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Student and Parent FAQ

We understand there is a lot of information to gather when starting college. At times, it can be overwhelming. Don’t worry! We are here to help. On this page you can find some frequently asked questions we get from parents and students. Of course, if you can’t find an answer to your question here, you can always email parents@otc.edu.


OTC is considered a commuter campus. OTC does not offer student housing on or off campus. We do, however, want to offer you valuable information and resources to address your housing needs. You can find more information about housing here.


Since OTC is considered a commuter campus, we do not have athletics or intramural sports on campus.

Student Information

Due to FERPA regulations, you cannot access a student’s records unless they give you expressed permission. You can find more information about releasing student information here.

Campus Tours

Tours are offered at all of our campus locations. Guided by student ambassadors, you will go on a general tour of campus and visit programs of interest. You can even meet with an admissions representative or advisor after a tour. Prospective students, family, and friends can set up tours here.

Admissions Process

Generally, we encourage students to start the admissions process six months prior to the semester they would like to enroll.

  • We recommend starting the admissions process for the summer and fall semesters in the spring. Registration for both semesters start at the same time, in mid-April.
  • Students should start the admissions process for the spring semester in the fall. Registration for spring starts mid-November.
  • First-time freshman students can be registered for classes and have everything ready to go before they graduate high school.

Financial Aid

FAFSAs for the upcoming school year become available October 1. We recommend completing it as soon as possible so that you and your student have an idea of what aid they will be eligible for.

Students (and parents if the student is under 24) are first required to create an FSA ID. The FSA ID is how the government can confirm who you are. The student will create an account for themselves and a parent will create one as well. Think of it like creating an Amazon or Facebook account. This can be done at any time. If a parent already has an FSA ID from a previous student, then there is no need to create a new one.

The next step is to complete the FAFSA, which can be filled out October 1 for the upcoming year using the prior prior years taxes. For instance, if a student is starting in the 2018-19 school year, they (and their parents) will use their 2016 tax return to complete the FAFSA. Filing the FAFSA as early as possible in October, will help your child with budgeting for the upcoming school year.

You can find more information about the FAFSA and other financial aid FAQs here.

A+ Scholarship

In order for a student to receive A+ funding they must complete the following:

  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Have your official A+ stamped high school transcript on file with the Admissions Office at OTC
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Enroll and attend full-time
    • 12 or more credit hours, fall and spring semester
    • 6 credit hours, if you wish to enroll in summer semester
  • Be seeking a certificate or degree at OTC
  • After registration each semester, complete the OTC MyPay MyWay payment plan to defer eligible tuition and fees to financial aid and/or A+

The A+ Program provides funding for the following:

  • In-district & out-of-district tuition (max. rate $166.00 per credit hour)
  • Common fees:
    • Student fee
    • Technology fee (not including labs)
    • Security fee
    • Facility/infrastructure fee per semester

A+ does not cover:

  • Books, supplies, miscellaneous fees, lab fees or online course fees you may incur
  • Repeated courses. If you repeat a course to change a grade (F, D, C, B, or A), the repeated course will not be paid for by the A+ program, but the hours will count toward meeting the full-time credit hour requirement.

You can find more information about A+ here.

Applying for Scholarships

OTC offers Institutional and Foundation scholarships. Institutional scholarships are provided by OTC. The OTC Foundation scholarships are privately funded. Anyone, including current and prospective students, can apply. All students need to do is have a completed FAFSA on file, have their transcripts sent in, and complete the applications, which include an essay.

Application periods

  • Fall: Mar 1-June 1
  • Spring: Sep 1-Nov 1
  • Summer Mar 1- May 1

You can find more information on scholarships and apply for them here.

Placement Test Scores

OTC does not require any specific ACT, SAT, or other placement scores to be accepted or take college level courses. Instead, OTC uses a guided self-placement model.

Guided self-placement is an alternative to timed placement tests like the ACT; it may be a more effective mechanism for placement in English, math and reading courses that are applicable to your experiences, interests and goals.

Before registering in classes, students should view our guided self-placement resources. It is a student’s responsibility to decide which English, math and reading courses are the best fit. It is important students make an informed and wise choice about your placement.

You can find more information about Guided Self-Placement here.


OTC does not require a parking pass. While there is more than enough parking spots on campus, we recommend arriving 15 mins before class to find a spot and get to class.

We recommend that students register their vehicle so that if there are any issues, Safety and Security can contact them. Students can register their vehicles through MyOTC.

Student Resources

Whether students are seeking homework help, personal support or job opportunities, OTC has several excellent resources available to help students meet their goals. Resources vary by campus.

You can find more information about those resources here.

Confirming Enrollment

Students can request enrollment or degree verification several ways: online through MyOTC, National Student Clearing House or through the Verification and/or Request to Release Information form.

You can find more information about requesting verification here.

Campus Alert Text Messaging System

OTC uses a Campus Alert text messaging system.

To register for the Campus Alert Text Messaging System, sign into MyOTC, click on the helpful resources tab on the side menu, click on OTC Emergency Notification, and add a new phone number.

The OTC Campus Alert System may use any or all of the following methods to communicate with students, faculty and staff in the event of an urgent situation on campus, such as class cancellations, campus closings, severe weather, emergencies or campus/center security incidents:

  • The Alert box on the OTC home page
  • Text Messaging System
  • Campus Phone Notifications
  • Voicemail
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Media

For questions or concerns about public safety or public information communication, please contact the Public Information Office at 417-447-2659.