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Submit the HCC Application

To become a College NOW student, you must respond correctly to the first few prompts on the application.

Remember: You do not need to submit the HCC student application every year while you are in high school. Your HCC student account will remain active until after you graduate from high school. 

Choose the following options on the application as they appear:
  • Take one or more classes (you must select this option for the choices below to appear)
  • I would like to earn HCC credit while I am still in high school.
  • Then choose which option describes how you will select your courses:
    • By choosing from HCC courses offered through my high school/career center.
    • By choosing from the HCC course catalog on my own and working with a Heartland Academic Advisor.
  • Be sure to select the correct start term for the HCC courses you intend to take.

Important Notes

  • Take note of the instructions above, then check the box in the reCAPTCHA and click the blue Apply Now button below to go directly to the application.
    • If you do not see a blue Apply Now button below, your browser may be loading a cached version of the webpage. Here are a few things to try:
      • Reload/refresh the webpage
      • Try a different browser (ie, Firefox, Edge, Chrome, Safari)
      • Clear the browser cache
  • Your welcome letter will go to the email address you entered on your application within 3-5 business days after you submit your application. *Be sure to check your spam/junk filter.*
    • Application processing could take longer during high-volume times OR if an error is detected with the information entered on your application.
    • Follow the instructions from your welcome letter to access your myHeartland account. 
  • Don't Have a Social Security Number?

    For any student who does not have a social security number (primarily international or exchange students), you will need to complete this application instead. This is a fillable form you can complete on your computer, then download as a PDF. Please double check to be sure that your downloaded form saved the information you entered before you close the browser window! If the download does not include your information, try the Print to PDF feature instead. 

    As you complete the form, choose these options:

    • Page 1: Select the correct start term for the HCC courses you intend to take.
    • Page 2: What would you like to do as a student at HCC?
      • Under Take one or more classeschoose:
      • I would like to earn HCC credit while I am still in high school.
      • Then choose which option describes how you will select your courses:
        • I will choose my HCC courses from the high school/career center offerings (College NOW)
        • I will choose my HCC courses from the HCC course catalog and work with a Heartland Academic Advisor.

    Submit both your completed application pdf and a scanned copy of your permanent residency card or visa to this secure link following these instructions. If you don’t have access to a scanner, you can take a picture of your permanent residency card or visa with a cell phone; be sure the entire document is centered in the picture, on a solid background, and clearly legible. 

    Alternately, you can bring the completed application and permanent residency card/visa in person to any of our Heartland campuses to be scanned. On our main campus in Normal, our Early College Opportunities department is located inside the Records Office, in the Community Commons Building, suite 1600. At our Pontiac or Lincoln campuses, bring it to the front welcome desk, and let them know you are a College NOW student!