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Frequently Asked Questions

Admission to the College

Academic Programs

Financial Aid

Registration

Student Services

Part-time Study/Continuing Education

Programs for Children

Adult Education/Crafts Programs

For Current Students

Educational Opportunity Center

Community Events/Activities

Hudson Valley Community College Alumni

College in the High School program

Workforce Development Institute




Admission to the College

Q: I am interested in attending Hudson Valley. What do I need to do to be eligible to start classes in the fall and to be eligible to receive financial aid?

A: Have you ever attended Hudson Valley before? If not, you will need to fill out the application for admission and request that your official transcripts be mailed to the college Admissions Office from your high school and any colleges you attended. Once your file is complete, you will receive a decision letter in the mail.

Q: What are the prerequisites for entrance to most degree programs?

A: Applicants for admission must provide evidence of a diploma from an accredited high school, or an equivalency diploma. Current high school seniors must demonstrate adequate scholastic achievement based on their junior or latest senior average. Each academic program has specific entrance requirements, established to ensure student success. Contact the Admissions Office for more details, (518) 629-7309.

Q: I attended Hudson Valley in the past and I wish to return. What do I need to do?

A: Contact the Office of Admissions at (518) 629-7309. They will submit your request electronically and have a counselor review your credentials for the program you are interested in. You should receive a decision letter in approximately one week.

Q: What is the current tuition at Hudson Valley Community College?

A: Click here to access the current tuition at Hudson Valley Community College. There are several additional fees for full- and part-time students.

Q: What additional student fees are required?

A: The college charges several fees to all students. Click here to access the student fees.

Q: What else do I need to be admitted to Hudson Valley Community College?

A: You must complete an Application for Admission, and must have a transcript from any previous high school or college. Prior to registration, students must also obtain a certificate of residence from their local town, village or county offices, and a record of immunization of mumps, measles and rubella.

Q: Why do I need a transcript from high school if I already have a previous college degree?

A: College policy states that students must file transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended. Proof of high school completion or GED also is required for some financial aid programs.

Q: I would like to make an appointment to come in and speak with someone regarding my program of interest. Whom should I call?

A: Contact the Admissions Office at (518) 629-7309. An admissions counselor will ask what program you are interested in and schedule a meeting time that will be convenient for you.

Q: I'm not sure what academic field I want to pursue. Whom should I call?

A: If you are planning on being a full-time matriculated student, contact the Admissions Office at (518) 629-7309. Counselors will help you decide what course of study will allow you to get the maximum benefit from your education.

Q: Are there special prerequisites for students from outside the U.S.?

A: There are a few special procedures and prerequisites for international students who wish to attend Hudson Valley Community College. For more information, consult the International Student Admission page.

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Academic Programs

Q: What academic degree and certificate programs are available at Hudson Valley?

A: The college offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training.

Q: Does the college have transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities?

A: The college has official transfer agreements with more than 30 colleges and universities around the country, including direct transfer agreements with top programs at RPI, Siena, Union, Russell Sage, Saint Rose and the University at Albany. Each year, more than 40 percent of our graduates continue their education at a four-year college or university.

Q: Does Hudson Valley have an English as a Second Language program?

A: The college's Intensive English Language Program provides students with an opportunity to engage in an English language immersion program during the academic year. Students will study with experienced instructors in a variety of classroom settings. For information regarding the Intensive Language program, contact the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at (518) 629-7338 or the English department at (518) 629-7121.

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Financial Aid

Q: What financial aid is available?

A: There are several sources of financial aid for qualified students. The Federal government offers grants, loans, and work-study, and New York State has grants and scholarships available to qualified full- and part-time students. Additionally, students may look for scholarships through The Foundation at Hudson Valley Community College, and through private organizations in their communities and across the country. Please see the Financial Aid Office Web page for more information and details on how to apply for aid.

Q: What scholarships are available?

A: Information regarding scholarship availability can be found online. For further information, please email the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation at scholarships@hvcc.edu or call (518) 629-8012.

Q: Whom should I contact about Financial Aid?

A: If you have questions about financial aid, please contact the office at (518) 629-7150. You may set up an appointment with a financial aid counselor or you may drop by the office to speak with someone. We are located in the Guenther Enrollment Service Center, Room 110.

Q: How do I get a work study job?

A: The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study. To apply for FWS, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If you have any questions about Federal Work Study, you may contact the Financial Aid Office at (518) 629-7150.

Q: What is the Second Chance Scholarship?

