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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who can attend Foothill College?
If you are age 18 or over, with or without a high school diploma, you may apply and register for courses at Foothill College. If you are under age 18 and have completed a GED or have passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE), you may also apply and register for courses at Foothill College. If you are a high school freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, you may also apply and register for courses at Foothill College after you have submitted required permission forms. Be certain to review Foothill's checklist for high school students. For more information about who may apply and register for courses at Foothill College, review residency requirements.
Note: If you are an international student with an F-1 Visa, review the application and registration instructions on the Foothill College International Students Program website.
Q. I am an international student. Can I attend Foothill?
Foothill College welcomes international students! If you are an international student with an F-1 Visa, review the application and registration instructions on the Foothill College International Students Program website.
Q. How do I apply?
If you are a new student, complete the admission application online. Go to Foothill College Online Application to get started. There is no fee to apply for admission to Foothill College.
- Click Create an Account; and
- Answer the questions and submit the application.
Note: You must reapply if you have previously taken classes at Foothill College but have been absent from Foothill for one or more quarters.
Q. What happens after I apply?
After you have submitted your application for admission and have completed the assessment test(s), you will receive an e-mail from Foothill College which will include:
- your date to register;
- instructions for registering for the 1.5-unit CNSL 5: Introduction to College course; and
- additional information about registration, fees, deadlines and student support services.
Q. When do I need to submit my application for admission?
The online application is generally available one month after the start of the previous quarter.
Q. Do I have to take assessment tests to be accepted by Foothill College? If so, how do I schedule an assessment test?
Assessment tests are not required to be admitted to Foothill College. However, if you are a new student and intend to earn an associate degree, certificate and/or transfer to a university, you must complete assessment tests in English, math and/or science. International students are also required to complete assessment tests in English, math and/or science.
Your assessment test scores will be used to place you in the appropriate class level so that you can successfully master concepts and progress to the next level of instruction.
Assessment tests are conducted by appointment at the Foothill College campus. Schedule
your assessments at
High School Students: Ask your high school counselor for scheduled on-site testing dates or access foothill.edu/assessment.
There is no fee for Foothill College assessment tests.
Q. I have taken assessment tests at another community college. Can I substitute those assessment test scores?
Yes, but only if the test is the same as the Foothill assessment test (Accuplacer). Bring your assessment test scores to the Testing Office (Room 8202) or fax scores to the attention of the Testing Office. The fax number is (650) 949-7024.
Q. What if I don't have a Social Security Number?
You do not need a Social Security Number (SSN) to apply and register for Foothill College courses. However, if you intend to apply for financial aid, you must provide your SSN.
If you are an undocumented student, we strongly recommend that you call the Foothill College Financial Aid Office for more information about applying and registering for courses at Foothill College, as well as determining if you qualify for in-state fees under AB 540. The law permits qualified undocumented students to be exempt from paying out-of-state fees at public colleges and universities in California. For more information, call (650) 949-7245.
Q. What is an educational plan and how do I get one?
Q. How do I select my classes?
If you are a first-time college student entering in the Fall Quarter, and/or intend to earn an associate degree, certificate and/or transfer to a university, register for the 1.5-unit CNSL 5: Introduction to College course during Foothill's Summer Session. If you do not complete the CNSL 5 course, you will not be permitted to register on your registration date. International students are also required to complete the CNSL 5 course.
To review the courses that are required to earn an associate degree, certificate and/or transfer to a university, schedule an appointment with a Foothill counselor or advisor. Review certificate and degree requirements online. These requirements are also published in the current Foothill College Course Catalog. Purchase the catalog in the bookstore or download it free at foothill.edu/catalog
Q. Do I need to register for CNSL 5: Introduction to College course?
If you are a new student who has not completed 30 units of college coursework or an associate degree or higher degree, you have the option to take CNSL 5 (see Counseling Courses and select quarter for current schedule) or Online Orientation (Log in to MyPortal > Click the ‘Students’ tab > Click the Go2Orientation link) to satisfy the orientation requirement for Priority Enrollment.
Q. How do I sign up (register) for classes?
Prior to your date to register, review the searchable class schedule and decide which classes you want to register for. On your registration date, access your MyPortal.fhda.edu account, click the Registration tab, follow the on-screen prompts to select your classes and remit all fees. Pay your fees at the time you register or you will be dropped from the class and your seat will be given to another student.
Q. Where are Foothill classes listed?
Q. How much do classes cost at Foothill College?
Q. When do I need to pay my fees?
Payment in full is required at the time of registration.
There are several ways to pay your fees. Payment may be made online, by fax, by U.S. mail or in person. Foothill College accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, and Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards. Please do not mail cash.
