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I Don't Qualify as a First-Time Student or a Transfer Student?

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I Don't Qualify as a First-Time Student or a Transfer Student?

This is a long shot, but I have a kind-of complicated situation that I need advice on, if anybody has experienced something like this, or has any information that could help me out.

At 16, I graduated and enrolled at Sierra College which is a community college here in California. I signed up for 4 classes, with a total of probably 12 units. I went to my classes for a couple of months. Never dropped them, but did not complete them, and never went back to school.

Now, 4 years later, I would really love to apply to a four year college, Mills specifically. The problem is, I don't qualify as a first year student or a transfer student at ANY four year college. I am neither. The only possible way for me to go back to school is if I first go to a community college.

Is there any possible way around this? I've called and asked Sierre College if there was any way I could somehow have my failed classes expunged from my record, and I was told there is Academic Renewal, but to qualify, I must attend Sierra for a certain amount of time in good standing. Or I must show that at the period in time in which I failed my classes I was undergoing hardship, which she described as "like a prolonged stay in a hospital, or a death in your immediate family."

When I dropped out of college, I was 16, in an abusive relationship with a drug abuser, my mother was abusing drugs, as was her live in boyfriend, I was kicked out, did not have a stable place to live, worked full time at at least 1 job, at many times 2 or 3... Would this be considered hardship? I mean, i would definitely consider it hardship, but it doesn't quite line up with hospitalization and death...

If I can't get the classes removed from my record, is there any alternate way I can apply for a school? I've been looking into this a lot, and haven't come up with much. Just kind of brainstorming, any ideas would help.

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Re: I Don't Qualify as a First-Time Student or a Transfer ...

I know that where i live ( in fl ) that if you go to a community college for 2 years you can transfer to a university as a junior. check into that. Its not a bad thing to go to a community college. I found it much easier than a university.

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Re: I Don't Qualify as a First-Time Student or a Transfer ...

you could at least try. They can say yes it's a hardship or no, but it wouldn't hurt to try. If they won't do it, just go to community college for a couple years. It's much cheaper anyway.

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Re: I Don't Qualify as a First-Time Student or a Transfer ...

You can choose not to report or transfer any of those credits and start over as a first year. Especially since you were a minor when you took the classes.

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Re: I Don't Qualify as a First-Time Student or a Transfer ...

That's what I was thinking!

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Re: I Don't Qualify as a First-Time Student or a Transfer ...

I think all the other ideas I have are region-specific. Here we have "mature students" (anyone who has been out of school for 3+ years) and their admittance isn't based on past marks - usually it's not hard to get in as a mature student because they tend to make good students so schools like them. Anything like that where you live?

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Re: I Don't Qualify as a First-Time Student or a Transfer ...

adcaela- I thought I had heard you could do that somewhere before... In applying to Mills specifically, you can apply as a transfering or a new student. They define a new, first-year student as one who has never been enrolled at another college, and a transfering student as a student with x amount of credits. If applied in the strictest sense, I don't qualify as either. So do I just lie and state I have never enrolled at another college? There is no 'decline to state' option...

I called the admissions office today, and they set me up with an admissions counselor, so I'm definitely going to take advantage of that, see what she has to say.

Thanks for all of the ideas, mamas!