First-time Student

First-Time OTC Student Checklist

Apply for Admission

Fill out the free application online.

For important date information, click here.
Print the admissions checklist here.

Apply for Financial Aid

FAFSA Information

The FAFSA is the first step for students wanting to apply for Pell grants, student loans, work study, A+ scholarship, certain veteran's benefits and certain scholarships. Click here.

Student Loan Information

If you would like to receive student loans, you will need to complete Loan Entrance Counseling and a MPN (Master Promissory Note) in addition to the FAFSA. Click here.

Scholarship Information

Applying for scholarships is recommended. There is a lot of money out there to help you pay for school. Click here.

For more information, click here.

Complete Online Orientation

Orientation will take approximately 15 minutes to watch the video. More information.

For more information, click here.

Request Your Official Transcripts

Request official transcripts from all previously attended institutions be sent to:

Ozarks Technical Community College
ATTN: Records and Registration
1001 E. Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802

High School Transcripts
Contact your high school to request official transcripts sent. If you are currently in high school, send your transcript after you have graduated.

Missouri or Texas High School Equivalency (HSE)
If you completed the HSE in Missouri or Texas, OTC may be able to verify it for you. We will notify you if we need additional information.

Out-of-State High School Equivalency (HSE)
Contact the state where you completed the HSE to have an official transcript sent.

College Transcripts
Contact all previously attended colleges (including dual credit classes) to have official transcripts sent.

For more information, click here.

Take the Placement Test

The free COMPASS placement test is used to determine students' math, writing, and reading skill level. The COMPASS is required for the following students:

  • Students who do not have recent ACT or COMPASS scores (within the past 2 years)
  • Students who have not submitted official college transcripts showing successful completion of math and English from an accredited institution.

Find out what your placement test scores mean here.

Attend a STAR Seminar & Register for Classes

At your STAR (Student Advising and Registration) Seminar you will learn which classes are required for you program of study, what your placement test scores mean, how to create an education plan, and how to register for your classes. You must have completed the application, orientation video, placement testing or ACT, and all official college transcripts must be received by OTC before you can schedule your STAR.

To assist you with your college-major and/or career-choice decisions, we recommend using our free ACE (Academic and Career Exploration) services before STAR.

For more information on STAR click here.

For more information on registration dates click here.

Make Tuition Payment Arrangements - MyPay MyWay

After you register for classes, you must make payment arrangements by the payment deadline.

  • Option 1: Pay your tuition in full by using Quikpay to make an immediate payment.
  • Option 2: Enroll in a My Payment Plan
    • MyPay - Monthly - Pre-authorized payments deducted monthly from your designated bank account or credit card.
    • MyPay - Delayed Payment - Your ONE payment will be delayed until later in the semester. This is the recommended option for students awarded financial aid. This option is only available once you have submitted your FAFSA and all other required documentation to the Financial Aid office.
    • MyPay - Military - Your ONE payment will be delayed until later in the semester. This is the recommended option for students planning to use military benefits.  This option is only available once you have submitted all required documentation to the Veterans Services Office.

All options are available through the Access OTC tab on your MyOTC account.

Payment arrangements must be made every semester.

*This will open up the log in page for your MyOTC.