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Conway Campus
(843) 347-3186
2050 Highway 501 East • Post Office Box 261966 • Conway, South Carolina 29528-6066
Five miles east of Conway on US Highway 501, eight miles west of the Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway
Georgetown Campus
(843) 546-8406 • Fax (843) 546-1437
4003 South Fraser Street, Georgetown, South Carolina 29440-9620
Two miles south of Georgetown near the Georgetown Airport
Grand Strand Campus
(843) 477-0808 • Fax (843) 477-0775
743 Hemlock Avenue, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
Two miles south of Coastal Grand Mall, near The Market Common,
between U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business
1-888-544-HGTC (4482) • On the web at http://www.hgtc.edu
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Letter From The President
Dear Student,
By enrolling at Horry Georgetown Technical College, you’ve made a big step towards a rewarding future.
You’ve selected one of the best technical colleges in the South.
Nearly 8,000 students enrolled in more than ninety academic programs make all three campuses of
Horry Georgetown Technical College dynamic year-around. From culinary arts to sports tourism, forestry to engi-
neering technology, HGTC students choose from more career options today than ever before. Ninety-four percent
of HGTC graduates get jobs or transfer to four-year colleges, and about ninety percent merit some form of finan-
cial aid. Tuition remains reasonable, and under the Program for Accelerated College Enrollment (PACE),
high school juniors and seniors earn college credit, saving families thousands of dollars in college costs.
HGTC’s job-focused programs are why we say, “Real jobs start here.” Students have opportunities for internships
in their chosen fields and access to a career resource center that helps students network with prospective
employers. HGTC’s student-friendly faculty sustain strong networks among local business and industry, while
imparting in classes the knowledge to succeed.
And when you’re not in class, remember that college is also about having fun. So join a student organization
and meet others who may well become lifelong friends.
Thank you for choosing HGTC, and best wishes for fulfilling your dreams.
Table Of Contents
Mission Statement 7
Role and Scope Of The Institution 7
Accreditation 7
Program Accreditations And Approvals 7
Statement Of Equal Opportunity/ 8
Non-Discrimination 8
Americans With Disabilities Act Of 1990 8
Admission 8
Open Admission 8
Admission Requirements 9
New Students 9
Transfer Students to HGTC 9
Transfer Courses To HGTC 9
Time Limits On Courses 10
Pace and Early College High School 11
Technical Advanced Placement (TAP) 11
University Parallel Program 11
Limited Access Programs Acceptance Requirements 12
Tuition, Fees and Refunds 12
Financial Aid 13
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) 16
Philosophy Of Student Affairs 18
Add/Drop Period 18
Advising 18
Barnes & Noble College Bookstore 18
Student Handbook 18
Bulletin Boards 19
Class Schedules 19
College Closing/Cancellation Of Classes 19
Computer Use Agreement 19
Copiers For Student Use 19
Copyright Laws 19
Counseling 19
Degreeworks 20
Disability Services 20
Dress and Personal Appearance 20
Exercise/Gym 20
Food and Beverages 20
Grade Review 20
Health Services 20
Illness or Medical Emergency 20
H-Number 21
Housing 21
ID Card 21
Lost and Found 21
Major/Program Of Study 21
Multiple Degrees, Diplomas and Certicates 21
Normal Completion Time 21
Online/Internet/Hybrid Classes 21
Overloads 22
Parking 22
Privacy of Student Records/FERPA 22
Residency Credit Requirement 23
Safety and Campus Security Act 23
Student Responsibility - Safety 23
Smoking 24
Speed Limit On Campus 24
Student Organizations 24
Student Right To Know 25
Transcripts 25
Tutoring 25
Visitors 25
Wavenet 25
Weapons Policy 26
Services For Students 26
Career Resource Center 26
Help Desk 26
Library 26
Student Success and Tutoring Center (SSTC) 27
Testing Centers 27
College Placement Testing / Compass 27
Wavenet Central 28
Student Rights, Responsibilities and Discipline 28
Policy For A Drug-Free Environment 29
Rights and Responsibilities Of Students With Disability 30
Student Code For The South Carolina Technical College
System (3-2-106.1) 30
Academic Information and Policies 42
Academic Average (Grade Point Average) 42
Academic Degree Requirements 42
Academic Fresh Start Policy 43
Academic Standing 43
Advanced Placement 43
Advanced Placement Exams (AP) 43
Auditing Courses 43
Experiential Credit 43
International Baccalaureate Credit (IB) 44
Prociency Examination Credit 44
Application For Prociency Exam Credit 44
Technical Advanced Placement (TAP) 44
Attendance Policies and Procedures 44
Commencement Ceremony 45
Cooperative Education 45
Developmental Studies 45
General Education Courses 45
Communications 45
Humanities/Fine Art 45
Mathematics 45
Natural Sciences 45
Social/Behavioral Sciences 46
General Education Program Learning Outcomes 46
Grade Quality Point System 46
The Grading Scale 46
Graduation Requirements 47
Honors 47
Program Emphasis 47
Standards Of Progress 47
Transferring 47
Withdrawal 47
Transfer - State Policies and Procedures 48
Program of Study
Accounting (ACC3) 54
Administrative Ofce Technology (ADT3) 55
Administrative Support (ADM1) 56
Advanced Welding Technologies (AWT7) 56
Associate In Arts (AAA4) 57
Business Transfer 58
Education Transfer 59
Associate In Science (AAS5) 60
Civil Engineering Transfer 61
Fire Science Transfer 62
Health Science 63
Turfgrass Science 65
Baking and Pastry Arts (BPA7) 66
Basic Business (BUS7) 67
Certied Cisco Networking Associate (CCN6) 67
Child Care Management (CCM6) 68
Civil Engineering Technology (CET3) 68
Commercial Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (CRA6) 69
Computer Aided Design (ARE7) 70
Computer Technology (CPT3) 70
Networking 70
Programming 71
Construction Management Technology (CMT3) 72
Clemson Transfer 73
Cosmetology (COS7) 74
Criminal Justice Technology (CRJ3) 74
Crime Scene Investigation 76
Homeland Security 77
Culinary Arts Technology (CAT3) 78
Dental Hygiene (DHG3) 79
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS7) 83
Digital Arts (DAT3) 85
Early Care And Education (ECE3) 86
Early Childhood Development (ECE7) 87
Electrical Lineman Technician (ELW6) 88
Electronics Engineering Technology (EET3) 88
Emergency Medical Technology (EMT3) 89
Advanced Placement For Emergency
Medical Technology (EMT3) 90
Emergency Medical Technology - Basic (EMT6) 91
EMT - Paramedic (EMT7) 91
Esthetics Technician (EST7) 92
Expanded Duty Dental Assisting (EDA1) 93
Fire Science (FSC7) 95
Forestry Management Technology (FOR3) 96
Timber Harvesting 97
Urban Forestry 98
Wildlife Management 99
General Business (BUS3) 100
Hospitality Management 101
Marketing 102
Public Service Administration 103
General Engineering Technology (GET3) 104
General Technology (GEN3) 105
Aviation Maintenance 105
Fire Science Technology 106
Law Enforcement 107
Golf & Sports Turf Management (GSTM) 108
Golf Course Management 108
Sports Turf Management 109
Homicide Investigation (HMI7) 110
Human Services (HUM3) 111
Kitchen and Food Preparation Techniques (KFP7) 112
Latent Print Collection and Classication (LPD7) 112
Limited General Radiological Technology (LRT7) 113
Machine Tool Operations (BMO7) 115
Machine Tool Technology (MTT4) 115
Massage Therapy (PTH7) 116
Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA7) 117
Medical Coding and Billing (MRC7) 118
Nail Technician (NAT7) 119
Natural Resources and Environment (NRE6) 119
Networking (NTW7) 120
Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT7) 120
Nursing (ADN5) 122
Advanced Placement For Licensed
Practical Nurses (LPN to ADN) 125
Practical Nursing (PRN1) 126
Paralegal (LEG3) 129
Paralegal Specialist (PAS7) 130
Patient Care Technician (PCT7) 131
Pharmacy Technician (PHM1) 132
Phlebotomy (PHL6) 133
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA5) 134
Professional Cooking (PCC7) 136
Radiologic Technology (RAD3) 136
Residential HVAC Service Technician (RHV7) 139
Robotics Technology (ROB7) 140
Sports Tourism (SPT3) 140
Surgical Technician (SUR7) 141
Surveying (SVY6) 143
Web Page Design (Web7) 143
Workforce Development 144
Course Descriptions 145
Horry Georgetown Technical College 185
Commission 186
President and Cabinet 186
Faculty 187
Important Phone Numbers 193
Campus Maps 198
Mission Statement
The mission of Horry Georgetown Technical College is to provide
accessible, affordable, high-quality, comprehensive two-year colle-
giate education and workforce development; to provide a student
centered environment and inspire lifelong learning; to promote
learning through teaching excellence; to promote community
service and embrace diversity; to promote economic growth; and
to embrace technological innovation in instruction and workplace
Role and Scope of the Institution
Since its creation in 1966, Horry Georgetown Technical College
has continued to provide post-secondary certificate, diploma, and
associate degree programs leading directly to securing or continu-
ing employment; degree programs which enable students to ac-
cess other post-secondary education; and workforce development
programs to meet the needs of job training, occupational advance-
ment, licensing, and certification.
As a member of the South Carolina Technical College System, the
College is a public, two-year technical college, enrolling 7,500 to
9,000 college credit curriculum students during the fall semester
and providing non-credit courses and programs for workforce
development and job training. The College primarily provides ser-
vices to the individuals and employers of Horry and Georgetown
counties, but also offers programs to meet regional, national, and
international needs. The College values partnerships with busi-
ness, industry, community agencies, and other educational and
governmental institutions which support the growth and develop-
ment of the community.
The faculty’s primary function is to ensure student learning and
academic goal achievement through innovative teaching that
integrates theory and application. The College provides student
services to support individual and educational goals. The College
endeavors to fulfill its mission by fostering the belief that all people
should have equal opportunity for personal and professional
growth in leading to a productive and meaningful life.
The College respects every member of the college community and
is committed to fairness in its educational endeavors.
Approved by HGTC Area Commission, February 12, 2013.
Approved by S.C. Commission on Higher Education, March 22,
Horry Georgetown Technical College is accredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to
award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on
Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097,
telephone (404)679-4500 or http://www.sacscoc.org for questions
about the accreditation of Horry Georgetown Technical College.
Program Accreditations and Approvals
Horry Georgetown Technical College is nationally accredited
by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
(ACBSP), 7007 College Blvd., Suite 420, Overland Park, Kansas
66211, (913) 339-9356, www.acbsp.org, for the offering of the
Associate Degrees in Accounting, General Business and Admin-
istrative Office Technology. Students interested in reviewing the
accreditation documents may view them in the Academic Dean’s
The Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail Technician programs are
licensed by the Board of Cosmetology of the South Carolina De-
partment of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Massage Therapy is
approved by the Massage/Body Works Panel of the South Carolina
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
The Culinary Arts Technology program is accredited by the
American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation Accrediting
The programs in Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene are accred-
ited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been
granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Horry George-
town Technical College is accredited by the Commission
on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the rec-
ommendation of Joint Review Committee on
Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
(JRC-DMS) Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park
Street Clearwater, FL 33756 727-210-2350;
College Information
The Early Care and Education program is accredited by NAEYC
(National Association for Education of Young Children).
