ctcLink for Students


Welcome to ctcLink!

This page offers guides and assistance to help you start your RTC journey in ctcLink. In-person assistance will be available in the Student Success Center and the Learning Resource and Career Center until June 30.

Students have two options for using ctcLink:

Full site Mobile site


Activate Your Account

You must use the Full Site to activate your ctcLink account. Once you have activated your ctcLink account, you can use a free app on your mobile device or this user-friendly desktop version of the mobile site. You will find directions for student processes in both versions on this page.

Activate your ctcLink Account

  • If you have already received a ctcLink ID number from another college and activated your account with them:
    • You do not need to activate your account again or receive a new number
    • Use your existing number
  1. Activate your account. You must use the ctcLink Full Site to activate your account.
  2. Enter First Name, Last Name, and Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY)
  3. New students and employees will use their ctcLink ID to activate
  4. Enter your SID or ctcLink ID
  5. Click Submit

PASSWORD & RECOVERY INFORMATION

  1. Enter your recovery email address
  2. Select security question from the (dropdown) menu
  3. Enter your answer to the security question you selected
  4. Account Recovery Code (Options):
    • For an (SMS) text message enter your Phone Number
    • For a voicemail message enter your Phone Number
  5. Password – Must have at least 8 characters that include:
    • At least 1 uppercase letter
    • At least 1 lowercase letter
    • At least 1 number
  6. Confirm Password – Enter your newly created password again
  7. Click the Submit (button)
  8. After you’ve clicked the Submit (button) a popup window and message will display to provide your new ctcLink IDentification number (ctcLink ID)
  9. Take a screenshot of your new ctcLink ID# with your smartphone and also write it down and store it someplace safe because it’s not easy to recover!
  10. Click the OK (button) for Account Activation confirmation (popup message)
  11. Try logging in to the full site to ensure your account has been activated

KEEP YOUR CREDENTIALS SAFE

  1. recovery email address
  2. hint word for secret question’s answer
  3. recovery phone number
  4. ctcLink ID#
  5. ctcLink password

Video: Account Activation


Activation instructions in other languages:

 


Are you a New Student or a Current Student?


New Students


Current Students

General

For all admitted students:

  • Activate your ctcLink account using your SID
    • You must use the ctcLink Full Site to activate your account.
    • Be sure to write down your new number when you get it and keep it in a safe place.
  • If you are registered for Spring Quarter, check out the Student ctcLink Tutorials below.
  • If you are not registered, register in ctcLink.
  • Learn how to read the class schedule and enroll.
Youth High School Completion Students

If you are already admitted and enrolled:

If you're NOT admitted and enrolled yet:


ctcLink Tutorials

For tips on how to use ctcLink, you can take this free and easy course. You will learn to:

  1. Set up your user preferences and personalize your Student Homepage.
  2. View the Student Homepage Profile Tile to update Personal Information such as name, email address, phone number, address, emergency contacts, ethnicity information, and privacy restrictions.
  3. Review the Student Homepage Tasks Tile to view and update holds and to-do list items (service indicators, checklists).
  4. View and Use Message Center.
  5. Use the Student Homepage Manage Classes Tile to manage enrollments and class schedule (add, drop, swap, search for classes, browse the course catalog, view my classes, use the shopping cart, enroll by my requirements, manage class planner)
  6. Review and Understand the Student Homepage Academic Progress Tile to understand academic progress and academic advisement information, apply for graduation and view graduation status.
  7. Review the Student Homepage Academic Records Tile to view course history, grades and transcripts.
  8. Use the Student Homepage Financial Aid Tile to access and view financial aid data for a given year, view awards summary and accept or decline financial aid.
  9. Review the Student Homepage Financial Account Tile to view student financial account and make payments.

This guide will show you how to look up and enroll for clases offered by Renton Technical College.

How do I search for and enroll in classes (Mobile Site)?

