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All College NOW Students

Information in this section is applicable to all high school students taking HCC courses.

  • Application vs. Registration

    • Application: Completion of the Heartland student application does not equal registration. Successful submission of the application is simply a part of the admission process that creates a Heartland student profile necessary for registration. 

    • Registration: Completion of the student admission process leads to registration -- also referred to as course enrollment. Students must be enrolled in Heartland's student management system in order to earn college credit upon successful completion of each course. Need to get registered for Heartland courses? 

    Dual Credit vs. 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. 

    Dual Credit vs. Advanced Placement (AP)

    Both dual credit and advanced placement provide opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school. The difference is:

    • 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 college 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.

    • 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 if you are taking Heartland courses at that location
    • You may be expected to use online learning management systems -- such as Canvas -- to review course content and submit assignments.
    • You should use your free myHeartland student 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. 
  • Trying to Accessing Your Account?

    • You can access your myHeartland student account here by following the instructions included in your welcome letter after your application was processed.
      • Your welcome letter was sent to the email address you entered on your application. You may need to check your junk/spam folder for an email from collegenow@heartland.edu.
    • If you have your HCC login information, but have never set up your myHeartland account OR need to change your password, choose the Manage My Password option. 
      • If you are taking HCC courses through your high school, your counselor can also provide your HCC login information.

    After Accessing Your Account

    • To view your course enrollment and billing information (if applicable), choose Student Center
    • To access your classes through Canvas (if applicable), choose My Classes. You may also access your course information via canvas.heartland.edu when available.
    • You will find out more about your course(s) after your instructor makes that information available, though your course(s) may not appear in Canvas until shortly before the class starts.
    If you experience difficulty setting up or accessing your HCC student account, please contact HCC IT for assistance: helpdesk@heartland.edu | 309-268-8380, and let them know you are a College NOW student. 
  • Continue At HCC

    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!

    Transferability

    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.

College NOW Campus Students

Review the information provided in this section if you are choosing the HCC courses you are eligible to take from the HCC schedule each term.

  • Program Benefits

    • You can potentially earn both high school and college credit (dual credit) simultaneously.
    • You can save time and money towards the completion of a college certificate or degree. 
    • You can develop a sense of independence, personal responsibility, and confidence
    • You can explore career paths and coursework that prepare you to enter the workforce or attend another college or university after earning HCC credit.

    Costs/Fees

    • There is no application fee.
    • There is no fee for initial placement testing.
      • There is a re-test fee of $5 for the Math placement test.
    • Students/parents are responsible for paying HCC's tuition & fees and purchasing any required textbooks & materials.

    Age Limit

    The majority of the Heartland courses offered through this program are primarily recommended for students who are over the age of 16 and/or are juniors or seniors in high school. Students under the age of 16 who want to take courses at any Heartland location/online must complete additional admission steps found here.

    Credit Hour Limit

    • High school students are subject to an 8 credit hour limit when taking a full high school course load in addition to taking Heartland courses for college credit only.
    • Students under the age of 16 are limited to one Heartland course in their first semester of enrollment.
  • When selecting a course from our online course schedulepay special attention to the prerequisites for each course listed underneath the full course description.

    • Courses with a math prerequisite (including many science courses) will give an equivalent math placement in order to enroll in the course.
    • If you have PSAT/SAT/ACT scores, check to see if they meet the placement requirements to waive placement testing.
      • If you have eligible test scores, follow the Instructions for College Now here to submit your official score report. We cannot accept screenshots.
      • Please note that some math courses allow only ACT/SAT scores (not PSAT scores) to waive placement testing.
      • For some higher-level math courses, other test scores (PSAT/ACT/SAT) cannot be used to waive the required ALEKS placement tests (for example, MATH 161: Calculus I).
    • Most college-level math courses also include a geometry requirement, which can be met by: 
      • Having your high school counselor submit a high school transcript showing successful completion of geometry with a C or better OR
      • Submitting official score reports showing an ACT Math score of 22+ or SAT Math score of 530+ (see Instructions for College NOW here) OR
      • Taking the ALEKS math placement test at Heartland

    Additional Information

    • If you have already taken the Accuplacer® placement test, check this chart to find your equivalent math placement level.
    • If you have already taken the ALEKS math placement test, check this chart to find your math placement level. 
    • If you determine you need placement testing, schedule your testing appointment here.
    • If you have further questions regarding placement requirements, please contact the Testing Center at testing@heartland.edu or call 309-268-8077.
  • As a high school student, you cannot register yourself for Heartland courses. 

    • A Heartland academic advisor will complete your enrollment into Heartland courses you are eligible to take when you submit the Enrollment form available online on our College Now Campus Students page.
    • You will be awarded the 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 you take on-campus/online. 
  • You have the right to drop or withdraw from a Heartland course according to the deadline provided on the Heartland academic calendar: heartland.edu/calendar

    Dropping A Course

    • If you decide to drop an HCC course by the drop deadline, the course will not appear on your college transcript and you will receive a refund if you paid Heartland tuition/fees for the course.
      • If the course takes place on campus/online and is taught by an HCC instructor, you can drop it through the Student Center via your myHeartland student account. Or, you can email the details of your request to collegenow@heartland.edu.  
        • You may also be dropped from an online HCC course if you do not access course materials through Canvas by the drop deadline.