The Emergency Medical Technology program is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
(www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on
Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical
Services Professions (CoAEMSP); Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater,
FL 33756, 727-210-2350; www.caahep.org.
The Education degree program in Forestry Management Technol-
ogy leading to an Associate’s in Applied Science is a candidate
for accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The
Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognizes SAF as the
specialized accrediting body for forestry education in the United
The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Associa-
The Nursing and Practical Nursing programs are approved by the
South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
Board of Nursing and are accredited by the Accreditation Commis-
sion for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road
NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; Phone (404) 975-5000;
Fax (404) 975-5020; www.acenursing.org.
The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the Ameri-
can Society of Health System Pharmacists, Accreditation Services
Division, 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814. A new
commission, the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission
(PTAC), is being formed through collaboration with the American
Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation
Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). PTAC will make accredita-
tion recommendations regarding pharmacy technician education
and training programs. ASHP will continue to conduct accredita-
tion actions through August 2014.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Horry Georgetown
Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accredita-
tion in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax
Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail:
accreditation@apta.org; website; www.capteonline.org.
The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Re-
view Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT),
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182;
phone: 312-704-5300, fax: 312-704-5304, email: mail@jrcert.
org, www.jrcert.org.
The Surgical Technician program is accredited by the Commis-
sion on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.
caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review
Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST). Com-
mission on Accreditation of Allied Health, Education Programs, 35
East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601-2208; phone
The Wildlife Management emphasis within the Forestry Manage-
ment Technology program is accredited by the North American
Wildlife Technology Association (NAWTA).
Statement of Equal Opportunity/
Horry Georgetown Technical College does not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its pro-
grams and activities. The following persons have been designated
to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Employee and applicant inquiries concerning the federal laws and
their application to the College may be directed to the College’s
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Officer: Associate Vice
President for Human Resources and Employee Relations, HGTC,
PO Box 261966, Conway, SC 29528-6066, 843-349-5212, who
serves as the College’s Section 504, Title II, and Title IX Coordina-
Student and prospective student inquiries concerning Section
504, Title II and Title IX and their application to the College or
any student decision may be directed to Associate Vice President
for Student Affairs, HGTC, PO Box 261966, Conway, SC 29528-
6066, 843-349-5228.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
HGTC complies with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
of 1990 which makes it unlawful to discriminate in admission
policies, academic programs, services, or employment practices.
It adopts the general prohibitions of discrimination under section
504 as well as the requirements for making programs accessible
to individuals with disabilities and for providing a way to effec-
tively communicate. The ADA of 1990 complements but does not
replace Section 504.
Open Admission
HGTC maintains open admission to fulfill the educational mission
of the College and to promote achievement of individuals with var-
ied potential. Open admission supports the College commitment
to assess student potential and provide developmental education
or appropriate referrals as necessary.
Open admission does not guarantee admission. The College
reserves the right to refuse admission in the best interest of the
College community. Also, pursuant to South Carolina law, to be
considered for admission, applicants to the College must be U.S.
citizens or be legally present in the United States.
Note: Admission to specific programs at HGTC may require ad-
ditional information, prerequisites, etc.
Admission Requirements for
New Students
To be eligible for admission to the College, a new stu-
dent must:
1. Be 18 years old or have earned a high school diploma or its
Exceptions to above
• High school students participating in the Program for Acceler-
ated College Enrollment (PACE) or Early College are subject to
admissions requirements as outlined in the PACE section of this
• An applicant who is less than 18 years old, and who does not
have a high school diploma or its equivalent, must present, prior
to admission, the following:
- Written permission to attend HGTC from the principal
of the high school last attended or currently attending. Home-
schooled students must have written permission from the state
affiliation or local school district; and,
- Written parental/guardian permission to attend HGTC.
Married or legally independent applicants are excluded from this
2. Complete and return an admission application, along with the
required, non-refundable application fee; applications submitted
without payment of the application fee WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
3. Submit scores from SAT, ACT or COMPASS placement test
(Placement test scores are required for appropriate course place-
Note: Testing candidates may schedule appointments for any
testing service and process their request online by going to the
Testing Center web page at www.hgtc.edu/testing, or in WaveNet
under the Testing Center tab. Once you complete the process and
pay necessary fees, if applicable, you will receive a confirmation
of your appointment. Please bring your confirmation with you on
appointment day.
Testing candidates requesting accommodations should call the
Testing Center in which you registered to arrange accommoda-
tions in advance.
Applicants who have not taken the SAT or ACT may call or visit
the Testing Center at any campus or site to schedule a time for
the College placement test. The College placement tests in the
areas of Reading Comprehension, Writing Skills, Pre-Algebra and
Algebra are offered the first time free of charge as a service to ap-
plicants. A photo ID must be presented prior to testing. Test scores
are available immediately upon completion.
An applicant/student may re-test once, after a 24-hour waiting pe-
riod. After the first re-test, an applicant/student may re-test again
only if he/she has completed the required developmental studies
course sequence, completed an external remediation program, or
one HGTC semester has elapsed since the last test date. A $30 fee
is required for each re-test.
Placement testing is also available in alternate formats. To request
special accommodations for testing, contact the Director of Student
Development on the Conway Campus, the Director of Campus
and Support Services on the Grand Strand Campus or the Coordi-
nator of Student Affairs on the Georgetown Campus.
There is a five-year time limit on acceptance of placement test
scores. Exceptions to the time limit are test scores submitted by ap-
plicants who have previously attained bachelors degrees, associ-
ate degrees, college diplomas or applicable college certificates.
4. Submit high school transcript(s).
Applicants should request that an official high school transcript or
GED scores be forwarded to the HGTC Admissions Office.
Certain programs of study require additional information for ad-
mission to the program.
For Transfer Students to HGTC
To be eligible for admission to the College, a transfer student
1. Complete and return an admissions application, along with the
required, non-refundable application fee; Applications submitted
without this fee WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
2. Submit college transcript(s).
Transfer applicants should request that official transcript(s) from all
colleges previously attended be forwarded to the HGTC Admis-
sions Office. Transcripts should reflect that the applicant has
completed at least one college-level math and one college-level
English composition course with an earned grade of “C” or above
in these two courses. A transfer applicant whose college transcripts
do not reflect above requirements will be given the opportunity to
submit SAT/ACT scores that are less than 5 years old or to take the
College placement test to determine course placement.
Information about Transfer Courses to
HGTC will accept for transfer all applicable and appropriate cred-
its. Every effort will be made to recognize the previous educational
experiences of the student, while applying appropriate quality
assurances for graduation purposes.
Transfer credits require a grade of “C” or better.
Credit for a course must show on an official transcript from the
granting institution, and an official copy of this transcript must be
on file at HGTC.
Transfer credit does not influence the students grade point aver-
age while attending HGTC.
Credits transferred and/or exempted from other institutions may
not exceed 75% of the total credits HGTC requires for graduation.
Statute of Limitations: Courses that meet the above-mentioned
criteria are accepted for varying time limits as recommended by
department chairs. The Registrars Office uses an approved list
when evaluating transfer credits. This applies to both internal and
external courses. Any student whose courses were taken in excess
of the approved time limit prior to evaluation is encouraged to take
credit by proficiency examinations, where available, for valida-
tion of knowledge. When recommended by department chair and
approved by appropriate administration, alternate validation of
course competencies may be accepted.
Transfer and evaluation of transfer credit is at the discretion of the
Registrars Office and academic chairs, when applicable.
Time Limits on Courses for Transfer and
Program Admission/Re-Admission
Some majors at HGTC are continually changing due to the nature
of the profession. The following courses have transfer and pro-
gram admission/re-admission time limits. Students with questions
should contact their academic advisors.
Limit - Prefix/Course Major/Subject Area
One Year
DAT Expanded Duty Dental Assisting
PTH Physical Therapist Assistant
RAD Radiologic Technology
PNR Nursing - PN
Two Years
DHG Dental Hygiene
NUR Nursing - ADN
PHM Pharmacy Technician
EMS Emergency Medical Technology
Five Years
AOT Administrative Office Technology
ARV Digital Arts
BIO Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical
Sonography, Nursing, Physical Therapist
Assistant, Surgical Technician Majors
COS Cosmetology
CPT Computer Technology
EGT (151) Engineering Technology
HIM Medical Administrative Assistant,
Medical Coding and Billing
IST Information Systems Technology
LEG Paralegal
Seven Years
ECD Early Care and Education
Ten Years
ACC Accounting
AHS Allied Health Science
BAF Banking and Finance
BUS Business
CMT Construction
Management Technology
CRJ Criminal Justice
CUL Culinary Arts
EGT (101) Engineering Graphics
FOR Forestry
MAT Nursing - ADN Major Only
MGT Management
MKT Marketing
NRM Natural Resource Management
WLD Welding
For Undeclared Major Students
To be eligible for admission to the College, an undeclared major
student must:
Complete and return an admission application, along with he
required, non-refundable application fee. Applications submitted
without payment of the application fee WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
Note: Placement in certain courses as an undeclared major is re-
stricted, and all course place-
ment requirements and course
pre and corequisites must
be met. A student accepted
as an undeclared major is
not eligible for federal/ state
financial aid or veteran’s ben-
efits, including Lottery Tuition
Assistance, and is restricted to
a total of 24 semester hours.
Students must submit Change
of Major form to declare a
For International
HGTC welcomes the enroll-
ment of international students
who wish to pursue collegiate-
level study in the United
States. The College provides
assistance to international
applicants in processing the
required documents necessary
to secure a student F-1 Visa.
Assistance is also available for international students who wish to
transfer to Horry Georgetown Technical College from another col-
lege in the United States or who wish to change their current visa
status to F-1 Student.
The following steps are required for international student admis-
sion to HGTC:
1. Complete the Admissions Application and pay the non-refund-
able application fee;
2. Prospective students who do not speak English as their primary
language must submit proof of English language proficiency. A
minimum computer-based score of 173, internet-based score of 61
or a paper-based score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) is required in addition to a minimum score of
7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Individuals already in the United States may elect to participate in
the college placement test (COMPASS) as an alternative to TOEFL
and IELTS;
3. Provide copies of current visa and passport documents, includ-
ing both sides of the I-94 card;
4. Provide official English language transcript of high school/
secondary school/college records through World Education
Services(WES); and,
5. In compliance with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (US-
CIS) requirements, international student applicants are required to
provide documentation of financial resources adequate to cover
tuition and expenses for the duration of the international appli-
cant’s program of study. A Certification of Financial Support form
must be submitted for this purpose. Estimated annual expenses will
vary and will be based upon current tuition and other appropriate
Following admission to HGTC, international applicants will be noti-
fied to pay a two-semester tuition deposit. This deposit will be used
to pay tuition and fees for the first two semesters of enrollment
and is fully refundable if the student elects not to pursue study at
the College. SEVIS form I-20 will be prepared when the deposit
is paid. Students are also required to file form I-901 and pay the
SEVIS fee, using the number assigned on the I-20.
