Steps for Enrolling
The Alamo Colleges have an open door admissions policy to ensure that every person has the opportunity to get a college education. Admission to the college is satisfied when the below requirements have been met.
HINT: Satisfying admissions at one Alamo College gives you access to register at all the Alamo Colleges
Submit a free online application at ApplyTexas
Submit Official Transcripts
No prior college credit: High School transcript or GED transcript
Prior college credit: Transcripts from previous colleges and/or universities attended
Have your previous institution(s) send official transcripts and test scores to the following:
| Northeast Lakeview College
1201 Kitty Hawk Rd.
Universal City, TX 78148
Northwest Vista College
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Palo Alto College
1400 W. Villaret
San Antonio, TX 78224
|St. Philip’s College
1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78203
San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78212
HINT: You can supply transcripts in person as long as they have remained sealed from the registrar and are not more than 1 year old. State Testing and Placement Requirements
Satisfy state testing and placement examination requirements with one of the following:
- Take the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) Exam and submit results to the college
- Take a placement exam at the college (Alamo Colleges Testing Centers) (link to .pdf)
- See the Assessment Office if you have any of the following:
- Prior coursework from regionally accredited institutions
- SAT or ACT scores within 3 years of enrollment at the Alamo Colleges
- CLEP test results
- Other placement exams from previous institutions
ADVISORY: You must have an application on file with the Alamo Colleges to be eligible to take the placement exam through our testing centers.
Because our military families and veterans are from all over the United States, you may have to submit documentation to receive in-state/in-district tuition rates (if eligible).
ADVISORY: If you are unsure of your residency, do not pay out of district or out of state tuition rates before checking with the Admissions/Residency Office for guidance.
HINT: Most military and family members qualify for in-district/in-state rates.
First time students at the Alamo Colleges will automatically be placed on a registration hold and must first meet with an Advisor before registering. Please contact the Alamo College you will attend for more information.
Financial Aid (optional)
Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial assistance.
HINT: Many benefits may be used in conjunction with the Pell Grant and student loans.
ADVISORY: Completing the FAFSA is Free. Many companies will charge a fee to assist you with filling out forms that may be completed easily and at no cost
Students wishing to use Veterans benefits should seek guidance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the Veterans Affairs Office at the college where the degree or certificate program is sought (see bar to the left for contacts). Alamo Colleges Veterans Affairs staff will assist students by providing certification of courses and transmitting such information to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Eligible veterans and dependents must declare a goal (i.e. follow an approved degree program) in order to be eligible to receive educational VA benefits. The VA will only pay for courses in the declared program and any exceptions require compliance with VA rules.
ACES = Alamo Colleges Educational Services (student information & email portal)
Admitted students will be given an online student account (ACES) where they may access their student record, transcripts, register for classes, view financial aid information, pay tuition balances, and access Alamo Colleges email accounts.