New Student Checklist

  1. Fill Out the Application

    Applying to Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is easy! Our FREE online or paper application
    takes just minutes to complete. Visit


  2. Submit the FAFSA


    You’ll need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each school year to qualify for aid like grants, scholarships, federal work-study, and federal student loans. Since financial aid paperwork can take up to six weeks to complete, we advise you to begin this process early.

    The FAFSA opens on October 1 each year. If you have questions or need help filling it out, our financial aid staff is here to help. 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 new window as soon as possible and submit all paperwork required by the financial aid office. Visit for more information.


    We offer numerous scholarship opportunities. Be sure to submit your application(s) by the
    scholarship deadline each semester:

    • Fall Semester: March 1
    • Spring Semester: November 1


  3. Send Your Transcripts

    High School or HSET or GED Transcripts

    Send us your high school or GED/HiSET transcripts showing you have completed your high school diploma or GED/HiSET. We may use your high school or GED/HiSET transcript to qualify you for financial aid, for admission 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 o“cial college transcripts sent directly to the O“ce of Registration and Records. It’s a breeze—just fill out our “Request for Transcript Evaluation” form and we’ll evaluate your earned credits for use in your degree. Hand-carried transcripts will not be used to award college credit, so be sure to use the online form.

    Use of Unofficial Transcripts

    We encourage you to bring copies of your uno“cial transcripts with you to your first advising appointment. We may use them to help develop an academic plan for you.


  4. ALEKS Placement Requirement

    Your success is important to us. That’s why all EICC students are required to complete our placement process. This ensures you’re placed in the appropriate classes right from the start.

    For English and reading placement you have four options:

    • Submit your High School Transcripts OR
    • Submit your ACT Scores OR
    • Submit your SAT Scores OR
    • Submit your HiSET Scores

    For math placement there are three options:

    • Submit your ACT scores with a math score of 22 or higher OR
    • Submit your SAT scores OR

    If you’ve already completed a college level math or English course with a C grade or better, you may be exempt from submitting the corresponding information above. You’re encouraged to speak with a college admissions coordinator or advisor to discuss options.


  5. Schedule an Appointment to Meet with Your Advisor

    You’ll meet with an academic advisor to discuss academic plans, review placement scores, create a degree plan, and register for your term’s classes. Visit or call the campus nearest you to schedule an appointment.

    CCC: 563-244-7000
    MCC: 563-288-6000
    SCC: 563-441-4000


  6. Attend Orientation

    All new students are required to attend orientation. During orientation, you receive key information on college resources, take a tour of campus, and discover ways to get involved. Sessions are o‡ered at a variety of times. Visit and use the online form to register, or call the campus nearest you.

    CCC: 563-244-7004
    MCC: 563-288-6000
    SCC: 563-441-4000
    Toll Free: 1-888-336-3907


  7. Explore Student Living Options

    Muscatine Community College has student apartments available. Learn more at or  by contacting, 563-288-6000 or 563-549-0203. 


  8. Pay for Classes

    Tuition and fees are due are due prior to the start of each semester. To make those payments, you will need to have engaged in the financial aid process, be signed up for a payment plan, or pay for your classes by the tuition due date. No need to worry about missing a payment—we’ll always let you know when tuition is due. Visit our Business O“ce to discuss your payment plans. Learn more at


  9. Log Into EICConnect

    EICConnect, the college’s student portal, is your one-stop shop. This is where you’ll access your class schedule, syllabi, and EICC email account. Information on advising, activities, and financial aid can also be found here. Students taking online courses will exclusively use the portal to complete classes. Our advice? Browse the portal before the start of classes. You’ll have it mastered in no time!


  10. Purchase Textbooks and Class Materials

    Stop by a campus bookstore to buy your textbooks and other required materials prior to the start of classes! Students receiving financial aid may be able to charge their textbooks to their financial aid package. Contact the college bookstore for information about textbooks.

    CCC: 563-244-7111
    MCC: 563-288-6110
    SCC: 563-441-4111
    SCC Urban Campus: 563-336-5280