  1. Open a web browser and go to the ctcLink mobile site OR open the ctcLink app on your mobile device
  2. Select/Tap on the ctcLink Login tile
  3. Log in to ctcLink
  4. On the left, expand the Class Information menu
  5. Select Class Search
  6. Select the appropriate term using the Term dropdown menu
  7. Use the provided tools to help specify your search criteria
  8. Once the search criteria has been set, click on the Search button
  9. Your search results will appear. Click on a listed class to expand the details
  10. To enroll in the selected class, click on the 3-dots on the right, and select Enroll
  11. A pop-up will open with Enrollment options. If needed, enter a Permission Number, and check the Waitlist if the class is full if you’d like to be added to the Waitlist.
  12. Click on Save
  13. If successful, you will see confirmation that the class has been added to your schedule
  14. You may confirm your class schedule by selecting Dashboard on the left, and selecting the Academics tab

How do I search for and enroll in classes (Full Site)?

  1. Go to the ctcLink login page
  2. Enter your ctcLink ID, and click Next. Enter your password and click on Verify
  3. Click on Student Homepage and select Manage Classes
  4. On the left, select Class Search and Enroll
  5. Select the term and institution
  6. At the top of the page, you can enter a keyword to search for specific classes. Then click on the Search button
  7. On the left-hand side, various filters will display for you to narrow your search results:
    • Subject
    • Class Status (open classes)
    • Course Career
    • Number of Units (Credits)
    • Location
    • Instruction Mode
    • Academic Session
    • Class Meeting Days (Days of the week
    • Class Start Times
    • Class End Times
    • Class Components (Lecture/Lab)
    • Class Attribute
  8. Select a Course and the class sections will display
  9. Select the Class hyperlink to view details
  10. The Class Information window will display. Review each of the five tabs:
    • Class Details
    • Meeting Information
    • Enrollment Information
    • Class Availability
    • Textbook/Other Information
  11. Click on the Close (X) button to close the Class Information window
  12. To enroll in this class, click on the right arrow (>) at the of the row for that class section
  13. The Class Search and Enroll guide displays in Step 1 Review Class Selection on the left-hand side of the screen. Select the Next link at the top right of the page
  14. Step 2 Review Class Preference page will display. Input Wait List preference or Permission Number (if applicable) and select the Accept button
  15. Step 3 Enroll or Add to Cart page displays. Select Enroll then the Next button
  16. Step 4 Review and Submit page will display. Once you select the Submit button, a submit confirmation page will display
  17. Select the Yes option to confirm submission
    • Note: A message bar at the top of the page will appear to confirm the course has been added or errors will display.
    • Typical errors include, not meeting an enrollment requirement, a time conflict, full class, etc.
  18. The updated Confirmation page will display. Select View My Classes on the left side to confirm that your class has been added
  1. Open a web browser and go to the ctcLink mobile site OR open the ctcLink app on your mobile device
  2. Select/Tap on the ctcLink Login tile
  3. Log in to ctcLink
  4. On the left, select the Enrollment menu
  5. Select Shopping Cart
  6. On the top right, click Add Class and then Add by class number
  7. Enter the Class Number and click Add
  8. If a Permission Number is needed for the class, enter the Permission Number and click Save. If not, skip and click Save
  9. The class has been added to your Shopping Cart
  10. On the top right, click Enroll
  11. If successful, you will see confirmation that the class has been added to your schedule

How do I pay for classes in ctcLink (Full Site)?

  1. Open a web browser and go to gateway.ctclink.us
  2. Enter your ctcLink ID, and click Next. Enter your password and click on Verify
  3. Click on the Financial Accounts tile and select Payments
  4. Select Make a Payment
  5. Review the amount that you owe
  6. Specify the payment amount under Payment Amount and click on Next
  7. Confirm your payment by selecting Continue to Make Payment
  8. You will be directed to the billing page. Complete each of the tabs to enter your billing information, enter payment, review and submit your payment
  9. Congratulations! You have now completed a payment on your financial account

How do I pay for classes in ctcLink (Mobile Site)?

