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Frequently Asked Questions

Academics & Registration

Can I repeat a placement test?

Placement tests may be repeated after a waiting period of eight weeks.  As long as you do not enroll in the class you were placed in. 

For example:  If you tested into Engl 100 and enrolled in Engl 100, you will not be able to retest. 

You can attempt the assessment test a max of 2 times in one year. 

I have taken the assessment at another college, can I use the results at PCC?

If the other college also used Accuplacer for the assessment test and you can get the raw scores, PCC can use their scores to place you.  To get clearance using their scores, please bring the original score/placement sheet you received from the other college to the Prerequisite Office in L building with a photo ID & PCC ID #.   Please keep in mind, assessment results are only valid for 2 years.

However if they do not use Accuplacer, you will need to retest at PCC.  Here is a link to our assessment information:  http://www.pasadena.edu/studentservices/assessment/.

I just registered for my classes, when do I have to pay?

Students may pay in full before they can register for the next session or to order transcripts and records.

We highly recommend that you pay at the end of your registration with your credit card so you do not have to worry about a hold.

If you need to pay by cash or check, you can do so at the Cashier window in L building. 

For international students, please check with the International Student Center for your payment policy. 

How do I purchase a parking permit each semester?

Daily parking permits can be bought at dispensers around all of the parking lots. Semester and intersession parking permits can be purchased online through LancerPoint (Home tab  --> Purchase a Parking Permit).   For more parking information, please go to http://www.pasadena.edu/police/parking.cfm

What is a unit/hours?

A unit/hour is the amount of college credit given for a course based on the number of hours the course meets weekly. For example, a three-unit class will meet three hours per week. Some classes meet for more hours and may be worth additional units.

How many units do I have to take each semester?

To be a student at PCC, you only need to have 1 unit each semester.  International students are required to have 12 units each semester.  Financial aid requires students to have 12 units to be eligible for full financial aid (also depends on other factors). 

We recommend students have 12-14.3 units if the student is working 20 hours or less per week.  The more hours a student works, the fewer units the student should take. 

What is the maximum units I can take each semester?

Fall semester - max 19.3 units

Spring semester - max 19.3 units

Summer session - max 9.3 units

Although these are the maximum units, most students should not take the max.  It depends on the student’s academic abilities and work hours.  Generally, we recommend students take 12-14.3 units each semester if the student is working 20 hours or less per week. 

If you are on academic or progress probation, your units will be limited to 12.3 units each semester.

What deadlines am I responsible for meeting every semester?

The academic calendar lists important semester deadlines - http://www.pasadena.edu/calendar/academic-cal.cfm

For drop and add deadlines, each CRN class has different deadlines.  To find out the deadlines specific to your CRN, please go into the online schedule of classes and click on your CRN.  A new window will open showing the deadlines.

Do I have to declare a major?

It is not necessary to declare a major during your first semester at PCC. However, you will need to declare a major before you complete 30 units.  For assistance in selecting a major/career, you can visit the Career Center (L103) and/or enroll in Counseling 17 (Career Planning).

How do I change my major?

You can change your major at Admission (L building) or in the Career Center (L building).

What is a prerequisite?

A prerequisite is a requirement you must meet/complete before you can enroll in the class. 

For example, Math 5A’s prerequisite is Math 007B, Math 009, or placement based on the Math assessment process.  So to enroll in Math 5A, you must first pass Math 7B or Math 9 or test into Math 5A through the Math assessment.

What is a corequisite?

A corequisite is a class you must take together with your intended class.

For example, Engl 1A has a corequisite of Engl 900.  So to enroll in Engl 1A, you must also enroll in Engl 900 in the same term.  Without enrolling in Engl 900, you will not be able to enroll in Engl 1A.  You can pick any CRN of Engl 900.  It does not need to be the same instructor as your Engl 1A.

How do I prove that I meet a course prerequisite?

