Getting Started

Going to college can seem daunting at first, but at Triton College, we want to help make the process of applying and enrolling as simple and straight-forward as possible. Our process can be broken down into just a few simple steps.

If you are a non-credit student (Continuing Education or Adult Education), Dual Credit Student, Guest Student or International Student, the process may be different.

It starts with the Application

The first step in the process of becoming a Triton College student is completing the online application. Applicants will be asked to provide some personal information, details about their desired start term, program of interest, academic history, and interest in extracurricular activities.

If, at anytime, an applicant needs to leave the application, they may save their progress and return at a later time. The application is free for all students, and once accepted, applicants should receive an acceptance packet within 7-10 days.

Start your application!

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships (optional)

Many students seek outside funding to help pay for school with Financial Aid. Applicants can start the financial aid process by applying online at www.fafsa.gov and enter Triton’s school code: 001773. The FAFSA application should be started as early as possible after Oct. 1 for the upcoming school year, and we recommend completing it as early as possible to maximize aid opportunities. Learn more at www.fafsa.gov.

Apply for Financial Aid

Another way to offset the cost of college is through scholarships. The Triton College Foundation, Alumni Association, Board of Trustees, academic departments, and outside organizations provide scholarship opportunities exclusively for Triton College students.

Find a Scholarship

Submit Official Transcripts and Documents

All documents should be dropped off in the Records Office, Room B-220, or mailed from your school. Official college transcripts and ACT scores may also be submitted, if applicable. Triton College will not evaluate transcripts without completion of a general petition form.

To request an evaluation, contact the Records Office at (708) 456-0300 Ext. 3213 or email LorraineCampbell@triton.edu.

Take Placement Tests

Placement testing is mandatory for all new students enrolling in credit courses. Placement testing is done on a walk-in basis in the Learning Resource Center (A Building), room A-126. No appointment is required. Students may be eligible for a placement test waiver based on their ACT, SAT, AP, or IB scores, Seal of Biliteracy in English, or completion of college level English or math courses with a “C” or better.*

In addition to placement tests, students should also complete the Success Navigator assessment. Success Navigator is an untimed assessment that measures a student’s strengths and areas of opportunity. Success Navigator results help the college better serve and prepare students for success.

Testing Information

*Applicants must have their scores or transcripts (unofficial documents sufficient) evaluated by a counselor in order to be granted a placement test waiver.

Complete New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation can be completed online or through in-person sessions. Orientation is mandatory, and is designed to introduce you to campus personnel, academic policies and procedures, and campus programs and activities designed to enhance your college experience.

Available Orientation Sessions


Congratulations, you're officially a Triton College student!

Now What?

Register for Classes

Registering for classes can be done in-person, over the phone, or through the student portal. Classes fill quickly, so it is important to register early for the best selection of courses and class meeting times. Students who completed orientation online must meet with an advisor to register for class. Advisors are available to all students seeking assistance in course selection and academic planning.

Pay your Tuition for classes

After registration, students should pay their tuition or make payment arrangements as quickly as possible to avoid being dropped from classes.* Payments can be made at the Cashier’s Office, located in the Student Center, Room B-130. Students receiving Financial Aid will receive additional information about any portion of tuition they may still owe.

Payment options:

  • Payment in full by cash, money order, check or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express)
  • FACTS Tuition Payment Plan (via MyTriton Portal)
  • FACTS Deferred Payment Plan (via MyTriton Portal)

Current Tuition Rates

*The payment grace period ends approximately three weeks prior to the start of the semester. After that, tuition is due within two days (48 hours) of the date that you register. If you are unable to make payment or setup a payment plan, your classes may be dropped and you would have to register again.


Returning Students

Triton College defines a returning student as one who has not been actively enrolled for one calendar year, or any Triton College graduate returning to take additional classes. To successfully re-enroll, returning students will need to complete the following steps.

  1. Update contact information if necessary. If applicable submit supporting documentation to the Records Office.
  2. Apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov and be certain to enter Triton’s school code: 001773. Apply as early as Jan. 1 to maximize aid opportunities. Learn more at www.fafsa.gov.

    Students who have already completed an associate or bachelor’s degree and are pursuing a second degree will need to submit an appeal to the Financial Aid Office to be considered for financial assistance. Only students seeking a higher degree will be considered for aid.

  3. Submit official transcripts if necessary. Students who wish to apply courses taken at another institution must submit official transcripts AND request that they be evaluated for appropriate course transfer.

  4. Meet with a counselor to determine if you need to take the placement test or if you qualify for a placement testing waiver. All students are required to either take the placement exam or submit an unofficial transcript with a grade of “C” or better in college level Mathematics and/or English. While meeting with a counselor, you will also update your academic plan/program of study. Students who have not been enrolled at Triton for one calendar year are required to follow the program of study outlined in the current catalog year. If required, complete a general petition for readmission. 
  5. Take placement test if needed. Placement test scores are valid for two (2) years. Students do not need to take the placement test if they have already done so within the last two years or if they earned a grade of “C” or better in college level mathematics and/or English.
  6. Register for classes online through the MyTriton portal, in person at the Welcome Center, or by phone at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130.
  7. Make payment arrangements. Tuition balances may be paid in full by using cash, money order, check, or credit card (American Express, MasterCard, or Visa) at the Cashier’s Office, room B-130 in the main hall of the Student Center (B-Building). Payments can also be made online through the MyTriton portal (including FACTS payment plans).