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  • What costs are associated with this program?

    • There is no application fee.
    • There is no fee for initial placement testing.
      • There is a re-test fee of $5 for the ACCUPLACER Math placement test.
    • Heartland courses taken through a high school/career center and taught by qualified high school/career center faculty are tuition-free for students.
    • Heartland courses taken at one of Heartland's campus locations (or online) and taught by Heartland faculty are subject to tuition & fees -- unless offered through HCC partnership with a high school/career center.
    • Students/parents are also responsible for:
      • purchasing any required textbooks & materials for Heartland courses
      • paying fees charged by your high school/career center, if applicable 

    What is expected of the students in this program?

    • You are expected to take responsibility for your own learning.

    • You should plan for an additional 2 to 3 hours of work time outside of class in order to do well.

    • You may be asked to read, write and talk about mature and controversial topics that are not covered in high school courses.

    • You will develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, along with an appreciation for diversity.

    • You are expected to actively work towards achieving the learning outcomes listed on the course syllabus through regular attendance, participation and the completion of assignments and assessments. 

    • You are expected to get any required textbooks and materials for your Heartland courses. Your high school will typically provide you with this type of information. 

    • You may be expected to use online learning management systems -- such as Blackboard or Canvas -- to review course content and submit assignments.

    • You should use your free myHeartland account -- provided after your Heartland student application has been processed -- to connect to the online learning resources, access your Heartland email inbox, see what courses you are enrolled in and make any necessary appointments to visit our campus.

    • You are expected to follow the standards and code of conduct provided in the Heartland Student Handbook.  

    What is the difference between dual credit and advanced placement (AP) courses?

    Both dual credit and advanced placement provide opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school. The difference is that dual credit courses are college courses, appear on your college transcript as college courses, and you receive college credit upon successful completion of the course. Advanced placement courses are high school courses for which you do not receive credit unless you achieve the required score on the test at the end of the course. Four-year colleges and universities routinely accept both dual credit and advanced placement course credit, but as with any transfer credit, check with your particular school to see how your credits will apply.

    Is this program only open to high school juniors and seniors?

    The program is open to all high school students who successfully complete the student admission process and meet placement requirements for the Heartland courses for which they intend to enroll. However, the following special notations apply:

    • Our high school and career center partners determine the appropriate grade level for students to take the Heartland courses offered at their location(s).
    • Students under the age of 16 who intend to take Heartland courses not offered through a high school/career center are considered early admission students and must complete additional steps. 

    What is the difference between dual credit and dual enrollment? 

    • Dual credit courses allow qualified high school students to earn both high school and college credit upon successful completion. Approval from your high school counselor is required in order for you to participate.

    • Dual enrollment courses allow qualified high school students to earn only college credit upon successful completion. Approval from your school counselor is not required for you to earn college credit for Heartland courses you enroll in on your own by working with a Heartland advisor. 

  • What are some advantages of participating in this program?

    You can:

    • earn both high school and college credit for each course
    • save time and money as you pursue a college degree 
    • develop a sense of independence, personal responsibility, and confidence
    • take college courses at your high school/career center during your regular school day in some cases
    • explore career paths and coursework that prepare you to enter the workforce or attend college or university

    Can I get a Heartland student ID card by participating in this program?

    • Yes! You can get a Heartland student ID card after you are enrolled in Heartland's system. 
    • You will need your HCC ID # found in your Heartland acceptance email and a photo ID.

    What are the benefits of having a Heartland student ID card?

  • Why do I have to submit the Heartland student application to participate in this program through my high school?

    • To earn college credit for the Heartland courses you take. 
    • To get a Heartland student ID card after you are enrolled in Heartland courses.
    • To have the grade you earn in your Heartland course(s) recorded on your college transcript.

    How do I submit the Heartland student application for this program?

    • Before you begin, you will need to know and enter your correct:
      • social security #
      • date of birth
      • HS grad year
      • start term
    • Start the process by following these steps:
      • Visit heartland.edu/application
      • Scroll down to choose I’m Ready to Apply Online.
      • Select the following responses as they appear:
        • Take one or more classes.
        • I would like to earn HCC credit while I am still in high school.
        • Then, select:
          • By choosing from HCC courses offered through my high school/career center.
          • By choosing from the HCC course catalog on my own and working with a Heartland Academic Advisor.

    What should I do if I submitted the Heartland student application but I received an acceptance letter that does not list College NOW as my Admit Type?

    What should I do if I submitted the Heartland student application but never received an acceptance email?

    • Please be advised that acceptance emails are sent within 3 to 5 business days of successful application submission to whatever email address you provided on the Heartland student application.

      • Sometimes those messages get flagged as spam/junk, so be sure to check that folder of your email address. 

      • If you used your high school email address, that email account may not be set up to receive external emails from sources other than your high school.

    • You should email collegenow@heartland.edu to:
      • check the status of your application 
      • provide a different email address
      • request that we resend the acceptance email
  • Why do I need to set up myHeartland?

    • To access your Heartland email account.
    • To make an appointment for any required placement tests. 
    • To access our learning management system (Canvas) if your course requires it.

    How do I set-up or access myHeartland?