If you passed the prerequisite course at PCC, LancerPoint will automatically clear you for the next course sequence.

If you have met a prerequisite by taking a course at another college, you can get your prerequisite clearance by:

  • Showing a copy of your unofficial transcript from your previous college/university in person to the Prerequisite office in L building (immediate) OR
  • Faxing your unofficial transcript and request (takes 2 business days).  For more information on how to fax, please go to http://www.pasadena.edu/studentServices/counseling/advise.cfm
Do I have to take Math 139 to enroll in Math 7A if I passed Math 131?

To take Math 7A, you must pass Math 131 at PCC and Math (139 at PCC or pass high school geometry).   If you passed high school geometry, you can get Math 139 waived to go directly into Math 7A.

You can get your prerequisite clearance by:

  • Showing a copy of your unofficial HS transcript in person to the Prerequisite office in L building (immediate) OR
  • Faxing your unofficial HS transcript and request (takes 2 business days).  For more information on how to fax, please go to http://www.pasadena.edu/studentServices/counseling/advise.cfm
How often do classes meet?

During the Fall and Spring semesters, classes usually last for 16 weeks.  We also have classes that are 6, 8, 10, and 12 weeks.  The shorter the time, the faster the class.  You can look up the class dates in the online schedule.  Classes usually meet Monday (M) & Wednesdays (W) or Tuesdays (T) & Thursdays (R).  However, some classes may meet 1-5 days a week. 

What does “Permission” or “Restricted” mean on the online schedule of classes?

"Permission" and “Restricted” classes are reserved for special programs.   You will not be able to register for these particuplar CRNs unless you are in the program associated with the CRN.

Who is “Staff” in the schedule of classes?

An instructor had not yet been designated for the class when the schedule was printed.  You may contact the appropriate division to see if instructors have been assigned.

How do I contact an instructor?

You can find an instructor’s contact in the directory:  http://www.pasadena.edu/directory/.

Will an instructor automatically drop me if I stop attending a class?

No. You should never assume that you will be automatically dropped from a class. Always initiate a drop yourself on LancerPoint. Remember to drop classes by the drop deadlines.

For drop deadlines, each CRN class has a different deadline. To find out the deadline specific to your CRN, please go into the online schedule of classes and click on your CRN. A new window will open showing the deadlines of the CRN.

Can I buy my textbooks before school begins?

Yes. The Bookstore will list the instructor and required text for each course. However, you may want to wait until after the first class meeting when the instructor will confirm which books are required.

Does the Bookstore sell used textbooks?

Yes. And if you keep your textbooks in good shape, you may be able to sell them back to the Bookstore at the end of the semester.

What do I do if the class I want to take is closed?

You may attend the first class meeting. If there is space available in the class, the instructor will give you an add code to register in LancerPoint.  Or if it is possible, try to get on the waitlist.

I have an add code, how do I use it?

You will need to register first using the original CRN number and LancerPoint will prompt you for the add code. The add code can only be used once and it must be used before the last day to add for that specific CRN.

For add deadlines, each CRN class has a different deadline. To find out the deadline specific to your CRN, please go into the online schedule of classes and click on your CRN. A new window will open showing the deadlines of the CRN.

What is academic probation, and how do I avoid it?

Academic Probation occurs if: your overall PCC grade point average falls below a 2.0.  Once on academic probation, you will continue on probation until you raise your cumulative grade point average to a 2.0 or better. To avoid Academic Probation, avoid D's and F's in your classes, and if you must drop classes, drop them early to avoid receiving an "F." If you are already on Academic Probation, the quickest way to return to good standing is to repeat those courses in which you received D's or F's. 

Probation can lead to serious consequences, such as dismissal if improvement is not shown.  And while on probation, you will be limited to 12.3 units each Fall and Spring semester.  To discuss other strategies for avoiding or getting off of Academic Probation, see a counselor in L building.

I failed my class, what should I do?

You can repeat the class at PCC to count the higher grade for a max of 3 attempts (includes W’s). 

