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Heartland Community College

Early Admission Process

These instructions are for students under 16 years old who are interested in taking Heartland courses on-campus/online, not through our high school/career center partnerships.  

  • Phase 1: Complete the College NOW student admission process:
  • Phase 2: Compile all the following documents in preparation to upload them all together: 
    • Support Letters: Obtain two (2) recommendation letters from a coach, peer group leader, mentor, or teacher that address your maturity level and ability to succeed in an adult setting.
    • Academic Record: Obtain a current copy of your transcript from your school to reflect a list of courses taken and grades earned.
    • College Placement Proof: If applicable, retrieve your ACT/SAT/PSAT College Board report with eligible college-level placement scores found at

                Upload Portal

  • Phase 3: After completing the aforementioned phases, respond to the prompts below to let us know you're ready to connect with a member of our Early College Opportunities team.

  • The information below is primarily for Early Birds who have been approved to enroll in a course as a College NOW Campus Student. 

    Review descriptions and prerequisites for courses you want to take.
    & Fees

    Find information about tuition & fees here:
    Payment due dates are posted here:

    *In-district home-school students receive an automatic $70 per credit hr tuition waiver within 24-48 hours of enrollment*
    HS Credit Approval Talk to your high school counselor/administrator to confirm if you can also receive high school credit for the HCC campus/online courses in your recommended plan. If so, they must submit the following online approval form shortly after you are enrolled:
    Access your student account using the log-in information from your welcome letter to see HCC emails, course schedule, make tuition payments, etc:
    HCC IT
    Help Desk
    Contact our IT staff for help setting up or accessing your myHeartland account: | 309-268-8380
    Learn more about starting or continuing the pursuit of a particular degree/certificate pathway through HCC:
    HS AP Courses

    Students who complete AP courses should have their score report sent directly from College Board to the HCC Records Office. Access Advanced Placement Chart (pdf) here.

    *If required benchmarks are not met, students must take the equivalent Heartland course to continue progressing towards degree completion.* 


    Download/print a copy of your unofficial transcript at any time by logging into your Heartland student account ( and follow this path:  Student Center » Academic Transcripts/Grades » View Unofficial Transcript 

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