Student Resources

New Student Guide

We're glad you're here!

Use this page to start your college career the right way.

Important dates:

Accessing your student accounts:

  • Go to
  • You will use your account to login here. Your username and temporary password are provided in your acceptance email and letter.
  • Once you sign in, you will be prompted to reset your password.

About your accounts

self service logo

Self-Service is your business account. This is where you:
• check your financial aid status
• pay your bill
• review missing documents
• choose your classes
• see your transcript
• apply for graduation


Brightspace logo

Brightspace/D2L is your main school account. This is where you:
• access class content
• submit assignments
• check your email
• see campus announcements
• apply for OCtech Foundation scholarships

navigate logo

Navigate is your app while you’re on the go. This is where you:
• schedule appointments with your advisor, tutors or Student Services
• see your class schedule
• add reminders to your calendar
• find class study buddies

Meet with an advisor and register for classes

This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions, and learn what your expectations and responsibilities are as an OCtech student. We’ll help you plan for academic success as we review your first-semester classes and overall degree requirements.

You can meet with an advisor in any of three ways – pick the best for you:

In person: Visit the Advising Center on the first floor of Building S/Student Services Building
By phone: Call 803.535.1224
By Appointment:  Email or call for an appointment.

Once you’ve met with your advisor, you will be able to register for classes.

Apply for financial aid

Complete your FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  
TIP: Use school code 006815 to have your information sent directly to us.

Once received, we’ll contact you to complete your financial aid award.

Other Important Information

Pay Tuition

Tuition may be paid online through Self-Service. It’s due by the published deadline to avoid late fees.

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Look for your personal code in a green envelope via mail and by email. You may also request a code at Choose to send your refund to an existing bank account or new BankMobile Vibe Checking Account.

Campus Communication

Your D2L Brightspace student email address is automatically enrolled in Regroup, the college’s communication system. Add your cell phone number and personal email address so you don’t miss important announcements.


Visit the orientation page at for helpful information and tips about being an OCtech student.
You’ll also find:

Parking Permit

Permits are required to park on campus. Parking permits may be purchased at the cashier’s desk in Building S.

Student ID

Student IDs are available in Student Services in Building S. You must sign up for classes before getting an ID.

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Student Success Center

You have access to free tutoring services through the Student Success Center.  In-person and online tutoring is available, as well as a variety of study resources to help you succeed.
Building B/second floor ( in the Library)

Technology Requirements

All OCtech programs require a computer. Computers must have a USB port and be able to:

  • add a second browser such as Chrome,
    Edge or Firefox
  • play, download and record audio and video
  • download a free Microsoft Office 365 license provided by OCtech

Office 365 gives you access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and free cloud storage. These products are available through our MyApps portal.

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