ADMISSIONS

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to all that can benefit from instruction at American Samoa Community College (ASCC) provided the student is a legal resident of American Samoa and at least ONE of the following:

  1. The student is at least 18 years of age
  2. The student is a high school graduate
  3. The student is a General Education Diploma (GED) recipient
  4. The student bears a U.S. Military Form DD214
  5. The student bears a Secondary School Certificate if entering from a Non-U.S system
  6. The student is admitted under the Early Admissions Program

Application for Admission

An application for admission must be completed by each candidate seeking admission to any course for credit or program offered. The admission application form may be obtained here.

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Residency Requirements

All U.S Citizens and U.S. Nationals may enroll as residents. Non-U.S. Citizens or Non-U.S. Nationals are required to provide a current American Samoa Government (ASG) Immigration Board Authorization and valid ASG identification. Regular admissions procedures apply.

Additionally, a non-U.S. Citizen/National can apply for “American Samoa Residency Tuition Status” if the student has resided in the Territory of American Samoa for FIVE consecutive years prior to applying for admission. Application for AS Residency Tuition Status is available at the Finance office. Supporting documents must be submitted along with the application. Tuition and fees for non-US Citizens/Nationals are listed under the Tuition & Fees section.

Resident rates are granted to GI Bill recipients who are not U.S. Citizens or Nationals based on the Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. Supporting documents must be submitted along with the application. Tuition and fees for non-US Citizens/Nationals are listed under the Tuition & Fees section.

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014

The following individuals shall be charged the in-state rate, or otherwise considered a resident, for tuition and fees purposes:

  • A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in American Samoa while attending the American Samoa Community College and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in American Samoa while attending the American Samoa Community College and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor's discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C.§ 3311(b)(9)) who lives in American Samoa while attending the American Samoa Community College and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge, release, or death described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30 or chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.

Admission Procedures for Resident & Non-Resident Students

Prospective students should submit a completed Admissions Application to the Admissions Office prior to registration along with the required documents. Copies of all documents will be made and the originals are returned to the student. No fee is required.

RESIDENT STUDENTS:

Fill out the admission application and submit copies of ALL the following documents:

  1. Social Security Card
  2. Passport

Note: If a passport is not available, provide your Birth Certificate AND your American Samoa identification card.

Applicants under the age of 18 must submit at least ONE of the following:

  1. High school diploma
  2. General Education Diploma (GED)
  3. Secondary School Certificate if entering from a Non-U.S system
  4. U.S. Military Form DD214

NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS:

Fill out the admission application and submit copies of ALL the following documents:

  1. Passport or Birth Certificate
  2. Social Security Card (if any)
  3. Alien Registration Identification Card from A.S. Immigration Office
  4. Immigration Board Authorization (authorization to attend ASCC)

Applicants UNDER the AGE of 18 must submit ONE of the following:

  1. High School Diploma
  2. General Education Diploma (GED)
  3. Secondary School Certificate if entering from a Non-U.S System
  4. U.S. Military Form DD214

Transfer students (or any student requesting credit for courses taken at another institution) should request that all prior institutions send an official transcript directly to the ASCC Admissions Office. See our Credit for Transfer Courses section.

Program Pre-Admission Requirements

Nursing Program

The Nurse Aide (NA), Practical Nursing (PN) and Registered Nursing (ADN) Programs have special pre-requisites and admission requirements. Further information and application requirements can be obtained from the Nursing Department. Completed applications for the NA, PN, and RN programs are accepted from April 1 to May 15 for fall semester admission or as announced. Applicants are responsible for submitting official college transcripts directly to the Records Office from the college(s) attended.

Each application will be reviewed prior to an interviewing process by the Nursing Program Advisory Committee. Notification of the scheduled interviewing date will be sent by mail, email, or by telephone. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance to the program within one week of their interview.

Applicants are required to submit the following with their application:

  1. Official transcript from the college(s) attended
  2. Clearance from LBJ Business Office.
  3. Criminal background check from the Department of Public Safety.

Upon acceptance to the Nursing Program, the student is required to submit the following on the day of registration:

  1. Complete physical examination from the Department of Health.
  2. Current Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance from Department of Health.
  3. Urine drug screening from LBJ Laboratory

Bachelors of Education Program

The Bachelors of Education Program has special pre-requisites and admission requirements. Further information can be obtained from the Teacher Education Department. Completed applications for the B.Ed. program are accepted at the end of the 4th week of instruction during the fall and spring semesters (2nd week of September and/or 2nd week of February). Applicants are responsible for submitting official college transcripts directly to the Records Office from the college(s) attended.

Each application will be reviewed prior to an interviewing process by the B.Ed. Faculty Committee. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance to the program within one week of their interview.

Applicants are required to submit the following with their application to the Teacher Education Department:

  1. Official transcript from the college(s) attended;
  2. Two letters of recommendation;
  3. One faculty recommendation (outside of Teacher Education)
  4. Current Health Clearance and Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance from the Department of Health

Students are required to complete a admissions application for acceptance into the B.Ed. program. All applications must be submitted to the Admissions Office.

For additional assistance, please contact the Teacher Education Department.

Call 699-9155, ext. 431 for information and status of application.

Placement Tests

All new students are required to take the placement tests in Math and English. The TOEFL exam may be used for English placement, but must have been taken within 12 months prior to the date of application for admission. Current SAT or ACT examination scores may be used for placement. It is the responsibility of the student to either sit the ASCC Placement Test or provide alternate test scores prior to registering for classes. Refer to the Testing Fees section for placement test fees.

Students who have graduated or transferred from an accredited college or university, and have provided official copies of transcripts, may have the placement test waived by the Admissions Office.

The ACT, SAT tests, and TOEFL exam are administered by the American Samoa Department of Education. Students interested in taking one of these tests should contact the American Samoa Department of Education Testing Center.

Testing Fees

ASCC placement tests in Math and English are administered together as one test. However, special programs may require only Math or English testing; the fees remain the same. Testing dates and times are available from the Admissions Office and are published locally prior to registration. Refer to the Academic Calendar for dates. Testing fees are subject to change.

Scheduled Test: $10.00
Late Test: $20.00
Unscheduled Test: $30.00

Unclassified Students

Unclassified students are students taking undergraduate courses at ASCC, but are not seeking a degree. These individuals should follow the regular Admission policies and procedures. Please note that non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. Unclassified students are limited to one class per regular semester or summer session. Application for change to classified status must be made upon the accumulation of a total of 15 credits. The Dean of Academic Affairs must approve all other cases.

Outreach

Outreach activities to high schools regarding students transitioning to college are arranged in collaboration with the Department of Education (DOE) and high school counselors. Outreach activities to the community are conducted at the Fagatogo market every first Friday of the month.

Application for Admission

Students seeking admission to any course for credit or program requirements may obtain an application form for admission at the Admissions Office or download online here.

Admissions Contact Information

Mail:
Admissions Office
American Samoa Community College
P.O. Box 2609
Pago Pago, AS 96799

Telephone: (684) 699-9155, ext. (333/334)

Fax: (684) 699-1083

E-Mail: admissions@amsamoa.edu