College Q&A: Pirate Portal has many convenient features

July 30, 2011 at 2:30 a.m.

By Katy Long

I've registered for my fall classes online and I noticed that my registration isn't complete until I pay for my classes. Is there another way to pay for classes that doesn't require me to come to campus and stand in line?

Yes. You can pay for your classes via the Pirate Portal online. We've made it easier than ever to help you make these important payment deadlines. You probably already know that you can access your student email and online classes through the portal, but you can also access any financial aid information and manage your payments in the portal as well.

On the right-hand side of the VC homepage is a button that will take you to the Pirate Portal. You should already have access to the portal, but new students will have access only after completing the admissions process and then retrieving their student account manager information in the portal. That is simply a unique login name and randomly generated password.

Once you've entered the Pirate Portal, you have access to general information, announcements, maps, a campus directory, academic calendars and tools and - most importantly - your own Student Services tab.

Under the Student Services tab are a number of channels. These are topic-specific areas that provide convenient access to information, applications, or other Web resources you may need. Specifically, down the left-hand side are channels that include My Account, Make/Manage Payments, Financial Aid Requirements, Financial Aid Awards and Financial Aid Information.

If you haven't done it yet, you can login to the portal to find out what kind of financial aid is available to you as well. You can apply for financial aid via the portal and get a customized list of all the documents you'll need to submit a successful application.

Also keep in mind that starting this fall, if you receive financial aid, you'll need to go into the financial aid awards channel in the portal to accept them before they can be applied. After all awards have been applied, you can use the portal to check your account and ensure that all your fees are paid in full. If you still have a balance, you can use the portal to submit payment for the difference.

If you need help or have any other questions regarding the Pirate Portal, please contact the Help Desk at Victoria College at 361-582-2509 or via email to

Do you have a question about The Victoria College? Contact Katy Long in Marketing and Communications Department, at 361-582-2417, or



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