Program Advising

First Year Programs and Activities for FYE

College is as much about life as it is about classes. Get involved with New River CTC First Year Experience to enrich yourself through programs and activities.

 

FYE Workshops

New River CTC offers workshops over the course of each semester with various topics in community colleges.

  • Best Practices in Studying
  • Best Practices in Test Taking
  • Club Sign ups
  • Resume building

 

FYE Workshops

  • Aug 26 at 11:00 Greenbrier Valley Campus FYE Orientation
  • First week of October --------------------- Academic Advising by appointment, graduation and transition plan
  • First week of November -----------------Time Management Seminar
  • First week of December ------------------ Resume Building Seminar

 

MLK Snowshoe Trip

  • First week of February -----------------College Success Skills Seminar
  • First week of March --------------------Resume Building Seminar 2
  • First week of April ----------------------General Application Seminar

** Your Campus Guide will give you the dates for your campus activities.  Be sure to sign up!!

Financial Aid Application Process

This is an overview of the financial aid process at New River Community and Technical College. Please read through this information carefully. This information may be used as a guide at any point in the financial aid application process to help you determine the status of your financial aid paperwork, and to assist you in asking questions about the status of your financial aid. It is also a good idea to begin a folder in which to keep all of your financial aid paperwork. Please keep this information in that folder with your other financial aid paperwork.

Financial Aid Quickstart Guide

Ready to start?  Here is a Quick-Start Guide to help you through.
Would you like more detailed information? Continue Reading below.
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Financial Aid Process

Step 1 – Application

  • There are several good reasons for completing the FAFSA on-line, but the most important reasons are that it is faster and more accurate.  You can complete the FAFSA on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • You may also complete a paper FAFSA.
  • Regardless of which way you complete the FAFSA, be sure to use New River Community and Technical  College’s school code 039603.
  • To complete the FAFSA you will need
  • Your and your parents’ (if applicable) social security numbers
  • Your and your parents’ (if applicable) income information
  • If applying on-line, be sure to sign your application electronically using your FSA ID.
  • Be sure to print a copy of your completed FAFSA and your Submission Confirmation before exiting.
  • This information will then be transmitted to you and the Financial Aid Office in the form of a Student Aid Report.

Step 2 – SAR Review

  • After completing the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within 2-4 weeks. If you provided an e-mail address the SAR will be sent to your e-mail address within 2-3 days.
  • Once you receive your SAR, review it for accuracy.
  • Be sure that New River Community and Technical College is listed
  • If you need to make corrections please contact your Financial Aid Representative.
  • After reviewing the SAR, you are encouraged to contact a Financial Aid Representative on your campus to see if there is any additional paperwork to be completed. If you need to make corrections please notify your Financial Aid Representative.

Step 3 – Verification

  • If your file is selected for verification, you will be asked to complete a Verification Worksheet and provide additional documentation.
  • Please supply the requested material promptly in order to speed up the processing of your financial aid file.
  • If you do not receive a letter from the Financial Aid Office within 1-2 weeks after receiving your SAR, please contact a Financial Aid Representative.

Students wishing to receive a Student Loan

  • Notice: Students who wish to receive student loans must request the loan when completing the verification Data Sheet. You may also request the loan by contacting your Financial Aid Representative.
  • If the student is eligible for the loan, it will be added to the award. The student needs to complete a Loan Eligibility Information form with their Financial Aid Representative.
  • Before a student loan can pay to your account, first time borrowers will need to complete an Entrance Interview at www.studentloans.gov . First time borrowers will also need to sign a Master Promissory Note at www.dlenote.ed.gov . (Please wait 24 – 48 hours after completing the Loan Eligibility Information form to complete the Master Promissory Note.) This promissory note is valid for ten academic years.

Step 4 – Award

  • After returning the requested verification information to the Financial Aid Office, you should receive an Award Letter in approximately 2-4 weeks.
  • If you do not receive your award letter within 2-4 weeks, inquire with the Financial Aid Office.
  • Once you receive your award letter, review it carefully and read the accompanying material.
  • Return your completed award letter to the Financial Aid Office.

