Steps to Enroll

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Become a BC Student in 5 Steps

We will walk you through the steps to apply all the way through registration. Following these steps will have you well on your way to graduation!

**International Students – start with Admission Criteria and Enrollment Steps for International Students.

Concurrent Enrollment and Dual Enrollment Students – High school students taking Bakersfield College courses through dual or concurrent enrollment need approval from their parent, high school, and the college. To obtain approval, students must follow the Early College - How to Enroll Steps each semester.

Step 1: Apply To BC

Before you can register for class, you must complete a CCCApply college application for Bakersfield College. A link to the application is below this important information including preparing the documents you will need and step-by-step instructions.

Application Steps

  1. Create a CCCApply account with with your valid email address or mobile phone number.
  2. (New) CCCApply Verification: Starting February 2, 2024, CCCApply will integrate identity verification through will help protect student identities and prevent fraudulent students from taking spots in BC classes.

    Please note that the following students may not be able to complete the process and may opt-out:

    • No valid identity documentation from country of origin
    • No permanent address (housing insecure/homeless)
    • No Internet access or a smartphone
    • Justice Involved (incarcerated, foster youth, juvenile detention)
    • Minors (Under the age of 18)
  3. Complete all fields of the Bakersfield College application.
  4. Submit your application by clicking Submit.
  5. At the confirmation page, click Continue.
  6. Click Create Your College Account (Step 3) to receive your BC ID and your BC Email.

For students unable to use, connect with the 24/7 student support live chat to verify your identity. For assistance with, please contact the helpdesk at

Acceptable documents for identity verification (may require more than one of the following):

  • Government-issued ID such as a current Driver’s License or State ID card
  • Passport or Passport Card
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card
  • Employment Authorization Document

Once you Create your College Account (step 6 above), you will receive either a notification that includes your assigned BC Student ID number and your BC email account or a notification of a Delayed application. If your account is Delayed, you will receive an email within 1-3 business days, with information on your next steps. We will send the email to the address you provided in the application. Check your spam or junk folder to ensure that you receive the email.

If you do not receive an email from us within 3 business days or if you are encountering errors, please contact Admissions & Records at or (661) 395-4301.

Help is also available through our teleconference (zoom) Student Information Desk, Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Friday - Sunday: Closed.

About CCCApply Verification

Prepare to Apply

Apply for BC through CCCApply.

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Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step 1: Apply

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) California Dream Act Application

Bakersfield College's School Code: 001118

Note: You must apply EVERY year for financial aid. Mark your calendar to re-apply for Financial Aid ASAP after October 1st every year. The first deadline for Cal Grant consideration is March 2nd every year.

Get more information at Financial Aid.

Help is also available through our teleconference (zoom) Financial Aid Virtual Lobby, Monday-Thursday 8AM - 4PM.

Step 3: Attend Orientation

After you receive your student ID (@00xxxxx), complete the Online Orientation. At orientation you will learn about our academic majors and degrees, policies, important academic dates, and tips on how to be a successful student.

Attend Online Orientation Attend In-Person Orientation

Step 4: Create Your Comprehensive Student Education Plan

Achieve your educational goals in less time with a Comprehensive Student Education Plan (CSEP). Call (661) 395-4421 or email from your BC email to schedule an individual appointment with a Counselor. Your CSEP will help you determine the classes to register for this semester.

Determining Your Classes

Your high school GPA and coursework helps determine what level to start at for English, Reading, and Math classes, the foundation for all other classes here at BC. Your counselor will assist you with determining where start during your appointment to create a Comprehensive Student Education Plan.

If you did not complete at least 11th grade in a U.S. high school, graduated from a non-U.S. high school, or you are an international student, you will complete the Guided Self-Placement process with your counselor.

Learn More About Placement

At Your Counseling Appointment

You will need to bring:

  • High school students/recent high school graduates: your high school transcripts
  • If you attended another university or college, an unofficial copy of your transcripts
  • Plan to take notes
  • Bring your questions!
  • Learn more about Counseling and Advising

Concurrent Enrollment

High school students wishing to enroll while still attending high school must submit a Concurrent Enrollment Form. 

High School Concurrent Enrollment


Meet with the Veterans Advisor to complete a Student Education Plan and options specific to your status as a veteran or dependent of a veteran.

Veterans Enrollment Steps

Step 5: Register for Classes

Within 1-3 Business days of your application (Step 1), we will send your registration date. You will register for classes from your Student Education Plan (Step 4) through the student portal, InsideBC.

For your first semester of registration, you will receive earlier appointments if you have completed the enrollment steps.

How to Register for Classes Order of Appointment Assignments Tuition & Fees

10-Day Payment Deadline

You have 10 days from the date you register for a class to pay your tuition bill in full or you may be dropped for non-payment.

You may pay your bill online through InsideBC or at the Business Office. How to make your payment online.

Financial Aid may be able to help you pay for college. See step 2, above, to apply.

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