Registration Steps

7 Steps to Success 

STEP 1:  Apply/Financial Aid

1) Complete and submit an Application for Admission.
Apply online.  Please allow 1 working day before you register. 

*If applicable, complete the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request. (AB540 TUITION EXEMPTION REQUEST)

2) Apply for Financial Aid. Apply online on the FAFSA website or California Dream Act website. Students may also complete the California Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver) and submit to the Financial Aid Office. For any questions call the Financial Aid office at (831) 755-6806.

STEP 2:  Orientation

There are two ways to complete the orientation requirement.

A) Complete New Student Orientation.  Orientation is mandatory if enrolling in 6.0 or more units unless you qualify for an Orientation Exemption.  Please see a Hartnell Counselor for an Orientation Exemption.


If you need more comprehensive preparation for academic success consider registering for a Counseling 1-Student Success Seminar Course. These courses assist students in college success and are UC/CSU accepted.

(step-by-step guide for Logging into PAWS for First Time Users pdf video)

STEP 3:  Assessment

Make an appointment AND complete the STAAR* Assessment. Assessment is mandatory if enrolling in 6.0 or more units or any English (including ESL) or Math course unless exempt. Call (831) 759-6054 for an appointment at least two weeks before registering.

The assessment test is very important in determining your course sequences. Be sure to prepare for the assessment test. Student guides and sample questions are available at: Study Guide.

STEP 4:  Counseling

All students must schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor to discuss their academic goals and to develop an educational plan.  Call (831) 755-6820 to schedule an appointment.  All students are required to have a comprehensive educational plan (a plan that outlines courses the student must take to complete their educational goal) by the 15 degree applicable unit mark.  Completing the educational plan is mandatory for students in order to maintain their enrollment priority and register for courses. A student may be exempted from Counseling and having an educational plan (see exemption criteria). 

STEP 5:  Register

Register online using P.A.W.S. for Students

Follow this link to the registration page for Summer and Fall 2018 registration dates.

Concurrent enrollment students less than 9th grade must register in person. Please consult the schedule of classes for dates and times.(step-by-step guide for Logging into PAWS for First Time Users pdf / video)

(step-by-step guide for Registering for classes video)

STEP 6:  Pay Fees

Pay all registration fees by the payment deadline date to avoid being dropped from your classes. Please see the Payment Deadline Dates. 


Pay on-line at P.A.W.S. for Students (Click on Make a Payment)

STEP 7:  Hartnell College CatCard

Visit the Associated Students of Hartnell College Office to obtain or update your CatCard. Bring a copy of proof of payment of enrollment fees.

Stay on Track!


Follow up with your counselor to make sure you’re on track to achieve your academic goals. Check into any student support programs you might be eligible for (EOPS/CARE/CALWORKS, TRIO, Veterans, Foster & Kinship Care, MESA, ACE, and others) to make sure you’re getting all the support you need.




Who to contact

Phone: (831) 755-6711 Fax: (831) 759-6014
B - Student Services
Office: B-121
Building: B - Student Services

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm

Friday: 9am - 1pm