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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to common questions asked by International students.

If you cannot find an answer, email us at international@lowercolumbia.edu or call 360.442.2310.

Student ID

How to replace your Student ID card:

All LCC students have an identification number, usually referred to as an "SID Number," short for Student Identification Number or Student ID Number. This is a nine-digit number assigned when you are admitted, and is printed on your Student ID card. 

Your Lower Columbia College Student ID card serves as your College library card and gives you free transportation on River Cities Transit buses, free access to the Computer Labs, entry into the Gym & Fitness Center, Learning Commons/Library and Test Proctoring Center. It also entitles you to free admission to LCC-sponsored Arts and Entertainment, athletic events and other activities. 

If you lose you Student ID card, a replacement fee will be charged. The fee is subject to change. See Tuition & Fees for the current fee.

 

Classes & Registration

How to register for classes:

New Students

New students will attend a mandatory New Student Orientation shortly after arrival, where they will learn important information about the college and register for their first quarter of classes.

Continuing Students

If you have completed a quarter or more of classes at LCC, follow these steps to register for your classes. Be sure to see your advisor, and register at your earliest registration time, to get the classes you need.

How to add or drop a class:

Students can change their scheduled classes after registering as follows:

  • Online through the third day of each quarter, or
  • In person by completing a Change of Registration form at the Registration Office by the published deadline.

Additional information can be found in the current Academic Catalog. See section on 'Enrollment'.

 

Academic & Advising Support

How to get help with your classes:

Many resources are available to help you, including:

How to get help from your advisor:

Your advisor will provide professional academic advising designed to help you succeed in your educational goals.

We recommend you meet with your advisor every quarter, and any time you have questions.

  • See Meet with an Advisor for instructions on how to meet with an advisor, or
  • Look your advisor up in the Employee Directory to get their contact information (email, phone, office location) as well as office hours and teaching schedule.

 

Working on Campus & Applying for Social Security Card

How to find an on-campus job:

LCC's Career Center maintains a current listing of all on-campus jobs available to LCC students.

International students are eligible for jobs classified as 'Student Employment'. However, you are not eligible for 'Work Study' jobs.

How to obtain your Social Security Number (SSN) and card:

Follow instructions at Steps for Obtaining a Social Security Number provided by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Become more familiar with requirements for International Students and Social Security Numbers provided by US Social Security Administration.

Steps

  1. Apply for and get a job (the Social Security office will not provide a social security card unless you have been hired for a job).
  2. Have the employer write you a letter that states:
    1. Your job
    2. Your employment start date
    3. The number of hours you are, or will be, expected to work
    4. Your supervisor's name and telephone number
  3. Bring your employment letter, your I-20, your I-94 (instructions for printing your I-94), and your passport to the local Social Security Office located at:

Longview Social Security Office
840 Ocean Beach Hwy Suite 150
Longview, WA 98632

Phone: (800) 772-1213

Hours

  • 9 am - 4 pm: Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri
  • 9 am - 12 noon: Wed
  • Closed Sat and Sun

 

Payments & Student Accounts

How to pay your tuition and fees:

Tuition due dates are posted at Dates & Deadlines.

A Tuition Payment Plan is available for students who are interested in making smaller, more convenient monthly payments.

Students who have not made arrangements to pay by the posted deadline will be dropped from their classes.

Learn more about options for paying your tuition at Payment Options.

 

Schedules, Grades & Transcripts

How to get your grades:

You may view your grades (unofficial transcripts) via the LCC website, several days after the last day of the quarter. Your unofficial transcript may be printed, as needed.

To access your grades see Get Grades/Unofficial Transcript. Student ID and Global PIN required.

The Honors List is compiled by the Registrar's Office at the end of each quarter to recognize students who have achieved commendable grade point averages.

Quarterly President's and Dean's Lists are submitted to The Longview Daily News for publication and are posted on the LCC website. See Honors Lists. Graduates who have achieved the President's List or Dean's List every quarter are recognized with a gold cord at the annual Commencement Ceremony.

How to get your class schedule:

Obtain your current class schedule at Student Schedule. Student ID and Global PIN required.

 

Housing

How to apply for an LCC apartment or request a change of housing:

Apartments are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Students wishing to move to an LCC apartment must make a formal request to move to the apartments by submitting the Apartment Application Form. Only requests submitted by this form will be considered.

How to schedule LCC apartment check-out:

All students are required to move out of the apartments at the end of Spring quarter, unless arrangements to stay during summer have been made at least one month before the spring quarter move-out date.

All students moving out, either at the end of spring quarter, or any other time during the year, must submit the Apartment Move Out Form no later than 30 days before the planned move out day. Students not following the check-out procedure will be subject to an improper check-out fee. 

How to report a housing issue:

Issues regarding LCC  apartment maintenance should be emailed to Justin Ford at jford@lowercolumbia.edu. For a maintenance emergency, call (360) 501-6257. Please cc international@lowercolumbia.edu on your email requests so we can help you follow up if needed. Other types of housing issues (roommate issues, host family concerns) should be brought to the attention of the International Programs office via phone, email or in person.

 

Cars & Driving

How to get your driver's license:

Follow instructions provided by the Washington State Department of Licensing.

Alternatively, refer to this fact sheet on Applying for a Driver's License or State Identification provided by US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

If you have a valid, unexpired driver's license from another country, you can drive using that license in Washington state for up to one year. 

If you do not have a valid driver's license from another country, you must take the knowledge and drive tests.

See Steps to getting your first license - provided by the Washington State Department of Licensing.

How to buy a car:

See the below information provided by the Washington State Department of Licensing.

Should you decide to buy a car, it is required by law to have automobile insurance and a driver's license. Unfortunately, it is not always easy for international students to qualify for automobile insurance.

Be aware that if you drive a car without the required insurance, you could receive a large fine. Please consider the steps involved in getting your driver's license, as well as the cost of insurance when buying a car.

 

Emergencies

Instructions on how to deal with an emergency:

Please see Emergencies for specific information.

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