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Welcome to College of the Canyons!

  • COC offers students three main paths – certificates, associate degrees and transfer preparation – that lead to successful completion of their educational goals. These paths are not exclusive.  Students can earn a certificate, an Associate Degree and transfer to a four-year university/college.

    For a quick introduction to each path, please watch our Programs for Credit video.

    To learn more about college’s educational opportunities, including the different types of certificates and associate degrees available; how long it may take to complete each option; how many units are needed; and the type of courses you will need to enroll in, we encourage you to view the below videos.


    If you are considering transferring to a four-year college/university, you may do so with or without an associate degree. The community college system also offers unique transfer programs with California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) that can provide priority consideration or guaranteed admission. For a brief explanation of transfer support programs, please view our Educational Opportunities handout.

    We also encourage you to view the below videos to learn more about transfer preparation.

     Additional information on transfer support programs:

    Honors Program
    Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)

  • With over 150 programs that can easily lead to over 9,000 different career options, there is a program for you!

    Learn more about a specific program by visiting the school’s webpage:

    For a comprehensive list of Academic Departments and Academic Student Support Programs, visit our Academics website. You can also view our Academic Programs handout for complete list of majors. 

    Not sure what type of career is the best match for you or what to major in? Career Counselors are ready to help you identify a career that aligns with your interests, values, and abilities.

    Kick-start your career exploration by completing a career assessment.  To learn more, click here!

    To learn more about certificates, associate degrees, and transfer preparation, view our “How can COC help me achieve my educational goals?” section.

  • All colleges/universities have a Cost of Attendance (Student College Budget) that estimates expenses for tuition, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. This is also used when calculating financial need. Tuition will also vary depending on residency status – California resident or Non-California resident.

    For California residents:

    College of the Canyons tuition: $46.00/unit, plus mandatory college fees

    The average cost for tuition and fees for a full – time student (enrolled in 12 units) for the fall and spring semesters is $1,160.  

    The average cost for books and supplies for a full – time student (enrolled in 12 units) for the fall and spring semesters is $1,125. 

    There are many options to help reduce the cost of textbooks, such as renting textbooks instead of purchasing them, or enrolling in a course that utilizes Open Educational Resources (OER) or Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) which provides a student with FREE online resources or digital textbook.

    Learn about available programs to help ease the cost of a college education by viewing “How can I earn a degree and/or transfer from COC for FREE?” and “How can I receive help with paying for college?”

    2021 – 2022 Cost of Attendance (Student College Budgets)

    2020-2021 Current Tuition for California and Non-California Residents & College Fees

  • The Canyons Promise Program provides incoming first-time college students for the fall semester the opportunity to attend College of the Canyons tuition free for their first two years (fall and spring semesters only). The program is exclusively for first-time college students who enroll full-time. The program provides students with financial support, high-touch academic/counseling support, and peer support to increase student success.

    Canyons Promise sign-up's for 2021 are now CLOSED (Deadline was May 1, 2021)

    If you are interested in Canyons Promise for 2022, watch our information video below to learn about the program.  Keep in mind that the program is always evolving and it might look different for 2022.

    Learn About the Canyons Promise Program


     For more information or to contact the Canyons Promise team, visit

  • College of the Canyons is an open access college, meaning students who have graduated high school, or are at least 18 years of age, may attend.

    Applications open:

    • Summer 2021 & Fall 2021 - January 1, 2021
    • Winter 2022 & Spring 2022 - July 1, 2021


    Semester/term start dates:

    • Summer 2021 – June 7, June 14, June 21 & July 12, 2021
    • Fall 2021 – August 23, 2021
    • Winter 2022 – January 3, 2022
    • Spring 2022 – February 7, 2022
  • Every student needs to begin by submitting a college application for the semester/term you plan attend, for example Fall 2021.

    After your application is submitted, you will receive an Admission Acceptance email with important information including your COC student ID number and next steps. 

    The next step is to submit your financial aid application (FAFSA/CA Dream Act).  We encourage all students to apply for financial aid to see what you may be eligible for. Your FAFSA application is processed within a few days, but it will take several weeks to determine if you are eligible for an award package.

    To complete the admission process, students will complete the assessment & advisement modules online. This step determines your placement for English and math, and begins the process of developing your first semester educational plan. After you have completed the modules, you can complete the orientation that is designed to provide you with information about college procedures, programs, support services and policies.

    Visit the New Student Checklist for a step-by-step guide to completing the admission process.

    If you have questions or need help navigating the admission process, we’re here to help! Connect with us during our Ask Canyons Days.

    Want to earn an earlier registration date for an upcoming term or semester?

    Complete your steps by:

    • March 31st for Summer 
    • June 30th for Fall
    • September 30th for Winter or Spring
  • College of the Canyons is a DREAMER friendly campus.

    Visit the New Student Checklist for Dreamers for a step-by-step guide to completing the admission process and residency requirements.

    If you have questions or need help navigating the admission process, we’re here to help! Connect with us during our Ask Canyons Days.

    If you would prefer individual assistance, please contact Outreach Team Member, Loida Sanchez at  

    For additional DACA and Undocumented Student Resources, please visit our DREAMERS TOGETHER website.

  • Enrollment fee waivers, grants, scholarships, work study and student loan opportunities are available to College of the Canyons students who establish financial need by completing the financial aid process and meet all program eligibility criteria.

    Learn about the types of aid available and how to apply with our Financial Aid team by watching their Understanding Financial Aid video.  You can also visit the Financial Aid website.

    You may also qualify for additional financial assistance from Extended Opportunities Programs & Services (EOPS). To learn more about the program including eligibility requirements and application deadlines, visit EOPS.


     Understanding Financial Aid Video

     Financial Aid Video

  • College of the Canyons offers a wide variety of support services and programs to help students succeed.

    Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

    Students with verified disabilities can utilize the support services offered through the AAC office. AAC provides assistive technology, academic counseling, priority registration, interpreters, and more. AAC will act as a liaison between students and their instructors regarding appropriate academic accommodations and/or adjustments.

    Visit the Disabled Students Programs & Services website for more information.

    Resources for Individual Success in Education (RISE)

    RISE provides support services to eligible current/former foster and homeless youth under the age of 25. Services include: academic counseling, priority registration, textbook vouchers, transportation and food subsidy cards.

    Visit the Resources for Individual Success in Education website for more information.

    View the Student Resources Guide for a complete listing of over 35 student service programs and resources available.


Let us ease your transition to college by helping you get started and answering all your questions. Connect with us LIVE or send us an email. 

Schedule a virtual guided campus tour w/ an Outreach Team Member.