Academic Advisor
All LCCC students are assigned a career & academic advisor based on their major. As an LCCC student, your advisor will serve as your go-to person. Advisors can assist with a variety of things, such as providing academic guidance, course selection and registration, self and career exploration, helping students find experiential learning opportunities that will help them build their resume (i.e. internships, volunteer work, etc), connecting you to appropriate resources, transfer planning, effective decision making, educating students about institutional policies & procedures, and assisting with goal setting. LCCC advisors monitor their students’ academic progress and routinely conduct outreach via phone and through student email accounts.

Academic Load
The number of credit hours taken during an academic term.  A student can have a light, average, or heavy academic load.

Academic Recovery
A student status indicating the cumulative GPA has fallen below established minimums for academic success and progress. Enrollment restrictions may be imposed.

Administrative Withdrawal
After the withdrawal deadline has passed, students with documented, extenuating circumstances may be eligible for an administrative withdrawal by the dean of the division in which the course or courses are taught.

Applied Degree
A degree that consists of specific prescribed courses resulting in a student’s preparation to enter the work place in a designated field.  Generally a terminal degree and not intended to prepare a student for transfer to upper-level university study.

Associate of Arts and Associate of Sciences Degree
Degrees that provide students a broad academic education to prepare them for upper level university study. Designed to be transfer degrees. Consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours.

A grade option (AU) that requires payment for institution, general and any special fees. The student is expected to complete the coursework but will not receive a grade. Auditing courses is a useful strategy for updating skills.


Bachelor’s Degree
A four-year (at minim) baccalaureate degree. Usually consists of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours.


The system LCCC uses to administer online classes.

Catalog Rights
The academic requirements in the college catalog in effect when a student is initially admitted. Catalog rights are applicable for 8 years from student’s admission date.

Contact Hours
Actual hours of class time per week.

Credit Hour
A fifty -minute time block. A unit of measuring education credit based upon the number of classroom hours per week throughout the term.  Credit hours are earned, culminating in completion of a certification or degree. Tuition is also charged by the credit hour.

A term indicating courses must be taken at the same time.

Consortium Agreement
An agreement between two schools to recognize registration at each institution for financial aid purposes. It allows students enrolled at more than one school in a given semester to receive the maximum amount of financial aid for which they are eligible by combining enrollment at both schools.

A term Indicating courses that must be taken during the same term.

Curriculum Guide
An outline of the coursework required for a particular degree or certificate program.



Degree Audit
A personalized electronic accounting of the requirements that allows a student to track what has been completed and what remains to be completed to earn a specific certificate or degree.

The release of awarded Financial Aid funds to a student.

Prohibiting a student from enrolling due to a lack of making sufficient academic progress. Students may also be dismissed for non-academic reasons.



A course the student chooses to take. Not a specific requirement for one’s major.



Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
This application is used to determine a student’s financial need and eligibility for all federal financial aid, including grants, loans, and work study.

Failure Administrative Withdrawal (FAW)
Students are expected to be actively pursuing course completion and participating in the class throughout the semester. Through the midterm grade process, faculty may initiate a Failure Administrative Withdrawal grade of FAW for those students who are not actively participating in the course and who are not providing evidence of course completion. Once an FAW is given as a midterm grade, students cannot withdraw from the course.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Federal law enacted in 1974 that provides student access to information about themselves, permits students to challenge this information and limits the release of such information about students without the student’s explicit written consent.

An academic load of 12-18 credit hours during fall or spring terms, or 6-9 credit hours during the summer term.



Graduation Petition or Graduation Candidacy Request Form
LCCC terminology for our graduation application.

Federal money awarded to undergraduate students that does not have to be re-paid once a student has attended class and completed their semester. Awarded based on financial need.





Incomplete Grade
An incomplete I grade is a temporary grade issued at the request of the student with the consent of the instructor for reasons beyond the student’s control. Typically, students and instructors sign a contract and the student agrees to complete all assignments by a specific deadline.



Money borrowed by a student from the federal government through LCCC. These provide guaranteed money that must be repaid. Repayment begins six months after students graduate or stop attending at least six credit hours per term.


A subject of academic study chosen as a field of specialization. At LCCC, we also call these programs or academic programs. 

A subject of academic study requiring fewer courses than a major or a secondary area of academic interest.

The LCCC system that enables students to register for courses, pay their bill, view final grades, order official transcripts, access student emails, etc.





One-Year Technical Certificate
Consists of specific program requirements of at least 30 semester credit hours, exclusive of college preparatory work.

An academic load over 18 credit hours.

On Plan
A system used by the college to determine if your courses are eligible to be funded with financial aid (Pell grant). On Plan helps keep you on track and assists with making informed decision about the best use of your financial aid. This tool lets LCCC send you a notification shortly after you register to inform you if any of your course selections are ineligible for financial aid. 

Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways (OGTPs)
OGTPs streamline credit transfer among the state’s public institutions and provide a clearer path to degree completion for students pursuing associate degrees who intend to transfer to an Ohio public university to complete their bachelor’s degree. OGTPs also constitute an agreement between public community colleges and universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements and will be counted and applied toward the bachelor’s degree. Students who complete OGTPs will be granted junior standing, but still must meet all university program admission requirements.



An academic load of 6-8 credit hours per term (1-5 is less than part-time, and 9-11 is 3/4 time).

A course students are required to complete before they can take another course.



Refund Schedule
A published calendar of dates describing the percentage of refund of fees possible at various times of the academic term.

Granting permission to enroll following an academic dismissal.



Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Standards achieved in order to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid funds.

Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add)
Changes to a schedule occurring after registration and before the eighth calendar day of the semester. Not noted on transcript.

Monetary awards to students use to fund their educational expenses-based on need, merit, or other specific qualifications. Do not have to be re-paid. Some are renewable.

Period of instruction into which the academic year is divided fall and spring is 16 weeks, summer is shorter. There are 8-week classes available each semester. 

Short-Term Technical Certificate
Consists of specific program requirements of less than 30 credit hours to certify a job skill or specific competency.

A summary of course and examination requirements, instructor rules and expectations for a specific course.



The official recording of a student’s academic record.

Transfer Student
A qualified student admitted to LCCC who has previously attended another college or university.

Transfer Module
A group of designated courses taken at one Ohio public college or university that will automatically meet the requirements of the designated course at a receiving public college or university. Consists of 36 total credit hours. Courses are distributed across 5 different academic disciplines.

Transient Student
A student enrolled at another college or university but taking classes at LCCC for credit at their home institution. Also referred to as a guest student at other institutions.

The cost or payment for instruction.



University Partnership
A unique program between LCCC and 4-year degree granting institutions that allows a student to complete bachelor’s or master’s degrees on the LCCC campus with instruction provided by the 4-year institution. The advanced degree is awarded by the four-year institution. Instead of students commuting to the university, all courses can be taken on LCCC’s campus or online. Students pay LCCC’s tuition rate for LCCC’s courses and the university’s tuition rate for the university’s courses, ultimately saving thousands of dollars.





The removal of one or more courses from a student’s schedule after the eighth calendar day of the semester. A W is noted on the transcript, but does not have an impact on GPA.