Registration policies

Check class information carefully! You are responsible for the accuracy of scheduling your classes. If you make a mistake, it will most likely cost you money. Be very careful. Check and recheck your class information carefully before completing your registration. Plan your class schedule with a schedule worksheet. If you are considering dropping a class or withdrawing from school, please see dropping classes.


Attendance policy

You are expected to attend all classes in which you are enrolled. 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.

Unless you have made prior arrangements with your instructor, you may be dropped from the class roster if you do not attend the first class session. However, faculty members are not required to drop students for nonattendance.

If you have excessive absences and fail to drop or withdraw from class by the deadlines, a grade of F may be assigned.

For drop deadlines and further information on dropping a class, see dropping classes.

You can only attend classes that you are officially registered into. You can’t sit-in on a class without the proper registration for the course.

Read more about attendance.


Auditing of classes is considered on a case by case basis only with permission by the instructor teaching the course. The cost of auditing a course is the same as the cost for students not auditing the course. Refer to tuition and fees.

Cancelled and rescheduled classes

The classes offered in our schedule reflect our intentions when the schedule was planned. However, these offerings may be changed due to factors such as insufficient enrollment, personnel availability and budget requirements. We regret any inconvenience this might cause, and will do our best to help you adjust your schedule.


Paper copies of your registration activity are mailed only to those students who register for PCC classes using any mode other than MyPCC. Students using MyPCC to register are expected to access their schedules electronically through their MyPCC accounts.

The mailing of the paper copies, to students who did not use MyPCC to register, occurs only once each term, approximately 12 days before each term begins. If you are registering after that time period, you can either access your schedule electronically using MyPCC or, if you prefer, a paper copy can be mailed to you upon request at any campus Enrollment Services Office or by calling the Registration Helpline. This helpline is available Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

Credit max

Students in good academic standing are allowed to register for a maximum of 19 credits per term. If you wish to enroll in more than 19 credits, you must receive permission from an academic advisor, counselor, or department chair. At their discretion, an excess of 19 credits may be allowed. They will take into consideration your academic history, current GPA, work/home/school balance and the rigors of the program or classes in which you are enrolled.

Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid programs

While any student may attend PCC, to be eligible for federal financial aid a student must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, or meet the criteria for homeschooled students under the law in your home state. Students who are dually enrolled in high school and college are not eligible for federal financial aid funds.

The following may qualify as the equivalent of a high school diploma:

  • GED® Certificate
  • A state certificate awarded by certain states that participate, such as the California CHSPE or New York TASC
  • Academic transcript showing the student has successfully completed the equivalent of an A.S. or A.A. college degree or higher

Certain exceptions may exist for students who attended an eligible college program prior to July 1, 2012. If you believe this may apply to you, please contact the PCC Financial Aid office.

GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education and may not be used without permission. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license.

Late registration, registering after the first class meeting

All courses have a registration deadline. Some courses also may require permission for registration. For full-term 8-12 week courses, you must register by the second Tuesday of the term. See more about when to register.

After the registration deadline, it may still be possible to add a course after the first meeting date. You must:

  • request an online registration override from your instructor
  • and register online using MyPCC by the registration deadline

Online Learning courses students will need to contact the department or instructor by phone or email to obtain the online override.

Non-credit registration

The registration process for non-credit classes depends on which type of class you’re taking. See the following links for details:

If you are having trouble registering, please contact Enrollment Services.


Many credit classes require prerequisites. Prerequisites are conditions that must be met in order to gain access to a particular class. These conditions are usually completion of, or enrollment in other courses, specific placement test scores or departmental approval.

If a course has a prerequisite, it will be listed with the course description. If you believe that you meet the prerequisite and you are not being allowed to enroll, contact your advisor. If you don’t meet the prerequisites but wish to be considered, contact the department offering the class.

Time conflicts

You may not enroll in credit classes with overlapping meeting times. State reporting standards will not allow us to report any student who is registered in classes that overlap as it is viewed as fraudulent by the state.

Tuition and fee payment

Visit tuition and fees for information on deadlines, payment plans, and financial aid.