Welcome to Luna Community College!
The Office of Recruitment and Admissions is the first office you visit as you begin your educational career. We are here to lend a hand for you to access the community college, its educational programs, and services. In order to offer the most informative programs, we frequently collaborate with academic departments and other LCC student services departments such as the Student Success Center, the Veterans Resource Center, the Financial Aid Office, and the Office of the Registrar.
You know your goals or you’re discovering them now. Luna Community College can help you achieve them! Explore majors and programs that enlighten and empower, and schedules that make college study more accessible than ever. Visit our campus. You’ll find faculty members committed to providing you with a well-rounded, real-work education. Luna Community College maintains an open admissions policy. Prospective students may apply year round and there is no application fee.
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Any student wishing to obtain a certificate or an associate degree must first apply for regular admission status.
COMPLETE AN ADMISSION APPLICATION
If you are a first-time student or if you did not attend LCC the prior semester, you will need to complete an Admission Application. There are two ways to apply to LCC:
Complete an online application.
Download and print a PDF of the Admission Application and submit it in person to the LCC Admissions Office, Room 119, via fax at 505-454-5338, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail the form to us at:
Luna Community College
Attn: Admissions Office
366 Luna Drive
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Please have your school send your official transcript to the LCC Admissions Office directly. Admission is provisional until the Admissions Office receives an official high school transcript indicating a graduation date from an accredited secondary school; OR an official HiSET/GED (General Education Development) transcript. If you have completed college courses, please have each college send official transcripts as well. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the issuing school/college or transmitted through an accepted provider.
Download and print a PDF of the Transcript Request Form to complete and send to your high school.
Download and print a PDF of the HiSET/GED Transcript Request Information Form to attain instructions on attaining an official HiSET/GED (General Education Development) transcript.
ACT SCORES OR ACCUPLACER ASSESSMENT
Submit a copy of your ACT scores to the Admissions Office, or if you have not taken the ACT, make arrangements to take the ACCUPLACER Assessment by contacting the Student Success Center at 505-454-5347 for dates, times, and location. However, they are not necessary for acceptance.
Once you have been accepted for admission, you must meet with a Student Services Advisor/Counselor in the LCC Student Success Center for academic advisement. Your advisor will discuss course options and degree plans.
LCC encourages you to complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may complete the FAFSA online at https://studentaid.gov/. The federal school code for Luna Community College is 009962.
- October 1st - FAFSA becomes available
- April 15th - Priority deadline to complete the FAFSA
For any questions about Financial Aid you may contact the LCC Office of Student Financial Aid at 505-454-2500, ext. 2002.
REGISTER AND PAY
After meeting with a Students Services Advisor, you will be able to register for classes.
Tuition and fees are due the day before classes begin. If you have questions or need to make a payment please contact the Fiscal Office at 505-454-2506.
LCC accepts the transfer of academic credits earned from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning. Both general education core and program/major specific courses are eligible for transfer. However, the Office of the Registrar evaluates courses and determines transfer eligibility of general education core courses only. The student’s academic advisor, in conjunction with the respective academic director, evaluate and determine transfer eligibility of all program/major specific courses and must formally file a Transfer of Credit Evaluation form with the Office of the Registrar.
Students will receive full credit for coursework completed with a grade of “C” or better, provided that the courses are appropriate toward a certificate or degree. Transferable general education core courses with a grade of “D” from New Mexico colleges and universities are accepted provided the “D” grade is also acceptable for the student’s certificate or degree program. A grade of “D” is not acceptable if the transferred course is a prerequisite to a sequenced course such as ENG111 for ENG115 or HIST101 for HIST102. All transfer credits earned are listed on the academic transcript with a grade of “CR”. Prior to any evaluation of courses by the Registrar or an academic advisor, an official transcript from each institution must be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office. LCC reserves the right to request course syllabi or course descriptions to evaluate course transfer eligibility.
Transcripts from other institutions sent to LCC for the purpose of transfer of credit and/or college admission become part of the student’s permanent academic file and will not be copied for or given to the student, college faculty or staff. Student-athletes are strongly advised to order duplicate sets of ALL transfer transcripts for the athletic department for the purpose of documenting player eligibility.
