Enrollment Information & Policies

AB 2210 – Exemption from Nonresident Tuition

Education Code section 68075.6 grants an immediate nonresident tuition fee exemption to eligible Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders and refugee students who settled in California upon entering the United States. This exemption is granted for one year from the date the student settled in California upon entering the United States.

This exemption applies to the following:

  • Iraqi citizens or nationals (and their spouses and children) who were employed by or on behalf of the United States Government in Iraq (Pub.L. No. 110-181, §1244)
  • Afghan and Iraqi translators (and their spouses and children) who worked directly with the United States Armed Forces (Pub.L. No. 109-163, § 1059)
  • Afghanistan nationals who were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. Government or in the International Security Assistance Force {ISAF} in Afghanistan (Pub.L. No. 111-8, § 602)
  • Refugee students admitted to the United States under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code

Adding/Dropping Classes

Add and drop deadlines are strictly enforced.

Students are encouraged to use SURF to add and drop classes whenever possible. Adds requiring instructor permission may be processed using SURF - the instructor will issue the student a permission number. After the add deadline, SURF will generally be available for students to process drops and access their account information.

The deadline for adding short term classes is five working days from the start of the class. Exceptions are noted in the class listings. For students receiving financial aid, all adds must be completed by the first week, including short-term classes.

Late adds are generally not accepted. however, there is a petition process for students who have serious extenuating circumstances. The petition, which is available in the Admissions & Records Office (or by emailing admissions@miracosta.edu), must be signed by both the instructor and the division Dean. Missing the add deadline due to inability to pay fees, misunderstanding of the add deadlines, confusion about registration expectations, transfer or graduation requirements, holds or online registration mistakes are not acceptable reasons for petitioning.

The final drop deadline for full semester and short-term classes is 75% point of the class, unless the instructor has set an earlier date. Late withdrawals are not accepted. The Financial Aid drop deadline is two weeks from the start of the semester.

Attendance at First Class Meeting

You must attend on time the first class meeting. Instructors may drop absent students to make way for “crashers.”
If you are signed up for an online class the instructor will send information to your via email prior to the first day.

If you decide not to attend a class for which you have registered, it is your responsibility to officially drop the class by logging onto your SURF Account.

Auditing Classes

Auditing of courses is not allowed at MiraCosta College.

Class Cancellations

Classes with insufficient registration will not meet. Notification to affected students will be sent via email or phone.  Students are encouraged to adjust their schedules by picking alternative courses/times as soon as possible. Choices become increasingly limited toward the end of the registration period. Instructors are not required to accept students who have missed the first week of class, therefore, students are urged to act quickly in substituting for canceled classes.

Students who choose not to substitute another class for a canceled class will be automatically refunded the fees for the class.

“Crashing” Full Classes

Some classes fill quickly. While you can keep checking SURF for a spot to open in a closed class, we recommend instead that you substitute another class or a different course altogether. If, however, you want to try “crashing” a closed class, you must go to the first class meeting, preferably early. In the event that you are attempting to crash an online class you will need to send the instructor an email. Let the instructor know you are not enrolled and wish to “crash” the class. If there are no-shows (registered students who don’t claim their seats) or withdrawals (registered students who decide the class is not what they want), you may be allowed to register. The instructor will issue you a permission number which may be used to process your registration using SURF. Be ready to process your add and pay your fees immediately to claim your spot in the class.

Directory Information

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) permits the College to release what is called “directory information”. The following items are considered by MiraCosta College offices to be “directory information”:

  • Name of student
  • Address of student
  • Phone number of student
  • Date and place of birth
  • Dates of attendance at MiraCosta College
  • Year of graduation from MiraCosta College
  • Degree received
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height (applicable to members of athletic teams only)
  • Major field of study
  • Academic honors and awards received
  • Previous educational institutions attended
  • Registration status (full-time, half-time)
  • Photograph
  • Email address

This information may be used for news releases and stories about students and former students, graduation programs, honors lists and other information released to the public.  In addition, employers and companies which perform background checks may verify degree, enrollment status and dates through the National Student Clearinghouse.  Other requests for student information require a signed release from the student or a subpoena.

If a student does not wish any or all of the directory information indicated above to be released, they should contact the Admissions and Records office at 'admissions@miracosta.edu' or call the office during normal office hours.