Prospective international students currently in the U.S. with a valid
visa other than F-1 student must also complete Application to
Change Nonimmigrant Status Form I-539 and submit the appli-
cable fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Transfer
credit may be awarded to international students who attended
a college or university either outside or within the United States.
Credits for coursework completed at a foreign college or university
must be evaluated by World Education Services to be eligible for
Note: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all required docu-
ments are current and maintained in keeping with all applicable
laws and regulations.
For Returning Students
Returning students are those who previously enrolled in an as-
sociate degree, diploma or certificate program at HGTC, but who
have not been enrolled in classes during the previous twelve (12)
calendar months. In order to be eligible for re-admission to the
College, returning students must not have any outstanding finan-
cial obligations to the College, must submit an application for re-
admission along with the non-refundable application fee. PACE or
other dually-enrolled students must submit a new HGTC applica-
tion (fee waived, if within twelve (12) months) prior to re-enrolling
as an HGTC student in order to identify a major (program of study)
and be recognized as a college student for financial aid eligibility.
PACE (Program For Accelerated
College Enrollment) and
Early College High School
Students in PACE can take either University Parallel (86 courses ap-
proved by the Commission on Higher Education for transfer from
two-to four-year public institutions-go to www.sctrac.org for details)
or Applied Technology (courses that may or may not carry transfer
credit to a four-year college); however, they must meet the same
admissions criteria as any other student. The following criteria must
be met for acceptance into PACE:
• Obtain high school junior status;
• Be recommended by the high school guidance counselor,
principal or other designated school official as someone who can
benefit from the program;
• Have a letter of permission from parent(s) or guardian(s); and,
• Submit scores from one of the following placement tests: Scho-
lastic Assessment Test (SAT), American College Testing Assessment
(ACT), COMPASS or ASSET (College Placement Tests). Minimum
test scores must be met to enroll in college level courses.
Note: PACE students who continue their education at HGTC must
submit HGTC Admissions Application (fee waived if within twelve
months) to identify a major (program of study) and be recognized
as a college student for financial aid eligibility. Students are re-
sponsible for meeting admissions requirements and checking with
the institution(s) to which they plan to transfer after high school to
ensure transferability of courses from HGTC.
Technical Advanced Placement (T.A.P.)
Through articulation agreements with Horry and Georgetown
County high schools and Hemingway Career and Technical Cen-
ter, high school students may receive Technical Advanced Place-
ment (T.A.P.) credit for specific high school courses. This eliminates
duplication of courses by allowing students who successfully
complete specific high school courses to exempt specific entry-level
College courses. T.A.P. credit may be awarded for satisfactory
completion of several C.A.T.E. programs in schools in Horry and
Georgetown counties. The complete listing for each county is avail-
able at www.hgtc.edu/tap
Interested high school students should contact their high school
guidance offices, and follow the T.A.P. procedures for submitting
records to HGTC to determine eligibility and prepare for successful
University Parallel Program
The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs
are for students intending to pursue a bachelors or higher degree
from a senior college or university. Also known as the “university
parallel program” or “university transfer degree,” the Associ-
ate in Arts and Associate in Science curricula are comparable to
the freshman and sophomore years at a university. A majority of
courses in the programs are General Education, such as English,
Mathematics, Humanities, Science, Social and Behavioral Sci-
ences, and Fine Arts. Other courses are selected based upon the
institution and students intended major and are meant to satisfy
prerequisite requirements for that major. Following are several
majors that Associate in Arts or Associate in Science students may
choose. This is not a complete list of possibilities: Accounting, Biol-
ogy/Natural Sciences, Aerospace, Business Administration, African
Studies, Chemistry, Anthropology, Computer Science/Information
Systems, Architecture, Criminology, Art, Drama/Theater Arts,
Economics, Political Science, Education, Public Administration,
Engineering, Religion, English/Literature, Retailing, Foreign
Language, Secondary Education, Forestry, Social Sciences, Ge-
ography, Sociology, Health Education/Recreation, Speech Com-
munications, Health Sciences, Theater, History, Hotel/Restaurant/
Tourism, International Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Linguistics,
Management, Marine Science, Marketing/Advertising, Mass Com-
munication/Journalism, Mathematics, Military Science, Music/Mu-
sic Education, Philosophy, Physical Education, and Physics/Physical
University parallel courses may also serve as foundation re-
quirements for advanced degrees in Horticulture, Pre-Dentistry,
Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-
Veterinary Medicine.
Students may take advantage of transfer agreements with Coastal
Carolina University and Francis Marion University for Education
Majors (HGTC’s Early Care and Education and Associate of Arts/
Science-Teaching Transfer Emphasis), with Coastal Carolina Uni-
versity for Psychology/Sociology Majors (HGTC’s Criminal Justice
and Human Services majors) and Graphic Design (HGTC Digital
Arts), University of South Carolina (AA and AS), Lander University
(AA and AS), The Citadel (Civil Engineering Technology) or Clem-
son University (Construction Project Management and Natural
Limited Access Programs Acceptance
Some of the programs in Health Science offered at Horry George-
town Technical College are classified as limited access programs,
meaning they may have special or particular or additional ad-
mission and/or placement requirements beyond those normally
required by the College. In many cases, these requirements include
prerequisite classes that must be completed prior to the students
placement into courses in the particular program area. Applicants
must complete HGTC Admission requirements and the additional
program admission requirements.
Because of prerequisite requirements that may exist for limited
access programs, the curriculum displays are for information only
and should not be interpreted as an exact representation of course
progression, but for outlining program course requirements
necessary for completing a particular program of study. Students
should confer with the Health Science Advisor on the Conway,
Grand Strand Campus, or Georgetown Campus for more specific
It is the students responsibility to be aware of all limited access
program admission, (top qualified or first qualified) program
advancement and program prerequisite requirements, and to be
fully informed of any wait times that may exist for placement into a
particular limited access program of study. For more information
about the application procedure and/or status of each limited ac-
cess program, contact the Admissions Office at any campus.
Criminal Background Checks, Urine
Drug Screening and Health Histories
Many of the programs, including those in the Health
Sciences, require successful competition of a Crimi-
nal Background Check (CBC), Urine Drug Screen
(UDS), and/or submission of health and immunization
histories prior to course registration and clinical/field
placements. Students whose Criminal Background Checks and
or Urine Drug Screening disqualify them from placement will be
declared ineligible for continued enrollment and removed from the
programs. Even if a student has a clean or acceptable Criminal
Background Check and/or Urine Drug Screening, it is the student’s
responsibility to notify the Office of Student Affairs or the Program
Director if any incident occurs during enrollment that may disqual-
ify him/her from placement eligibility. Failure to do so will result in
disciplinary action and removal from the program.
All costs related to Criminal background Checks, Urine Drug
Screening and compilation of health and immunization histories
Tuition and fees are subject to change, so the College utilizes the
website to publish current tuition and fees information. For the
most accurate and current information, contact Student Accounts
at (843) 349-5310 or visit www.hgtc.edu/tuition.
Students are expected to pay or enroll in a payment plan at the
time of registration. Acceptable methods of payments include cash,
check, money order, cashiers check, VISA, Master Card, American
Express or Discover, or through Financial Aid disbursement.
Late Registration Fees
A late fee is charged to students who register after the tuition
deadline which is announced for each semester.
Tuition Refunds for Credit Courses
It is the students responsibility to initiate and complete the with-
drawal process for eligibility for a refund. Students should use their
WaveNet account to drop classes. Refunds are calculated based
on the date on which the course is dropped. Tuition is charged for
any class for which a student is enrolled after the drop period.
Tuition refunds will be made according to this refund policy
After Add/Drop, the student is considered enrolled in classes
remaining on his/her schedule. If the student withdraws or is
dropped from class (es) after Add/Drop, the following refunds
Refund Tuition Fee
Before classes begin 100% 100%
During the Add/Drop period 100% 100%
Period after Add/Drop equal
to the length of Add/Drop* 50% N/A
*For all semesters including those shorter than full term, the 50%
refund period is equal to the same length of the Add/Drop period
for that semester.
Note: Refunds for terms that vary in length from the traditional se-
mester term will be proportional to the semester term. Refunds for
accelerated classes must be requested through Student Accounts.
For canceled classes, a full refund for the cost of the class (es) will
be refunded, either to the student or to the students account bal-
ance due.
Refunds will be processed after the add/drop period. All refunds
are mailed to the students address of record at HGTC, unless the
student has requested to receive refunds via direct deposit into a
checking or savings account. Students may set up direct deposit on
their WaveNet accounts.
All refunds will be processed and payable by check, direct deposit,
or card credit or as credit to HGTC account balance within 4-6
weeks after the start of the term.
Residency classification for tuition and fees purposes at HGTC is
governed by the South Carolina Code Sections 59-11-10 through
59-112-100. Guidelines are established by the South Carolina
Commission on Higher Education and administered by the Col-
lege. It is the responsibility of the applicant or student who would
like to request a review of his/her residency classification to
complete the Application for Review of Residency Classification
form (available in the Admissions Office on all campuses), provide
requested supporting documentation, and return the application
and documentation to the Admissions Office by the announced
deadline. The deadline for submission of an Application for Review
of Residency is the last day of late registration for the term for
which residency reclassification is requested. Appeals of residency
decisions may be made to the Director of Student Development.
Applicants incorrectly classified as residents are subject to re-clas-
sification and payment of all unpaid non-resident fees. If incorrect
classification results from false or concealed information, an
applicant may be charged tuition and fees past due and unpaid at
the out-of-state or out-of-county tuition rate and may be subject to
disciplinary action according to the Student Code of Conduct for
the South Carolina Technical College System.
Tuition, Fees and Refunds
(TITLE IV Recipients)
Withdrawing or stopping attendance may result in financial debt
for the student and may also make the student ineligible for future
financial aid, including loans. We strongly urge students to consult
with an academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to help
with decisions about withdrawing. View the College’s Return to Title
IV Policy which provides an example of a Title IV Refund at
Tuition Refund Appeals
If a student thinks the refund policy has not been fairly applied or
there are special circumstances that should be considered, an ap-
peal may be made in writing to the Office of the Registrar.
Check Policy
Students may make payments with checks written for the exact
amount of the charges. All checks must be made payable to
Horry Georgetown Technical College. Any student who presents a
check to the College, payment of which is refused by the drawee,
is charged a penalty and is thereafter required to pay all fees by
cash, money order, cashiers check or credit card. A student not
redeeming a check promptly after notification of its return will be
subject to the full extent of the South Carolina laws governing bad
The HGTC Financial Aid Office assists students who demonstrate
financial need and have a desire to attend college. The responsi-
bility of meeting College costs rests primarily with the student and
his/her family. Therefore, when the family meets its responsibility to
the maximum of its ability, the College seeks to provide assistance
for the remaining amounts.
The majority of financial aid is awarded on the basis of a students
demonstrated financial need. To establish need, a student must
complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Awards are made on a “package” concept, which usually consists
of grants, employment, loans and/or scholarships. THE FAFSA is
required as a first step for most financial aid programs. (Go to
www.fafsa.ed.gov for information.)
All financial aid is awarded without regard to race, color, sex, age,
religion, national origin, disability, or other individual distinction.
