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Admissions and Course Policy

Admission of Continuing Education Students

Any adult 18 years of age or older who is not enrolled in school may be admitted to a Continuing Education course. In some circumstances, with the approval of the appropriate school officials, a high school dropout between 16 and 18 years of age may enroll in certain courses.

Continuing Education students with a disablity who are interested in accomodations, please refer to COA's Disablity Support Services policy.


Admission of Minors (23 NCAC 2C.0305)


A. High School Dropouts

A minor, 16 or 17 years of age, may be considered a student with special needs and may be admitted to an appropriate Basic Skills or Continuing Education program at the college, subject to the following conditions: (1) the local public and private school system determines that such admission is the best educational option for the student (2) the admission of the student is approved through the college’s Basic Skills or Continuing Education programs.

The college may, at its discretion, refuse to enroll a minor or may enroll a minor under conditional status, for any of the following reasons:

1. Suspension or expulsion from school;
2. History of violent behavior;
3. History of possession or use of illegal drugs;
4. Other behaviors deemed not appropriate for an adult educational setting.

The approval of the local school system referred to above may be waived if the student has been out of school at least six months and his or her application is supported by a notarized petition of a parent, legal guardian, or other person, or agency having legal custody and control. The petition shall certify the student’s residence, date of birth, date of leaving school, and petitioner’s legal relationship to the student.

B. GED Programs

Regulations of the State Board of Community Colleges will be followed in administering the General Educational Development (GED) Program.

C. High School Students

High School students, who are at least 16 years of age and who are enrolled in high school, may be admitted to appropriate courses, concurrently under the following conditions: (1) the local board of education has approved a dual enrollment policy for high school students (2) the student’s program of study is approved by the high school principal and the president or his or her designee, and (3) the high school principal certifies that the student is taking the equivalent of one half of a full-time schedule and is making appropriate progress toward graduation.

High school students taking credit courses at the college shall earn regular college credit.

High school students may not displace adults but may be admitted to courses on a space-available basis. Once admitted, they shall be treated the same as all other students. The college shall not offer regular high school courses to high school students. High school students 18 years old or older may take courses at the college without approval of the local school system.

Tuition is not charged to high school students who are taking courses at the college through cooperative agreements with area high schools or through dual enrollment provisions. High school students who take curriculum and/or continuing education courses at the college and do not do so through cooperative agreements or dual enrollment provisions are required to pay tuition and fees.


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