FAQs

Early entrant admissions

How old do I have to be to take classes at GCC?

Students of all ages are welcome to take courses at Greenfield Community College. There are a small number of courses with minimum age restrictions. These restrictions are outlined clearly in the course descriptions found in GCC’s course catalog.

What courses can I take if I am still in high school or am home schooled?

GCC wants you to be successful in your academic pursuits. Class selection is determined through a conversation with the student, his or her parent or legal guardian, and the high school guidance counselor or home school official. GCC does require every student to have the prerequisite course work or test scores needed for the individual course he or she wishes to take. These prerequisites are outline in the course descriptions in GCC’s course catalog.

Will I get college credit for the courses that I take?

High school students will receive college credit for courses taken at GCC and will develop a college transcript. This means that your grades matter and these courses are part of your permanent academic record at the College. If you decide that you want to continue your education at GCC after graduation, your coursework in which you have achieved a passing grade will automatically be applied. You don’t retake those courses.

Will the courses I take at GCC transfer to another college or university?

Many or our Early Entrant students transfer some or all of their GCC courses to another college or university. However, it is always at the discretion of the college or university in which you wish to transfer to decide whether or not your credits will be acceptable.

Will the classes I take be applied toward my high school or home school graduation requirements?

This decision is always determined by the appropriate official at the high school or home school.

If I am an Early Entrant, are my classes free?

Early Entrant students are billed at the same rate as all other students. In addition, Early Entrant students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

How do I go about being admitted to GCC as an Early Entrant student?

  • Discuss the possibility of taking courses with your parent/legal guardian and your high school or home school official.
  • Complete an application for Early Entrant students online.
  • Download the Early Entrant Supplemental Application MaterialsFully complete and return this documentation to the Office of Admission.
  • If you are planning to participate in athletics while taking courses at GCC, you will receive a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) waiver at your mailing address. You must complete this form and return it to the Office of Admission before your application is considered complete.
  • Call the Testing Center at GCC and make an appointment to take placement tests in reading, sentence skills and math. Detailed information about these tests can be found at www.gcc.mass.edu/testing.
  • Providing you have met the prerequisites to take the course(s) you have chosen, contact the Academic Advising Center to make an appointment to register for courses. New student registration dates are found on the College’s academic calendar and are posted on the GCC website.  In general, registration for the Summer and Fall terms will open in mid-April and in mid-November for the Spring term.

Do I need to have a high school diploma to take classes at GCC?

If you want to complete a degree or certificate program at GCC or apply for federal financial assistance, you must have a high school diploma or its equivalent or a GED. You may still be able to take classes at GCC without this credential but you cannot receive financial aid nor can you enroll in a degree or certificate program. Students who do not have a high school diploma because they are still enrolled in high school or home school can apply to GCC as Early Entrants.

General admission

Do you have on-campus housing?

No. GCC does not provide campus housing. Students will need to make their own arrangements for housing.

Do I need to have a high school diploma to take classes at GCC?

If you want to complete a degree or certificate program at GCC or apply for federal financial assistance, you must have a high school diploma or its equivalent or a GED. You may still be able to take classes at GCC without this credential but you cannot receive financial aid nor can you enroll in a degree or certificate program. Students who do not have a high school diploma because they are still enrolled in high school or home school can apply to GCC as Early Entrants.

Does everyone need to complete an application for admission to GCC?

Students who wish to complete a certificate or degree program at GCC and students who wish to apply for federal financial assistance need to complete an application for admission. If you just want to take classes for credit, you don’t plan to graduate and you don’t need financial aid, you are considered a non-matriculated student and you do not need to complete an application. Non-matriculated students can complete a registration form and return it to Enrollment Services to enroll.

My username and password is not working for MyGCC

Are you sure you’re using your GCC username and password? When you applied online to GCC, you created your own Login ID and PIN to allow you to access the online application. These are not the same as your GCC username and password, which is what you use to log into MyGCC, Moodle and GCC student email. Normally applicants receive GCC login credentials within 96 hours of acceptance to GCC. It can take up to 96 hours for new accounts to be activated. If you are a newly accepted student and need help with your GCC username, email and/or password, contact our Student HelpDesk for support.

I sent in a registration form for an online class. How do I know what my username and password is?

If you are a non-matriculated student and have submitted a registration form, you will receive email or paper correspondence with login credentials for our online services (email, Moodle and MyGCC) within 96 hours.

How will I know I have been accepted to GCC?

If you have applied to GCC, once the Office of Admission has received and processed your application, an acceptance letter will be sent to you at the mailing address you provided on your application materials. If you provided a personal email address when you applied, an acceptance email will be sent to you, as well as an email with login credentials for our online services (email, Moodle and MyGCC) within 96 hours.

If you are a non-matriculated applicant and have submitted a registration form, you will receive email or paper correspondence with login credentials for our online services (email, Moodle and MyGCC) within 96 hours.

