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Registration FAQ

How do I register for classes?

Express Registration - for students who have received enough financial aid to cover full tuition, students using military tuition assistance, or students who plan to pay tuition with a credit card.

Assisted Registration/Form - for students paying by check or money order, or students experiencing any difficulty with Express Registration. Students who have been approved to take an extra course must also use the Assisted Registration form for the third course.

My transfer evaluation has not been completed. May I still register for classes?

It is preferable to have an official evaluation before registering for a class, but it is not a requirement for the Online Campus student. You may contact an online advisor for course suggestions, or you may choose a course or two that you know will be needed and will not be met with transfer credit.

How do I know what classes to take?

Once your transcripts have been evaluated, you will receive an evaluation and advising worksheet that lists courses needed to complete your degree. For available courses, view the Course Schedule. Students who have no previous transfer credit may refer to the degree requirements for selecting courses. Still not sure what to take? An online advisor can help.

How many classes may I take?

Online students may take a maximum of two courses per 8-week session. This is considered full-time status for financial aid purposes. Three classes per session is an overload and is restricted to students with a Columbia College grade point average of at least 3.0 and a compelling need to pile on the classes. Permission to add a third class must be requested from the Office Operations Manager of the Online Campus (email requests to OnlineCampusAdmin@ccis.edu)

When should I register?

Check the dates listed on the Academic Calendar to see when registration begins for your academic level. You may register any time after registration has opened for your academic level. The calendar also lists the last day to register for courses. For graduate students, registration ends the Friday prior to the start of the session. For undergraduate students, registration continues through Wednesday of the first week of class as long as there is space available. The sooner you register, the better the selection of available classes.

What about books?

Once you have registered for your class, check the MBS Direct Online Bookstore to see what textbooks are required. You are not required to purchase books from the Online Bookstore unless you are using a Book Voucher. If you order your textbook from a somewhere other than the MBS Online Bookstore make sure you visit the Online Bookstore for correct textbook information.

I need to change my schedule. How do I change classes?

Once enrolled in a class, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws. An Online Campus student may drop a course for any reason after enrollment through the first business day of the second week of the session (refer to the Academic Calendar each session for these dates). No punitive grade or financial liability will be issued. Students may drop from a course by logging into CougarTrack and completing the drop process in Register and Drop Sections. A Drop Confirmation will be sent to your Cougar email within 24 hours of your submission.

A student may withdraw from a course after the add/drop period and prior to the end of the sixth week of a session. A withdrawal from a course does not eliminate academic or financial liability. Your course(s) will be listed on your official transcript with a grade of W and you are responsible for the full cost of the course(s). Students may withdraw from a course by submitting a Course Withdrawal form in CougarTrack. A Withdrawal Confirmation will be sent to your Cougarmail once your submission has been processed. You may confirm your drop or withdrawal by checking under Class Schedule in CougarTrack;the course will no longer be listed. Students who must withdraw due to sudden extreme circumstances, such as medical emergency, military deployment, or natural disaster, may apply for a Withdrawal Excused. In this case, all courses must be dropped before the appeal will be considered.