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7 Easy Steps to Become a Credit Student

7 Easy Steps to Become a Credit Student

7 Easy 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 Easy 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 ESSENCE Early College Program and the STEMM Technical 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 PARCC scores (WCPS students) to the Admissions Office to be exempt from testing. Students who are required to complete testing must submit this form. For students who need testing, the free assessment assures proper course placement for all students taking credit classes.

    Placement Testing during COVID-19:
    Placement testing can be done remotely while the campus is closed. Complete this form to set up your exam.

  4. Activate your Online Accounts : You must activate your account and change your password upon receiving your acceptance letter. You will then have access to Self-Service (HCC’s online registration system), your student email account, and Moodle/D2L (used for online learning). Your username and temporary password can be found at the bottom of your acceptance letter.
  5. Contact an Advisor and/or Register for Classes: Advisors 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 who will be taking classes in the ESSENCE 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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