First-Time Students

Start Today!

STEP 1: Find your AlamoINSTITUTE

Start your application process by visiting the AlamoINSTITUTES career exploration tool to view different programs and career paths offered at each of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District.

STEP 2: Apply for Admission

Step 2: Apply for Admission Submit your application for admissions at for any one of our colleges: Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College, and San Antonio College.

Use Ready– Set- Apply to guide you through the steps.

Please allow 5 days for processing.

STEP 3: Need Help Paying for College? Accomplish Today

Submit your FREE Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) at

Visit for more information on financial aid.

STEP 4: Submit Transcripts and Documents- Accomplish Today!

Before you are admitted into one of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District, we require your official transcripts.

High School Seniors Following Graduation, you must submit an official transcript with TEST SCORES and GRADUATION DATE
Home School Students Submit a notarized transcript of high school equivalent work completed and graduation date.
GED Graduates Submit official GED Certificate with scores from Texas Education Agency (TEA)

Transcripts must be unopened and sealed in their original envelope to be accepted for admissions. Records, Registration, Transcripts: 

Next Steps

STEP 5: Log into ACES

Once you receive your “Next Steps” email you can log in to 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. Visit to log in.

Find your information on logging in on the ACES page. If you have issues, please contact the helpdesk using the numbers listed on ACES.

STEP 6: Activate AlamoNAVIGATE!

AlamoNAVIGATE: Enrollment Simplified

AlamoNAVIGATE is your personalized event path, displaying specific "To Do's" for your registration. After logging into ACES click the "Start Here" tab to access "AlamoNAVIGATE" and begin following your path to enrollment.

Download the Navigate App!      iTunes   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.

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

STEP 8: Complete Go FAARR & Test Prep Modules

Learn more about your rights and responsibilities with Go FAARR.

In AlamoNAVIGATE select “Complete Go FAARR Module”.



Get ready for your TSI Placement test with Test Prep.

In AlamoNAVIGATE select “Complete Test Prep”.

STEP 9: Take Your Placement Test & Refreshers (if required)

Take your TSI Placement Test to determine your placement into College-Level Math and Writing.

To schedule your TSI, visit AlamoNAVIGATE and select the event path “Take your Placement Test”

Refresher courses may be required, depending on your test scores.

STEP 10: Sign up for Orientation

Celebrate your transition to college! Learn more about your college programs and services at New Student Orientation (NSO).

New Student Orientation (NSO)

STEP 11: Meet with a Certified Advisor before Registering

Log in to AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Meet with an advisor before registering” for advising information at your college.


STEP 12: Pay Your Bill

Pay your tuition to reserve your classes.  Make full payment, apply for Financial Aid or set up an installment plan before the deadlines to avoid being dropped.

Visit AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Pay your bill” for information on available payment options.

STEP 13: Smart Start

Start Smart! Attend Class!

Attending and become an active learner in class will benefit your grades and advance your goals. Your first day and first week of classes provides you with the tools to succeed for the rest of the semester.

Not attending the first day of class may result in you being dropped from the course.