Eligibility for Admission
The right of any person to attend any college in the Ventura County Community College District is conditioned by certain admission and residency qualifications as provided by state and federal law.
Admission to the colleges of the Ventura County Community College District is open to any California resident who possesses a high school diploma or equivalent (Certificate of Proficiency, GED), any adult 18 years of age or older who may benefit from instruction offered, and any California resident who is an apprentice as defined in Section 3077 of the California Labor Code.
For the purpose of admission to the colleges of the Ventura County Community College District, students’ self-certification may serve as proof of high school attendance and graduation or its equivalent. Students may be required to provide verification of high school graduation; or in the case of homeschooled students, verification from an accredited high school district that the home school curriculum completed meets the criteria for exemption from California’s Compulsory Attendance Laws, for financial aid eligibility or other purposes.
Students who are attending an accredited public or private K-12 school may be eligible for admission under dual enrollment provisions noted elsewhere in this catalog. Students who are attending a non-accredited K-12 school or home school may petition for admission under dual enrollment provisions noted elsewhere in this catalog (see “Admission of Minors” below). Dual enrollment provisions apply to minors, and to students 18 years of age and older if they are still attending a K-12 educational institution as defined above.
Students entering any of the public community colleges of California are subject to the residency requirements as determined by the state of California. Students whose legal residence is determined to be in another state (nonresidents) or in a foreign country (International students) may be admitted under conditions stipulated by the governing board upon payment of specified tuition and fees. Additional information regarding residency requirements may be found under the “Residency Requirements” section in this Catalog, on the College website or by contacting the campus Admissions and Records Office.
General Admissions Procedures
Prior to being eligible for priority registration, new students to the Ventura County Community College District:
- Must complete an application for admission
- Must complete orientation
- Assessment through multiple measures, including but not limited to:
- Evaluation of other college coursework
- High school courses and grades
- Informed self-placement which result in course placement recommendations for Math, English and English as a Second Language.
- Must complete an educational plan with a counselor
- Submit transcripts from high school and/or any college/ universities previously attended
The application for admission is available online at http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/apply. Printed copies of the application for admission can be downloaded from the College website. Consult the college website for application dates and deadlines. An admission application must be on file before students can register. There is no cost to apply.
Upon admission to the college, new students will be directed to setup their MyVCCCD portal MyVCCCD (https://my.vcccd.edu) to gain access to many self-service options.
Returning Students who have not attended one of the Ventura County Community Colleges in the last year:
- Must reapply for admission at www.oxnardcollege.edu/apply.
- Must reactivate their MyVCCCD Student Portal if necessary (https://my.vcccd.edu).
- May be required to complete orientation, assessment, and counseling to develop a new educational plan.
- Returning students who have attended other colleges should make a counseling appointment to have their other college transcripts evaluated for the educational plan.
- All requirements must be completed before returning students can register for classes.
Applications for admission to the colleges of the Ventura County Community College District become the property of the colleges once they are submitted. Applications are submitted under penalty of perjury, whether submitted online or in written form. Falsification of information provided therein may result in disciplinary measures up to and including dismissal, termination of eligibility for programs and/or services as appropriate, and/or the retroactive assessment of nonresident tuition charges if warranted. Falsification of information that results in fraud or other crimes may result in legal penalties.
Oxnard College participates in an array of federal and state financial aid programs. All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
Students who qualify under AB 540 must complete the California Dream Act Application at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/. Apply early as some funds may be limited. For further information and deadlines, please visit the Financial Aid Office website at http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/finaid.
Admission of Minors / Dual Enrollment
Pursuant to California Education Code section 76001, minors may be permitted to take college courses under very specific circumstances. The intent is to provide minors who can benefit from advanced scholastic and vocational education the opportunity to take college-level courses that are not available through their primary school or other alternatives.
The term “Dual Enrollment Student” refers to concurrently enrolled K-12 students who have been recommended by their principal and have parental permission to attend a community college during any session or term. Parental permission may not be required for dual enrollment students who are 18 years of age or older.
Students admitted as Dual Enrollment Students may enroll in a maximum of almost twelve (11) units per semester or term, unless the student (either part-time or full-time) is enrolled under the terms of an existing AB 288 College and Career Access Pathway (CCAP) Partnership Agreement effective at the time of enrollment.
Enrollment fees are waived for Dual Enrollment Students who are enrolled in 11 units or less. Students under an AB 288 College and Career Access Pathways Partnership (CCAP) dual enrollment agreement with a school district who enroll in up to 15 units (no more than 4 college courses) are exempt from enrollment fees. All other fees apply.
Dual Enrollment Students who are determined to be nonresidents may be admitted and classified as nonresidents but exempt from paying additional nonresident tuition per California Ed. Code, Section 76141. Please note the following conditions:
- This exemption only applies to dual enrollment students enrolled in 11 or fewer units per semester. The exemption does not apply to full-time dual enrollment students, unless the student (either part-time or full-time) is enrolled under the terms of an existing AB 288 College and Career Access Pathway (CCAP) Partnership Agreement effective at the time of enrollment.
