Becoming a CLC Student

STEP 1 - Complete a Student Admission Form

You may complete the form online at CLC will process the form within one business day, however, it may take up to 10 business days before you receive your official acceptance letter in the mail. Visit or call (847) 543-2090 for information about requirements for students under age 18 and for admission to academic programs with additional requirements. Additional information regarding admissions policies can be found on our Admissions and Academic Information page. Printed Admission Forms are available at all three CLC campuses. If you have any questions about the application process, contact Student Recruitment and Onboarding at or call (847) 543-2090.

Admission Information for Non-U.S. Citizens

If you are not a U.S. citizen and have questions about attending the college, contact Registration Services at (847) 543-2061.

STEP 2 - Learn your CLC myLogin and set up your account

When your application has been processed, you will be given a CLC myLogin username and temporary password as part of the admission process. If you provided an email address on your application, your username and password will be emailed to you. All new students will also receive an official admission letter with their login information via U.S. Mail. Your username and password will give you access to the myCLC Portal, including myStudentCenter, your source for registration information, class search, adding and dropping classes, making payments, viewing your class schedule, grades, transcript and many other features. Once you have your username and temporary password, you can set up your account at

STEP 3 - Demonstrate that you meet proficiencies and prerequisites

You may be able to demonstrate proficiencies by receiving credit for prior learning. Additionally, some courses, such as college-level mathematics, may have other prerequisites. Prerequisites for courses are included with the course listings in class schedules and this catalog.

Have your documentation for proficiencies and prerequisites sent to : Registration Services, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL 60030. Or use fax (847-543-3061) or email (

For questions about proficiencies or prerequisites, call (847) 543-2061.

For information about taking the CLC placement test, call the Testing Center at (847) 543-2076.


CLC has established language and mathematics (basic algebra readiness) proficiency requirements. These proficiencies are basic requirements for college-level courses. There are a number of ways for students to demonstrate they are proficient. Please see our Proficiencies page for more information.


There are several types of prerequisites that may apply to courses, and these must be met prior to enrolling. Students who attempt to enroll without having met a prerequisite will see an error message “Requisites not met,” and should check the course description for more information.

Placement Test Prerequisites are used to determine a student’s appropriate beginning course level for mathematics, computer information technology, administrative office systems, English as a Second Language and adult basic education. Tests are available free of charge at the Testing Center.

Call (847) 543-2076 for details.

Course Prerequisites are required when the student should have specific knowledge or skills in order to benefit from the course.

Course Co-requisites are required when the student should be enrolled in multiple courses at the same time (unless the corequisite was completed in a prior term).

Official Transcripts

An official transcript is one that is sent directly from a prior institution to Student Records. If your name has changed, please request that your new name is on the transcript.

 Official transcripts will only be reviewed for transfer credit if a Request for Evaluation of Prior College Transcript form is submitted to Student Records. Forms are available at

STEP 4 - Apply for financial aid and scholarships

If you are concerned about paying for college, apply for financial aid. CLC offers a complete package of financial aid options (state and federal grants, scholarships, loans and work-study). We encourage students to apply, even if they think they may not be eligible.

Many factors go into determining financial aid eligibility, so don’t assume you won’t qualify. For more information about applying for financial aid, contact the Welcome and One Stop Center in Room B114 at the Grayslake Campus, call (847) 543-2062 or visit

CLC’s federal financial code is 007694.

STEP 5 - Register for Classes

All students new to CLC will first meet with a College and Career Navigator (CCN) to confirm educational and career goals, program of study, and to receive first semester advising. After your application is processed, you will receive an email from your CCN, guiding you on next steps. To find your CCN’s contact info, log into myStudentCenter and click the Academic Progress tile to see the CLC Contacts assigned to you.

After meeting with your CCN, you will register using the student portal (“myCLC” at If you need personal assistance, come to the Welcome and One Stop Center, Room B114, Grayslake Campus, the Student Services office at the Lakeshore Campus or the Campus and Student Support Center,RoomV130,at the Southlake Campus

STEP 6 - Participate in new student orientation and convocation

After registering for classes with your College and Career Navigator, you will receive information about completing new student orientation activities and convocation through your CLC student email. You will access personalized orientation modules using Canvas, CLC’s online learning system. You will also choose a date to attend new student convocation, CLC’s official welcome to the college. Convocation is held shortly before the start of classes, and you will meet with an Academic Success Advisor during the program. For more information, visit

STEP 7 - Pay Tuition and Fees by the due date

CLC enforces tuition payment deadlines, so it is important to make payment arrangements by your payment due date. To avoid being dropped for nonpayment, students should set up an installment payment plan, pay 40% or more of their balance due, or owe $500 or less. Students receiving financial are eligible for an installment payment plan under the “deferred” option. The installment plan only goes into effect if your aid does not cover your full tuition and fee obligation. Students will be dropped from their classes if they have not made payment arrangements. Veterans: Refer to the Veteran’s Request for Certification Form for payment plan requirements, or contact Veteran Student Services at (847) 543-2018.

Visit for details on drop dates and payment options. For more information about tuition payment, call (847) 543-2085. For information about financial aid, call (847) 543-2062.

STEP 8 - Get your textbooks

CLC has a bookstore on each campus, with the Grayslake Campus stocking books for all classes. Ordering online at is the best way to find out pricing and availability. Orders can be picked up at any campus or shipped to your home. When buying in store, please print the Course Material List from myStudentCenter to order. Currently, over 350 titles can be rented. Information can be found on the CLC Bookstore website or by calling (847) 543-2086.