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The Interstate Passport® program is designed to simplify out-of-state transfer of general education across a wide network of two- and four-year schools. Students at Miles Community College who earn a Passport and transfer to another Interstate Passport Network member institution will have their learning achievement recognized; they will not be required to repeat courses or complete additional courses at the receiving institution to meet lower-division general education requirements.

To qualify for the Passport program at MCC, a candidate must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 credits of the general education requirements listed below: and,
  2. Earn a C or better in those courses.


    Students must complete one course from the following list with a C or better.

    Course Prefix, Number & Title Credits Online Option
    COMX 111 Public Speaking
    3
    No
    COMX 115 Interpersonal Communication
    3
    Yes
    AGED 140 Leadership Development for Agriculture
    3
    No

    Students must complete one course from Group A and one course from Group B with a C or better to satisfy the learning outcomes.

    Group A
    Course Prefix, Number & Title Credits Online Option
    WRIT 101 College Writing I
    3
    Yes
    WRIT 101S College Writing I + Studio
    4
    Yes
    Group B
    Course Prefix, Number & Title Credits Online Option
    WRIT 121 Intro to Technical Writing
    3
    No
    WRIT 122 Intro to Business Writing
    3
    Yes
    WRIT 201 College Writing II
    3
    Yes
    WRIT 121S Intro to Technical Writing + Studio
    4
    No
    WRIT 122 Intro to Business Writing + Studio
    4
    Yes

    Students must complete one course from the following list with a C or better.

    Course Prefix, Number & Title Credits Online Option
    M 105 Contemporary Mathematics
    3
    Yes
    M 105S Contemporary Mathematics + Studio
    4
    No
    M 121 College Algebra
    4
    Yes
    M 140 College Math for Healthcare
    3
    Yes
    M 151 Precalculus
    4
    Yes
    M 161 Survey of Calculus
    4
    No
    M 171 Calculus I
    4
    No
    M 172 Calculus II
    4
    No
    STAT 216 Intro to Statistics
    3
    Yes

    Students must complete one course from the following list with a C or better.

    Course Prefix, Number & Title Credits Online Option
    CRWR 240 Intro to Creative Writing
    3
    No
    SPNS 101 Elementary Spanish I
    5
    No
    SPNS 102 Elementary Spanish II
    5
    No
    ARTH 101 Foundations of Art
    3
    No
    ARTZ 105 Visual Language--Drawing
    3
    No
    ARTZ 221 Painting
    3
    No
    ARTZ 106 Visual Language--2-D Foundations
    3
    No

    Students must complete one course from the following list with a C or better.

    Course Prefix, Number & Title Credits Online Option
    LIT 110 Intro to Literature
    3
    No
    LIT 211 American Literature II
    3
    No
    LSH 101 Intro to Humanities
    3
    No
    PHL 101 Intro to Philosophy
    3
    Yes
    PHL 110 Intro to Ethics
    3
    Yes
    RLST 100 Intro to the Study of Religions
    3
    No
    PHL 221 Intro to Philosophy and Biomedical Ethics
    3
    Yes

    The learning outcomes for Teamwork and Value Systems are embedded throughout the general education curriculum. No additional specific course is required for this area.


    Students must complete two courses from the following list with a C or better.

    Course Prefix, Number & Title Credits Online Option
    ECNS 201 Principles of Microeconomics
    3
    Yes
    ECNS 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
    3
    Yes
    PSCI 210 Intro to American Government
    3
    No
    PSYX 100 Intro to Psychology
    3
    Yes
    SOCI 101 Intro to Sociology
    3
    Yes
    NASX 105 Intro to Native American Studies
    3
    Yes
    HSTA 101 American History I
    3
    Yes
    HSTA 102 American History II
    3
    Yes
    HSTA 250 Plains Indian History
    3
    Yes
    HSTR 101 Western Civilization I
    3
    No
    HSTR 102 Western Civilization II
    3
    No

    Students must complete one course from Group A and one course from Group B with a C or better to satisfy the learning outcomes. At least one course must include a lab (can be an embedded lab).

