POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Those wishing to attend Three Rivers Community College this fall will be expected to have a high school diploma or GED.
According to the college, this is due to state and federal funding regulations.
"This decision was part of the changes made to Pell Grant regulations last fall, but this takes effect July 1," said Marcia Fields, Director of Student Services at Three Rivers.
"Students who have atte nded college classes prior to June 30, 2012, are grandfathered into the previous 'Ability to Benefit' policy. Even if they don't have a diploma or GED, we will allow them to continue on."
According to the college, high school students taking dual credit classes, or who are dually enrolled, will still be allowed to take such classes through the college. Upon applying to Three Rivers after high school, those students will also be required to hold a diploma or GED.
In addition, the way transcripts are handled is changing.
"After July 1, we cannot enroll new students until their transcripts are turned in," said Fields. "Unless they're a specially-admitted student, the government mandates that we can't have students enrolled in our programs without their high school transcripts."
According to Fields, returning students still make up a large portion of the student population this fall semester.