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Admissions & Financial Aid

  • Applying to ECC

    Thank you for your interest in Erie Community College! Below you will find six quick and easy steps that will guide you through the process of becoming an ECC student.

    1. Apply to ECC

      Applying to ECC is free and easy! And with more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, Erie Community College offers a wide range of options to help you achieve your goals.

      Start the application process by creating an account. If you have already have an account, but are unable to remember your or password, you can reset it by going to Forgot Password.

      Once you have created an account, the next step is to start an application. If you are unable to complete your application online, please feel free to visit any one of the Admissions Offices at our three convenient locations. Staff members are available to answer any questions you may have. Computers are also available for use. See campus locations and directions for details.

      After you have completed an application, you can check the status of your application. You may also contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

      If you are planning to take one or two courses without applying them to a degree or certificate program, you may apply online or by completing the Non-matriculated, Part-time Admissions Application.

    2. Submit Your Transcripts

      You will be required to provide proof of high school graduation to complete your application, bringing you one step closer to starting your journey at ECC.

      Please submit one of the following:

      An official high school transcript depicting your date of graduation. Transcripts can be hand delivered or mailed to:
      Office of Admissions
      6205 Main Street
      Williamsville, NY 14221
      Transcripts can also be faxed to (716) 270-2961.


      A high school equivalency diploma (TASC or GED™) - If you have been homeschooled, a letter from the superintendent of your school district is required to prove that your coursework is equivalent to the district standards.


      A previously earned associate’s degree or higher - Your college transcript can used in place of a high school transcript/equivalency. Please submit your transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

    3. Apply for Financial Aid

      Did you know that more than 70 percent of ECC’s students receive financial aid?

      You can begin the process for applying for financial aid by completing a FAFSA. By applying early, you increase your chances of receiving aid. Explore our Financial Aid section for more sources of available aid.

      We also offer many scholarship opportunities through The Foundation, there you will find a complete listing of all our scholarships and directions for applying.

      For a complete breakdown of costs, please visit the tuition and fees webpage.

    4. Take a Placement Test

      On average, the Accuplacer Computerized Placement Test is offered three times a week. There is a test to fit even the busiest schedule.

      The purpose of the Accuplacer test is to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in math, reading and writing. The results of the assessment will be used by an academic advisor and/or counselor to determine your course selection. View the Placement Testing Schedule, to find a listing of drop-in dates and times.

      You may be exempt from taking the placement test based on your scores on the SAT and/or ACT tests, AP scores or other college credits. For more information about qualification for waiver, go to placement test waiver.

      We encourage you to prepare for the placement test. Under the Study Guides tab on our Placement Testing site, you can find sample questions and review materials to help you study for it.

    5. Attend START Orientation

      All new and transfer students or noncontinuous students (who have been away two semesters or more) enrolled in an academic program must attend START Orientation.

      As an accepted new student or transfer to Erie Community College, you are required to attend a mandatory START (Support through Advisement, Registration and Transition) orientation session. As well as meeting other incoming ECC students, START will provide you the opportunity to meet with the faculty advisors and support staff that will ensure your first year experience is a success. START will help you navigate your initial year at ECC by helping you clearly understand the expectations and requirements involved in collegiate success, discover the campus resources to help make those achievements possible, and the available support services that will help you on your way.

      START is the first step to create your plan for success. Students are assigned to a START orientation based on the date of admission to an academic program, and division. Additionally, to be eligible to register for a START orientation, you must be waived from or have completed the Accuplacer placement test. Once you have met all eligibility criteria to attend START and have received your Admissions Acceptance packet, you will receive an invitation letter to START by e-mail at your official ECC e-mail address and/or through US Postal Mail to your home address of record.

      To begin orientation, advisement and registration, you must first indicate your intention to attend a START session by visiting the website indicated in your START Orientation letter and completing the registration form. Participation in all aspects of START—orientation, advisement, and registration—is required to receive a registration schedule. It is best to participate in a START session at the campus you plan to attend.

      START sessions are typically half a day, so plan to spend at least six hours preparing your path for your initial year at ECC, a path that will pave the way for your success and future at ECC! Sessions are offered as early as April. To have the best selection of courses, register for START by signing up for a START orientation session right away.

      For more information on START and how to register, you can reach us at (716) 270-2611 or by email at STARTorientation@ecc.edu or you can visit the START Orientation website.

    6. Make Payment Arrangements

      After attending START Orientation and registering for classes, you can make a payment.

      You can pay your bill either by mail or in person at Student Account Services. There is an office located on all three campuses. ECC also offers the convenience of a Tuition Installment Plan to students who need to stretch out payments over a period of time. To explore other payment options, please visit Financial Aid.

      For individuals living outside of Erie County, it is recommended that you complete the Out-of-County Form. This allows the college to charge your county for residency fees. It is the responsibility of the student to submit this form yearly.

  • Need Help?


    City Campus
    Student Support Center
    Room O102A
    45 Oak Street
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    P: (716) 851-1155
    F: (716) 270-2821
    M8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    T, W, Th and F8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    South Campus
    Building 5 - Room 5200
    4041 Southwestern Blvd.
    Orchard Park, NY 14127
    P: (716) 851-1655
    F: (716) 851-1687
    M, T, Th and F8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    W8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • visiting

    Visiting ECC

    Schedule a tour to visit any of our campuses, speak with our students and meet our outstanding faculty. Check out all ECC has to offer and learn how you can start here and go anywhere!Visiting ECC