Lawson State Community College, as mandated by the State Board of Education, has an open door policy.  Lawson State admits students who do not have a High School Diploma or a GED Certificate into certain programs. The courses taken in the programs are not creditable towards an associate degree when the student demonstrates an ability to benefit in the programs. Under the ability to benefit provisions, applicants MUST ENROLL IN COURSES NOT CREDITABLE toward an associate degree. Therefore, the courses must reflect a career technical certificate program.  Please contact the Office of Admissions for a list of eligible programs.
 

Steps for Enrollment For Ability To Benefit Students:

1. Submit a completed application for admission form. An application must be on file in order to be considered for the Ability to Benefit Assessment.

2. Successfully complete the Ability to Benefit Assessment. The test consists of three (3) parts Writing Skills, Reading, and Numerical Skills. The minimum score for each is part is as follows:  

Writing Skills – 32
Reading – 62
Numerical Skills – 25  

Note: Students must achieve or exceed the minimum scores in each testing area.

3. The Office of Admissions will contact you regarding upcoming assessment dates or call 929-6385. Those needing special accommodations should contact Philana Suggs at least two weeks prior to the anticipated assessment date via email at psuggs@lawsonstate.edu. 

4. After receiving admission confirmation from the Office of Admissions, register for the appropriate class. Please visit a counselor on the Birmingham or Bessemer campus to register for classes.  

5. Pay applicable tuition / fees.   

6. Contact the Director of Admissions via email at jshelley@lawsonstate.edu, if you have additional questions.   

The Office of Admissions will contact you regarding upcoming assessment dates. Student will be sent a letter prior to the test date with all of the required information such as test date, time, and location. For additional information, please contact (205) 929 – 6385. Those needing special accommodations should contact Philana Suggs at least two weeks prior to the anticipated assessment date via email at psuggs@lawsonstate.edu. 4. After receiving admission confirmation from the Office of Admissions, register for the appropriate class. Please visit a counselor on the Birmingham or Bessemer campus to register for classes.  5. Pay applicable tuition / fees.   6. Contact the Director of Admissions via email at jshelley@lawsonstate.edu, if you have additional questions.  

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