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Heartland Community College

First Time College Students

We are excited you are furthering your education with us as a first-time college student, whether you are coming to us with no previous college credit or with college credit earned while in high school! 

Step 1: Click here to Apply to Heartland!

Step 2: Log in 

  • Within 3-5 business days from your submission date, your welcome letter will go to the email address you entered on your application. 
    • Please check your spam/junk folder if you can't locate it! Students with a Gmail address should also check the Promotions folder.
    • If you still can't locate your welcome letter, email for help!
  • Visit to log into your myHeartland account, using the Login and Student ID from your Welcome Letter. From there, you can:
    • Click on Manage My Password and refer to the Student ID and Login Name you received in your acceptance e-mail to create a password and set up security questions.
    • Access your myHeartland email; make a habit of checking it regularly! 
    • Click on Student Center to:
      • Apply for scholarships through the Foundation Scholarship tile
      • Make Appointments through the Navigate tile
      • Register for classes and make enrollment changes on the Manage Classes tile
      • View your schedule/bill and financial information

Step 3: 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. 

If your program of study requires you to submit your high school transcript or GED, be sure to do this so you receive credit for the work you've already done! 

  • High school transcript or GED certificate may be sent electronically through a third party (ex: Parchment) by choosing Heartland from the drop-down or search bar. 
  • Transcripts submitted through a high school can be emailed to
  • If sent via personal email, the transcript will not be considered official.

Login to your myHeartland account to see your specific next steps. 

Step 4: 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, call 309-268-8027 or log into your myHeartland account, click on Heartland Navigate, and pick a day and time that works for you. 

Financial Steps

Step 1: Complete 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 2: Apply for scholarships

The Heartland Community College Foundation awards over 250 scholarships each year! All you need to do is complete one application in your myHeartland student center. 

Step 3: Submit residency

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

Step 4: Pay tuition

When it comes to paying for college, you have lots of options. You can access your student bill online by visiting, clicking on Student Center, then choosing View My Schedule/Bill


We are ready to help you with your application process. Contact Admissions with your questions at 309-268-8010 or email

Hunter Hawk


Contact Admissions:
Community Commons Building (CCB) 1000
Phone: 309-268-8010

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.