How to Register

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) Student Athletes, (4) International Students, and (5) 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.

Priority Registration Dates for Upcoming Term

Before you Register

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

First-time students or students returning from an absence of more than one year need to visit the Registration Welcome Center to confirm identity and residency.

After Registering

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.

Students will receive an email confirmation of all registration and waitlisting transactions the morning after the registration transaction has taken place. If you do not receive this confirmation the morning after you register, please contact Registration.

Ways to Register

Before classes begin, students may drop or add course sections freely, as long as they meet pre-requisites and have necessary approvals.

Register Online

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.

Register with an Advisor

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 your Registration Form

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.

Register In-Person

Visit your campus Registration and Advising Office to register in-person (see hours of operation).


Before classes begin, students may drop or add course sections freely, as long as they meet pre-requisites and have necessary approvals.

Drop/Add Period 

The drop/add period is intended to aid students in adjusting their schedules or courses due to unforeseen circumstances or academic considerations. For courses that have met, students are required to seek permission from the instructor to enroll. Instructors are able to give students permission within Self-Service; then, students can complete the drop/add within Student Planning. Students who receive the permission via email should forward the permission to Students who are on probation or suspension will work with an advisor (probation) or a counselor (suspension) to process drop/adds. Students are responsible for promptly completing missed assignments (as permitted by course outline policies and prescribed by the faculty) if they enter a course after it has begun.

Deadline* for the drop/add period is the end of the first week of class. For classes that meet for one week only, the deadline for drop/add is the end of the first day of class.

For certain sequence of English, Math or Reading courses, during the drop/add period, faculty may recommend that students drop/add into a lower-level or higher-level class based on skills assessment at the beginning of the class. These vertical changes will be processed through the registration office.

No course can be added after the Add/Drop period is over, except in special circumstances as determined by the Academic Dean (with instructor permission).


After the drop period ends, students may withdraw from classes up until the published deadline* to withdraw. Withdrawing from a class means that the class will permanently appear on the transcript with a "W" grade and students will be responsible for tuition and fee charges. 

Students are advised to talk to the instructor before dropping or withdrawing from a class. Students should consult their academic advisor and the Financial Aid Office before dropping a course as schedule changes may impact a student's financial aid eligibility and degree completion.  It is important to note that withdrawing from a course can negatively affect financial aid eligibility, and students should check to see what the possible ramifications might be before making a decision.  Students must withdraw officially via Self-Service or submit an electronic drop/add form to Students who do not officially withdraw could receive a grade of "F."

* Students should reference the academic calendar to discover the deadlines for their course section.

Dropping a Class
  • Students who drop a course within one week of the first scheduled day of the session will be eligible for a 100% adjustment to or refund of tuition and fees (excluding accident and malpractice insurance fees) for the course.  The course will not appear on your academic record.
  • Students who drop a course during the period after the first week of the session until the session is 14% complete will be eligible to receive a 50% adjustment to or refund of tuition and 100% of fees (excluding accident and malpractice insurance fees) for the course.  The course will not appear on your academic record.
  • Students who drop a course after the 14% completion date of the session will not be eligible for any adjustment to or refund of tuition and fees for the course and will remain financially responsible for all charges associated with the course. 

See the Drop Refund Policy for further information.

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. Drops submitted via Self-Service take effect immediately and will reflect on your schedule; check for any error messages that the drop was not accepted. 
  • 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.
  • If you are unable to drop/withdraw via Self-Service, complete Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  This form must be completed before the deadline to drop with either 100% or 50% refund, or the deadline to withdraw. Processing this form may take up to 48 hours to be processed; you will receive email notification indicating whether the drop has been processed.

MAKE SURE YOUR DROP/WITHDRAW WAS PROCESSED!! You should receive an email notification the morning following all registration transactions that summarizes the additions or changes that have occurred. If you do not receive a confirmation, contact Registration.

Consult the academic calendar for deadlines for courses offered in the 16-week, 14-week, 10-week or 8-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.

Class Full?

Want to enroll in a class that is full? You may add yourself to a waitlist for most course sections if the section is full. You can elect to waitlist for a section when attempting to register online via Self-Service or with an academic advisor.

  • You may not request to be waitlisted in more than one section of the same course. You may be registered for a different section of the course while you are waiting to gain permission from the waitlist.
  • If a space opens in the course, the first person on the waitlist will receive an email notifying that a spot has been reserved. This email will be sent to your personal email address, so you should monitor your personal email each day while waitlisted. You may want to check your User Profile to confirm we have your correct email address. Once given permission, you will have until midnight on the following day to enroll in the course; if no action is taken by that deadline, your spot on the waitlist will expire and the next student on the list will be notified with permission to enroll.
  • You can manage your waitlist online at Self-Service Plan and Schedule, where you will be able to see how many are waitlisted and your place in line. You can remove yourself from the waitlist or enroll in the section when and if given permission to enroll.
  • If you are not eligible to register online (new students, probation/ suspension, etc.), you will need to call, email or meet with an academic advisor to make changes to the waitlist or enroll when notified and given permission.
  • You will not be responsible for paying tuition for waitlisted classes until they actually enroll in the section.
  • Effective Fall 2023, waitlists will be closed at the end of the drop/add period. Once the class has started, students may not add the class without express permission from the instructor, who will have access to view your position on the waitlist.

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.

See How to Audit a Class Help Article for complete instructions.