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Parkside Access to College Credit
What is PACC?
Parkside Access to College Credit
UW-Parkside’s concurrent enrollment program
- Students take UW-Parkside college courses
- Students earn college and high school credit simultaneously
- Course taught by qualified HS teachers
- Course taught during the regular school day
- Students earn their grade over the semester
- UW-Parkside transcript
Why take a PACC course?
- Earn college credit before graduating high school and save on future tuition costs!
- Experience a college course in familiar environment
- Earn course grade/credit throughout the term – students do not take a national examination at the end of the course for college credit like AP and IB courses
- Students successfully completing a PACC course demonstrate academic rigor, looking favorable on university admission applications
- Courses transfer to most US colleges and universities as real courses
- Course load is more flexible when entering college with completed credits
- (Research shows) higher student retention rates in college for students that have taken concurrent enrollment courses
Programs that allow high school students to take college classes in order to earn both high school and college credit.
Parkside Access to College Credit (PACC) Concurrent Enrollment
- Students take college courses at their high school, during the regular school day, and simultaneously earn both high school and college credit upon successful completion.
AP (Advanced Placement) /
IB (International Baccalaureate)
- Universities may grant college credit to students who obtain appropriate scores on the national AP/IB examinations taken in May.
Early College Credit/ Start College Now
- Students attend and take college courses at a 4-year university/technical college and earn both high school and college credit.
Student Eligibility for PACC
Students must be juniors or seniors in high school seeking college credits (some exceptions may apply).
Student must meet any placement and/or prerequisite requirements for the course that they enroll in.
Students must have consent from their high school counselor or designated school official.
Being a college student requires commitment and responsibility
- Academic rigor is more than a high school course
- Course preparation and studying time per week is typically
- 1-2 hours for each hour you are in class
- Grades received in courses follow your academic career forever
- Good grades can aid in college admission decisions, scholarships and grant awards, and much more
- Poor grades (less than a 2.0 GPA) can negatively effect your future financial aid awards
UW-Parkside Library access
Campus Technology Help Desk
Parkside Academic Resource Center (PARC)
- Tutoring Center
- NetTutor (24/7 online)
- Writing Assistance
- Academic Success Coaching
66% LESS IN TUTITION COSTS
Tuition for PACC courses is less than 1/3 of the regular college per-credit tuition rate. That’s a huge savings for students and their families!
PACC course cost = $98.97/credit
The PACC Program is committed to offering college credit courses to all students and has established a scholarship fund. These are competitive scholarships and there are limited funds available each semester. Spring 2020 Scholarship Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2020.
- Financial Need (45%)
- Community Service, Employment, School Activities and Awards (20%)
- First Generation College Student Status (15%)
- A Personal Statement (10%)
- Academic Performance (10%)
Scholarship decisions will be made a few days after the deadline. Students should check their Ranger email for notification.
Spring 2020 Payment Due: February 14, 2020
PAYMENT PLAN: Due dates for the payment plan are February 14, March 13, April 10. There is a $35.00 fee to sign up for the payment plan. More information is available on the Cashier Office website.
IRS FORM 1098-T: Form 1098-T will be furnished to all students who had qualified tuition and other related educational expenses billed to them during the previous calendar year.
- An official transcript of a student’s record is issued only by the Office of the Registrar.
- Students can order a transcript through the Order Official Transcript link in your SOLAR Parkside Self Service or stop by the Office of the Registrar.
- Search TRANSCRIPT on the UW-Parkside website for more information.
- Students interested in how courses transfer in UW-System and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) can use the Transfer Information System (TIS) to identify transferability of PACC courses.
- The PACC office will help students who need assistance with future colleges and universities if after submitting the transcript and course syllabus the institution needs more information.
- The receiving institution makes the determination as to what credit will be awarded upon transfer.
THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
FERPA protects the privacy interests of students and their educational records.
PACC students MUST complete an Information Release Consent Form
- Allows UWP and your HS teacher to discuss college course information with parents or guardians.
UW-Parkside Account Activation (SOLAR)
SOLAR is UW-Parkside’s online tool used for enrolling in classes, paying tuition balances, viewing grades, requesting transcripts and more. SOLAR is UW-Parkside’s Infinite Campus.
Account Activation Instructions:
- Refer to your "UW-Parkside Account Activation" email, sent from email@example.com, for your UWP Username and Activation PIN.
- Email is sent one business day after you apply to the university to the email address on your application. (Check your junk or spam folder if you can’t find it)
- If you didn't provide a valid e-mail address, your activation information will be sent by mail.
How do I know how much I owe?
You can see what you owe for tuition and fees in your SOLAR Student Center under Finances. If you need assistance, you can utilize the Print Bill directions or call us. You will also receive an email reminding you to check your account prior to the start of each semester.
Is there a payment plan available?
Payment plans are available for fall and spring semesters only. Payment plans are available on SOLAR by going to Self-Service/Campus Finances/Payment Plan Enrollment or using the Student Center under "Finances" using the "other financial" drop down and selecting "Enroll in Payment Plan" and clicking on the (>>).
What happens if I am late with my payment?
All payments must be postmarked on or before the Tuition Due Date, in order to avoid late fees. Late fees are $6.25 per credit with a $75.00 maximum in addition to a 1 % per month interest charge. Failure to pay tuition by the scheduled due date will prevent you from registering for future semesters, making schedule changes, and getting official transcripts or grades.