Steps to Getting Started at MHCC

Apply for Admission

Complete the general admission application at to get your MyMHCC username and password. Check your email for a welcome letter from within 1-2 business days of completing the application. Put your social security number on the application for even faster service.

Navigate Your Next Steps

Use your MyMHCC username and password to sign in to Navigate, which will guide you through your next steps including:

  • Applying for financial aid and VA benefits.
  • Determining course placement or transferring credits to MHCC from another college.
    • First-time college students who have graduated from high school or completed a GED in the last five years may be eligible to waive all or part of the college placement test. Visit Testing Services with your transcripts or test scores to learn more.
  • Setting up your account to receive important text message and email alerts from MHCC.
  • Where to go for first-term advising.
  • And much more!

Get Oriented

Before you can register for your first term at MHCC, you must complete the online orientation. This interactive orientation takes most students 20-30 minutes to complete.

After completing the online orientation and other steps such as placement testing, visit the Student Services HUB for assistance with first-term advising, online registration, and completing financial aid steps. For more info, see

Transfer students need to complete the steps on before visiting the Orientation Center for registration help.

Admission information for:

  • Transfer Students  - MHCC accepts credits from regionally-accredited colleges and universities. Have your OFFICIAL transcripts sent electronically to or by mail to:

MHCC Admissions Office
26000 SE Stark St.
Gresham, OR 97030

Follow the remaining steps at There is an additional process for international transcripts.

  • Military TranscriptsMHCC accepts and reviews the Joint Services Transcript and/or DD214 and applies credits using the American Council on Education's guidelines. Credit may be granted for military courses based upon The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services and if the courses apply to the student’s MHCC major.
  • Underage Students - Persons under 18 years of age, who have not graduated from high school, have not been released from compulsory attendance, or have not obtained a GED (General Educational Development) diploma, must follow special admission procedures to enroll.
  • International Students - MHCC welcomes your application as an international student. We will do all we can to make your stay here a valuable international experience.

I’m Registered for Classes - Now What?

Paying for College

If you are using financial aid (FAFSA):

  • Keep checking MyMHCC under the Financial Aid link for any missing documents.
  • If you complete everything, including accepting your award and completing the financial aid orientation form, your tuition bill will be paid automatically the second week each term.
  • For best results, file a new FAFSA before February 1 each year for the next school year.

If you are not using financial aid, or your aid is not enough to cover all tuition and fees, or you have not completed all financial aid steps:

  • Set up a payment plan or pay your bill on MyMHCC with a debit or credit card before the deadline each term.
  • Note: you must have a social security number or tax ID number on file in order to set up a payment plan.
  • If using cash or check to pay, take payment to the customer service desk inside Student Services.

Preparing for Your First Day

  • Print your schedule from MyMHCC close to the start of the term to make sure you know where all your classes are located - sometimes classrooms change between the time you registered and when classes start. Also note start/end dates as well as drop with refund dates. Schedule a tour, if needed. Attend a new student orientation activity (check with the HUB for options.)
  • If you are waitlisted for a class, double check before class starts to see if you’ve been added. If you are still waitlisted when classes start, make sure you attend the waitlisted class the first day with the Add/Drop form and get instructor signature to be added. If your class is online, correspond with the instructor early during the first week of the term about being added to the course.
  • Make sure you can access your MHCC student email account.
  • Purchase your textbooks as early as possible. Find which textbooks are assigned to your classes through the bookstore website. Keep your receipt in case you need to return anything or make any exchanges. Financial aid can help you purchase books if everything is complete, starting each Friday before the term begins, through the second Monday of each term.
  • Put all your class days and times into your planner or cellphone calendar. Make sure to reserve two hours of homework time per week for every credit you are taking. For example, 12 credits = 24 hours of homework (reading, studying, research, writing) outside of class.
  • Get your Student Activity (ID) Card in the Library or the Student Union. ID cards are available 24 hours after registering for classes, starting one week before the term begins or anytime throughout the term.

Getting to Campus

  • If driving to campus, arrive early! Parking lots tend to get full shortly after 8 a.m. If you cannot find a place to park, the best place to go is to the Gym parking lot, near the intersection of Kane and 17th.
  • Questions after you arrive? Stop at one of the “Ask Me” tables during the first two days each term or swing by the Student Union at any time.

Throughout the Term

  • Head over to the Learning Success Center to do your homework and get help from tutors.
  • Attend FREE Success Series Events throughout the term on a variety of helpful topics.
  • Make an appointment with your adviser soon after the term starts to make an academic plan and pick classes so that you’re ready to register for the next term!