Top Stories: January 13 Campus Connections

SMCC welcomes students to Spring Semester with extended hours

SMCC is welcoming thousands of returning and first-time students to the Spring Semester with extended hours for key College offices to help students succeed.

To kick off the semester, the Admissions, Advising, Billing, Financial Aid, Housing and Registration offices, as well as the SMCC Bookstore, are open for extended hours from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, January 13-15. The IT HelpDesk is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays, throughout the semester.

In addition to the extended hours, here are some other things worth paying attention to during start of the semester:

  • Add/drop period. Students can change their schedules by adding or dropping courses during the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester. Students who officially drop a class by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, will receive a 100 percent refund of tuition and fees.
  • Involvement Fair. Student Life will hold a Winter Involvement Fair in the Campus Center from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22. Stop by to learn about student organizations, student employers and off-campus resources.
  • Student Activities. Keep an eye out for student life activities early in the semester. Deep Freeze Week includes a full slate of activities from Jan. 13-17. Winter Festival will feature a henna artist, caricature artist, games, food and more from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16.


Financial Awareness Month is almost here

SMCC is putting the focus on financial awareness this February, and offering a chance at 12 free credits for the Fall Semester to two students.

Financial Awareness Month focuses on educating students about financial resources and money management so they’ll be one step ahead when they complete their education.

During Financial Awareness Month, SMCC is encouraging students to file the 2020-21 FAFSA as soon as possible. Filing the FAFSA allows students to potentially access free money in the form of grants and scholarships, low fixed-interest loans with flexible repayment options, and other sources of aid.

For the tuition drawing, the FAFSA must be submitted before Feb. 28 with SMCC’s school code (005525) and subsequently received by the Financial Aid Office by March 16.

Two students will be awarded tuition equal to 12 credits ― worth $1,128 at the in-state tuition rate.

The awards must be used for the 2020 Fall Semester, are not transferable, and cover tuition but not related fees.

SMCC is also encouraging students to sign up for iGrad, SMCC’s financial literacy tool that assists with money management and has extensive helpful resources. To sign up for iGrad, students should visit

The FAFSA can be filled out online by visiting