Or you can repeat the equivalent course at another college and request to count the higher grade.  The procedures:

1)  Pass equivalent course at another college

2)  Complete the Count the Higher Grade petition.

3)  Turn in the petition form/s with your official transcript from your other college to Records Office (L building) 

4) Admissions and Records will evaluate your request and transcript/s to determine if the course/s are equivalent 

5) If so, PCC will remove the F/D grade from PCC's GPA calculation. 

6) Process can take up to 4 weeks and you will be notified through your LancerPoint email if it is approved or denied. 

*If you repeat at PCC, this process is automatic.  You will not need to submit a petition.

The original F/D grade will still be visible on the PCC transcript, but it will NOT calculate in the GPA.  Most universities will honor this policy.  The only university that does not is USC (that we are aware of).  They will average the grades no matter how it appears on the PCC transcript. 

I did not pass my class 3 times, what can I do.

You can petition for the 4th attempt using the General Petition.  You will need to submit the petition and all supporting doucments by email to petitions@pasadena.edu.  However, the chances of approval is low.

The second option would be to repeat the equivalent class at another college. 

You can repeat the equivalent course at another college and request to count the higher grade.  The procedures:
1)  Pass equivalent course at another college
2)  Complete the Count the Higher Grade petition.
3)  Turn in the petition form/s with your official transcript from your other college to Records Office (L building)
4) Admissions and Records will evaluate your request and transcript/s to determine if the course/s are equivalent
5) If so, PCC will remove the F/D grade from PCC's GPA calculation.
6) Process can take up to 4 weeks and you will be notified through your LancerPoint email if it is approved or denied.

*If you repeat at PCC, this process is automatic.  You will not need to submit a petition.

The original F/D grade will still be visible on the PCC transcript, but it will NOT calculate in the GPA.  Most universities will honor this policy.  The only university that does not is USC (that we are aware of).  They will average the grades no matter how it appears on the PCC transcript.

What is academic renewal?

This is a good option if you do not need to repeat the courses because the classes are not needed for your current goal.  Please read the academic renewal policy on the academic renewal petition.  If you qualify, you will need to:

1)  Complete the form

2)  Write an additional explanation explaining why you need academic renewal

3)  Submit the petition, official non-PCC transcript, copy of PCC transcript, and explanation to L-113.

4)  Process can take up to 4 weeks and you will be notified through your LancerPoint email if it is approved or denied. 

FYI – academic renewal will remove all the grades from that term.  Please read the petition carefully because there are specific requirements. 

The original F/D grade will still be visible on the PCC transcript, but it will NOT calculate in the GPA.  Most universities will honor this policy.  The only university that does not is USC (that we are aware of).  They will average the grades no matter how it appears on the PCC transcript.

I received a C in my class, can I repeat the class for a higher grade?

Once you pass a class with a grade of C or better, you may not retake the class at PCC.  Universities usually will only count the 1st passing grade so even if you repeat at another college; they will still take the 1st passing grade.  The only classes you may retake are classes graded with a W, F, D, or NP.  If you would like to improve your GPA, the only option is to continue to take classes and get A's. 

However, there are exceptions:

  1. Some Nursing programs allow you to repeat for a higher grade.  PCC’s nursing program lets students repeat C’s for their sciences at another college and they will count the higher grade. 
  2. Some programs allow for repeats if there is a recency requirement.  For example, some graduate programs have requirements that must be completed within 5 yrs.  If the class was not taken within 5 years, students will be allowed to repeat.  Please check with your interested graduate school to find out their policy.

If you need to repeat a C or better grade class, you will need to fill out a general petition and submit the request and all supporting documents by email to petitions@pasadena.edu to request to repeat the class.  However, chances are low for approval.  The other option is to retake the course at another local community college.

What is Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading?

