Student Guidance

Montgomery College Is Open Remotely

Fall Semester (August 31 through December 20, 2020)

  • Most classes are fully online. Students in some programs may come to campus for some lab sessions. 
  • If you are required to come to campus, follow the Health and Safety Guidance.

Winter Session (December 21, 2020 through January 22, 2021)

  • All winter classes will be fully online in a five-week session. Register now.

Spring Semester (January 25, 2021 through May 21, 2021)

  • Until the end of spring break in March 2021, most classes will be fully online. Students in some programs may come to campus for some lab sessions. We will reevaluate closer to spring break.
  • Priority registration begins November 2. General registration begins November 9. View the spring class schedules.
  • Many spring courses will be seven weeks long, with one seven-week session before spring break and a second seven-week session after spring break. There will be fewer fifteen-week (full semester) courses. See the frequently asked questions for more information. 

COVID-19 Reporting

Any positive COVID-19 test results, possible exposures, or other concerns must be reported to Public Safety at 240-567-3333 or publicsafety@montgomerycollege.edu. All reports are confidential. Response actions will be initiated by Environmental Safety. See COVID-19 Reporting for information on confirmed cases and contact tracing at MC.

Most classes and student services are offered remotely until further notice, and access to MC campuses and buildings is restricted. Faculty and staff will interact with students via email and telephone during the College's regular operating hours (Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or during each office's regular operating hours. 


 

Instruction Types

The vast majority of fall 2020 classes will be conducted online—either in a distance learning or structured remote format—except for a few courses that require specialized labs and equipment.

What does this mean?

Distance Learning courses are offered completely online and allow students to learn independently, on their own schedules, as they meet specific deadlines and complete assignments.  Instructors guide students’ learning with lessons, activities, and feedback through a Blackboard course site.

Distance learning courses are indicated in the course schedule as Distance Learning with a DL WEB course location.

Will students be required to come on campus?

No, all distance learning classes will be online.

Are students required to attend at specific class meeting times?

No, distance learning courses do not meet at specific times. Students must complete assignments according to a schedule set by the instructor.

What does this mean?

Structured Remote
courses are scheduled on specific days and at specific times.  Students meet as a class remotely through Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate; instructors will tell students which software to use.  Students complete reading and assignments according to the course schedule.  Class sessions take place in real time, and the instructor leads course sessions.

Structured Remote courses are listed in the course schedule with specific times and on-campus class locations, but they will not meet in those classrooms.  Instead, they will meet remotely at the scheduled times.

Will students be required to come on campus?

No, all structured remote classes will be conducted online. 

Are students required to attend at specific class meeting times?

Yes
, structured remote courses meet on specific days at specific times noted in the class schedule.

 

What does this mean?

Hybrid courses
are career technology-focused classes that cannot be replicated online because they require specialized equipment and/or hands-on instruction. Students enrolled in programs such as automotive technology, building trades, and some health sciences will need to come to campus on specific dates to specific locations.  

Hybrid courses are listed in the course schedule with specific times and on-campus class locations. Some meetings will happen online and some on-campus. Instructors will contact students to provide details about course meeting times.

Will students be required to come on campus?

Yes, some course sessions will be held on campus (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) , with safety measures in place to protect students and employees. If you are required to come to campus, follow the Health and Safety Guidance

Are students required to attend at specific class meeting times?

Yes, tech-focused courses will meet on specific dates and at specific times, both online and on campus according to the instructor’s syllabus. 

The fall semester began August 31. Registration is still open for late-starting classes, which begin between September 8 and October 22. Check your student email for information from instructors regarding fall classes and the class Blackboard site for instructions to begin.

How will classes be taught at MC during the Fall Semester of 2020?

Emergency Financial Assistance

Montgomery College is providing emergency financial assistance to students both through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and through funding provided by the MC Foundation. Students may request assistance both through the CARES Act and through the MC Foundation below.  