    Group A (Life Science)
    Course Prefix, Number & Title Credits Online Option
    ANSC 265/266 Anat & Physiology of Domestic Animals/Lab
    3,1
    No
    BIOB 101/102 Discover Biology/Lab
    3,1
    Yes
    BIOB 110 Intro to Plant Science
    3
    No
    BIOB 160/161 Principles of Living Systems/Lab
    3,1
    No
    BIOB 170/171 Principles of Living Systems/Lab
    3,1
    No
    BIOE 103/104 Env. Science and Society/Lab
    3,1
    Yes
    BIOH 104/105 Basic Human Biology/Lab
    3,1
    No
    BIOH 201/202 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab
    3,1
    Yes
    BIOH 211/212 Human Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab
    3,1
    Yes
    BIOM 250/251 Microbiology for Health Sciences/Lab
    3,1
    Yes
    NRSM 240 Natural Resources Ecology (with embedded lab)
    3
    No
    NURT 221 Basic Human Nutrition
    3
    Yes
    Group B (Physical Science)
    Course Prefix, Number & Title Credits Online Option
    CHMY 121/122 Intro to General Chemistry/Lab
    3,1
    Yes
    CHMY 123/124 Intro to Organic & Biochemistry/Lab
    3,1
    No
    CHMY 141/142 College Chemistry I/Lab
    3,1
    No
    CHMY 143/144 College Chemistry II/Lab
    3,1
    No
    ENSC 245 Soils (with embedded lab)
    3
    No
    GEO 101/102 Intro to Physical Geology/Lab
    3,1
    Yes
    GPHY 111/112 Intro to Physical Geography/Lab
    3,1
    Yes
    PHSX 220/221 College Physics I (with calculus)/Lab
    3,1
    No
    PHSX 222/223 College Physics II (with calculus)/Lab
    3,1
    No

    The learning outcomes for critical thinking are embedded throughout the general education curriculum. No additional specific course is required for this area.


    Students who cannot answer yes to any of the dependency questions on the FAFSA can submit an appeal to the financial aid office requesting that they be declared independent. If granted, eligibility for federal aid is then based solely on the student's income.

    To have an appeal approved, there must be extenuating circumstances which prevent the student from providing parental information on the FAFSA. To have the independent status carried forward into subsequent academic years, the student must submit a letter requesting that it be renewed.

    Appeals granted to students by other colleges do not apply to MCC. The student must go through MCC's appeal process to be granted independence at MCC.


    Dependency overrides can only be granted if an extenuating circumstance exists.

    In reviewing appeals, the committee is looking for evidence that it is not reasonable to expect the student to seek out information from their parents because it would be unsafe, unhealthy, or the parents are inaccessible.

    Examples of extenuating circumstances include:

    • Physical or sexual abuse
    • Abandonment by both parents
    • History of neglect due to parental alcohol or drug abuse
    • Incarceration of the custodial parent
    • Other circumstances which prevent the student from having contact with the parents

    A parent's refusal to provide information on the FAFSA, or the fact that a student is self-supporting, in and of themselves, are not reasons for which a dependency override can be granted.
    A student will need to complete the FAFSA online. When asked if you would like to provide parental information, they should say they are unable to do so. This will leave the FAFSA incomplete, pending the approval of the dependency status change.

    The student will need to submit the Request for Special Circumstance/Judgement form to the financial aid office. Along with the form, at least two sources of written documentation of support need to be submitted.

    Official notification from the Director of Financial Aid with a decision will be sent within 30 days.
    An approved dependency change is for one academic year at a time. If a student has been changed to Independent for the current year, the student will need to submit a letter requesting that the dependency change be renewed. The letter should be a confirmation that the situation that was originally documented remains unchanged.
    If a student request for dependency change is denied, the Parent Refusal to Complete FAFSA Affidavit form is the next course of action. Students can either update their FAFSA to include parental information, or have their parent complete the affidavit.

    Submitting the affidavit limits students to receiving only the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan in the amount for which dependent students are eligible.

    30% of all students that complete a FAFSA are selected for verification. Selection is made by the US Department of Education (ED) and can occur in multiple years if an applicant meets ED's criteria. If a student is selected, the student will need to provide the required verification documents to the financial aid office before an award offer can be made.

    The financial aid office is required to ask for additional documentation if, while reviewing a student's file, there appears to be conflicting information.

    Documents required are listed on both the initial letter sent to students via US mail and the Financial Aid tab in Banner Self-Service. Links to the necessary forms are provided in the Forms & Policies section of the Financial Aid webpage.

    Additional Verification Information

    As part of the verification process, students and parents may be required to submit their federal income tax return data to the financial aid office. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows users to transfer tax information directly from the IRS to the FAFSA. This information is then forwarded to the schools listed on the FAFSA, which in turn satisfies the requirement to provide tax data.

    Note: If after using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool a family will not see the numbers imported from the IRS. You will see Transferred from the IRS. If any information is altered after the transfer, an IRS Tax Return Transcript will be required.

    Not everyone is able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The alternate way of providing the required data is to submit an IRS tax return transcript.
    If unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript will be required. A tax return transcript is a record of the tax data that is in the IRS database. For verification purposes, photocopies of the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ are not allowed.

    For information on requesting a return transcript, refer to the IRS Retrieval and Tax Transcript Instructions.
    To satisfy verification requirements, some students are required to confirm their identity. Students can do this by bringing current government issued photo ID, in person to the financial aid office.

    For online students and those that wish to complete before coming to campus, can do so by completing the Identity Statement of Education Purpose form. This form must be completed in front of a notary public and the original document, along with a copy of the ID presented to the notary, must be sent in the mail to the financial aid office. This form cannot be accepted via fax or scanned.