  1. Open a web browser and go to the ctcLink mobile site OR open the ctcLink app on your mobile device 
  2. Select/Tap on the ctcLink Login tile
  3. Log in to ctcLink
  4. On the left, expand the Financials menu
  5. Select What I Owe
  6. Your outstanding charges will be displayed. Review the total amount due
  7. Click on the Make A Payment button on the top-right
  8. You will be brought to the Full Site of ctcLink. Click on the Payments menu to expand it
  9. Select Make a Payment
  10. You will be presented with the outstanding charges you can pay online. Under Payment Amount, type in the amount you want to pay
  11. Once you have specified the amount, click on Next
  12. Review the payment amount before proceeding. When ready, click on Continue to Make Payment
  13. Enter all required information including your billing information and payment details. Click on Next
  14. Make your final review on the payment to be submitted. When ready, click on Submit
  15. Congratulations! You have successfully completed your payment online

Some students have reported problems making payments. If you encounter this:

  1. Open a web browser and go to the ctcLink Mobile Site OR open the ctcLink app on your mobile device
  2. Select/Tap on the ctcLink Login tile
  3. Log in to ctcLink
  4. On the left, select Enrollment to expand the menu
  5. Select Drop Classes from the list of options
  6. You will now see the list of classes you may drop
  7. Review this list to determine which class(es) you’d like to drop
  8. On the right, select the class(es) you’d like to drop by adding a checkmark​
  9. Once you have made your selection(s), select the Drop button
  10. A popup window will open to confirm.
  11. Select Drop
  12. You will now receive a message confirming that your class has been dropped.
  13. Click OK to dismiss this message
  1. Open a web browser and go to gateway.ctclink.us
  2. Click on Password Help and select Reset Password
  3. Enter your ctcLink ID and select your desired method to reset your password
  4. Follow the instructions sent to your desired method of communication
  5. Your password will be reset right away
  6. You may log back in to ctcLink
  1. Your ctcLink account must be activated. If you haven’t activated your account, visit our ctcLink Support page for Students to review our ctcLink account activation tutorial. 
  2. Open a web browser and go to gateway.ctclink.us
  3. Enter your ctcLink ID, and click Next. Enter your password and click on Verify
  4. Click on Student Homepage and select Immunization Attestation
  5. You will now be presented with the immunization attestation page. First, select your Immunization/Exemption type
  6. Once the Immunization/Exemption type is selected, specify the corresponding date by typing it in (MM/DD/YYYY format), or using the date selector (calendar icon). 
  7. If applicable, you may add another entry to record an additional dose. To do this, click on the plus (+) icon, to add a new row. If you do not have any additional doses, you may skip this step.
  8. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to enter the additional information
  9. Under Self Attestation and Disciplinary Action, review the agreements, and click on the sliders to say Yes
  10. Click on the Submit button
  11. Congratulations! You have successfully completed your Immunization Attestation.

This guide will show you how to view your grades in ctcLink.

  1. Open a web browser and go to the ctcLink Mobile Site OR open the ctcLink app on your mobile device
  2. Select/Tap on the ctcLink Login tile
  3. Log in to ctcLink
  4. On the left, select the Academics menu
  5. Select Grades
  6. At the top, select the Term drop-down to look at the applicable Term
  7. View your class grades under the heading “OFFICIAL”

This guide will show you how to update your biographical information in ctcLink (Mobile Site).

  1. Activate your account (if needed)
  2. Log in to the mobile site
  3. To add a preferred name:
    • On the left, select the My Profile menu
    • Select Biographical Information on the left or top of the screen
    • Click the Add Name button
    • Click Preferred
    • Type in your preferred First Name and Last Name
    • Click Save
  4. To add a gender identity:
    • Click on the pencil icon next to Gender Identity
    • Select your Gender Identity and click Save
  5. To add an ethnicity:
    • Click on the Edit button next to Ethnicity
    • In the Ethnicity tab, fill in the form and click Save
    • In the Background tab, fill in the form and click Save

This guide will show you how to update your biographical information in ctcLink (Full Site).

  1. Activate your account (if needed)
  2. Log in to the full site
  3. In the Gateway, select Student Homepage on the left
  4. To add a preferred name:
    • The Student Homepage tiles will appear.
    • Select the Profile tile
    • On the right, select Personal Details
    • At the top, select the Personal tab
    • Click on the plus (+) button under Names
    • Fill in the form and click Save
  5. To add a gender identity:
    • At the top, select the Biographic tab
    • At the bottom, click on Gender Identity
    • Select your Gender Identity and click Save
  6. To add a sexual orientation:
    • At the bottom, click on Sexual Orientation
    • Select your Sexual Orientation and click Save
  7. To add an ethnicity:
    • On the left, select Ethnicity
    • At the top, select the Ethnicity tab
    • Fill out the form and click Save
    • At the top, select the Background tab
    • Click on the Add Background button
    • Select your Ethnic Group and click Save

This guide will show you how to update your contact information in ctcLink (Mobile site).