Eligibility Requirements
To be considered for financial aid, a student must:
• Be a citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen of the
• Be admitted or enrolled in an eligible undergraduate course of
• Students MUST have a high school diploma, GED, or have been
home schooled to meet the eligibility criterion for Title IV purposes;
• Be making satisfactory academic progress in the course of study;
• Not owe a refund on a grant received under the Federal Pell
Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, or
State Student Incentive Grant Program (Title IV, HEA Grant) for at-
tendance at any institution;
• Not be in default on any loan made under the Federal Direct or
Stafford Student Loan programs, Federal PLUS, Federal NDSL or
Federal Perkins Loan program (Title IV, HEA Loan) for attendance
at any institution;
• Demonstrate financial need according to specific program
requirements; and,
• Register with the Selective Service (if a male at least 18 years of
age, born after December 31, 1959, and not currently a member
of the United States Armed Forces).
Application Procedures
The financial aid process can take 6-8 weeks, so it is important to
apply early. It is necessary to re-apply every year.
To apply for financial aid, a student should complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), online at www.fafsa.
ed.gov. HGTCs school code is 004925.
You must first get your Personal Identification Number (PIN) at
www.pin.ed.gov and, if a dependent student, a PIN for at least
one parent or guardian. The PIN will allow you and your parent
or guardian to electronically sign your FAFSA application. HGTC’s
Financial Aid Office will receive an electronic copy of your FAFSA/
SAR to confirm your eligibility, if you include our school code
(004925) on your report.
Students must check their WaveNet accounts (Financial Aid
Requirements) to determine if all FAFSA requirements are met; if
not, financial aid awards are delayed. WaveNet accounts provide
account balances, student requirements and more. Visit WaveNet
Central for assistance.
NOTE: New students and former students not enrolled for one
year or more must apply for admission to the College. A student
may apply for financial aid prior to admission, but no financial aid
awards can be made until a student has applied and is accepted in
an approved program of study at the College. Financial aid does
not cover the required College application fee.
To obtain priority for financial aid awards or scholarships for the
following Fall Semester, FAFSA applications should be submitted
prior to April 1.
Federal Financial Aid Programs
Federal Pell Grant Program (Title IV)
Federal Pell Grant Program (Title IV): This program provides funds
to eligible students attending approved colleges, universities and
other approved post-high school institutions. A student may apply
if he/she is an undergraduate student enrolled in an eligible pro-
gram and has not previously received a bachelors degree. Awards
range from $587 to $5,730 in an award year.
Effective with the 2012-13 award year, a students Pell Grant
Lifetime Eligibility is now limited to 12 (twelve) full-time semester
awards or the equivalent of 12 (twelve) semesters.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This program awards funds to a limited number of students with
exceptional financial need enrolled at least half-time in an eligible
program and who have not previously received a bachelors
College Work-Study Program (CWS)
This program provides jobs for students with demonstrated finan-
cial need and enrolled in an eligible program. Eligible students
may work up to an average of 15 hours per week depending
upon the need and available funds. Jobs are available on and off
cam¬pus in various areas or departments.
Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan Programs
Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students and parents to
help pay for the cost of a students education after high school.
The lender is the U.S. Department of Education (the Department)
rather than a bank or other financial institution. Repayment is
• Direct Subsidized Loans
These are loans for students with financial need, as determined by
federal regulations. No interest is charged while you are in school
at least half-time. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012
temporarily eliminates the interest subsidy on Direct Subsidized
Loans during the six month grace period on new loans for which
the first disbursement is made on or after July, 2012 and before
July, 2014. Repayment for these loans begins 6 months after
graduation or 6 months after the student is no longer enrolled
half time. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act
(MAP-21) (Public Law 112-141, effective July 1, 2013 added a new
provision to the Direct Loan statutory requirements that limits a
first-time borrower’s eligibility for Direct Subsidized Loans to a
period not to exceed 150 percent of the length of the borrowers
educational program (“the 150% limit”). Under certain conditions,
the provision also causes first-time borrowers who have exceeded
the 150 percent limit to lose the interest subsidy on their Direct
Subsidized Loans.
• Direct Unsubsidized Loans
These are loans for students that are not based on financial need.
Interest is charged during all periods. Repayment for these loans
begins 6 months after graduation or 6 months after the student is
no longer enrolled half time.
• Direct PLUS Loans
There are low interest loans available to parents of dependent
students or for graduate or professional degree seeking students.
Payments can be while the student is in school or deferred until the
student graduates. If you choose to pay after graduation, interest
will accrue from the time the last disbursement is made. You can
choose to pay the interest monthly, or you can defer both interest
and principle until the student graduates. If you choose not to pay
the interest monthly, it is capitalized no more than four times per
Financial Aid Refunds (TITLE IV Recipients)
Withdrawing or stopping attendance may result in financial debt
for the student and may also make the student ineligible for future
financial aid, including loans. We strongly urge students to consult
with an academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to help
with decisions about withdrawing. View the College’s Return to Title
IV Policy which provides an example of a Title IV Refund
State Financial Aid Programs
LIFE Scholarship
The LIFE Scholarship Program covers the amount of tuition and
fees plus an additional $300 book allowance for eligible under-
graduate students attending two-year colleges in South Carolina.
Initial eligibility is based on a high school GPA of 3.0. To receive
the LIFE Scholarship, the student must, among other things:
• Not be in default on a Federal Title IV or State of South Carolina
educational loan;
• Not owe a refund on Federal Title IV or State of South Carolina
student financial aid program;
• Not have had any felony, alcohol or drug-related convictions
under the laws of any state or under the laws of the U.S.;
• Not be enrolled in Developmental Studies courses (100 level and
below); and,
• Retain renewal eligibility, based on earning a minimum 3.0
cumulative GPA and 30 non-remedial credit hours per academic
LIFE Scholarship awards may be used only for Fall and Spring
semesters and may not be used with Lottery Tuition Assistance in
an academic year.
Students who complete all requirements for high school gradu-
ation prior to the official graduation day in May/June may be
eligible to receive the LIFE Scholarship if they meet all initial and
general eligibility criteria. If eligibility criteria are met, the student
must complete an Early Graduation Application with all required
documents and submit to the Financial Aid Office.
Please refer to the scholarships guidelines posted on the SC Com-
mission on Higher Education (CHE website) at www.che.sc.gov.
For complete LIFE Scholarship Program information, students may
visit the S.C. Commission on Higher Education website at
South Carolina Need-Based Grant Program
This program assists the neediest South Carolinians who wish to
attend eligible public and private colleges or universities in the
state. Program funding depends upon action by the General
Assembly and the amount awarded to students is contingent upon
the funds appropriated to the program.
To be eligible for the Need-Based Grant, the student must:
• Submit FAFSA;
• Have a valid Federal SAR (Student Aid Report) on file in the
Financial Aid Office;
• Be a legal South Carolina resident and enrolled or accepted for
enrollment at least as a half-time (6 semester hours) undergradu-
ate student in a degree, diploma or certificate program authorized
by the Commission on Higher Education;
• Meet HGTC standards of academic progress;
• Seek for the first time an associate or other recognized creden-
tial in a one-year program as authorized by the Commission on
Higher Education;
• Enroll at least half-time at the time of grant disbursement and
complete 12-24 semester credit hours each regular academic year;
have a 2.0 GPA each regular academic year; and,
• Certify that he/she has not been convicted of any felonies,
alcohol or drug-related offenses under the laws of any state or
under the laws of the U.S. (student must notify the Financial Aid
Office should this status change by the start of the school year);
and certify that he/she does not owe a refund or repayment on a
State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, or Federal Supplemental Educa-
tional Opportunity Grant, and is not in default on a loan under the
Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Loan Programs.
The Information on Need-Based Grants is subject to change either
by the SC Legislature or the SC Commission on Higher Education.
You may view the most recent guidelines for the State Need-Based
Grant program at www.che.sc.gov. Select Student and Parent link
and select State Need-Based Grant link.
South Carolina Education Lottery Tuition
Assistance Program
A portion of Education Lottery revenues are used to fund tuition
assistance for technical college students. The actual amount of tu-
ition assistance available to each student will be determined each
semester by the State Board for Technical Education. Most student
financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. Lottery
Tuition Assistance is an exception and is not awarded on the basis
of financial need.
To be eligible for Lottery Tuition Assistance, a student must:
• Qualify for in-state residency;
• Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
OR complete the FAFSA Waiver formthis form is only used for
students enrolled in PACE programs, students who have earned a
bachelors degree or students who are enrolled in programs which
are not eligible for Title IV aid. Lottery Tuition Assistance is not
awarded on the basis of financial need
• Enroll in a certificate, diploma or associate degree program
and maintain at least six credit hours each semester. Non-credit
programs are not eligible;
• Make clear progress toward completion of a certificate, diploma
or associate degree; not have received Lottery Tuition Assistance
for more than one certificate, diploma or degree earned within
any five-year period, unless the additional certificate, diploma or
degree constitutes progress in the same field of study
(as determined by the institution);
• Not be a LIFE scholarship award recipient; and,
• Not be in default on any government stu-
dent loan program.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Financial Aid
Regulations require that, in order to receive financial aid under
the student financial assistance programs (PELL, FSEOG, FCWS,
SCNBG, Federal Direct Loans, etc.) a student must maintain sat-
isfactory Academic Progress (SAP) according to the standards and
practices below.
• A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0;
• A student must maintain a cumulative completion rate of 67%
• A student must complete his/her educational objective within a
maximum time frame (150%). The maximum time frame for the
completion of degree, diploma, and certificate programs is limited
by Federal regulations to 150% of the published length of the pro-
gram. Example: If a students program of study requires 50 credit
hours for completion, financial assistance will pay for 75 credit
hours attempted in that program.
To view HGTC’s full Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, a stu-
dent may visit http://www.hgtc.edu/financialaid
Additional SAP requirements for the South Carolina Need Based
Grant and the South Carolina LIFE Scholarship are outlined in the
Certification forms which the student signs to accept these funds
annually. Students may visit each of these links to view these SAP
requirements, if the student has been awarded either of these
Students are notified of their financial aid status at the end of each
semester via their WaveNet accounts. It is every student’s respon-
sibility to check Financial Aid status at the end of each semester.
Because of FERPA (Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act), this
information cannot be communicated by phone.
To appeal Financial Aid suspension, the student must complete
the Financial Aid Appeal form (located on the Financial Aid Page
of the HGTC website, in the Financial Aid Forms section). Appeal
forms must include documentation of extenuating circumstances
to verify the appeal statement and an academic plan approved
by the students academic advisor. Failure to complete the appeal
process and provide documentation will result in cancellation of
financial aid for any future terms. If the Financial Aid Appeal Com-
mittee decides that justifiable evidence of extenuating circumstanc-
es exists, aid may be continued and all payments may be made on
a probationary basis. The Appeal Committee will determine how,
or if, payments are disbursed, depending on circumstances.
The SC Center for Child Care Career Development provides fund-
ing for employees of State-regulated childcare centers who seek
to continue their education. Funding may include both tuition and
books. Inquiries should be directed to the SCCCCD at 1-866-845-
1555 (Toll-free) or P. O. Box 5616, Greenville, SC 29606.
