NCTC Registration Checklist

Thank you for your interest in NCTC.... A great place to start, a great place to start over.   You have made a great choice!


We have made the process of getting admitted and enrolled for class as easy as possible.

This checklist is your step by step guide for becoming a student at North Central Texas College.

  • Step 1
    Complete Admission Application


    Apply for Admissions through Apply Texas or print a NCTC Admissions Application in PDF format. Please submit your application as far in advance of registration as possible. See Registration Dates for this year. (An application may also be picked up from admissions at any NCTC campus.) Note: When applying through Apply Texas, choose North Central Texas College Gainesville Campus in the drop down box, you will apply to Gainesville but you may attend any of our locations with this application. When filling out a paper application you may bring the application to any of our locations.


    If you are a International Student, visit the International Student page for more information.


    If you wish to take classes through Lifelong Learning, visit the Lifelong Learning section. These classes are non-credit classes that often earn CEUs. Grants are available to qualified students.


    If you are a current High School student wishing to take classes for dual credit, please visit our Dual Credit section to learn more about the program. Classes are offered on campus as well as in many area high schools.

  • Step 2
    Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships


    Financial Aid offers students a way to pay for college classes. Students must be eligible for financial aid and must qualify by completing an online form called FAFSA. With the information provided, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be generated for your records. Once we receive your FAFSA information from the Department of Education, we will e-mail you a Financial Aid Award notice that includes need-based scholarships and grants for students who qualify, work-study jobs, and loans.


    Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. The Federal School Code for North Central Texas College is 003558,


    For more details on types of Financial Aid available, please visit the Financial Aid web page. For detail on scholarships, visit the Scholarship web page.

  • Step 3
    Submit Required Documents to Admission Office



    Submit with your application an official copy of High School Transcript; or Notarized Home School Academic Record; or Documentary proof of GED® Certification; or Official copies (in English) of complete academic records along with a general evaluation of those documents. If you attended another college or university, you will be required to submit official copies of all transcript(s).

    Proof of State Residency:

    Some applicants may be REQUIRED to provide documentary proof of residence. This would require completing the NCTC Residency Questionnaire and documentation from Set 1 or Set 2. To claim Texas residency for tuition purposes, you must reside in Texas for the previous 12 months prior to enrollment, and you must have moved to Texas for reasons other than education.

    Proof of In-district residency

    Note: Acceptable documentation required to prove in-district (Cooke County) residency or to substantiate Texas residency may include one of the following:


    1) Current Texas Drivers license ; AND
    2) Provide a utility bill in students name which has been mailed to the address at which the student is claiming residency.


    Because the tuition rate a student is charged is based on whether he/she lives inside/outside the college district, state, or U.S., all applicants for admission are REQUIRED to furnish documentary proof of what they claim to be their place of residence.

  • Step 4
    Meet the Requirements for the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine


    As of January 1, 2014, this vaccination requirement applies to anyone under the age of 22 as follows:


    •   All first-time freshmen
    •   All new transfer students
    •   All returning NCTC students with a break in enrollment of at least one Fall or Spring semester
    •   All new dual credit students enrolled in a course being taught on an NCTC campus


    Documentation will be required prior to registration, please review the additional meningitis information. For those students who do not wish to receive the vaccination due to personal or religious beliefs, there is an option to submit a conscience form. Students who prefer to not be vaccinated due to matters of conscience will need to fill out the conscience form through the state. For more information, please visit the State of Texas Department of State Health Services web page.


  • Step 5
    Attend College 101


    College 101 is required prior to registration for all college students new to NCTC & all previous dual credit students. As of June 2013, all students new to NCTC must complete College 101 - either the in-person or online version - PRIOR to placement testing. You may schedule your THEA/placement test before this requirement is completed, however you will not be able to test if College 101 is not completed BEFORE your test date.


    You have two options for completing College 101:


    In-person College 101

    These are offered on a weekly basis at each campus. No reservations required! Students can also meet with advisors immediately after completing Orientation in order to receive assistance with planning their class schedule. Weekly Walk-In College 101 sessions are offered at each campus. 


    Online College 101

    You can complete the Online College 101/New Student Orientation at home, at NCTC lab computers on any campus, or anywhere else you have access to the internet.  It takes at least one hour to complete the online version, and you must score 80% on the final quiz to meet your Orientation requirement and be eligible to register for classes.


    Access College 101 Online


    Please note that the College 101 and Canvas Orientation are separate, unrelated requirements.
  • Step 6
    Fulfill Testing Requirements for TSI (Texas Success Initiative)


    TSI is an acronym for Texas Success Initiative, and it involves assessing college readiness of all students (except those who are exempt) who enroll in public colleges in Texas.  This assessment is designed to measure the ability of students - as indicated by their skills in Reading, Writing, and Math - to do college-level course work, and will not affect your admission to NCTC.  Students who do not pass all sections will be required to enroll in Developmental / College Preparatory Courses for areas in which they have not passed.


