Steps to Enroll
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!
- Step 1: Apply to BC
- Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid
- Step 3: Attend Orientation
- Step 4: Create Your Comprehensive Student Education Plan
- Step 5: Register for Classes
**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 preparting the documents you will need and step-by-step instructions.
- Create a CCCApply account with with your valid email address or mobile phone number.
- (New) CCCApply ID.me Verification: Starting February 2, 2024, CCCApply will integrate
identity verification through ID.me. ID.me will help protect student identities and prevent fraudulent students from taking
spots in BC classes.
Verify Your Identity with ID.me
Choosing "Verify Later" or opting out of ID.me could delay the verification process up to 4 weeks. Speed up your enrollment, verify your identity with ID.me.
Please note that the following students may not be able to complete the ID.me 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)
- Complete all fields of the Bakersfield College application.
- Submit your application by clicking Submit.
- At the confirmation page, click Continue.
- Click Create Your College Account (Step 3) to receive your BC ID and your BC Email.
For students unable to use ID.me, connect with the 24/7 student support live chat to verify your identity. For assistance with ID.me, please contact the helpdesk at CCCHelp.info.
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.
Help is also available through our teleconference (zoom) Student Information Desk, Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Friday - Sunday: Closed.
About CCCApply ID.me Verification
Prepare to Apply
Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid
Financial Aid Step 1: Apply
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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.
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.