Welcome Back FAQ
This page is intended to help students with the start of the semester. Have a question? send it to us on Facebook or Twitter (or via email to ) and we'll do our best to get it here.
Where is my parking permit?
If you purchased BEFORE AUGUST 6, it should arrive soon in the mail. If it does not come before the end of the first week of classes, you will need to pick up from the Bursar's Office (Line B in the Student Center). Campus Safety staff will begin parking enforcement on Monday August 30, 2010.
Will I get a parking ticket since my permit hasn't arrived?
You DO NOT need your parking permit during the first week of classes. If it does not arrive in the mail, it can be picked up the following week at the Bursar's Office. The lines should be shorter the second week of classes.
I'm on the Waitlist but haven't heard anything. What should I do?
ATTEND THE FIRST CLASS MEETING. This is no guarantee that you will get in, but it's your best hope. The waitlist, in the order students were added, appears on the rosters faculty are provided. It can then be used by faculty to help them determine who receives an add code. Add codes are provided at the sole discretion of the faculty member.
Why are all my classes missing?
If your classes are missing from your MyGateway listing, chances are you were dropped for not paying your fees. Go back into MyGateway and attempt to add the classes again. With any luck, they are still available. If they are not, you can attempt to petition on the first day of classes. Enrollment fees are due upon registration. There is a very short grace period to permit students to pay in person at the Bursar's Office via cash or check.
How do I know what books are needed for my class(es)?
The easiest way to find out what book(s) you need is to visit the online site for the Cypress College Bookstore at http://www.cypresscollegebookstore.com. Faculty will also generally list the name of the textbook(s) you need on the syllabus they distribute on the first day of classes.
Why does the open class list show that seats are available, but MyGateway says it is full?
The open class list is imperfect, but it's our best attempt outside of MyGateway (since only current students can view the schedule in MyGateway) to show what classes are available. We are constantly trying to improve our resources such as the open class list, but for now, we have to live with some quirks in the list. MyGateway should always provide an accurate accounting of the space available in a course.
It seems like all the classes are full. Why don't you add more classes?
The number of classes Cypress College is able to offer is limited at this time by the state's budget situation. Although we collect your fees, they are the property of the State of California. We receive funding back from the state based on our enrollment, to a limit. Last academic year, we served the equivalent of 1,200 full-time students that we were not funded for and spent nearly $700,000 on classes that the state did not fund us for. In short, we would like to offer more classes, but that is not financially possible at this time. We are working hard to meet the needs of our students and schedule classes that meet our students' the needs.
How can I find out more about Financial Aid?
Cypress College administers more than $12 million annually. There are a number of different kinds of aid, including Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Cal Grants, Board of Governors (BOG) Enrollment Fee Waivers, Federal Work Study and loans. You can learn more on our comprehensive Financial Aid page.