After you accept your offer for the Disney College Program, you'll need to talk to your school. There are three main topics to bring up with your academic adviser: Internship Credit, School Requirements, and Financial Aid. This post will walk you through questions to ask in each of these topics.
Internship & Class Credit
Will I be able to get internship credit for the program?
How do I get this to count for internship credit?
What extra work will I have to do to get internship credit? (ex. logging hours, blogging, review from employer, etc.)
Does my major require internship credit? How much?
Will I be able to get credit for any classes offered through the program?
Will these classes count toward my degree?
If I decide to do a professional internship later, can I get credit for that?
Do I need to pay for internship credit hours?
Things to Mention:
DCP website for educators (disneyeducationconnection.com)
ACE accreditation (learn what this means so you can tell your advisor)
School's internship requirements (look them up and familiarize yourself with them before your meeting.)
Is there anything I need to do during my program to maintain enrollment?
How will this effect my graduation date?
Is there a way I can still graduate on time?
What would be good classes to take online this semester?
What resources are available to me as an online student?
What happens if I don't take any classes this semester, taking a semester off?
How much time will I need to spend on my classes per week?
Financial Aid and Scholarships
How many credits do I need to keep my financial aid/scholarships?
Will internship credit count toward financial aid and scholarship credits?
How many credits does our school count as part time enrollment? (You need to be enrolled part time to continue deferment on your student loans.)
If this puts me into a ninth semester/fifth year, will my financial aid still apply to that semester?
The most effective thing is to take a look at the Disney education connection site, DCP info, your academic schedule, and your school's internship and financial aid policies. Going into the meeting confident and knowledgeable will help you and adviser figure out what is best for you. Don't be discouraged if your adviser doesn't know anything about the program, or discourages you from going, that doesn't mean you can't go. If your adviser knows nothing about the program, show them the websites, and tell them about it. Also, try searching "Disney College Program *your school name*" and you might find more info specific to your school or program alumni that attend your school who can help you. If your adviser tells you not to go, ask them why, consider their opinion, but remember the decision is yours. I did my first program, after being strongly discouraged by my academic adviser, and I'm so thankful I did. If you have any questions about talking to your school, or about the program in general, feel free to comment below, find me on social media, or contact me via the "about" tab.