ctcLink Resources for Students

The basics for students to get up and running with ctcLink. Also, please refer to the menu items.

Do This First: Activate Your ctcLink Account 

You only need to do this once.
Note to new students starting Fall Quarter: If you received your ctcLink ID number via email, you still need to activate your ctcLink account.

Here is the pdf version.

If you encounter problems activating your account, contact the IT HelpDesk.

pdf version / Video Tour

NOTE: Be sure to write down your new ctcLink ID number (EMPLID) when you get it and keep it in a safe place. You will need it to login to ctcLink. 

If you forget your ctcLink ID after you activate your account, you can retrieve your credentials by entering your SID and PIN at tools.seattlecolleges.edu/Initialize/mycredential_bySID.

You may also login to https://tools.seattlecolleges.edu/ using your MySeattleColleges information (typically firstname.lastname@seattlecolleges.edu and associated password), select Get My Credentials, and find your ctcLink ID (EMPLID). The IT Helpdesk can help too.

Help Guide: What If You Forget Your ctcLink ID (EMPLID)? 

  • Student Tech Tools: ctcLink, Canvas, Starfish, MyNorth/Central/South: A Guide.
  • My Student Accounts: A Guide to the Accounts you need as a Seattle Colleges Student.

Tips for Known Issues

Some students are encountering issues in ctcLink. Below are some solutions you can try.

Class Schedule

Note: Access the class schedule from your college's Students or Current Students page (North | Central | South) by clicking the Class Schedule icon.

Navigating ctcLink Mobile (HCX)

Get the Mobile App

One exciting feature of ctcLink is an app you can use on your mobile devices. Search the app store (iPhone) or play store (Android) on your mobile device for “ctcLink” to download and install this free app today. After you activate your ctcLink account, you’ll be able to access ctcLink directly through your mobile device using this app. 

Note: You must activate your ctcLink account before using the mobile app or its web-based version.  

Navigating ctcLink (Desktop/Browser)

Enroll in a Nelnet Payment Plan

Nelnet Payment Plan Schedule 

Winter 2022 - Payment Plan available November 1, 2021

Last day to enroll online      Required down payment      Number of payments      Months of payments
November 23 25% 3 Dec - Feb
December 20 40% 2 Jan & Feb
January 10 50% 1 February only

Spring 2022 - Payment Plan available February 7, 2022

Last day to enroll online      Required down payment      Number of payments      Months of payments
February 23 25% 3 April - June
March 25 40% 2 May & June
April 8 50% 1 June only


Learn more at each college's Nelnet website:


  • Do not use the back button as you navigate in ctcLink. Information from previous windows you’ve left will be lost and are not retrievable.
  • If you encounter browser issues, good first steps to address this include clearing your browser cache and allowing pop-up windows. Select the links below for How To Steps. For further assistance please contact the IT HelpDesk.

Reporting Time Worked by Student Employees

Student employees need to use ctcLink to report their time worked so they can get paid. Get step-by-step instructions.