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Earn a Degree or Certificate Quick Start Guide

Looking to earn a degree or certificate?

If you are at least 18 years of age (or are under 18 and have completed high school or earned a GED or equivalent),* then begin with these steps:

Get started today:

  • Step 1: Decide on a program of study. Are you unsure where to start? Visit our Advising Center for assistance. You can choose from more than 100 degrees and certificates within our eight Degree Pathways.
  • Step 2: Plan your payment method. Explore all of your funding options, including financial aid, scholarships, WorkFirst Services, Workforce Education Services, Veterans Services, and the Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan. We recommend that you apply for financial aid, even if you think you are not eligible. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online using Highline’s federal college code #003781. Check the Financial Aid Portal as well as your Highline student email account regularly for the status of your aid and awards.
  • Step 3: Apply to Highline. Apply online before coming to campus. It allows us time to create your account and ensures your start will be as quick and smooth as possible. Allow five business days to process your application. If you would prefer to apply in person, come to Admissions in Building 6. After we process your application, you will get a student identification number (SID).
  • Step 4: Activate your ctcLink account. Your ctcLink account is used to register for classes, pay for classes, manage financial aid, access student records, etc. Once you have received your ctcLink ID number in your admission letter, you can activate your ctcLink account.
  • Step 5: Activate your myHighline account. Your myHighline account provides access to key online resources and tools, such as Canvas and Google, that are available to you as a Highline student. The ITS Department will send you an email with instructions on how to activate your myHighline account and set up your student email.
  • Step 6: Assess your starting point. Certain courses and programs need placement. Placement can be determined using high school transcripts, GED scores, placement tests you have already taken or by Highline’s assessment tests. Need to test? We have brush-up workshops to support you. When you are ready for placement, take your photo ID and go to Highline’s Placement and Testing Center (Building 1).
  • Step 7: Get oriented. If this is your first time attending a college, you are required to participate in new student orientation during which you will learn how to register for classes. Interested in a campus tour? Outreach Services will show you around.

*If you would like to earn a high school diploma or the equivalent, see the Finish High School Quick Start Guide.

Earn You Degree or Certificate at Highline College

Admissions Contact Information

Admissions Office message line (206) 592-3181

Email: admissions@highline.edu