Priority Registration Eligibility

Q: I am working with a high school senior in foster care who plans to attend community college in the fall. I understand that she can register before other students to ensure she gets the classes she needs. What does she need to do to access this benefit?

A: In order to access priority registration, eligible community college students must now complete the matriculation process which includes assessment tests, orientation and completing an educational plan. Priority enrollment periods for the fall at most community college campuses take place during the spring and so she needs to begin this process ASAP. She can start by completing an application at and then make an appointment with the admissions department at the college to get support for enrollment and with the counseling department to get support for assessment testing. Click here to find contacts at each college with a targeted program for foster youth, or you can contact the campus Foster Youth Success Initiative liaison for additional help.

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