HGTC Foundation Scholarships
Since 1978, the College’s efforts to meet the educational needs
of Horry and Georgetown Counties have been supported by the
Horry Georgetown Technical College Foundation. As a non-profit
corporation, the Foundation seeks to enhance the College’s image
in the community and to raise, invest, manage and disburse funds
in support of the students, faculty, staff, programs and activities of
the institution.
The Foundation is governed by a distinctive group of community
leaders, including corporate executives, bankers, attorneys, invest-
ment counselors and distinguished citizens. Currently, the assets of
the Foundation exceed $7.5 million with $1.2 million in endowed
scholarships. The Foundation is a tax exempt, non-profit organiza-
tion with 501(c)(3) status, providing tax-deductible benefits to all
The availability of funds for Foundation scholarships is based
solely on the contributions of donors and the funds disbursed for
the semester or year. Funds are generated from three sources: the
College, the Foundation and the HGTC Alumni Association. All
funds are administered through the College’s Financial Aid Office.
For a complete list of Foundation Scholarships, visit www.hgtc.edu/
financialaid or e-mail the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@
Emergency Student Loans
To request a loan, ask about eligibility in the Financial Aid Office.
Because these are loans, repayment may be required.
John D. Gilland, III Memorial Fund
Established in 1986 by Dr. and Mrs. J.D. Gilland of Conway in
memory of their son, this fund provides emergency loans for full-
time students who reside in Horry County.
Plantation Federal Student Emergency Loan Fund
Established in 1993 by Plantation Federal Savings Bank, this loan
fund provides emergency loans for full-time students who reside in
Georgetown County.
Ruth Lewis and Helen G. Stuart Emergency Loan Fund
Established in 1997, this fund provides emergency loans for
Georgetown residents enrolled full-time and attending classes at
one of HGTC’s campuses. The fund honors Ruth Lewis, the mother
of Neil Lewis, who established the fund, and Helen G. Stuart, a
long-time HGTC employee. Loans are limited to one per academic
Franklin and Elsie Burroughs Endowed Loan Fund
Established in 2000 by family members and friends to memorial-
ize Mr. and Mrs. Burroughs, this fund provides emergency loans
through the HGTC Foundation. Funds are available to full-time
students with a minimum 2.0 GPA, and who were born in Horry
County or who graduated from Horry County schools.
Foundation Emergency Book Loan
Established in 2003 by the HGTC Foundation to provide small
emergency book loans for students. See Financial Aid for details.
Other Sources of Financial Assistance
Free Tuition for Certain Veterans’ Children
This program is provided under the provisions of Title 59-111-20
Code of Laws of South Carolina. Students who may be eligible
for this assistance must contact their local county Veterans Affairs
Office. Eligible students must complete the voucher each semes-
ter within the Student Accounts department before the waiver for
tuition can be applied to their account. The waiver will be applied
to the tuition only; however, the student will be responsible for all
additional fees.
Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver
Tuition for credit and non-credit courses can be waived for stu-
dents age 60 or older, on a space available basis, provided that
the student is a legal resident of South Carolina, meets admission
requirements and is not employed on a full-time basis. Students
may contact the Student Accounts department for information
regarding their eligibility.
Veterans’ Benefits
Horry Georgetown Technical College is approved for training
under Public Law 16-634, 815, 894, and 88-36 for both day
and evening programs. The College provides a Veterans Affairs
Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office to assist students with VA-
related issues. Call 843-349-7817.
Veterans and war orphans seeking to attend HGTC may contact
the HGTC Veterans Affairs Office, the nearest Veterans Adminis-
tration Office and/or local county service officer well in advance of
College registration dates to ensure all VA applications are com-
pleted. FTCVC applications are submitted to SC Governors Office
for Veterans Affairs. All applicants are subject to HGTC admis-
sions requirements. Under procedures established by the Veterans
Administration, a veteran who applies for advance payments for
tuition, fees and other charges will have his/her first VA check
awaiting him/her at the College upon registration. For the proce-
dure to work properly, the veteran should apply for the advance
payment at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the semester by
completing the necessary form in the Office of the Veterans Affairs
Coordinator at HGTC.
Advance payments of tuition, fees, and other charges under Title
38 U.S. Code for veteran students and/or eligible persons who
fail to enter, withdraw, or are discontinued prior to completion
of the course, will be refunded, subject to the limitation set out in
VA regulation 14255 (E), in an amount which does not vary more
than 10% from the exact pro-rated portion of such tuition, fees
and other charges that the length of the completed portion of the
course bears to its total length. The exact ratio will be determined
on the ratio of the number of days of instruction completed by the
veteran to the total number of instructional days in the period for
which advance payment of tuition and fees has been made.
Veteran students with academic deficiencies who require remedial
work may enroll for developmental studies coursework in order to
meet specific curriculum entrance requirements. Students enrolled
in developmental studies courses and carry 12 semester hours of
credit are classified as full-time students with the Veterans Admin-
For additional information on educational benefits for veterans,
students may contact the Veterans Affairs Coordinator in the
Financial Aid Office at (843) 349-7817.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VOC REHAB)
The Conway and Georgetown Vocational Rehabilitation Offices
serve vocationally disabled citizens of Horry and Georgetown
counties. VOC REHAB can supply funds for educational assistance,
as well as assist in job placement and follow up. For more infor-
mation about eligibility, call (843) 448-5158 in Conway,
(843) 546-2595 in Georgetown or visit VOC REHAB’s Offices
at 3009 Fourth Avenue, Conway, or 1777 North Fraser Street,
Important Note about Financial Aid
Eligibility requirements, available programs and other information
change regularly. For the most accurate, up-to-date information,
students may visit www.hgtc.edu/financialaid.
Philosophy of Student Affairs
The Student Affairs Division reflects the community college mission
of HGTC by fostering a learning environment enhancing whole
student development. The division provides essential programs,
services and activities that enhance students’ cognitive, social,
multi-cultural, psychological, physical, ethical and interpersonal
Student Services offers support services to help students clarify
and attain educational goals while acquiring the skills needed to
advance personal growth and fulfillment. The division provides
valuable, responsive programs, services and activities, integrated
with educational experiences to meet student needs and interests.
Student Services shares the leadership for creating and maintain-
ing a positive learning environment that enables the College to be
an effective educational community.
Add/Drop Period
Students should consult the Academic Calendar for add/drop
dates. Any dropped classes during the add/drop period will not
be entered on the students academic record/transcript. However,
after the add/drop period, each student will receive an academic
grade for every course for which he or she is registered, whether
the student attends the class or not. Financial aid grant is charged
if a student is registered for a class; financial aid must be repaid if
the class is not attended.
New Student Advisors assist incoming students with major and
course selection, and in developing a MAP (My Academic Plan).
During the first semester, each student is assigned a faculty advisor
who will give program guidance within a discipline. New student
advisors support the implementation of The Guided Plan for
Success (GPS), a comprehensive process which helps students set
goals, develop a clear plan for graduation, and access sources of
support. Academic advisors work with students regarding course
selections and major requirements beginning in the students first
Barnes & Noble College Bookstore
Barnes & Noble College Bookstore serves the HGTC community
with the following items and services:
Required Textbooks
New, Used, Rentals or e-Textbooks
In-store books are arranged alphabetically by subjects, then
numerically by course numbers. Course cards contain the course
numbers and are located directly below textbooks.
During registration for classes, you may view or order your books
online at the Bookstore website at www.hortec.bncollege.com
provided the Bookstore has received an instructor book request for
your class. Credit card prepayment is required.
Bookstore Website
The Bookstore offers many services and products on its website at
www.hortec.bncollege.com. There, find the most current informa-
tion about the Bookstore, its services, and products.
A full line of supplies, including paper, pens, pencils, binders,
notebooks and any other supplies required or recommended for
courses, is offered by the Bookstore.
Bookstore Payment
Students are expected to pay for books and supplies when pur-
chased. Payments may be made by cash, check, money order,
Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express or the HGTC
voucher system.
Financial Aid payment is generally accepted one week prior to
the first day of classes through the second week of classes. Any
returns are credited to the Financial Aid voucher. Students are re-
quired to present their HGTC ID to charge books to their voucher.
Bookstore Refunds and Exchanges
With a receipt, a full refund will be given during the first week of
classes, provided the book is still in saleable condition. Up to thirty
days after the beginning of classes, a full refund will be given with
a receipt, only if the return occurs within two days of the date of the
receipt or with proof of class schedule change. Books must be in
saleable condition. Items which include codes are not returnable
once the code has been opened or unsealed.
All merchandise other than textbooks may be returned, with a
receipt, for a refund. All merchandise must be in its original condi-
Exceptions: No refunds are made on custom course materials, out-
lines, study guides, magazines and prepaid phone cards. Software
must be unopened for exchange or refund. Opened software may
be exchanged for identical disk only.
Purchase of Used Books
The Bookstore buys back used books Monday through Thursday,
except for the three weeks surrounding the beginning of each
semester. Book value is highest during final exam week at the end
of each semester.
Student Handbook
To sell books to the Bookstore, a student must present an HGTC ID
card. Prices are variable:
Top value (generally 50% of the retail price of the book) is paid
• Book is adopted for a succeeding semester;
• Book is in good re-saleable condition; and,
• Books are not already overstocked.
• Prices for books not being used at HGTC or have uncertain fu-
ture use at HGTC are established by reputable national used book
No value:
• Old editions;
• Manuals and exercise books which are marked;
• Books in poor condition; and,
• In many cases, books sold with codes where the code has been
opened may have little or no value.
Bookstore Hours/Locations/Contact Information
Conway Campus: 843-349-5220 Building 200C
Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Call store for holiday hours.
Georgetown Campus: 843-545-9898 Building 100G
Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Call store for holiday hours.
Grand Strand Campus: 843-477-2089 Building 300GS
Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Call store for holiday hours.
Bulletin Boards
Posters, notices or any information posted on bulletin boards must
first be approved by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
or designee; students may take notices to Student Services Office
on each campus. Students are responsible for awareness of infor-
mation posted through notices on bulletin boards by the College.
Class Schedules
Class schedules for each semester/term are posted at
www.hgtc.edu. When selecting the “Catalog Term” in the Class
Schedule, CE indicates Non-credit classes. Select “Fall” for Fall
semester, not “CE Fall;” select “Spring” for Spring semester, not
“CE Spring;” and select “Summer” for summer semester, not “CE
Each class has a section identifier and students should carefully
select each class section and note the time and location of each
class, and print his/her schedule prior to the first class. Sec-
tions are labeled as “C’ for Conway, ‘G’ for Georgetown, “S” for
Grand Strand, ‘I” for internet, ‘H” for Hybrid. Numbers under 50
are usually day classes and over 50 are late afternoon/evening
College Closing/Cancellation of Classes
Should inclement weather or other circumstances require the can-
cellation of classes, the College will contact various news media to
announce closing status. In addition, all campus general telephone
numbers and the College website will be updated with the most
recent closing information as soon as it is made available.
Students should note that the cancellation of day classes does not
automatically result in the cancellation of evening classes. It is the
responsibility of the student to check the listed radio and TV sta-
tions and www.hgtc.edu for announcements concerning classes.
