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How to Apply

KCC has an open admissions policy. After you submit an admissions form, proceed with the rest of these steps immediately. There is no application fee.

1. Submit an Admissions Form

Complete a KCC Admissions Form as early as possible (3 months before classes start is ideal).

After your form has been processed, you will receive an acknowledgement letter from the Office of Admissions and Registration in 2-3 weeks.

Health career applicants

Most health career programs have an additional, separate admission process called competitive entry enrollment.

2. Request transcripts

If you are pursuing a degree, request transcripts from the high school and colleges you attended.

If you are beginning the enrollment process before graduating from high school, use the transcript request form to get a current transcript now and a final transcript after graduation. Your current transcript will be used for advisement.

If you are not pursuing a degree, official high school and college transcripts are not required.

3. Apply for financial aid

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Apply for financial aid by

  • May 1 to enroll for fall
  • Sept. 1 to enroll for spring

The Financial Aid Office must have your KCC Admissions Form and FAFSA on file. For more information, phone 815-802-8550 or visit KCC's Financial Aid website.

Veterans must be seeking a degree to be eligible for most types of educational benefits. KCC's Financial Aid Office has resources to assist you with determining eligibility and obtaining proper documentation.

4. Take a placement test

A placement test determines your starting level for coursework in English, Math and other KCC courses. You will not be denied admission to KCC based on your placement scores; however, you may need to enroll in preparatory courses before taking higher-level courses.

If you took the ACT, you may be able to use your ACT scores for placement.

You do not need an appointment to take KCC's placement test (Accuplacer). Check testing site hours and locations first. There is no fee to take the Accuplacer test. You must bring your photo ID and Social Security number on the day of the test.​

5. See an advisor

Phone 815-802-8500 and schedule an appointment with an academic advisor after finishing the ACT Compass test or when ACT scores are on file at KCC. You may be able to test and meet with an advisor on the same day.

6. Complete orientation

All new KCC students earning a degree or certificate are required to complete orientation. This online course provides important information about KCC's services, policies and procedures; and information on academic expectations.