Steps to Apply for Returning Students

Returning Students

A student who previously attended VGCC but was not enrolled during the previous 18 months must submit a new application for admission. Click through the steps below for more details.

VGCC may have updated our programs of student since you were last enrolled. Please view our current degree, diploma and certificate programs before reapplying.

VGCC Programs & Areas of Study

If you are unsure of the program you want to enter, take a VGCC’s free career assessment to help determine your career path.

If you have not enrolled within the last 18 months, complete an application for admission at If you do not have a Residency Certification Number (RCN), you must complete the residency process with the Residency Determination Service (RDS) before submitting your application.

You will use your same login credentials as your previous enrollment for your VGCC online accounts (WebAdvisor, Email, Moodle). These login credentials are now called your VanguardID.

Complete your FAFSA at and all financial aid documents in the “My Documents” section of your online WebAdvisor account.

Visit and sign up for an orientation session.

If you previously submitted official high school and college transcripts to VGCC, you may not have to resubmit these documents. Visit the transcripts FAQ page for more information.

If you attended other colleges since VGCC, you will need to submit an official transcript from each school to be evaluated for transfer credit.

Official transcripts must be submitted via an electronic transcript service or mailed in a sealed envelope. NOTE: Faxed and/or emailed transcripts are not considered official.

Submit official transcripts to or mail to:
VGCC Admissions
PO Box 917
Henderson, NC 27536

A returning student who has not been enrolled at VGCC during the past five calendar years and who has not successfully completed any General Education course numbered 111 or higher must retake the placement test.

Visit for information about exemptions and test scheduling.

Meet with an Academic and Career Coach at any campus location. Once you have been advised, you are ready to register, pay and become a Vanguard.