  1. Activate your account (if needed)
  2. Log in to the mobile site
  3. To update your address:
    • On the left, select the My Profile menu
    • Select Contact Info on the left or top of the screen
    • Click on the pencil icon next to your Address
    • Fill in the form and click Save
  4. To add a phone number:
    • Click on the Add Phone Number button
    • Fill in the form and click Save
  5. To add an email address:
    • Click on the Add Email button
    • Fill in your email address. Select Preferred if it’s your preferred email.
    • Click Save

This guide will show you how to update your contact information in ctcLink (Full site).

  1. Activate your account (if needed)
  2. Log in to the full site
  3. In the Gateway, select Student Homepage on the left
  4. The Student Homepage tiles will appear.
  5. To add an email address:
    • Select the Profile tile
    • On the left, select Contact Details
    • Click on the Add Email button under Email
    • Fill in the form and click Save
  6. To add a phone number:
    • Click on the Add Phone button under Phone
    • Fill in the form and click Save
  7. To update an address:
    • On the left, select Addresses
    • Click on the Address you want to update
    • Fill in the form and click Save

This guide will show you how to update your emergency contact in ctcLink (Mobile site).

  1. Activate your account (if needed)
  2. Log in to the mobile site
  3. To add an emergency contact:
    • On the left, select the My Profile menu
    • Select Emergency Contacts on the left or top of the screen
    • Click on the Add Emergency Contact button
    • Fill in the form and click Save

This guide will show you how to update your emergency contact in ctcLink (Full site).

  1. Activate your account (if needed)
  2. Log in to the full site
  3. In the Gateway, select Student Homepage on the left
  4. The Student Homepage tiles will appear.
  5. To add an emergency contact:
    • Select the Profile tile
    • On the left, select Emergency Contacts
    • Click on the Add Contact button
    • Fill in the form and click Save

This guide will show you how to update your privacy restrictions in ctcLink (Full site).

  1. Activate your account (if needed)
  2. Log in to the full site
  3. In the Gateway, select Student Homepage on the left
  4. The Student Homepage tiles will appear.
  5. To update privacy restrictions:
    • Select the Profile tile
    • On the left, select Privacy Restrictions
    • Click on the Explain hyperlink to read more info
    • The FERPA Self Service Explanation pops up
    • Read and click OK
    • To block any release of your directory information, click on Restrict All Data
    • Check the Restricted box and click Save

This guide will show you how to view your academic progress in ctcLink (Mobile site).

  1. Activate your account (if needed)
  2. Log in to the mobile site
  3. On the left, select the Academics menu
  4. Select Degree Progress
  5. Your Program Credential(s) will appear with a pie chart showing the percent complete.
  6. Click on your Program Credential
  7. The different requirement categories display to the right. You can see if the Requirement Category is Satisfied or Unsatisfied. Each category has different credit and course requirements.
  8. Click on a Requirement Category to get more info
  9. More info will expand below. You can see how many credits are needed.
  10. Click on the specific requirement for details of your progress.
  11. Click on the View Courses button to see the courses that meet the requirement
  12. The list of courses that meet the requirement appear. The status of each course is indicated. You can use this to see which courses you still need to take.

This guide will show you how to view your academic progress in ctcLink (Full site).

  1. Activate your account (if needed)
  2. Log in to the full site
  3. In the Gateway, select Student Homepage on the left
  4. The Student Homepage tiles will appear.
  5. Select Academic Progress
  6. Your program credential will appear. The different Requirement Categories are listed and marked with Satisfied or Unsatisfied.
  7. Click on a Requirement Category to get more info
  8. Details on the requirement will appear. A list of courses that meet the requirement also show. The status of each course is indicated. You can use this to see which courses you still need to take.

ctcLink Mobile Site

Once you have activated your ctcLink account on the full site, you can use a free app on your mobile device or this user-friendly desktop version of the mobile site. Many students find this easier to navigate and it also includes helpful links to the Library, Student Email, Canvas, and more.

