Jun 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Student Support Services

ASO Discount Program & Student Activities Fee

The Associated Students Organization (ASO) Discount Program offers students discounts for El Camino College athletic events, Center for the Arts events, select local restaurants/businesses, and admission to participating movie theaters and amusement parks. Discounted tickets may be purchased at the Marsee Auditorium Ticket Office and online through Employee Savings Tickets at www.est.us.com. To use the ASO Discount Program during summer term, students may purchase the spring semester Package. To use the ASO Benefit Package during winter term, students may purchase the fall semester discounts.

Students may choose to decline purchasing the ASO Discount Program when paying their fees online or at the Cashier’s Office. Students have until the last day of the add/drop period of full-term courses to decline purchasing the ASO Discount Program and receive a refund. After this date, students will be unable to decline the purchase of the Discount Program or receive a refund. Students enrolled in short-term classes may contact the Cashier’s Office at cashiers@elcamino.edu to determine the last day to decline purchasing the Discount Program.

Bookstore Services

The El Camino College Bookstore is located on the north side of campus, adjacent to the staff parking lot off the Manhattan Beach Boulevard entrance at Lemoli Street. The bookstore is owned and operated by El Camino College. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Textbooks can be returned for a full refund during the first week of the fall and spring semesters. Textbooks purchased for summer sessions can be returned the first three days of the sessions for a full refund. Textbooks must be in the original condition and a student must have his/her register receipt for a full refund. Contact the Bookstore for further refund information.

The Bookstore buys books back on a daily basis. The best time to sell books is during the last week of a semester or session. The Bookstore will pay up to 50 percent of the original cost on textbooks that are being used for the next term.

Textbooks may be purchased online at www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/bookstore.asp. Click on the Bookstore and order textbooks for home delivery or in-store pickup.

Proceeds from the Bookstore are used to support the Auxiliary Services Fund and site improvement projects on campus.

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act (CalWORKs)

The ECC CalWORKs Parents Program is dedicated to assisting parents with children who are currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Our goal is to help you obtain a vocational certificate, associate degree, or transfer to a four-year university in order to attain sustainable employment and become self-sufficient. CalWORKs provides academic support and services including, but not limited to, academic counseling, career advisement, priority registration, temporary childcare, transportation assistance, meal service and assistance with the completion of Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) documentation to meet welfare-to-work requirements. We also offer CalWORKs Work Study positions on campus and off campus in order to help you gain valuable work experience as you attend school.

In order to apply for the CalWORKs Program, please visit our website at http://www.elcamino.edu/student/studentservices/calworks/index.aspx

CalWORKs Program

Student Services Building
Telephone: 310-660-6057
Email: calworksinfo@elcamino.edu

Career Center Services

The Career Center is located on the second floor of the Student Services building.  Opportunities for extensive career planning and assessment of interests, personality, skills, and values are available.

Career exploration and workshops are also offered for vocational and pre-professional planning and job success.

Appointments for career exploration, assessments and counseling are available to current students and alumni. Career fairs, tours, workshops, and career orientations are scheduled throughout the year.

The Career Center has information, including books, online career resources, career-related material, and computerized career information systems, describing thousands of jobs and providing information on local, state, and national job markets and trends.

For more information, please call 310-660-3593, ext. 6137.

Cashier’s Office

The Cashier’s Office is located on the first floor of the Bookstore Building and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students may pay fees, obtain class printouts, purchase parking permits and the Associated Students Organization (ASO) Discount Program. Students may purchase discounted theater and amusement park tickets at the ticket office, located at the Marsee Auditorium, or online through Employee Savings Tickets at www.est.us.com.

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

The CARE Program is dedicated to the delivery of a comprehensive program that encourages the enrollment, retention, graduation, and transfer of students who are single heads of household, at least 18 years of age, have a child(ren), and who receive CalWORKs/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for themselves and/or their child(ren).  The CARE Program provides academic and financial support services including, but not limited to, academic counseling, grants, transportation assistance, meal service, school supplies, and much more.

In order to apply for the CARE Program, students must be eligible for the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Program, a California resident AB540 or AB1899 student, be enrolled in at least 12 units upon acceptance into the program, and submit CalWORKs/TANF certification from the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).

For additional information visit our webpage at http://www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/care/index.aspx

CARE Program

Student Services Building
Telephone: 310-660-6066
Email: careinfo@elcamino.edu

Counseling Services

Counseling services are made available to students through scheduled appointments and drop-in counseling. Appointments to meet with a counselor are made one week in advance through the counseling webpage at https://www.elcamino.edu/student/studentservices/counseling/. A student who has selected a major area of study is strongly encouraged to see one of the counselors assigned to that area; an undeclared or undecided student may see any counselor.

