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    [[[urgent]]]] which state do not require a mininium of 18 to enter community college

    I am a Hong Kong student. Presently, I am planning to study in the community college in US so as to enter the top universities over there. Just a week before, all the colleges in california (Foothill, Diablo Valley) told me that an minimum age of 18 is require, because of the law of the state.
    which state do not require a mininium of 18 to enter community college?

    Thanks a lot.
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    As far as I know, Texas has no such minimum age requirement to enter college.
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    PA either. The community college near my house will take you when you're 15 so long as you are in high school. Otherwise, a GED or High School diploma are all you need.
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    It seems that the community colleges in Boston do not have a requirement on age. By the way, I would like to choose the colleges that are near to MIT.
    To be frank, I come to US is not for hooking up with the hot ladies, but to strive for a place in MIT (caltech is also ok). Being a youth computer researcher in some local famous universities for years, I have realized the reasons why MIT can stand at the top of the world and knowing more the contraints of the local universities.
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    There was a 17 year old student in my class (Indiana). It was a real pain every time a liability form needed to be filled out though.

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    The US Department of Education has a requirement that you must be beyond the age of compulsory secondary education or have a high school diploma, or the equivalent thereof. California's 18 year old requirement is most likely a cost-cutting measurement, which most states do not have. You would be welcome to any West Virginia community college!
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    Whaaaaaaaaat? California does NOT have an age requirement for community college!! I work at a community college and I have 16-17yr old students. They might just be telling you this to discourage you from applying. PM me for more info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    Whaaaaaaaaat? California does NOT have an age requirement for community college!! I work at a community college and I have 16-17yr old students. They might just be telling you this to discourage you from applying. PM me for more info.
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    When I was in High School, I got college credit for trades classes I took at vocational school. They called it an "articulation agreement". I could have also taken night classes, but didn't feel like it.

    Michigan isn't far behind california with stupid laws, but minors can certainly take community college classes within the state.
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    SUNY (state universities of new york) recognize early admission, however there is a statement at the bottom that states "early admission students are not eligible to receive federal Title IV Financial Aid. "

    Oh and I had a student in one of our courses who wanted to go on a special project we had going for an intersession course this past January (took us a year to get it worked out with the college, etc etc) - and one of the students applied and when we interviewed her - (she came in with her Mom - the girl was home schooled at the top of her class!) and found out she was 15 yrs old and so there was an age limit of 18 for that project (took a group of students down to New Orleans to build a house for a week for Habitat for Humanity).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    Whaaaaaaaaat? California does NOT have an age requirement for community college!! I work at a community college and I have 16-17yr old students. They might just be telling you this to discourage you from applying. PM me for more info.
    I think the OP has things backwards or has not submitted any transcripts. In California it at least used to be an automatic that yuo could register for classes at a community college if you were 18 or older. Under 18 you actually have to do some paperwork and can be denied if you do not measure up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerasdfcr View Post
    It seems that the community colleges in Boston do not have a requirement on age. By the way, I would like to choose the colleges that are near to MIT.
    To be frank, I come to US is not for hooking up with the hot ladies, but to strive for a place in MIT (caltech is also ok). Being a youth computer researcher in some local famous universities for years, I have realized the reasons why MIT can stand at the top of the world and knowing more the contraints of the local universities.
    Wait what? I thought that is what universities were for.
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    This person is planning to attend on a FOREIGN STUDENT VISA - some states DO have age restrictions.

    When you are not a citizen or permanant resident of the US, you have to meet all the requirements for the school, the state, AND the federal govt. Some states have more restrictions on such students which do not apply to US students - you can call a 17 year old's Mom or Dad if there's a problem - it gets a bit dicier if Mom or Dad is half way around the world, and there is not resident legal guardian for a minor student.

    Additionally, a foreign student must prove to the US government and the school that they have sufficient funds to pay for living expenses and college costs before a visa is issued. Community colleges are notoriously cheaper to attend than 4 year universities, so meeting the funding requirement to get a student visa is easier than it might be a 4 year college.
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    I graduated high school @ 16 and was accepted in a few colleges on different states. If there are institutions that don't accept students under 18, it is new to me. Never heard such a thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
    This person is planning to attend on a FOREIGN STUDENT VISA - some states DO have age restrictions.

    When you are not a citizen or permanant resident of the US, you have to meet all the requirements for the school, the state, AND the federal govt. Some states have more restrictions on such students which do not apply to US students - you can call a 17 year old's Mom or Dad if there's a problem - it gets a bit dicier if Mom or Dad is half way around the world, and there is not resident legal guardian for a minor student.

    Additionally, a foreign student must prove to the US government and the school that they have sufficient funds to pay for living expenses and college costs before a visa is issued. Community colleges are notoriously cheaper to attend than 4 year universities, so meeting the funding requirement to get a student visa is easier than it might be a 4 year college.

    Well, in the CC I work at, at least, we have no age requirement. Just HS diploma, proof of support, high enough TOEFL score, negative TB test, and HS and/or college transcripts.
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    In my 1st post, I alluded to California's budget woes.... it could very well be that part of thier cost cutting measures involve NOT accepting MINOR foreigh students, due to the cost of maintaining guardianship information and associated resources for minor foreign students.
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    All I know is that DVC (Diablo Valley College) in Contra Costa DOES take those under 18. My nephew and several of his friend attended there. My kid is going to do that as well. But then again they were born here....


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    Apparently you can be 16 and foreign to attend college here in Colorado. Freshman year in college we had a 16 year old Saudi Arabian in my Calculus class.
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    I wonder if 18 is the minimum age to get a student visa for a college student.
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    After clearing it up through pm, the issue with the 18yo age limit is not for foreign visas or anything. There is no age limit as long as he has a HS degree. However, if he doesn't have one then he either has to get a GED/whatever high school equivalency test or wait til he is 18.
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    excellent - best of luck OP

    FWIW, I started college at 15, the social problems were a lot worse than the legal issues. (that said, my residency papers being in order was critical)
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    *still wondering if OP has a sponsor...*
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