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.


Three Easy Steps to Register for Noncredit Classes:

Create an account or log into an existing account and complete the application. Be sure to select our Adult Education-Non credit only program when completing the application.

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.

Three 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 Ellucian Go App. Your initial password is your date of birth in the MMDDYY format.
  3. Via email. Please email with the semester you want to enroll in, your full name, student ID#, and section# of the course you wish to enroll.

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

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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Course Information or Comment/Información de la clase o pregunta

If you would like to pre-register for one of our classes, please enter the course name, date and location found on our class schedule page./Si desea preinscribirse para una de nuestras clases, ingrese el nombre del curso y la fecha que se encuentran en nuestra página de horarios de clases.