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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the refund policy for ESL classes?

    Refund or transfer requests MUST BE MADE IN PERSON at the ELC office. See charts below for our refund policy. 

     

    Refund Policy for Summer Semesters

    Class Type

    Full Refund

    Partial Refund

    No Refund

    Basic ESL
    (grant-funded)
    Before 1st day of class No partial refund Starting 3rd calendar day*
    Intensive ESL
    (pay classes)
    Before 1st day of class Before 3rd calendar day* begins (tuition minus $90) Starting 3rd calendar day*
    Flexible Online Before 1st day of class Before 3rd calendar day* begins (tuition minus $90) Starting 3rd calendar day*

    *Calendar days, including holidays and weekends, not student attendance, are used to determine refunds.
    Example: If class starts on 5/16/22, no refund starting on 5/18/22.


     

    Refund Policy for Winter Semester

    Class Type

    Full Refund

    Partial Refund

    No Refund

    Intensive ESL (pay classes)

    Before 1st day of class

    Before 3rd calendar day* begins (tuition minus $90)

    No refund starting 3rd calendar day*. See example below**

    *Calendar days, including holidays and weekends, not student attendance, are used to determine refunds.
    **Example: If class starts on 1/3/22, no refund starting on 1/5/22.


     

    Refund Policy for Spring Semester

    Class Type

    Full Refund

    Partial Refund

    No Refund

    Basic ESL (grant-funded)

    Before 1st day of class

    N/A

    After Friday of 1st week of class. See examples below**

    Intensive ESL (pay classes)

    Before 1st day of class

    Through Friday of 1st week of class (tuition minus $90)

    After Friday of 1st week of class. See examples below**

    Flexible Online Classes Before 1st day of class Before 3rd calendar day* begins (tuition minus $90) No refund starting 3rd calendar day*

    *Calendar days, including holidays and weekends, not student attendance, are used to determine refunds.
    **Examples: If class starts on 1/31/22, no refund starting on 2/5/22. If class starts on 2/5/22, no refund starting on 2/12/22.


     

    Refund Policy for Fall Semester

    Class Type

    Full Refund

    Partial Refund

    No Refund

    Basic ESL (grant-funded)

    Before 1st day of class

    N/A

    After Friday of 1st week of class. See examples**

    Intensive ESL (pay classes)

    Before 1st day of class

    Through Friday of 1st week of class (tuition minus $90)

    After Friday of 1st week of class. See examples**

    Flexible Online Classes Before 1st day of class Before 3rd calendar day* begins (tuition minus $90) No refund starting 3rd calendar day*

    *Calendar days, including holidays and weekends, not student attendance, are used to determine refunds.
    **Examples: If class starts on 8/30, no refund starting on 9/4. If class starts on 9/11, no refund starting on 9/18.



     

     

  • Can I have access to Wi-Fi on campus?

    Yes, the wireless access at HCC is free and available for all students. Look for the wireless zone signs, and find HCCGUEST network in your device.

  • How do I get emergency closing information?

    There are several ways to check on the status of an HCC emergency or weather-related closing/delayed opening:

    • Check announcements on the HCC website homepage, howardcc.edu.
    • Call the HCC switchboard number (443-518-1000) for recorded messages about the status.
    • Subscribe to the HCC Mobile Alert System to receive a message on your designated device (cell phone, email, pager, desktop RSS), if the "Closings & Delays" option was selected.
    • Check local radio and television stations for information in their broadcasts and/or on their websites.

    HCC Emergency Closing Policies

  • What are the ELC office hours?

    Visit this link to learn out ELC office hours.

  • What are ELC general semester dates?
    • Fall (late August – mid December)
    • Winter (January)
    • Spring (late January – mid May)
    • Summer I (mid May – late June)
    • Summer II (early July – mid August)
  • Why do I have to take a placement test? Is it graded?

    The Placement Test ensures that you are placed in the right class for your level of ability. The test is not graded and is confidential. It is used only to help us match you to the right class so that you won't waste your time and money in a class that's too easy or too difficult for you.

  • Is there a Payment Plan available for ESL students?

    Howard Community College offers a flexible Tuition Payment Plan. Tuition payments are spread over a period of time with interest-free monthly installments. Enrollment fee is $30 fee each semester. 

    How the plan works

    This plan is administered by Nelnet Business Solutions, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nelnet Business Solutions uses direct debits from your bank account (checking/saving) or credit card account (Master Card, Visa, or Discover) to make monthly payments on your behalf. Should you need to contact the company directly, call 1-800-609-8056.

    How to sign up for plan

    • If you are a new student, you will need to first set up your myHCC account in order to apply for a payment plan.
    • If you already have your myHCC account, log into myHCC with your username and password to enroll.

    Other information

  • What is the age requirement for taking the noncredit ESL classes?

    You must be 16-years-old or older to register.

  • How do I get an HCC ID card?

    A college ID card is not required for part-time ESL student. However, if you pay $125 or more in noncredit tuition and fees in a semester, you are eligible to get an HCC Student ID Card for that semester.

    With an HCC ID card, you can:

    • Access the college library, pool, tennis courts, and weight room
    • Receive discounts on Smith Theater productions
    • Receive discounts on locations (movie theaters) requiring a student ID card

    To get a student ID card:

    • You need to have an official receipt showing that you have paid $125 or more for your classes for the current semester. The receipt should show your college ID number.
    • Bring this receipt to the Public Safety Office located on the main campus in the RCF building, Room 117 (next to the Welcome Center). They are open Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm.
  • How do I apply to teach in the English Language Center (ELC)?

    Please apply through the Howard Community College online job bank.

  • How do I apply to volunteer in an ESL classroom?

    Please direct inquiries about volunteer positions to Kathie Martin at kmartin@howardcc.edu.

  • How do I request for a record of the ESL courses I took?

    To request a verification letter of ESL courses, go here.  

    To request a continuing education record of courses, go here.

  • How do I access ELC event pictures?
    To see pictures from ELC events, go here.

 

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