If I don’t want to complete a degree or certificate program at GCC and I don’t intend to apply for federal financial aid, how do I enroll in courses?

You should complete a registration form, document that you’ve satisfied any and all prerequisites (by testing or providing necessary transcripts) and doing one of the following:

  • Bring the form to the Enrollment Services Office, located on the first floor of the main building in room C103
  • FAX your form to the Enrollment Services Office at (413) 775-1827
  • Mail your form to the Enrollment Services Office, Greenfield Community College, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301

Review our steps to enroll for more information.

International student admissions

Do you have on-campus housing?

No. GCC does not provide campus housing. Students will need to make their own arrangements for housing.

What is the SEVIS I-20 Form?

The Form I-20 is your “certificate of eligibility” issued by the Greenfield Community College indicating you are attending (or planning to attend) Greenfield Community College. It is like a pass to stay in the United States while studying. You need your I-20 to obtain your F-1 visa.

What is the F-1 visa?

The F-1 visa is a student visa issued to persons who will be full-time students seeking a degree or certificate at an approved institution. Your F-1 visa is issued by a US embassy or consulate in or near your country and is on one of the pages of your passport with your picture, personal information, and name of the school on it. It is like a ticket to enter the United States.

What is the I-94?

Form I-94 is the DHS Arrival/Departure Record issued to foreign travelers who are admitted to the US. Foreign visitors to the US arriving via air or sea no longer need to complete paper Customs and Border Protection Form I-94 or I-94W. You can access their CBP arrival/departure record information online.

Can I get credit for college courses I took at a college in my country? How?

Yes, you may be eligible to receive credit for courses that are equivalent to GCC courses. You will need to have your transcripts translated to English (if needed), and/or have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved credential evaluation service.

How/where do I have my transcripts translated and evaluated?

There are many outside agencies that translate and evaluate international transcripts. You may obtain help from the embassy/consulate or you may find a list
of agencies on the internet at educei.com or naces.org.

When will I get my Form I-20?

Once we have received all required documentation, your file will be evaluated by the International Admission officer. If you meet the admission requirements, you will be issued your I-20. Please note: the I-20 cannot be issued more than 120 days prior to the start of your academic program.

What if I am applying to a particular program (Nursing, Paramedic, Medical Assisting, or Outdoor Leadership)?

You must meet the criteria for those programs as well as the minimum admission requirements. You may request more information about a particular program by emailing hudgikm@gcc.mass.edu. Please be aware that admission to the GCC does not guarantee admission to these programs. Additional coursework may be required before you may apply to some programs.

When do I make an appointment with the Embassy?

Because the speed of mail delivery differs by country, we recommend you schedule your appointment only upon receipt of your I-20.

Can I submit a change of status form (I-539) if I am in the U.S on a visitor’s visa?

Applicants entering the United States on a visitor’s visa (B-2) without the “Prospective Student” classification (which is issued only in exceptional circumstances) may find it difficult to change to student classification. You will need to apply to the College and provide all the required documentation. Your current visa and I-94 must be valid and not expired. Your passport must also remain valid for the intended duration of study.

Can I change my major once I am in the US?

Yes, you may change your major, but we must issue you a new Form I-20 with your new major and completion date.

Can I transfer from another college in the US to GCC? What do I need to do?

You will need to submit all documentation required for new applicants. A completed “Transfer Verification Form” signed by your current college/university and current official transcript indicating completed courses and those in progress.

Can I transfer to another college? How do I go about it?

As long as you are currently in good standing both financially and academically with GCC, we will sign a transfer approval form issued by the school you wish to attend.

Who can I get to sponsor me? Does it have to be someone in the US?

You will need to obtain your own sponsors. The sponsors do not need to be in the US. Our only requirement is that the sponsor(s) have sufficient funds to meet your financial responsibilities.

How much does it cost for an international student to attend your college and obtain a degree?

The estimated cost provided in the International Student Information Packet is based on one academic year. Your degree may be completed in two years; however, additional time is required for students who need to improve their English and/or mathematics skills. When planning your financial needs, it is advised that applicants estimate financial need to be between 2 and 3 years.

Can I seek employment with a student visa?

No. This is why USCIS requires financial documentation that demonstrates sufficient funds available to support your education.

What happens if I do not complete my degree before my I-20 expires?

GCC can file for an extension to your Form I-20 so you may complete your degree.

Can I travel outside the US during school breaks? What do I need to do?

Yes, you may travel during school breaks. You will need your Form I-20 signed by a GCC official (PDSO/DSO).

Can I drive while in the US? Will I need a US driver’s license?

If you have a valid driver’s license from your country, you may not need to apply for a license in the US. Each state within the US, however, establishes their own requirements and will accept driver’s licenses only from certain countries. For information on Massachusetts driver’s license requirements, you can visit the RMV web site.