Lifelong Learner

Follow these steps if you are taking classes for enjoyment or skill improvement and are not planning on completing a degree or transferring. 

Step one: apply

Complete an online application at CCCApply.

Within 24 business hours, you will be emailed your new DVC student ID number, registration date, important student account information, and a link to the online orientation. This information will be sent to the email address you provided on your application.

Apply for financial aid. Students should also begin the financial aid process along with their DVC application, since this process can take some time to complete.

If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for aid such as grants, work-study, or loans.

If you are an undocumented student, who qualifies for AB-540 status, you should complete the California Dream Act Application to see if you are eligible for grants.

For more information about the financial aid process, tune into Financial Aid TV.

Step two: online orientation (optional)

After you receive your student ID number, you should complete the online orientation (también está disponible en español.) The orientation will provide you with important information about student services, the online student portal, programs, procedures and policies.

Check out our How-To video for information about the Online Orientation:

Step three: assessment/placement process (optional)

Once you have completed the online orientation, it is time to get your English and math placements. If you are a graduating high school senior, or you graduated from a regionally accredited high school in the United States within the past ten years, you can use our Multiple Measures online tool for placement. If not, you can schedule an appointment online at our Assessment Center. Please note that some students may not be required to assess/place, please review do I need to take an assessment for more information.

Step four: submit official transcripts (optional)

You will need to submit official transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office for each college or university you previously attended so they can be added to your student file. (This includes College Board reports for AP credits earned and high school transcripts to show completion of foreign language requirements for IGETC Area 6.)

If you would like to use a completed class to fulfill a prerequisite, you will must submit the prerequisite form with official or unofficial transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office. It must be submitted at least three business days before your registration date to avoid registration delays. Transcripts must be attached even if you have already submitted your official transcripts.

Step five: register for classes
  • Within 24 business hours of completing the application, you will receive a registration date in your InSite email. If you complete the requirements for priority registration, you will receive an improved registration date in your InSite portal.
  • Please see our How To library, which includes directions on registration. Check out the How to Search, Plan, and Register for Classes video for step-by-step directions. This will show you the steps to select your classes and be set up and ready for your assigned registration date. You can view your registration dates on InSite. Look for the Registration Dates tile.

Please note that some classes require a prerequisite. These can be found in the class schedule.

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