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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to pay for parking at West Campus?
No. Parking at West is free for all students, faculty, staff, and the general public.
Does West Campus have free Wi-Fi?
Yes. We do have free Wifi that is accessible throughout the entire campus (1st and 2nd floor).
I'm currently an ECC student. Do you have a computer lab I could use to complete my assignments?
Yes. We do have a computer lab located inside our library; please provide the librarian your school ID to enter. Our computer lab is designated for students who are currently registered in classes.
Do you have computers that are available to the public?
Yes. We do have computers located in our library that are available to the general public.
Does West Campus have a bookstore?
No. We do not have bookstore on-site. However, during first week of each term the El Centro bookstore sets-up shop at West Campus with limited inventory catered specifically for West Campus classes: books, materials, El Centro merchandise, etc.
Do you offer tutoring services at West Campus? If so, what subjects can they help me?
Yes. We do offer free tutoring services to our students on weekdays and subjects widely vary. Please visit
West's Learning Center
for more information.
Do you have campus security at West Campus?
Yes. We have campus police on staff 24/7 to service students, general public, faculty, and staff.
I checked-out books from the Downtown Campus. Can I check-in those books at West Campus and vice-versa?
Yes. If you checked-out library books from the library at Downtown, you can check-in those books (return them) at West.
What if I'm disabled or have a learning disability?
The Disability Services Offices ensures that students with disabilities are provided equal access to all programs and activities available at the college. If you have a learning or physical disability, please contact the Student Services Office for more information.
Are there DART routes near West?
Yes. There are a few options you can take to get to West Campus; buses 52, 59 and 453. Please consult DART's website for your best route to West Campus.
I'm running late to my class, can I call the Front Desk so they can tell my instructor I will be arriving late?
No. Due to limited staff, Front Desk personnel can't leave the lobby area.
I graduate from high school this spring and plan to take classes in the summer. Can I still enroll at West Campus and see an advisor even though I've not graduated from high school?
Yes. It is always best to start the enrollment process early and to receive pre-advisement months prior to the term starting. After you have graduated from high school, please bring your official high school transcript (needs to have your graduation date) in a sealed envelope with you.
I love to make friends! Do you offer student clubs/organizations at West Campus?
Absolutely! West Campus can get you involved with organizations and events. Please stop by the Student Success Center for details, room W146 – across from the Library.
What is the Texas Success Initiative, TSI?
The Texas Success Initiative, TSI, is an assessment testing program. Texas state law requires that all entering students be tested in reading, writing and mathematics before enrolling in college-level courses in any Texas public college or university. TSI replaces the former TASP program. Assessment testing is used to determine whether or not students will need extra help (such as developmental reading, writing or math courses) before they enroll in higher level courses.
Do I need to re-test after I finish taking developmental reading, writing or math?
You are not required to re-test after successfully completing the highest level of the developmental reading, writing or math courses.
Are there deans at West Campus if I need to speak to one?
No. All deans and administrators are housed at the Downtown Campus. If you would like to contact one, please click on El Centro's Directory on the top right-hand corner for their contact and office information.
Do I qualify to receive a DART pass if I'm taking 6 college hours at West?
Yes. West Campus is a sister-community campus of El Centro College. In fact, if you are registered for 6 college hours during a full semester (fall/spring) at El Centro College-Downtown, Bill J. Priest, and/or El Centro College West Campus, you are qualified for a DART pass for the current term. During a summer term, you need to be registered for 3 college hours to be qualified for a DART pass.
I'm taking 6 college hours, but they are online classes. Do I qualify though my classes are not on-campus?
Yes. As long as your courses are from El Centro College, it does not matter if your courses are online, on-campus or hybrid.
Is there anything else I need to know about qualifying for a DART pass?
Fall - Registered in 6 college hours
Spring - Registered in 6 college hours
Summer I - Registered in 3 college hours
Summer II - Registered in 3 college hours
*If you have not paid your tuition and/or do not have your El Centro student ID, a DART pass will be not issued to you.
Does my DART pass expire?
Yes. Your DART pass does expire on the last day of the month indicated on your DART pass.
Where and when do I get my DART pass?
At West Campus, you can redeem your DART pass at the Cashier's Window located on the first floor and if you are at the Downtown Campus, DART passes will be issued at the Student Center located on the first floor in B-building. The dates when DART passed are issued will take place after certification day, which vary by the current term. Please resort to the school calendar for dates.
I lost my ECC Student ID and it has my DART pass on it. Can I get another DART pass?
Sadly, no you cannot get another DART pass for the current term that you are registered in. Once you redeem your DART pass, you are not given another. We strongly advise all El Centro students to always take care of their student IDs.
Is El Centro College the only campus that offers a DART pass to their students?
Yes. At this time, El Centro College is the only campus that offers the DART pass to their student body.
Student ID, Tuition and Other
Why do I need an El Centro student ID?
Student ID cards are used to identify you as a student at El Centro College and assist you in accessing on-campus services such as libraries, computer labs, Testing center, Learning Center, gymnasium, DART pass, transcript pick-up, etc. Please note, each term you are registered for classes, you must update your student ID by getting the semester sticker (spring 2011, summer 2011, etc.) available at our library for West Campus and the Office of Student Life for Downtown Campus in room B270.
Do I have to pay to get my student ID?
No. If you are a new student your student ID is free. However if you lose your student ID there is a $10 fee to replace it. We strongly advise all El Centro students to always take care of their student IDs.
I lost my student ID. What do I need to do to get another?
First, you will need to pay a $10 replacement fee at the Cashier's Window located on the first floor. Second, bring your Cashier's Receipt (proof of payment) and provide a copy of your current Paid Registration Summary (proof tuition has been paid) to the library to get a new student ID.
I registered at West Campus in courses being offered at ECC Downtown. Where can I pay my tuition?
You can pay tuition or set up a payment plan at any sister campuses of DCCCD, regardless which campus you attend.
Is the tuition the same at West Campus as to Downtown?
Yes. The rates of tuition are the same.
Does my tuition cover the cost of books and materials I need?
No. Tuition cost only covers the cost of your classes. Books, materials, supplies, and any addition school related items are separate from tuition.
Can you mail me a schedule?
Unfortunately, schedules are now only available online. We no longer print schedules to mail out or pick up.
Can I bring my child with me to class?
No. According to El Centro College Policies and Procedures in the College Catalog, no children may be in the classrooms, laboratories or other facilities of the college.
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