"Gateway to College empowers youth who have dropped out of high school or are not on track to graduate to earn a high school diploma and college credit in a supportive college environment."

Gateway to College

Application Process

The Gateway to College Program is for 16-20 year olds interested in returning to school and completing their high school diploma. While earning their high school diploma, students earn credits toward a college degree.

This is a scholarship program. We pay the tuition and book costs for those who are accepted into the program.

Application Steps

Make sure you meet the qualifications listed on the Eligibility Requirements Page. If you are a student who needs special education (IEP) services -- please see note at bottom of this page.

Step 1) Sign up and attend an Information Session

Reserve a spot at the next Information Session (PDF) by calling our Information Line at:

At the Information Session, you will:

  • Learn more about the expectations and benefits of the Gateway to College program
  • Take a short reading-level test
  • Have a chance to ask questions
  • Have your application materials reviewed to make sure you meet all eligibility requirements
  • Allow us a chance to meet you and learn why you are interested in the program

If you can't bring all of these pieces of paperwork, fill out the application and show up anyway. We will give you feedback about what you need to do next.

Step 2) Fill out a Gateway to College application form

Complete the Application (PDF) with the three required essays (see page four of application for more details.) Bring these materials and your high school transcripts with you to the Information Session.

Step 3) Attend an Evaluation Session (by referral only)

When you go to the Information Session, you will be referred for the next evaluation session if you meet the requirements for eligibility. During the evaluation sessions you will take a series of tests which will be used to evaluate your readiness for the program.

Step 4) Participate in an Individual Interview (by referral only)

At the information session, you will be scheduled for an individual interview. The interviews generally occur one week after your information session, and are about 30-60 minutes long.

Your interview will be one-on-one with a STCC staff member. This gives us an opportunity to get to know you better, and learn more about your strengths and motivations. You will have a chance to ask questions about the program.

Step 5) Complete/submit all required paperwork

Once you have completed the above steps and turned in all other required paperwork (high school transcripts, 3 essays, and application), the selection committee will review your file and determine if you will be accepted into the program. All of this will be fully explained in the initial Information Session.

Additional Information

If you still have questions, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Special Education (IEP) Services

Applicants who have received Special Education Services and who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in place may be required to participate in an IEP meeting in the school district. This meeting will involve a staff from the Gateway to College program and will help determine if STCC is an appropriate placement for you. We cannot guarantee that this process can be completed in time for acceptance for the term for which you are applying. Applicants can submit a copy of their IEP during the application process. This will allow the Gateway to College staff to review the necessary services in the IEP to assist the student and determine if appropriate services will be available at STCC via the Disability Services office.