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7 Steps to Become a Credit Student

7 Steps to Become a Credit Student

7 Steps to Become a Credit Student

Application to HCC is only required for college credit classes. Non-credit courses are offered through the Workforce Solutions & Continuing Education. If you wish to take credit classes, follow these seven simple steps:

Seven Steps to Become an HCC Student (credit)

  1. Apply for Admission: Students wishing to take credit classes must first apply to HCC and submit official transcripts to the Admissions Office. Programs for high school students include Early College Access Program (formerly ESSENCE) and the Early College Degree Program (formerly Middle College). If you wish to meet with an admissions representative, you should make an appointment by calling 240-500-2238 or emailing
  2. Apply for Financial Aid: Financial aid includes grants, loans, federal work study, scholarships, and veteran and military benefits.
  3. Take Placement Tests:  Find out if you're exempt from placement testing. Students should submit a copy of their high school transcript or GED scores, SAT, ACT, IB, and MCAP scores (WCPS students) to the Admissions Office to be exempt from testing. Students transferring credits to HCC must have official copies of those transcripts sent to the Records Office and must complete a Transfer Evaluation Request form. For students who need testing, the free assessment assures proper course placement for all students taking credit classes. There are two ways to schedule the placement exam depending on if you are testing remotely (at home/office) or on campus. If you test remotely, you are required to have the necessary equipment (webcam, microphone, high speed Internet) to do so.  Complete this form to set up your exam.
  4. Activate your Online Accounts: Please activate your account and change your password immediately upon receiving your acceptance letter. You will then have access to Self-Service (HCC’s online registration system) and your student email account. You will also use these credentials to access D2L (Learning Management System) after you have registered for a class scheduled to use that system. Your username and temporary password can be found at the bottom of your acceptance letter. Students are encouraged to watch the Virtual Orientation found at before registering for classes. View Technology Recommendations.
  5. Contact a Retention Specialist and/or Register for Classes: Retention Specialists will help you choose your program from HCC's eight academic divisions, each offering a wide array of programs and courses. HCC conducts online registration via Self-Service. Students transferring credits to HCC must have official college transcripts sent to the HCC Records Office. Students who will be taking classes in the Access program must call 240-500-2238 or email to schedule an appointment to register for classes. See what classes are offered through Self-Service.
  6. Pay for College: Get all the information you need about tuition and fees. Payment plans, grants, loans, scholarships, work study programs, and student job opportunities can help make college more affordable.
  7. Get Books, ID, etc.: Get connected with the many services available to HCC students by visiting the Current Students page. Services for students can also be accessed from the Student Services page.

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