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Undergraduate FAQ's

Q. Can I transfer my credits?
  1. Admissions by transfer from other accredited colleges may be arranged through the Admissions Office. Transfer applicants must submit their official transcripts of all work completed at other colleges. Previous college work must be equivalent to at least C, or a cumulative average of 2.0 Grades less than C, in any course, cannot be accepted for transfer credit. Credits will be transferred only for those courses which fulfill requirements for degree programs at Sojourner-Douglass College.


Q. Can I get credits for life experience in my field?

Identification of the learning derived from life experience is initiated at the beginning of the admission process. Sojourner-Douglass College applicants are required to present a resume to a counselor. This process also evolves into an intensive interaction between faculty and student. In identifying the knowledge derived from prior learning experiences, the procedures are:

  1. The counselor analyzes the student's resume for possible academic credit yield.
  2. After the analysis, the student is referred to the appropriate faculty member or to the learning/life experience seminar. At that time, the student discusses the methodology and the content of his documentation. The documentation of previous learning experience may take one or more of the following forms:

  3. a.  Demonstration of learning competencies acquired and/or of competencies performed on the  job
    b.  Presentation of learning products such as manuscripts, art work, musical compositions, films, poetry, written reports and/or research
    c. evidence of passing oral and written subject examinations.

Q. How can I get Financial Aid?
  1. We made the process for applying for Financial Aid as easy as possible. We accomplished this by compiling a helpful checklist to assist you in the process. Click here for more info.

Graduate FAQ's

Q. Can I transfer my credits?
  1. Admissions by transfer from other accredited colleges may be arranged through the Admissions Office. Transfer applicants must submit their official transcripts of all work completed at other colleges. Previous college work must be equivalent to at least C, or a cumulative average of 2.0 Grades less than C, in any course, cannot be accepted for transfer credit. Exemption from the preceding requirements may be granted on an individual basis by the Provost/VPASA; however, in no case shall transfer credit be allowed for courses in which a grade less than C was earned. Credits will be transferred only for those courses which fulfill requirements for degree programs at Sojourner-Douglass College.


Q. Can I get credits for life experience in my field?

Please contact Dr. Hyacinth Anucha


Q. How can I get Financial Aid?
  1. We made the process for applying for Financial Aid as easy as possible. We accomplished this by compiling a helpful checklist to assist you in the process. Click here for more info.

Financial Aid FAQ's

Q. What type of Financial Aid does Sojourner-Douglass College offer?
  1. The Office of Financial Aid is responsible for assisting students in finding money to pay for their college education. Students are able to attain funding through sources such as Grants, Work-Study, Loans as well as funding sources from the state of Maryland.


Q. What are the requirements for financial aid?
  1. To be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must meet certain requirements. You must:
    * Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
    * Have a valid Social Security number (unless you're from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau)
    * Comply with Selective Service registration, if required (see www.sss.gov for more information)
    * Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate or pass an approved ability-to-benefit (ATB) test
    * Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program at a school that participates in the federal student aid programs


Q. What is the process for applying for financial aid at S-DC?
  1. Complete the following steps:
    1. Complete the FAFSA and provide the required signatures.
    2. It will take us 3-7 days to process your FAFSA and send you a Student Aid Report (SAR).
    3. Your SAR will summarize the data you report on your FAFSA. Check the SAR carefully to make sure it is accurate.
    4. Keep a copy of your SAR.
    5. If your FAFSA information is complete, an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be printed in the upper right corner. Your EFC is based on the financial information you provide on the FAFSA.
    6. Your school will use your EFC to award your financial aid.

Admissions FAQ's

Q. What are the requirements for admissions?
  1. Admission may be granted to students with a high school diploma or its equivalent, or to applicants who are beyond normal high school age and who can present evidence of ability to benefit from the College’s programs. The College operates under admissions criteria which utilize both traditional and non-traditional approaches. Applicants for admission to the College are measured in personal and academic terms.


Q. What is the process for applying to S-DC?
  1. All applicants must submit an application for admissions to the Office of Admissions. Appointments will be established for an admissions interview and placement testing. Take a look at our Admissions process for more info.

Book Store FAQ's

Q. How do I pay for my books?
  1. Books are an out of pocket cost. However, if the financial aid disbursed (paid) exceeds the tuition, the excess can be used for purchasing books and supplies in the Sojourner-Douglass College (SDC) Bookstore.


Q. Does the book store buy back books?
  1. Yes, the bookstore does buy back books. The book has to be in good to excellent condition. The book can have no physical damage such as highlighted areas or anything written in pen.


Q. Are there any institutionally sponsored programs to assist students with purchasing books?
  1. The only institutionally sponsored program is Fannie Lou Hammer. Otherwise, we allow students to charge books to their accounts and let it get paid when the financial aid they are eligible for and applied for is credited to their account.

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