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The Things Parents Need to Know about College
Parents play an important role in helping their children choose a college that is right for them. At Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley, we have created this web page to better inform parents about where their son or daughter will be studying. It's also a guide to assist parents with learning more about college policies, financial aid for students, and campus safety.
We encourage you to peruse the rest of our Pembroke Campus website including the Student Services pages, the Success Stories, the Housing List page, and the Students' Association pages for additional information about our campus.
Effective October 1st, 2012, you can pay full-time program tuition fees at Algonquin College through online banking, debit, cheque, or money order. Credit card payments will no longer be accepted. For more information, please visit www3.algonquincollege.com/ro
Watch a video with Jamie Bramburger addressing parents at an Open House about the 12 Things Parents Need to Know about College. Our Video Room on the main web page also gives a great picture of some of the activities and events we hold during the year that will enhance both the social and academic skills of our students.
The Learning Environment
We take great pride in offering students an exceptional learning experience. We promise small class sizes and easy access to our faculty and staff. We offer many services to assist students like tutoring, counselling, health services, employment assistance, and financial aid.
Algonquin College adheres to the national and provincial privacy laws as well as its own confidentiality directive, by ensuring that access to a student's personal and academic information is protected. The policy applies to all students, regardless of their age. Therefore, a student must provide written consent to the College to share information with a parent or guardian. Parents are sometimes frustrated by this policy when making inquiries about their son or daughter, however, the policy is standard practice at all Ontario colleges and universities. Parents should discuss this policy with their child in advance of the student registering with the College.
Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley does not have a student residence. The college relies on the community to provide student housing and for more than four decades, the community has supported students by providing rental or boarding opportunities.
On this web page, you will find our Housing List which is updated throughout the school year, particularly during the summer months, when more housing opportunities become available. We recommend that families pursue housing in the late spring or early summer to increase their chances of finding the most suitable accommodations for their son or daughter.
The College hosts an annual housing day for out-of-town students in June. This event provides students and their families with an opportunity to get to know the City of Pembroke, tour the campus, participate in helpful workshops, and ultimately secure housing for the coming school year.
As a publicly-funded Ontario college, Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley administers loans provided to students through the federal and provincial governments. Loan documents are not released to students until they are fully registered in a program and start classes.
All students at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley have health and dental coverage while they are studying in a full-time program. Students are charged approximately $120 per year for this coverage. If coverage is available through a family member, the fee is reimbursed to the student after they have completed an "opt-out" form.
The College has security guards on campus during the day and early evening. Emergency phones are available on campus. The campus is located near Pembroke's downtown in a high traffic area.
Emergency Phone Service
The Algonquin Students' Association encourages students to register with their emergency hotline service. Students leave a copy of their timetable with the Students' Association, allowing staff to contact the student in the event of a family emergency. The hot line number is 613-735-4700, ext. 2758. The Students' Association reserves the right to screen calls, and this service is intended only for emergencies.