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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 »



PreCollege Studies, Continuing Education and International Students enter Highline using a different process than the one outlined in this section; please click above.  Interested in a high-school related program such as Running Start, High School Completion, Career Start, or Gateway to College?  You follow the steps below and you will also need to connect with and complete steps to be admitted into those programs

  1. Decide on a Program of Study
    What career choices are good for you?  What are you interested in studying?  Truly unsure? Our Counseling Center is here to help you! 
  2. Plan Ahead for Expenses
    Apply for financial aid with college code #003781.  You'll find a wealth of information at Financial Aid, including deadlines and the Highline Data Sheet. Be sure to check the Financial Aid Portal regularly for financial aid status and awards.  In addition to Financial Aid, explore other funding sources including: Workforce Education Services, WorkFirst, Veterans Benefits and Scholarships.  Eligible for resident tuition under HB1079?  Check out http://www.readysetgrad.org/hope.
  3. Apply to Highline
    So that your on-campus experience is as smooth as possible, we encourage you to apply before coming to campus.  Use the online application and you're on your way.  Click on the image to the right for a narrated step-by-step for completing the online application!  If you've applied before and only need to update your information go to Returning to Highline.  Processing involves someone reviewing, coding and creating your record.  During peak periods, please allow up to 5 business days for application processing.   Other than those listed above, all students including transfer students, apply using this process. 
  4. Pay the Application Fee
    AFTER we process your application you will be issued an SID.  At that time, you can pay online, in-person, or by mail to Cashiering The application fee of $17 is nonrefundable and may change by the time you pay; allow 2 business days for your student record to reflect your payment.  Those with financial need can seek assistance with the fee from the Women's Programs-Workfirst Department.  Planning to take placement tests?  Qualify for a discounted rate by paying your application fee first. 
  5. Activate myHighline
    Your myHighline account is your key to Highline.  You will use it to participate in classes, take MyMathTest, receive school communication, pay for parking and more!
  6. Assess your Starting Point
    Course placement is not needed by all students and there are many ways to place (not just tests).  Placement is needed if you are taking a class with a placement prerequisite.  These include:  Math, Science, English, Reading, BTECH, Psych and Communication courses.  Placement can be determined using High School transcripts, placement tests you've already taken or by testing.  We have brush-up workshops to support you!  When you are ready to test, go to Placement & Testing Center (Bldg 25, 6th Floor) with 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. All Running Start applicants need to test.
  7. Get Oriented
    If this is your first time attending a college, you are required to participate in orientation.  Visit Academic Advising.  Running Start and High School Completion students meet this requirement with High School Programs.  Interested in a campus tour?  Email the Outreach department. 

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