    PRIOR to enrollment, you must submit official proof of your TSI status or qualifying exemption. Submit official TSI scores, an official college transcript bearing TSI scores, or other qualifying documentation (TAKS, ACT, SAT scores, etc).  Contact an NCTC Admissions Office to inquire about your TSI status, or contact the NCTC Counseling and Testing Office to review Test Dates and Locations.


  • Step 7
    Meet with an Advisor


    NCTC Advisors and Counselors are available to meet one-on-one with new and returning students to assist them with career exploration, choosing a major, course selection, and the transfer process, as well as presenting New Student Orientation sessions and College Success seminars.  Please contact or visit the NCTC Counseling and Testing Office closest to you to speak with an Advisor or Counselor and learn how to make your educational journey possible...and successful!


    During Registration, students are seen on a walk-in basis, so no appointments are necessary.  Just visit the campus closest to you during posted business hours, or contact an Advisor or Counselor by phone or email, if you are you not able to visit in person.  Students may register for classes on campus or online (if approved for web registration).  However, you are strongly encouraged to visit with an Advisor or Counselor prior to registering for courses to ensure you are the completing the requirements of your intended degree or certificate!

  • Step 8
    Register for Classes


    A. Go to

    B. Enter your NetID (ex. coopers123456) and Password (9-digit number)

    C. Click on “Registration Options” then select “Add/Drop”

    D. If you want to see which classes you still need to complete for your degree or certificate, select “Degree Audit” under the “Registration Options” before adding any classes

    If you do not have a Degree Audit saved, then contact the Counseling and Testing Office for an advisor to save your degree plan

    E. Select your Semester Term Code and Campus in the first box

    If you are required to enroll in College Preparatory classes (ex. MATH 0303 or ENGL 0305), then you will need to select this from the first box (ex. Spring 2013 Corinth Col Prep)

    F. Select the Department or Category of courses you are seeking in the second box

    If you are enrolling in an online/internet class for the FIRST time, then you will need to add Canvas Orientation to your schedule before adding the actual class

    G. Click “ADD” at the end of the course listing to put a class in your schedule

    H. If you need to drop a class, just view your schedule and click “DROP” at the end of the course listing.

    I. Payment is due at time of registration!

  • Step 9
    Pay for Classes


    Payment for classes is due at the time of registration. Verify your tuition status and complete payment for your classes. Your payment options include:


    Financial Aid – Tuition and fees are automatically deducted from your financial aid award, but you must accept your aid first!  You are responsible for any remaining tuition and fees.


    Veteran educational benefits


    Pay in full


    In person - Pay at the Business Office of any campus during regular business hours.  You can pay by cash, check, money order, cashier's check or credit card (VISA or MasterCard).


    Online - Pay on-line through e-Cashier. You may make a full payment by credit/debit card or checking account draft.


    By Mail - Mail a check or money order to: North Central Texas College, Business Office, 1525 W. California St., Gainesville, TX 76240.  (Include the Texas driver's license number of the person signing the check and the student's College ID number.)


    Over the phone - Credit card (MasterCard or Visa only) payments may be processed over the phone.


    Important Note: If you make any schedule changes, be sure to check your bill and make payment for any additional charges!

  • Step 10
    Get your Student ID Card


    You will need a Student ID card to receive refunds from NCTC, for student discounts, and to attend campus activities.


    To get your NCTC ID Card, you'll need your Driver's license and your Student ID number. If you are under 18, you will need your parent's signature.


    To get your new ID card and photo, visit the Business Office at your campus.


    For additional information about the optional Debit card feature of your NCTC Student ID Card, visit for a Student Information Packet, FAQs, ATM locations, and Terms and Conditions Disclosures.

  • Step 11
    Buy Your Books


    Visit the Bookstore website to access the different campus bookstore pages.  You can also visit the bookstore located on campus.


    All NCTC Bookstores are now under private management, operated by Follett Corporation, the nation's largest operator of college bookstores, with more than 800 locations. Follett is also the industry's premier wholesale book distributor—a leader in helping students manage the increasing cost of a college education. Whether it's a brand-new sweatshirt with a college logo or a used calculus textbook, Follett has always been the place to go. And as more and more shoppers go online, Follett is there as well — it is now one of the largest online retailers on the Internet. Follett's virtual bookstores provide easy online ordering of textbooks and other educational materials and merchandise and is the place to go purchase textbooks, supplies, software and a wide variety of other merchandise ranging from clothing, caps and backpacks to window decals, travel mugs and many more items featuring NCTC insignia.

  • Other Important Information & Resources


    A - Z Index

    Admission FAQ

    Campus Directory

    Childcare Reimbursement

    Disability Services

    Honors Studies

    Important Dates (Academic Calendar)

    Important Notices for ALL Students