How to Enroll
- The deadline to apply to NHCC is August 14.
- Fall semester starts August 21.
- Apply for free with promo code: FALL2023.
- Submit official high school transcripts or GED certificate, and (if you have them) official college transcripts from institutions outside the Minnesota State System.
Complete a Course Placement Evaluation form to find out if you need to take the Accuplacer assessment.
The Accuplacer is a placement test that helps determine what classes you can take.
After completing Online Orientation, you'll receive an email inviting you to attend a registration session where you'll register for classes. During the registration session, advisors will provide academic program information and assist you with registering for classes.
New Student FAQs
If you completed your application and haven't received your acceptance email, there may be a hold on your application. This is often due to not paying your application fee. If you didn't use the promo code (FALL2023) to apply for free, contact Admissions and they may waive your application fee.
- You can pay for tuition (classes) and books using financial aid, cash, check, credit card, payment plan, or veterans benefits.
- Most NHCC students pay tuition with grants, loans, and scholarships.
- To be eligible for grants or loans, you'll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or apply for the Dream Act.
- The scholarship application is currently closed.
- If you don't plan to complete the FAFSA, you can review tuition payment options.
- You don't need to complete the FAFSA if you don't need grants, loans or work-study funds to pay your tuition.
- If you don't plan to take loans, you should still complete the FAFSA because you may be eligible for grants.
- Grants are free money you don't have to repay.
- Loans do need to be repaid with interest.
- Work study positions pay you to work on campus.
- By completing the FAFSA, you'll find out if you're eligible for grants, loans, and work study.
Once logged in, you will select Financial Aid. There will either be a link to an Aid Application Status Letter, which will explain the additional items needed, or a link to view the Financial Aid Award Notification, which will show the financial aid awards offered.
Financial aid funds are applied to students’ tuition/fee balances starting the third week of the term*. Any financial aid funds received that exceed a student’s cost at the college will be refunded to the student afterwards through the refund preference the student set up with BankMobile.
*Financial aid funds cannot be released if the student has a financial aid suspension hold.
If you have a FAFSA application on file, you can start classes and your financial aid will be applied to your tuition when you receive your financial aid award. You will be responsible for paying your tuition.
After you complete the Course Placement Evaluation form and find out if you need to take the Accuplacer, and after you complete Online Orientation, you'll receive an email inviting you to a registration session. During the session, you'll work with an advisor to register for your courses.
- If you are transferring from a school outside the Minnesota State System, you will need to submit an official college transcript. Official transcripts can be mailed to our Records and Registration Department.
- If you are transferring from a Minnesota State institution, your e-transcript will automatically be received when you apply.
- Transcripts are evaluated for credit and prerequisite completion within two weeks (of the evaluation being sent via email).
- Still have questions? Contact Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-424-0724.
It's very common to be unsure of what you want your major to be and what career field you'd like to pursue. Figuring that out is part of going to college!
Here's what you can do:
- Meet with an academic advisor. You'll speak with an advisor during your registration session and they'll help you to be strategic about the classes you register for.
- Meet with your advisor again during fall semester, before you register for spring semester classes. They'll help you think about your goals and how to align your classes and major with your goals.
- Most students start with Liberal Arts as their major, and then decide from there. Liberal Arts is the most transferable and customizable major, and if you find something you're more interested in, you can change your major.
- During fall semester, meet with Career Services to explore careers and resources to help you determine your career interests and the best major to reach your goals.
- Ask questions of people working in a field you might be interested in, and research careers on your own. Here's a good resource.