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Student Planning and myACCESS Assistance

College of DuPage has two self-service tools, Student Planning and myACCESS, which can be used to complete everyday tasks online 7 days a week. Follow the instructions on this page for the most common student tasks.

You must be a current College of DuPage student to log into the student portal and register for credit classes. If you have not applied to College of DuPage, visit Admissions and Outreach to get started. If you’re looking for non-credit continuing education classes, visit Continuing Education for more information.

What Would You Like To Do?

Important terminology to understand when searching and registering for classes:

Term

College of DuPage has three terms; Fall, Spring and Summer. There is no “winter” term. For term start and end dates, visit the Enrollment Calendar.

Session/Course Type

The session refers to the length of time the course is offered. There are multiple sessions during each term. Spring/Fall term has 16-week, 12-week and 8-week long sessions and the Summer term has 10-week, 8-week and 5-week long sessions. The same class in any session is worth the same number of credits. It is important to pay attention to the session when choosing a section. Shorter sessions will be covering the same content as the 16-week session so students should expect a more rapid pace. Session start and end dates can be viewed on the academic calendar. Some classes are not offered in every session.

Section

The section of a course refers to the instructor, day/time, location, format, and session of a course. Most courses will have multiple sections being offered during a term. For students to register they must choose a specific section of the course.

Hybrid (HYB) format

These classes will have a section code that starts with HYB. They are mix of face-to-face, internet and/or virtual class meeting. Look at the location to determine if there is a face-to face component or if it is fully online.

Online (NET) format

These classes will have a section code that starts with NET. They are taught exclusively online following instructor timelines and learning outcomes . Only the start and end date will be listed. Students are required to log in daily but may do so at any time except for due dates/times for homework, quizzes, and tests. Students should always view the Section Details for any other requirements as some courses may require in-person proctored exams and webcam enabled live discussions.

Virtual Classroom Meeting (VCM) format

These classes will have a section code that starts with VCM. They meet exclusively online in real time at specified days and times using video chat software. This format is designed to allow students regular face-to-face contact in a virtual format.

Waitlist

When a student attempts to register for a class that is full/closed, the student may be notified that a waitlist is available to join. Before the start date of a class, if a seat becomes available the student in the number one spot on the waitlist is notified via their (dupage.edu) email. The spot is held for them until 11:59 p.m. the same day. If they fail to register they are removed from the waitlist and the next student is notified. The waitlist expires after the first day of class. Being on the waitlist does not guarantee entry into a class.

Students can either be registered for a course or waitlisted for one section per course. If a student registers for a different section of the same course, the student will be dropped from the waitlisted section. If there is a restrictive hold on the student’s record, it must be satisfied prior to enrolling.

Permits

On certain occasions a permit may be required for a student to register for a class. Permits are requested by the student and approved by the instructor. Visit the Permit Required Registration page for more information about permits and how to request a permit.

These instructions are for students who have met with Counseling and Advising and already have planned classes added to their account. 

Follow the directions below or view detailed instructions.

  1. Log into the portal at inside.cod.edu.
  2. Locate myACCESS. Click on Student Planning, then select Student Planning Self-Service.
  3. Under the heading Plan your Degree & Register for Classes click on Go to Plan & Schedule, or using the side menu click on the Academics menu, Student Planning, then Plan & Schedule (on a mobile device, select the menu in the top left corner).
  4. On the Plan & Schedule page classes that have been added to your plan will be displayed in yellow and indicate Planned below the course name. If you don’t see the current term, click on the directional arrows “< or >” until the current term is displayed. To add the next term, click on the “+” symbol.
  5. A blue Register button will be available below the course if a section (day, time, and instructor) was chosen when the class was added to your plan. Click Register to enroll in the course.
  6. If you don’t have a register button you will need to pick a section (day, time, and instructor) first. Click View Other Sections below the course name to see the sections of this class being offered for the current term.
  7. All sections being offered will appear as a list below the course name they will also show on the grid to the right of the list appearing on the days and times they occur. As you hover your mouse over the section it is highlighted on the grid. There may be multiple pages to look through. Use Filter Sections to refine the sections further. When choosing a section look at the details of each one carefully (Seats Available, Date, Time, Location and Instructor).
  8. Secure your classes by enrolling in a payment plan or paying in full. If you are using financial aid or veteran’s benefits make sure your aid is finalized and your award to covers your full balance. Visit the Payment Policy webpage and read How to Avoid Being Dropped for Non-Payment.
  9. When you’re ready to register return to the Plan & Schedule If you’re not taken there automatically after adding the section, click Academics menu, Student Planning, then Plan & Schedule. You should now see a Register button.
  10. After clicking Register the message “Updating Schedule” will appear. If registration was successful, the course will change from yellow as planned, to green as registered. The class will now indicate Registered, but not started below the course name and there will now be a Drop button (“but not started” appears only if the class has not begun yet).
  11. Secure your classes by enrolling in a payment plan or paying in full. If you are using financial aid or veteran’s benefits make sure your aid is finalized and your award to covers your full balance. Visit the Payment Policy webpage and read How to Avoid Being Dropped for Non-Payment.

