Following the steps below will ensure that you are informed and prepared to be successful at Hartnell College. 


STEP 1: Apply/Financial Aid

The first step for all new students - regardless of your academic goal - is to apply for admissions to Hartnell College.

NOTE: After 1 working day, you will receive an email with important information pertaining to your Hartnell ID number, PAWS log in information, and Gmail information.  All important information in order to continue for a successful enrollment process.

To determine Financial Aid eligibility, submit a Financial Aid application. Applications include the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act.

Students may also complete the California College Promise Grant and submit to the Financial Aid Office.

Contact the financial aid office if you have additional questions (831) 755-6806.

STEP 2: Orientation

Complete the Online Orientation for New Students in your P.A.W.S. portal.

NOTE: To access your P.A.W.S portal, you will need to first access your student ID number. Follow the video or pdf instructions for assistance.

Begin Online Orientation

For orientation exemption, please see a Hartnell Counselor

STEP 3: Placement

Obtain course placement in Math, English, or English as a Second-Language. Make an appointment to attend a placement workshop. The Placement Workshops take place at all three campus locations (Main Campus, Alisal Campus, King City Center).

Schedule your appointment at (831) 759-6054

See Calendar here

NOTE: For recent high school graduates, we also use SAT, ACT, SBAC scores for course placement, please see a Hartnell College counselor for more information.

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 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 video or pdf )

(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

  • Admissions and Records
    Phone: (831) 755-6711 Fax: (831) 759-6014

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm

Friday: 9am - 1pm