Future Students

STEPS TO SUCCESS at South Suburban College

1. Submit An Admissions Application

Start by creating and account and filling out the online application. Your social security number is required (if applicable). The application is not complete until a valid state issued ID is provided. A picture of your ID may be uploaded after completing your application, or submitted in person to admissions, located in the SSC Circle.
**Tuition Rate is determined by address on the state ID. **

The college will send you emails to the email address provided on your SSC application:

  • When the account is created.
  • Once application is submitted.
  • Your acceptance letter containing user name/password and instructions for your SSC Self Help, including instructions to set up your new SSC email. All official announcements, Financial Aid information and other communications from the college will be sent to your new SSC email.

2. Submit All Official Transcripts

If you are a high school graduate, make sure that your high school has forwarded your transcripts to SSC Admissions. If you are a GED student, have your official GED transcripts sent to SSC. In Cook County, call 847-328-9795.

If you have attended other colleges, you must have your transcripts sent to the SSC Admissions Office if you wish to have your transcripts evaluated for possible transfer credit. Two to three weeks after you request the transcripts, call the SSC Admissions Office to verify arrival at (708) 210-5718 then request a personal evaluation.

Students with foreign transcripts must have transcripts evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) during the first semester of attendance at SSC and are responsible for any ECE evaluation fees.

3. Apply For Financial Aid

If you want to be considered for Financial Aid, you must apply online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Normal turnaround for this option is 7-10 business days.


If you received financial aid at any previous college or post-secondary institution, financial aid transcripts must be sent to the SSC Financial Aid office.

4. Take Placement Tests

Placement testing is located in the Assessment (Testing) Center, Room 2266. Placement Testing hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 4:00pm and Friday 8:30am to 1:00pm. Plan for approximately three hours of testing.

  • You must have a valid photo ID for all assessment testing.
  • There is a $25 testing fee. **This is a one-time, non-refundable fee that must be paid for in advance of taking the test. **
  • If you have taken a placement test at another College or University, bring your score report to the Assessment Center for evaluation. Students may be exempt from placement testing based on previous college credit or ACT/SAT scores.

Visit Assessment Center for more information.

5. Attend A Preparing Our Students To Act!

This orientation is a 3 ½ – 4-hour program designed to help students transition smoothly into South Suburban College whether you are just graduating from high school, or returning to college after a few years of life experience. During this orientation you will:

  • Receive test scores which assess what courses you should attend
  • Be guided by a faculty counselor as you register for classes
  • Make a smooth transition into the college community
  • Learn about the various resources that will assist you as a student at SSC
  • Receive your mandatory student ID

Prior to attending orientation you MUST:

Registration for New Student Orientation is now closed. Please visit the Counseling Center (Rm. 2350) for advising.

6. Register for Classes

SSC Self Service is where you go for registration, course planning, student financial information, and email.  All students attempting to access SSC Self Service need to have completed the application process.

Any student without a user name and password needs to visit the Office of Admissions (main campus), with a valid, government-issued, photo ID to retrieve your information.

If you do not live in-district but are using a charge-back agreement, cooperative agreement, work-in-district waiver, etc., you still need to register online, but then must come to the registration counter, on campus, to have your tuition rate adjusted (be sure to bring proper documentation).

7. Make Payment

Tuition payments can be made in person or online via FACTS.  Tuition and fees are charged to student accounts upon registration. Payment arrangements need to be made prior to the start of classes to avoid penalties associated with non-payment. The college is not responsible for dropping students for non-payment.  View the calendar for payment due dates.

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