Step 5 – Payment

  • After you register for classes you will receive a Billing Invoice.  Be sure to follow the directions on your invoice.
  • If you have a positive balance on your billing invoice, you will need to make payment arrangements or inquire about the status of your financial aid.
  • If you have a negative balance, this indicates that you will be receiving a financial aid refund check, which is financial aid that is leftover after your bill is paid.
  • Notice:  You must contact the Business Office regarding your bill, no matter what your balance is.
Reminder:  You must reapply for financial aid by renewing the FAFSA yearly.  Beginning with the 2017-2018 award year the FAFSA will be available each October 1st.
 
At any point throughout the financial aid process you may speak with a Financial Aid Representative for more information (Financial Aid).

Student Resources

Frequently Asked Questions regarding move to Raleigh County Campus

Student Information Directory (List of important departments and phone numbers)

Special Services

Technology Services

Student Handbook

Community Resource Guides

SGA

There is a Student Government Association on each campus which can provide a forum for opinions as well as a calendar of cultural and fun events throughout the academic year. There are Halloween parties and Christmas functions geared for children of students as well as dances, gaming activities, and opportunities for community service.

Mercer County Campus

Nicholas County Campus

Greenbrier Valley Campus

Raleigh County Campus

Developmental Courses

The college provides developmental foundation courses in Reading, English, Arithmetic, and Algebra (ENGL 098, ENGL 099, MATH 098, MATH 099) for students scoring below the benchmark scores on ACT, SAT, ASSET, or COMPASS assessment instruments. Successful completion of developmental course(s) is a prerequisite for many college-level courses. Developmental studies courses are not counted toward meeting graduation requirements and are not used in the calculation of the graduation grade point average; however, they are covered by financial aid.

Student Success Center

The mission of the Student Success Center is to provide students with a comprehensive range of services and resources to enable students to reach their educational, lifelong learning, and career goals. The New River goal is to provide services to help all students achieve academic success. The expanded mission is to coordinate quality tutoring programs through a variety of delivery systems to meet the needs of traditional and nontraditional students. Upon student request, each campus provides support services at no additional cost. 

Any New River student is eligible for up to three hours of tutoring per class per week by completing an application. Tutoring is by appointment and availability of qualified tutors.   Tutoring is not available in all subjects.  Please contact your campus Educational Counselor in the Student Success Center on your campus.

The following services may be available:

  • Writing Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Career Counseling
  • Secure, make-up testing (by appointment only)
  • Mentoring
  • Study Groups
  • E-tutoring through synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Multimedia computer labs and prescriptive software programs

Student Success Center Contact Information:

Advanced Technology Center, P.O. Box 307, 527 Odd Road, Ghent, WV 25843, (304) 929-5016                                

Raleigh Co. Campus, 280 University Dr., Beaver, WV 25813, (304) 929-5005

Mercer County Campus, 1001 Mercer Street, Princeton, WV 24740, (304) 425-5858                                            

Nicholas County Campus, 6101 Webster Rd., Summersville, WV 26651 (304) 883-2465

Greenbrier Valley Campus, 101 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901, (304) 647-6591 

Coordinator of Student Success Centers, (304) 929-5027

Educational Opportunity Center - Admissions, Career, and Financial Aid Counseling

Prospective and current students should contact the Educational Opportunity Center if they would like help with the admissions and financial aid process.  The EOC not only helps students apply for admissions and financial aid but also helps them find out what programs are available, decide on a career, and select a degree program.  The EOC’s main goal is to help students enroll in post-secondary educational programs by providing information on GED classes, adult basic education, vocational/technical schools, colleges, and graduate schools.  The EOC also provides services that help students stay enrolled, such as career assessments, academic advising, and financial aid counseling.  Through counseling and referrals to other programs, the Educational Opportunity Center helps students deal with educational barriers, including financial difficulties, time constraints, lack of family support, and fear of failure.  The EOC is a federally-funded TRIO program through the U.S. Department of Education.  All services are free and confidential.

