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HCC ONLINE:

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HCC is one of the most affordable colleges in the nation. The same is true for HCC Online. We have one of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, so what are you waiting for? Get started today!

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Can save you money on a 4-year degree. A lot of money! Want to get a 4-year degree from one of Texas’ great universities for nearly half the price? Start with HCC. If you complete your first two years of study at HCC, you can transfer to a 4-year school with an associate degree and save yourself upwards of $16,000 in university tuition and fees.

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Can help you stay in school and finish your certificate or degree faster. A recent study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, on behalf of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found that students participating in HCC Online courses were more likely to stay in school and finish their degrees sooner than students taking traditional, face-to-face classes.

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Offers more than 30 online degree and certificate programs and are adding more online programs each term. HCC Online also offers general education, elective, and core courses in more than 60 areas of study. So, even if your major is not available online yet, you can still take a large number of your required and elective courses online. HCC Online allows you to take the courses you need to graduate from the comfort of your favorite space and at a time that fits your schedule.

Important Information

Is Online Learning Right for You?

Self Discipline

Many students are attracted to the flexibility that online learning offers; however, that flexibility requires students to be motivated and self-disciplined.  A successful online student has the discipline and motivation necessary to prioritize their educational goals and focus on their coursework.  If you are the type of person who can stick to a plan and put in the work necessary to be successful, then online learning might be a great fit for you.  

 

Time Management

Unlike in a traditional, face-to-face course with scheduled class times and a rigid course structure, an online class requires students to manage their own time and establish their own priorities.  Students need to schedule time to participate in their online course, study, and complete their assignments.  A successful online student can develop a plan and stick to it, keep ahead of tasks, and seek help when needed.  Achieving your educational goals, while keeping up with the rest of life’s obligations isn’t easy, but it is possible with the flexibility of online learning

 

Organizational Skills

Organizing a busy schedule and balancing between work, family life, and getting an education can be challenging; however, with the right attitude and approach it is possible.  A successful online student sets goals, establishes a pace to achieve those goals, and keeps track of their progress along the way.  Most importantly, they can adapt when things don’t go as planned.  If this sounds like you, then online learning might be the best way for you to achieve your educational goals.

 

Applying to HCC Online

With an open admissions policy, whether you choose to transfer to a four-year university, decide to enter the workforce, or earn a degree or certificate, we will provide you the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful in today’s technological and global economy. HCC is proud to be a leader in innovation and student diversity.

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

Visit HCC’s Applying & Paying page to get started today!

 

Registering for Online Classes

New Student Registration Process

The following steps must be completed prior to registering and attending a session:

1) Submit Meningitis vaccine documentation if under the age of 22.  

2) Have official high school test scores sent (if no more than 5 years old) or complete the TSI Assessment.

After you complete the steps above:

3) Schedule a meeting with your HCC Online advisor to register for classes.  You can contact your advisor through the Ask HCC Online form to request the registration link. 

  

Returning Student Registration Process

Register for classes through the student system.  If you have been absent for two consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring), please complete the Ask HCC Online form to speak with an Advisor about how to get started again at HCC.

 

Resources for Transfer Students

Transferring from HCC to a four-year college or university is a popular path to a bachelor's degree. By earning college credits at HCC, you can build a solid academic foundation and save on the cost of college before you transfer.

The HCC Transfers Page is your place to find out transfer information, including transferable courses, transfer scholarships, university admission requirements and much more.  Visit the HCC Transfer Page

 

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Houston Community College is now a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).  This means that HCC can offer online courses to residents in all states that are also SARA members.  Individual colleges must also be SARA members. 

Please be advised that certain online programs, which include internships, practicums, or other experiential requirements, may trigger additional State Authorization requirements. Check with the appropriate licensing or professional organization before you enroll in these types of programs to be sure that the HCC course credits will be accepted.

‌To learn more about state authorization for online students, visit the Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) web site and the NC-SARA website.

Complaint resolution for HCC students enrolled in online courses while residing outside of Texas:

  • The first step is to follow HCC student complaint procedures on the Student Procedures website (see both Course Grade Appeal and General Student Complaints).

If the issue is not resolved, students may contact:

Certificate/diploma and program Issues: 

  • The Texas Workforce Commission's Career School section at 512-936-3100 

Degree-granting program issues: 

  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Office of General Counsel
  • A form is needed to initiate a complaint and are available at THECB Student Complaint Website
  • Complaints can be filed either by email to Studentcomplaints@thecb.state.tx.us or by mail to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Office of General Counsel, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711-2788
  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) accredits Houston Community College as one body.
  • Complaint Resolution for other states. If you have a complaint about a school outside of Texas, Please go to Web site SHEEO and select the link to the Student Complaint Process by State.

 

Contact Us

HCC Online

3100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002