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Special Circumstances

Earning a High School Equivalency Diploma (GED)
Students who do not possess a high school or equivalency diploma may satisfy the equivalency requirements by successful completion of 24 college level credits at JCC. Credit hours earned in this program will be applied concurrently toward the degree requirements. Visit our page on the GED for more information.

Students Without a High School Diploma or GED
Prospective students who have not earned a high school diploma or GED, but whose scheduled date of graduation has passed, are not eligible for financial aid unless they have successfully passed the GED test. 

Students with an IEP Diploma
The State Education Department has ruled that unlike the high school diploma or the high school equivalency diploma, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) diploma “is not an indicator of successful completion of high school study,” thus community colleges are under no legal obligation to accept IEP students under the terms of the state’s Full Opportunity policy. Any student with an IEP diploma, or those who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent, may attend JCC part-time with no financial aid or may pursue a GED.

Admission of Correspondence School Students
According to the State Education Department, when a student has completed a high school program through correspondence study, the correspondence school must be recognized, authorized, or approved by the state educational entity where the correspondence school is located, and the student must be a resident of that state. New York state residents may not use a high school program of correspondence study to meet the requirements for a secondary education in New York state.

Admission Policy for Students Previously Dismissed From a College for Disciplinary Reasons
JCC will consider an application for admission from these students but it reserves the right to admit or deny any application. After applying, students must submit a detailed summary of the violations, a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation; however, certain situations may require additional information. The application deadline is 35 days prior to the start of the semester.

Admission Policy for Inmates and Ex-Offenders
SUNY policy requires applicants for admission to report whether they have been convicted of a felony. Each application for admission received from an inmate or ex-offender will be evaluated and judged on its own merits by a committee established for this purpose. After applying, ex-offenders with a felony conviction must submit a conviction record indicating all felonies, a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation; however, certain situations may require additional information. A copy of the complete policy and procedure, as well as additional forms, are available from the admissions office at either campus.  JCC may deny admission to an applicant based on prior criminal convictions where such admission would involve an unreasonable risk to safety/welfare of the college community. JCC will consider an application for admission from an ex-offender if it is received at least 35 days prior to the start of the semester.