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California Community Colleges

"Each year at our 115 colleges, 2.1 million students from all over the world build their career skills, prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, or simply enrich their lives through learning."

California community colleges are required to admit any California resident possessing a high school diploma or the equivalent. Additionally, California community colleges may admit any nonresident possessing a high school diploma or the equivalent, or anyone (resident or nonresident) over the age of 18 without a high school diploma or the equivalent who, in the judgment of the board, is capable of profiting from the instruction offered.

Community colleges may admit minors who do not hold high school diplomas or the equivalent to credit courses as special part-time or special full-time students.

Most community colleges have established requirements for K-12th grade concurrently enrolled students.

Interested students should contact the college's admissions office.

Early Registration for Courses

Priority registration allows students to register early so they can get into courses before they fill up. To qualify for priority registration, students must:

  1. Participate in orientation
  2. Complete the assessment process
  3. Develop an Education Plan with a counselor or advisor

Achieving and maintaining priority registration helps students get into the courses they need to reach their goals and will help them stay on track and take the most direct route from start to finish. Find out more at

California Community Colleges Promise Grant

For eligible California residents, the California Community Colleges Promise Grant permits enrollment fees to be waived. (Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies must be applied for separately.)

Many California community colleges offer online California College Promise Grant applications through CCCApply.

When you use these financial aid online applications, the data you've entered in CCCApply will be transferred automatically, making your financial aid application much easier and faster.

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Apply Online for California College Promise Grant

Listed here are the California community colleges to which you may apply online for the California College Promise Grant. Select a college link to begin your application. If your college is not listed here, please contact the college's Financial Aid office directly. Or download the California College Promise Grant application (PDF).

(Summer term may be at the beginning or the end of the year, depending on the selected college)

Pine Cone Foundation - Students with Disabilities

The Pine Cone Foundation (PCF) is a 501c3 organization that awards multi-year scholarships to students with documented learning disabilities across the state of California who aspire to attend community college.

PCF is a private family foundation aiming to positively impact LD students' lives in California by making college more accessible and financially feasible. It was founded in 2015 to honor a beloved family member that passed away.

Up to 6 awards will be given annually and PCF aims to award scholarships to students who demonstrate academic promise from all around the state to ensure well-rounded service to the California LD community, and assure diversity amongst recipients.


For additional information and application details, please head to the Pine Cone Foundation.