CARES Act

The federal CARES Act provides direct assistance for students in the form of emergency grants. Students who meet the eligibility requirements for federal financial aid, who are still enrolled at the College, may apply for assistance. Thus far, 5,700 CARES funding packages have been distributed to MC students.

Review How to Apply for the CARES Grant. Remember that you must have a 2021 FAFSA on file. If you have not already done so, complete the FAFSAnew window

MC Foundation

Since March 2020, The College and the MC Foundation have made awards to 1,800 students amounting to more than $858,000.

Foundation and College funds dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic have been exhausted. However, we are taking requests for emergency assistance on a case-by-case basis and will review them as funds are available. If you need emergency assistance due to a hardship, please complete the Student Emergency Funding Request Form.

If you need assistance with tuition and fees, please fill out the Foundation scholarship application.

Student Services

This reference table (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) will help you find out how to access what you need at Montgomery College. If you don’t see a service listed, please call Raptor Central at 240-567-5000 or  complete the Raptor Central Online Request Formnew window to check on the status. 

Assessments and Remote Placement

We have changed many of our procedures to make sure that new students are able to complete placement requirements in a timely manner. 

Montgomery College will implement MC Remote Placement for all new students. Math and Statistics, Chemistry, English and Reading, and English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) departments have designed alternative ways to place you in courses that will meet your learning needs. 

Counseling and Advising

Counseling and advising sessions are being offered remotely. See options for accessing remote counseling and advising.  

Payments and Refunds

Payments

We appreciate payment of student balances online through MyMCnew window whenever possible, including partial payments of your balance. To make a partial payment toward your balance, please follow these steps: How to Make a Partial Payment through MyMC (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) . We also offer interest-free Tuition Installment Plans to spread out your payments over time. 

The college is open to receive payments via mail if paying by check. However, we are currently unable to accept payments in person at our cashiers offices. If you are paying by check, please mail payments to:

Montgomery College
Cashiers Office
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850

 You can find more payment information on Payment Options for Credit Courses.

If you have payment inquiries, please email accounts receivable at acctrec@montgomerycollege.edu.

Refunds

The fastest way for you to get your refund is to sign up for Electronic Refund using MyMCnew window. To set up your eRefund, please follow these steps: Setting up your Electronic Refund (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

If you do not sign up for eRefund your refund will be mailed to you by the postal service and may take two weeks or more to arrive. At this time we encourage all students to sign up for eRefund. 

Important note: While eRefunds are the fastest way for you to obtain a refund, they do not go into effect immediately. You must set up your eRefund account a minimum of two weeks prior to an expected refund to allow time for validation.  The best approach is to set up your eRefund account now so it will be available when needed. 

See Tuition Refunds for complete information on refunds, refund deadlines, involuntary withdrawals, and more. 

Academic Coaching: ATPA

Achieving the Promise Academy:  Embedded Coaches and one-on-one coaches are available with Blackboard access to continue supporting classes and individual students. Coaches will work with host faculty to help students access Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom for scheduled study sessions.

Bookstore

Follett MC Campus Storesnew window: Learn more about online shopping, how to return term end book rentals, and how to sell your books online without entering a store.

The MC campus stores will operate as follows:

  • Stores on all campuses are closed to guests.
  • Follett can remotely retrieve technology voucher requests submitted by the Foundation for approved student support (re-allocation of commencement funds).
  • Stores on all campuses will be entered by Follett employees only on an exception basis when an order does not process correctly. Follett will limit this access to one employee and may need access to all three campuses due to limitations on Follett software.
  • Follett will not be able to retrieve phone messages remotely and will put an outgoing message on their phones providing the caller with an email address for follow up.
  • Follett will stop receiving incoming shipments on Montgomery College campuses. All orders will have to be delivered to the requester's address.
  • Follett will not be able to continue the laptop loaner program as that would require a person to person exchange involving a student and a Follett employee.
  • Future requests for loaners should be advocated by an MC employee to the Foundation for their review and approval for a technology voucher.

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