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Admissions Information

The National Labor College accepts applicants throughout the year and students may begin taking classes in spring, winter, or fall terms. Ideally, students should apply six weeks prior to the start of the semester in order to allow time to process applications and transcripts.
Prospective students may submit applications online at www.nlc.edu. All students must submit official high school/GED and/or college transcripts; proof of union membership; and a $50 application fee.

The National Labor College is an upper-level degree completion program.  Prospective students for the Bachelor of Arts program must have completed at least 56 semester hours of coursework before they can be fully admitted into our academic programs.  Prospective students for the Bachelor’s of Technical and Professional Studies must have completed at least 45 hours of coursework prior to being fully admitted to the program.

Students with less than the requisite number of credits for full admission are encouraged to begin or continue coursework with the NLC and/or other colleges until they meet the requisite number of credits required for matriculation to our degree programs. Students with less than the requisite number of credits are classified as non-matriculate and are therefore not eligible for federal financial aid.

Full acceptance to the college is contingent upon the receipt of all official transcripts and records that verify the applicants’ completion of the requisite number of credit hours required for full admission (56 semester credit hours for BA students and 45 for BTPS students).  An official letter of acceptance will be sent to all applicants who have complete applications and who otherwise meet the requirements.  The National labor College does not discriminate with regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex age, status as a qualified person with a disability or handicap, marital status or, sexual orientation.

BA Degree Requirements
Satisfactory completion of 120 semester credits including the completion of 3 credit hours in each of the following areas; English, Math, Science, Social Science and Humanities.
The college accepts up to 90 transfer credits towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Transfer credit may include credits for life experience, selected apprenticeships, military service, and previously earned college credit.  

BTPS Degree Requirements
Satisfactory completion of 120 semester credits including the completion of 3 credit hours in each of the following areas; English, Math, Science, Social Science and Humanities.
The college accepts up to 69 transfer credits and also requires that 15 of the 30 experiential learning credits be in a technical or professional area.  Students who have already completed over 60 hours of coursework are often advised to consider the enrolling in the BA program.  For more details on Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies degree requirements and classes contact Dr. Yoon-il Auh at 301-628-4862.

Student Advising
Academic advising is provided to all students by individual faculty members. The Office of Academic Services is responsible for assisting students in developing their academic program and monitoring their progress.
Pre -admissions advising and general advising questions can be directed by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Please be sure to include your full name, student number (where applicable) and your contact phone numbers at 301-431-6400 and press #5.

How to Apply
Step 1:  First time applicants y online students should create an account in I.Q. web and follow the prompts.  Be sure to write down and remember your username and password.  For login problems or other questions regarding IQ web please contact.

Step 2: Once your application has been submitted you will need to mail or fax your statement of purpose and union verification to the registrar’s office as soon a possible.  Fax to the attention: New Applications at 301-628-0160

Step 3: If you have applied online prior to speaking anyone, please, be sure to schedule pre-admissions advising consultation with one of our academic advisors.

Step 4:Request official transcripts, documentation of partnership credits, military or ace assessed apprenticeship.  Review the transfer credit guidelines in our course catalog.

Step 5: Register for classes. New applicants to the National Labor College are required to speak with an Admissions Advisor prior to registering for classes. This allows the college to make sure that students have selected the appropriate degree program and are taking the correct courses to get started with their studies.

Experiential Learning and Transfer Credit
The National Labor College may accept up to 90 transfer credits towards a Bachelor of Arts degree from the National Labor College.  A total of 69 credits may transferable to the Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies degree.  All transfer credits must be from an accredited college or university and have a grade of C or better.  We cannot accept credit for developmental or remedial coursework even if it was taken at an accredited college.  All transfer credit is accepted at the discretion of the NLC. 

New applicants should request official sealed transcripts from each college or university they have attended in the past and ask that they be sent directly to the NLC Registrar’s office. Students are advised to request an unofficial copy for their personal records.

Transfer credits must be from an accredited college or university and have a grade of “C” or better. Developmental coursework cannot be transferred toward a degree.    
Transfer credit may include:

Partnership Credits 
Apprenticeship (certified or ACE**)  Link to list
ACE accredited courses or ACE licenses
ACE Assessed Training
Prior Accredited Colleges or Universities
Portfolio Credit (experiential learning credit)
NLC Union Skills Courses
C.L.E.P.

Tuition Fees
$50.00 Application Fee
$158.00 per credit (AFL-CIO Affiliated union members)
$210.00 per credit (non AFL-CIO affiliated union members)
$210.00 per credit hour (Working for America &union member families in the BTPS program). 

$1031.00 per credit (non-union members

Scholarships and Financial Aid
The National Labor College has limited scholarship funds available.  Students may apply for a scholarship application on our website.  In the near future, the National Labor College expects to offer Federal Financial Aid and student loans to qualified applicants.  There are a number of unions that offer scholarships that can be used at NLC.

Yearly Semester Calendar for Bachelors and BTPS Courses Link to trifold  
The National Labor College has three semesters a year; spring, fall and winter. The semesters for both the BA and BTPS programs run concurrently for a period of 14 weeks followed by a two week reading and grading period.  Students enrolled in low residency BA courses are required to attend the week- in- residence which is typically scheduled during the fourth or fifth week of the semester.

Residency Requirements
Courses run consecutively throughout the day during three time blocks:
8:00- 11:00 a.m.; 11:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. (with an hour lunch break) and 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. The first class session begins on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and is followed by two classes the following Sunday from 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m.   Classes run all day from 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. on Friday. New students should plan to attend the orientation at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Accommodations for week in residency
The NLC offers hotel-quality accommodations. Students in the low residency program can make reservations with the front desk by calling 800-462-4237.