New students can fall into two different categories based on previous enrollment, first-time at OCC and first-time college students. For guidance on how to become a student at OCC, choose which best defines you at this point.

What is a first-time student at OCC?

A first-time student at OCC is someone who previously attended another institution and is now continuing or starting a new journey here at OCC. Please follow the steps below.

What is a first-time college student?

A first-time college student is anyone who has never attended a higher education institution as a college student and will be attending OCC for the first-time. The Future Pirate Registration will guide you through the steps of becoming a first-time college student.

Steps to Getting Started

Complete the following steps to become a student at OCC and be eligible for priority registration. Need help applying to the college? Join us for an application workshop.



    Need Help Applying to the College? Join us for an application workshop

    Apply for Financial Aid

    If you have any questions regarding Financial Aid, please contact our Financial Aid Department. 

    FAFSA: Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    DREAM ACT: AB 540 students, complete the Dream Act Application.

    PIRATES' PROMISE: After you complete the FAFSA or Dream Act Application, submit the Pirates' Promise application to get 1 year of free tution.

Important Information:

Students with a registration appointment for the term can register for classes at all three colleges within the Coast Community College District. If you meet any of the following criteria, you DO NOT need to submit an application to Orange Coast College for SUMMER & FALL 2022:

  • Current students at Golden West College, Coastline College, or Orange Coast College (current students can register at all three colleges).
  • Students who submitted an application to Golden West College or Coastline College for Spring 2023. 
  • Students who submitted an application to Golden West College or Coastline College for Fall 2022 and registered for classes.



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**Orange Coast College utilizes a priority registration system that is in compliance with the California Education California, Title 5 Code of Regulations for Community Colleges and SB 1456. OCC has three levels of priority registration. In order to register in the first level priority registration group, students must meet ALL of the State mandated requirements.