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On Your Marks - Preparing for the Race

The first step towards finishing the race is completing the online application. Completing all the steps for admission will get you off to a great start.

Key areas to ensure you are well prepared for your race:

Financial Aid: Explore financial aid opportunities and apply for aid as soon as possible at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It can take up to eight weeks from the date verification documents are received in the Financial Aid Office for your financial aid to be determined or awarded. The Federal school code for Richland College is 008504. For more information, visit Richland's Financial Aid web page.

Transcript requirements: Make sure ALL official transcripts and test scores have been received by Richland College's Admissions Office. Please visit the transcripts requirements web page for detailed information.

Mail official transcripts to:

Richland College
Admissions Office
12800 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75243-2199
Or via

Electronic Transcript Exchange to:Registrar-rlc@dcccd.edu

TSI: The Texas Success Initiative (TSI)  is a program mandated by the state for all Texas public colleges and universities. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you must take the TSI Assessment – unless you are already exempt – to determine your readiness for college-level work. For more information, please visit the TSI website.

Career planning: "Begin with the end in mind." The ability to finish the race requires knowing what you want to accomplish. Richland College offers resources to assist you in goal setting and career planning. The first step in career planning should be to gather information about yourself to assist in making a decision about a career.  

Below are links to the resources:

  • Goal Setting – Need help setting goals? This page provides tips and great examples for setting goals that are SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound).
  • Career Services – Our Career Services department serves as a resource for credit and non-credit students, alumni of Richland College, and the greater community. Students may use the center at their leisure; however, appointments are encouraged to use the Computer Guidance Programs and for in-depth consultation.
  • The Careers College - This program blends educational learning modules, job search tools and complementary career resources to help you navigate the search to land your ideal job.
  • Choices Planner Online – If you are undecided about a career, this online tool will help you decide what career path to pursue. Choices is an easy-to-use, comprehensive career exploration and information system. It can show you the connection between an occupation, the program of study leading to that occupation and which institutions offer those programs of study.