Steps to Apply and Enroll
You are a returning student if you have attended Mt. SAC, but have missed two or more consecutive major semesters.
1 Step 1: Apply
A returning student is a student who has attended Mt. SAC but, for any reason, has missed two or more consecutive major semesters (for example, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 are considered two consecutive major semesters). All returning students must re-complete and re-submit their applications.
Returning students can complete and submit their Mt. SAC online application here. Please browse the information and tips below to ensure you're ready to begin the application process. For important dates and deadlines, be sure to check out our Academic Calendar.
Before You Start Your Application
- Have your social security number ready, if you have one. (If you have a DACA issued social security number, do not include it in your application.)
- Collect the names and dates (month and year) of all high schools and colleges attended.
- Have a valid email address ready, one that you check frequently. This is where we'll send follow-up information about your application. If you do not have one, we recommend that you create an email account prior to applying.
- (If applicable) Have your permanent resident card ready.
After You Submit Your Application
- Be sure to check your email regularly. You will get a welcome email confirmation 1-2 weeks after you submit your application containing very important information (such as a confirmation code that you will need in the future). This message will be sent to the email address you provided when you registered with the CCCApply website.
- Once you have been assigned a Mt. SAC identification number and username (provided in your Welcome Email), you will need to setup your My Mt. SAC Portal in order to enroll for classes and view other important information.
- Before you can register for classes, you must complete the enrollment process, including any required assessment tests and orientation. Click through the buttons at the top of this page to learn about each step in the process.
If you have questions about your application, contact our Admissions and Records office at (909) 274-4415.
2 Step 2: Get Financial Aid
On average, tuition is just $1,400 per year to attend Mt. San Antonio College full time. Most students receive financial aid to bring this cost down even further and help cover other expenses.
Fill out a FAFSA
One of the most important financial aid documents to fill out is your FAFSA, a document that college students must fill out every year they are in school to help determine their financial need and aid eligibility. The FAFSA opens on January 1st of each year. You should fill out your FAFSA as soon as you can after January 1st of each school year. Learn more about FAFSA and the steps needed to complete it here.
We strongly encourage all of our students to apply for some form of financial aid. You can learn about all of the different types of financial aid and programs at our Financial Aid page here.
Calculate Your Costs for College
Mt. SAC provides a Net Price Calculator to help students estimate their college costs. The "net price" of college is the real price that a student pays -- the cost minus the financial aid awards you might qualify for. Our Net Price Calculator can help you estimate the true cost of attending college at Mt. SAC and give you an idea of the types of financial aid awards you qualify for. You can find out more about and use our Net Price Calculator here.
3 Step 3: Attend Test Information Sessions
All students attending Mt. San Antonio College are required to be assessed (through placement tests) to ensure appropriate course placement. Placement Test Information Sessions prepare students for any required placement tests and provide an opportunity for students to ask questions about the tests. The welcome email you receive 1-2 weeks after you submit your application indicates the placement tests you need to take before completing the enrollment process.
Placement Test Information Sessions are held at numerous times during the day and evening. For more information, contact the Assessment Center at (909) 274-4265 or visit the Assessment webpage to learn more about the tests and preparation sessions.
4 Step 4: Get Assessed
All students attending Mt. San Antonio College are required to be assessed (through placement tests) to ensure they are placed in the right courses. The welcome email you receive 1-2 weeks after you submit your application indicates the placement tests you need to take before completing the enrollment process. If you’re not sure which placement tests you need to take, contact our Assessment Center at (909) 274-4265.
As a returning student, any assessment or placement tests you have previously taken for Mt. SAC are valid for 2 years from the date you took the test. If it has been longer than 2 years, you have to re-take any assessment tests mentioned in your welcome email.
The assessment process and placement tests help you decide which classes are best to take as you start your college career, ensuring that your time at Mt. SAC is successful.
