Common questions

What is Finish Faster Online?

Finish Faster Online is a service offered by the California Virtual Campus - Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI). The service is primarily a course search optimizer powered by Quottly, which is designed to help California community college students search for and find courses needed to complete their degree and transfer requirements online. New and currently enrolled California college students can browse through thousands of transfer level online courses available at various California community colleges that may count for credit at their Home College.

What courses are available via the site?

Courses offered through this site are online courses that are transferable to all 23 CSUs, as well as the 114 California Community Colleges (CCC). Emphasis is placed on courses that fulfill the IGETC and CSU GE patterns necessary for transferring to a California State University (CSU) or colleges within the University of California (UC) system.

Who can register for these courses?

Any existing California community college student can view and register for these courses. In order to complete registration, students must comply with the admission and individual registration policies of the selected Teaching College.

I would like to take a course from a community college, do I have to complete an admissions application?

Yes. If you are planning on taking a course from any of the California community colleges you must complete a new admission application. This application is available via this website. Once completed, your submitted application will be shared with the selected Teaching College. Additionally, you will receive a follow up email from Finish Faster Online explaining the next steps in the registration process.

How soon can I register for a class after submitting the admissions application?

The timeframe between submission of your application and confirmation that the Teaching College has accepted the application will vary. After receiving your admission application, the selected college will process it, then you will receive an email with information regarding your acceptance status. Once accepted, you will be notified and encouraged to complete the registration process. Some colleges process within 24 hours while others may take up to three (3) days.

Will my credits/units transfer to my Home College?

Yes. All of the online courses available through Finish Faster Online finder are the actual California Community College courses that are being offered as a part of a degree or certificate program. To ensure that your course will transfer and fulfill your degree or certificate requirements, you are strongly encouraged to confirm this with a counselor at your Home College.

Do I need to be California resident to take these courses?

Because students will fall into different residency categories depending on when they first started living in California, you would be required to contact the Teaching College’s Admissions Office or their website for information regarding their residency criteria.

Will my financial aid cover my tuition for these courses?

If you are a new or continuing student and receiving financial aid, you will need to contact your Home College Financial Aid Office for detailed information.

Is there a cost to using Finish Faster Online?

Students can search for courses for free on Finish Faster Online. The fees displayed are the tuition costs associated with registering for a course at any one of the California Community Colleges.

What is a Home College?

Your Home College is determined by any of the following or combination of the following: (a) where you are enrolled in the current term, (b) where you are receiving or plan on receiving Financial Aid and/or (c) from where you intend to graduate.

What is a Teaching College?

The Teaching College is the college that is teaching the course and section that is of interest to you. Unlike your Home College you would most likely have not yet submitted a new admission application to the Teaching College.

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