Computer Use Agreement
The College recognizes its obligation to provide continuing guid-
ance as to what constitutes academic honesty, and to promote
procedures and circumstances to reinforce this principle. Computer
and Internet use is for locating educational material directly related
to Horry Georgetown Technical College academics. Personal use
is prohibited. Any unethical or morally questionable use of comput-
ers or the Internet is prohibited.
Software copyright and license agreements must be observed.
Respecting the intellectual work and property of others is essential
to the mission of HGTC. Unauthorized software copying, includ-
ing programs, applications, databases, code or others’ work is not
condoned. Any policy violation will be reported to the Associate
Vice President for Student Affairs and charges will be filed against
the student in accordance with the Student Code for the South
Carolina Technical College System.
Copiers for Student Use
Copiers for student use are available in each campus library, at a
cost per page.
Copyright Laws
It is the policy of Horry Georgetown Technical College to enforce
the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Title 17, United States Code,
Section 512 (“DMCA). Detailed information regarding student
responsibilities for adherence to Copyright Laws is available at
www.hgtc.edu; or via Student Right to Know or the Library. Plagia-
rism is subject to academic discipline.
HGTC Counselors encourage early intervention and the seeking of
assistance on a voluntary basis. All on-campus services are free to
students, faculty and staff. Confidentiality is maintained consistent
with professional standards. Assessment and referrals to appro-
priate community resources are facilitated as needed. Please visit
www.hgtc.edu/counseling for a current list of community agencies
and local counseling resources. Educational outreach programs
are offered regularly on a variety of topics. Counseling and out-
reach services are available to students on all campuses. Anyone
interested in these services may contact the Director of Student
Development in Building 1100 on the Conway Campus.
Career Counseling
The goal of career counseling is to assist students in finding an
occupation that is congruent with their personality type, interests
and goals. Through career assessment and counseling, career
counselors can help students to choose or change major. Career
Counselors also help students to find information about potential
occupations, such as job outlook and salary information.
Personal Counseling
Counselors provide limited confidential consultation and assistance
with educational and personal problems that may interfere with
progress toward student goals. A network of community resources
and referral agencies exists to support the mental health needs of
students. Information on these services is available upon request in
Student Services offices located on each campus.
DegreeWorks is a web based tool to help students and advisors
monitor student progress toward degree completion. Degree
Works combines the requirements of each program of study with
the coursework completed by each student into an easily readable
worksheet; this worksheet lists courses completed, courses remain-
ing for completion plus important information, such as GPA, sub-
stitutions or exceptions, “what if, GPA calculator, planning options
and more.
DegreeWorks is available to all students enrolled in degree, cer-
tificate, or diploma programs. DegreeWorks provides an online,
real-time, but unofficial, degree audit. It allows students to view
progress toward graduation and is used as an important advising
Students should monitor their DegreeWorks degree audits through-
out the semester, especially after registering or changing sched-
ules and after grades are posted. If there is a question about the
degree audit or placement of courses, the student should contact
his/her advisor immediately and follow up with the Registrars Of-
fice if a correction is needed. Substitutions or exceptions regarding
required courses must be reported by the advisor to the Registrars
Students who are considering a change of major may use the
What if” tab to create an audit of the new program requirements.
Students who would like assistance in the use of DegreeWorks may
contact their advisor or visit WaveNet Central.
Disability Services
HGTC is committed to providing an accessible environment for
students with disability. The primary purpose of Disability Services
is to improve the educational development of students with disabil-
ity through the understanding and support of the campus environ-
ment. This mission is accomplished through direct assistance to
students with disability, encouragement of their independence,
creation and maintenance of an accessible physical environment,
and the provision of a supportive psychological environment so
that students may achieve their educational objectives.
The College understands that students with disability may require
unique appropriate academic accommodations and must have
their needs assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Inquiries may be directed to the Director of Student Development
on the Conway Campus or the Director of Campus and Support
Services on the Georgetown and Grand Strand Campuses, who
will review documentation of the students disability and, in a con-
fidential setting with the student, develop an educational accom-
modation plan.
Note: It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify as needing ac-
commodations and to provide acceptable documentation.
After a student has self-identified and submitted documentation of
a disability, accommodations may be determined, accepted, and
Dress and Personal Appearance
HGTC students are expected to use mature judgment in personal
appearance and the selection of attire. If extreme or distasteful
style of dress interferes with the educational process, appropri-
ate attire will be suggested. Departments have the prerogative to
require dress appropriate to the career field for which the student
is preparing, including safety attire.
See Student Responsibility - Safety
A gym is available on the Conway campus. Information and
schedule is available at 843-349-7550.
Food and Beverages
Eating and drinking are allowed only in designated areas. Students
who eat, drink in classrooms are subject to disciplinary action. For
purchasing food and/or beverages, students may visit Campus
Coffee on the Conway Campus or Java Café on the Grand Strand
campus. Additionally, vending services are available in multiple
locations on each campus.
Grade Review
Students have the right to request a review of an assigned grade
no later than the end of the semester immediately following the
semester in which the grade was assigned. Students should first
contact the professor of the course; requests for further grade
review must be addressed in writing to the Office of the Registrar,
who will coordinate the review process and response.
Health Services
HGTC is a nonresidential College and does not provide infirmary
facilities. First aid kits are available in many locations across cam-
puses. Significant illness or injury is treated by health care profes-
sionals through the process below.
Illness or Medical Emergency
Depending upon the severity of the case, if a student is incapaci-
tated and immediate evacuation is necessary, the College will pro-
vide assistance by contacting local emergency medical technicians,
and the student will be taken to the nearest hospital. When this is
required, local health professionals will assist. In these cases, the
following steps are taken:
• A faculty or staff member should immediately call 911 to request
an ambulance and notify Public Safety;
• A faculty or staff member should then notify the Associate Vice
President for Student Affairs (Conway Campus) or Campus Provost
(Georgetown and Grand Strand Campuses) and provide the name
of the medical facility to which the student was taken and file an
accident/incident report;
• The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (Conway Cam-
pus) or the Campus Provost (Georgetown and Grand Strand Cam-
puses) or their designees will immediately contact the student’s
emergency contact, identified by the student at admission;
• If accidental injury occurs during evening classes, Public Safety
should be contacted immediately, who will in turn notify the As-
sociate Vice President for Student Affairs (Conway Campus) or the
Campus Provost (Georgetown and Grand Strand Campuses);
• As a step in the notification and documentation process for ac-
cidents and injuries process, an Accident/Incident Report should be
completed and routed to appropriate individuals;
• In less severe cases, the student should contact the nearest
faculty or staff member, make arrangements to see a physician
if needed, and have the emergency contact, a parent, spouse or
friend take him/her to a physician or home, as appropriate; and,
• A report must be filed on all accidents or injuries.
Students should report injury to their professor or Student Services
immediately and a report must be submitted.
Students admitted to HGTC, will be assigned an “H” number
(student ID number). Students should keep their “H” number avail-
able at all times, since this number is required for many activities,
including refund checks, activities and more. Students are advised
to keep copies of the “H” number in several different places for
ready access.
Students should have their ID cards and H-number while on cam-
pus. “H” number retrieval is available through DegreeWorks, a
student’s WaveNet account or Admissions Office.
The College does not maintain student housing or dormitories.
The College does not make recommendations regarding living
accommodations nor assume responsibility for student conduct or
activities off campus.
ID Card
ID cards are available at the Public Safety Office on the Conway
Campus and Student Services Offices at Georgetown and Grand
Strand Campuses. Student ID’s will be issued only when a current
picture ID and a copy of the current semester schedule are
presented. ID cards are required for certain services. Students
should replace lost ID cards immediately at the appropriate office
on each campus.
Insurance for Students
The College maintains a group policy providing limited accident
insurance, and all students are automatically enrolled in such
coverage. The cost of the policy is included in tuition and fees. This
accident insurance covers students: (1) on the College campus
during a scheduled school day; and (2) participating, other than as
a spectator, in activities and athletics sponsored and supervised by
the Collegeexcept the play or practice of intercollegiate football
and social activities or travel in connection therewithand College
sponsored and supervised group travel in connection with such
covered activities. For specific coverage information, contact the
Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs on the
Conway Campus.
Lost and Found
Information on lost and found items may be obtained at the Public
Safety Office on each campus.
Major/Program of Study
Students are responsible for reviewing their major/program of
study on WaveNet to assure HGTC has correct information. Stu-
dents are responsible for the selection of courses that are required
in their major/program of study. Advisors are available to assist
students in selecting the appropriate courses. Most financial aid
programs award funds for required courses only. Students must
submit change of major to the Admissions Office when selecting a
new program of study.
Multiple Degrees, Diplomas and
Students may complete multiple degree, diploma and certificate
programs, but may be enrolled in only one program at a time.
At Commencement Ceremony, students earning more than one
award in the same general field of study in the same academic
year will be recognized for the highest program level only.
Normal Completion Time
The programs of study in this Catalog are provided as a suggested
enrollment for students who attend on a full-time basis, who have
no developmental or prerequisite requirements and who begin the
program in the semester indicated. Students who do not enroll in
or satisfactorily complete the designated courses or who begin in
different semesters should expect to extend their normal comple-
tion time. Financial aid programs set limits on program completion
time. It is the students responsibility to be aware of financial aid
Online/Internet/Hybrid Classes
Online and hybrid courses are courses delivered through the
Internet via the learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L).
Lecture and materials, written and interactive assignments, related
Internet links, e-mail and discussion boards enhance learning
through communication. Students discuss the course material with
their professors and other students through discussion boards.
Online courses allow students to take courses in any location with
Internet access. Students may be required to come to campus, or
arrange for a proctor for testing or other activities. Hybrid classes
are a combination of computer-based learning and on-campus
meetings and/or activities. Campus support and services are avail-
able to online students to assure opportunity for success.
Students should check the class schedule for details.
To successfully complete an online/hybrid course,
students must have access to a computer with cur-
rent capabilities and computer skills in the following
areas: Internet searching, word processing, using e-
mail and attachments, and basic computer trouble-
shooting. Online learning requires self-motivation
and commitment on the part of the student.
Students must take the courses listed in their respective curriculum
display in order to complete their program and must adhere to
co/prerequisites, where indicated. Also, a semester-by-semester
sequence is indicated and students are advised to follow the sug-
gested plan. However, specific ordering of courses may be altered
as circumstances warrant. Students should consult an academic
advisor or directions from the program displays.
Students normally enroll for no more than 18 semester credit
hours. Students who have a 3.0 GPA may enroll in more than 18
semester credit hours only with permission of the department chair
and academic dean. During the summer, students may not enroll
in more than 15 total semester credit hours for all terms in a Sum-
mer, unless specifically required in their academic program.
Students who have a 3.0 GPA may enroll in more than 15 semes-
ter credit hours during the summer only with permission from the
department chair and academic dean.
Students may use only designated parking areas not reserved for
faculty, staff, visitors, individuals with disability or other restricted
areas. Restricted areas are marked by blue curbing and/or signage
designating special use.