  1. On your mobile device, open the App Store (iOS) or Play Store (Android)
  2. In the search bar, enter ‘ctcLink’
  3. Locate the ctcLink app from the search results
    • Note: The app publisher is WA SBCTC or WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  4. Once located, install the app on your device
  5. Once installed, open the app and choose whether or not you want to allow notifications
  6. Review the Terms and Conditions. Scroll to the bottom and select Agree/Accept
  7. The list of institutions will appear. Locate and select Renton Technical College (you may use the search bar to lookup Renton Technical College
  8. Once Renton Technical College is selected, you will be brought to the Renton Technical College ctcLink Homepage.
  9. Here, you can access the following:
    • Student Portal
    • Canvas
    • Class Registration
    • Tuition Payment
    • And more!

A ctcLink support team is working with colleges and system partners to ensure accessibility with the new state-wide community and technical self-service portal and mobile app. To Enable Screen Reader Mode option on the ctcLink Sign In page, you will need to adjust your individual preferences manually to enable the screen reader mode. Once you make the change, it will remain active until you turn off the feature. Instructions can be found at Enabling Screen Reader Mode.

The mobile site includes a “tiles” homepage that provides convenient access to Canvas, academic catalog, and other college information. All the tools students need to enroll and manage classes are available in both the full site and mobile site. Many people find the mobile-friendly website more helpful and convenient.

Aside from activating your ctcLink account or making payments or uploading documents, yes. All the tools available in the main ctcLink website are available in the mobile-friendly website. However, the interface does look different on the mobile-friendly website, especially, when viewed on your smartphone. The specific way you perform a task, or the path you take to any given tool, will be slightly different than the main ctcLink site.

Yes, absolutely. The mobile-friendly website works perfectly fine on your desktop or laptop computer. In fact, you may prefer it over the main ctcLink site.


General FAQs

Frequently asked questions about ctcLink.

It’s a new system that students can use to register for classes, see their program plans, check their financial records/aid, as well as their academic records. Students can do all of this themselves online or using the ctcLink mobile app.

No, ctcLink does not replace Canvas. Students should still use Canvas for their classes, but in Spring 2022, you will have to use your rtc email to log in. Learn more.

New students apply online. All admitted students register through ctcLink. Remember to write down your ctcLink ID.

Yes, using the Full Site version of ctcLink. If you are on the mobile site then it will redirect you to the Full Site when you want to pay.

Tuition and fees have not changed, it’s just that now you can see a detailed list of the charges. Please visit the Tuition and Fees page for more detailed information.

Please contact Enrollment Services to look up your record. The records converted from our old system to ctcLink were limited. However, we still have older records stored in our old system, which can be accessed by staff only.

You can see our published online schedule on the RTC website. You can also view it when you are logged into ctcLink under “Class Search”.

ctcLink is a shared system across all 34 Washington community and technical colleges (or CTCs). Your ctcLink ID and login is the same for each school. If you have a student or employee record from another ctcLink school, then you will see that information in your ctcLink.

Find tutorials and other helpful guides on our ctcLink Student Tutorials on this page. 

Technical Support or Technical Assistance: servicedesk.rtc.edu or servicedesk@rtc.edu.

RTC has a ctcLink ID and Email Lookup Tool. Please visit this page to look up yours: ctcLink ID Lookup Tool

No, you do not need to do this again. The data from our old system will be transferred over to ctcLink. This should not impact your enrollment for Spring Quarter. When the new attestation process is available, new students will fill out the form through ctcLink. If you have not attested, you can fill out the form through your Student Homepage. Find instructions above on the ctcLink Student Tutorials section.

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Need More Help?

  1. Chat with us (click on the Help Desk chatbot on the bottom right)
  2. Submit a ticket or check out Solutions through Service Desk

ctcLink Basic Help (On-Campus)

  • LRCC Technology Resource Center (C-102)
    • Mondays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
    • Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m

Email Help

Registration Help (On-Campus)

  • Student Success Center 
    • March 28 – June 30
      • Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration & ctcLink Help (Online)

  • Via Zoom
    • Monday – Thursday, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Or by appointment

 

Forgot your ctcLink ID number? Try the ctcLink ID Lookup Tool