MCC Student Handbook

MCC StudentsGeneral Information

Here is general information for students at Mayland Community College.

MCC is a Learning College

Dr. Suzanne Owens
MCC President

Mayland Community College is a Learning College. This means we are student-centered and learning focused. Because we live in a global society where knowledge and technology changes daily, everyone at the College – faculty, staff and students - must be equipped to be lifelong learners. Textbook learning, with 72 credit hours of coursework completed, is no longer adequate preparation. We must all be critical thinkers, decision-makers, team players, capable of technology adaptation and the independent utilization of learning resources. Mayland Community College is committed to supporting and facilitating the development of learning – specifically your learning - throughout all divisions of the College. We encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity to grow academically, personally and professionally



Tuition Exemption

The following individuals qualify for tuition exemption:

  • High school students
  • Inmates
  • GED students (enrolled in a program)
  • Senior citizens age 65 or older are not charged tuition or any fees, unless they take more than six (6) credit hours for curriculum courses and more than 96 contact hours for continuing education. Seniors are expected to pay for books and must provide proof of age.
  • Active members of fire departments and EMS units in some courses. Contact the MCC Continuing Education Department for more information.
  • All law enforcement officers who are employed by a municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement agency are exempt from paying tuition for courses in a state-mandated Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program, however are required to pay the student insurance fee. Also, trainees may be exempt from BLET program tuition if a letter of sponsorship from an appropriate law enforcement agency is on file at the college.

Tuition exemptions are subject to change pending any changes made by the North Carolina General Assembly each year.

Paying Tuition

We accept cash, check, American Express, Discover Card, Visa, and MasterCard for payment. Out-of-country and out-of-state checks will not be accepted. If you receive financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office for information on how to insure that your charges are covered. Payment is expected on or before Registration Day. You may also make payments online. Log onto your LEO account to make online payments

Third Party Authorization: If you are sponsored by a third-party, it is your responsibility to ensure that your written authorization is received at MCC at least five (5) working days before Registration Day. If authorization letters are not received five (5) working days before Registration Day, you are responsible for 100% payment. Failure to do so will result in you being removed from your class(es).

Withdrawals and Refunds: Tuition and fees may be refunded following the guidelines established by the North Carolina Administrative Code, which is subject to revision. Consult your advisor or Student Development for the latest regulations.

  • Upon request, you may receive a partial refund if you properly withdraw from the class(es) before the 10 percent point of the class(es) in question. This does not include fees or books.
  • For contact-hour classes, ten (10) calendar days from the first day of the class(es) is the date by which refunds are determined.
  • 100% refunds are made only if a class is dropped on or before Registration Day at MCC or if a class fails to materialize.
  • Upon approval, students are eligible for bookstore refunds up to five (5) days after the purchase date with submission of receipt only.


Financial Aid

Pamela Ellis,
MCC Financial Aid Director

Financial aid is money, or the opportunity to earn money, that you use to help pay educational expenses. It is administered through the MCC Financial Aid Office, located in Gwaltney Hall.

Types of Financial Aid

Financial aid comes in many forms:

  • Scholarships and Grants may be an option, which do not have to be repaid.
  • To apply for the Federal Pell Grant go online to (Free Application for
    Federal Student Aid). This can be done before May 15th to ensure funding for the next fall semester in which you wish to start classes.
  • MCC Foundation Scholarships are also available. Deadlines for applications are July 1st for the
    fall semester, October 15th for the Spring Semester, and March 18th for the summer semester.
  • State grants are also available and awarded through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    (FAFSA). NC state grants include the North Carolina Community Grant, N.C. Student Incentive
    Grant, and the NC Education Lottery Scholarships.
  • MCC also offers part-time employment through the Federal College Work/Study Program. You
    must be Pell eligible to qualify.

For detailed information on the types of aid available, stop by the Student Development area of Gwaltney Hall and make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.


Everyone who enrolls in a curriculum program at MCC should apply for financial aid. All information you provide will remain confidential. Awards are made according to federal, state and local regulations. You may download applications for financial aid at the Financial Aid Office website.

Academic Requirements

To maintain eligibility for financial aid, you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Standards. The Federal Government allows you to receive financial aid up to 150 percent of the amount of time it takes to earn a degree/diploma/certificate in your particular program as stated in the MCC catalog. For example, full-time students majoring in a curriculum established as 60 credit hours may receive financial aid for up to 90 credit hours to complete the program, providing the academic progress standards stated in the MCC Catalog are met. When you re-enter college or change majors, prior credits applying to the current major will be calculated in the required 150 percent time frame. You must also successfully complete 66 percent of attempted credit hours in order to meet satisfactory academic requirements.

