You don’t have to be enrolled in a degree program to take courses at ECC. Some people just want to learn a few new things without fully committing to a long-term program, and that’s perfectly fine.

Visiting, or “non-matriculated” students can enroll part-time in either for-credit or non-credit courses for personal interest, career advancement, or enrichment. Students can earn up to 12 credits this way, before deciding if they want to change their status and continue on towards a degree or certificate.

This is a great option for those who want to obtain a new skill for work, or just to learn something new for themselves. Credits obtained by non-matriculated students can be transferred into a degree program, or transferred to a different college, just as they normally would.

Non-matriculated students do not need to submit an application for admission prior to enrolling in classes, but they are not eligible for financial aid. Students may change their status to matriculated/degree-seeking, but they must then go through the steps of applying for admission.

How Non-Matriculated Status Works

What you need to know about taking ECC courses as a non-matriculated student

  • Non-matriculated students can enroll in classes WITHOUT first applying for full admission.
  • Courses taken as a non-matriculated student count the same as they would for a degree-seeking student, but students must complete the admission process at ECC (or another college, if transferring) before applying them toward a degree.
  • Non-matriculated students take classes part-time – generally no more than two courses per semester. It is recommended that students change their status after completing 12 credit hours.
  • Non-matriculated students are NOT eligible for scholarships or financial aid, and must pay for courses out-of-pocket. Upon matriculation, students may apply for financial aid.
  • Non-matriculated status is a good option for those who are only interested in taking a few select classes, for high-schoolers looking to get an early start on their degrees before graduation, or for those who just want to see if ECC is right for them.