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Becoming a Student at Cerro Coso

Individuals who meet one of the following criteria are eligible for admission to Cerro Coso Community College:

  • graduates of accredited high schools
  • individuals who have either the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) certificate or the General Education Development (GED) certificate
  • persons 18 years of age or older who are able to benefit from the college's instructional programs

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General instructions are below. There are also specific instructions for

  1. Fill out the application form online.
  2. Send us your transcripts, if we ask.
    Credit earned from other accredited colleges or universities may be transferred to Cerro Coso upon admission. Students will need to provide official transcripts showing satisfactory scholarship and an honorable dismissal. Transcripts from all previously attended colleges must be mailed directly to Admissions and Records:
    Admissions & Records
    Cerro Coso Community College
    3000 College Heights Blvd
    Ridgecrest, CA 93555
    Phone: (760) 384-6374
    Fax: (760) 384-6377
  3. Attend orientation.
  4. Log into Navigate.
  5. Meet with a counselor to determine your placement in math and English, and to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP).
  6. Get Financial Aid by completing the FAFSA online at

    Cerro Coso's Federal School Code (010111) must be entered on your FAFSA so that your information will be transmitted to us electronically. You will also need a pin to sign the FAFSA electronically. Apply for a pin at Parents of dependent students must also apply for a pin.
  7. If you qualify, also apply for a California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver) on the Financial Aid webpage.
  8. Register for classes.
  9. Pay fees prior to the start of the semester. Students with outstanding balances will be contacted by the Admissions & Records Department and a hold may be placed on accounts with past-due balances. If you need assistance with paying for classes, be sure to apply for Financial Aid. Please contact Financial Aid with any questions.
  10. Attend classes. Students who do not attend the first day of class will be dropped.
  11. Meet with counseling each semester to further develop your SEP and discuss meeting your education and career goals.