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Parents of Students

Parents of new students take note!

There will be an Orientation for Parents of New Students on Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center. Please plan to join us for an overview of what to expect during your son/daughter’s first year in college.

As a parent of a future Sussex County Community College student, you play a critical role in the enrollment process for your son or daughter. While this may feel overwhelming for the first time college student (and for you), we believe that when all members of the family are informed, the process is much easier. Parents should focus a few key areas when helping your son or daughter make decisions about higher education.

Getting Started

After selecting a college, there are several steps your son or daughter will go through before they step foot in their first classroom — admissions, testing and advising. We have provided step-by-step instructions on our website to assist you through the process. Please review with your son or daughter so that we can do our best to get them off to a great start.

Before each Fall Semester begins we offer an orientation session for parents of new students. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know us and ask any questions you may have.

Guiding Academic Choices and Career Selection

At some point in your child’s life you have probably asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That question now becomes far more important. While parents should discuss this thoroughly with their student at home, the Student Advisement Center at SCCC can help focus on and guide career exploration and awareness. Often students are unsure about their career path and the level of commitment necessary. Our counseling staff can assist your student in making these decisions.

Financing College

Sussex County Community College is one of the most affordable educational investments you can make as a parent. Annual enrollment at SCCC is approximately $3,000, while annual enrollment at most four-year public institutions is more than 5 times that.

There are many opportunities for students to receive financial aid and scholarships at SCCC. Applying for financial aid begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Visit our website or the Financial Aid Office for more information. We also offer many scholarships made possible by our Foundation and hundreds of generous donors.

Stay Connected

The discussions you have with your student as he/she moves through this process have the potential to be life-changing. Take into consideration your own life experiences and share them. Let your student know that you support him/her and that you are always available to listen.

Encourage your student to get involved on campus. Involvement and academic success go hand in hand. There are a number of events that take place on campus throughout the year. From concerts to lectures to plays, we look forward to seeing you at SCCC enjoying our many enrichment activities.