All courses are eligible for some type of financial aid, based on each student's eligibility. Degree and diploma programs are eligible for both federal and state funds. Technical certificate programs are only eligible for state funds.
Both the summer and fall semester priority deadlines are April 1. The spring semester priority deadline is November 1. The FAFSA for the following academic year can be completed at any time beginning January 1. You should try to complete your FAFSA as early as possible in order to avoid missing any filing deadlines.
The FAFSA determines the amount of money that a family is expected to contribute towards the price of attending a postsecondary institution. Students can submit their FAFSA forms online at the Federal Student Aid website.
Federal Work Study is a need-based financial aid program that allows students to work part-time on campus in order to help pay for college. To be considered for FWS, make sure that you indicate your interest when filing your FAFSA. You will also need to complete the FWS application in the Financial Aid Office.
You can check your financial aid status by logging in to your Banner Web account. Once you've logged in to your account, click on Student Financial Aid; click on Financial Aid; click on My Award Information; click on Award by Aid Year (choose which academic year you want to view); click on Award Overview. You should be able to see your financial aid award for your chosen academic year.
If you're selected for verification, then you'll need to fill out the verification form. The type of verification form that you fill out depends on whether you're a dependent or independent student and how much income you report to the IRS. The verification forms are available through the Financial Aid Office.
You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Generally, this means that you have to complete at least 67% of your attempted hours. Withdrawing from a class, even if you don't have a failing grade in that class, can negatively affect your SAP if it means that you haven't completed 67% of your hours. You must also maintain a specific Grade Point Average (GPA) to continue receiving financial aid; this is dependent on your number of cumulative attempted hours:
Federal regulations require the college to establish a policy that monitors the academic progress of students who are applying for and/or receiving federal, state, and institutional financial aid. Students must make SAP in order to maintain their eligibility for financial aid. Progress is measured by a student's cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), percentage of credit hours earning in relation to those attempted, and the length of the academic program.
GALILEO is a collection of online databases that contain specially selected periodicals that have been reviewed and accepted by experts in a specific field/discipline. The Internet is open to anyone who wants to post any information that they desire, without first verifying that their posted information is accurate, credible, reliable, etc., but this doesn't mean that all information obtained through the Internet is "bad". Google Scholar can connect you with scholarly material that might be available through GALILEO, and Wikipedia makes use of references at the end of most of their articles. Additionally, websites that end in a .edu, .gov, or .org domain are typically more trustworthy, as they tend to be maintained by educational institutions, government agencies, and specialized organizations.
The GALILEO password is required for off-campus access, and it does change every semester. You can find the current password by logging in to your library account. Bainbridge faculty/staff and students can log in to their library accounts with their college email usernames and passwords. Once you've logged in to your account, you should be able to see the current GALILEO password listed under your profile information. If your account says that you aren't authorized for the password, then please contact someone in the library to address this issue. Additionally, community patrons will have to contact the library for the current GALILEO password.
GALILEO is the library's database of online materials. When searching GALILEO, you can use the "Refine Results" column on the left-hand side of your search results to limit your search to a certain type of material: just click on the box next to the type of material that you want under the "Limit by Type" section.
The following publication types can be found in GALILEO: Archives and Primary Sources; Articles and Databases; Biographical Sources; Books, E-Books, and Book Reviews; Conference Papers and Proceedings; Dictionaries; Digital Collections and Repositories; Directories; Dissertations and Theses; Encyclopedias; Full-Text Resources; General and Multi-disciplinary Resources; Images and Maps; Indexes and Tables of Content; Journals A-Z; Library Catalogs; Multimedia; Newspapers; Quick Facts and Reference; State Agencies; Statistics and Datasets.
Films on Demand is one of the databases that is accessible through GALILEO. It contains video clips in Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Health, and Science, as well as a collection of United Newsreels.
Yes, anyone from the community is able to access our library resources. You can even get a community patron library card so that you can check out materials. However, community members might be asked to give up their computers for students needing to use them for academic purposes, and community members are not allowed to print from campus computers.
Our print collection includes regularly circulating nonfiction and fiction books, temporary Baker & Taylor lease books, graphic novels, juvenile/young adult literature, noncirculating reference books, noncirculating periodicals, and reserve textbooks that are for library use only. We also have audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and VHSs. The main campus library has two computer labs (one of which is reserved as a teaching lab for library instruction and orientation) in addition to a section of computers located in the main part of the library. There are a total of nine study rooms, three of which are equipped with computers for students needing to use Rosetta Stone or take online tests/quizzes. One study room has a TV and DVD player for students needing to watch a film for class. Students can also check out headsets for Rosetta Stone or to listen to a lecture for their online classes.
The library's reserve materials are located behind the circulation desk near the front of the library. All reserve materials operate on a first come, first serve basis, and most materials cannot leave the library. To help library staff find the correct item that you need, please bring either your class schedule or course syllabus with you when requesting a reserve item.
Our online catalog contains all of the physical materials in our collection, as well as a number of electronic books and online video clips. You can search the catalog by author, title, subject, or keyword (as well as ISBN, if you need a specific book and know what it is). Once you've located the book in the online catalog, make note of the book's "Call Number". You will use this call number to locate the book out in the stacks.
