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Whether it’s for a better job, your family or the first step toward a 4-year degree – HCC has over 300 online and on-campus associate degree and certificate programs for everyone, anytime. If you are starting, continuing or relaunching your educational journey, please know you don't have to figure it out alone. Virtual and in-person help is available to help you complete the admissions and enrollment steps outline below. 


GET STARTED ONLINE, ON-CAMPUS, OR BOTH!


Registration is now open for Summer and Fall 2021. With multiple start dates, you can join the Eagle Family at the best time for you. Click here to view the next available start date

  • The Fall semester starts August 23 and offers multiple start date options: regular start (16-week courses); second start (12-week courses); 8-week courses; and 4-week courses.

  • The summer semester started May 17 and offers multiple start dates to get you a few steps closer to finishing your degree or certificate: Summer Mini (three-week courses); Summer 10-wk (10-week courses); 5-wk Summer 1 and 2 (five-week courses); and Summer 8-wk (eight-week courses).

Steps to Apply and Enroll

Step 1: Admissions Application (Future/New Students Only)

Your first step to becoming an HCC Eagle is to submit a free admissions application. Based on your educational goals, you can fill out one of the five admissions applications described below

The online admissions application is for students who have never enrolled in a course at Houston Community College. If you already have an HCC student ID, please do not submit another application. Having multiple applications in the system with multiple student IDs can lead to problems with tracking documents, so please do not submit another application if you have submitted one before.

Click here
to complete free admissions application. 


 

  • Degree-Seeking Application (not for F-1 students) | Click here to learn areas of study for our degree options.  
    This application is for:
    • Students seeking college credit.
    • Students seeking Certificates of Completion; Associate degrees in Arts, Sciences, Teaching and Applied Science.
    • Students seeking to transfer credit to other colleges or universities.
    • * Students wanting to attend college-level courses as a dual-credit student should use this application.

  • F-1 International Student Application | Click here to connect with the Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad (OISS&SA). This application is for:
    • Students holding or seeking an F-1 student status/visa who want to complete Intensive English courses, Associate Degrees or Certificates.
    • F-1 students seeking to transfer credit to other colleges and universities.

  • Continuing Education Application | Click here to connect with the Office of Continuing Education
    This application is for: 
    • Students interested in short-term classes for job training, general knowledge, to learn a new skill, to upgrade existing skills or to explore personal interests.
    • Students seeking a certificate of completion in preparation for certification and licensure exam. 

  • Adult Education Application (not for F-1 students) | Click here to connect with the Office of Adult Education.
    This application is for:
    • Students seeking High School Equivalency (HSE) classes designed to improve basic skills and prepare students for the HSE examinations (GED, HiSET, or TASC).
    • ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) students wanting to speak, read, and write English.
    • Career4U Academy for students who want to receive a workforce certificate in high-growth occupations.
    • Students who want to attend TSI Boot Camp to prepare for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment.


  • Adult High School Application | Click here to connect with Adult High School representatives
    This application is for:
    • Students seeking credit recovery and/or original credit toward high school graduation requirements.
    • Students seeking to recover/complete credit to receive a high school diploma. 

 

Step 2: Financial Aid Application

All students (part-time and full-time) should apply for financial aid immediately after applying for admissions to HCC. By submitting a financial aid application, you may qualify for a combination of over 10 types of grants, loans, institutional scholarships, and work-study funds that can help cover the cost of college.

Filling out a financial aid application is the first step in learning your options to pay for collegeAlthough HCC has multiple start dates and accepts financial aid applications throughout the year, submitting an application early will give you a better chance of securing aid. 


SUBMITTING THE CORRECT FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION


Depending on your citizenship status, you would have to either fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

  • Citizens or permanent residents of the US trust territories should complete the FAFSA to determine federal, state and institutional (HCC) aid eligibility.
  • Undocumented Students should complete the TASFA to determine state and institutional (HCC) aid eligibility.
  • F1 Students should complete the TASFA to determine institutional (HCC) aid eligibility.


FAFSA | WHY QUALIFYING STUDENTS SHOULD APPLY?


 

HCC has multiple start dates and accepts financial aid applications throughout the year, submitting the FAFSA early will give you a better chance of securing grants, loans, work-study, and emergency aid funds you may be eligible to receive. Many part-time and full-time students who complete the application process receive some form of federal, state, or institutional financial aid, so you should always fill out a FAFSA. Not filling out the FAFSA could mean you are leaving federal, state, or institutional aid unclaimed.

  • To fill out the FAFSA, visit fafsa.gov.
  • For assistance with completing the FAFSA, please visit hccs.edu/finaidcontact to connect with the financial aid department.
  • FAFSA Guide | Visit our webpage that details everything you need to fill out the FAFSA.


TASFA | WHY QUALIFYING STUDENTS SHOULD APPLY?


Submitting the TASFA early will give qualifying part-time and full-time students a better chance of securing state grants, work-study, or institutional aid they may be eligible to receive. Not filling out the TASFA could mean you are leaving state or institutional aid unclaimed.

 

 

Step 3: Enrollment Checklists

Your To-do List may have four types of checklist items in your Student Center: policy, onboarding/pre-enrollment; financial aid; or other. To avoid delays in the processing of your application, please visit myeagle.hccs.edu; select "Student Sign In"; and select "Checklist" box/tile to complete all To-do List items. 

I. ONBOARDING AND PRE-ENROLLMENT CHECKLISTS 

II. POLICY CHECKLISTS 

  • Campus Carry Training
  • Consent to Text Messaging
  • Financial Responsibility
  • Residency: Any change, or request for a change in residency status should be submitted along with supporting documentation by email to the enrollment office of the college you will attend. Click here for Residency details.
  • Title IX

III. FINANCIAL AID CHECKLIST 

IV. OTHER CHECKLISTS 

  • Veterans: For updates on how to contact Veteran’s Office during COVID- 19 campus closure, please click here.
  • F-1 International: For updates on how to contact International’s Office during COVID- 19 campus closure, please click here.

 

Step 5: Enroll in Classes

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GET STARTED ONLINE, ON-CAMPUS OR BOTH

  • Registration is now open for Summer and Fall 2021. With multiple start dates, you can join the Eagle Family at the best time for you. Click here to view the next available start date

    • Fall semester starts August 23 and offers multiple start date options: regular start (16-week courses); second start (12-week courses); 8-week courses; and 4-week courses.

    • Summer semester started May 17 and offers multiple start dates to get you a few steps closer to finishing your degree or certificate: Summer Mini (three-week courses); Summer 10-wk (10-week courses); 5-wk Summer 1 and 2 (five-week courses); and Summer 8-wk (eight-week courses).

 

 Below are some helpful video tutorials to help you enroll in classes. 

 

 

Options to Pay for College

With one of the lowest tuitions in Houston, HCC is an affordable option to reach your educational goals. 

 

Update or Change Account Information

Throughout the admissions and enrollment process, you may need to submit additional documentation to fulfill requirements for enrollment or to update your records.

You can access and download the Admissions and Enrollment Forms by clicking here. It’s important that you make submitting the requested documentation a priority. Not doing so could result in processing delays or enrollment holds.

 

 

Student Services Contact Center

New Student Request for Information Form: New students should fill out the "New Student Request for Information Form" to learn the next steps to apply and enroll at HCC. 

Virtual Lobby for Current/Former Students: Current/former students should use the Virtual Lobby page as a one-stop resource to connect virtually and in person for help with enrollment, advising, and payment arrangements.