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Get Ready!  Getting Started at Highline

If you are, or want to be, one of the following, please CLICK the link that will take you to the right place:

International Student » PreCollege Studies Student (ABE, GED, ESL) » Continuing Education Student »



Pre-College Studies, Continuing Education and International Students enter HCC using a different process than the one outlined in this section; please click above. 
  1. Apply to Highline
    So that your on-campus experience is as smooth as possible, we encourage you to apply before coming to campus.  Admission to Highline is a one-time process; re-applying is not necessary (and highly discouraged).  Our online application process is for admission only (do not use it to update information).  Please allow a 5-day turnaround for application fee processing.  Other than those listed above all students, including transfer students, apply using this process.

  2. Plan Ahead for Expenses
    Apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov with college code #003781.  Next steps, deadlines, the HCC Data Sheet and information are available on the Financial Aid website. Applicants should check the financial aid portal regularly! Other funding sources include Workforce Education Services, WorkFirst, Veterans Benefits and Scholarships.  Eligible for resident tuition under HB1079?  Check out http://www.readysetgrad.org/hope.  

  3. Pay the Application Fee
    The application fee (currently $17) is non-refundable; allow 2 business days for your student record to reflect your payment.  You can pay online, in-person, or by mail to CashieringThe fee is reviewed annually and may change.  The amount due is the application fee rate that is current at the time payment is being made. Planning to take COMPASS/MyMathTest?  Qualify for a discounted rate by paying your application fee first. 

  4. Activate your myHCC
    It is your key to HCC.  You use it to participate in classes, take myMathTest, receiving school communication and pay for parking online!
  5. Assess your Starting Point
    The placement process helps you choose courses that best match your skills, abilities and previous experience. High school transcripts can be used for placement as can placement tests you took at another college.  Placement testing is another way to assess your current reading, writing and math ability.  There is no way to fail; however, we strongly encourage you to prepare.  Save money and time by refreshing your academic skills, so that you don't take a course with material you've already learned.  Take the COMPASS and/or MyMathTest at the Placement & Testing Center (Bldg 25, 6th Floor).  Pay for your test at the Cashier and bring your receipt and a photo ID.  No appointment is necessary and you do not have to take all subjects in one sitting.  Learn about all your options for placement at Highline.
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  7. Get Oriented
    • All new students who have not previously attended a college are required to participate in orientation.  For details visit Educational Planning.  Running Start and High School Completion students meet this requirement with High School Programs.
    • Interested in a campus tour?  Contact outreach@highline.edu.

  8. Decide on a Program of Study
    What career choices are good for you?  What are you interested in studying? EPAC Advisors are available on a drop-in basis or by e-advising to support you with educational planning and course selection.  Bring college transcripts if applicable. If you have previous college coursework that is related to your program of study, submit official transcripts to Registration for evaluation.

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