    • You need your HCC Login and Student ID # provided in your acceptance email.
    • Visit www.Follow these instructions for accessing myHeartland

    What should I do if I am having trouble accessing myHeartland?

  • How do I know what placement tests are required for the courses I want to take through this program?

    • Heartland will waive some ACCUPLACER® test requirements if you achieve other eligible scores. You can review the current listing of other eligible scores here.
    • All Heartland general education courses require you to take the ACCUPLACER®literacy test unless you have other eligible scores. 
    • Placement testing is currently not required for career-technical education courses offered through our high school and career center partners.

    • If you intend to take a Heartland Math, Biology and/or Chemistry course, you must also take the ACCUPLACER® Math test in addition to the ACCUPLACER® literacy test unless you have other eligible scores.

    How do I make an appointment for placement testing?

    • Log in to my.heartland.edu using the student login information from your acceptance email.
      • Choose Appointments from the options in the top menu bar.
      • Then choose the Placement Testing option:
        • Select your desired testing location: Normal   |   Lincoln   |   Pontiac 
        • Follow the next prompts to finish making your appointment.
    • Placement testing appointment must be made online at least 48 hours in advance.

    How should I prepare for my placement testing appointment? 

    • The Heartland testing center has provided some very helpful tips here.
    • You will need to bring a photo ID to your testing session and should know your HCC ID #.
  • Once I complete the student admission process, how do I enroll in Heartland courses? 

    • If you intend to take Heartland courses through a high school/career center, you must work with your school counselor during your school's enrollment period.
      • Heartland will enroll students in those courses based on rosters submitted by each high school/career center.
    • If you intend to take Heartland courses not offered through a high school/career center, you must work with a Heartland advisor to enroll in appropriate courses.  

    I completed the admission and enrollment process when prompted by my high school or career center. Why don't I see my Heartland course(s) when I log into myHeartland?

    • Course registration into Heartland's system happens at different times for our high school and career center partners. Use the chart below as your guide and ask your school counselor for confirmation.
    Heartland Courses through High Schools Heartland Courses through Career Centers
    Fall Courses: During the summer prior to the school year - typically in June

    Fall Courses: During the school year - typically in September

    *Yearlong Courses: During the summer prior to the school year - typically in July

    *Yearlong Courses: During the school year - typically in October

    Spring Courses: During the school year -  typically in November Spring Courses: During the school year -  typically in November
    *Although you are scheduled to be in these courses during the whole year at your high school or career center, these courses will appear on your Heartland Spring schedule. You can only earn the college credit if you stay enrolled in these courses for the whole school year.

    Can I take Heartland courses through my high school/career center for high school credit only?

    • Yes, if your high school or career center allows it. You should talk to your school counselor about this option.
    • However, if the course you intend to take has college-level placement requirements, you still need to complete placement testing or submit other eligible test scores. Work through your counselor to understand how this works.
    • If you decide to take a Heartland course through your high school/career center for high school credit only, Heartland cannot award you the college credit after you have completed the course.  

    What should I do if I want to drop or withdraw from a Heartland course?

    • You have the right to drop or withdraw from a Heartland course. 
    • You must be mindful of Heartland's course drop and withdrawal deadlines for each semester. You can find those dates on the College NOW Important Dates calendar.
      • If you drop a Heartland course by the drop deadline, the course will not appear on your college transcript. 
      • If you withdraw from a Heartland course after the drop deadline and before the withdrawal deadline, a "W" will appear on your Heartland college transcript.
    • You could also let your instructor know if you are having difficulty in the course. He/she may be able to help you avoid dropping or withdrawing from the course.
    • You should talk to your school counselor about any drop/withdrawal guidelines for Heartland courses offered through your high school/career center.
      • If you decide to drop/withdraw from a Heartland course offered through your high school/career center, your counselor will inform Heartland of your decision.
    • You may also be withdrawn from a Heartland course by your instructor if you are not considered to be actively pursuing completion of the course at the time of midterm grade entry.

    If I take Heartland courses offered through my high school/career center, can I also take Heartland courses that are not offered through my high school/career center?

    Yes! You would just need to work with a Heartland advisor to take additional Heartland courses.
    • You will be awarded college credit you earn through taking Heartland courses on your own.
    • You must get permission from your high school to also earn high school credit for Heartland courses not offered through a high school/career center.
    • You must pay tuition and fees for Heartland courses you take on-campus/online on your own.
  • After I graduate from high school, what can I do with my Heartland credits?

    Transferability

    Your successful completion of Heartland courses through the College NOW program means you are already on the path to earning a certificate or degree from Heartland. It is easy for you to continue your college experience with us after you graduate from high school. Take some time to explore all that Heartland has to offer! 

    Heartland courses completed through the College NOW program could also transfer to other colleges according to the following statements:

    • General education courses that are within the Illinois Articulation Initiative are widely accepted across many colleges and universities in Illinois.

    • Career-technical education and elective courses may transfer to other colleges and universities in a variety of ways.

    Transcripts

    The grade you earn will be recorded on your Heartland Community College transcript. College transcripts are used to determine your eligibility for financial aid.

 Important Dates