Do I have to complete the FAFSA? Yes! This is required each and every year that any student (whether in high school or beyond) plans to attend community college, private school, university, or any educational institution. Visit our helpful FAFSA webpage with helpful tips and resources.
When is the application deadline? All deadlines are listed on the college websites - refer to the links called "A&R Timeline."
What is Concurrent Enrollment? Concurrent Enrollment is the process in which a high school student simultaneously enrolls in college and attends both institutions at the same time. This is especially beneficial for students as they begin to work towards their college degree as they learn to navigate the college system while earning up to 5-8 units per session. Additionally, any units taken at the college level has more value than high school credit, which means the college class will override any high school classes that it aligns with. For example, a college level English class will count towards a student's Senior year of Language Arts (or ERWC class). Talk to your NHS counselor to learn more.
How do I sign up for Concurrent Enrollment? Visit the "High School Concurrent Enrollment" page on Norco's website and select "Steps to Admission" to download forms and view a step-by-step guide. Once you compete the necessary paperwork and submit it to Norco College, you and a parent must attend an informational meeting which will explain the process in more detail and will open up for any questions you may have. High school students must wait to sign up for classes after all of the college students, which means students will sign up for any classes that are not yet filled - primarily elective courses. Be sure to check Assist.org to ensure that any classes you take are transferrable to a university.
What are the fees? High school students must also pay the same fees as the college students - view list of fees here. There may also be a fee to rent or purchase a textbook. Save your receipts - this a tax deduction for your parents!
Why do we have to pay fees if this is our first year of college? Concurrent enrollment does not count towards your first year of college, so all fees must be paid. Your first year in college after graduation is free, which is more advantageous since it will allow you to take a full load, thus saving you even more money!
How many classes can I take? You can take up to 8 units in the fall or winter sessions and up to 5 units in the summer or winter sessions. (Refer to "Enrollment Limitations" on the High School Concurrent Enrollment section of the Norco College website.)
How do I get transcripts sent to another college? Simply follow the instructions on the "Transcripts" page to request "official" transcripts, which means it is sealed in an envelope which cannot be opened by you, but by the school you want to send these transcripts to.
What is the Summer Advantage Program? A free summer workshop for incoming college freshmen to learn how to navigate through the college system and learn about resources available to them when they need assistance. By attending this program, students will get hands-on learning setting up their accounts, getting their ID cards, and touring the campus. Additionally, students will receive priority registration for fall classes.
What is the fee? There is no cost - this program is free.
Who is eligible to attend? All Norco High School graduates the summer following graduation.
What can I do to plan ahead and plan my schedule before signing up for classes? Look at previous Class Schedules to see when classes were offered in the previous session. Schools usually keep the same schedules year after year with only some changes.
What can I do to ensure I get the classes I want? As a first-year student, be sure to do anything you can to get "priority" registration. This means attending the Summer Advantage Program in the summer. Also, stay up late and login to the system (called "Web Advisor" as soon as it opens (usually midnight) to sign up for classes before others who may be waiting until morning.
Transferring to a Cal State or UC
How does transferring work? Students may not transfer until they have earned 60 credits recognized by the UC system. Visit Norco's webpage on Transfer Requirements for complete details.
How do I know what classes to take so I can be sure to transfer in two years? Check all classes through Assist.org to ensure all classes you take are recognized by the UC system.
If I take more classes than usual, is it possible to transfer sooner than two years? Yes! Students may take a maximum of 18 credits in the fall or spring and a maximum or 9 credits during the winter or summer sessions. Students who wish to take more than 18 units must have a 3.0 GPA and obtain counselor approval. (View this policy on the College Catalog in Section 1 and under the "Admission and Registration of Students" section.
What is the Transfer Center contact info? Norco College has an office dedicated to servicing students who are planning to transfer to another university upon completing their 60 credits of college: firstname.lastname@example.org or (951) 372-7043.