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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Loss of Registration Priority
New State Regulation
(Effective for fall registration, 2014)

Priority registration is a privilege that is maintained by keeping a cumulative GPA of 2.0. The loss of priority registration places the student’s registration date after all other registration dates have been assigned ("Open Registration").

Question Answer
How can I lose my priority registration privilege? Priority registration is lost when you have been on academic and/or progress probation for two consecutive primary (fall/spring) semesters, or when you accrue more than 90 completed units of degree applicable coursework – accumulated from Cuyamaca and Grossmont Colleges only.
What is academic probation? A student is placed on academic probation when s/he has attempted at least 12 semester units and s/he earns a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0. Priority registration is lost when a student earns a cumulative GPA below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters.
What is progress probation? A student is placed on progress probation when s/he has attempted at least 12 semester units and s/he earns 50% or more units of "W" (Withdrawal), "I" (Incomplete), or "NP" (No Pass), then you will be placed on lack of progress probation. Priority registration is lost when a student completes less than 50% of their overall coursework for two consecutive semesters.
What is the new rule regarding the 90 unit limit? Students who accumulate more than 90 units of degree applicable units will lose priority registration.
Does this 90 unit limit and academic probation rule apply to all continuing students, including veterans, CalWORKs, DSPS, and EOPS? Yes. Academic/progress probation and unit limits will be applied to all student groups, including veterans, DSPS, EOPS, as well as international and non-resident students.
Do all credits get counted in the 90 unit limit? No. Only degree applicable units earned at Cuyamaca or Grossmont count toward the 90 unit limitation. Degree applicable courses are labeled in the course catalog.
Will my transfer units count from another college or university? No. Units from courses taken at another college are NOT counted within the 90 unit limit. Only degree applicable units earned at GCCCD are counted towards the 90 unit limit.
Are “Ws” counted in the 90 unit limit? No. The 90 unit limit applies only to the units you have earned. Withdrawals (W's) and incompletes (I's) will not count towards the 90 units.
Do units in progress count toward the 90 units? No. Units currently in progress, the classes you are currently taking, are not counted because they have not been “earned” or completed at the time that you will be eligible to register for the next semester..
Where can I find the number of degree applicable units that I have completed? You can check how many degree applicable units you have by looking at the GCCCD Degree Overall line on your transcript.
What if I am in a high unit major, or had an illness at the end of the semester that affected my grade? An appeals process is available for all students who lose enrollment priority due to extenuating circumstances that can be verified (accidents, illness, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control), or who are in a verifiable high unit major.
How can I appeal my loss of priority registration? Each college has its own appeals committee. A student can appeal for two reasons:
  1. Extenuating circumstances (verified cases of accidents, illnesses or other circumstances beyond the control of the student)
  2. Significant Academic Improvement
  3. High unit majors
How do I earn back my priority registration privilege? A registration priority privilege can be restored when the student is no longer on academic/progress probation. A priority loss which occurs after a student accumulates 90+ units may not be restored except through petition.
  • GCCCD
  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District