Successfully Enroll By Completing the Following Steps

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
 Admission PowerPoint Guide - ADA Compliant
NOTE: After 1- 2 working days, you will recieve 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.
P.A.W.S Account Set-up PowerPoint Guide - ADA Compliant
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 OfficeContact 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

New Student Orientation PowerPoint - ADA Compliant

STEP 3: Placement

Placement Tool Guide - ADA Compliant

Placement Tool
: 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

Registration/Course Planning Guidance
For returning students, please schedule an appointment
online or by visiting the virtual front desk during business hours.
Virtual Front Desk (Express Counseling)

Register online using the new Student Ed Planner 

Follow this link to learn about the different Class Types offered for Summer and Fall 2021

Follow this link to the registration page for registration dates.

Concurrent Enrollment Registration Click Here
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 online at P.A.W.S. for Students (Click on Make a Payment)**
Pay online using the Student Ed Planner for immediate payment.
Note: Payments using P.A.W.S. will take 24 hours to post. Use the Student Ed Planner and your payment will post immediately.

STEP 7: Hartnell College CatCard

We will be issuing Electronic IDs this semester as the college is closed for in-person services. The electronic ID will be managed on our website and or with a mobile device using the Touchnet Once Card App available in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
Please follow the instructions below:
  1. Log into: https://catcard. using your Hartnell ID and password (same as for PAWS, Canvas or Colleague)
  2. Click on Account, then Personal Information.
  3. UPLOAD photo. If you already have a photo then you DO NOT need to upload a new one. 
  4. If you are having trouble with your login, email

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.
Activate your student gmail account to recieve updates on information from Financial Aid, Admissions and Records, and other departments on campus.

Student Gmail Set-Up Instructions - ADA Compliant


Who To Contact

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

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm

Friday: 9am - 1pm