Receiving a Letter Grade means you will be given a grade of A/B/C/D/F and it will calculate into your GPA.  If you elect a class to be P/NP that means if you receive an A/B/C grade, you will receive a Pass (P) and if you get a D/F grade, you will receive a No Pass (NP).  P/NP grading has no GPA.  If you get a P, you will be able to move on to the next level if it is a sequential class.  If you would like to elect a class as P/NP grading, you may do so through the Admission office in L building. 

Keep in mind these points as you decide on Pass/No Pass grading:

  • Each CRN class has a different deadline.  To find out the deadlines specific to your CRN, please go into the online schedule of classes and click on your CRN.  A new window will open showing the deadlines.
  • Not all classes can be P/NP grading.  To check if there is an option to declare a grade mode, click on the CRN link in the schedule of classes.  If there is a date for “Last day to declare grade mode” you can change the grading to P/NP. 
  • Once you elect a class for P/NP grading, you cannot change it back to letter grading.
  • Some classes cannot be P/NP grading such as your major requirements.
  • You can only do 12 units of P/NP Pass grading
What is an “I” (Incomplete) on my PCC transcript?

A grade of "I" is given by an instructor only in cases where a student is doing passing work at a C or higher level, but for reasons beyond the student's control, is unable to complete the requirements of the course.  The student must contact the instructor before the end of the semester and make arrangements for completing the required assignments/tests. 

When a grade of "I" is given, a "Contract for the Assignment of an Incomplete Grade" must be completed and signed by the instructor and the student.  This contract lists specific conditions for removal of the "I" and the default grade to be recorded if the conditions are not met within one year from the end of the semester in which the "I" was assigned.  A student must complete the remaining course assignments/tests within one year, or the default grade will be recorded on the transcript.  Re-enrollment in the class as a way to make up the "I" is not allowed except in exceptional situations, such as a lab class.  When required work is made up, the grade earned is entered on the student's transcript.  "I" grades are not used in computing the GPA unless you file for graduation, at that point it will be calculated as an "F". 

 “F” Grade                                                                                

“F” is permanent on your transcript                     

Register & pay again                                                

Must retake the entire class                                   

“I” Notation                                                       

“I” can be changed to a grade when you complete the requirements of the contract. 

You do not need to register and pay again

Only complete what you are missing in the class

Should I get a W or a F/D grade?

A “W” has no impact on your GPA.  Getting a “W” in general is preferred since it does not explain why you did not complete the class; it only shows that you dropped.  While a D/F grade does show why -- D/F shows you were not a good student.  W's in general have little impact on your record if there are only a few.  If you have many W's then universities may question if you are a consistent student or if you always drop classes.  The only university that has a specific W limit is USC - max 2 W's.  If you would like to discuss further, I recommend you meet with a counselor. 

W’s may also have an impact on financial aid – please connect with the Financial Aid office for more information.

Admission & Holds

I will be a first time college student, what are the steps to become a PCC student?

Please follow the below procedures to complete the matriculation process of becoming a PCC student. 

1) Apply to PCC at http://www.pasadena.edu/starthere/

2) Receive your Permit to Register (email with your PCC ID#)

3) Take the online orientation at:  http://www.pasadena.edu/orientation/

4) Take the math and english assessment.  To make an assessment appointment, please go to:  http://www.pasadena.edu/studentservices/assessment/

5) After the assessment, you will be given a group counseling date.  You will then meet the counselor during group counseling to learn how to select classes.  If you were not given a group counseling appointment, please go to the L-104 to setup a group counseling appointment.  You will be required to show your online orientation printout and your assessment results. 

6) Log into LancerPoint at https://login.pasadena.edu/index.html

  • First activate your account by clicking on “Student First Time Login”
  • To login to check your registration date and to register for classes click on “LancerPoint Login”
I have credits from another college, what are the steps to become a PCC student?

Please follow the below procedures to complete the matriculation process of becoming a PCC student. 