Students wishing to inspect and review their education records should contact the Office of Admissions and Records (Building 3300).  Access will be provided in the Admissions and Records Office at MiraCosta College, Monday through Friday, by appointment.  When possible, this access will take place within ten working days of receipt by the Office of Admissions and Records of a written request, but in no case later than fifteen working days after receipt of the written request.

Students will also be provided, upon request, with copies of any educational record, as defined above, at a nominal cost paid in advance.  Contact the Admissions and Records Office if you have any questions regarding the privacy act.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (F.E.R.P.A.)

All student records of MiraCosta College are kept in accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

A student may request access to those campus records which personally identify the student; the student may challenge the accuracy of the record or the appropriateness of its retention in the college records. Regardless of age, student consent is needed for the release of records covered by the act to outside parties (e.g., parents, spouses, military, law enforcement, prospective employers, and federal investigators) except for those agencies entitled to access under the provisions of the act (e.g., college officials; other schools; federal, educational and auditing officers; requestors in connection with the application or receipt of financial aid).

Amendments to the act permit the college to release what is called “directory information,” provided that the student or former student has not specifically asked the college to refrain from releasing such information. Check with the Admissions and Records Office for specific directory information and notification of student rights.

If you wish directory information not to be released without your prior written consent, please indicate on the college application or contact the Admissions and Records Office at 'admissions@miracosta.edu' or call the office during regular working hours.

Federal Tax Credit

In accordance with federal tax credit legislation, MiraCosta College will mail a verification 1098T form at the end of January to each registered student. Information will also be reported to the IRS. If you did not provide your correct Social Security number to the Admissions and Records Office, complete a change of information form to ensure accurate reporting to the IRS. Please check with your tax preparer to determine if you are eligible to take advantage of this credit and the amount you may deduct

Open Class Policy

It is the policy of MiraCosta College that, unless specifically exempted by statute, every course section or class shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been admitted to the college and who meets such requisites as may be established.

Limited English speaking students who are otherwise eligible will not be excluded from any vocational education program.

Los estudiantes que estan calificados para entrar en el programa de educacion vocacional no pueden ser excluidos debido a su ingles limitado.

Open Courses/Equal Opportunity Policy/Disability Accommodation

MiraCosta College is committed to providing equal education and employment opportunities to all persons regardless of, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or parental status, disability, age, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.

It is the policy of MiraCosta College that, unless specifically exempted by statute, every course section or class shall be fully open to registration and participation by any person who has been admitted to the college and who meets such requisites as may be established.

Limited English-speaking students who are otherwise eligible will not be excluded from any vocational education program.

Igualdad de oportunidades/servicios y ayuda para personas incapacitados

El Colegio de MiraCosta se compromete a proporcionar igualdad de oportunidades en la educación y en el empleo a todas las personas sin establecer límites en cuanto a raza, religión, país de origen, sexo, estado civil o familiar, capacidad física, edad, orientación sexual, o situación como veterano de la guerra de Vietnam.

Los estudiantes que tienen derecho a entrar a un programa de educación vocacional no pueden ser excluidos debido a limitaciones en su inglés.

Pass/No Pass

Courses may be offered in either or both of the following categories:

  • Courses in which all students are evaluated on a "pass/no pass" (P/NP) basis.
  • Courses in which each student may elect at the time of registration, or before 30 percent of the class has elapsed by filing a petition to the Admissions and Records Office, to take the course on a "pass-no pass" (P/NP) basis. NOTE: During the Spring 2020 semester, due to the Covid-19 quarrantine, the P/NP deadline was extended to the last day of the class in question.

A student electing to be evaluated on the P/NP basis will receive both course credit and unit credit upon satisfactory completion of the course. In computing a student's grade-point average, grades of "P" and "NP" are omitted.

A passing ("P") grade is granted for performance that is equivalent to the letter grade of "C" or better. A student who fails to perform satisfactorily will be assigned a no pass (NP) grade.

The student is held responsible for all assignments and examinations required in the course. The standards of evaluation are identical for all students in the course.

Permission Numbers

A permission number allows you to register in/add classes that require instructor permission such as full classes that you have wait-listed or classes that require an audition by logging into your SURF Account.  Full payment is required at the time of registration to complete the process of adding the class. 

