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Shelton State Community College, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was founded in 1950, opening its doors in 1952 and originally known as Tuscaloosa Trade School. The school was renamed in 1954 to honor J.P. Shelton, a state legislator who had lobbied for the school. IN 1976 the school was renamed again, the time to Shelton State Technical College. In 1975 Brewer State Junior College opened a branch campus in Tuscaloosa, and Shelton State Community College was formed in 1979 through the merger of Shelton State and the branch campus of Brewer College. A third school, C. A. Fredd State Technical College was combined with Shelton State Community College in 1994, and a new campus was built three years later to house the addition. In 1997 the school was named the Alabama Community College of the Fine Arts reflecting its role in the arts and reaffirming its artistic mission alongside its other academic and career offerings.
Shelton State Community College offers a variety of programs that result in a certificate or degree, typically taking one to two years to complete, and allowing the student to choose the program that best reflects the students needs and goals. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of a four year education, followed by the submission of an application to a four year college or university to complete one's bachelor's degree through additional study and the transfer of credits. Students should meet with a counselor to discuss a curriculum that best reflect the requirements necessary for the student's desired school or schools of transfer.
Technical and career programs provide specialized training and education in a specific field, allowing for the development of skills and abilities necessary for entry into the workforce as a qualified professional. Programs will have a mixture of classroom and practical courses, allowing for the application and strengthening of skills and techniques learned through theory in a simulated work environment. These programs are generally reflective of community needs, and are usually in high demand. Individuals who complete such a program will earn a degree or certificate which demonstrates competency and allows for entry level employment.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Shelton State Community College is a public, two year, open enrollment institution, that allows any individual interested in enrollment to do so through the completion and submission of the application for admission and payment of tuition. Students should also supply previous transcripts and test scores, which may be used to lieu of a placement exam. Students should also participate in student orientation in order to familiarize themselves with campus life as well as meet with the counselor to discuss program enrollment and curriculum development.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of aid must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used to determine a student's financial needs and aid program eligibility. Aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year and students may be chosen at random by the school to supply additional information to verify the accuracy of the FAFSA.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $3,300-$3,900
- Out-of-State: $6,500-$7,848
- Charges for part-time students are:
- In-State: $110-$130 per unit
- Out-of-State: $220-$260 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||78%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||73%||$4,757|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Shelton State Community College may offer services like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Helping students find work after graduation
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares SSCC against community colleges in Alabama.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1986)
- Compare all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Alabama
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2010)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Shelton State Community College.
- Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus in Birmingham, AL (45 miles away)
- Bevill State Community College in Jasper, AL (53 miles away)
- George C Wallace State Community College - Selma in Selma, AL (56 miles away)
- Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL (61 miles away)
- Wallace State Community College - Hanceville in Hanceville, AL (80 miles away)