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  Sep 29, 2023
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Registration Steps



Pre-Enrollment Orientation


Your college may require a pre-enrollment advising session.



In order to complete the ApplyTexas application, you will need your Social Security Number and a valid email address.* Your admission status will be sent to this address. Applications are typically processed within 3-5 business days.

Your tuition will be determined by your residency status based on the answers you provide to the core “Residency” questions on the ApplyTexas application.

*Contact Admissions & Records for assistance if you do not have a SSN. An institutional number will be assigned in its place. If you do not have an email address you may set up a free account through various web-based email services.

For more detailed information, see Admissions .



First time college students: Submit official* high school transcript with graduation date posted or GED scores after you have graduated or completed your program. Official high school transcripts must include at least six (6) complete semesters and must be sealed or sent electronically by the school. By the end of the first semester of enrollment, a first time in college student must submit a final official transcript that includes the high school graduation date.

Transfer students: Submit official* transcripts from last institution attended. (To ensure all previous coursework is posted, submit all transcripts.) If courses are in progress at another institution, submit updated official transcripts once final grades are posted.

*Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the host institution or sent directly from the host institution to the appropriate college of the Alamo Colleges.

Financial Aid


You can apply for financial aid at any point during the academic year; however, we encourage you to apply by the Fall 2011 Process Guarantee date of June 1, 2011. Students submitting documentation after June 1 must be prepared to either pay their tuition in full or enter into the Alamo Colleges’ payment plan with the college’s Bursar’s Office. It is your responsibility to ensure that financial aid will be processed in time for the semester you will be attending.

All students applying for financial aid must complete and submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.* Additional scholarship resources are available. Scholarship recipients should check with the Financial Aid office to see if a scholarship has been awarded.

*Additional forms may be required in Texas. State financial aid deadlines may be earlier than federal deadlines. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

Financial Aid communicates only through your Alamo Colleges email. Make sure to check it regularly!

For more detailed information, see Financial Aid .

Veterans’ Information


If you are eligible to apply for Veterans benefits visit Veterans Affairs. VA students must declare a major upon enrollment.



First time college students: Take the THEA or an alternative placement exam. If available, SAT/ACT scores should be submitted for evaluation.

Transfer students: You may be required to take the THEA Exam if your official documents do not provide placement information.

For more detailed information, see Admissions .

Disability Information

Prior to placement test, contact the office for students with disabilities for accommodations.

For more detailed information, see Student Support Services (on the left navigation bar).

Academic Advising


Academic advising helps you to investigate degree programs, understand your course placement, and prepare for course registration.

First time college students: You must meet with an academic advisor for individual or group advising.
Transfer students: You must meet with an academic advisor if you are on Academic Probation or Dismissal/Suspension.

For more detailed information, see Student Support Services (on the left navigation bar).




The following steps will guide you through the online registration process.

  1. Log into the ACES Portal with your Alamo Colleges ID and Password. (If you do not have your Alamo Colleges ID and password follow the instructions located at “Logging into ACES.”)
  2. Select Student
  3. Select Web Services
  4. Select Student and Financial Aid
  5. Select Registration
  6. Select Registration Status
  7. Select appropriate Term from drop-down menu and Submit
  8. Select Class Search
  9. Select the Subject you are looking for. You can choose a college, location/attribute type, course number, time and/or day. Note: The location/attribute type option allows you to choose alternate locations (e.g., SAC course held at NLC).
  10. Enter information and select Class Search at the bottom. This returns a list of all courses meeting your criteria. Courses for which you are eligible to register will have a check box. Select the course by checking the box.
  11. Scroll to the bottom and select Register.
  12. You will be taken back to your schedule with the new class added. If there were any errors or holds (pre-requisite, co-requisite, other restrictions), the error/hold will display with your schedule, and the course will not be added.
  13. Repeat steps 7-12 to add additional classes.
  14. To drop classes from your schedule, click the drop-down menu beside the course you wish to drop and select **Web Dropped Prior to Term**.
    NOTE: If you are going to drop or add you must do so at the same time.
  15. At the bottom, select Submit Changes and the course will be removed from your schedule.

Students enrolling in the Alamo Colleges for the first time who have earned less than 15 college level semester credit hours must register for a Student Development course (SDEV). Select from one of the Alamo Colleges catalogs (on the left navigation bar). Student Development is a required course. If you change your schedule, you must contact the SDEV representatives at your college.

It is highly recommended that you register early and follow an educational goal plan:

  • Degree Plan
  • Certificate Program
  • Transfer Plan

For more detailed information, see Degree Information  and Registration .



Tuition bills will not be mailed. Your bill can be viewed in your online self-service account. Payment deadlines/drop dates can be found online. If payment is not made before the payment deadline, you will be dropped from all classes for that semester.

Pay by credit card or check online. Payments may also be made in person at the business offices.

An Installment Plan is available for all semesters with the exception of Flex sessions.

Students who have been awarded financial aid must accept their awards online.

For more detailed information, see Admission & Registration Dates and Payment Deadlines/Refund Dates .

Student IDs


Provide proof of payment to obtain your student ID. For more detailed information, see Student Identification .