  1. Apply to PCC at http://www.pasadena.edu/starthere/   
  2. Receive your Permit to Register (email with your PCC ID#)
  3. Take the math and english assessment if you have never taken college level math and english before.  To learn how to take the assessment, please go to:  http://www.pasadena.edu/studentservices/assessment/  
  4. See a counselor in L building for assistance in selecting classes (remember to bring a copy of your transcript/s):
  • Enter your PCC ID# at the Counseling check-in computer in L building
  • Have a seat and wait to be called
  • You will be assisted by a counselor (may lead to follow-up appointment)
     *If you know the classes you need, you do NOT need to meet with a counselor to register. You only need to clear prerequisites if the course you want to take has a prerequisite that you have completed at another college. Please read question 13 in “Academics and Registration” topic to learn how.

     5.  Log into LancerPoint at https://login.pasadena.edu/index.html

  • First activate your account by clicking on “Student First Time Login”
  • To login to check your registration date and to register for classes click on “LancerPoint Login”
How do I apply for financial aid?

It is never too late to apply for financial assistance. The forms you need to complete include the FAFSA and BOGG. For complete financial aid information, contact the Financial Aid office (L114, 585-7401) or access the FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.  To get priority for financial aid, you will need to file during January 1 – March 2 for the following academic year.  For example, for priority you will file during January 1-March 2, 2014 for academic year 2014-2015.

I am currently a high school student and want to take classes at PCC while I am still in high school. What do I need to do?

We normally do not recommend students start early because your English and math levels will be lower since you have not finished High School.  Also, balancing your high school schedule with a college schedule will be challenging.  Lastly, college records/grades are permanent so if you do not do well because you are taking too much (high school + college), in the long run it will hurt you.

If you are still interested in taking classes at PCC while still in high school, please go back to your high school to get permission.  For more information, please go to http://www.pasadena.edu/admissions/apply/hs.cfm.  

How do I get my student ID card?

You can get a LancerCard ID once you have registered into a class.  Bring a copy of your registration receipt to the LancerCard ID booth is located in the CC building, first floor.  For more information, go to http://www.pasadena.edu/studentaffairs/lancercard.cfm

How do I change my mailing address?

You can change your address at Admission (L building) or you can complete the Student Information Change form and email the form along with a copy your photo ID to enrollme@pasadena.edu.

I have a hold on my account for a medical form, what do I need to do?

You will need to complete the Medical Consent form and submit it to Admission (L building) in person or email the form along with a copy your photo ID to enrollme@pasadena.edu.

Does PCC have student housing?

No. The Student Affairs Office (CC105) and housing boards around campus post notices for roommates and rooms for rent in the local community.

Is childcare available at PCC?

Childcare is available at the Child Development Center, which is located one block from campus at the corner of Green and Holliston Streets. Contact the center (626-585-3180) for more information.

GE, Transfer & Graduation

How do I know what classes to take?

Counselors can assist you in choosing classes during New Student group counseling or in Counseling (L building).  If you are a continuing student, you can see a counselor (L building) or visit the Transfer Center (L building). 

Here are some other resources:

If you want to transfer to a UC, please follow the IGETC for GE.

If you want to transfer to a CSU, please follow the IGETC or the CSU GE.  

To lookup major requirements for transfer to a UC or CSU, please go to www.assist.org. Please consider viewing the screen shots on how to use Assist

FYI - most students meet the graduation requirements by meeting the UC or CSU transfer requirements. 

For transfer to Private Universities, please visit the specific campus website, meet with the college representative, visit the Transfer Center, and see a counselor.

If you want to get an associate degree from PCC, please learn about our degree options and requirements by reading question 1 & 2 at the graduation website

I want to transfer to an out-of-state university, what are the requirements?

We do not have a transfer articulation for out-of-state colleges/universities since there are too many universities in each state.  It is impossible for us to work with every university in every state to determine transfer articulation agreements.  So although you can transfer PCC credits everywhere, because we are a regionally accredited college, we do not have the lists of equivalences to out-of-state universities.  Instead, we recommend you connect with your interested out-of-state university and ask what they require.  If they can give you a list, we can help you identify the "likely" equivalent classes at PCC.

