Refugee Students

Apply for admission to the college

Your first step is to complete an admissions application. You can access the application by visiting the Online Admissions Application portal. Should you require accommodations for completing the application, please contact Disability Support Services at 859-246-6728 or toll free at 866-774-4872, extension 6728.

Kentucky residency is determined by a series of questions you answer on the admissions application. Once you submit the admissions application, you can setup your student account (see Step 2 below) and login to view your residency status. If you wish to appeal your residency status, you will need to complete and submit a notarized affidavit, along with supporting document, to the Office of Admissions by the term deadline. For more information about Kentucky residency and to access the residency application, please visit the Kentucky Residency page.

Setup your student account

Once you submit your admissions application, visit User Account Center to create your user profile, obtain your student ID and username, and to set your password. This account will give you access to your student self-service (registration, payments, financial aid, grades, etc.), e-mail, and any online courses you enroll in. Please note that you will not have access to your student email account until after you have registered for classes.

Submit official transcripts and test scores

You are required to submit post-secondary (college or university) transcripts. If you have not attended a college or university, then you are required to submit official secondary education (high school) transcripts. If for some reason you are unable to obtain the necessary documents, please complete the Transcript Waiver Request Form and submit along with supporting documentation.

If you have ever attended an accredited college or university outside of the United States, we require an evaluated transcript of your coursework by a third-party evaluation agency. To ensure that you receive credit for your transferrable coursework, we recommend that you purchase a detailed credential evaluation that includes course syllabi. For a list of approved evaluation agencies, please visit

Faxed, photocopies, and scanned images of documents will not be accepted. Original documents must be provided to the Office of Admissions.

If you will be hand-delivering documents after hours, you may submit using the drop box located on the door to the Admissions Office located in room 119 of the Oswald building at the Cooper campus. The drop box is secure and checked daily for submissions.

Apply for financial aid

Once you submit an admissions application, you can apply for financial aid. You do not need to wait for an acceptance letter. There are different types of financial assistance available. Federal and state aid is available through the FAFSA. This application is available January 1 for the coming academic year beginning in August. Students submitting the FAFSA should list BCTC using the school code 005244. In addition to federal and state aid, students can apply for loans and scholarships with the assistance of the financial aid office. For additional information on types of aid and deadlines, please visit the Financial Aid webpage.

Access the SEE Portal

Once you submit an admissions application, it will take approximately two weeks to process your application. Once your application is processed, you will receive an acceptance letter via postal mail. This letter provides instructions on accessing a link to the SEE Portal, an online tool that will guide you through completing your enrollment.

Take the placement test

Test scores earned within the last two years should be submitted along with your transcript(s). If you do not have test scores, then you can opt to take a placement test through the Advising and Assessment Center or the Testing Center at BCTC.

Test scores are used to determine course placement. To ensure proper course registration, please be sure your most current test scores are on file or you have completed all necessary testing prior to your scheduled advising appointment.

Register for orientation or schedule advising appointment

If you are an incoming freshmen, you are required to attend orientation. At orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. If you are not an incoming freshman, you will contact the Advising and Assessment Center to schedule an advising appointment. Please refer to your SEE Portal (access link provided in your mailed acceptance letter) for specific information related to your next step.

Pay tuition

Once you are registered for classes, you will be responsible for paying your tuition and making sure that tuition charges are correct for your residency status and that any accepted financial aid is posted to your account. This is done through your Student Self Service Account. For instructions on activating your account, please visit the SEE Portal link located on your mailed acceptance letter.