• Frequently Asked Questions

    Is your child a current student at SC4 or starting soon? Here is what you need to know.

    FAQs for parents of current students

    I’m concerned about my daughter or son? Who do I call?

    SC4 Campus Patrol is available during regular business hours at (810) 989-5757. If necessary, your inquiry will be directed to appropriate college staff, especially in the case of a situation where your son or daughter may be in a harmful situation or may be a danger to others. 

    After hours, non-emergency situations should be directed to the Port Huron Police Department at (810) 984-8415. Emergency situations should be directed to 911.

    What are the deadlines for registering for each semester?

    Students are strongly encouraged to register for classes as early as possible. Registering early ensures that the classes they need are available and allows for maximum flexibility in a student’s schedule.   

    • Fall semester Registration for the fall semester opens in mid-April. Students can pre-register for fall classes through early July with no down payment. Fall semester begins at the end of August and runs through mid-December. Classes may be added or dropped with no financial penalty through the end of the first week of classes. 
    • Winter semester Registration for the winter semester opens in early November. Students can pre-register for winter classes through late November with no down payment. Winter semester begins at the beginning of January and runs through early May. Classes may be added or dropped with no financial penalty through the end of the first week of classes. 
    • Summer semester – Registration for the summer semester opens during late March. Students can pre-register for summer classes through late April with no down payment. Summer semester begins in mid- May. The length of summer classes vary by course section, some are six weeks long, others 8, 10 or 12-weeks long. Classes may be added or dropped with no financial penalty through the end of the first week of class. 

    If my son or daughter isn’t doing well in a class, what’s the deadline for withdrawing from the class to avoid a poor or failing grade?

    We encourage students to talk to their instructor and use the support resources available, including the Achievement Center, tutoring, and the Math and Writing Centers before making the decision to withdraw from a class. However, if it’s necessary to withdraw, provided the student does so before these dates, he or she will receive a grade of “W” instead of the grade earned to that point in the class. A “W” grade isn’t counted in the student’s grade point average. It does, however, count as an attempted class for financial aid purposes. Having too many withdrawals and failing grades can affect a student’s eligibility for many financial aid programs, which is why we take student withdrawals very seriously.

    • Fall Semester 2016: Withdrawal deadline is November 12. 
    • Winter Semester 2017: Withdrawal deadline is April 1.

    How do I get a verification of enrollment for insurance purposes?

    Students can request a verification of enrollment to be sent to themselves or to a specific address through the WAVE student information system. Click on “WAVE for college credit students” and then “Academic Profile.” From that menu, select “Enrollment Verification Request.”

    Students can check on the status of verification requests by using the “Enrollment Verification Request Status” link.

    What are the dates of breaks in the school year?

    For the 2016-2017 academic year, SC4 will be closed on the following dates:  

    • September 5, 2016 – Labor Day
    • November 23-25, 2016 – Thanksgiving Break
    • December 23, 2016 – January 2, 2017 – Winter Break
    • April 3-7, 2017 – Spring Break

    SC4 also occasionally closes due to inclement weather or other reasons, including maintenance or safety reasons. If we have to close unexpectedly, information is posted on the front page of our website at sc4.edu.

    How do I find out my son’s or daughter’s grades or attendance record?

    At SC4, we appreciate the support you offer to your son or daughter as they pursue their education. Support from family and friends is often an important factor in a student’s academic success. College students’ academic records are protected by federal privacy laws, however. The main law covering student records is known as FERPA – The Federal Educational Records Privacy Act. SC4 is subject to this law. This means that, regardless of the age of the student or whether their parents are financially supporting that student, their student records may not be disclosed to anyone but the student. This includes grades, attendance and financial records. 

    SC4 students may choose to fill out a FERPA waiver form, which allows the college to release information to specific individuals named on the form. Without that waiver, though, SC4 has no choice but to follow the law and keep student information private 

    We encourage you to talk to your daughter or son on a regular basis about their school experience. Students are, of course, completely free to discuss their grades and other information with anyone they choose to share with.

    Is there public transportation to the SC4 campus?

    The SC4 campus is served by Blue Water Area Transit. More information, including current bus schedules, is available at www.bwbus.com

    How does my daughter or son update their address or phone number?

    Updating student information is done through the WAVE system. Students can log into the SC4 Portal at portal.sc4.edu, then click on “WAVE for College Credit Students.” Then click on “My Profile” and from the menu items at the bottom of that page, click “Address Change.” 

