high school (or apply their senior year) before applying for the FYE program. Concurrent or dual enrollment students are still considered high school students in the system until they graduate.

CSCR 100 and Summer Bridge

Yes. FYE students are required to take CSCR 100 their first year either during summer or fall semester.

CSCR 100 is a transferable UC/CSU course that focuses on a strong clear reason for staying in school, more ability to cope with the challenges of transitioning into a new life, educational planning, learning styles, campus resources, and effective strategies for personal health and wellness.

Guidance 100 will change to CSCR 100 starting Fall 2020.

Note: there are some special CSCR 100 courses offered for students in Puente, Umoja, and Athletics. Click on the course description when registering to more information about the specific section.

Yes. FYE students may choose either to enroll in Guidance 100 and/or participate in Summer Bridge during the summer. FYE students must choose one of the two, but many students choose to do both because different content is covered during each. GUID 100 is a class, while Summer Bridge is a free 2-day orientation about college. 

FYE students who participate in Summer Bridge still need to take CSCR 100 in the fall.

 

Yes. There are some special CSCR 100 courses offered for students in Puente, Umoja, and Athletics during the fall. Click on the course description when registering to more information about the specific section.

Previous dual or concurrent enrollment students who successfully completed GUID 100/ CSCR 100 should participate in Summer Bridge.

FYE Program

The FYE program is a cohort based program that follows and supports a group of students through one academic year (Fall - Spring). Due to enrollment deadlines and the academic calendar, there is currently no effective way of providing early registration and Summer Bridge to students starting MSJC in the Spring semester. Therefore, the FYE application is open to students starting in the Summer/Fall semester.

The FYE team reviews applications every three weeks or so. Students will receive an acceptance letter sent to the email listed on the FYE application. If you have questions in the meantime regarding next steps, do not hesitate to email us at fye@msjc.edu

FYE Counselors have the most updated information about the FYE program and specialize in assisting first-year students. However, if you are part of another program (i.e. ASC, EOPS, Umoja, Puente, or Athletics), you can choose to visit those counselors for that specific program. If an FYE counselor is booked, you can also set up an appointment through general counseling.

However, FYE students are encourage to meet with an FYE counselor at least once a semester to discuss academic progress.

Schedule an appointment with an FYE Counselor!

Here are some questions you can ask:

  • What classes should I take next semester?
  • What classes do I need to take for my major?
  • Will my AP classes from high school count as college credit?
  • How do I prepare to transfer to this university?
  • Will financial aid be able to cover the cost?
  • What do I do if I find the workload to be too much?

FYE mentors are a wealth of knowledge and can provide tips and tricks to incoming students before and during their first year at college. FYE mentors assist students with registering for classes, navigating Canvas, showing them where to buy textbooks, and more! FYE students should meet with an FYE mentor at least once a semester, but many students check-in with a mentor several times a semester.

Schedule an appointment with an FYE Mentor! Can't log in to Cranium Cafe? Set up an appointment for a Zoom meeting.

Here are some questions you can ask:

  • How do I register for classes?
  • What is it like taking an online class?
  • I'm lost. What am I suppose to do next?
  • How do I use Canvas for my classes?
  • How can I get a campus job?
  • What are some programs and service I could benefit from?
  • Where can I buy textbooks?
  • I'm stressed. How can I manage my assignments better?
  • How do I access NetTutor?

MSJC Promise Program

Many students who submit FAFSA receive federal or state financial assistance, but for those who do not, the MSJC Promise removes a major financial barrier for first-time, full-time students. Completing the FYE application does not guarantee free tuition through the MSJC Promise Program. Please see the MSJC Promise Program  tab for details and eligibility requirements. 

FYE students will be notified about their eligibility for the MSJC Promise a few weeks after fall semester has began via MSJC email. Students will receive another email after grades are posted for the fall semester notifying them if they will receive the reimbursement check.

We recommend scheduling an appointment with a counselor to discuss MSJC Promise Program eligibility.

No. Once a student is accepted into the FYE program, they are automatically eligible for the MSJC Promise. MSJC determines who meets the  MSJC Promise Program based on those in the FYE Program.

The CA Promise (formerly BOG) is a state grant that waives the enrollment fee for eligible resident students who completed FAFSA. The CA Promise grant deducts the cost of tuition upon payment of classes. Unlike the CA Promise, the MSJC Promise is an institutional grant and is reimbursement based. Students must fulfill MSJC Promise Program eligibility requirements and are notified after fall semester begins about their status.

Reimbursement checks are sent out to students after grades are posted for that academic term via mail. Please, ensure that your mailing address is current in the system.

Registration

Registering for classes can be challenging the first time. Thankfully, FYE mentors are eager to assist you in registering for classes and make sure everything is in order. Schedule an appointment with an FYE mentor, and they will walk you step-by-step through the entire process.

Students register for classes on Self Service through Eagle Advisor.

FYE students are able to register for classes earlier than most students, meaning you are able to get into the classes you need during the times you want them! FYE applications must be received by May 31, 2020 to receive early registration for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Applications received after May 31, 2020 will only receive early registration for Spring 2021.

Check your registration date on Eagle Advisor/Self Service before the start of each semester to see when you can register for classes.

If you want to take a class over Summer 2020, you will want to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA and the 2020-2021 FAFSA applications. The academic year runs from Fall through Summer (ex: Fall 2019 - Summer 2020). 

Check your Financial Aid Self Service Checklist on Eagle Advisor to ensure all your forms are completed for the MSJC Financial Aid Office.

Remember, FYE students should take CSCR 100 (formerly GUID 100) as their first class if they choose to enroll during summer.

 Yes. An educational plan maps out the classes needed for you to complete your educational goal within an attainable timeframe (often 2 years) and shows you the classes to register for in upcoming terms.

Students can schedule an appointment with an counselor to develop an educational plan. If you took AP courses in high school, be sure to mention that during your appointment.

 The Online Orientation video can be accessed on Eagle Advisor under Pre-registration. Complete the quiz at the end of the video. If the video is not completed, then a hold will be placed on your account preventing you from receiving early registration.

If you are having difficulty setting up your MyMSJC account, can't log into Canvas, or your student email, an FYE mentor will be able to assist you. It is essential that your MyMSJC account is activated to start at MSJC. Schedule an appointment with an FYE mentor through Zoom, and they will walk you step-by-step through the entire process.

Often, the best approach to this question is to meet with someone who has been in a similar experience. You can meet with an FYE mentor to talk about next steps. 

Schedule an appointment with an FYE Mentor! Can't log in to Cranium Cafe? Set up an appointment for a Zoom meeting.

You can also visit Enrollment Services > Getting Started.

FYE applications must be received by May 31, 2020 to receive early registration for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Applications received after May 31, 2020 will only receive early registration for Spring 2021. If you should have received early registration but did not, there are three likely holds still on your account that need to be completed.

1. Orientation Video - found of Eagle Advisor under Pre-registration.

2. Educational Plan - schedule an appointment with a counselor.

3. K-12 Hold - when completing the MSJC application, you identified as a high school student (instead of a high school graduate) and the system sees you as a current high school student. Contact Enrollment Services to remove this hold.

If you have completed the above or have questions, email us at fye@msjc.edu