Counseling and Advising
Educational Plan Development
DIRECTIONS TO DEVELOP AN EDUCATIONAL PLAN
ØPlease READ all directions carefully as you must follow all steps.
ØPlease complete this form thoroughly and neatly as it will be submitted for review by the Financial Aid Appeal Committee.
1. Run your Degree Audit. This is found in your myACCESS account, main menu.
a. Conﬁrm that you have the correct degree or certiﬁcate program(s) listed as an Active Program in your myACCESS proﬁle.
b. Review and understand the “Statuses” on the ﬁrst page of the audit (about midway down the ﬁrst page). This will help you better
understand what the audit is telling you about the courses you completed and how they ﬁt into the program.
c. Review the video for additional help on understanding your audit. It is available on the Counseling website.
2. Make a list of non-completed requirements for your degree or certiﬁcate using your Degree Audit.
a. After you review your audit, list those courses you still need to take to complete your degree or certiﬁcate.
b. You might ﬁnd it helpful to list those courses (in the margins of your audit) or on a separate piece of paper to help you visualize and
create a plan over the expected time frame to complete them.
3. If needed, identify courses you would like to repeat. Add these to your list.
a. If you wish to repeat any D or F courses to help improve your cumulative grade point average, list those in your Educational Plan.
b. Include these repeated courses in your appeal letter.
4. Carefully review course descriptions and prerequisites.
a. Review the course descriptions of the courses you chose in the College Catalog (online or hard copy) or Class Schedule to conﬁrm that
you completed all prerequisites.
b. If you have not completed all prerequisites, include those courses in your list of non-completed requirements indicating that they are
prerequisites to courses that you need to complete.
5. Conﬁrm that all pre-testing and/or submission of ACT scores have been completed.
a. If your pre-test results indicate that developmental classes need to be taken, include those courses on your list of required courses.
b. Any required developmental courses (in Reading, English, and Math) should be included in your Educational Plan.
c. All pre-testing and ACT scores need to be taken/submitted to the Testing Ofﬁce in the Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2405 prior
to submission of your Educational Plan or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and COD ID number.
6. Begin assembling your educational plan.
a. Print your name, COD student ID number, the term for which you are requesting your appeal from the college, and the name and
program code of the associate degree or certiﬁcate you plan to earn at COD. Use the following link to obtain the name and code.
b. Once you have compiled your list of all courses, determine the ones you wish to take over the next two terms and enter them into the
appropriate “Semester” boxes contained on the Student Educational Plan form using the following steps.
1. Enter the course preﬁx and number (ex. English 1102) in the left two columns and the credit hours (ex. 3) in the right column.
2. When speciﬁc courses are required, such as English 1101, 1102, Speech 1100, 1120, 1150, list the exact course preﬁx
3. When your major/ﬁeld of study allows several choice selections within a group or category, (example: Life Science, Math,
Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social/Behavioral, or Electives, simply list them in this way (example: Social/Behavioral Gen. Ed.
Requirement – 3 hours; Electives – 3 credits and so on).
c. Use the form on the following page.
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