A: The Second Chance Scholarship is offered each year to students who show a determination to succeed academically and have overcome hardships to continue their education. Monetary awards are based on academic achievement each semester. Applications for the Second Chance Scholarship are available in the Foundation office (BTC-1075).

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Registration

Q: How do I get my transcript sent out?

A: To either receive a copy of your academic record or have a copy sent to a third party, you may come to the Registrar's office to complete a request form, or send us a written request including your name, social security number, the address where you want it sent and the $3 fee. You also can pick up a copy at the Registrar's Office during business hours. Please note: Transcripts will not be released for students who have outstanding financial obligations to the college. Also, by federal law, e-mail requests cannot be considered consent for release of transcripts, so transcript requests cannot be accepted via e-mail.

Q: How do I change my name or address?

A: Address changes must be received in writing. A form may be completed at the Registrar's Office or a letter may be sent including your name, social security number, and new address. If it is a temporary address, please include the dates if will be effective. Names may be changed in the same way, however legal documentation must be submitted to substantiate the change. Please note: By federal law, e-mail requests cannot be accepted for change of personal identifiable information, so name and address changes cannot be accepted via e-mail or this Web site.

Q: How do I prove that I am in school?

A: The Registrar's Office can provide an enrollment verification that shows current enrollment/attendance or the entire student's enrollment/attendance history. Enrollment verifications must be requested by coming to the Registrar’s Office in person or submitting the electronic request form. Exceptions to this are made on an individual basis.

Q: How do I withdraw and/or get a refund?

A: Course Withdrawal forms can be obtained from the Registrar's Office, Continuing Education Office or faculty advisors, and must be signed by the student and his/her advisor. Non-matriculated students must have a signature from the Continuing Education Office. Total Withdrawal forms must be completed at the Registrar's Office. Tuition refunds are granted according to college policy and must be requested in writing of the Registrar's Office. A form may be completed at the office or a letter of request may to submitted in person or via US mail.

Q: How can I check the status of my TAP award?

A: You may contact the Registrar's office at (518) 629-4574. The office will need your name, social security number and semester of the award you are inquiring about.

Q: How do I activate my veterans' benefits?

A: If you have never used benefits before, you must complete the Veterans' Administration Application for Benefits. This can be obtained either from your local VA office or the Registrar's Office. Additional paperwork will be required, such as a certified copy of your DD214 or a Notice of Basic Eligibility (depending on your benefit category). If you have used your benefits elsewhere, have changed your program at the college or have been absent for one year, you will need to complete a Change of Place or Training form. This can be obtained from your local VA office or the Registrar's Office. Upon submission of the appropriate paperwork, the Registrar's Office will submit the forms to the VA and certify your enrollment at the beginning of the semester.

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Student Services

Q: What clubs and organizations are on campus?

A: There are more than 50 clubs and organizations on campus, including academic honor societies, departmental clubs, intramural athletics and simply groups of people with common interest. For a complete listing of Clubs and Activities, click here.

Q: What are the library hours?

A: Click here to access the Library's hours. Many library services can also be accessed online.

Q: What are the hours of the open-access computer labs? Where are they?

A: Click here to access information on the college's Computer Learning Center.

Q: Where I can I find out about athletics at Hudson Valley Community College?

A: Hudson Valley offers 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. Teams compete in Division III of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Look here for more in-depth information about Hudson Valley Community College Athletics.

Q: How can I get a tutor or some assistance with a course?

A: The Learning Assistance Center provides peer tutoring, workshops and one-one-one assistance in math, reading, writing and study skills throughout the year.

Q: Does the college offer services for disabled students?

A: The college operates a Center for Access and Assistive Technology, which is located on the first floor of the Campus Center. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office works to assist all students with disabilities in the pursuit of their educational objectives. For more information, call (518) 629-7154, or T.T.O.D. number (518) 629-7596. Persons with special needs are urged to visit the campus prior to applying or during their junior year of high school.

Q: Does the college offer day care services?

A: Click here for information on the college's Viking Child Care Center.

Q: Where I can I get help finding a place to live?

A: Although there is no on-campus housing at Hudson Valley, the college publishes an annual housing guide for students. The Student Housing Guide outlines available rental properties in and around the city of Troy. To pick up a copy of the guide, visit the Student Activities Office in the Campus Center, room 206, call (518) 629-7348, or visit their Web page.

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Part-time Study/Continuing Education

Q: Whom should I contact if I want to attend college part-time?

A: The Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions provides academic advisement and assistance to part-time, non-matriculated students at Hudson Valley Community College. To arrange a meeting with an academic advisor, call (518) 629-7338.

Q: Are part-time students eligible for scholarships?

