First Time College Students
We are excited you are furthering your education with us as a first-time college student.
Step 1: Apply.
To submit your application you'll need to know:
- Your personal information, such as: Social Security Number, mailing address, phone number, etc.
- Which Program of Study you wish to enroll in.
- The semester you wish to begin taking courses.
Don't have a Social Security Number? Visit the Heartland offline application to learn how to apply.
Step 2: Submit Transcripts and Residency Documentation.
It's important to submit your GED, high school or college transcript so that you can receive credit for the work you've already done! Check out this page to learn more about submitting your transcripts.
Proof of in-district residency is required for you to receive the in-district tuition rate unless you graduated from a high school located in Heartland's district within the past year. Upload documentation or send directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Complete your FAFSA.The Heartland Community College Financial Aid Office is here to help. To get started, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It's important to apply for financial aid EARLY. The earlier you start, the easier it will be.
Step 4: Apply for Scholarships.
The Heartland Community College Foundation awards nearly 200 scholarships each year! All you need to do is complete one application. Please refer to the online demonstration to get step-by-step instructions on how to apply.
Step 5: Placement Testing.
Placement tests help determine the best courses for your success at Heartland. All first-time college students take the full placement test unless using a waiver or previous college-level credit for placement. For a complete list of accepted waivers and qualifying scores, visit our Testing Center page.
Step 6: Meet with your advisor to register for classes.
Advisors are available to help you explore your interests and skills as you develop personal, academic, and professional goals. Partnering early and often with your advisor will keep you on track toward reaching your destination. A New Student Appointment is required for students who plan to complete a certificate or degree at Heartland. To schedule this appointment you can log in to your myHeartland account and pick a day and time that works for you.
Step 7: Pay Tuition.
When it comes to paying for college, you have lots of options. Heartland Community College provides students with access to their student bills online in IRIS and also mails paper bills to students.
We are ready to help you with your application process. Contact Admissions with your questions at 309-268-8010 or email email@example.com.