More than 80 noncredit sections are offered each semester at over 20 sites throughout Merced County and the surrounding area. More than 2,000 students take advantage of noncredit classes to improve their quality of life in a variety of ways.

Noncredit vs. Non-for-credit

The Noncredit and Adult Education Program Office offers noncredit classes, which are free, 0-unit classes. On the other hand, the classes offered by the Community Services department, which are also noncredit classes, are not free and are financed entirely with what the students pay.

Career Advancement Academy

Click the links below to find out more information about our Career Advancement Academy!

Three Easy Steps to Register for Noncredit Classes:

Create an account or log into an existing CCC Apply account (don’t remember your passwdor) and complete the application. Be sure to select our Adult Education-Non credit only program when completing the application. Watch the step-by-step video.

You are not registered for any classes at this point. You must continue to step # 2. Creating an account and completing the application only admits you to Merced College.

Returning Student

  • If you are returning from last semester you don’t need to submit a new application.
    Proceed to step 3 (Enroll).

Within 24 hours you will receive an email confirming we received your application (check spam or junk email folder).

 A second email will follow with your student ID#, your student email, and username.

Two easy ways to enroll:

  1. Via Webadvisor for Students in the student portal. Your initial password is your date of birth in the MMDDYY format
  2. Via the Schedule Request Form. Watch the step-by-step video. Complete and email form to [email protected] or bring it in person at 630 W 19th St. Merced, CA 95340

Connect to your class(es) in Zoom via Canvas:

  • Reach out to the Students Helps Desk if you need assistance logging in to Canvas/Zoom
    • Join their Zoom. Open M-F 8am-5pm: 347 946 9840 Password: 1234
    • Call at: 209-381-6514
    • Email [email protected] with your name and Student ID#

Multifactor Authentication Required

All students must complete the following instructions to set up these two Applications, Microsoft Authenticator and Okta Verify, to access Canvas, the student portal, and their school email. Open the link depending on the kind of cellphone you have, iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.

Enroll Today!

Check the class schedule and enroll today. Classes are free!
Need help with your application and registration? Contact our Program Assistant Karla Narváez-Flores at 209-384-6334 or [email protected].

Office Location

Merced College Business Resource Center

630 W 19th  Street
Merced, CA 95340

Phone: (209) 381-6540

Fax: (209) 381-6544

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Noncredit classes are free courses for adult learners offered by the Office of Adult Education & Noncredit.  Students only have to provide for the cost of materials and parking fees where applicable.

Noncredit classes include courses in the following areas:  basic skills, disabled adults, ESL, health and safety, family and consumer studies, older adults, and short-term vocational training.

Noncredit classes are open to anyone in the community who is 18 years or older. Certain noncredit classes have a limitation on enrollment. Persons interested in those classes must meet the criteria to enroll.

Registration takes place on your first day of class.  You will fill out a Noncredit Application for Admissions form once if this is the first time you are taking a class (both credit or noncredit) through Merced College. In addition, you will fill out a yellow Noncredit Class Registration card  for each noncredit class that you wish to take.

Classes that have limited seating require pre-registration.  Call (209) 381-6540 for classes held in Merced and (209) 826-3495 for Los Banos.

Instructors will have the forms for you in class.  Make certain that you register during your first class meeting.

Merced College does not require that you provide a social security number.   However, you must fill out the rest of the form completely and provide a birth date.   Failure to fill out the rest of the form completely will result in delays in processing your application for admission.

Noncredit classes do not charge registration fees.   However, like other college classes, you may be responsible for the cost of materials to complete the class and pay for daily or semester parking permits.

Some classes will list fees for books and instructional supplies.

Parking permits are required for classes held at the Merced College campuses. Daily permits can be purchased from parking permit dispensers located throughout campus for $1.00.  A semester permit can be purchased for $20 for autos and $10 for motorcycles at the Student Fees Office located on the 3rd floor of the Lesher Building.

Parking permits may be purchased in Building A at the Los Banos Center.

No, noncredit classes do not offer letter grades. Some noncredit courses do offer certificates of completion or certificates of competency in specific programs. Noncredit classes do not offer units nor can they be substituted for credit courses that are required to complete a program, degree, or transfer criteria.

No. Noncredit classes do not offer units or substitute for credit classes offered by Merced College.

Yes. There are currently no limitations on repeating noncredit courses.

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