First Time College Students

High school graduates or GED recipients who have never enrolled in a college including Jefferson State.

First-time college students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Official transcript — high school or GED


First time college students should begin by completing the online application. To complete the application process, students must submit:


Applicants who attended high school, college or received a GED outside the state of Alabama may be assessed out-of-state tuition. For additional information, please review the Certification of Eligibility for In-State Residency Form.


All high school and GED transcripts must be official and sent directly from the sending institution to Jefferson State. Faxed copies are not official. Students will not be allowed to enroll for a second semester unless all required transcripts have been received by Jefferson State prior to registration for the second semester.

Course Placement

Jefferson State requires a comprehensive assessment of students in math and English prior to enrollment in classes. Course placement is determined by the results of this assessment. See placement testing for more information. Click here for Placement Test Exemptions.

Financial Aid

Apply for Federal Student Aid at Please review the Financial Aid Application Procedures for additional information.

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