- This exemption does not apply to categories of students who would not qualify for AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption; i.e., a) students who reside outside of California and enroll via Distance Education and b) students on most non-immigrant visas.
- Students with T or U visas are eligible for this exemption.
- Students receiving this exemption do not receive resident status for the purposes of tuition or financial aid. Rather, they are exempt from nonresident tuition under this law.
To qualify and register for Dual Enrollment, all students must apply for admission. After the initial application, Dual Enrollment students must present the following documents each semester they register at the college:
- The Recommendation for Dual Enrollment and Memorandum of Understanding form signed by a parent/guardian and the school principal or counselor. In addition, students in 8th grade and below must have the written consent of the college instructor whose class they wish to attend. Students in 8th grade and below are not permitted to enroll until the semester begins.
- Homeschooled students must present the completed Private School Affidavit. For more information, visit: www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ps/affidavit.asp
All Dual Enrollment forms are available online at www.oxnardcollege.edu/dualenrollment and at the college Admissions and Records Office. Detailed information on clearing prerequisites is available online and in this catalog.
Important Note: Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), once a student is attending an institution of postsecondary education, all rights pertaining to the inspection, review and release of his/her educational records belong to the student without regard to the student’s age. Therefore, all students, regardless of age, must provide written consent for release of their college transcripts and/ or college records. For more information, please refer to “Privacy Rights Regarding Student Records” in the appendices of this catalog.
Parents and students applying for Special Full-time Admission status must contact the Admissions and Records Office. Petitions for Special Full-Time Admission will be considered only after the parent and student have exhausted all alternatives available through the secondary school district that the student would be attending. The decision to admit a minor as a special full-time admission student may be subject to the availability of classes. Special full-time admission students are required to complete at least 12 units in each primary term, and to maintain continuous enrollment until reaching the age of 18.
MyVCCCD Online Services - Portal
My.VCCCD.edu (https://my.vcccd.edu) is the portal to online services, providing college and district information for current students. New applicants and reapplying returning students will be provided a link to the portal setup in their acceptance email from the college. MyVCCCD provides access to the following online services and features:
- Registration status appointments and calendars
- Request official transcripts
- Registration, add, and drop classes
- Pay fees, purchase Student Photo ID Cards
- Purchase parking permits (can only be done online!)
- Sign up for payment plan (can only be done online!)
- Financial aid: Track and manage awards
- Check progress toward a degree, certificate, or transfer requirements using DegreeWorks
- Access online classes
- View/Print Class Schedule
- View/Print Unofficial transcript
- Print official enrollment verification
- Search for classes using registration planner or the “searchable” schedule of classes (find drop deadlines, prerequisites, more!)
- Update personal information (address, phone, emergency contact numbers, major, program of study, educational goal)
- Forward college email to a personal email account (REQUIRED if you want to receive college emails to your personal account)
- Change portal password
Updating Student Records
Once an application has been submitted, any necessary communication with the student is conducted through the contact information provided (phone or text) and through the VCCCD e-mail account the college creates for all students, or through the MyVCCCD Student Portal (https://my.vcccd.edu) . It is important to keep address, phone, and alternate e-mail address updated and corrections be recorded in student academic records as soon as possible. Students may update this information at any time by logging into the MyVCCCD Student Portal under "Tools".
Requests for name changes cannot be completed online; they must be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office, and the student must present a picture ID (driver’s license or California ID card), and at least one other piece of identification bearing the new name.
Student ID numbers (also called 900 numbers) are assigned to replace social security numbers as the student‘s primary identifier used by the college. The assigned ID number will appear once the student’s MyVCCCD portal account (https://my.vcccd.edu) once it has been logged into. It will also appear on printed mailers and notices from the College and on faculty attendance, drop, and grade rosters.
Social security numbers will still be collected for such purposes as statistical reporting, financial aid, and Hope Scholarship Tax Credit reporting.
Students are strongly encouraged to use only their Student ID numbers in all College related business as it provides them with additional security and confidentiality.
The primary goal of Student Equity and Achievement (SEA) Program is to assist all students in attaining academic success. It is a partnership between the College and the student for the purposes of defining and realizing the student’s educational goal. This agreement includes responsibilities for both the College and the student, who work together combining several activities and processes to develop a Student Educational Plan (SEP). The SEP is a schedule of recommended courses the student must take to achieve their educational goals.
In order to earn priority enrollment all students must complete the following:
- Complete a college orientation in person or online through the MyVCCCD student portal.
- Assessment through multiple measures, including but not limited to evaluation of other college coursework, high school courses and grades, and informed self-placement which result in course placement recommendations for math, English and English as a Second Language.
- Counseling advisement resulting in the development of a Student Educational Plan.
Exceptions may apply. Consult the appendices at the end of this catalog for full policy and procedures regarding the Student Equity and Achievement Program (Appendix XII).