Follow the directions below or view detailed instructions.

  1. Log into the portal at inside.cod.edu and locate my ACCESS. Click on Student Planning, then select Student Planning Self-Service.
  2. Click on the Academics menu, then Course Catalog. You will see the Catalog Advanced Search.
  3. Select your search criteria from the drop-down fields to perform a search of the course catalog. At a minimum, select the Term and Subject. Click Search. If your search doesn't yield any results, you may want to remove some of the search criteria you selected such as Days of Week, Time of Day or Location, to allow for a more extensive search. You will have the option to filter your results in the next step.
  4. Your search results will include all courses and sections that match your search criteria. Review your search results. Look carefully at the Status, Dates, Location, Meeting Information, Faculty, Availability and Course Type.
  5. Once you determine the section you want click on Add, then in the pop-up window click Add Section. This will add that course and section to your plan. You are not registered. To search for more classes to add to your plan click back to course catalog in the upper left corner of the screen (or use the Academics menu to navigate to the course catalog).

    You may also use the search box with the magnifying glass on this page to search for more classes and add them to your plan. Just type the subject, or subject and course number in the search box. Click view available sections to see sections being offered and use the filters to refine your results.
  6. When you’re ready to register go to the Plan & Schedule page by clicking on the Academic menu, then Student Planning and Plan & Schedule.
  7. On the Plan & Schedule page classes that have been added to your plan will be displayed in yellow and indicate “Planned” below the course name. Click on the Register button under the course and section you added to your plan. The message “Updating Schedule” will appear. If registration was successful, the course will change from yellow as planned, to green as registered. The class will now indicate Registered, but not started below the course name and there will now be a Drop button.

    You may also use the search box with the magnifying glass on the Plan & Schedule page to search for more classes and add them to your plan. Just type the subject, or subject and course number in the search box. Click view available sections to see sections being offered and use the filters to refine your results.
  8. Secure your classes by enrolling in a payment plan or paying in full. If you are using financial aid or veteran’s benefits make sure your aid is finalized and your award to covers your full balance. Visit the Payment Policy page and read How to Avoid Being Dropped for Non-Payment.

Permission to register will expire at 11:59 pm the same day you receive an email notification to your dupage.edu mail that a seat is available. If you fail to register, you will be dropped from the waitlist and permission will move to the next student in line on the waitlist. If you have an Academic Standing hold on your account you will be unable to register online and must contact Student Registration Services during normal business hours to register. View detailed instructions.

If you would like to see the current schedule of classes offered and are not a current student, view detailed instructions.

Follow the directions below or view detailed instructions.

  1. Log into the portal at inside.cod.edu and locate my ACCESS. Click on Student Planning, then select Student Planning Self-Service.
  2. On the next screen under “Plan Your Degree & Register for Classes” click on Go to Plan & Schedule.
  3. On the Plan & Schedule page make sure you’re in the correct term by clicking on the directional arrow next to the term. Click on the + symbol to add the next term.
  4. Classes that have already been added to your plan will be displayed on the left side of the page and say “Planned.” If you’re viewing on a mobile device you must scroll down to see the planned classes. Note , these classes are planned, you are not registered for these classes until you click the “Register” button. Once registered, the color changes to green, instead of “Planned” it will say “Registered,” and there will be a “drop” button.

Follow the directions below or view detailed instructions.