As an integral part of the Student Success Support program, counseling services are designed to assist students in clarifying career and life goals and in developing an appropriate course of study based on a student’s aptitudes, interests, and goals.

Express Counseling is available Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for students who have questions that do not require transcript review.

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

The EOPS Program is dedicated to the delivery of a comprehensive program that encourages the enrollment, retention, graduation, and transfer of students who are challenged by language, social, economic, and educational disadvantages. The EOPS Program provides academic and financial support services including, but not limited to, academic counseling, priority registration, grants, book vouchers, school supplies, tutoring, and much more.

In order to apply for the EOPS Program, students must be a California resident /AB540 or AB1899, be enrolled in at least 12 units upon acceptance into the program, be considered educationally disadvantaged as defined by Title 5, have less than 70 degree applicable units completed, and qualify for the California College Promise Grant (SBOG- Method A, B, or C with zero Expected Family Contribution).

For additional information visit our webpage at http://www.elcamino.edu/student/studentservices/eops/ 

EOPS Program

Student Services Building
Telephone: 310-660-3466
Email: eops@elcamino.edu

Financial Aid

The El Camino College Financial Aid Office assists students and their families by providing information on ways to pay for college. Based on an average cost of attendance (COA) we estimate expenses for one academic year. Our estimated cost includes; tuition and fees, housing and food, books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. Our school’s cost of attendance is used to determine each student’s eligibility for financial aid such as grants, scholarships, and loan(s).

Our Financial aid computer lab located in the Student Services building 2nd floor room 229 is dedicated to students who need help with the financial aid process. Detailed information, assistance with applications and professional financial aid advising are available in the Financial Aid Computer Lab.  Online customer support is also available through our Virtual Information Desk at https://cccconfer.zoom.us/my/eccoutreach during our normal business hours. Applications and further information can be accessed on the Financial Aid webpage at https://www.elcamino.edu/student/studentservices/financialaid/.

To qualify for financial aid and maintain eligibility for the programs, federal and state regulations indicate that you must:

  1. Apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the renewal FAFSA, or online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
  2. Be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen.
  3. Be a high school graduate or have completed the GED or passed the High School Proficiency Examination.
  4. Be enrolled and in good standing.
  5. Maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  6. Demonstrate financial need.
  7. Not be in default on any educational loan and not owe a refund on a grant received for attendance at any post-secondary institution.

AB540/AB 2000/SB 68 Students

California State Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131) allows for any student who meets AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68 eligibility criteria to apply and receive, if eligible, state-based financial aid at all California public colleges and universities. State-based financial aid includes the California College Promise Grant (fee waiver), Cal Grant, and Chafee Grant. To apply please complete the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) online at http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp by the March 2nd deadline.

To qualify for AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68 status, students must also meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Student must have attended a high school (public or private) in California for three or more years
  2. Student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent (GED or CA HS Proficiency exam)
  3. Student must be enrolled in an accredited California Institution of Higher Education
  4. Student must file a California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request Form that includes an affidavit stating they have filed (or will file) an application to legalize as soon as they are able to do so. Completed forms must be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office via the online form. https://elcamino.formstack.com/forms/ab_540_affidavit.

Federal and State Refund Requirements

Students who withdraw from all classes prior to completing 60 percent of the semester will have their financial aid eligibility recalculated. Based on the percentage of the semester completed, students will be required to repay any unearned financial aid they received.

At El Camino College, a student’s withdrawal date is:

  1. the date the student officially notified the Admissions Office of his or her intent to withdraw, or
  2. the student’s last date of attendance at a documented academically related activity.

Students who receive Federal Pell Grant and are dropped as “No Show” by instructors will be required to repay the entire amount they received.

Cal Grant B

Cal Grant B awards range from $414 to $1656 at community colleges. This grant provides subsistence payments for entering freshmen with no more than one semester full-time or 16 units of part- time coursework completed. The funds may be applied toward living expenses, books, supplies, and transportation.

Cal Grant B Entitlement Award

This award is for graduating high school students and students who graduated high school during the previous year who have at least a 2.0 grade point average. Students in this category must also fall within certain family income and asset ceilings. Students must apply within a year of graduating and meet the March 2 deadline for filing the FAFSA or CADAA and GPA Verification Form.

