ESOL Levels 1 through 3 are non-credit classes. Levels 4 through 6 can be taken as non-credit or credit classes. (The Level 6 non-credit classes won’t be available until Summer Term 2021.) Levels 7 and 8 are credit classes. You can apply 24 credits of ESOL classes to an associate degree.
The cost of ESOL classes ranges from a moderate fee to full college tuition. If you need help paying, see the non-credit waivers at the bottom of this page.
|Basic ESOL for daily living|
|1||ESOL 10||3, 6, or 9 non-credit hours||$36.90, $78.80, or $115.70 per class|
|4||Writing 42N||Reading 40N||Communication 44N||4 non-credit hours per class||$150.10 per class|
|Writing 42||Reading 40||Communication 44||International students only: 4 credits per class||College tuition|
|5||Writing 152N||Reading 150N||Communication 154N||4 non-credit hours per class||$150.10 per class|
|Writing 152||Reading 150||Communication 154||4 credits per class||College tuition|
|6||Writing 162N||Reading 160N||Communication 164N||5 non-credit hours per class. These classes will become available Summer 2021||$187 per class|
|Writing 162||Reading 160||Communication 164||5 credits per class||College tuition|
|7||Writing 252||Reading 250||Communication 254||5 credits per class||College tuition|
|8||Writing 262||Reading 260||Communication 264||5 credits per class||College tuition|
Estimated time to complete the program
Each class in Levels 1-3 is designed to be completed in two to three terms. Each class in Levels 4-8 is designed to be completed in one term. A student’s rate of progress through the program is affected by a number of factors, such as native language, educational background, living situation, work schedule, and time available to study and practice.
Non-credit fee waivers
ESOL students in Levels 1-6 who cannot pay the class fee can ask their instructor for a Class Fee Waiver form. To qualify, a student must show proof of participation in Food Stamp Benefits, Oregon Health Plan, or Dislocated Workers Program. All class and tech fees can be waived for Level 1-3 students. Students who are in Levels 4 through 6 can only waive the class and tech fees for one class each term.
Applying for Financial Aid
Do you already have a 4-year college degree from your country? Please talk to a financial aid advisor before applying for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Final “grades” or marks for non-credit ESOL classes
In general, students who complete a class have earned passing grades on homework, quizzes, and tests, and have not had unusual attendance problems.
- CM = Completed (The student is ready to advance to the next level.)
- PR = Progressing (The student must stay at the same level; the student is not yet ready to go to the next level.)
- L = Left (The student left the class.)
- UP = Unsatisfactory Progress. (This mark exits the student from the PCC ESOL program. Students are advised to enroll in a community-sponsored English language course and then re-take the placement test when they are ready to come back to PCC.)