FAQs for Undergrad Students
We know that you will have many questions as you process through this change. We are dedicated to meeting with you one-on-one in the coming weeks to discuss with you a “best path to completion.” Until that meeting happens, here are a number of FAQs to begin informing you of what you can expect.
QUESTION: How similar are LBC and WBC in their approach to delivering traditional undergraduate biblical higher education?
ANSWER: Very similar. LBC and WBC share a common context as both institutions are Bible colleges. Mission and doctrinal statements are similar. Credit distributions in Bible and theology, general education, and professional studies are almost identical.
QUESTION: Is LBC an accredited institution?
ANSWER: Yes. LBC is regionally accredited through the Middle States Commission for Higher Education as well as nationally accredited through the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Here is a link summarizing LBC’s accreditations, associations, and degrees offered: http://www.lbc.edu/about/accreditation/index
QUESTION: The letter I received mentions that the transition to LBC is pending approval. What does that mean?
ANSWER: All WBC students will be classified as LBC students starting with the spring 2013 semester. Doing so allows you the opportunity to continue receiving federal financial aid.
ANSWER: No. We are excited to be able to welcome you as an LBC student without the need for this process. This is possible due to the special agreement between LBC and WBC.
QUESTION: How long will I be able to continue taking traditional undergraduate courses on the WBC campus?
ANSWER: The final semester of traditional undergraduate course offerings will be the spring 2013 semester. We will meet with you individually during the month of December to work out a “best path to completion” as you seek to earn an undergraduate degree.
ANSWER: Yes, with the exception of one major – Business Administration. However, if you are a Business Administration major you will be given the opportunity to complete that program, as long as you stay enrolled in consecutive semesters.
QUESTION: Does LBC offer other traditional undergraduate majors that I can consider enrolling in?
ANSWER: Yes. LBC offers 25 majors through 7 undergraduate degrees. Go to http://www.lbc.edu/undergraduate/academics/index for a complete summary of all our traditional undergraduate programming.
QUESTION: What are my options after the spring 2013 semester?
ANSWER: There are several options for you to consider as LBC takes the lead in your academic programming. In order for you to make the best decision, we will provide one-on-one advising sessions during the month of December to chart a “best path to completion.”
ANSWER: Yes. While we are “transferring” your credits to LBC, we will not treat you as we would other transfer students. You will not lose any ground in your academic progress. Every course you’ve taken and passed with a grade of “D” or higher will fit into your academic program at LBC.
ANSWER: Yes. Limited housing will be made available by WBC for the spring 2013 semester only. Please note that meals will not be provided on campus. For many dorm students, the best option will be to relocate to the LBC campus. To ease the disruption of relocation and based on individual student approval, LBC will waive ALL room charges for traditional undergraduate WBC students for the spring 2013 semester. Students will be required to purchase a meal plan. As long as you stay enrolled in consecutive semesters, we will freeze your tuition costs at fall 2012 levels for the duration of your time at LBC.
QUESTION: If I do decide to relocate to LBC, may I request a roommate if I want to live with another WBC student?
ANSWER: We will make every attempt to honor your roommate request. As we already have students at LBC who are occupying rooms, this may not be possible in every case.
ANSWER: CBS students should continue to purchase their textbooks through MBS Direct. To obtain a book voucher contact Karen Fox at email@example.com. Undergraduate students should purchase their textbooks through LBC at our Bookends Bookstore (provide link) Students are allowed to charge books to their student account if they will have a credit balance due to financial aid.
ANSWER: Go to www.fafsa.gov and log in to request a correction to your 2012-13 FAFSA. Once there, go to the school section and add “Lancaster Bible College” – Federal School Code: 003285. Be sure to electronically sign your correction with your PIN and submit. You should receive a confirmation that this was successfully received. LBC should receive your FAFSA within a few business days.
QUESTION: What will happen to my WBC/CBS Scholarships that I’ve been awarded for the spring semester?
ANSWER: As long as you maintain eligibility, LBC will match your spring 2013 WBC/CBS institutional scholarships with a scholarship from LBC. After the spring 2013 semester, students would be eligible to apply for our standard LBC Scholarships.
QUESTION: Will I still receive my Maryland State Grant?
ANSWER: No. Because LBC’s main campus is located in Pennsylvania, Maryland residents attending LBC will not be eligible for their spring disbursement of their Maryland State Grant. However, for the spring 2013 semester only, LBC will match your Spring State Grant with an institutional scholarship as long as you maintain the same enrollment status.
ANSWER: You should immediately contact your OVR counselor to inform them that you are transferring to LBC for the spring semester. Your OVR Counselor will walk you through the next steps that need to be taken to transfer your funding to LBC.
QUESTION: How do I transfer my military education benefits to LBC?
ANSWER: LBC’s VA Certifying Official is Mrs. Karen Fox. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and request our LBC VA Application/Information Form. All students will need to complete a new VA Form 22-1995 – “Request for Change of Program or Place of Training” form and submit it to Mrs. Fox. Any student receiving Military OVR Chapter 31 funding should also contact their VA counselor to report that they are attending LBC for spring. Students receiving Federal Tuition Assistance funds should submit new authorization forms to LBC.
QUESTION: I still have more questions about Financial Aid. Who do I contact?
ANSWER: Questions regarding financial aid can be directed to: email@example.com or by calling 717-560-8254. Please identify yourself as a WBC/CBS student.
ANSWER: Tuition will remain at the WBC/CBS published rates for the 2012-13 academic year. Traditional undergraduate students wishing to relocate to the LBC campus will be offered free housing for the spring 2013 term.
ANSWER: The full balance for the semester is due 2 weeks prior to the start of your first class. Or you may enroll in an auto-debit payment plan for 5 equal payments; the first payment will be drawn prior to the start of the spring term. After the due date for the term, a $40 monthly service fee applies to any unpaid balance over $100. A one-time $125 Account Service fee applies to any unpaid balance of $500 for each semester.
QUESTION: When will I receive a copy of my bill?
ANSWER: All records are being transferred from WBC to LBC, registrations are being entered and financial aid is being processed. Because Financial Aid makes a significant impact to your bottom line, we believe this is a critical step. After the completion of these, you will be mailed a copy of your statement.
ANSWER: 1. Financial Aid
Make checks payable to Lancaster Bible College
QUESTION: I have a balance due or a credit from WBC, will this roll/carry over?
ANSWER: No. Your balance due to WBC is still due to WBC. Any credit due you from WBC is your responsibility to request from WBC.
QUESTION: I have questions about my bill, who do I talk to?
ANSWER: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-560-8254.
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