Steps to Success

At Contra Costa College, we are committed to helping you achieve your educational goals. The steps outlined below (PDF in English & Spanish available here) were carefully developed based on proven strategies of students who were successful. Whether your goal is to directly enter the workforce with a certificate or associate degree or to transfer to a four-year college or university, we know participating in these foundational steps will put you on a pathway to success.

Click on the following links to learn more about the wide array of academic programs and student support services before you take the first step, or schedule a campus tour and information session with Contra Costa College staff and student ambassadors. Click here to schedule your visit.

Step 1 –Submit an Application for Admission |  Step 2 –Apply for Financial Aid |  Step 3 – Complete the Assessment |  Step 4 – Complete Orientation or Enroll in ESL-108* |  Step 5 – Enroll in COUNS-108 and Develop an Educational Plan |  Step 6 – Register for Classes | Need Help or Confused?

Step 1 –Submit an Application for Admission

To submit an application in person visit the Admissions and Records Office, Room 115 in the Student Services Center.

Step 2 –Apply for Financial Aid

If you need help paying for college you have several options. You may be eligible for a Board of Governors (BOG) fee waiver or other state and federal opportunities to help you pay for your classes, books and supplies. To apply go to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website and follow the instructions. You can also just submit application for a fee waiver.

The California Dream Act allows certain students who meet Assembly Bill (AB) 540 requirements to apply for and receive state financial aid. For more information on the Dream Act and AB 540 eligibility requirements, visit the California Dream Act website.

Step 3 – Complete the Assessment

We want to meet you where you are! Your success is important to us. Make an appointment to take a math and English or English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment. This will assist you in getting an accurate picture of your English and math skills and help you choose the best classes for you. Register online for an appointment to take the assessment, or in-person at the Assessment Center in Room 104 of the Student Services Center.

Step 4 – Complete Orientation or Enroll in ESL-108*

New students at Contra Costa College are required to complete orientation. Orientation is offered online through self-paced modules where you will learn a wealth of information about programs, classes, support services, and campus policies. This is the link to the online orientation. For non-native English speakers and learners, an in-person class was designed as an alternative to the online orientation.

Step 5 – Enroll in COUNS-108 and Develop an Educational Plan

An educational plan is a map to help you identify the courses required to complete your goals. By registering for COUNS-108: Introduction to Educational Planning, you will engage with a counselor to identify your specific program of study and the most direct route from start to finish.

Upcoming course dates here.

To register, log in to the Insite Portal. On the searchable schedule, search for Contra Costa College and under courses ‘COUNS-108’.

Step 6 – Register for Classes

Now that you have a plan for meeting your educational goals, registering for classes is simple. Log into your Student Planning account located under “Quick Links” on the InSite portal from the Contra Costa College website to register for classes directly from your student educational plan. If you need help in person, visit the Welcome/Transfer Center or the Admissions and Records Office located in the Student Services Center (SSC).

Need Help or Confused?

If you need additional support and guidance getting started with the admissions or registration process, please visit the Welcome/Transfer Center in the Student Services Center (SSC) Rm 111. Call 510-215-4110 or visit our website for current center hours of operation.

College Contact Numbers & Locations
Admissions and Records (510) 215-6027 SSC, Rm-115
Assessment Center (510) 215-3896 SSC, Rm-104
Counseling (510) 215-3934 or (510) 215-3936 SSC, Rm-108
Financial Aid (510) 215-6026 SSC, Rm-102