Cal Grant C Information

Cal Grant C awards assist students in occupational career training programs with paying tuition costs for students enrolled at community colleges. Selection is based on GPA, education and employment history, vocational aptitude, and financial need. Course length must be at least four months. Cal Grant C is not for students pursuing a four-year college degree.

California Chafee Grants

The California Chafee Grant Program awards up to $5,000 a year for vocational and technical training or college for current or former foster youth. To apply, complete the FAFSA or CADAA and the California Chafee Grant application, which is available online at http://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded program that assists students in paying for their education. The Federal Pell Grant awards for full-time students range from approximately $600 to $7,395 a year. Federal Pell Grant awards are available only to students who have not received a bachelor’s degree.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a federal program designed to supplement other sources of financial aid for students with need. FSEOG awards range from $100 to $600 per year, depending on need and availability of funds.

Aid for Native Americans

Native American students are entitled to receive educational assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Applications for BIA grants and vocational assistance are available from U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs regional offices or online at http://www.bie.edu.

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study Program provides funds for part-time employment to help needy students finance the costs of postsecondary education. Students may earn at least minimum wage and work 20 hours a week. Funding is based on financial need and available funds.

California College Promise Grant - Special Classifications

Students who are recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor or dependents of an honoree, dependents of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, or dependents of deceased law enforcement/fire suppression persons killed in the line of duty are eligible for a Special Classification fee waiver. Students with certification from the California Department of Veterans Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General are also eligible for a fee waiver. The CCPG application must be completed and submitted with the eligibility letter.

California College Promise Grant - Method A

For this fee waiver, students must be receiving TANF, SSI, or General Assistance and be legal residents of California. The CCPG application must be completed and a copy of a current monthly check or Untaxed Income Verification form must be submitted. Students are awarded up to $46 a unit per semester, based on enrollment status. This is not a cash award to students but is simply a waiver of enrollment fees. To maintain eligibility for the waiver, students must meet academic and progress standards by maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and must complete more than 50 percent of courses attempted.

California College Promise Grant - Method B

For this fee waiver, students must meet low-income criteria and be legal residents of California. The CCPG application must be completed and a copy of the prior year’s federal tax return may be requested. Students are awarded up to $46 per unit per semester, based on enrollment. This is not a cash award to students, but is simply a waiver of enrollment fees. The Board of Governors reserves the right to change the enrollment fees and the adjusted gross income financial limits every year. Please check with the Financial Aid Office or the webpage for current year information. To maintain eligibility for the waiver, students must meet academic and progress standards by maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and must complete more than 50 percent of courses attempted.

You will be asked to provide documentation of income.

California College Promise Grant - Method C

For this fee waiver, students must demonstrate financial need at a minimum of $1,104 and be legal residents of California. Eligibility is based on the completed FAFSA. Students are awarded $46 a unit per semester based on enrollment status. This is not a cash award to students, but is simply a waiver of enrollment fees. To maintain eligibility for the waiver, students must meet academic and progress standards by maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and must complete more than 50 percent of courses attempted.

This information is subject to change pending new regulations. Please check with the Financial Aid Office for any changes in eligibility.

Guardian Scholars Program

The El Camino College Guardian Scholars Program creates a welcoming and supportive environment for current and former foster youth.  Our goal is to empower foster youth to reach their full potential and achieve academic, personal, and career goals. Guardian Scholars promotes self-advocacy by establishing meaningful connections and a support network within the El Camino College campus community.

The Guardian Scholars Program provides the opportunity to change individual lives and make dreams come true. For additional information visit our webpage at http://www.elcamino.edu/student/studentservices/guardianscholars/

Guardian Scholars Program

Student Services Building
Telephone: 310-660-3466
Email: guardian@elcamino.edu

Photo Identification Card

All El Camino College students are encouraged to obtain a free student photo identification card. The student photo identification cards are available in the Warrior Welcome Center (Student Services building, first floor). Hours of operation vary; please call the office at 310-660-3405 or visit https://www.elcamino.edu/admissions/welcome/ for information. The cards serve as photo identification and are required for library and lab services, campus activities, and for verification of attendance in certain classes. Student photo identification cards are also needed to use any campus computers.


The El Camino College Foundation serves the needs of El Camino College students by providing financial resources to assist with their education. The most direct student support is through scholarships. Thanks to the generous support of individuals, businesses and corporations in our community, El Camino College Foundation awards more than $600,000 annually. Current students continuing their education at El Camino College, incoming high school students, and students transferring to four-year colleges and universities are eligible to apply for El Camino College scholarships.

