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Becoming a College NOW Student

Heartland Application

You must successfully submit the Heartland student application if you intend to earn college credit for HCC courses you take through your high school or career center. 

  • You will need your social security number.
  • You should know which start term to choose.
  • You must enter your correct HS graduation year.
  • You can apply online - it is quick, easy and free!

Here is a guide for applying to Heartland (PDF).

*For issues with or questions about the student application or acceptance letter, contact: 

HCC Admissions Staff 309-268-8010

Placement Testing

Your next step is to make an appointment to complete any required placement tests by logging into myHeartland. *Completion of placement tests is not required for career center dual credit courses.*

  • You need to set up your myHeartland account using the student login information found in your welcome email/acceptance letter.
  • When available, you can review the course offerings for your high school to see what placement tests are required, if any.
  • Heartland will waive some placement testing requirements if you have eligible ACT/SAT scores. You should connect with your high school counselor if you think this applies to you.

Here is a guide for using myHeartland (PDF).

*Your high school or career center may have application or placement testing deadlines. Please contact your high school counselor for help during the student admission process.*