I already have a Bachelor degree, now I want to work towards a 2nd bachelor degree.

Many UCs and CSUs no longer accept 2nd Bachelor degree applicants.  Please check with your interested university.  If they do not, you may need to consider a Master's or Doctorate degree program instead.  Most graduate programs do not require a specific Bachelor degree, they usually only ask for a bachelor degree, specific classes, and other materials/requirements.

Do I have to take foreign language to transfer? Can I use my foreign language in high school?

If you took 2 years of the same foreign language in high school with grades C or better, you will not need to take foreign language for the UC.  You only need to submit your official high school transcript to Admission (L building).  You will not receive college credit/units for your high school foreign language but rather have your foreign language checked off on the IGETC GE.  CSU's do not have a language requirement.  You can take foreign language at PCC to fulfill their general education requirements or you can chose to take other classes. CSU's will not accept high school language for college credit unless it is AP credit.

Do I have to take foreign language if I attended high school outside the USA?

If you attended a non-English speaking high school for 2 or more years in your country, you will not need to take language at PCC for UC's. Or if you attended an English speaking high school but you took one foreign language for 2 years, you will also not need to take foreign language for the UC.  You only need to submit your original high school records showing that you attended there for 2 years (not a diploma) to the Admission (L building).  Admission will photocopy your original and return the original copy to you.  CSU's do not have a language requirement.  You can take foreign language at PCC to fulfill their general education requirements or you can chose to take other classes. CSU's will not accept high school language for college credit unless it is AP credit. 

If you want to get an Associate degree from PCC and not transfer, you do not need to take foreign language to graduate. 

If you attended middle school or high school in another country, you probably will not be able to take language classes in your native language.  Please see a counselor (L building) for more clarification.

How do I receive credit for coursework taken in another country?

You may not need to get your foreign credits evaluated.

If you want to transfer to a university to get a BA/BS degree, the university will do the foreign credit evaluation.  PCC cannot evaluate foreign credits for the university since you will be graduating from the university and not PCC.  The graduating university/college must decide.  Please connect with your interested university to determine if they will accept credits from your foreign institution.  If yes, you will need to avoid retaking those classes at PCC. 

If you have a foreign BA/BS degree, many public universities in California no longer accept second degree applicants so it is best to connect with the university before you proceed.  Or you may consider applying for graduate school instead.

If you want to get an Associate degree from PCC, you will need to get your foreign credits evaluated first by an approved agency.  Once you complete 15 units at PCC, you will need to see a counselor to submit that evaluation to PCC for a second evaluation towards our Associate degree general education.

How do I receive credit for coursework taken at another college?

Send an official transcript to:

Pasadena City College Admission

1570 E. Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91106

Re:  PCC ID# __(list your PCC ID#)___

After you have completed 15 units of coursework at PCC, you may request a transcript evaluation with a counselor in L building. 

How do I receive credit for AP (Advanced Placement) test scores?

After you have completed 15 units, bring a copy of your scores to a counselor (L building), who will assist you with a student petition. You can also initiate the process yourself by submitting a student petition with a copy of your AP test scores to the Vice President of Student and Learning Services (L112). In order to have prerequisites cleared based on your eligible AP scores, before completion of 15 units, you may bring the scores to the Prerequisite office, L103, or see a counselor.

Graduation

How do I apply for graduation?

You may request a graduation check online at the following link: Preliminary Graduation Check Request or at the front Counseling Counter at L-104 (you do not need to stand in line for this request); however you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have not applied for graduation this semester OR want to apply for an additional degree
  • Have completed ALL college credits at PCC with a minimum of 45 units completed (so NO transcripts from other colleges/universities OR Advance Placement (AP) scores of 3 or higher)

If you qualify to graduate, the counseling office will contact you to return to sign your graduation petition. If you do not qualify yet, we will provide a check list of classes you still need.

