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Welcome back to the Alamo Colleges

If you began attending Alamo Colleges but needed a break for professional or personal reasons, we are ready to welcome you back. More importantly, AlamoONLINE is here to help you get back on track to finish that degree, certificate, or award you set out to get in the first place.


AlamoONLINE is college—when and where you want it

Earning your degree online means no more driving and no more waiting. As a fully online student, you can turn in your assignments, attend classes, talk to your professor and classmates, and more all online. It’s still fast. It’s still affordable. And now it’s on your terms.

Take the steps towards your success

As a former student from any of the Alamo Colleges, you may have completed many of the steps towards your success already. For this reason, to ensure you experience a frictionless transition back into the Alamo Colleges, we created this easy to follow:

Ready to get started!

Steps to apply for returning students

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STEP 1: Find your online program

Start your application process by visiting the search online offerings webpage to view fully-online offerings available at each of the Alamo Colleges. Once you find an online offering, make note of the College and the AlamoINSTITUTE, then follow Step 2: Apply for admission.

STEP 2: Apply for admission

If you have not been enrolled at one of the Alamo Colleges in more than a year, you will need to begin a new application. To apply for admission, visit If you intend to complete your degree exclusively online, then on the application, 1) select the College; 2) select the AlamoINSTITUTE; 3) check the study online box, located near the end of the form.

For step-by-step instructions, use this guide AlamoENROLL—Ready, Set, Apply!.

Please allow five days for processing.

STEP 3: Get help paying for college

Submit your Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) at For more information on financial aid, visit For information about scholarships, visit our Alamo Colleges Foundation.

STEP 4: Submit transcripts and documents

If the last institution you have attended is one of the Alamo Colleges, you will not need to submit transcripts.

Former students returning to the Alamo Colleges from another college or university are considered transfer students and will need to submit an official transcript from their previous institution(s).

Official transcripts must be submitted electronically by the previous institution or in an unopened, sealed, and original envelope.

Next Steps

STEP 5: Log into ACES

Once you receive your “Next Steps” email you can log into ACES.

ACES is the online center for all your student information. You will be able to register for classes, review your financial aid, and pay your tuition. To log in, visit

You can find login instructions on the ACES login page. If you have issues, please contact the helpdesk using the numbers listed on the ACES login page.

STEP 6: Activate AlamoNAVIGATE!

AlamoNAVIGATE is your personalized event path that displays specific to-dos for registration. After you log into ACES, click the "Start Here" tab to access AlamoNAVIGATE and begin following your path.

For more information, watch Activate AlamoNAVIGATE Today!

Activate AlamoNAVIGATE Today!

Download the Navigate app at iTunes or Google Play.

AlamoNAVIGATE is not available to Dual Credit, Early College High School, or Alamo Academies students.

STEP 7: Submit proof of bacterial meningitis

All students, age 22 and younger, must submit proof of the bacterial meningitis vaccination. Online students taking classes on campus at any of the Alamo Colleges are required to provide proof of immunization. Only students enrolled fully online are exempt.

To submit documentation, visit AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Turn in Shot Record”.

STEP 8: Complete the Go FAARR and test prep modules

Learn more about your rights and responsibilities with Go FAARR, select “Complete Go FAARR Module” in AlamoNAVIGATE.

All students entering the Alamo Colleges must complete the Go FAARR module. Former students are not required to complete New Student Orientation.

Get ready for your TSI placement test with test prep, select “Complete Test Prep” in AlamoNAVIGATE.

STEP 9: Take your placement test and refreshers, if required

If you have previously taken your TSI placement test, you are not required to retake it. Take your TSI placement test to determine your placement in college-level math and writing.

You can take the TSI placement test at one of the Alamo Colleges with an appointment or online for an additional $25 fee from a third-party proctoring service.

To schedule your TSI at one of the Alamo Colleges, visit AlamoNAVIGATE and select the event path “Take your Placement Test”.

Depending on your TSI test results, you may be required to take refresher courses.

Step 10: Registering for courses

Former students may register for courses through ACES. For questions, students can schedule an appointment with a certified advisor. To schedule a webconference, phone call, or face-to-face session with your advisor, log into AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Schedule an appointment” under the Appointment tab.

STEP 11: Pay your bill

To reserve your courses and avoid being dropped, you can pay your tuition before the deadlines with the following options:

  • Make a full payment
  • Apply for Financial Aid
  • Set up an installment plan

For more information on available payment options, visit AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Pay your bill”.

For military-affiliated students
All five Alamo Colleges have a dedicated Veterans Affairs department. Their goal to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of education benefit entitlement possible while still earning the online degree you want. For more information, contact your college's VA department.

Northeast Lakeview College

Northwest Vista College

Palo Alto College

St. Philip's College

San Antonio College

STEP 12: Smart Start

Start smart, attend class. Attending and becoming an active learner in course will benefit your grades and advance your goals. The first day and the first week of classes provide you with the tools to succeed for the rest of the semester.

Not participating in your course on the first day or in the first week (depending on the instructor) may result in you getting dropped from the course.

For more information

Contact an Enrollment Coach, today!

Enrollment Coaches are here to help you get started with the application process and to guide you through registration for fully online courses this upcoming semester. We can also connect you to an advisor, as well as refer you to services available to online students.

Don't delay, call (210) 485-0110 or email, today!

Frequently Asked Questions

About AlamoONLINE

AlamoONLINE represents the range of opportunities for students pursuing degrees, certificates, or other offerings delivered 100% online from Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, and St. Philip’s College.

At our Alamo Colleges, a 100% online degree, certificate, other offering, or Transfer Advising Guide (TAG) has all courses offered fully online and does not require students to come on campus or to an external site except for required proctored exams or to participate in a clinical, internship, cooperative education, or practicum site.