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Applying to OTC

You will need to select a program of study and apply for admissions.

One of the first things you will have to answer is “What’s your program of study?”  Many students are unsure about their academic career.

If you are unsure as to what career you would like to pursue while at OTC, our free online career assessment can help you identify your career goals and choose a program of study. Be sure to sign up first and then take the 60 Questions Detailed Assessment to see your personality traits and career matches! Once you complete your Career Coach assessment, you can meet with a career advisor on campus to discuss your results and create a plan.

Do you know what program of study you want to pursue?  Click on the “Apply Now!” button below!


Now that you’ve been admitted to OTC, we will send one more e-mail to your personal e-mail. This email tells you your USERID and PASSWORD to access your OTC E-mail.  We have an excellent resource on how to access your OTC e-mail via your MyOTC account.

OTC considers e-mail an “official” form of communication, so it’s very important that you check your OTC e-mail on a regular basis.  You should get into the habit of checking your OTC E-Mail on a daily basis.

OTC will not accept an e-mail from your personal email account as an official request.  Any official request or business will only be accepted from your OTC e-mail.

Things to do Before you Register for Classes

Complete the FAFSA

If you are like 66% of our current students, you will need financial aid to assist with paying for college.

You could qualify for grants (which you do not need to repay), loans or work-study. These can cover a good deal of your school costs. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is often used for other grant and loan programs; it’s worth your time. Apply early as awards are granted first-come-first-serve. You will need to renew each year. We’ll remind you!


Get Prepared

  • Collect your paperwork. Gather your Social Security number or Alien Registration number, latest taxes, W-2s or other income records, bank statements and investment records.
  • Get your FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID)  You can use this to easily re-apply for financial aid each year and to see your information online.
  • Check your deadlines!
  • Fill out your FAFSA online  Be sure to list Ozarks Technical Community College on the application with our special code 030830.
  • Declare an eligible program. Always check before changing programs to see if it will affect your financial aid.

What Happens Next

  • Review your ‘Student Aid Report’ which will come 1-4 weeks after you submit your FAFSA. Respond quickly to any questions and make sure OTC is listed.
  • Provide additional forms if requested. Some schools need additional forms filled out.
  • Don’t forget to accept your award.  You won’t receive your funding without this important step!

Explore Scholarships

Do Your Research Before You Apply

Make a List of the Scholarships You Will Apply For

  • Track the deadlines and rules for each scholarship.
  • Apply to the scholarships with the closest deadline first.

What Happens Next

  • It could take several weeks or months to hear back about your application. The school or organization will contact you if you win the award. Celebrate!
  • Provide more information if requested. Some extra forms may need to be filled out.

For More Information

View Orientation

We would suggest viewing our online orientation. It should take 15 – 20 minutes to complete. It is a great way to learn what you need to know to adjust to this new phase in your life.

Guided Self-Placement

Unlike many schools, OTC does not require you to take a test to determine which entry-level English, Math, and Reading courses you should take. Instead, you are allowed to choose which entry-level English, Math or Reading course is right for you.

We know this is a big decision, and we are here to give you the help and information you need.  Check out our Guided Self-Placement website to find the right path for you. This site will give you recommendations based on your goals, skills, and motivation.

When you attend your STAR session, please bring the recommendations from the Guided Self-Placement website with you so you can get enrolled in the best courses for you.

Send Your Transcripts

In order to be eligible for financial aid and to receive credit for any prior coursework, we need your official transcripts.

All official high school and college transcripts should be sent to:

Ozarks Technical Community College
ATTN:  Admissions Office
1001 E. Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO  65802


HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS: Contact your high school to request an official high school transcript be sent to OTC. If you have not graduated high school yet, wait to submit your official transcript until after high school graduation.

If you completed your HSE/GED in Missouri or Texas, OTC will attempt to verify it for you. We will notify you if we need additional information.

