Steps to Enroll

Ready to begin your journey at Palo Alto College? Students can apply at any time throughout the year. Just follow these easy steps and get started today!

STEP 1: Apply

Visit to complete an application for enrollment. Please allow five (5) business days for processing. Once an application is processed, students will receive two emails - one from ApplyTexas and one from the Alamo Colleges District. The Alamo Colleges District email will include instructions and information for accessing the ACES student portal at

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STEP 2: Financial Aid

All students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  using PAC Federal School Code: 016615. Students should allow a minimum of four (4) months to complete the financial aid process. For additional information, visit Paying for College

Complete your FAFSA

STEP 3: Transcripts

Students must submit all high school transcripts, other college transcripts, or high school equivalency documentation. Official documents should be hand-delivered in a sealed envelope to Palo Alto College’s Admissions & Records in the Palomino Center, Room 117, or can be mailed to Palo Alto College (ATTN: Enrollment Services) at 1400 W. Villaret Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78224.


Visit and click on “Get My ACES Username.” Follow the instructions to set up a password.


Click on the “Start Here” tab and then click on “AlamoNAVIGATE” to access a checklist for enrollment. This personalized checklist will help track next steps and show all items needed for enrollment at Palo Alto College.

STEP 6: Bacterial Meningitis vaccine

Texas state law requires all entering students under the age of 22 to show evidence of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster dose during the five-year period prior to enrollment; exemptions may be applicable.

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STEP 7: Complete modules

Students must complete two (2) college-readiness testing modules in ACES. For specific instructions and guidance with the modules, please visit AlamoEnroll for future students

STEP 8: Testing

Students must complete a TSI assessment test and Post-Assessment Advising at the Testing Center. A list of TSI exemptions can be found online or by calling (210) 486-3444.

STEP 9: Refresher courses

After testing, some students may be required to take a refresher course in English or Math before proceeding with the enrollment process. Refresher courses are offered at no cost and can save time, save money, and allow students to move into a higher-level developmental course or a college-level course in English or Math.

STEP 10: New Student Orientation

Students must attend a New Student Orientation (NSO) before completing the enrollment process. During NSO, students will receive an individualized advising plan for their first semester, meet an assigned advisor, and register for classes. 

Upcoming NSO Sessions

STEP 11: Pay Tuition

Students must pay tuition in full or set up a payment plan before the payment deadline to avoid being dropped from all registered classes. For payment deadlines, view the Academic Calendars. Tuition payments can be made in person at the Palo Alto College Business Office or online via ACES.

Payment Deadlines

Got questions?

Call the Palo Alto College Welcome Center at 210-486-3100 to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our team members for guidance with the enrollment process.