NON-DEGREE & NON-CERTIFICATE ADMISSION
Non-certificate/non-degree status is available for those who do not wish to pursue a certificate or degree. Students can enroll in courses for job improvement or personal enrichment. No high school or college transcripts are required, and a certificate or degree cannot be earned under this admission status.
Admission classification can be changed by fulfilling the requirements for regular admission and by completing a Program Declaration/Change of Major Form.
Students admitted in non-certificate/non-degree status are ineligible for financial assistance and veteran’s benefits.
DUAL CREDIT/CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT ADMISSION
Students seeking dual credit/concurrent enrollment must submit an Admissions Application and a sealed Official High School Transcript(s) to the Admissions Office. Dual credit/concurrent enrollment students must not fill out an online application. They must meet with their high school counselor and fill out a paper dual credit application. Please refer to the Dual Credit guidelines page.
Summary of Regulations for New Mexico Residency for Tuition Purposes
The rules and regulations for establishing residency for tuition purposes are defined by the New Mexico Higher Education Department which is authorized by the Constitution of the State of New Mexico and state statutes (Chapter 235, IE, NMSA 1971 and Section 21-1-4E NMSA 1978) to provide classification for a tuition differential between resident and non-resident students.
A non-resident student who feels he/she has satisfied the residency requirements may download the “Petition for Resident Tuition Classification Form” or obtain a copy of this form from the Office of Admissions. The form should be completed in detail and returned to the Office of Admissions, along with a copy of his/her parents’ or guardian’s 1040 or 1040A U.S. income tax form, if the student is under 23 years old. A change in residency classification is never automatic, and it is always the student’s responsibility to initiate the petition.
While the requirements for residency must be completed before the first day of classes or LCC’s census date, if different, the deadline for any petition for resident tuition classification applicable to a current semester is 21 calendar days after the first day of classes (i.e., the date the semester officially begins). A petition received after that date will not be considered. Another petition must be filed for any subsequent term.
In general, a financially independent, adult person over 18 years of age must have resided in New Mexico for a period of 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the term for which the petition is being filed. Furthermore, “residency” in this context means legal “residence.” Legal residence requires intent to remain in a place indefinitely, in the sense of making one’s permanent home there, as well as a physical presence at the place. The distinction is that one may have any number of residences at one time, but never more than one legal residence.
To become a legal resident of New Mexico for tuition purposes, four basic requirements must be completed. Each person must meet the following requirements individually:
- The 12-month Consecutive Presence Requirement
- The Financial Independence Requirement
- The Written Declaration of “Intent” Requirement
- The Overt Acts Requirement
A brochure fully detailing residency requirements and restrictions is available at the Office of Admissions and from the New Mexico Higher Education Department website at http://www.hed.state.nm.us.
For tuition purposes, a resident in-district student is a student whose legal state of residency is New Mexico and is living within the boundaries of one of the participating school districts as outlined above.
For tuition purposes, a resident out-of-district student is a student whose legal state of residency is New Mexico, not living within the boundaries of one of the participating school districts as outlined above.
For tuition purposes, a non-resident out-of-state student is a student whose legal residency is not New Mexico.
Luna does not issue I-20’s for international students to attend college in the United States. Luna is not a SEVIS approved institution. An individual in the United States on an approved visa or other status may be eligible to attend Luna. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at the email or number above.
Students who have foreign transcripts must have their transcripts evaluated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (https://www.naces.org) or another Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognized credential evaluation service. This evaluation must indicate the student’s credentials are equivalent to US secondary and/or post-secondary credentials as appropriate, and must be submitted along with the associated transcript. The student is responsible for contacting the credential evaluation service and for any fees incurred by utilizing their services.
Summary of Regulations for In-District Residency for Tuition Purposes
LCC classifies all New Mexico residents in one of two categories: Resident in-district or resident out-of-district. A resident out-of-district student must follow the same procedures that apply to a non-resident out-of-state student in order to satisfy resident in-district requirements for tuition purposes.
LCC is supported by a local three-mill levy assessed to those local school districts that have elected to be a participating school district of the LCC service area. In-district tuition calculations are based upon a student’s residency status within one of these participating school districts. Some residency information is initially determined from information provided on the application for admission.
Participating School Districts
The participating school districts are: West Las Vegas Schools, Las Vegas City Schools, Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools, Mora Independent Schools, Springer Municipal Schools, Maxwell Municipal Schools, and Wagon Mound Public Schools.