CCS Online


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are online classes different from on campus classes?
    • All online credit courses cost the same as on campus courses, have the same quarterly starts and ends as on campus courses, and carry the same academic expectations as on campus courses.
    • The only real difference is the delivery mode.  
      • Instead of set meeting times and locations, online classes are conducted in an online environment, and students must set their own schedule as far as where and when they engage the material.
      • Instructors use deadlines and due dates throughout the quarter to maintain a course's pace.
      • Every class is different though, so make sure you read course syllabi, announcements, module information, and all instructions from your teachers to keep up with the class.
  2. Where do I apply if I want to take online classes?
    • You need to follow the exact same admissions, registration, and financial aid (if applying) processes as you would for on campus courses.  We do not have a separate admissions process for online programs or classes.
    • You should apply if you are considering SCC or SFCC online programs.  It's easy and free: get started here
  3. How do I find online courses in the class schedule?
    • It's a little bit complicated at first, but once you get used to it, it gets a lot easier.  Here is a handy guide for filling out search criteria in ctcLink's Class Search/Credit Class Schedule.
  4. Do I have to participate in CCS Online to take online classes?
    • Any student may take online courses
    • If a course section is noted as being for CCS Online, it's still ok to register in it if you are not part of the program.  
  5. Can I be a part of the CCS Online program?
    • Absolutely
    • CCS Online is for students who use online courses as the primary mode of delivery for completing their educational goals
    • Contact the CCS Online Student Success Coach to join: 509-533-7070
  6. What makes CCS Online different than other online schools?
    • The size of our classes is relatively small, compared to the larger online institutions.
    • Our tuition is affordable for both in-state and out-of-state students.
  7. Will tuition cost extra if I enroll into an online program?
    • No, our fees are the same for online students as they are for on-ground students.
  8. I've never used Canvas or taken online classes before.  Where do I go? What do I do?
  9. How do I find out if a specific degree or certificate can be completed completely online? Who do I ask about specific online course availability?
  • You want to contact the program department for degree/certificate information and online course availability.  
  • Check out the links above to SCC and SFCC's online degree program and certificate offerings. You can get to department home pages by clicking through to them via the image links.