Getting started

Students studying in the library

Step 1: Apply to SC4

Complete the online Application for Admission or print an application. Paper applications are required for dual-enrolled high school students, college guest students and international students.

If you previously attended SC4, but haven't attended any classes within the past two years, you'll need to reapply. Otherwise, your student account will still be active and you don't need to submit a new student application.

If you'd like to see what classes are being offered at SC4 in the upcoming semester, you can search our WAVE registration system without a username and password. Please note that you can't use this preview WAVE page to complete registration for classes; that can only be done through the SC4 Portal after being admitted as a student.

Step 2: Apply for financial aid

Not all students need or want to be considered for financial aid, so this step is optional. If you'd like to apply for aid, though, start by completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When asked, be sure to include SC4's Federal School Code, which is 002310.

High school guests, college guests and students attending for personal enrichment, and students without a high school diploma or GED are not eligible for financial aid.

Learn more about the financial aid process and the types of aid that are available.

Step 3: Take assessment tests

All new students (and transfer students without college level English and/or math classes on a college transcript) are required to take assessments for math, reading and writing skills OR submit scores from tests previously taken. These assessments ensure that you're placed in the right courses.

SC4 accepts scores from the following assessment tests: SAT, ACT, COMPASS and ACCUPLACER. (You may want to consider taking ACCUPLACER assessments at the SC4 Testing Center if you took your ACT exam as a junior.)

Call the SC4 Testing Center at (810) 989-5555 to schedule your assessment tests. If you have your SC4 student number, you can also schedule your testing appointment online.

Step 4: Attend orientation

An on-campus orientation session is required for all new students. Orientation includes important information to help you get started at SC4, including a campus tour. We'll help you activate and learn to use the SC4 Portal, the WAVE registration system and we'll take your photo for your student ID card. Many students also meet with an academic advisor after orientation to plan their upcoming semester's classes.

Call Academic Advising at (810) 989-5520 to schedule an orientation session. Please make sure your assessment tests have been taken or your scores have been submitted before coming to orientation; your advisor will be unable to help you set up your classes without test scores available.

Transfer students, students who already have a college degree, or students taking classes for personal enrichment are not required to attend orientation.

Step 5: Meet with an advisor

All new and transfer students are required to meet with an advisor to plan classes for the first semester and learn about degree requirements. (The requirement is waived if you have a college degree or are taking classes for personal enrichment).

Call (810) 989-5520 to schedule an advising appointment. If you have your SC4 student number, you can schedule your appointment online.

Get answers to many common questions about academic advising on our Advising FAQ page.

Step 6: Register and pay for classes

You may register and pay for your classes either online or in the Self-Service Room of the SC4 Welcome Center. Click here to view information on payment plans.

Planning your schedule is easy! SC4 uses the powerful Schedule Planner tool to help you find exactly the classes you need on the days and times that work with your busy schedule. This short video describes how Schedule Planner works. If you need additional help, talk to your academic advisor.

*SC4 offers services for military veterans and their families. To learn more, click here.*

SC4's in-district tuition and fees are about one-third of the average cost at one of Michigan's four-year public universities.

2017-18 tuition and fees

Residents of St. Clair County Community College district:

  • $117 per contact hour
  • $17 technology fee per contact hour

Residents of the state of Michigan outside the college district:

  • $227 per contact hour
  • $17 technology fee per contact hour

Residents outside the state of Michigan and international students enrolled through Visas:

  • $330 per contact hour
  • $17 technology fee per contact hour

Additional fees:

  • $87 student fee (non-refundable) per semester
  • Laboratory, course and program fees as required by course
  • $50 fee per online course
  • $30 per contact hour nursing program fee
  • $5 HIT program fee per contact hour
  • $25 per Allied Health application fee 
  • Other fees may apply

Tuition payment schedule by term

Winter 2018 semester

  • Oct. 30 to Nov. 24, 2017: No payment required until final due date of Dec. 8, 2017. Partial payments are accepted through Dec. 7, 2017.
  • Nov. 25, 2017, to Jan. 12, 2018: Payment in full required at the time of registration.

Payment options

Payments can be made online via WAVE, by logging in to the SC4 Portal. To pay by phone, call (810) 989-5513.

Budget plans for fall, winter and summer are available online with NELNET. You can also access NELNET via WAVE

We reserve the right to remove students from courses for not complying with the tuition payment schedule. A registration restriction will be imposed for students that have been dropped for non-payment twice in the same semester.

Residency requirement

To qualify for in-district tuition rates, new residents must submit a Residency Change Form and provide proof of in-district residency. This proof can be demonstrated via a valid driver license, Michigan ID card, or Voter Registration card. The Residency Change Form and proof of in-district residency must be submitted to the One-stop Student Service Center (first floor, SC4 Welcome Center) prior to the start of the semester in which the student is seeking in-district tuition rates.

Residents of the college district who are 60 years and older qualify for a tuition reduction of 50% on most credit courses (a few special classes are exempt from discounts). This reduction does not apply to any course fees.

 

SC4 accepts high school guest and dual enrollment students in a number of programs.

Dual Enrolled or High School Guest

As a high school student, you can begin taking college classes as early as your freshman year, and age-appropriate home-schooled students can get a head start by taking college credit courses prior to graduation. You may qualify for tuition assistance through your local school district. Click here for the application.