A: There are several scholarships available to part-time students. The college's Faculty Student Association sponsors eight scholarships for non-matriculated students each year. Scholarships of $250 are awarded to four students, based on academic achievement. To receive an application, contact the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, at (518) 629-7338. If you are a part-time student matriculated in a degree program, you may be eligible to receive other scholarships. For information, call the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, (518) 629-8012.

Q: I'm not sure what academic field I want to pursue. Who should I call?

A: If you planning to attend Hudson Valley Community College part-time and are unsure about what program to pursue, contact the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at (518) 629-7338. Counselors and academic advisors will discuss which academic path is best for you.

Q: Who should I contact about enrolling in summer school at Hudson Valley?

A: Contact the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, at (518) 629-7338.

Q: Can I receive credit for my life experience?

A: The college offers a Life Experience Program for students who are matriculated in a degree program. The Life Experience Program is designed to provide adults with an alternative method of obtaining college credit. Hudson Valley Community College will award credit for knowledge acquired through work experience. For more information, contact Linda Pelosi in the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, at (518) 629-7338, or, click here.

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Programs for Children

Q: Does Hudson Valley Community College offer summer programs for children?

A: Hudson Valley Community College offers a variety of athletic and educational programs for children during the summer months. Athletic camps include softball, lacrosse, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, and ice hockey. Camps are open to boys and girls to develop interest, learn techniques and improve skills in a variety of sports. Programs offered by Hudson Valley and affiliated with The Arts Center can expose children to theater, videography, pottery, painting and other creative adventures. For more information contact the Office of Community and Professional Education at (518) 629-7339.

Q: What other programs for children does Hudson Valley offer?

A: The Office of Community and Professional Education also oversees the Summer Educational Enrichment Program, (SEEP) a seven-week summer day camp program with academic enrichment and other fun activities. SEEP is for children entering grades two through seven. In addition, the Technology Enrichment Program is co-sponsored by the college and the Bethlehem Central School District. It helps prepare students entering grades 5 through 8 with increased computer skills and analytical problem-solving skills. Finally, Hudson Valley also offers its Successful Communication program for children and teens ages 6 through 13. The program is designed to engage students in learning in a variety of ways and to increase communication skills and foster success in school. Students receive instruction in basic writing techniques, and in more effective communication skills. For more information on any of these programs, contact the Office of Community and Professional Education at (518) 629-7339.

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Adult Education/Crafts

Q: What Adult Education programs does Hudson Valley Community College offer?

A: Hudson Valley Community College offers a wide range of credit-free Adult Education classes, from how to build a home-based business to aerobic cardio-kickboxing. To find out what courses are currently being offered, click here. A variety of computer courses, from beginners' classes to computer programming, are also offered through the Office of Business and Industry Training.

Q: Can Hudson Valley prepare me for professional re-certification? Do they offer other professional certifications?

A: The college offers a variety of professional re-certifications as well as short certification courses in several para-professional careers. For information on which professional programs the college offers, contact the Office of Community and Professional Education, (518) 629-7339, or visit their Web page.

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For Current Students

Q: Who are the advisors to the student clubs and organizations?

A: For information on specific clubs or organizations sponsored by the Student Activities Office, contact the office at (518) 629-7348, or visit their Web site.

Q: Where are the student service offices on campus?

A: To find out what student services are offered at Hudson Valley Community College, click here.

Q: What number do I call to find out if the college is closed?

A: Due to heavy snow or other inclement weather, the college may sometimes cancel classes. To find out if classes have been cancelled, call (518) 629-4822. School closings will also be broadcast on local radio and television stations.

Q: What are the hours of the library?

A: Click here to access the Library's hours. Many library services can also be accessed online.

Q: What are the hours of the college bookstore?

A: The Viking Cove Bookstore is located on the first floor of the Campus Center. The bookstore is open for extended hours prior to the first week of classes each semester. Click here for hours and more information.

Q: What are hours of the open access computer labs? Where are they?

A: Click here to access information on the college's Computer Learning Center.

Q: How do I find out when I will be eligible to graduate?

A: Your advisor will be able to tell you how many credits you need to graduate from your degree or certificate program.

Q: How do I pay my bill?

A: Bills may be paid at the Cashier's Office, which is located in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Hours are extended during in-person registration. Students may pay by mail with the envelope that comes enclosed with their bill, or they may pay over the phone using a Visa or MasterCard card. There is a payment due date on the bottom of every bill. Students must pay their bills by this date or risk losing seats in the classes they have scheduled. The phone number for the Cashier's office is (518) 629-4504.