The El Camino College Scholarship online application period takes place during the fall semester. Scholarships are awarded in the spring to be activated the following fall semester. Students may apply through the MyECC Portal at www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/fao/main_scholar.asp and click the link titled “Scholarship Application.” Six graded units and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 are required to apply. Students must complete the online application and submit a faculty letter of recommendation to be eligible. High school students interested in applying for the Foundation’s high school scholarships should contact their high school counselors.

In addition to the scholarships offered by the El Camino College Foundation, the Scholarship Office provides information on a vast number of outside scholarship opportunities. For questions or additional information about the scholarships that are available or for assistance applying for a scholarship, please contact the Scholarship Office at 310-660-6541 or visit the Scholarship Office located in Administration 119 or online at www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/fao/main_scholar.asp.

Special Resource Center

The mission of the El Camino College Special Resource Center (SRC) is to facilitate academic success for students with disabilities by providing equal access to educational opportunities in an integrated campus setting.

Students with disabilities are an integral and vital part of the El Camino College community. The SRC provides support services, adaptive equipment, computer technology, and specialized instruction to serve students with verified disabilities. The SRC provides accommodations for both academic and extracurricular college activities. The SRC’s primary goal is to provide accommodations necessary to assist students with achieving their educational and vocational goals while promoting self-advocacy and independent learning. The SRC promotes shared responsibility with the student, instructor, and college staff for student success. The assistance provided by the SRC is in addition to services and instruction otherwise available to all students.

In order to be eligible for support services, equipment, or instruction, a student must have verification of his/ her disability.

Support services are provided on an individual basis as agreed during consultation with a counselor or specialist. Services may include: registration assistance; educational development courses, academic or vocational counseling; educational and diagnostic assessment; American Sign Language and oral interpreting; Braille transcribing; alternate format materials; student skill assistance; testing accommodations; or equipment loans. Support services are directly related to the educational limitations of the verified disabilities of the students to be served. Support services promote the maximum independence, integration, and participation of students with disabilities in the educational process and activities consistent with the mission of El Camino College. (Please refer to ECC Board Policy 1600).

Special classes are available with curriculum designed to provide specialized instruction for various types of disabilities and learning styles. These special classes are listed under Educational Development in the catalog. The Adapted Physical Education Program (APE Program) is available for students who may benefit from physical education offerings with adaptation and personalized instruction. These activity courses are listed within the Physical Education  section of the catalog and schedule of classes. For information on special class repetition, refer to “Course Repetition Policy and Active Participatory Course Limitations ” located in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

All students seeking admission to El Camino College must meet these levels of independence:

  1. The ability to negotiate the campus facilities independently or with the assistance of their own equipment or attendant
  2. The possession of a stable level of health to benefit from a full semester’s work

The SRC does not provide assistants for personal use.

The Special Resource Center is located on the east side of the Student Services building. Please visit or contact us.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services is located on the north side of campus, next to the Student Services Building and the Planetarium.

The Health Center is staffed by nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physicians, and clinical psychologists. Some of the free services provided are general medical care and treatment, first aid, family planning, and health education. Lab services such as Pap smears, blood tests, or pregnancy tests are available at low to no-cost.

Short-term psychological counseling on an individual basis by psychologists is free of charge. Workshops on health-related issues such as stress management are also offered through Student Health Services.

Please see the Student Fee section for details on eligibility to use the Health Center, and the Student Health Services webpage for hours and workshops for current semester:

Student Services 

The Student Services building includes Admissions and Records, Outreach and School Relations, Warrior Welcome Center, Special Resource Center International Student Program, Veterans Center and the SEA Village on the first floor. Counseling Services, Career and Transfer Services, Financial Aid, EOPS/CARE, CalWORKS & Guardian Scholars programs, and First Year Experience are on the second floor.  Outreach and School Relations, and the Assessment/Testing Center are on the second floor. The Information Desk in the foyer, staffed during most hours the building is open, has a variety of information available including campus maps and brochures and other information on courses, special events, and campus activities.  

Transfer Center

Transfer services are located on the second floor of the Student Services building. The Transfer Center offers a wide range of services and activities designed to assist students in transferring successfully to the four-year college or university of their choice.

Among the transfer services offered are professional transfer counseling and advisement, regularly scheduled visits by recruiting and admissions officers from four-year colleges and universities, and workshops on major steps in the transfer process. Other activities offered include university fairs on the El Camino College campus and frequent field trips to an array of major universities. A calendar of Transfer Center activities is published monthly and is widely distributed. A transfer guide is published annually. Information about public and private colleges and universities is available through the Transfer Center. Visit online at www.elcamino.edu/studentservices/co and click on Transfer Services to find the latest information on fairs, tours, and workshops. In addition, find the latest information about the benefits of earning an Associate of Arts/Associate of Science Transfer Degree (AA-T/AS-T), and UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Programs.