To park on College property, vehicles must be registered with the
College and have an appropriate decal affixed. Parking decals
may be obtained from the Public Safety Office on every cam-
pus. To register a vehicle, you must have a valid driver’s license,
College identification number (“H” number) and current vehicle
registration. Parking decals are valid for one year, from August to
Students who demonstrate a valid need to use parking areas
designated for individuals with disability may obtain a campus
parking permit for use of those designated spaces.
Parking violation appeal forms may be obtained from the Public
Safety office at Conway and Grand Strand campuses or Student
Services (Room 107) at the Georgetown Campus. All violation ap-
peal forms must be submitted within seventy-two (72) hours from
the time of the violation.
Temporary Parking Permits
Temporary parking permits may be obtained from the Public
Safety Office at Conway and Grand Strand campuses or The
Student Services Office at the Georgetown campus for special
situations such as a new or different car, loaner or rental, etc.
Temporary permits are free and issued to assist with short-term ve-
hicle changes. Temporary permits are to be displayed on the front
dashboard with the date visible from the front of the vehicle.
Privacy of Student Records/FERPA
The Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) affords stu-
dents certain rights with respect to their education records. These
rights include:
• The right to inspect and review the students education records
within 45 days of the day the college receives a request for access.
Student should submit to Assistant Vice President for Enrollment
Development and Registration, Academic Dean or Department
Chair a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to
inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access
and notify the student of the time and place where the records
may be inspected. If the College official to whom the request was
submitted does not maintain the records, that official shall advise
the student of the correct official to whom the request should be
• The right to request an amendment of the students education
record that the student believes is inaccurate. Students may ask
the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate.
The student should send a written request to the College official
responsible for the record clearly identifying the part of the record
they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the Col-
lege decides not to amend the record as requested by the student,
notice will be sent to the student of the decision and advise the
student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for
• The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable
information contained in the students education records, except to
the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosures without consent. One
exception, which permits disclosure without consent is to school
officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a
person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory,
academic, research or support staff position (including law en-
forcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the
Area Commission; or a student serving on an official committee,
such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another
school official in performing his/her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official
needs to review a record in order to fulfill his/her professional
• A student has the right to file a complaint with the US Depart-
ment of Education concerning alleged failures by HGTC to comply
with the requirements of FERPA, only if the student has followed
FERPA procedures. The name and address of the office that ad-
ministers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office, US Department of Education;
400 Maryland Avenue SW; Washington, DC 20202 - 4605
HGTC maintains separate files for records in the following catego-
ries: 1) academic, 2) disciplinary, 3) counseling, 4) financial aid
and 5) placement. When justified by legitimate law enforcement
needs, the campus Public Safety officer may maintain confidential
records relating primarily to its investigative function.
A. Directory Information to be issued: The Elementary and Sec-
ondary Education Act of 1965 includes a section on “Furnishing
Information.” Directory information as defined by HGTC is name,
address, curriculum, enrollment status (full or part-time), gradua-
tion status, and telephone number. It is College policy to provide
this information only under the following conditions:
• School officials with a legitimate educational interest will be
given access to all directory information;
• Individuals requesting information without written consent will
be given curriculum, enrollment status and graduation status only.
Students who wish to request non-disclosure of these three items
may submit a written request to the Assistant Vice President for
Enrollment Development and Registration Office; and,
• Student telephone numbers, addresses and location will be
issued to non-school officials only by written permission of the
student or with special approval from the Associate Vice President
for Student Affairs.
B. Methods of Furnishing Student Records Information:
According to the Education Amendments of 1974, whenever a
student has attained 18 years of age or is enrolled in a postsec-
ondary institution, the consent to issue records and the rights of
viewing those records are required of and accorded to the student
alone. Therefore, only the student may view his or her record or
request in writing any issuance of the record. If parents or other
designated individuals wish to review or receive copies of a student
record, they must have the students written permission to view or
receive a copy. A copy of this consent form will be maintained in
the students record. The student’s record may not be revealed to
any other party without written consent from the student except in
the following cases:
• Other school officials who have a legitimate educational interest;
• Officials of other schools in which the student intends to enroll;
• Authorized representatives of the Comptroller General, ad-
ministrative head of an educational agency, and State education
• Judicial representatives in compliance with a subpoena or law
enforcement order (A copy of this order would be placed in the
student’s record with date of issuance posted.); and,
• Agency representatives in connection with a student application
for a receipt of financial aid.
Residency Credit Requirement
A minimum of 25% of the total credit hours required for gradua-
tion must be earned at HGTC in order for the degree, diploma or
certificate to be awarded by the College. Therefore, no more than
75% of the required credit hours may be transferred in and/
or exempted. Some programs limit transfer credits beyond this
Safety and Campus Security Act
HGTC maintains a secure college environment. The crime rate
at HGTC has been low, as indicated by the statistics reported in
Student Right to Know at www.hgtc.edu. It is the College’s goal to
continue to ensure this secure environment for students, faculty,
staff and visitors.
The College partners with Coastal Carolina University to provide
public safety and general security for all three campuses. Cam-
pus security efforts are assisted by local law enforcement agen-
cies: Conway Campus is assisted by the City of Conway Police
Department and Horry County Police Department; Grand Strand
Campus is assisted by the City of Myrtle Beach Police Department;
and Georgetown Campus is assisted by the Georgetown County
Sheriffs Department.
Campus Security Act
The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 requires
colleges and universities to collect and make available crime statis-
tics for certain crimes committed on campus. Title II of the Act also
calls for institutions to provide statistical data about the on-campus
occurrence of certain criminal offenses that have been reported
to campus security authorities or local police agencies. Also, Title
II of the Act requires that institutions provide students information
on institutional policies regarding security procedures and campus
law enforcement, as well as a description of programs designed to
inform students about crime prevention. The Federal Crime Report
is filed in October each year and includes statistics for the previous
calendar year. The report may be accessed at ope.ed.gov/secu-
rity. A print copy of the current report is available upon request to
the Office of Student Affairs on the Conway Campus. The current
report may be viewed at Student Right to Know at www.hgtc.edu/
Student Responsibility - Safety
It is the responsibility of students on each campus to make
themselves aware of personal safety measures. Crime prevention
materials are displayed on the individual campuses.
Contact Numbers and Procedures for Reporting Crimes and
Conway Campus
Public Safety Office 349-7806
Public Safety Cell 251-6111
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
(Bldg. 1100) 349-7550
Grand Strand Campus
Public Safety 477-2115 or 477-2054
Public Safety Cell 251-9405
Campus Provost 477-2032
Georgetown Campus
Public Safety Cell 446-1869
Campus Provost 450-9294
Emergencies – On Any Campus
In the event of an emergency situation, a student or visitor, faculty
or staff person should contact Public Safety staff, push the red
button on the nearest emergency call box, or report the problem
to the most accessible faculty or staff person who will notify the
appropriate individual.
HGTC is a smoke-free environment and smoking is limited to
specific areas on each campus. Smoking is defined as the light-
ing, burning, or use of tabacco or any other material in any type of
smoking device or equipment.
Speed Limit on Campus
The speed limit around buildings and parking areas on all cam-
puses is ten (10) miles per hour. Students who abuse this limit will
be denied the privilege of bringing their automobiles and cycles on
Student Engagement
The College provides extracurricular, co-curricular, intramural
sports and cultural activities. The College also sponsors many stu-
dent organizations and clubs, including a chapter of the national
honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. See Clubs and Organizations
below for a complete list.
The College provides student development programs and leader-
ship training; each is created and designed to enhance students’
community college experiences.
Student Engagement Fees are collected and held by the College
in an account restricted to services, events, initiatives and functions
that directly support student engagement. These funds are allocat-
ed annually by the Student Engagement Fee Allocation Committee
(SEFAC), which has twelve members, nine of whom are students.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement
or see HGTC Procedure
Student Organizations
Clubs and organizations provide students the opportunity to be
involved in professional and social areas of campus life. Organiza-
tions change each year to reflect the interests of the student body,
but the following are examples of clubs and organizations.
Association of Information Technology
Professionals (AITP) Student Chapter Club
The AITP Student Club is a college affiliate chapter of the national
professional Association of Information Technology Professionals,
sponsored by the Computer Technology Department. Membership
is cross-curriculum and open to anyone interested in data process-
ing and computers.
Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)/CET/CMT
Student Club
Membership is open to all students in Civil Engineering Technology
and Construction Project Management Technology or construction
industry-related curricula. The club is sponsored by the Construc-
tion Specifications Institute, Grand Strand Chapter.
Digital Arts Guild
Membership is open to all students interested in Digital Arts.
Golf Course Superintendents’ Association of America
(GCSAA) Student Chapter
GCSAA is a curriculum-specific club serving Golf and Sports Turf
Management students.
Dr. Ronald E. McNair Club
Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a South Carolina astronaut and scientist
who, along with six other crew members, lost his life on January
28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly
after takeoff. In his honor and memory, the Dr. Ronald E. McNair
Club was founded. Its purposes are: 1) to promote academic excel-
lence through achievement; 2) to provide leadership development;
3) to provide a student support network; and, 4) to explore edu-
cational opportunities. Membership is extended to any currently
enrolled student who completes a formal application for member-
ship and pays the annual membership fee.
Limited X-Posure
The Limited General Radiology club is actively involved with nu-
merous community service projects. This is a curriculum-specific
club for students enrolled in Limited General Radiology program.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the prestigious international honor society
serving community/technical colleges. Alpha Nu Sigma, HGTCs
chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, has been recognized as one of the
nation’s best, having earned multiple five-star status rankings.
Since academic excellence is one of the hallmarks of Phi Theta
Kappa, membership is by invitation only and is based on a mini-
mum 3.5 GPA.
Physical Therapist Assistant Club
The PTA Club purpose represents the mission and vision of the
physical therapy profession to HGTC students. The club allows for
co-curriculum activities, seminars for professional development op-
portunities, and active participation in community service.
Practical Student Nurses’ Association
Practical Student Nurses’ Association is a curriculum-specific club
and holds meetings based on an agenda of interest to the profes-
sional development of the student nurse.
Student American Dental Assistants Association (SADAA)
SADAA is a College affiliate chapter of the national professional
association. Membership is limited to students of the Expanded
Duty Dental Assisting Program.
Rad-to-the-Bone is a curriculum-specific club serving Radiologic
Technology students. This club provides students the opportunity
for leadership development and community service.
Sonographers”R” US
Sonographers”RUS is curriculum-specific serving Diagnos-
tic Medical Sonography program students. The club allows for
co-curriculum activities; seminars for professional development op-
portunities; and active participation in community service.
South Carolina Early Childhood Association
The HGTC student chapter works to increase awareness of the
needs of children throughout the developmental stages from birth
though age five. The chapter provides aid to early childhood
students. Members attend early childhood workshops and confer-
ences and establish health and educational standards for nursery
schools, kindergartens and other childcare centers.
Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association
SADHA is a College affiliate chapter of the national professional
association. Membership is limited to students of the Dental Hy-
giene Program.
Study Abroad Club
This club’s purpose is to expand cultural awareness and under-
standing to the student and to ensure the presence of the club to
the surrounding community by volunteering, and raising aware-
ness of important international issues to the campus.
Society of American Foresters, Student Chapter
The club is curriculum-specific, serving Forestry Management
Technology students. The goal of the club is to provide forestry
students opportunities to interact with forestry and natural resource
professionals in South Carolina and the Southeast.
