How to Register for Classes
Once you've been admitted to Edmonds College and have completed all prior steps in the New Student Checklist, you are ready to register for classes. This is the last step in officially becoming a student at Edmonds. You'll have to repeat the class registration process each quarter to sign up for new classes. Registering is different than applying — students generally only need to apply once.
Important Note About Financial Aid: Students must finalize their enrollment by the tenth day of the quarter (eighth day for summer), or risk losing some Pell grant eligibility.
After you register for classes for an upcoming term, there are several opportunities to add classes to your schedule or drop classes if they no longer work for you. Depending on your timing and reasons for dropping a class, you may be eligible for a full or partial tuition refund.
Please read the following policies on adding and dropping classes to learn more.
Adding/Registering for Classes
Prepare to Register
- Check the academic calendar for registration and tuition deadlines.
- Make sure you have the class numbers of the classes you want to take.
- If you don’t have the class numbers, look them up using the online quarterly class schedule.
Students who can’t register online include:
- District high school students — a school district enrollment release/permission form is required each quarter you attend.
- International high school completion students need an HSC advisor’s permission to add/drop classes.
- Students enrolled in the following programs: GED, ELA, EdCAP, PCAPP, Pre-College and FLED Co-op preschool.
- Students who haven’t taken the English and/or Math placement test or had it waived.
Register In Person, by Email, or Mail
- Use the computers in the Advising Resource Center or your own personal computer.
- Go to the Enrollment Services Forms page and click on “Registration form.”
- After you fill out the form online, click the “Print and Sign” button, print it, sign
it, and bring the registration form to the Enrollment Services Office. You can also
scan it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to:
20000 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Important Registration Notes
- All classes, except late start classes, require instructor permission to join after the third day of the quarter. See the "Instructor Permission to Register" section below.
- You must meet class prerequisite requirements before enrollment in that class is allowed.
- If you received an exemption from assessment, take your transcripts and/or test scores with you to class, as instructors have the final say in determining if you meet prerequisite requirements.
- You cannot register for more than one section of the same class.
- Instructor permission is required to add classes that are full or waitlisted.
- Waitlisted students must go to class or contact the instructor on the first day of the quarter if they still wish to register. Take a completed registration form with you to the class and obtain instructor permission.
- Waitlisted students may not obtain instructor permission prior to the first day of the quarter.
- Your registration is not complete until you pay tuition.
- See the tuition deadlines page for details on when you have to pay.
- Students awarded financial aid are exempt from tuition due dates.
- If online registration is no longer available, or if you are unable to register online, you may:
Adding Classes Late
- You can register for open-entry/open-exit classes through the seventh week of the quarter (sixth week for summer) as long as space is available and you obtain instructor permission. Check the class schedule for classes designated as open-entry/open-exit, and for the last date to register.
- You can register for late start classes until the first day of class if space is available.
- For most classes, registration must be completed by the tenth day of the quarter (eighth day for summer). If you wish to add a class after that date, you must complete a Late Add Petition and pay a late-add fee.
Instructor Permission to Register
Beginning the first day of the quarter, you must submit the instructor permission form to register for classes that are full. Note: the permission form is not active after the second week of the term.
Your instructor will be notified of your request. If approved, you will be enrolled in the class and notified.
Please note: If you are blocked from registering for a class due to unmet prerequisites, you will need to provide documentation showing that you have met the prerequisites. You may do this through the Testing Center (for Math and English prerequisites only), the instructional division office, Registration (only if your account has the prerequisites, but you're still being stopped), or by contacting the instructor directly.
Dropping/Withdrawing from Classes
Completing the formal process of dropping a class after the quarter has started is also sometimes referred to as withdrawing from the class. Withdrawals after the 10th day of the quarter (eighth day in summer quarter) result in a "W" grade on the transcript.
- If you find it necessary to withdraw from a class, you may do so via:
- Check the Academic Calendar for withdrawal and refund deadlines. Self-support classes have alternate refund deadlines.
- You may drop classes online through the seventh week of the quarter (sixth week for summer).
- You may drop classes through the tenth day of the quarter (eighth day for summer) without a transcript entry.
- If you have a medical situation that prevents you from completing the quarter, you may qualify for a medical withdrawal, which includes a full refund.