    Withdrawing From A Course

    • If you decide to withdraw from an HCC course after the drop deadline and before the withdrawal deadline, a "W" will appear on your Heartland college transcript and no refund will be issued if you paid HCC tuition & fees.
      • If the course takes place on campus/online and is taught by an HCC instructor, you can withdraw from it through the Student Center via your myHeartland student account. Or, you can email the details of your request to collegenow@heartland.edu.
        • You may also be withdrawn from a Heartland course by your instructor if you are not considered to be actively pursuing successful completion of the course at the time of midterm grade entry.
  • When you identify a specific college/career pathway you would like to start while still in high school, you can become a College NOW Plus student!

    Benefits of this include, but are not limited to:

    • early access and exploration for a degree pathway
    • access to resources available to Heartland students
    • decreased time-to-degree completion and college costs

    Get started by submitting the online interest form here!

     

College NOW Partner Students

Review the information provided in this section if you are taking HCC courses through our partnership with your high school or career center.

  • Program Benefits

    • You can potentially earn both high school and college credit (dual credit) simultaneously.
    • You can save time and money towards the completion of a college certificate or degree. 
    • You can develop a sense of independence, personal responsibility, and confidence
    • You can take college courses at your high school/career center during your regular school day in some cases.
    • You can explore career paths and coursework that prepare you to enter the workforce or attend another college or university after earning HCC credit.

    Costs/Fees

    • 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.
    • Students/parents are also responsible for:
      • purchasing any required textbooks & materials for Heartland courses
      • paying any applicable fees charged by your high school/career center 

    Age Limit

    The majority of the Heartland courses offered through this program are primarily recommended for students who are over the age of 16 and/or are juniors or seniors in high school.

    The following special notations apply:

    • We work with high school/career center administrators to determine appropriate high school grade-level for students taking Heartland courses through a high school/career center.

    Credit Hour Limit

    • High school students are subject to an 8 credit hour limit when taking a full high school course load in addition to taking Heartland courses for college credit only.

     

    • If you are taking HCC courses through your high school, you can see placement testing requirements on your school's dual credit course page.
    • If you are taking Heartland courses through your career center, placement testing is not required; you only need to submit the HCC student application using the instructions here to earn dual credit. 
  • Through a High School

    • You cannot register yourself for Heartland courses. Instead, you must request enrollment during the registration process at your high school. We enroll students in Heartland courses offered through high schools using the dual credit course rosters submitted by each school.
    • Course registration into Heartland's system happens at different times for Heartland courses offered through high schools. Use the chart below as your guide and ask your counselor to confirm that your name was included on the dual credit course rosters submitted by your high school.
    Tentative Heartland Enrollment Periods

    Fall Courses: During the summer prior to the school year - typically in June

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

    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, these courses will appear on your Heartland Spring schedule. You can only earn college credit if you stay enrolled in these courses for the whole school year.

    High School Credit Only

    You can take a Heartland course through your high school for high school credit only if the high school allows it. You should talk to your school counselor about this option.

    • You must still meet any placement requirements to take Heartland courses through your high school even if you do not want the college credit. 
    • If you decide to take a Heartland course through your high school for high school credit only, Heartland cannot award you the college credit after you have completed the course.  

    Reference: High School Options


    Through a Career Center

    • You cannot register yourself for Heartland courses. Instead, you must request enrollment during the registration process at your high school. We enroll students in Heartland courses offered through career centers using the dual credit course rosters submitted by each center.  
    • Course registration into Heartland's system happens at different times for Heartland courses offered through career centers. Use the chart below as your guide and ask your career center instructor to confirm that your name was included on the dual credit course rosters submitted by your career center.
    Tentative Heartland Enrollment Periods

    Fall Courses: During the school year - typically in September

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

    Spring Courses: During the school year -  typically in November

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

    High School Credit Only

    You can take Heartland courses through your career center for high school credit only. If you decide to take a Heartland course through your career center for high school credit only, Heartland cannot award you the college credit after you have completed the course.  

    Reference: Career Center Options

  • You have the right to drop or withdraw from a Heartland course. However, you should first let your instructor know if you are having difficulty in a course and you must be mindful of the HCC drop/withdrawal deadlines. (See Important Dates calendar)

    Dropping a Course

    • If you decide to drop an HCC course by the drop deadline, the course will not appear on your college transcript. You should request a schedule change through your guidance counselor, who will then notify HCC. 

    Withdrawing From a Course

    • If you decide to withdraw from an HCC course after the drop deadline and before the withdrawal deadline, a "W" will appear on your Heartland college transcript. You should request a schedule change through your guidance counselor, who will then notify HCC.
  • Important College NOW Dates

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