New Student Checklist

Steps to Enroll infographic, text below Textbooks Tuition EICConnect Housing Bridge Score Transcripts Financial Aid Apply


How to Become a Student Check List (download PDF version)

  1. Fill Out the Application

    You can apply online or complete the paper application. The college application only takes minutes to complete. There is no application fee.


  2. Complete Financial Aid Paperwork and Apply for Scholarships

    Federal Financial Aid Paperwork takes four to six weeks to complete. Begin this process early. The FAFSA is available for the next school year starting in January. Our financial aid staff can assist you in completing the FAFSA.

    The following dates are Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community College’s priority financial aid processing deadlines to meet the tuition due date and be able to charge books in the bookstore:

    Fall Semester July 15
    Spring Semester December 1
    Summer Semester May 1

    To meet these deadlines, file your FAFSA as soon as possible and submit all paperwork required by the financial aid office. Visit for more information.

    Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges offer numerous scholarship opportunities.

    • Scholarships deadline for Fall is March 1 for all three colleges. Clinton and Scott also award Spring term scholarships.
    • Deadline for the spring scholarships is November 1


  3. Send Your Transcripts

    High School or HSET or GED Transcripts

    Submit your high school, HSET or GED Transcripts showing you have completed your high school diploma or HSET or GED. We may use your high school, HSET or GED transcript to qualify you for financial aid, for admissions into specific academic programs or for course placement using your ACT scores.

    College Transcripts

    If you are planning on transferring in credits from another college or university, please have your official college transcripts sent directly to the Registrar's Office. Hand carried transcripts will not be used to award college credit. You will need to complete the Request for Transcript Evaluation Form to have your credits evaluated for use in your degree. (We encourage you to bring copies of your unofficial transcripts with you to your first advising appointment as we may use them as guidelines for Advising and placement.)

    Use of Unofficial Transcripts

    We encourage you to bring copies of your unofficial transcripts with you to your first advising appointment as we may use them as guidelines for Advising and placement.


  4. Assess for Success - Placement Requirement

    Making sure students get off on the right foot is extremely important to us. That’s why all Eastern Iowa Community Colleges students are required to complete our placement process. It makes sure you are placed in the appropriate classes right from the start.

    For English and Reading Placement you have four options:

    • Submit Your High School Transcripts
    • Submit Your ACT Scores
    • Submit Your SAT Scores
    • Submit Your HiSET Scores

    For Math Placement there are three options:

    • Submit Your ACT Scores with a Math Score of 22 or Higher
    • Submit Your SAT Scores with a Math Score of 500 or Higher
    • Complete the ALEKS* Math Placement through the college

    * You can find more information about ALEKS here, or feel free to call us at the numbers below and we'll be happy to explain the process.


  5. Attend New Student “Bridge” Experience - Connecting New Students to College Success

    All new students are required to attend “Bridge”. Students will be provided an orientation to the colleges, meet with an advisor, start an academic degree plan and register for first term classes.

    Sessions are offered at a variety of times. Visit or call the campus nearest you to register for your “Bridge” experience.


    CCC 563-244-7004
    MCC 563-288-6001
    SCC     563-441-4000
    Toll Free 1-888-336-3907


  6. Student Living Options

    Muscatine Community College has student apartments available. You can learn more about student apartments at


    563-288-6007 or 563-549-0203


  7. Pay for your classes

    Tuition and fees are due a few weeks prior to the start of the term. You will be notified of the Tuition Due Date. You will need to have engaged in the financial aid process, be signed up for the payment plan or pay for your classes by the tuition due date. There are many options to pay for your classes. Visit with our business office to discuss payment arrangements.


  8. Log Into EICConnect

    The student portal, EICConnect, is an important resource for students. You can access your student schedule, bill, and financial aid information. In addition, your student email account is available through EICConnect. Information on advising, class syllabuses, activities and access to your online courses can also be found in the portal. You will learn about EICConnect during orientation, but is important that you log in and utilize this resource on a regular basis.


  9. Textbooks and Other Class Materials

    A few weeks prior to classes beginning, you can stop by our college bookstores to buy your textbooks and other required materials for your college courses. Students receiving financial aid may be able to charge their textbooks to their financial aid package. Contact the college bookstores for information about textbooks.

    CCC 563-244-7111
    MCC 563-288-6110
    SCC 563-441-4111
    KEC 563-336-5280