Student Ambassadors
Ambassadors work to support a number of important College
events, including New Student Orientation and other special pro-
grams. Ambassadors are selected through a competitive applica-
tion process each spring.
Student Nurses’ Association
The Student Nurses’ Association is a curriculum-specific club and
holds meetings based on an agenda of interest to the professional
development of the student nurse.
Surgical Technology Club
The Surgical Technology Club is a curriculum specific club and
holds meetings based on an agenda of interest to the professional
development of the surgical technology student.
Tau Upsilon Alpha
Tau Upsilon Alpha is a program of the National Organization for
Human Services (NOHS).The purposes of the society are to honor
academic excellence; to foster lifelong learning, leadership and
development; and to promote excellence in service to humanity.
The purpose is to provide “Excellence in Service to Humanity.
Student Right to Know
The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act (Public Law
101-542), signed into law in November 1990 by the U.S. Depart-
ment of Education, applies to institutions of higher education
participating in federal financial assistance programs. Under
this policy, current and prospective students must be informed of
completion or graduation rates of students seeking certificates,
diplomas or degrees. The act also requires reporting of security
policies and crime statistics to students, employees, and the U.S.
Department of Education. Horry Georgetown Technical College, in
compliance with Student Right to Know, provides current informa-
tion on these topics at www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.
Transcripts may be ordered on-line through a students WaveNet
Account. Transcripts can be mailed, picked up, or sent electroni-
cally. If a student no longer has access to WaveNet, then a paper
transcript request form can be processed for an additional charge.
Transcript request forms are available at the Registrars Office or
through the “Quick Links” area on the College’s webpage. Tran-
script requests made by telephone, e-mail, or family/friends will
not be accepted.
Fees are required for each official and unofficial transcript re-
Additional information and forms are available at
Tutoring services are available to all students at no cost in the
Student Success and Tutoring Center. The Center offers individual
tutoring, a variety of tutoring resources, virtual tutoring and much
more. Appointments can be made online, by phone or in person.
For complete information, visit www.hgtc.edu/sstc AND the Student
Services tab in WaveNet.
Visitors are welcome on the HGTC campuses; however, visitors
should be conducting college business. Public Security or Student
Services in Building 1100 can provide information and directions.
Visitors may enter classrooms only with prior permission of the
WaveNet is the source for communications by HGTC to students.
Each student who is admitted to the College receives a WaveNet
user name and password and retain the user name and password
in order to access WaveNet. Each student is solely responsible for
security of login information and shall not share the login or pass-
word with others. At the time of admission, students also receive
an “H number,” which is the students unique student identification
Regular use of WaveNet is critical for student success at HGTC!
WaveNet is the online communication tool for all students, provid-
ing access for e-mail from the college, online registration, drop-
ping/adding classes, D2L courses, student personal information,
financial accounts, grades and more, plus announcements of
College activities, services, and cancellations.
Students are responsible for maintaining and updating their
WaveNet accounts information, for checking WaveNet academic
and financial information no less than weekly and for checking
WaveNet emails daily for information about classes, deadlines
and more. Students should provide the College current contact
information by submitting updates through WaveNet.
Weapons Policy
No person, except a licensed guard, law enforcement officer or
an active member of the armed forces, shall possess a firearm
of any kind on any premises, property and/or property immedi-
ately adjacent to and owned, operated, or controlled by Horry
Georgetown Technical College, including grounds and parking
lots of the College or a College sponsored event. South Carolina
Code of Laws Section 16-23-420 (a), provides that these statutory
provisions do not apply to a person who is authorized to carry a
concealed weapon, pursuant to “The Law Abiding Citizens for Self
Defense Act of 1996 when the weapon remains inside an attended
or locked motor vehicles and is secured in a closed glove compart-
ment, closed console, closed trunk or in a closed container secured
by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compart-
ment of the vehicle. Weapons/firearms legally secured in personal
vehicles must not be removed from the vehicles while on College
grounds. Violation of these provisions may result in criminal pros-
ecution and/or College disciplinary action, including expulsion.
Career Resource Center
Being prepared with the proper academic background in any field
is required for success in todays workforce. Individuals must also
possess the ability to present themselves as highly qualified and
professional potential job candidates to employers. The Career
Resource Center (CRC) exists to assist students and alumni with
career and professional development as they prepare to enter the
workforce. The Center also works to develop partnerships with
employers who seek to fill positions with their companies.
The CRC offers career coaching, assistance with internship and job
searches and placement, advice on best practices in professional
environments which includes a highly recommended mock inter-
view session, resume development assistance, review of job
industry information including bright outlook career options and
salary comparisons. The Career Resource Center also manages
the college’s online student and alumni job board (www.colleg-
ecentral.com/hgtc), coordinates career fairs and other programs
for students, and handles student job placements through the
college’s federal work study. Access to the online job board and all
Career Resource Center services are free of charge to employers,
students or alumni (alumni have access to the online job board
and career tools for up to 18 months after they graduate).
The Career Resource Center serves all three HGTC campuses and
is located on the Conway Campus in Building 1100.
Access to the online job board and the Career Resource Center
services are free of charge to employers, students or alumni.
Help Desk
The Information Technology departments Help Desk provides
assistance to students for their WaveNet and D2L needs. Call 349-
5340 or e-mail helpdesk@hgtc.edu.
At all campus locations of Horry Georgetown Technical College,
traditional library services are blended with academic computing
resources to provide centralized support centers where students
can read, study, conduct research, and complete assignments.
Each campus has a full service library providing study areas,
private study rooms, computers with wireless internet access,
and video viewing facilities. The three campus library collections
include resources and equipment selected to support the academic
and personal needs of students, faculty and staff and members of
the community.
The library website is the gateway to library resources and services
making them accessible on or off campus. Through the home
page, access is provided to the library catalog, eBooks, research
databases, online tutorials and library guides.
HGTC Library
participates in
multiple partnership
agreements which
increase the amount
of resources avail-
able to patrons. The
general library col-
lection is available
for check out with
an HGTC student ID
card. Materials may
be requested from
any campus and
items are delivered
to the campus most
convenient, free of
Reference services are provided in person at each campus, via
e-mail, texting, chat, and social media websites or by telephone.
Library orientations and instruction sessions are available for indi-
viduals, classes or other groups. These instruction sessions actively
promote information literacy and the development of lifelong
learning skills.
Service hours for each semester are posted on the library website
and at each campus library. Special hours during
holidays or breaks will be posted at each library.
More information on library services is available at
Library Contact Information:
Conway Campus
Circulation Desk (843) 349-5268
Reference Desk (843) 349-5394
Fax Number (843) 349-7811
Elizabeth Mattocks Chapin Memorial Library
Grand Strand Campus
Circulation Desk (843) 477-2012
Reference Desk (843) 477-2018
Georgetown Campus
Circulation Desk (843) 520-1424
Reference Desk (843) 520-1423
Student Success and Tutoring Center
The Student Success and Tutoring Center (SSTC) is a FREE student
support center for students who need to receive academic as-
sistance, to develop writing skills, and learn new college skills at
HGTC. The purpose of the SSTC is to provide all students with an
equal opportunity to succeed in college by addressing students’
unique educational, career, and personal needs. The academic
support services offered are geared toward helping students
overcome academic struggles and obtain a technologic aptitude to
succeed in the workforce. Log into WaveNet in the Student Services
tab to sign up for tutoring using TutorTrac.
The SSTC provides the following free services:
• Academic, Writing Center and College Skills Tutoring
- Schedule one-on-one or group tutoring using TutorTrac
in WaveNet
- Schedule Campus2Campus/Virtual tutoring across
campuses by contacting the SSTC
• Access to learning materials at the Online Resource Center as
posted in WaveNet on the Student Services tab;
• View online workshops that teach an assortment of useful skills,
including but not limited to time/stress management, study skills,
test-taking and more;
*Access to a 24 hour Online Tutoring service, including LIVE sup-
port on your Student Services on WaveNet
*Access to tutoring and workshops on college skills, citation styles,
and related content.
For more information about the SSTC, including locations on each
campus, hours and information on SSTC services, visit www.hgtc.
edu/sstc AND the Student Services tab in WaveNet. Facebook us:
hgtcsstc AND text 843-375-8552 for information.
Testing Centers
Testing Centers are operated on all campuses and offer proctored
testing services for students and faculty in a controlled, secure test-
ing environment during operational hours. Students are required
to present a photo ID and applicable fee receipts prior to testing.
Children are not allowed to accompany students into the Testing
Centers. A $30 administrative fee is charged for all tests that are
administered for other institutions.
Testing candidates needing to schedule appointments for any
testing service can process their request online by going to the
Testing Center web page at www.hgtc.edu/testing, or in WaveNet
under the Testing Center tab. Once you complete the process and
pay necessary fees, if applicable, you will receive a confirmation
of your appointment. Please bring your confirmation with you on
appointment day.
Testing candidates who need accommodations should call the
Testing Center in which you registered to arrange accommoda-
College Placement Testing
COMPASS is a computerized adaptive testing system used to place
students in appropriate college-level courses. It is designed to help
determine a students strengths and needs in the areas of Reading,
Writing, and Math basic skills. COMPASS testing is provided free
of charge as a service to prospective students, and an appointment
is needed. A fee is required for a re-test and must be approved by
a new student enrollment advisor or counselor.
ASSET is a paper-and-pencil placement test used to determine
student strengths and needs in Reading, Writing, and Math basic
skills. ASSET testing is provided free of charge as a service to pro-
spective students. It can be taken only once, and an appointment
is needed. ASSET is also available in alternate formats for students
requesting accommodations.
The Start Right Experience
ALL students must participate in The Start Right Experience, which
is offered in-person or online before registering for the COMPASS
The Start Right Experience is designed to ensure success in place-
ment testing and provide preparation to enter the college environ-
ment. Visit WaveNet Central for in-person sessions, or complete
The Start Right Experience online at hgtc.edu/startright.
External Testing for other Colleges and Agencies
The College Testing Centers are members of the National College
Testing Association Consortium of College Testing Centers and,
time and space permitting, offer proctored Internet and traditional
testing services for students attending other colleges and students
sitting for various certification exams. Students should contact the
Testing Center at the desired campus for appointments. A $30
administrative fee is charged for each test administered.
Health Science Tests (TEAS)
Grand Strand Campus-
The Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a computerized
diagnostic instrument to help evaluate academic skills of new
applicants to several of HGTC Health Science programs, as an
admissions requirement or an option for admission. TEAS dates,
fees, appointment and registration procedures are announced in
program information sessions and in department web page infor-
mation. Testing appointments are required.
Online (Internet) and Make-Up Testing
HGTC Testing Centers administer Internet and makeup tests for
students who have professors’ approval. Students are encouraged
to contact the Testing Center at the desired campus for hours of
operation. There is no charge for this service.
Pearson VUE Certification Exams
Conway Campus-
The Conway Campus Testing Center is an official Pearson VUE
Certification Testing Center and is authorized to offer certifica-
tion exams in many areas including computer and health science
technologies. Exam fees vary. For additional information and to
register online, see the VUE Pearson website at www.vue.com.
The Student Information Center:
WaveNet Central