Blue Water Middle College Academy

After five years, you can have your high school diploma and an associate degree from SC4. Tuition is free of charge. This partnership is open to students in the participating high schools: Algonac, Capac, Memphis, Port Huron High, Port Huron Northern and Yale. The middle college is chartered by St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency, and college tuition is paid for by the middle college. Students apply in the spring of their sophomore year, and more than half of every cohort goes on to study at a 4-year university. For more information, visit the Blue Water Middle College Academy website.

Croswell-Lexington Early College

Earn your high school diploma and an associate degree from SC4 in five years. The partnership is open to Croswell-Lexington High School students. Classes are offered at the Cros-Lex College Center and on SC4's Port Huron campus. Funding is provided through the school district. For more information, visit the high school counseling office or call the high school at (810) 679-1500

International students can select from our wide array of more than 30 degrees and programs taught by professors with real world experience in their fields in small classes that ensure personal attention you can't get at larger schools. While you're here in beautiful Port Huron, Michigan you'll be able to connect with students and faculty from across the region. We've seen that these social connections can go a long way towards building professional relationships in your career after SC4.

Our past and current international students have come from Canada, England, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ukraine and Yemen.  

How to Apply

After completing the steps to apply, you will receive an SC4 acceptance package and will be issued a Form I-20 from the college.

Use the Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 visa. If you need a visa to enter the United States (visa-exempt countries include Canada and Bermuda), you must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before going to the United States embassy or consulate for your visa interview. Additional information regarding paying this fee will be included in the SC4 acceptance package and may be found at www.fmjfee.com.

  • International students are required to report to the SC4 International Programs Coordinator within ten days of arrival in the United States.
  • International students are required to complete pre-enrollment steps including online orientation, academic assessments and academic advising before being allowed to register.
  • Tuition for classes must be paid at the time of registration.

Step 1: Submit an international application for admission

Complete and submit the following application pages to bromzek@sc4.edu:

  • International Student Application for Admission form, Page 5
  • Financial Resources form, Page 7 (see step #4 for further detail)
  • F-1 Status Contract form, Page 8

Application deadlines:

  • Fall semester - June 1
  • Winter semester - Oct. 1
  • Summer semester* - March 1

To request a printed copy of the application, please contact Bonnie Romzek at (810) 989-5567.

*Note: Only Canadian commuter students are permitted to start in the summer semester. Deadlines may be flexible. Please contact Bonnie Romzek for details.

Step 2: Submit passport

Submit a copy of a valid passport to bromzek@sc4.edu.

Passport must be valid for a period extending at least six months past a student’s expected program completion date. 

Step 3: Submit school records

Submit official, sealed English translation of school records (high school/secondary school diploma, transcripts and, if applicable, college transcripts).

SC4 does not accept faxed or photocopied school records documentation.

School records should be sent to the following address:

St. Clair County Community College
Attn: Bonnie Romzek
323 Erie Street
P.O. Box 5015
Port Huron, MI 48061-5015
United States of America

Step 4: Submit proof of financial resources

Submit proof of original or certified evidence of financial resources for the amount of $19,876 USD ($13,594 USD for full-time Canadian commuter students, and $7,811 for part-time Canadian commuter).

  • An original or certified bank statement may serve as evidence of financial resources. The statement may be that of the applicant and/or that of the applicant’s sponsor. If there is a sponsor, the sponsor must also sign the Financial Resource form.
  • This information is required for all students planning to enter the United States. It is required by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. U.S. consulate officials require evidence of financial support before a student visa is granted. Students may not include expected income from employment during the academic year or summer months as proof of resources.
  • SC4 does not accept faxed or photocopied bank statements, letters, or financial solvency documentation.

Proof of financial resources should be sent to the following address: 

St. Clair County Community College
Attn: Bonnie Romzek
323 Erie Street
P.O. Box 5015
Port Huron, MI 48061-5015
United States of America

Step 5: Submit personal statement in English

Submit a handwritten personal statement (no more than two pages) summarizing educational and professional goals. Include applicant’s plans for the future and how SC4 may help the applicant meet those needs.

Scan and submit a copy of the personal statement to bromzek@sc4.edu

Step 6: Submit proof of English ability

Applicants whose home country's official language is not English must provide proof of English ability by submitting official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an ELS Language Center. No other scores will be accepted.

Students must score a minimum of 512 on the paper-based version of TOEFL, or a minimum of 68 on the Internet-based version of TOEFL. The minimum ELS proficiency level required is 109. The St. Clair County Community College code for TOEFL is 1628.  

See the International Student Application for Admission for a complete listing of English-speaking nations.

Non-U.S. applicants are also exempt from the TOEFL requirement if they have completed one full academic year at a college or university in the United States as a full-time student or earned an accredited bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree from a college or university in the United States. Applicants from Puerto Rico must meet the TOEFL requirement. 

Step 7: Proof of health insurance

Prior to arriving in the United States, it is required that international students provide proof of U.S. health insurance, which includes repatriation coverage. (Canadian students must purchase supplementary travel health insurance and submit a copy of Canadian Health card.) Proof can be provided in person or emailed to bromzek@sc4.edu.

Insurance coverage must include the following:

  • Medical coverage per accident and injury of at least $100,000
  • Repatriation coverage of at least $5,000