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Admission of Documented Individuals

Students who have Permanent Residency Status do not need a student visa. They may apply and attend as Curriculum students. As part of the admissions process, students will need to present their permanent residency card.

Admission of Students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Classification

  • The DACA Program is the recent ruling by the Federal Government that gives undocumented persons permission to live and to work in the U.S. and not be deported for a period of two years, even though they are not in the country legally.
  • As part of the admissions process, students will need to present their DACA card.
  • In North Carolina, persons under the DACA program can study at JSCC, but only under the same conditions as an undocumented person, with the exception that persons under the DACA Program can enroll during regular registration periods.
  • Persons under the DACA Program are not eligible for Federal financial aid.
  • Persons under the DACA Program cannot receive in-state tuition.
  • Persons under the DACA program may not be admitted into courses of study where licensure is required for employment.

Admission of Undocumented Individuals

JSCC admits undocumented individuals under the provisions of the NCCCS Administrative Code Item Number: 23 NCAC 02C .0301 – ADMISSION TO COLLEGES. The provisions are as follows:

  • An undocumented immigrant with a diploma from a United States public high school, private high school, home school, or Adult High School that operates in compliance with State or local law is eligible to be admitted to a community college.
  • Undocumented immigrants with a high school equivalency diploma are not considered to have “graduated from a United States public high school, private high school, or home school” and therefore are not eligible to be admitted to a community college.
  • Any undocumented student registered into a class is required to pay the out-of-state tuition rate.
  • A student who is lawfully present in the United States will always have priority for a space or program of study over a student who is an undocumented student. JSCC cannot enroll undocumented students into a class or program of study for which there are waiting lists, nor does the college register undocumented students for classes until the conclusion of the last published registration period.
  • Federal law prohibits states from granting professional licenses to undocumented immigrants. Therefore, undocumented students cannot be admitted into courses of study where licensure is required for employment, for example, the Associate Degree Nursing curriculum.

NC Business Sponsor Exception for In-State Tuition and for out-of-state and/or DACA Students

Each semester the following must be submitted by the first day of class.

  • Employer must complete and submit the Employer Sponsorship form.
  • Employer that will be sponsoring the student must provide a current Form W-9.
  • Employer sponsoring the student must provide a letter, on company letterhead, stating that the student they wish to sponsor is indeed an employee of the company and that the company intends to pay in full for the student with a company check. This must be provided each semester.
  • The Admissions Office must have a copy of the student’s EAD (Employment Authorization Document) card with a valid date (applicable to DACA students only).
  • After verification of all the above documents, the employer must provide a company check for payment in full of the student’s tuition and fees for each semester.
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