Off-Campus Courses

New River Community and Technical College offers courses at various off-campus locations through the service region.  For availability of courses, check the schedule published each term.

Testing

New River Community and Technical College provides testing services through Bluefield College, which is an approved testing center (selected examinations) for the American College Testing Program (ACT), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the National League for Nursing (NLN).

CLEP

To earn credit by CLEP examination, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • A student must be enrolled in New River Community and Technical College or have been accepted by the College. Freshman, transfer, and recently accepted students must enroll in and pass at least 3 credit hours at any of the New River campuses to be eligible for CLEP credit from NRCTC.
  • A student must meet the prerequisites for the equivalent course(s) for any CLEP test(s) taken.
  • A student may not receive CLEP credit for equivalent courses for which he/she has already earned credit.
  • CLEP credit will not be accepted for the purpose of overcoming deficient grades.
  • A student is not eligible to take the CLEP test if he/she is currently enrolled in an equivalent course.
  • A maximum of 31 hours of credit will be granted for successful completion of the five tests within the General Examinations.
  • A waiting period of six months is required to repeat the same test(s). Scores on test(s) repeated earlier than six months will be canceled by NRCTC.
  • Requests for official transcript copies of the CLEP score report(s) should be directed to the Office of Student Services.

Accuplacer

Accuplacer is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level. Scores are normally available immediately after testing is completed. The Accuplacer test can be taken in lieu of the ACT or SAT. A composite score cannot be obtained by taking this test. Anyone needing a composite score for Nursing, Radiological Technology, Medical Assisting, or NCAA purposes MUST take the National ACT or SAT. A minimum of 60 days must have elapsed before retesting is allowed with Accuplacer.

EDGE

The West Virginia EDGE initiative allows students to take high school courses for community and technical college credit. Students who take the EDGE courses available in high school or at a Career and Technical Center could earn an Associate Degree earlier. Find out more

NLN

New River Community and Technical College offers the NLN Pre-Admission Exam-LPN.  All students seeking admission to the Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate program must take the Pre-Admission Exam-LPN. Contact the Student Services office regarding additional testing restrictions and registration information.

Information concerning registration and administration of the above examinations can be obtained from the Office of Student Services.

Brainfuse Tutoring

Brainfuse provides online tutoring and writing services for its students.  A division of Brainfuse, Brainfuse also offers an online writing lab for assistance with essays.

Financial Aid

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Our goal is to help students finance their education through all available means – federal, state, local and institutional funds. If you don’t find the answers to your questions, contact any of us for help with your financial aid, regardless of the campus where you attend. You may also e-mail the Financial Aid Office at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Under FERPA guidelines, Financial Aid can only respond with specific account information to newriver.edu email accounts. 

 

Apply for Financial Aid:

The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). View our Quickstart Guide to Financial Aid for a brief walkthrough. When completing your application you will need to:

  • Select 2016-2017 school year if you plan to attend Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017.
  • Use your 2015 tax information to complete the 2016-2017 application.
  • New River's School Code is 039603

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Types of Financial Aid Financial Aid Contacts
Loan Information Financial Aid Forms
Financial Aid Refunds Financial Aid 101
Drug Offenses and Financial Aid Financial Aid Application Process
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy Net Price Calculator

Overview of Financial Aid

Wondering what all this talk of Financial Aid is? Financial aid is a grant, loan, or scholarship that is awarded on a needs basis. Some financial aid must be paid back with interest and others do not. Watch this short video to give you a better understanding and then head over to our Financial Aid Application Process page for a more detailed walkthrough on how to get started.

FAFSA Overview

What is the FAFSA?  Why should I fill it out?  Here is a great short video to help you understand. Do you need help filling it out?  Visit our Financial Aid Application Process page for a step by step guide. Still having difficulty? Contact the Financial Aid Department.

 

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Be sure to register for fall by August 12! Classes start August 22. Additional registration events will be held during the first week of August: Monday, Aug. 1 Mercer County Campus: Aug. 2 Greenbrier Valley Campus; Wednesday, Aug. 3 Raleigh County Campus; and Thursday, Aug. 4 Nicholas County Campus.