Contact the state where you completed the HSE to have an official transcript sent to OTC.

Contact all previously attended colleges (including dual credit courses) to have an official transcript sent directly from that institution to OTC.  If you are currently enrolled in classes at a college or university, you can wait until the end of the semester to send the official transcript.  OTC advisors can use an unofficial transcript to advise you regarding course selection.

You may register for one semester of classes at OTC while waiting for your past college transcripts to arrive. However, you are encouraged to submit transcripts as soon as possible to ensure you do not accidentally retake classes and to meet prerequisites for classes you want to take at OTC.

Visit our Veterans Forms and Information website for more information about requesting military transcripts and OTC Equivalencies.

To view how a course will transfer to OTC, please visit our Transfer Credits website.

Information on what makes a transcript official  can be found on the OTC website.
Registering for Classes

Attend a STAR Session

All first-time students are required to attend a Student Advising and Registration (STAR) Session prior to the first day of classes.  During STAR you will meet with an academic advisor and register for your first semester of classes! If you are unsure as to what career you would like to pursue while at OTC, please click on the ACE button below.

BRING YOUR PARENTS/SUPPORTERS!  During our extended summer STAR sessions, we have planned special sessions for both you and your parents or supporters to attend.  College is hard, and there is a lot to learn at STAR!  Why not bring someone with you to help take notes and ask questions.  All summer 4 ½ hour STAR sessions are structured to include parents/supporters.

NOTE:  Due to the Cornoavirus, all on-campus activities have been canceled.  If you need to attend STAR, please visit our Distance Advising website.

Register for a Payment Plan 

Students must tell us how they plan to make payment for their classes by signing up for a My Payment Plan on the same day that they register for classes or they will be dis-enrolled from their classes at midnight. Even if you are receiving financial aid or on an A+ scholarship, you must select a Payment Plan.  A student’s registration is not complete until the student signs up for My Payment Plan the same day the student enrolls in classes.

My Payment Plan will offer three monthly payments for each semester scheduled. Spring payments will be due on February 5th, March 5th and April 5th. Fall payments will be due September 5th, October 5th and November 5th.  Summer payments are due July 5th and August 5th.  Signing up for My Payment Plan the same day that the student registers is necessary to ensure that their registration is complete.

Anticipated aid will now be factored into the student’s account balance viewable in myOTC.

For example, registration charges will include all tuition and fees owed to the college minus anticipated aid. Anticipated aid is based on a complete financial aid file.

(Registration charges) – (Anticipated financial aid) = (Balance used to calculate monthly payments)

For example, if their registration charges total $1,000 and their anticipated financial aid is $250, their balance of $750 will be divided among remaining payments.

If you get financial aid, it will automatically apply to your student account to pay toward your eligible tuition, fees, and books. You may receive a refund for any extra financial aid not used. Any student balance remaining by the scheduled payment plan due date is your responsibility to pay.

If you have still not received your financial aid when your payment plan first payment is due, please be prepared to cover this payment on your own.

Refunds for dropped courses are only available during the tuition refund period. View our Tuition Refund policy and dates.

For More Information

Payment Information
Tuition Payment Deadlines
Tuition and fees
Tuition Refund

Payment arrangements must be made every semester.



Get Your Student ID

You should have your picture taken for your OTC ID during your STAR session.  Your actual card will be sent to the physical address you have on record with OTC. All OTC students are required to have an OTC SmartCard.

The OTC SmartCard serves two major purposes. First, it serves as your official student ID to be used on campus and will have your student ID number and photo on it. Second, it provides options when it comes to receiving your student account refunds.

Are you taking all online classes and don’t live near an OTC location? If so, you can request a “no-photo” OTC SmartCard.

You will need to select your refund preferences and to activate your card.


To get your OTC SmartCard, please visit one of the following locations.  They will take your picture and order your card which you will then receive in the US Mail. 