If you have a cumulative fee balance of $100 or more, you will be dropped from your classes on the drop-for-nonpayment date. Your seat will then be given to another student. Once you’ve been dropped, you must re-register for classes. However, there is no guarantee that preferred class times and dates will be available. If you have any unpaid balance, a registration hold will be placed on your student account. If you receive a registration hold, you will not be permitted to register for subsequent academic terms and you will not be permitted to order your transcript until all fees are paid in full.
Q. Where do I go to get help paying for college?
Financial aid is available to eligible students. For more information, access foothill.edu/financialaid/ or visit Foothill's Financial Aid Office (Bldg. 8100).
Note: International students are not eligible for state or federal financial aid. However, international students are eligible for Foothill College scholarships.
Q. When is the deadline to drop a class or get a refund?
Foothill enforces all deadlines; specific deadlines are listed in your class schedule via your MyPortal.fhda.edu account. Additionally, key dates are also listed at foothill.edu/calendar. Be aware of your rights and responsibilities by reviewing Refund Policies and Procedures.
NOTE: International students are responsible for knowing specific deadlines for the international program.
Q. How do I purchase a parking permit?
Q. Where do I buy my books?
The Foothill Bookstore offers you several options that can reduce the cost of textbooks, including purchasing used textbooks; purchasing e-books; renting textbooks; using textbooks that have been placed on reserve in the library; and selling your textbooks during book buyback. The Foothill College Bookstore is not responsible for textbook changes if the student purchases them from another source.
Q. How do I get my grades?
Q. Do I have an assigned counselor?
Q. How do I get a copy of my transcript?
Q. How do I get enrollment verification for insurance or my employer?
You may request enrollment verification in person at the Admissions & Records Office.
Foothill College has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to provide enrollment and degree verification. Outside agencies must contact NSC directly for degree and enrollment verification.
Phone: (703) 742-4200
Fax: (703) 742-4239
National Student Clearinghouse
13454 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 300
Herndon, VA 20171
Q. Where can I find more information about Foothill College courses, majors and programs?
Q. Where can I find more information about career-training programs?
Foothill College offers more than 35 workforce development programs that are designed to prepare you to compete for a rewarding career. Learn more about workforce development programs at foothill.edu/workforce/.
Foothill career counselors are also available to help you make informed decisions about career choices. To research various occupational fields, including salaries, duties, educational requirements and job outlooks, access Foothill’s Career Services website at foothill.edu/career/.
Q. Who can help me if my classes are hard and I need support?
Take advantage of free, on-campus tutorial services. Often, the most successful students are the ones who use the services of an academic support/tutoring center. Review the list of Foothill tutoring programs and services. Tutorial programs available include:
- Teaching & Learning Center: (Building 3600) — A support center for reading and writing assignments
- STEM Success Center (Room 4215) — a support center for physical science, math and engineering courses
- Pass the Torch (Building 3600)—a peer-to-peer tutoring program
- Online Learning Tutoring—tutoring services for students enrolled in online courses
Q. Who can help me with my graduation petition form or paperwork for university transfer?
We strongly encourage you to meet with a Foothill counselor/advisor at least once per quarter. At your first meeting with a counselor, you will develop an individual education plan—an essential tool that you will use throughout your Foothill experience. In addition to outlining your academic goals, your education plan lists the Foothill courses and requirements that you must complete to graduate and/or transfer to a university.
The second essential college planning tool is DegreeWorks, an easy-to-use, self-service degree audit. DegreeWorks looks at the Foothill College associate degree requirements, as well as the coursework you’ve completed at Foothill and other colleges to produce an easy-to-read audit. The audit explains how courses taken or proposed count toward degree requirements. DegreeWorks also allows you to plan future coursework and experiment with declaring and changing your academic major. Access DegreeWorks via your MyPortal.fhda.edu account.
When you are within one quarter of completing major requirements, generally the Winter Quarter before you graduate or transfer, you should meet with a counselor to review your educational plan and complete transfer paperwork and/or your petition for graduation.
Q. I'm the first person in my family to go to college. Is there a service to help me?
Q. If I get sick at school or have health questions, where do I go?
First, if you miss a class, notify your instructor by phone or e-mail. Next, visit the Foothill College Health Services Office (Room 2126) for a variety of free, over-the-counter medicines that may help you feel better. This office also offers first aid; physical exams; treatment for cough, cold and rash; sexually transmitted infection screening; pregnancy tests; birth control methods; treatment of urinary tract infections; HIV testing; immunization vaccines; and more. All services are confidential and offered at no cost or sliding fee scale. To learn more about available services, access foothill.edu/healthservices.
If you are experiencing stress, anxiety or crisis, schedule a free, confidential appointment with a counselor from the Foothill College Psychological Services Office (Room 2120) or call (650) 949-7910. If your problem is urgent, a same-day appointment may be made available. To learn more about available services, access foothill.edu/psychservices.
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