Student Services

The mission of the Student Services Division is to foster a learning environment that supports students in their educational journey.  This includes engaging students in innovative co-curricular programs and providing exceptional support services to promote their intellectual and social development.

Academic Advising

HCC requires that new students take a Student Success Course in their first semester to help them determine their major and plan their degree path. Once you have selected your “major,” instructors who teach the courses in that field (e.g., accounting, computer science, history, etc.) will be your best academic advisors. If you plan to transfer to complete a baccalaureate degree, it is important to determine your major and your transfer institution as soon as possible, because different universities may have different requirements.

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Student Information Services

Student Information Services provides online information and service to future, current and returning Houston Community College students. Students may email inquiries online to or chat live with knowledgable associates regarding registration, admissions, academic and student services. Information, answers to frequently asked questions, and a video library can be found 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Alumni Association

The HCC Alumni Association was organized to advance the growth and development of the college and increase the presence of HCC alumni in the Houston community; promote the personal, educational, and professional development of alumni; and establish and maintain a scholarship fund for individuals who would not otherwise be able to pursue a college education. Membership is offered to all who have successfully completed any course at HCC as well as to outstanding persons who possess the principles and ideals of the Association.

The HCC Alumni Association has an Advisory Council to advise and provide input to alumni activities and events on behalf of alumni membership. All HCC alumni are encouraged to participate with the Alumni Association.

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Child Care

HCC-Central offers childcare for all HCC full- and part-time students at the HCC Child Development Lab School. The center serves children 6 weeks - 5 years of age, Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm. Lab school staff follow the guidelines of developmentally appropriate practice and state minimum. For more information call 713 .718.KIDS or visit 3214 Austin Street for enrollment.

Childcare assistance is also available through Workforce Solutions. For more information on eligibility criteria


External Learning

External learning experiences give students an opportunity to integrate their classroom study with practical experience by working in a field related to their career goals. The types of external learning experiences include: clinicals, cooperative education, internships, and practica.

For more information, please contact your instructor or Program Coordinator.

disAbility Support Services

Houston Community College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the recruitment, admission and retention of students or the operation of any of its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquired regarding the non-discrimination policies: David Cross, Director EEO/Compliance, 3100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002, 713.718.8271 or The College System will make its campuses and programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. Where it is unreasonable to modify a specific area to make it accessible, the College System will provide an accessible alternative.

The point of contact for students seeking services under the ADA is the ADA Counselor located at each HCC Campus. Contact an ADA Counselor at the college you plan to attend.

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Health Services

As a commuter institution, HCC does not operate a Student Health Center; however, HCC is concerned about the health and welfare of its students and provides important health information to students. The Student Handbook provides a description of health services.

Student Identification Card

Student identification (ID) cards are available once a student has registered and paid for classes. The card will be needed for library and computer lab usage, admission to college activities, and voting in campus elections. ID cards are nontransferable and are to be held only by the students to whom they were issued. Students are required to be in possession of their ID card at all times. All ID cards are the property of HCC and must be shown when requested by a representative of the College District. If students lose their ID cards, they should report it to the police by calling 713.718.8888 as soon as it is discovered as missing. To obtain a replacement card, students must initiate the process at the college campus they attend.

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International Initiatives

Modern global communication, transportation, and commerce have shaped a new interdependent world-wide economy. Education and training institutions must develop students capable of competing in an international workforce. The Office of International Initiatives coordinates and supports a variety of international programs for students and faculty and collaborates with foreign institutions abroad through partnerships.

Training Programs:  

  • Training courses developed by college instructional programs teach participants specific occupational skills. They may be taught in a participant’s first language or in conjunction with the English-as-a-Second-Language program.
  • Language Programs: Second-language programs developed for concentrated total immersion in a foreign language.

Career Area:  

  • Overview of business/industry and education serving that profession in the host country.
  • Study Abroad Programs: Traditional higher education in regular school classes abroad.
  • Cooperative Education Exchange: Students are placed in paying jobs related to their career area and attend scheduled college co-op classes in the host country.
  • Cultural Exchange: Faculty/student groups participate in program activities that provide general knowledge concerning family life, culture, economy, working conditions, and education in the host country.

Interested students should contact the Office of International Initiatives at 3100 Main, 713.718.5058

Career Planning and Resources

The Student Job Placement Office assists current and former students in finding full-time, part time, and cooperative education employment. Students can also build resumes and search for employment opportunities online at Workshops are provided for those making career choices and developing job search skills. Specific services are outlined in the HCC Student Handbook.

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Student Life and Recreational/Sports

The Student Life and Recreational Sports Offices offer activities and programs that extend students’ personal and intellectual growth. Some of the activities include: student government; student associations; clubs and organizations relating to student interests; honor societies; student publications (The Egalitarian and organization newsletters); recreational and intramural sports as well as cultural, social, educational and leadership development activities.

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Student Complaints

Houston Community College is committed to providing an educational climate that is conducive to the personal and professional development of each individual. In order to ensure that commitment, the College has developed procedures for students to pursue grievances and resolve concerns within the college community, should such action become necessary. A student who has an unresolved disagreement with a faculty or staff member, another student, or a student group, or is dissatisfied with the service they received, has the right to file a written complaint without prejudicing his or her status with the College. It is the goal of HCC to assist all students in finding fair and just solutions to their concerns.

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HCC Testing Centers and counselors use a variety of tests to assist students in determining special abilities, aptitudes, study habits, values, career interests, and personality traits.

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Houston Community College’s District Office of Veteran Affairs (DOVA) is dedicated to helping the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces achieve the American dream, providing access to benefits and services that facilitate and promote academic success. Recognizing the unique needs of all military service personnel and their families, HCC is committed to working closely with all veterans to educate them on the academic and developmental resources and opportunities available to them. The DOVA is available to assist and answer questions concerning the following:

  • Veteran Educational Benefits
  • Verification of Enrollment for the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Advisement and Monitoring of Students’ Degree Plans and Academic Progress
  • Academic Counseling

We encourage all Veteran community members to contact our office if there are any questions regarding services available to Veterans attending or intending to attend HCC.

Veteran Education Benefits

Listed below are the Educational Benefit Programs offered by the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs, which can be utilized when enrolled at HCC:

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI BILL and Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
  • Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
  • Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 35 - Dependent Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
  • Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR)
  • Chapter 1607 - Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP).

For qualification details and to apply for Veteran education benefits, please visit the Veterans On-line Application (VONAPP) at

The following educational benefits are administered by other governmental agencies and can be utilized when enrolled at HCC:

  • Hazlewood – Veterans who entered service in Texas can apply for this benefit at
  • MyCAA – Spouses of certain active duty service members can apply for this benefit
  • Tuition Assistance (TA) – Active duty personnel can apply for this benefit through their branch of service within the U.S. Department of Defense.

For more information, please contact the HCC Veteran Affairs Call Center at 713-718-6066 or 713-718-8522, or via email at

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