Getting Started: Returning Students

A returning student is a student who previously attended any college within the Riverside Community College District but missed a fall or spring semester.

Apply to Riverside City College and Apply for Financial Aid

Applications are processed in one business day (weekends and holidays excluded). Two separate emails will be sent to the email address provided on the application.

  • A confirmation email will be sent immediately after submission stating that the college has received the application.
  • A welcome email will be sent after the application has been processed that will include the student's RCCD student ID number and RCCD email address.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at More information about the DREAM application, scholarships, grants, and loans can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Login to MyPortal

MyPortal is a one-stop location that provides access to college services such as WebAdvisor, student email, and much more.

The RCCD student email account, which was included in the welcome email, is the login for MyPortal. The URL to access MyPortal is The default MyPortal password is the upper-case initial of the student's first name, the lower-case initial of the student's last name, and the student's six-digit date of birth (e.g., Sam Brown, Mar. 27, 1963 = Sb032763).

Check Your Registration Date

The dates when we begin posting registration dates for each term can be found on the Important Dates and Deadlines page.

Students can register for classes on and after their registration date as long as there are no other holds on the account.

Register for Your Classes

Students can register for classes through MyPortal on and after their registration date as long there are no other holds on their account.

  • Students will be dropped from their classes if payment is not received by the payment deadline. Payment deadlines, payment information, and a complete breakdown of enrollment fees can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.
  • Be aware of important deadline dates (ex: the last day to add, drop with a refund, without a "W"; or with a "W"). Students can view these dates by viewing their class schedule on MyPortal and clicking on the class title.
  • Students who decide to stop attending a class should never assume their instructor will drop them from the class. Students who do not attend and do not drop the class will receive an "F" in the class and will be responsible for any fees associated with the class.
  • Print transactions for documentation.

Students who attended another regionally accredited college since they last attended RCC should mail or hand-carry official transcripts (in a sealed envelope and printed no more than ninety days prior to submission) from these institutions. Students who need to meet a prerequisite must also complete a Prerequisite Validation Form with the Counseling Department. Contact the Counseling Department for more information about this process.

Students who completed high school more than ten years and who plan to take a math or English class should contact the Welcome Center for assistance in determining which math and English class to take.

For more detailed information about the registration process and how to waitlist a class, please refer to the Registration Information page.