- Military students who are unable to complete a term due to deployment may be eligible for a 100% refund of tuition and fees and a late withdrawal. Please bring a completed registration form indicating that you are dropping your classes and a copy of your orders to the Enrollment Services counter for processing.
- If you leave the college without completing the process, you may receive an unofficial withdrawal ("V" grade) or a grade based solely on work accomplished prior to leaving the class. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from any unwanted classes in accordance with published deadlines. If you withdraw online, always print a copy of your schedule to ensure you have successfully been withdrawn from your class or classes by going to Get Your Schedule.
Waitlists & Swaps
When a class reaches capacity (meaning all spots have been filled) during the registration period, the class closes to enrollment for any other students.
Afterward, students can choose to be placed on a waitlist for the class. As spots become available, students are moved from the waitlist into the class.
An email notification is sent to students using the email address on file letting them know that they were successfully enrolled for the waitlisted class.
If the class you want is full, but there's another section that's open and would work as a backup section, we recommend that you do the following:
Enroll into the backup section, but don't put yourself on the waitlist for the other section just yet.
Set up a "swap." Setting up a swap tells the system to drop the backup section if, and only if, it can add the waitlisted section. A swap will also put you on the waitlist. There are two ways to set up a swap:
- Go to the Class Schedule, log in, select Enrollment in the blue menu, and then Swap Classes.
- Go to the ctcLink Student Homepage, Manage Classes, and then Swap Classes.
If you add yourself to the waitlist without going through the "swap" option, the waitlist system will ignore you as long as you are still enrolled in another section of the same course.
If you've already waitlisted and later want to set up a swap, you'll need to remove yourself from the waitlist, forfeiting your place in line, then set up the swap to re-add yourself to the end of the waitlist.
- You can view your waitlist status, or remove yourself from a waitlist, within the ctcLink Portal.
- If you have a hold on your account that prevents registration, and if you are then at the top of a waitlist for a reopened class, we'll send you an email notifying you of the hold. Note that until the hold is removed, the system will automatically ignore you and enroll other waitlisted students instead.
- At their discretion, instructors may give permission to overload a waitlisted class, provided that students are given permission in the order they appear on the waitlist.
- Do not contact the instructor prior to the start of the quarter to inquire about registering as an overload for a class that has a waitlist.
- Not all courses have a waitlist option.
What to do once the quarter begins
The waitlists will stay open through the third day of the quarter. Make sure to log in to your student account to see if you have been moved into a class.
If you are still on a waitlist and wish to take the class, email the instructor on the first day of class and let the instructor know you are still interested in the class.
If the instructor will allow you into the class, complete and submit the instructor permission form. (Note: the form is not active or applicable after the second week of the term.) Your instructor will be notified of your request. If approved, you will be enrolled in the class and notified.
Instructor & Institution-Initiated Withdrawal
Instructors may initiate a withdrawal for students who do not attend 60% (three days) of in-person classes or participate in 60% percent of online classes during the first five instructional days of the quarter. Instructors may also initiate withdrawals through the 10th day of the quarter (eighth day for summer) for students who initially attended/participated in class but by the 10th day have achieved less than 60% attendance/participation.
Please note that instructor-initiated withdrawals are done at the discretion of individual instructors. Students cannot rely on instructors to initiate a withdrawal, nor can they expect automatic withdrawal because they fail to attend or participate in a class.
Refund of Tuition and Fees
Because instructor-initiated withdrawals are discretionary, students remain responsible for officially withdrawing from classes within the specified deadlines published in the Academic Calendar to be eligible for a refund.
Students enrolled in state-support classes who are withdrawn during the first five days of the quarter receive a full refund of tuition and fees. Students who are withdrawn between the sixth day and the twentieth day of the quarter receive a 50% refund of tuition and fees.
Self-support classes have different refund policies. No refund is given for online self-support classes after the first day of the quarter, and no refund is given for all other self-support classes after the first day of class. The class schedule indicates which classes are designated as self-support.
The college may withdraw a student from a class or classes if the student has been suspended for lack of academic achievement, has not paid tuition, or whose conduct has resulted in a disciplinary suspension/termination. A tuition refund may not be provided under these circumstances.