- Step 1
- Step 2
- Step 3
- Step 4
- Step 5
- Step 6
- Step 7
Step 1 - Apply
You may apply if you are over age 18, or have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
If you are under 22, Proof of Meningitis Vaccine is required.
Or if you are taking 100% of your classes online, you may fill out the Meningitis Vaccine Waiver form.
You will receive a student identification number that you will use throughout the process and your program of study.
Step 2 - Financial Aid
To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen to apply for federal aid. Apply early as it can take up to eight (8) weeks from the date that verification documents are received in the Financial Aid Office for your financial aid to be determined or awarded. Otherwise proceed to Step 3: Assessment.
Note: If your Financial Aid has not been awarded by your payment deadline, you are responsible for paying your tuition by the due date. Students will be dropped from their classes regardless of their Financial Aid status if their tuition is not paid.
Step 3 - Assessment Testing
TSI is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. Part of the program is an assessment to determine your basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing. Based on your educational goals, an advisor will use the results of this test to help place you in the appropriate developmental, student success course, and/or college level courses.
All students are required by law to take an assessment test approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Certain scores on SAT, ACT, THEA, or TAKS may be used for exemptions. Check with your advisor to determine if you are exempt or waived from TSI requirements.
Step 4 - Advising
Academic Advisors at Dallas Colleges Online work with students to help them achieve their educational goals and encourage students to actively participate in the Academic Advising process. To prepare for your advising appointment, students should utilize eConnect to:
This will allow you to track your academic progress, know what courses are required to complete your degree or certificate and build your schedule for the upcoming semester. It is best to review this information before meeting with an advisor to ensure that they are prepared for registration.
Step 5 - Register
You should be ready to build you schedule and register online at eConnect. eConnect will provide you with all the information you need to register.
What you should check for:
- Advising report for restrictions and online registration eligibility
- Program of Study for courses remaining to complete your degree
- Plan your schedule utilizing your list of possible classes
- Work schedule
- Financial aid
Register for your courses through eConnect as soon as possible to reserve a spot. Classes fill up fast!
Step 6 - Payment
Payment due dates are listed on the fee receipt. Students who register within the two weeks prior to the start of class will have a tuition due date of the next day. Students will be dropped from enrollment in classes if payment is not received by the due date.A Tuition Installment Pay Plan (TIPP) is available allowing students to conveniently pay tuition for credit class in installments during the fall and spring semesters. Students can pay for classes and sign up for Tuition Installment Pay Plans online using eConnect.