  • Permission numbers do not override prerequisites, holds, debts, class conflicts, repeats, add deadlines or other registration restrictions.
  • Use your permission number by the add deadline for the class--your permission number will expire on the add deadline.
  • Be sure to make payment on the same day you register, either on SURF with VISA, MasterCard, Discover or at Student Accounts.
  • Permission numbers may only be used once by the student to whom they are issued.


MiraCosta College enforces prerequisites and corequisites during the registration process.

A prerequisite is a requirement which 1) is authorized by statute or regulation, 2) is necessary to protect the health and safety of students or others or 3) assures that the student will have skill or knowledge presupposed to receive at least a “C” grade in a course. Students who have not taken a mandatory prerequisite at MiraCosta College must provide transcript or other evidence that they have taken the course elsewhere. You cannot use a prerequisite determination for any other purpose. Official evaluation of course work begins with a visit to a counselor. NOTE: Even if an instructor issues a Permission Number for their class, no student can be officially registered without clearance of prerequisites.

A corequisite is a companion course to a targeted course. It teaches skills and/or knowledge without which a student is highly unlikely to pass the targeted course.

An advisory is the recommended preparation that a student is advised (but not required) to meet before or in conjunction with registration in a course or educational program. Students have the right to take a course without meeting the advisory on recommended preparation and are encouraged to do so if they feel that their education, work experience or other circumstances have prepared them.

MiraCosta College offers a timely challenge process to a student who feels s/he should be allowed to override a mandatory requisite for any of the grounds listed below [Title 5-55201(f)]:

  • The student has the knowledge or ability to succeed in the course or program without meeting the prerequisite or corequisite;
  • The student will be subject to undue delay in attaining the goal of his or her educational plan because the prerequisite or corequisite course has not been made reasonably available;
  • The prerequisite or corequisite is either unlawfully discriminatory or is being applied in an unlawfully discriminatory manner;
  • The prerequisite or corequisite has not been established in accordance with the district’s process for establishing prerequisites and corequisites;
  • The prerequisite or corequisite is in violation of Title 5.

If the challenge is upheld, the student will be allowed to remain in the course or program providing a space was available when the challenge was filed. If the challenge is not upheld, the student will be removed from the class roster. Specific information concerning the challenge procedure is available in the Admissions and Records offices on both campuses as well as in the college catalog.

Repeating Classes

Beginning summer 2012, the maximum number of enrollments, including withdrawals (W’s), for regular (non-repeatable) courses will be limited to THREE.  Please plan carefully.  Grades, including W’s, prior to summer 2012 will be included in the count. 

Regular Courses

Regular courses cannot generally be repeated once the student receives a grade equivalent to a “C” or better.  Students who receive a grade of D, F, NP or W, may repeat up to two times (a total of three enrollments).  In the case of D, F, and NP grades, if a subsequent grade (other than EW, W or MW or I) is received, the first grade will be bracketed and does not count in the grade point average.  A student may have a substandard grade bracketed in this manner up to two times. 

Activity and Performance Courses

Some activity and performance courses may be repeated the allowable number of times listed in the catalog (usually four times but sometimes less).  For example, DRAM 133 may be taken four times.  Students are also limited to three W’s in an activity course. 

Possible Additional Repetitions

Students who have not successfully completed a course in the above scenarios, may petition for an additional repetition.  The student must provide documentation to prove that there were extenuating circumstances beyond their control which resulted in the unsuccessful completion of the class in question.  Students may also petition for an additional repetition (even after successful completion) if the course has a recency requirement and that there has been a significant lapse of time since the previous enrollment.  The student must submit the petition to the Committee on Exceptions (documentation is required) and allow ample time for review prior to registration.  Only one petition per course for extenuating circumstances OR significant lapse of time may be approved.

Wait Lists

Some classes fill quickly. Prior to the start of the class, students have the option to be placed on a wait list for full sections. The last day students can add themselves to a wait list is the Saturday before the start of the class. Students will be auto-reistered daily until the Sunday before the first day of classes. Information regarding success, payment required and problems will be communicated to students via email.

If not auto-registered, wait list students (along with all registered students) are required to attend the first meeting of the class. If registered students are not present or other students decide to withdraw from the class, the instructor may allow students from the wait list to register. The instructor issues those students a permission number to use for adding the class on SURF.

Students who wish to waitlist online courses should select wait list and contact the instructor via email once the class begins to inquire about possible openings.

Classes for which a student is waitlisted do not count as official registration and may not be used to fulfill registration requirements toward financial aid or verifications of enrollment.​