FAQs
  1. What is the difference between credit and noncredit classes and programs?
  2. Who may attend noncredit classes and programs?
  3. Why would I take noncredit classes or a noncredit certificate program?
  4. Do noncredit classes appear on my Foothill transcript?
  5. How do I show proof of course completion?
  6. Is there different student ID # for noncredit classes?
  7. Can I preregister for any noncredit classes or programs?
  8. Can I take noncredit and credit classes at the same time?
  9. Are there grades in noncredit classes?
  10. Do noncredit classes meet all 12 weeks of each quarter?
  11. Can I get Financial Aid for noncredit classes?
  12. Which specific classes do I need to earn a vocational certificate?
  13. How many courses can I take?
  14. Can I repeat a course?
  15. Are there prerequisites for noncredit courses?
  16. Do I need to take a placement or assessment test before starting class?
  17. Can noncredit classes be transferred to another college?
  18. Are noncredit vocational certificates recognized in the industry?
  19. How long will it take for me finish a noncredit vocational certificate?
  20. Do I have to purchase books?
  21. Who do I contact if I need more help?
Answers

1. What is the difference between credit and noncredit classes and programs?

In general, credit courses are designed for students who are interested in earning college credits towards a degree or certificate. Students who take credit courses receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F) at the end of the semester.

Noncredit courses classes are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, enrich their understanding about a wide range of topics, or develop personal interests. Upon completion of a course, students may receive a grade of pass or no pass. Noncredit classes are NOT applicable toward a degree. Upon completion of a series of required classes, students can earn a noncredit vocational certificate of completion or competency.

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2. Who may attend noncredit classes and programs?

Anyone 18 years of age or older. Students holding F1/F2 and B1/B2 Visas are not allowed to enroll in noncredit courses. High school and ROP students who may benefit from instruction and have permission from both their high school district or ROP, and their parent/guardian also may attend.

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3. Why would I take noncredit classes or a noncredit certificate program?

Noncredit classes assist students seeking to improve math or English proficiency, increase literacy and job skills, support access to higher education and advance employability.

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4. Do noncredit classes appear on my Foothill College transcript?

No, noncredit classes are not recorded on Foothill College transcripts. However, students who complete certain vocational courses receive an official Foothill College class certificate.

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5. How do I show proof of course completion?

Students who complete certain vocational courses receive an official Foothill College class certificate. Students who need additional documentation may ask for a letter of completion from the class instructor or from the academic division.

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6. Is there a different Student Identification Number for noncredit classes?

No, your Foothill College Student Identification Number (SID) is the same for all Foothill College courses, both credit and noncredit classes.

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7. Can I preregister for any noncredit classes or programs?

Yes, you can preregister for noncredit classes online by submitting an application for admission to Foothill College (if you are not a continuing student) and then register for classes online through your MyPortal account. Registration may be possible at the first class meeting if space is available.

You will find classes and certificate programs listed by area of noncredit in Foothill Searchable Class Schedule (look for courses listed as non-credit with course numbers beginning with "NC"). Course and program descriptions in the Foothill College Catalog.

Non-Credit: Basic Skills (NCBS)
Non-Credit: English as a Second Language (NCEL)
Non-Credit: Parenting Education (NCP)
Non-Credit: Persons with Disabilities (NCPD)
Non-Credit: Short-Term Vocational (NCSV)
Non-Credit: Workforce Preparation (NCWP)


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8. Can I take noncredit and credit classes at the same time?

Yes. As long as a student is in good standing with Foothill College they may enroll in noncredit and credit classes.

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9. Are there grades in noncredit classes?

Grades are not required in noncredit classes. However, instructors may decide to award grades or pass/no pass to students. Certificates of Competency do require that students who pass the program have a specific level of competency. Review specific details of each class or program.

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10. Do noncredit classes meet all 12 weeks of each quarter?

Some noncredit courses do meet all 12 weeks of each quarter. However, other classes and certificate programs are often condensed programs that meet for a specific number of days or weeks. Consult the individual class or program description for specific details about class scheduling.

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11. Can I get Financial Aid for noncredit classes?

No. Federal Financial Aid is not available for noncredit classes. Noncredit classes are offered tuition free. Students are responsible for the purchase of books and supplies. Financial aid is not available for these materials.

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12. Which specific classes do I need to earn a vocational certificate?

Each certificate program is different and requires a specific sequence of classes and/or level of competency. This is noted in each noncredit program description.

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13. How many courses can I take?

As many as you like.

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14. Can I repeat a course?

Yes, noncredit courses and programs have unlimited repeatability.

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15. Are there prerequisites for noncredit courses?

For noncredit classes for persons with disabilities, the Prerequisite is the student must have a medically verified disability. Generally, there are no other prerequisites for noncredit classes, however some of the certificate programs require a minimum level of English competency, such as the Geriatric Home Aide program. Mathematical Foundations NCBS 401A is a prerequisite for Mathematical Foundations NCBS 401B.

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16. Do I need to take a placement or assessment test before starting class?

The majority of noncredit classes do not require a placement or assessment test. However, some classes in basic skills and ESL do require an assessment test for proper placement. Review each course description for details.

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17. Can noncredit classes be transferred to another college?

No, noncredit classes are not transferrable.

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18. Are noncredit vocational certificates recognized in the industry?

Yes, short-term vocational certificate such as the Geriatric Home Aide Certificate are recognized in the Health Care industry.

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19. How long will it take for me finish a noncredit vocational certificate?

It depends on your availability and the availability of the classes being offered. Not all certificate programs are offered each quarter.

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20. Do I have to purchase books?

If books or other materials are required for the course, you are responsible for purchasing them. We suggest you do not purchase books until you have attended a class.

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21. Who do I contact if I need more help?

Contact the division if you need more information. Contact numbers are listed on the non-credit home page.

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