Online New Student Checklist


Step 1: Apply

  • Apply for admission to Black Hawk College.
    • Pay $20 application fee.
    • Look for your welcome letter in 1-2 business days at the email address you provided on the application.
  • Send official transcripts from your high school and/or previous college to
  • Send placement scores from another school or ACT/SAT test scores (taken within the last two years).
  • Apply for financial aid at Black Hawk College’s school code is 001638. FAFSA is available Oct. 1 for the following fall semester. Get more information from the BHC Financial Aid Office.
  • Apply for a BHC Foundation scholarship (March-May).

Step 2: Log into myBlackHawk

  • For myBlackHawk login instructions, reference the welcome letter and subsequent emails.
  • Access myBlackHawk.
  • Login questions? Contact the ITS Help Desk at 309-796-5555 or

Step 3: Work with your Online AA advisor

  • Contact your Online AA advisor to create your schedule and register for the mandatory New Student Orientation.
  • Online AA advisor: 309-796-5153 or

Step 4: Complete mandatory New Student Orientation

  • The orientation will cover how to navigate Canvas, the use of technology in an online course, and how to be a successful online student.
  • Once you complete the mandatory New Student Orientation, you will be able to register for your courses with your Online AA advisor.

Step 5: Pay tuition

  • Access the Student Billing tab in myBlackHawk to check your anticipated balance, view payment options, due dates, pay online or set up deferred payment.


Don’t forget!

  • Check your myBlackHawk email frequently for important messages.
  • Technology requirements – PC or Mac, webcam, microphone and speakers/headphones, high speed/broadband internet and basic computer skills. View all Tech Requirements.
  • Will you receive a financial aid refund? After registering for classes, set up your refund preference.
    • Have a student ID card? You received a code in the mail. Enter your personal code.
    • No student ID card? No problem! Select the “Need a Code?” link to request one.


  • Order books online at the BHC Bookstore.
  • Please allow 2 weeks for shipping.

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