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Applying for admission is your first step as a new student. If you plan to register for classes leading to a degree or certificate, you must apply for admission.
- The process is online only. Computers are available in the Admissions Center.
- Follow instructions to apply for admission to Lower Columbia College.
- You will receive an acceptance letter and Student ID number by email once your application has been approved (typically 4 business days).
- If you are unable to apply online, please go to the Entry Center in the Admissions Center. Staff will assist you in completing the online process.
Continue your education at Lower Columbia College by transferring credits earned at another college or university.
Lower Columbia College believes every person should have the opportunity to achieve their educational goals regardless of financial circumstances. Please see Costs and Payment Options for information on how to pay for your college education, including:
- Financial Aid
- Types of Aid
- Tuition Payment Plan
Visit the Career Center to take an interest assessment, explore careers, and access career resources. The results will help you choose a program leading to a career that is right for you. At the Career Center, or from your own computer, print out a copy of the program planner(s) for the program(s) of study that interest you.
Students planning to earn a degree or certificate or transfer to a four-year institution need to have skill levels assessed before registering for classes. Placement assessments are given at the Admissions Center testing lab. Testing takes approximately 3 hours. Recommendations based on your results help you select the right classes.
Sign Up and Attend New Student Orientation
Contact the Testing Center at to make an appointment to attend New Student Orientation.
Advisors will be available and you can also register for classes during orientation. Do some advance planning: bring your program planner(s) and placement test scores, browse the online class schedule, and map out the time you have available for classes and studying.
Payment of tuition and fees is due the Friday after registering for classes.
Students who have applied for financial aid and completed all requested documents can register and make arrangements to delay tuition payment until their award is processed.
Students who have not made arrangements to pay by the deadline will be dropped from their classes.
Payment options include cash, check, debit card, Visa or MasterCard, purchase of a tuition deferment, or enrollment in the Tuition Payment Plan.
Pay in person at the Cashier Window. Payment options include cash, check, debit card, Visa or MasterCard or purchase of a tuition deferment.
Pay online with a credit or debit card. Payment options include debit card, Visa or MasterCard, or enrollment in the Tuition Payment Plan. A Student ID number and Global PIN are required.
Student ID cards are available in the Student Activities Office in the Student Center.
Options include purchase of textbooks in person or online.
Students who have submitted an application for a degree or certificate are invited to participate.