Please be sure that you have completed the application process found at GTCC's Path to Success before you try to register for classes.

Registration for college level classes can be completed through Self-Service. For instructions on registering for classes online, visit our How To Register for Courses page.

If you're not interested in completing a degree but want to continue your education or personal growth, there are many options for you in our non-degree classes for workforce training and continuing education or personal and professional enrichment.

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Learn how to plan and register for courses using Self-Service.

Registration Dates to Remember


Spring 2024

  • Feb. 5: First day of class and beginning of schedule adjustment for 12-week minimester courses
  • Feb. 6: Last day of schedule adjustment for 12-week minimester courses
  • Feb. 14: Last day to withdraw from first 8-week minimester courses
  • Mar. 1: Last day of class for first 8-week minimester courses
  • Mar. 11: First day of class and beginning of schedule adjustment for second 8-week minimester courses
  • Mar. 12: Last day of schedule adjustment for second 8-week minimester courses
  • Mar. 15: Grade deadline for fall 2023 grades of incomplete
  • Apr. 1: First day of priority registration for summer and fall 2024 and last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and last day to submit an application for graduation for spring 2024
  • Apr. 8: Last day to withdraw from 12-week minimester courses
  • Apr. 15: First day of open registration for summer and fall 2024 courses
  • Apr. 17: Last day to withdraw from second 8-week minimester courses
  • May 6: Last day of class for spring 2024
  • May 9: Spring 2024 Commencement 

Payment dates vary by term and can be found on the Cashier's Office page.

Registration Office Hours

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

A waitlist is a record of students interested in adding a class that does not have available seats. If a class is full, students may have the option of joining a waitlist for that class. If a seat in a waitlisted class becomes available, students are notified by GTCC email in the order in which they signed up for the waitlist. A student has 24 hours from the time of notification to register for the course. The 24-hour period starts when the email notification is sent, not when it is read by the student. If the available seat is not filled, it will be offered to the next student on the waitlist. If a student misses the enrollment deadline for a waitlisted class, the student may rejoin the waitlist.

Students should remove themselves from waitlists for classes they no longer wish to add to their schedule. The waitlist feature will be turned off on a designated date, and after that point, the waitlist will not be used to determine course enrollment priority. Students are responsible for monitoring class availability after the waitlist feature is made inactive.

A curriculum student is expected to attend and be on time for all classes and lab/shop/clinic sessions. In order to remain enrolled in a course a student must be in attendance on or before the census date. 

Military leave of absence(s) will not be counted as an absence when the instructor has received prior official notification. Responsibility for initiating such notice rests with the student. Military personnel must be able to enter the course prior to the census date. Leave that interferes with the course entry before the census date will require that the individual drop the course.

Curriculum and continuing education students are allowed two days of excused absences each academic year for religious observances as required by law. Curriculum students must notify instructors in writing of expected religious absences within the first three weeks of class.

Some programs may have outside regulatory bodies that require a minimum of course attendance hours (i.e., BLET, cosmetology, aviation). Each instructor will include attendance requirements and criteria for tardiness on the course syllabus.

Students are responsible for course content when absent and for coming prepared to the class following the absence. Students should refer to the course syllabus for the class policy on make-up work.

Census is related to enrollment and attendance. Students must fulfill the appropriate census requirement each term for every course on their schedule in order to remain enrolled in the class.

Each course has its own individual census date and requirement (including labs and required co-requisites); please refer to the individual course syllabus in Canvas for specific census information. Students who fail to complete the census requirement by the census date will be graded as a "No Show" and removed from the course.

For online courses, students must complete the designated census assignment by the census date. For seated (in-person) classes, a student must physically attend the class on or before the census date and be marked as "present" by the instructor. Students enrolled in hybrid courses may meet census requirements in person or online.

During the Schedule Adjustment Period, students may drop or add open classes using Self-Service.

Students may drop or withdraw from a course after the schedule adjustment period by submitting a completed Student Course Drop/Withdrawal form.

During the schedule adjustment period, students can drop classes using Self-Service. After the schedule adjustment period ends, students must follow the withdrawal process.

Students who withdraw from a class after the schedule adjustment period ends up thru the class census date will not receive a grade and will be eligible for a 75% refund of the cost of the class if they are registered for fewer than 16 credit hours for the Semester. Students who withdraw from a class after the census date up to the withdrawal deadline will receive a grade of W and will not be eligible for a refund. The census date and withdrawal date for each class can be found on the course syllabus. Students who do not complete a class and do not withdraw will receive a grade of F for the class. Students are responsible for initiating the withdrawal process.

To withdraw from a face-to-face, hybrid or online class,students must submit a completed Student Course Drop/Withdrawal form.

Please note:  F-1 Visa, Athletes, Early Middle College, College and Career Promise students are not eligible to use the online withdrawal form.  A printed copy of the Student Course Drop/Withdrawal must be submitted to the Records Office with the following steps completed:

  • Obtain the instructor’s signature and required office signature on the withdrawal form.
  • Return the withdrawal form to the Enrollment Services Office at any campus location (photo ID is required).
  • If the course instructor is not available to sign the Student Course Withdrawal form, the department chair, program director, assigned faculty coach or Student Success Specialist is authorized to sign the withdrawal form.

Registration obligates a student to pay tuition and any fees for the class. Non-attendance is not a basis for refund of tuition.

In compliance with State Board policy, GTCC will refund 100% of tuition and fees if the student officially drops the class before the first day of classes of the semester. GTCC will refund 75% of tuition only if the student officially withdraws from class on or after the first day of classes of the semester and prior to or on the class’s census date. Fees such as the campus access/security/parking fee, lab/shop/clinic fee, physical education fee, student activity fee, technology fee, student accident insurance fee, and malpractice insurance fee are not refundable after classes start.

No refunds will be issued to students who withdraw from a course after the census date.

PLEASE NOTE: During the schedule adjustment period, if students drop and add a class with the same number of credit hours, both the drop and the add must be completed in the same registration session in order to receive full credit for the dropped class.

For additional info regarding the refund policy, download the refund policy PDF.

The college refund policy is established by the NC General Assembly and is subject to change without notice. Please allow four to six weeks after the census date for a refund.

Special Refund Conditions for Title IV Federal Student Aid and State Grant Recipients

Federal and State law sets special refund policies for students who receive Title IV federal aid and/or state grant funds. To review these policies see our Keeping Your Financial Aid web page

Section 10.12 of Session Law 2017-57 allows senior citizens to audit courses at North Carolina community colleges without payment of any registration fees or tuition. Student fees and DayOne access fee are charged. Please contact the Records Office at to make audit requests that qualify for the senior citizen waiver. Proof of age will be required (65+). A grade of SR (Audit) will be assigned, and no college credit is earned.