• Underage Enrollment in Credit Classes


  • Underage Students (students aged 14-15)

    Are you a student aged 14 or 15 wishing to take credit courses at MHCC? Whether you’re doing so as a participant at one of our partnering Early Colleges, or for your own personal enrichment, please follow our process below to get started!

    1. Complete the General Admission Form online
    2. After you receive a welcome email with your student ID, complete the Accuplacer College Placement Test
    3. Call 503-491-7421 to set up a meeting for Underage Enrollment with the High School Services Coordinator. Please print out the Underage Admission Form and complete Step 1 prior to your meeting.
    • Letter of intent (written by the student) explaining how taking courses at MHCC will benefit you and your future.
      • Topics you could cover is what your educational goals are, why MHCC is a good fit for you, what you will gain from taking courses here now rather than later.
    • Letter of support from school counselor, teacher, or other adult non-relative addressing the specific student’s maturity and readiness for college experiences.
      • Who has seen you in the school setting that could share their insight and support for you attending MHCC?
    • Underage Release & Liability Agreement
    • College Placement Test (CPT) scores

    Complete Step 2 with your requested courses. If you are applying to, or a part of an Early College program, please do this part with your adviser.

    In the Underage Enrollment meeting, a parent or guardian must be present. The High School Service Coordinator (or designee) will review the letter of intent, letter of support and CPT scores with the applicant, as well as engage the applicant in conversation regarding their application. The Student Code of Conduct and other expectations will be reviewed with the student. This meeting and the documents submitted will be included in the decision-making process.

    Students Age 16 -17:

    Students Age 16 -17 who have not graduated from high school or who have not been released from compulsory attendance must complete the following steps:

    1. Complete the General Admission Form online
    2. After you receive a welcome email with your student ID, complete the Accuplacer College Placement Test
    3. Visit the Academic Advising & Transfer Center in room AC2253 for permission to register in any class(es)

    When you meet with an advisor, you must bring the following:

    • Photo ID and MHCC ID number
    • College Placement Test (CPT) scores
    • Underage Release & Liability Form*

    The permission form will be valid for 12 months.

    Students under 18 released from compulsory attendance

    Students under 18, who have been released from compulsory attendance, must submit a “Release from Compulsory Attendance Form” to the Admissions & Records Office. This form is obtained from the student’s resident high school district.

    Enrolling For Non-Credit Classes

    Any student under the age of 18 may take Community Education classes, regardless of age, without special approval of MHCC staff. However, their parent or guardian must sign a Release Agreement for Potential Injury or Liability Form. This form is available in the Executive Deans Office. This form will be kept on file in the Registrars office.

    Financial Aid Eligibility of Underage Students

    For the purposes of financial aid eligibility, underage students are not defined as college degree-seeking students and are therefore not eligible for aid. Regular students are defined as degree-seeking students. Students concurrently enrolled in high school and MHCC are by federal regulation ineligible for financial aid. If a student is age 16 or older, has been released from compulsory high school attendance and has completed a GED, they may be eligible for financial aid. The Financial Aid Office will make the final determination of aid eligibility status based on documentation provided by the student.