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I have never attended college, how do I get started?
Making the decision to start is the first step! Please visit the
page to learn more about getting started at El Centro College.
Where can I go to learn more about the college and different services offered?
Our website is an excellent tool for learning more about the resources at the college. Advisors are also available to answer any questions you may have about the college.
Why are new students required to take the Learning Frameworks class?
Students with less than 12 college level hours are required to take and complete
or HDEV 0092. These courses will provide you with information about services specific to El Centro, educational and career planning, and other inside tips you may want to know to navigate the college environment. With this course, we hope to prepare you to be a more informed, independent college student. Students who are 65 years or age and older, and students with 12 or more college level hours are exempt from this requirement.
How long do classes last?
Classes will typically last three hours per week. You will meet one day for three hours, two days for 1.5 hours, or three days for one hour. Also, most classes will last an entire semester (3-4 months in the fall and spring and 1-2 months in the winter and summer), but we do offer some flex courses that will vary in length. Check the
Do I need to set-up an appointment to see an advisor?
We recommend that students that interested in long term educational planning such as graduation, transfer, career planning, exploring different programs of study, academic difficulty, test interpretation (new students), and detailed questions make an appointment to meet with an advisor.
to make an appointment.
What is the Texas Success Initiative?
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. TSI requires that you be assessed in reading, writing, and math prior to taking college level courses. If you are not exempt, you will be required to take the TSI assessment. You can prepare for the TSI Assessment by completing the
Pre-Assessment Activity Online
(link is external).
Can I register online?
Students who have met Texas Success Initiatives and are in good academic standing are able to register online. Even if you are able to register online you will need to meet specific course prerequisites to register for a course. Click here to verify that you are able to
(link is external).
If I am eligible to register online can I still see an advisor?
Yes, advisors are always here to answer questions and help you with your educational planning. However, we will refer you to the Advising Lab to register or drop classes.
How do I register for classes?
If your advising report indicates that you are eligible to
, you may do so through eConnect. Click here for a
step-by-step guide for registration
. If you are not able to register online you must meet with an advisor in the Office of First Year Experience (your 1st or 2nd semester) or the Academic Advising Office (3+ semesters).
Do I need official transcripts from all the colleges/universities I attended before I can register for classes?
Students are required to show their transcript to an advisor before registering for courses. If you do not provide an official copy of your transcript at the time of registration, you may use your unofficial transcript, viewed online by the advisor, to register for courses. However, it is your responsibility to submit to the college an official copy of your transcript as soon as possible. If you fail to do so you may have a block placed on you or be dropped from courses.
How many courses should I take?
This is a personal decision and can be discussed with your advisor. If you are working full time, you may want to take 1 or 2 classes at a time. Students with no other obligations may wish to go full time, taking four or five classes.
Should I take a course online?
Online courses are designed for those students who are unable to make it to campus because of a conflicting schedule. These courses require just as much work, if not more, than a course where you go to the campus. Online courses require that you be very organized and self-disciplined. You will receive your course outline and be expected to follow it as is. Of course, the faculty member will be available for you to ask questions.
Find out if online learning right for you, go to
SmarterMeasure assessment tool
, and login as a New User: Username:
choose el centro
Do I have to be a full time student to receive financial aid?
No, to receive financial aid you will need to enroll in at least 6 credit hours, typically two classes.
When will I need to pay for my classes?
The payment due date will appear on your fee receipt after you have registered. If your receipt shows a balance you must pay in full or make arrangements to do a set up plan by that date. If you believe you are receiving financial aid and a balance appears you will want to check with financial aid. If payment is not made by the due date you will be dropped from the course.
How does the payment plan work?
Students who would like to pay in installments can use the payment plan. You will be required to pay at least half of your total tuition by the date specified on your registration bill, and the remaining balance will be split in half for you to make two payments during the semester. The payment plan is only valid for fall and spring semesters. Contact the
Office if you have any other questions.
When do I need to apply for financial aid?
You can apply for financial aid beginning on January 1st. It is important to remember that financial aid applications take some time to be processed by the financial aid office (6 – 10 weeks). Completing the form early will ensure that you have done all that you need to do prior to receive funds if you are eligible. For more information, please visit the
financial aid website
Can an academic advisor help me complete my financial aid form?
Academic advisors are not trained in financial aid procedures. We will refer you to the financial aid office to ensure that your questions are answered correctly.
Who is able to help me with transfer information?
An advisor can help you with information about transferring to another college, but you may also want to work with El Centro’s College Transition Center, currently located in room A071 (basement of the A building). The Transition Center can provide you with information about scholarships, course equivalencies, and transfer requirements.
What is a formal withdraw from classes?
A formal withdraw requires that you drop your class, before the drop deadline (which can be viewed on your
) either online through econnect or in the advising office with an advisor. Completing a formal withdraw allows you to receive a grade of “W” for the course rather than a failing a grade. For more information about Dropping/Withdrawing from classes, click here.
Will all of my courses transfer to another institution?
We cannot guarantee that all courses will transfer to another institution. However, if you plan on transferring you should take college level courses. Please access the
Transfer Guide website
to check requirements for specific institutions. It would also be a good idea to work with a counselor at El Centro as well as the college you wish to transfer to.
Where can I go for econnect questions?
An employee in the Admissions Office room, A158, will be able to assist you with questions concerning
(link is external).
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