Register For Placement Tests
- Sign up for Test Information Sessions
- Complete the Student Success Inventory
- Make an appointment to take the placement test(s)
We also highly recommend that you read over some quick information regarding the tests to help you do your best.
Before you can register for classes, you must complete the entire enrollment process, including any required assessment tests and orientation. Click through the buttons at the top of this page to learn about each step in the process.
The College is in the process of revising how to assess students for placement into English and math courses. The process by which most students will be placed in English and math courses will be primarily based on students' high school coursework, high school grades, and overall high school grade point average (GPA). Continuing students who were previously assessed by the English and math placement tests will have the option to be re-assessed using the new assessment process. More information will be posted in the student portal. Please continue to check your portal (inside.mtsac.edu) for updates.
For more information, contact our Assessment Center at (909) 274-4265.
5 Step 5: Attend Orientation
As a returning student, you do not need to attend orientation. However, if you have been out of college for 5 years or longer, we recommend that you complete an in-person orientation.
If you have attended other colleges, universities or institutions, make sure you submit your official transcripts from all institutions to the Admissions & Records Office and bring copies to your counseling appointment (check "Meet with Counseling" (Step 6) to learn about this step in the enrollment process).
Schedule Your Orientation
- Online: Click the "Student Success" tab in your My Mt. SAC Portal and follow the steps listed.
- Over the phone: Call the Counseling Center at (909) 274-4380.
- In Person: Visit the Counseling Center (2nd floor of the Student Services Building, 9B).
Questions about orientation? Call (909) 274-4380.
6 Step 6: Meet with Counseling
Before registering for classes, returning students should meet with one of our counselors to discuss their academic goals, review their academic standing, and begin developing their Mountie Academic Plan (MAP). Your MAP will help ensure that, while you're at Mt. SAC, you take the classes that best fit your goals -- whether you want to earn your degree or certificate, advance your career, or transfer to a four-year university. Our counselors will discuss the different options and programs you might be interested in based on your goals, then help you determine what courses you need to take to achieve them.
Schedule your Mountie Academic Plan Appointment
- Visit our office, located on the Student Services Center, 2nd floor of Building 9B.
- Our office hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 am - 7 pm and Friday from 8 am - 4:30 pm.
- We are closed on Fridays during the summer.
- Call the counseling team at (909) 274-4380.
Mt. SAC Counseling Services
- We help students plan their coursework based on what they want to accomplish at Mt. SAC.
- We help students prepare to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
- We help students determine their career and educational goals and plan for success.
- We help students with personal and academic challenges.
- Learn more about how our counselors can help you.
- Visit our office, located on the Student Services Center, 2nd floor of Building 9B.
7 Step 7: Register for Classes
Once you have taken your assessment tests, completed orientation, and met with a counselor, you will be assigned a specific registration date and time that you can view on your My Mt. SAC Portal under the "Student" tab. You may then register for classes using your My Mt. SAC Portal on or after your assigned date and time.
All students must pay their tuition and fees upon registering for classes, so be sure you are ready to do so when you register. If you don't pay your fees by the drop for non-payment deadline, you will be automatically dropped from your classes. Drop for non-payment deadlines are posted on the My Mt. SAC Portal under the "Schedule/Receipt" tab. If you want to learn more about your fees, click the "Pay Fees" button at the top of this page.
If you're ready to register, visit our Registration Section for more information on how to select and register for your classes.
8 Step 8: Pay Your Fees
- You can pay fees online with a credit card (in your My Mt. SAC Portal) or in person at the Bursar's Office (Building 4).
- If you pay online, be sure to print your Student Schedule/Receipt. It has important information and deadlines regarding payment, refunds, and dropping classes.
- Deadlines for payment are posted in your My Mt. SAC Portal on your Student Schedule/Receipt.
- If you fail to pay for your classes by the designated deadlines, you may be dropped from those classes.
- After paying fees, you can obtain your picture Student ID at the bookstore in Building 9A.