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Next Steps Checklist

Welcome to Delta! We're so excited to have you with us as a future pioneer. Getting started is very easy. Just follow the steps below and you'll be ready to register for classes in no time. If you run into any issues with these next steps, feel free to contact us. 

Step 1

Apply to Delta

Applying to Delta is easy and costs nothing. If you want to talk to someone about how to fit college into your life, contact Admissions.

If you're planning ahead, check out our High School Senior Timeline to give you an idea of what you should be doing to prepare for college.

Apply Now    High School Senior Timeline


Step 2

Guided Self-Placement

This quick survey allows you more flexibility to select the math and English course that best aligns with your academic pathway, experience, and comfort level. You will be prompted to take the GSP after you submit your application.

*Guest and continuing education students are not required to complete the GSP.

What do my GSP results mean?


Step 3

Plan Payment Options

It's important to have a plan for how you're going to pay for college. If you want to use grants, scholarships, or loans, you'll need to turn in a FAFSA. It's free to apply and you might be surprised at what you're eligible for.

If you're not eligible for financial aid, there are still plenty of other options available to you. It is recommended that you build a plan for paying for college early so you're not scrambling to figure it out at the last minute.

*Dual enrollment, guest, continuing education and personal eEnrichment are not eligible for financial aid and do not need to complete the FAFSA.

Paying for College    FAFSA Instructions


Step 4

Set Up Delta Account & MFA

About four hours after you receive your admittance email, you'll receive an email from with instructions on setting up your Delta account.

The last step in setting up your account is configuring your Multifactor Authentication (MFA) settings.

What is my Delta account?


Step 5

Online Orientation

Once the above steps are completed, all first time in college students will receive an email with a link to start the self-paced online orientation course to help prepare you to navigate college and our systems. You will have access to refer back to these resources as long as you're a Delta student.

*Continuing education, dual enrolled, guest, personal enrichment, returnin, and transfer students are not required to complete this step.


Step 6

Turn in Documents

Dual enrollment students are required to turn in a Tuition Authorization Form (TAF) every semester.

Transfer students should submit official transcripts from each college or university they attended via the National Student Clearinghouse.

Guest students are not required to submit a Michigan Undergraduate (MUG) application. Once you have been admitted at Delta and created your account, you will be able to register for classes without submitting any other documents.

Tuition Authorization Form (TAF)    National Student Clearinghouse


Step 7

Register for Classes

First time in college students can attend an optional New Student Advising and Registration session. Details will be emailed to your Delta email about 5 business days after completing Online Orientation and the Pre-Advising Form.

If you prefer to register on your own or you are a continuing education, dual enrolled, guest, personal enrichment, returning or transfer student, use Student Planning in Student Self-Service to register for classes. You need to complete all of the above steps before you'll be able to register. 

Academic Advising    How to Register    What are waitlists?


Step 8

Pay for Classes

Use Student Billing in Student Self-Service to view and pay your bill. Even if you have financial aid, you may still owe money. Make sure you pay by the payment deadline.

More Payment Information


Step 9

Buy Your Books

Books are available to purchase at the Delta College bookstore a couple of weeks before the semester starts.



Less than half the cost of a public university, with the same quality education.


At Delta, you get small class sizes with professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. 


Delta has free tutoring and writing and presentation support.

Michael Dwan

"Delta’s more closely knit than I expected. You see people you know from high school and you meet new people in class. Everyone’s friendly, it’s cool."

Michael Dwan
Delta College Accounting student
Transferring to MSU
Honors Leadership Board President