Q: How do I schedule my classes?

A: Students who are matriculated in a degree program should contact their academic advisor to schedule their classes. Your advisor will provide you with the times he or she is available for scheduling. Non-matriculated students may schedule their classes by making an appointment with the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, during the fall and spring semester. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday; although academic advisors are available until 6:30 p.m.; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday. To reach them by phone, call (518) 629-7338.

Q: How do I get a parking permit?

A: Parking permits are sent from the college to students after all tuition and fees are paid and the Vehicle Registration form has been completed. If you have not received a parking permit after you have paid your bill and submitted your registration form, contact the Cashier's Office at (518) 629-4504.

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Educational Opportunity Center

Q: What is the Educational Opportunity Center?

A: The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), a division of Hudson Valley Community College, offers tuition-free academic and workforce development opportunities to economically disadvantaged and educationally under-prepared individuals. Through academic and vocational training, intensive casework, and job placement support, the EOC provides eligible New York State residents age 16 and over with the necessary skills and competencies to gain employment, succeed on the job, and to pursue on-going personal and professional development. The EOC has two locations - 30 North Russell Road, Westgate Shopping Center, Albany, and 431 River Street, Troy.

Q: What programs are available at the EOC?

A: The EOC provides both academic and vocational programs to those who are income eligible. Academic programs include English as a Second Language, Academic Enrichment, College Preparation, and Prep 4 College Success. Business programs include Business Employment Skills for Today, Information Processing for Today, and Health Information for Today. Service programs include Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Customer Service, and Nursing Assistant. Technical programs include Building Trades and Welding. Many of these programs include nationally recognized certifications. Click here for more information on the EOC.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible to attend the EOC?

A: The Capital District EOC is a tuition-free to eligible New York State residents. To find out if you are eligible, contact the EOC at (518) 273-1900. Click here for more information on the EOC.

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Community Events/Activities

Q: What are the hours for public skating at the ice rink?

A: The Conway Ice Rink is open for public skating beginning in late October and running through March. Public skating hours are generally weekdays from noon to 2 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Q: Where can I find out about events on campus?

A: Click the News and Events page to find out what special events, cultural activities and athletics are coming up on campus.

Q: Where can I find out about renting space or holding a conference at the college?

A: The college has a variety of facilities for meetings and teleconferences, as well as larger events. The Bulmer Telecommunications Center has adaptable, fully-wired meeting space, as well as an auditorium that seats 140. The McDonough Sports Complex is host to a wide variety of large events. The college annually hosts the girl's state high school basketball championships, the Wildwood Flower and Garden Show, an AKC-sanctioned dog show and a variety of computer fairs and other events. For more detailed information on fees and availability, click here.

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Alumni Association

Q: How can I join the Hudson Valley Community College Alumni Association?

A: Membership in the Hudson Valley Community College Alumni association has numerous benefits. To find out more about the Alumni Association, click here.

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College in the High School Program

Q: What is the College in the High School program?

A: The College in the High School program allows students at selected local high schools to take college-level courses during their normal school day. The courses are taught at the high schools by adjunct Hudson Valley Community College instructors. Credit earned in the courses can be transferred to Hudson Valley or any other college or university. For more information, click here.

Q: What courses are currently being taught?

A: To check current course listings, click here. To find out what courses are offered at individual schools, call the Office of School Programs and Educational Outreach, (518) 629-8108.

Q: Whom do I contact to find out about registering for College in the High School courses?

A: To find out about course availability, contact the Office of School Programs and Educational Outreach, at (518) 629-8108. If you are an educator or school administrator and would like to investigate bringing the College in the High School program to your school, contact the Office of School Programs and Educational Outreach at (518) 629-8108.

Q: Can high school students take classes at Hudson Valley Community College?

A: Yes, high school students may take courses for credit on the Hudson Valley Community College campus. High school students who are interested in taking classes on campus may register at the full tuition rate through the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. Courses are offered days, evenings, online and during the summer.

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Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

Q: What is the Workforce Development Institute?

A: The Workforce Development Institute is the largest professional training organization in the Capital Region. For 15 years, the institute has provided workforce development services to the community, including government agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations.

Q: Where are WDI programs offered?

A: Workforce Development Institute programs are flexible and tailored to the individual needs of clients. The WDI offers programs on-site or on campus and scheduled for your convenience. For individuals and small groups, we also offer open enrollment workshops on topics ranging from management skills to the latest technology.

Q: Who should I contact about WDI?

A: For more information about the programs offered by the Workforce Development Institute, contact (518) 629-4827. Or, explore the WDI Web site.

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