Admissions FAQs

Got questions? We have answers!

When should I complete my online application?

You should apply as soon as possible before the semester you plan to start.  Applying early gives admissions staff plenty of time to contact you for additional information.

How late can I apply?

HCTC offers a variety of scheduling formats.  Please contact our Admissions staff now to explore options.

When do I enroll?

Once you’ve applied, we’ll send you an admission status letter which will have all the information you need about placement testing and required documents. You can enroll as soon as all required documents have been received.

What if my file is incomplete?

Our Office of Admissions will contact you if we need any additional information.  It’s not uncommon for students to apply initially before submitting all required records, but you will need to complete your file as soon as possible.  If you’re a transfer student, you will need to submit your official transcript to be eligible for financial aid.

How will I know which classes to take?

Our academic advisors will help plan your studies based on previous education, career, and personal goals.  Visit the Student Resource Center.

When should I pay for my classes?

Tuition must be paid or payment arrangements made prior to the first day of class. Please see costs and financial aid for payment information. 

Can I talk with an advisor?

Absolutely!  You can discuss career plans, course selection, program or degree requirements, transfer requirements, and other academic and social issues. Visit the Student Resource Center.

Will I get an advisor?

Yes!  After your initial registration, you will be assigned an academic advisor based upon your declared major and home campus location. Entering students who are undecided about their major will see an advisor in the Student Resource Center.

Am I required to declare a major when I submit my application?

Short answer: no.  You don’t need to declare a major immediately.  If you do, however, we’ll select an advisor for you based on your academic interest. If you don’t choose a major when you apply, or if you change your major after admission, please contact the Office of Admissions.  If you are unsure about your major, please seek help in the Student Resource Center.

What degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs do you offer?

We offer a wide array of academic programs leading to associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

How long will it take me to earn a degree?

If you complete a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester, you should be able to complete a degree within 4 semesters.  Attending part time allows you more flexibility to work or take care of other life business, but it then takes additional semesters to complete your degree and could impact your future financial aid eligibility.

How many credits will I need?

Both the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees require 60 credit hours of college-level work.  Associate of Applied Science degree programs may require between 62 and 77 credit hours of college-level work. Diplomas and certificates have varying credit hour requirements; refer to program sheets for more information.

What options do I have for attending class?

We have several options to help you tailor schedules to fit your life.  Our advisors can help you decide among:

  • Day and evening classes
  • On- and off-campus sites
  • Distance learning classes (including interactive television and online/hybridized study)


What kind of financial aid is available to me?

We participate in a full range of federal and state programs.  Our friendly staff is trained to assist you and answer all your questions.  Apply for financial aid now.