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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. Help is available virtually and in-person.


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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 the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at is the first step in learning your options to pay for college. Although 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 federal grants, federal student loans, work-study, and emergency aid funds you may be eligible to receive.

Many 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.


  • Contact Financial Aid: If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the financial aid office. A list of Financial Aid Office locations and hours is available at

  • “Setting up for Future Success” Virtual Financial Aid Information Sessions | At the sessions, our financial aid team will help you navigate ways to pay for college and what aid is available. Click here to register.

  • FAFSA Guide | Visit our webpage that details everything you need to fill out the FAFSA.



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; select "Student Sign In"; and select "Checklist" box/tile to complete all To-do List items. 




  • 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


  • For updates on how to contact Financial Office during COVID- 19 campus closure, please click here.


  • 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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  • Spring 2021 enrollment is open now with safe, flexible online courses. 

  • You still have time to join the Eagle Family this semester. Spring 2021 includes multiple start dates and course durations: regular start (16-week courses); second start (12-week courses); 8-week courses; and 4-week courses. 

  • Click here to register for Virtual Open House that walks new students through enrollment steps. 


 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

Call Center
: 713-718-2000

Virtual Lobby: Please use the Virtual Lobby page as a one-stop resource to connect virtually and in-person for help with enrollment, advising and payment arrangements. 

Virtual Open Houses: Register for Virtual Open houses scheduled to help new students learn steps to apply and enroll. Multiple start dates are available.