Frequently Asked Questions On The Sealy Campus
What do I need to start college?
Do I need to take any additional tests?
Can I get financial aid?
Can I get financial aid if I am only attending part-time?
Do I have to pay back financial aid?
What if I am not eligible for a pell grant?
If I receive a pell grant one year, does that mean I get it every year?
What do I do about parking on the Sealy campus?
How do I find and read the class schedule for Sealy?
How do I sign up for classes?
Can I finish my whole degree on the Sealy campus?
How do I know what to expect in class?
What about books?
What about a Blinn College ID?
What happens if I quit coming to class or have to miss?
How do I find out what my grades are?
If I plan on transferring to a university, how will I know what to take or when to transfer?
What if I don’t know where I am going after Blinn?
What is a full-time student?
Do I have to go to school full-time?
When will I be classified as a sophomore?
What is my G.P.A.?
How do I make my G.P.A. higher?
Does it matter what my G.P.A. is?
WHAT DO I NEED TO START COLLEGE?
- To be admitted to Blinn College, you need to complete an application (Blinn College Application for Admission or Texas Common Application).
- If this is your first time in college, we also need an official high school transcript (in a sealed envelope) or your GED certificate.
- If you have been in college before, we need an official transcript from each college you have attended (in a sealed envelope).
DO I NEED TO TAKE ANY ADDITIONAL TESTS?
- If on your TAKS test you scored 2200 in Math and 2200 in Language Arts with a commended designation or a subscore of 3, you will not need any additional testing.
- We can also take scores from ACT, SAT, Compass and THEA. For cut off scores on these tests, call the campus or check the Blinn catalog.
- If you are not exempt from testing because your scores fell below the cut off, we will ask that you take the Accuplacer Test, given on the Sealy campus each Friday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (other times by appointment). The test costs $40 and is untimed. You can get practice questions and tips for taking the test by going to www.collegeboard.com and searching Accuplacer.
CAN I GET FINANCIAL AID?
- Not every student is eligible, but we recommend that every student apply. Students should go to www.fafsa.ed.gov (NOT www.fafsa.com) and apply.
- Students should apply for financial aid each year.
- If you are under 24, unmarried, with no children, you will have to use your parent(s) income even if they don’t support you. You will need a copy of your, and your parents’ income tax return to apply. You can list up to seven colleges/universities to receive this information, Blinn’s school code is 003549.
- If you are a graduating senior, you should apply for summer aid using the income tax return from two years earlier. For fall classes, use this year’s income tax return. The earlier you apply, the better!
CAN I GET FINANCIAL AID IF I AM ONLY ATTENDING PART-TIME?
- Most students, who are eligible for financial aid, are able to receive aid even if they are part-time.
DO I HAVE TO PAY BACK FINANCIAL AID?
- It depends. If you receive a Pell Grant, you do not have to pay that money back. If you are awarded a loan, you will have to pay that back with interest, but the interest is usually low. Some loans are not repaid until you have been out of college for 6 months; others you have to begin paying back right away.
WHAT IF I AM NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A PELL GRANT?
- If you are not eligible for a Pell grant, you may be eligible for a student loan.
- If you do not want a loan and have a high grade point average (GPA), check out the scholarships offered by Blinn. You can apply for these by going to www.blinn.edu and searching “scholarships.” In some cases, you must have already applied for FAFSA to be eligible.
IF I RECEIVE A PELL GRANT ONE YEAR, DOES THAT MEAN I GET IT EVERY YEAR?
- You must apply each year.
- You must meet certain criteria to remain eligible for a Pell Grant. First of all, you must keep your grades up (a minimum 2.0 GPA is required). Secondly, you must successfully complete 75 percent of the courses you enroll in (If you withdraw, fail, or make a ‘D’ in a developmental course, those are NOT successful completions).
- You cannot receive Pell grants at Blinn College if you take classes that are in excess of 150 percent of the number of credits required for a degree. For example, if your degree is 72 credits, you become ineligible for Pell once you have more than 108 credits. Students getting multiple associates degrees sometimes have this problem; for instance, students who get an associate of science AND an associate of applied science in nursing.
WHAT DO I DO ABOUT PARKING ON THE SEALY CAMPUS?
- Parking on the Sealy campus is free!
HOW DO I FIND AND READ THE CLASS SCHEDULE FOR SEALY?
- Each semester the Sealy campus prints its own schedule, which is available on the Sealy campus website and on the front table in the main foyer.
- The first number on the schedule is the Call Number. That is the number you put into the system when you register yourself for classes. The second number is the Section Number. Itt tells you if the class is blended (half online) - it will have a B with the number - if the class is an Interactive Video class (part of the time the instructor is on a different campus, but can see and hear you over the video screen) - the number will have a V with it. All traditionally taught classes will have a number in the Section space, but some of these classes may also be fast-track (7 or 8 weeks long). Please ask any staff member for clarification.
- M is Monday; T is Tuesday; W is Wednesday; R is Thursday; and F is Friday, so a class listed as MWR 8:00-9:15 meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 until 9:15. Most classes meet two days a week, either MW or TR; and some evening classes meet once a week. Please ask any staff member for clarification.
