Step 1: Apply online. You will receive your Welcome Letter within 7-10 days.
Step 2: Financial Aid - Students interested in Financial Aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please check the HCC calendar for application deadlines. If you are receiving a Bright Futures scholarship, you will need to visit the State of Florida’s Bright Futures website at http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/ to select HCC as the school you will attend. The school code for HCC is 292.
Step 3: Turn in Transcripts - All degree-seeking students must turn in official High School or GED transcripts, as well as transcripts from any regionally accredited college or university that was previously attended. You may hand deliver the official sealed transcript to the Student Services Building or mail them directly to: HCC-SouthShore Student Services 551 24th Street NE Ruskin, FL 33570. Students that are admitted without transcripts must ensure that transcripts are received by HCC within 30 days after the term has started. If transcripts are not received, you will not be able to register for the following term.
Step 4: Meet with an Advisor - All transfer students must meet with an Advisor. You will need to have an unofficial copy of your transcripts from all accredited colleges and/or universities that you have attended. The advisor will determine if any testing is needed. The advisor will also provide you with valuable information that will assist you with your transition to HCC.
Step 5: Register for Classes - The advisor will provide you with instruction on registering for classes. You may register online through HawkNet or with an Advisor.
Step 6: Pay for Classes - Check the HCC calendar for payment deadlines. After the payment deadline has passed, tuition must be paid on the day that you register for your course(es). HCC does offer Tuition Installment Plans (TIPS). The sooner you apply, the more payment options you have available. For more information, go to /ssem/tips.aspx. If you have received an award letter for Financial Aid, make sure that you have accepted your award. If you have not received an award letter for Financial Aid before the tuition deadline, you will need to contact a Financial Aid Counselor or Manager to see if you qualify for a tuition deferment. A tuition deferment will allow you to keep your classes during the awarding process. However, you will be required to pay out-of-pocket for your books. Please estimate about $100.00 per book. Recipients of Bright Futures, Florida Prepaid (Please bring the ID card issued by the Department of Education), and other Scholarships must go to the Bursar’s office to charge tuition to their account.
Step 7: Purchase Books - With a printout of your classes from Hawknet, you may order your books online at http://bookstore.hccfl.edu, by selecting your campus, and ‘textbooks’. You may also purchase books at the SouthShore campus during the first week of the term or at the Brandon Campus Bookstore after the first week of the term.
Step 8: Attend Class(es) - Your success is dependent on your attendance and participation, so please feel free to speak with an advisor or counselor about your course selections or anything else that may require assistance.
To help guarantee your continued success as a student, be prepared for classes by becoming familiar with campus before the term and having your course materials by the first day of class.