Helpful FAQ for Students

What is Advising & Registration?

Completion of the New Student Online Orientation is a requirement for all new degree seeking students. The Online Orientation provides an opportunity for new students to become better acquainted with the campus, its policies, programs, and activities. Information is provided about academic programs, student life, financial aid, and advising and counseling services. After completion of the orientation, students will be able to meet with an academic advisor for assistance with course selection and registration. New students are automatically enrolled in the Online Orientation as soon as they complete the application process and are assigned placement scores. Once enrolled in the orientation, students will receive an e-mail informing them of how to access it and may then complete the orientation at their convenience. New student registration runs from April - August for Fall semester and November - January for Spring semester.

Can I take classes during the summer at Normandale?

Normandale offers short summer sessions in addition to our regular 15-week fall and spring semesters.  Please note: Summer session classes are accelerated.  The same amount of curriculum that is covered in the 15 week semester is covered in 5-7 weeks during the summer session.  Student spend much for time in class each day and should allow ample time for studying.  To be considered full-time, a student must register for at least 12 credits over both summer sessions.

Tuition Payment Deadline and Deferrals

When you register for classes, you are responsible for the tuition and fees.  You can view your bill in eServices, under Bills and Payments.   There are various ways to pay your bill, see payment arrangements.  If you do not make payment arrangements by the deadline, you will be dropped from your classes.

Do I have to be a full-time student to get financial aid?

You don't. Financial aid is available to high need students for enrollment in even one class as long as you are pursuing a degree or certificate.  Loan eligibility requires that you enroll at least half-time (6-8 credits).  Since financial aid is very student specific, it is important to review the "Award by Credit Level" screen in eServices carefully to see what financial aid you will receive at different credit levels.

How and when do I apply for financial aid?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens on October 1 for the following Fall through Summer terms.  For example; If you plan on attending Fall term 2021, the FAFSA application would open on October 1, 2020.  The best time to apply is October - March although students can complete the FAFSA later and still be considered for financial aid.  Degree-seeking students must first obtain their FSA ID, which serves as their electronic signature.  Students must complete the FAFSA each year.  It is free - student should never pay to apply for aid. Keep in mind, if the college has not received your FAFSA results by the payment deadline, you will need other arrangements for payment of tuition, fees and books. Your options include cash, credit card, Nelnet payment plan. Your expenses may be reimbursed with the receipt of financial aid later in the term.

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