"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

Gateway to College is a scholarship program for students ages 16-20 who are behind, or have dropped out of high school which allows them to reengage with their education at Springfield Technical Community College. Students take courses at STCC and earn their high school diploma and a significant number of college credits toward a certificate or a degree.

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) Attend an Information Session

See list of upcoming Information Sessions (PDF).

At the Information Session, you will:

  • Learn more about the expectations and benefits of the Gateway to College program
  • Have a chance to ask questions
  • Allow us a chance to meet you and learn why you are interested in the program
  • Receive an application and go over requirements

Step 2) Complete the Gateway to College application after you receive the results of your reading assessment from the Gateway staff

Complete the Application (PDF) with the three required essays (see page four of application for more details) and return it to the Gateway office located in Building 16, Room 285.

Step 3) Obtain appointment from the Gateway office to take the College Placement Test

After you have submitted a completed application you will be scheduled for an appointment to take the College Placement Test. This test is used to evaluate your readiness for the program, and to place you in the appropriate classes if you are accepted.

Please use the following links to prepare for the college placement test



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

After you have taken the College Placement Test you will be scheduled for an interview if you are eligible for the Gateway program. Your interview will be with members of the Gateway staff. 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. Interviews are generally about 30-60 minutes long.

Step 5) Selection Committee Review

The Selection Committee will review all applications for the Gateway to College program and contact applicants with their decision.

Additional Information

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

Special Education (IEP) Services

Gateway to College does not discriminate against students with disabilities. We request that students with an IEP or 504 plan submit copies of the plan with their application so that we may refer them to the STCC Disability Services office. Together with their families and doctors or other practitioners, students should consider whether the services and accommodations available on a college campus will best serve their needs.