    How do I pay my student’s bill? What options are there?

    Although SC4 acknowledges and respects the financial support provided by our students’ parents and guardians, payment is the responsibility of students. Students may choose to allow parents and guardians to access their SC4 student account to check balances or make payments on their behalf, but due to federal privacy laws, SC4 cannot release information directly to anyone but the student. 

    Tuition and fees may be paid by credit card using the WAVE system through the student’s Portal, by check or money order by mail (at the address at the bottom of this page) or in person on the first floor of the SC4 Welcome Center, located at the corner of Glenwood and Erie Streets. SC4 also has a payment plan available through Nelnet Business Services; more information is available at www.mycollegepaymentplan.com/stclair. Service fees may apply to payment plans. 

    Top Ten Tips 

    1. Let go. Let your son or daughter get themselves up in the morning. It’s their education now, time to figure out how the alarm clock works! 

    2. Listen and reassure. Encourage your student to make their college responsibilities a high priority, beginning with their first semester. It may take some time to adjust to the higher academic standards of college, and it can be discouraging at times. Tell your son or daughter about the resources available at SC4 to help them through the tough times, including the Achievement Center, the Writing and Math Centers, individual tutoring, and of course their instructors and professors. They can do this!

    3. Have conversations about lifestyle choices. Nationwide challenges like alcohol and drug abuse and other social issues are present at SC4, like any college campus. Talk to your son or daughter in advance about the choices they’re likely to confront as they move into adulthood, and encourage them to make choices that keep their future in mind.

    4. Encourage them to get to know their instructors. Just going to class often isn’t enough to build strong relationships with instructors. Every faculty member has office hours where students can ask additional questions and talk about what’s going on in class. Encourage your student to take advantage of those opportunities to connect. Students who engage their teachers outside of class tend to do better than those who don’t.

    5. Let your student manage their own academic choices. Provide support and assistance, certainly, but in the end, every student has to live with the choices they make. They need to be in charge of these very important decisions. Let them pick their classes, choose their field of study, and develop their academic plan.

    6. Help them build a successful life, not just the skills for a “hot job.” Your son or daughter needs to make their own choice of careers and subjects they want to study. The more they enjoy and care about the subjects they’re studying, the better they’ll do. Selecting the most popular or highest paying career doesn’t guarantee employment, now or in the future. Just because it’s hot now doesn’t guarantee that a career will be in demand ten years from now, or that your student has the ability or desire to succeed in it. Let them make these decisions… they need to choose.

    7. Stay in touch… but perhaps not too much. Between their busy schedules and changes in sleeping patterns, it may be hard to get much time to talk. Help them grow into their new independence. Your role is shifting from coach to cheerleader. Be encouraging without being too demanding – they get plenty of demands at college!

    8. Don’t focus strictly on grades. Grades are one measure of success, but not the only one. The entire experience in each class is important. Students can be inspired by what they learned in a class whether they receive an “A” or a “C”. Ask about the topics being covered, which classes they enjoy, and what they’re doing for fun. 

    9. Remind them to get involved in things outside of class. Participating in outside-the-classroom activities and events is another great way to connect with the whole college community. Plays, concerts, sporting events, lectures, student clubs and other campus events are fun and help students make new friends and experience new things. SC4 students are entitled to free admission to most campus events by showing their Skipper OneCard ID. 

    10. Pace your advice. We’ve given you some tips here, and you have many more from your experience as your student’s parent or guardian. But sometimes the best thing you can give your son or daughter is a listening ear. Hold back some of the advice until it’s really needed. If you’re not sure how to get a conversation started, try one of these questions:

    a. What are the names of your professors? (Many instructors at SC4 grew up in our community, it’s possible you know some of them!) Ask about their educational background, training or interests. How often is your student meeting with them outside of class? 

    b. Do you know the objectives in each of your classes? What are you supposed to be learning?

    c. Have you had to write any research papers? What were they about? What did you think of that subject?

    d. What’s been the most interesting class or lecture this semester?

    e. Have you been regularly attending your classes? (Really?)

    f. Do you ever get discouraged? About what? Would you like to talk about it? Can I help?

    g. How much of a change was college compared to high school?

    h. What was the title of the last book you read? Was it a novel or a textbook? Did you enjoy it?