New Federal Regulations concerning year round Pell Grants limits the number of life time terms a student can receive a Federal Pell Grant. Students who receive their Pell Grant on or after July 1 2008, will be limited to 18 full time semesters for use of this federal grant. This is calculated by the Department of Education and more information can be obtained at Mayland’s Financial Aid Department.



Dr. John Gossett
VP of Student Development

Children and guests are not allowed to attend any MCC class, lab, or shop. Children under the age of 12 may not be left unattended in common areas anywhere on campus.


Student Insurance

All curriculum students are required to purchase supplemental insurance to cover accidents associated with school activities. This group supplemental insurance cost may not exceed $1.50 per semester, and is subject to yearly adjustment. This student insurance plan is secondary to any health insurance the student already has.

Students may obtain an insurance claim form available from the Vice President of Student Development or at the Student Development window.

A third-party provider is offering insurance coverage to enrolled students in community colleges in North Carolina. You can learn more about their offerings here.


Student Activities

Joe Baker
Former MCC SGA President

MCC offers several scheduled activities and six student organizations in which students are encouraged to participate. Linking Everyone Online (LEO) a offers calendar of events and announcements to help everyone stay up-to-date on what is happening on MCC’s three campuses.

Yearly Activities

Fall Fling/Spring Fling is your chance to meet other students and MCC employees while enjoying fun activities and refreshments.

Transfer Days give you an opportunity to talk with representatives from colleges and universities about transfer options.

Career Days provide you with opportunities to talk with employers to learn about a variety of career fields.

Additional activites are also planned throughout the year. Check for upcoming events held at the college.


Student Organizations

See a Cosmetology instructor for more information on this organization.

The Criminal Justice Association is an organization of current and previous students, along with current employees in the system who promote and educate on issues in the field of Criminal Justice. Another goal of the organization is to provide an avenue of networking for practitioners in the field. See a BLET or Criminal Justice Instructor for more information on this organization.

MCC’s Student Government Association (SGA) represents you in the policy decisions of the college and encourages you to participate in the College’s decision-making process. SGA also provides you with opportunities to develop leadership abilities by service in senator or officer positions. Each year, the SGA sponsors student activities such as dances, ice cream socials, and special events. Elections for student body president and SGA Executive Council are held each year. Stop by the SGA office located in the Sam Center for more information on SGA activities.

The Alpha Pi Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) makes Mayland its home. PTK is a national scholastic honorary association for 2-year college students. Members of PTK uphold the organization’s commitment to excellence through its 4 hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. PTK membership is based on your academic progress. For more information, see the PTK advisor.

The Student Nurses’ Association is designed to benefit those enrolled in the nursing program at MCC. Some advantages of membership in the SNA include opportunities for:
• service-learning and community involvement
• reduced rates on liability insurance
• rewarding contests & scholarships
• career launching seminars & services

For more information, see any nursing instructor.

The Association of Student Medical Assistants is designed for current medical assisting students as well as pre-medical assisting students. The Association’s goals are to educate the public to the expanding field of medical assisting, to continually improve the program, to explore better student learning methods, and to develop a community service project for each freshman group. See the Coordinator of the Medical Assisting program for more information on this organization.

Mayland Community College’s Student Ambassadors are students nominated by faculty and staff based on their commitment to the college and on their leadership potential. To become an Ambassador, students are required to fill out a detailed application and submit it along with two references. Ambassadors must also maintain a 2.5 GPA. Ambassadors are responsible for hosting student tours, assisting with MCC Foundation events and special events hosted by the President’s office. Ambassadors also coordinate efforts to raise money for community charities as part of their yearly projects, and in addition, assist faculty and staff on registration day at the college. For more information contact Student Development.

The Early Childhood Student Association (ECSA) is organized for students enrolled in Mayland Community College’s Early Childhood Education program and also for alumni. Participation in the association provides numerous opportunities for members to network with professionals in the field of Early Childhood and to enjoy spending time and having fun with young children.

The Human Services Student Association was created for students enrolled in the Human Services Technology Program. This association was designed to promote student participation in community service projects and campus-wide activities. The association also strives to provide students with opportunities to network with and learn from other professionals in the human service field.