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High school credit recovery

There are many reasons why students get behind in high school. PCC offers a way for high school students to get back on track for graduation at their local school by making up failed or missed credits and classes here at the college.

PCC offers pre-college classes in math, reading and writing as well as a complete range of college level courses. Check the PCC class schedule to get a more comprehensive overview.

The process for getting started is below, but it is strongly recommended that you meet with your high school counselor to determine your specific credit needs.

Enrollment procedures

  1. Complete steps for new students

    Complete the steps for new students including admissions form, orientation, and first term placement. Don’t register for classes yet. On the admissions form, choose “credit” application type.

    • There are additional steps for students who are under 18. Follow the steps here: applicants under the age of 18.
      • 16-17 years old: submit a permission letter from your high school.
      • 14-15 years old: submit a permission letter from your high school and a parent agreement form.
  2. Determine course placement

    All new students planning to take credit classes must complete the course placement process before they can register for classes. This may include taking placement tests. You should bring transcripts for previous college level course work in math or language arts and any ACT or SAT scores to your advising meeting, as you may not need to take the placement test. Learn more about the placement process.

  3. Meet with an advisor to create an academic plan

    Only high school counselors or home-school educators may approve classes to be used as high school credit. College advisors are available to maximize your “earned college credits” by creating an academic plan.

  4. Register for classes

    You may register for classes online through MyPCC. You can also read more detailed information about how to register.


  5. Confirm payment arrangements

    You must pay for your classes in full or have a college-approved financial arrangement in place two Mondays prior to the start of the term. Students who do not meet the payment deadline are subject to being deleted from their course registration. Confirm billing arrangements made through your high school with your high school counselor.

  6. Arrange transportation

    If you plan to drive to campus, purchase a parking permit online through MyPCC. You can find a link in the Term-to-term Checklist on the MyPCC Home tab. You can also learn about transportation options, including shuttle schedules, bus passes and more.

  7. Get your student ID card

    Student services such as the PCC shuttle, computer labs, libraries, and testing centers require a PCC student ID. After registering for credit classes go to an Enrollment Services Office with a valid government issued identification to get your ID card. Learn more about getting your ID card, including the types of identification we accept and where to get your ID card.

  8. Purchase books at the Bookstore

    Go to the Bookstore at your campus or online and purchase your books. Be sure to have your course CRN’s in order to purchase the correct books!

  9. Go to class!

    You are expected to attend all classes in which you are enrolled or waitlisted. Your seat in the class may be given away to another student if you don’t attend the first class session! If you do not attend or stop attending classes and fail to personally drop within the refund period, you will be responsible for all tuition and fees. If on a waitlist you could be automatically enrolled. You must check your MyPCC and your MyPCC email to manage your course enrollment.