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Registration Procedures

Priority Registration

CCAC offers a priority registration period at the beginning of each registration cycle for the Fall and Spring terms. Course schedule preference is given to: (1) Veterans and their dependents, (2) Honors Students, (3) Current students based on the total number of credits completed to date. For this third category of students, dates are assigned over a five-day period based on total credits in descending priority order (example, students with the greatest number of completed credit register first). Students who are afforded priority registration will receive a notification via email that specifies their priority registration date. Students can register on the date listed on the notice or any day prior to the first class meeting.

Ways to Register

You may register using any of these methods:

  • Register online through Self-Service Plan and Schedule. Go to Plan and Schedule, search for courses, add sections to schedule, click Register Now. See Quick Guide for Plan and Schedule at MyCCAC Self-Service portal page.
  • Connect with an advisor who will help you plan your courses. New students, students who have not yet completed the developmental course sequence or students who are on probation or suspension must have their course plan approved by an advisor or counselor before registering for classes.
  • Email a completed registration form to If you do not send from your CCAC college email account, include a copy of your photo ID. List all courses on one form, including those at another campus. You should allow up to two business days for your registration to be processed, as we may require more information to complete the transaction. Check your schedule on Self-Service Plan and Schedule to confirm registration.
  • Visit your campus Registration and Advising Office to register in-person (see hours of operation).

Before you register, you will be expected to do the following:

Students will receive an email confirmation of all registration and waitlisting transactions the morning after the registration transaction has taken place.

Once registered, you are financially obligated to pay. Start planning now how you will complete payment for your classes. If your plans change and you are unable to take classes, you must officially drop class(es) BEFORE the first day of the term to avoid being held responsible for tuition/fee charges.

Course Registration Deadlines

Students may register for credit classes until the first class meeting and online courses prior to the start of the term. Registration using Self-Service is available up until one day before the class begins.

Adding a Course once the Class has Started
For courses that have met (including online courses), students must obtain permission from the instructor to enroll. Instructors are able to give students permission within Self-Service, allowing students to add the section within Student Planning, as long as this is done before the end of the add period. Deadline to add with Instructor Permission is:

  • 16-week and 14-week terms: before the end of the first week of the term
  • Courses 10 weeks or shorter: during first two days of the class

Instructors may also send instructor's documented approval and submit it to the for processing within two business days of signature before the deadlines shown above.

Students who are on probation or suspension must also obtain permission from an advisor (probation) or a counselor (suspension).

Drop/ Add/ Withdrawal

What is the difference between drop and withdraw?

  • Dropping a Class: Students may drop for full refund prior to the start of the term or for partial 80% refund by the drop deadline (see Academic Calendar for deadline dates). The course will not appear on your academic record.
  • Withdrawing from a Class: After the drop deadline, students may withdraw and receive the grade of W for the course on your academic transcript; there is no refund for withdrawal. See additional information on Withdrawal Procedures.

Students may drop, add, or withdraw in the following ways:

  • Drop/withdraw online through Self-Service Plan and Schedule. Go to your class schedule for the term, locate the course section you wish to drop and click the "Accept Terms & Drop" button. If the drop period has ended, the W grade will be posted.
  • Download and complete Drop or Withdrawal form from the Forms Webpage and submit to the Campus Registration Office or email to If sending via email, please send forms from your CCAC email account; if you do not have access yet to CCAC email, attach a valid photo ID. Forms sent by email must be received before the deadline to drop with either 100% or 80% refund, or the deadline to withdraw.
  • Want to drop from one section and add another? For even drop/add transactions, you should add the new section to your plan before you click the drop button for the section you will drop. Then you will drop and add at the same time to have an even drop/add of tuition and fees.

Consult the academic calendar for deadlines for 16-week and 14-week terms; all other courses maintain specific deadlines; consult the registration office.

Students receiving financial assistance through grants, loans, and veterans benefits should consult with the Financial Aid or Military and Veterans Service Center before dropping, adding, or withdrawing from class. Student's aid may be impacted by a change to the total number of credits in which the student is enrolled, or by receiving a W grade in one or more classes.

Standard college refund procedures will apply for all drops/adds/withdrawals.

Auditing a Class

An audit class means that you are attending the class on a non-academic credit basis. No credit is awarded for the audit course. Pre-requisites of credited classes cannot be met with the audit class. Students may enroll in an audit course only if they meet all course prerequisites. Students who enroll in audit classes may change their registration status from audit to credit or from credit to audit, during the add/drop period- only. Students who decide to audit classes must complete the "Audit Agreement" with the instructor with all required signatures by the appropriate add/drop deadlines. If a student decides to drop the audit course, he/she must officially withdraw from the course within the applicable time limit. Completion of this form alone does not constitute registration. A completed registration form with the marked “audit” designation is additionally required.

A grade of “L” will be assigned as a mid-term and final grade. Audit students pay the same tuition and fees as credit students.

Registration Options & Services

The following In-person services are available at your campus Registration Office; Photo ID is required to access these services. These services are available during the COVID-19 closure via Virtual Advising.

  • Meet with academic advisor to review progress
  • Register for classes
  • Drop/ add/ waitlist/ withdraw from classes
  • Gather cross-registration information
  • Change your program/major, choose your specialization
  • Submit name, address, email, phone changes
  • Submit residency appeals
  • Obtain Student ID card