New Student FAQ's

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Do I have an Advisor?
Yes- all students who attend NHTI have their own academic advisor who will assist them in their course schedule planning and registration. Your advisor will be the department head or a faculty member within your major program of study to which you have been admitted. It is important that you touch base with your advisor each semester as you choose your courses and make your career plans.

If you are taking only evening classes, are not accepted into a program (non-matriculated), or are unsure who your advisor is, you may seek academic advising in the Academic Advising Center, which is located in Sweeney 103.

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Why do I have to take all the Placement Testing?
NHTI administers several assessments that measure your abilities, aptitudes, and attitudes. The results of your testing can tell your advisor a great deal about your readiness for college and the appropriate courses which you should take to build a foundation for success in college. Your advisor will review this information with you and guide you in your course selection.

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How much time should I plan on studying in college?
In general, it is suggested that to get by, students should plan on 1-2 hours of studying for each hour per week spent in the classroom. To be successful, students are encouraged to study for a minimum of three hours for each hour spent in the classroom each week. As you progress in your academic major, the courses will be become more challenging, and you may find the need to study more.

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Will I have time to get a job?
If you are a full time student, you should view this as your job. However, working part time may be a necessity for you. If you plan on 15 hours in class each week, 45 hours studying, 56 hours sleeping, 25 hours eating and personal hygiene, that leaves you with 27 free hours each week. That is not a lot of time to spare, and we have not included time for commuting, socializing, working out, or relaxing. If you must work, you might consider a reduced course load to balance your priorities effectively and extend the amount of time it will take you to complete your program.

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How much will going to school cost me?
Courses at NHTI for in-state students cost $230 or more per credit, whether or not you pass them, complete them, or do well in them. For a full-time student taking 12 credits, tuition and fees are approximately $2,760 each semester, plus books and supplies. If you choose to live in the residence hall, you need to add $4,128 to your tuition and fee amount each semester. Students’ can apply and use: financial aid, parent plus loans and private loans as well as set up an online installment payment plan to spread the cost over the semester.

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Is there financial aid available to help me pay for college?
Yes- financial aid comes in many forms of merit and need-based scholarships, grants, work-study employment, and loans. Upon completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility for assistance and provide you with an award letter each year. If your situation changes, it is important that you keep them informed as it may impact your award package. Any aid awarded is tied to the number of credits in which you are enrolled and your ability to make satisfactory progress in your courses. Academic performance and financial aid eligibility are linked- so it is important that you strive to do well academically, as you could risk losing your financial aid. If you are awarded student loans, this is DEBT that must be repaid, regardless of your academic performance. With each semester, you will be incurring more debt, and you will need to manage your debt once you complete your degree and begin repayment. There are also numerous scholarships available for which you may apply and this information is available in the Financial Aid Office.

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What services are available on campus to help me become a better college student?
Your advisor will be a great resource to point you in the right direction. The college offers a myriad of services to all students in the Learning Center on campus to support student learning including Placement Testing, a Math LabStudy Skills Support, Reading Center, Writing Center, Computer Learning LabCareer Exploration Resources, and peer and professional tutor support.

Other services which are ready to assist you include:

  • The Office of Disabilities Services offers support to students with disabilities to become more independent learners in the form of tutoring, counseling, and assistive technologies.
  • The Counseling Office on campus can assist students in identifying and achieving their educational and life goals to enhance their learning environment throughout the institution.
  • Some major programs also offer Peer Mentors who are senior level students available to guide and mentor new students.
  • The Health Services Office can assist students in compliance with health/immunization information needed for college entry, an Allied Health program, or athletics.

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How is going to college different from high school?
As a college student, you are responsible for monitoring your own educational and social decisions and are held accountable for those decisions. All students are expected to follow the published policies in the Student Handbook, including the Student Code of Conduct, which prohibits acts of dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism. Faculty members will expect you to take personal responsibility for your learning by working independently and adhering to classroom protocols, attendance requirements, and due dates, and by following the guidelines specified in the course syllabus your faculty member will provide to you at the beginning of every course. There are more than financial consequences to letting coursework slide. If you stop attending a course without following the appropriate Dropping a Class/Withdrawing from NHTI, your instructor may drop you from the course with a failing grade at any point. If your credit load drops too far, you may no longer be eligible to live in the residence halls or to play intercollegiate sportsIf your Grade Point Average is too low at the end of the semester, you may be suspended from your program for a semester or more and have to re-apply in order to finish the program. If you fail to make satisfactory progress in your degree program, you may also jeopardize your eligibility for financial aid.

This is why it is important to communicate with your instructors and your advisor right away if you are experiencing any problems that threaten your successful completion of any of your courses. Don’t just assume that your problem is either unique or insurmountable. There are usually more options than you might think to maintain good academic standing, and your instructors and advisor are available to help you find the best solution.

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Are there important dates or deadlines I need to know about?
Each semester, there are several important dates to remember:

  • Until the 14th calendar day of the semester, you can drop a course with a 100% refund of tuition, less non-refundable fees. Classes that meet in a format shorter than the traditional semester have a reduced drop with a refund period.
  • By the 8th week of the semester, midterm exams will be done and academic warnings will be issued. This is your wake-up call to connect with your faculty and understand what you need to do to pass a course.
  • Up until the 9th week of the semester, you may withdraw with a “W” grade.
  • The 15th week of the semester is the true crunch time when papers, projects, and presentations will be due.
  • The 16th week of the semester is final exam week.

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What if I want to change my program once I have begun taking classes?
If you want to change your program, obtain a Request for Change of Program form from the Admissions Office and have your current department head and intended department head sign it; signatures do not guarantee or imply acceptance into the new program. There is no cost for completing this form and you do not need to submit a new application for admission! Return the Form to the Admissions Office where it will be processed to be sure that you have met the necessary admissions requirements for your new major. You will be advised in writing by the Admissions Office once your request has been processed.

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How involved will my parents be in my college education?
That is entirely up to you. We encourage all students to become independent and responsible adult learners. Parents do not have automatic access to student grades or information about you. You are protected by FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as the Buckley Amendment, which ensures the privacy of your grades and academic records. If you would like to provide consent for college personnel to discuss your educational progress with specific members of your family, you must sign a “Release of Information” form available in the Registrar’s Office.

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Aside from classes, are there other things to do on campus?
Yes there are- and plenty of them! Since NHTI is a residential campus housing 350 students, we have a huge variety of student activities from which to choose on a very active campus. In addition to a complete collegiate athletic program, the college has over 30 student organizations, from Alternative Spring Break to Student Senate. In addition, many major programs have professional student clubs which provide additional career, social, and academic support for students. The college sponsors a student leadership program, lecture series, movies, and campus activities such as a hypnotist, mind reader, musicians, and many more. Research shows that students who actively participate in non-academic activities do better academically and have a higher rate of degree completion. We want our students to be engaged in all facets of campus life!