OR in person with a counselor in L building.

The 3 step process to see a counselor:
1. Enter your PCC ID# at the Counseling check-in computer
2. Have a seat and wait to be called
3. You will be assisted by a counselor (may lead to follow-up appointment)
*Please bring a copy of your transcript. 

We are open M-Th from 8:00am – 6:30pm and Fridays 8:00am – 4:00pm.   

If you have credits from another college, you can only apply for graduation in person with a counselor. 

When do I apply for graduation?

We graduate students 3 times per year (Fall, Spring, and Summer).  Once you register for your final semester, you may apply for graduation.  Graduation deadlines are posted in the academic calendar at http://www.pasadena.edu/calendar/academic-cal.cfm.  Deadlines are usually in September for Fall, January for Spring, and May for Summer.

What are the benefits in getting an Associate degree?
  • Associate degrees can stand alone or be a stepping stone to a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Associate degree holders earn up to 25% more each year than someone who is doing the same job without a degree.
  • More employers are requiring job candidates to have a degree, getting an Associate’s degree will open more doors.
  • A different Associate degree from your Bachelor’s degree will diversify your resume (i.e. A.A. in Business and B.A. in Economics). 
  • In case it may take you longer to complete your Bachelor’s degree than planned, you will have an Associate degree to fall back on.
  • Completing an Associate degree from PCC demonstrates that students can accomplish their goals at each stage in their education.
  • By meeting your transfer requirements, you may already qualify for a degree without taking additional classes.
Is an Associate degree required to transfer to a university?

UC’s, CSU’s, and most universities in California do not require an Associate degree for admission. Only CSU’s give admission and graduation incentives for students with an AA-T/AS-T degree in their admitted major.  However, some out-of-state or private institutions may require an Associate degree, please check with those institutions.

Do I need to see a counselor to get a degree?

No, you might not need to see a counselor to get a degree if all your college credits were completed at PCC. You will need to have all the requirements completed by the end of the term you are applying. For example, if you are applying for Spring graduation, you must complete all your requirements by the end of that Spring semester.

Please refer to question #3 above to find out how to apply for graduation.
 

Can I still get financial aid after I receive my Associate degree?

If you are receiving financial aid and are planning on attending next semester at PCC, please wait to apply for graduation during your final semester at PCC (unless you have completed over 90 units at PCC). Receiving an Associate degree may impact your financial aid (at PCC only) but has NO impact on the Fee Waiver. If you are transferring, an Associate degree does not affect your financial aid at the university.

How many Associate degrees may I receive at PCC?

For students who started at PCC Fall 2009 and after OR who have elected to receive post Fall 2009 degrees, you may have multiple A.A. degrees and one A.S. degree..

For students who started at PCC prior to Fall 2009 and have maintained continuous enrollment, you may have one A.A. degree and multiple A.S. degrees.

You can only have rights to pre-Fall 2009 or post-Fall 2009 rights, not both. 

I have credits from another college; may I use those credits to graduate from PCC?

Yes, you must send an official transcript to the Records Office (L113). After you have completed 15 units of coursework at PCC, you should ask a counselor to submit a transcript evaluation request.  You may also make a transcript evaluation request through online counseling at:  http://www.pasadena.edu/studentServices/counseling/online.cfm.

I have college credits from another country; may I use those credits to graduate from PCC?

You may be able to use your credits from another country.  However, you are required to have your foreign transcripts (Academic Records) evaluated by one of the 3 approved evaluation agencies. Once we receive the official evaluation results and you have completed 15 units at PCC, PCC evaluators will complete a second evaluation for graduation credits. 

For those students who are planning to transfer to the university, please see a counselor before applying for a transcript evaluation. Most universities have their own evaluators who evaluate foreign transcripts. Transcript evaluation is not necessary if you are transferring to a university.