You will first need to search the library's online catalog in order to find the book that you want. Once you've located the book in the online catalog, make note of the book's "Call Number". After you've found the book on the shelves, bring the book to the circulation desk near the front of the library. You will need either your student ID or driver's license in order for the library staff to look you up in our system. Most books can be checked out for twenty-eight days.
Students are allowed to check out an unlimited number of books for a 28-day period, and each book can be renewed twice. Community patrons are limited to checking out 2 books at a time for a 28-day period. Faculty and staff members are allowed to check out an unlimited number of books for a semester at a time. The TEAS Study Manuals can only be checked out for a total of 7 days and cannot be renewed. A limited number (typically 3 total) or audiovisual materials can be checked out for a total of 7 days. Most reserve materials can only be used in the library and must be returned by the end of the day. Reference books and periodicals cannot be checked out but can be used in the library and then returned to the circulation desk for staff members to reshelve.
Only items that haven't yet passed their due date can be renewed online. You can renew your items online by logging in to your library account (only available to Bainbridge faculty/staff and students--not community patrons). Once you've logged in to your account, click on "My Account". Click on the checkbox next to each item that you want to renew; then click on the "Renew Items" button. Your new due dates should be displayed next to each item. If an item's status is "Not Renewable", then either it's set up to automatically renew; it's reached its renewal limit; or someone else has requested the item, and it will need to be returned. You can also contact a librarian to help you with this process.
Instead of charging late fees for an overdue book, a "Library Fine" hold is placed on the student's Banner account. This hold prevents the student from doing a variety of things: including checking final grades at the end of the semester, registering for classes for the next semester, requesting official academic transcripts, and receiving financial aid. Once the book has been returned, the hold will be removed. There won't be any fines unless the book has been damaged or lost, in which case the student will be charged the cost of replacing the book.
The only exceptions to this are the TEAS Study Manuals, as there is typically a wait list for students who want to check one out. The fine for an overdue TEAS Study Manual is $1.00 for each day that it is overdue. Additionally, a hold will be placed on the student's Banner account, and it will not be removed until both the book has been returned and the fine has been paid.
When searching in our online catalog, change the scope of your search from "Bainbridge State College" to "University System of Georgia" in order to see which books are available from other USG libraries. Once you've located a book that you want to borrow, make sure that you're logged in to your library account. After logging in to your account, click on the "Get It" link under the book that you want to borrow; then click on the "More Libraries(#)" link. Choose a library that currently has the book listed as "Available". Click on "Request". Select your "Pickup Institution" and "Pickup Library"; then click on the "Request" button. When the book arrives in Bainbridge (or wherever you chose to pick it up), you'll then be able to check it out from the circulation desk.
Plagiarism is presenting someone else's work/idea as your own without giving them proper credit. This is a serious offense that can result in you receiving a "0" on an assignment, or even lead to being expelled from school. In order to avoid plagiarism, be sure to keep track of where you get your information and make use of citations to let your instructors know where you got that information from, even if you've rewritten the information "in your own words". Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) can help you properly cite your resources. Additionally, the Center for Teaching Excellence has provided this tutorial on how to avoid plagiarism.
Many of your class papers are going to require you to use in-text citations and include a Works Cited (MLA) or Reference (APA) page at the end of your paper. This means that you give credit to the original author(s) of a piece of information that you've included in your own paper. The library can help you find research material for your assignments, as well as show you how to set up a Microsoft Word document so that you can properly cite your references. For more information about using in-text citations and creating a Works Cited page, please visit Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) for either MLA Style or APA Style.
Student IDs are made in the 300 Building (Student Services) during the first three weeks of each semester. If you need a replacement ID because the original has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, then you will need to pay $20. Additional information is available on the Office of Student Affairs website.
The college currently offers flag football, basketball, and tennis in the fall; soccer, 3v3 basketball, and tennis in the spring; and softball in the summer. More information can be found on the Intramurals website.
SGA is the Student Government Association. They work with campus administrators and faculty members to advocate for student needs. They also plan and host student events both on-campus and off-campus. More information can be found on the SGA website.
The Testing Center is located in the 300 Building (Student Services). A list of the current TEAS Test dates is available on the Testing Services website, along with the Testing Center's hours and contact information for the current Testing Coordinator. The website also lists the required COMPASS scores for Bainbridge State College.
Tutors can be found in the Academic Success Center, which is located in the 300 Building (Student Services), on the end closest to the 200 Building (Cypress Hall). More information, including days/times for tutoring services at the Early County Center, is available on the Academic Success Center website.
There are two different types of withdrawals: withdrawal before midterm (W) and withdrawal after midterm (WF). In both cases the student must notify the Office of Admissions and Records and fill out the Drop/Add/Withdrawal Form in order to officially withdrawal. Students who fail to notify the Office of Admission and Records that they are withdrawing are considered an "Unofficial Withdrawal" and will receive a grade of FN. If you withdraw from school before completing 60% of the semester, then you'll owe back a portion of both your federal and state financial aid. The amount depends on how much of your financial aid you earned through attending your classes before withdrawing.
Make sure you read the college's Transferring from BSC page from Student Success and Retention. This page outlines the college's Transfer Articulation Agreements with other institutions and includes information on choosing which school to transfer to, how to prepare when transferring to another school, and who to contact if you need any additional help.