  • Springfield Campus: OTC Bookstore
  • Table Rock Campus: Student Services
  • Lebanon Campus: Student Services
  • Waynesville Campus: Student Services
  • Richwood Valley Campus: Student Services
Things To Do Before Classes Start

Check the status of your FAFSA often.

Our Financial Aid office may contact you from time to time to request additional information.  Check on your status often and be aware of what your status is with them.

Register your Vehicle

Driving to campus? Unlike many colleges, OTC does not require students to purchase a parking permit, but please make sure to register your vehicle with OTC Safety & Security before the semester starts! Registering your vehicle allows OTC Safety & Security to contact you in the event of an emergency, incident, or accident involving the vehicle.

More Information about OTC Safety & Security 

Below are the locations and phone numbers for the OTC Safety & Security:

  • Springfield Campus: 417.447.6911 – 1001 E. Chestnut Exp., Room IC208, Springfield, MO
  • Richwood Valley Campus: 417. 447.7861 – 3369 West Jackson, Nixa, MO
  • Table Rock Campus: 417.447.8943 – 10698 Historic Highway 165, Hollister, MO
  • Lebanon Center: 417.447.6689 – 22360 Highway MM, Lebanon, MO
  • Waynesville Center: 417.447.6640 – 600 GW Lane, Waynesville, MO

OTC Safety & Security Hours:     

Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tour Campus

Once you have registered for classes, you may want to take a Tour of campus to locate where your classes will be taught.

Get Your Books

Every class begins with a good book.  Stop by the campus bookstore to get all the materials for your class.

Visit the OTC Bookstore in person or online. If you purchase your books online, click Student Charge Info, and read the important information before making your purchase. New and used books may be purchased on-campus or online.

You need to have your course schedule, course number and section number to find the right books.

Books may be returned for a full or partial refund based on certain criteria. View the book Return Policy.

If you need books on tape or e-text, please contact Disability Support Services  to register and request services.

For More Information

OTC Bookstore Hours and Locations

Enable Text Messaging

There’s a lot to accomplish before Day 1 of class, but we can help by reminding you about the really important stuff.

  • Click on “My Profile” at the top of your Navigate home page.
  • Add your cell phone number to your profile and type in the confirmation code when you receive the text message from Navigate.
  • Click “Notification Settings” on the top right and select Text Messages and Email for reminders about really important stuff.

OTC E-Mail

Now that you’ve been admitted to OTC, we will no longer send any communications to your personal e-mail account.  OTC considers e-mail an “official” form of communication, so it’s very important that you check your OTC e-mail on a regular basis.  During busy times of the year, you should be checking it daily!  Notifications about missing items, registration reminders, and information on campus events are only a few of the many things sent to your OTC e-mail account.

To access your OTC E-mail account, start by logging into myOTC

You can view instructions to set up your e-mail on your phone by following the directions located in the left-hand menu, selecting ‘Helpful Resources’ then ‘Student IT resources’ in myOTC.


Emergency Notifications

From time to time there may be an emergency on-campus (such as a snow day!) and you will want to know about.  The easiest way is to sign-up for emergency notifications.

You may Sign-up through myOTC. Using the left-hand menu, select ‘Helpful Resources’ then ‘OTC Emergency Notification

Explore Campus Resources

We have numerous resources here at OTC to help you be successful during your time here.  We have no way of knowing you need assistance unless you tell us you need assistance.

Please visit any of these resources when you have a question or would like some additional assistance.  You may also see an academic advisor or stop by the student services area on your campus for any question or concern.

Access Canvas

Many professors use Canvas to post important class announcements, assignments and grades. Access this by clicking on the Canvas tab in myOTC.

Each of your classes will have a Canvas site that your instructor will use to post course information.  The Canvas Course Site opens on the date specified in the Academic Calendar.  You should take some time before the semester starts to check out your syllabus so you can know what to expect in your course.

Last Updated: 06/14/2019

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