I have submitted my graduation check request but have not heard anything, what should I do?

Once a student submits a request, it will be given to a counselor to complete the graduation check.  Please allow 10 business days to process.  Once the graduation check is completed, our counseling staff will contact you to return to L-104 to receive results. 

If you have not heard from us after 10 business days, please email gradpetition@pasadena.edu.

I have signed my graduation petition, what happens next?

Your graduation petition will be forwarded to a Graduation Evaluator for a second review.  If there is a problem with your graduation requirements, you will be contacted by mail.  If there are no other missing requirements, you will not receive any notices.  Only students who have filed for the AA-T/AS-T degrees will receive a mailed notice stating the pending degree to submit to the CSU. 

For confirmation of your graduation petition, you can view your degree listed as "Pending" at the top of your unofficial PCC transcript in LancerPoint.  After your grades are posted for that semester, a final review will be done and your degree will be posted on your PCC transcript.  The diploma will be mailed to you approximately 3 months after the term ends. 

In March, you will receive graduation commencement information by mail.  If you are interested in participating in the May Commencement (once a year), please follow the instructions to rent your cap and gown.

What happens if I fail my required class/es?

You will receive a letter by mail from the Graduation Evaluator stating your missing requirements.  Once you enroll in the course again, you will need to reapply for graduation.

Do I have to participate in Graduation Commencement ceremony to receive my diploma?

You are not required to attend the ceremony; however we highly encourage you to attend and invite your family and friends to celebrate your achievements at PCC.

Do I have to pay to graduate or receive my diploma?

No, the graduation application and diploma is free.

LancerPoint

How do I find out my registration date and time?

As a student, you can check LancerPoint to view your registration date and time.  In LancerPoint, go to “Classes & Academics” tab and click on “Check Registration Status”.  If your registration date does not show for the semester you desire:

Click on “Return to Menu”

Click on “Select Term” and select your desired term

Click on “Registration Status”

LancerPoint will not let me register or check my registration date.

You may need to need to change the term if you currently in the middle of a term (for example, enrolled in Fall and want to register for Spring classes).     

In LancerPoint:

•            Go to the "Classes and Academics" tab

•            Click on "Check Registration Status"

•            Click on "Return to Menu"

•            Click on “Select Term”

•            Select term

Then try again.

How do I get into the class through the waitlist?

When a class closes, a wait list will open.  If the wait list is closed, the class will state “Closed”. 

Once you are on the waiting list, it is the student’s responsibility to check your Lancer email (in LancerPoint under the Home tab) every day for an email indicating that the class has been activated in your LancerPoint account.  Once a student drops in the enrolled class, the first student on the waiting list will receive an email.  The student is then responsible for logging into LancerPoint to “Activate” the class within 48 hours.  If the student fails to activate the class, the second student will get an email followed by the third student, etc., until one of them activates the class.  Once your 48 hours passes, the system will no longer email you for that class.  To re-enroll in the waitlist, you will need to drop the waitlist class and re-register for the waitlist again.

If by the first day of class, you are still on the waiting list, you may attend the first day of class and ask the instructor to add.  The instructor will usually add from the waiting list based on seats available.  If you are not on the waiting list, your chances are lower.

Where am I on the waitlist?

To find out your waiting list number, go to LancerPoint:

Click on “Classes & Academics" tab. 

Click on "Check Registration Status". 

Click on "Return to Menu". 

Click on "Student Detail Schedule". 

How do I get final semester grades?

Final semester grades are available online approximately twelve days after the end of each semester. Login into LancerPoint and go to “Classes & Academics” tab and click on “Transcript (View Unofficial)”.

Can I forward my PCC emails to my personal email account?

Click on your PCC email in LancerPoint.  It will take you to your PCC google email account. 

•                     In the settings icon to top right corner, click on “Settings”.

•                     Click on the “Fowarding and POP/IMAP” tab

Click on “Add a forwarding address