- The length of the semester should also be printed on the bottom of the schedule, but for general purposes, the fall semester begins late August and does through the first one or two weeks in December. The spring semester begins late January and goes through the first or second week in May. Summer I is in June and Summer II is in July. Because the summer sessions are so much shorter, the meeting times will be longer.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR CLASSES?
- Make an advising appointment by calling 979-627-7997.
- Tell the advisor what your goals for your education are and what times you will be able to take classes. Sealy has classes during the day and in the evening, as well as online classes. We can accommodate most schedules.
- Work with your advisor to choose classes that meet your academic goals and that work well with your life commitments.
- Each semester you must choose your classes either with an advisor or by yourself.
- Don’t forget to pay for your classes so you don’t lose your schedule!
CAN I FINISH MY WHOLE DEGREE ON THE SEALY CAMPUS?
- Most transfer degrees (associate of science and associate of arts) can be finished on the Sealy campus. Students taking a class in their major may have to take it via Interactive Video Class (IVC) or online.
- The Sealy campus does not currently offer any Allied Health degrees such as Nursing, but you can get the pre-requisites for these degrees in Sealy.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT IN CLASS?
- Each teacher will give you a syllabus during the first week of class. This paper will tell you when assignments are due, how the grades will be figured, what the policies are, and other valuable pieces of information. Please read them carefully. This is your contract with your instructor.
If you don’t think the class or the teacher is a good fit for you, you can change classes without penalty the first week of a long semester and the first day of a short semester.
WHAT ABOUT BOOKS?
- The Sealy campus has a small bookstore with all the books for classes that are offered on campus available for sale. The bookstore also has items such as pens, pencils, paper, folders and T-shirts available for a low price.
- If the bookstore is not open, ask anyone in the main foyer area for help.
- If you are taking an online course, you need to get those textbooks by ordering them online from the main Blinn Bookstore.
- The Sealy bookstore buys some books back at the end of the semester. The times of book buy back are posted on the doors of the main foyer. Book buy back is usually scheduled at the end of final exam week.
WHAT ABOUT A BLINN COLLEGE ID?
- Traditionally, we make ID cards during the week prior to the beginning of classes and for the first two weeks of a semester.
- See any staff member for help.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I QUIT COMING TO CLASS OR HAVE TO MISS?
- Blinn College policy allows for only two weeks of absences during a long semester a student is dropped, so it is very important to let your teachers know what is going on in your life. You can call them at the campus 979-627-7997 or email them (their email should be on the syllabus, or you can ask any staff member to give it to you).
- Not all faculty drop students for absences, so if you quit coming, you may get an F in the class. Be sure to always withdraw from classes that you do not want to attend or cannot attend. You can get a Withdrawal Form for any staff member in the main foyer. It is important to discuss withdrawing with your teacher before you complete the form.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT MY GRADES ARE?
- Grades are available at the end of finals week on the student website myBLINN.
- See any staff member or faculty member with help accessing your grades.
IF I PLAN ON TRANSFERRING TO A UNIVERSITY, HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO TAKE OR WHEN TO TRANSFER?
- Your advisor can help you with this. Tell her what university you plan on transferring to so that she can see what classes are best for you and when you should apply to the university.
WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW WHERE I AM GOING AFTER BLINN?
- You have a time to decide. If you know that you will transfer, you can take up to 42 credits of core classes; many students call these their basics.
WHAT IS A FULL-TIME STUDENT?
- A full-time student is anyone who takes 12 credits or more during a long semester (Fall or Spring) or six credits or more during a summer semester.
DO I HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL FULL-TIME?
- No. You can attend school part-time, three quarter time, or full time.I It doesn’t matter to Blinn. Sometimes students needed to be full-time to stay on their parent’s insurance, but that may have changed. You can be part-time and still be eligible for Pell money; you just won’t get as much.
WHEN WILL I BE CLASSIFIED AS A SOPHOMORE?
- When you have in excess of 30 credits, you are a sophomore.
WHAT IS MY G.P.A.?
- Your GPA is your grade point average. It is calculated by averaging the grades you make in your classes by the number of credits you earn. If you pull up your unofficial transcript on MyBlinn, it should give you your GPA. Remember, you have to have finished at least one semester to have a GPA at Blinn College.
HOW DO I MAKE MY G.P.A. HIGHER?
- Do you best in all your coursework.
- If you have made some grades you are not happy with, it may be a good idea to retake the class. Retaking the class and making a better grade may be the fastest way to increase your GPA You should discuss this with an advisor.
DOES IT MATTER WHAT MY G.P.A. IS?
- Yes. Some transfer programs require students to have a certain GPA.to get in.
- Some scholarships require a certain GPA to be eligible.
- Some Blinn programs such as Nursing require students to have a good GPA.
- To be eligible for Financial Aid, students must keep a 2.0 or higher GPA.
- Students who fall below a 2.0 GPA may be academically suspended.
- Students cannot receive an Associate’s degree if their GPA is less than 2.0.