Tutoring Services

Tutoring Services are provided at a number of locations on campus. Tutoring Center is located on the second floor of the library, offers free drop-in tutoring for many subjects including, but not limited to English, ESL, mathematics, chemistry, business, biology, music, and foreign languages.

The Reading and Writing Studio, located in Humanities 122, serves all El Camino College students who want assistance with their reading and writing projects.  Please see below for additional details.

Additional programs, such as Supplemental Instruction (SI), provide tutors embedded in specified sections of courses to assist students enrolled in those sections. All tutoring is provided by trained tutors. Free online tutoring is also available for students when they cannot meet face-to-face with a tutor or a tutor is not available. To register and use this service, go to www.nettutor.com/ecc

Veterans Services

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides education benefits to veterans, service persons, those in the National Guard or active reserves, and eligible dependents and survivors of totally disabled or deceased veterans under a number of benefit programs. For eligibility and to apply for these benefits, visit the VA website by using the following link: https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/.  Upon completion of an application to El Camino College, students must contact the Veterans Services Program Office for additional information: eccvetcenter@elcamion.edu   With a counselor-approved educational plan the El Camino College Veterans Services Program certifies courses required for a certificate program, the associate degree, and for transferable four-year degrees on behalf of the VA.

Students must Request Certification Each Semester: Certification is not an automatic process.  Following registration each Term, you must submit a request for certification to the El Camino Veterans services Office for each Term you intend to use VA education benefits.  For link to this form please contact the Veterans Service office at: eccvetcenter@elcamino.edu.

Students collecting VA educational benefits must achieve satisfactory progress. If the student falls below graduation standards (2.0 GPA) or is on progress probation for two consecutive semesters, El Camino College is required to notify the VA. The VA will terminate benefits unless it can be shown that the student is pursuing an appropriate objective and has a reasonable chance for success in the chosen program.

Veterans with service-connected disabilities may be eligible for the Veterans Readiness & Employment program offered by the VA. Contact the local VA office for more information at 1-800-827-1000.

Because timely receipt of benefit checks cannot be assured by the VA, especially at the beginning of each semester, students should not depend on them for their beginning of the semester expenses. It is also the responsibility of the student to notify the El Camino College Veterans Servicess Program Office of any change in unit load during the semester.

For more information about VA Education Benefits, call the VA the Education Service line at 1-888-442- 4551, or go to www.gibill.va.gov.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CALVET) provides a tuition waiver program to eligible dependents and survivors of disabled and deceased veterans. Applications for (CALVET) benefits are available by calling 213-744-4825, or at www.calvet.ca.gov/.

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407), Section 103

Beginning August 1, 2019, El Camino College policy regarding POST 9/11GI Bill® and VR&E beneficiaries {Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) does not hold VA certified students accountable for payment in attending a course of education or training for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. The new legislative change allows a student to attend courses until the VA provides payment to the institution.

El Camino College has implemented this policy NOT to impose a penalty or require the beneficiary to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from the VA. Section 103 requires a State Approving Agency {SAA), or the Department of Veterans Affairs {VA) when acting in the role of the SAA, to disapprove certain courses of education. The VA can grant a waiver to these requirements.

El Camino Veterans Services provides a center with resources and support for all veteran students.  The Office is located in the Student Services Building, Room 140, telephone number 310-660-3486.

Warrior Welcome Center

The Warrior Welcome Center is your one-stop-shop for becoming a student at El Camino. The mission is to provide new, current, and returning students guidance on completing the necessary steps to enroll at El Camino College. The Warrior Welcome Center is located on the first floor of the Student Services Building and is open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  You may learn more about the Warrior Welcome Center by visiting www.elcamino.edu/admissions/welcome/.

Writing Center

The Reading and Writing Studio (RWS), located in Humanities 122, serves all El Camino College students who want assistance with their reading and writing projects. The RWS offers one-on-one tutorial conferences, in person and via Zoom, on any aspect of the writing process, from prewriting and drafting to revision and documentation. Tutors can work with students on essays, research papers, speeches, and other written assignments; they can also help students tackle challenging reading assignments and offer help with comprehension techniques.

You may learn more about the RWS, including Zoom information, by visiting www.elcamino.edu/support/resources/writing-center