  1. Log into the portal at inside.cod.edu.
  2. Locate myACCESS and select Student Planning, then select Student Planning Self Service.
  3. Next, click on Go to Plan & Schedule located under “Plan Your Degree & Register for Classes.”
  4. Locate the class you wish to drop. Click the blue Drop button. A pop up will appear confirming the class you have elected to drop. Make sure the correct class is selected and click Update.
  5. The class will be dropped from your schedule; however, the course will remain in your planned courses.

Follow the directions below or view detailed instructions

  • If you are currently signed into Student Planning, click on the Academics menu (graduation cap), then click on My Class Schedule.
    OR
    Log into the portal at inside.cod.edu and locate my ACCESS. Click on Registration, then select My Class Schedule.
  • Select the Current Term. Your class schedule will appear. Review class meeting information, textbooks, and cutoff dates to drop with 100% and 50% refund as well as the last date to drop with no refund.

Classes dropped with a 100% or 50% refund do not appear on the transcript.

Classes dropped after the 50% refund cutoff date up until the Last Date to Drop are considered a withdraw and will receive no refund. The class will appear on the transcript with a W. The W does not impact GPA but may impact future aid. Contact Financial Aid or Veterans Services with questions about any potential impact.

View the payment policy for general information about our payment policy as well as instructions for how to pay in full.

Visit payment plans to find general information about our payment plans.

Visit permit information for general information on how to request a permit.

How to Register for Planned Classes

Watch the following video to learn how to register for classes that have already been added to your plan. Classes will be added to your plan during an advising session with Counseling and Advising. Students may also add classes to their plan independently. If you need guidance determining the appropriate classes to register for, contact Counseling and Advising.

How to Register for Planned Classes Video

Key points in the video:

  • Sign in and navigate to plan & schedule page: 0-01:57
  • Register for planned classes: 01:57-05:49
  • Search for an additional class on the plan and schedule page: 05:49-08:17
  • Payment policy info: 08:25-end

How to Search for Classes and Register

Watch the following video to learn how to search for a class, view available sections, add it to your plan, and register. The video is intended for students who know the specific class they need to register for. If you need guidance determining the appropriate classes to register for, contact Counseling and Advising.

How to Search for Classes and Register Video

Key points in the video:

  • Sign in and navigate to the Advanced Search page: 0-01:37
  • Section listing search: 01:37-05:44
  • Catalog listing search: 05:51-07:25
  • Register for planned classes: 07:25-09:06
  • Payment policy info: 09:06-end

How to find Honors Courses in Student Planning

Process Update: The following video shows the student going to the Quick Links menu and logging into myACCESS. This process has changed. To log into Student Planning, where you will search and register for classes, complete the following steps:

  1. Log into the portal at inside.cod.edu with your username and password.
  2. Locate myACCESS.
  3. Click on Student Planning.
  4. Select "Student Planning Self Service."
  5. Next, click on "Go to Plan & Schedule" located under "Plan Your Degree & Register for Classes." Once there you may follow the video instructions to search and register for classes.

How to find Honors Courses in Student Planning Video

Other Video Tutorials

To view other video tutorials, visit the COD Student Portal and click on the help tab where the following video tutorials are available:

  • Student Planning - Add Class Sections and Register
  • Student Planning - Help Tools
  • Student Planning - How to Change My Plan
  • Student Planning - Intro

If you have a restriction hold on your student record that is preventing you from adding or dropping classes you may determine the type of hold and the appropriate office to contact for assistance by following these detailed instructions.

If you need to drop a class while the restriction hold is in place, contact Student Registration Services for assistance.

Additional Features of Student Planning and myACCESS

To access: log into the portal at inside.cod.edu and locate myACCESS. Select Student Planning, then Student Planning Self Service. In Student Planning choose Financial Information (the bank symbol) from the side menu. If on a mobile device the menu can be accessed by clicking on the menu in the upper left-hand corner.

  • Financial Aid Required Documents
  • My Awards, Award Letter
  • Federal Shopping Sheet
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • 1098T Electronic Consent & View Forms

To access: log into the portal at inside.cod.edu and locate myACCESS. Select Student Planning, then Student Planning Self Service. In Student Planning choose Academics (the graduation cap symbol) from the side menu. If on a mobile device, the menu can be accessed by clicking on the menu in the upper left-hand corner.

  • Course Catalog – An alphabetical listing by subject, of courses offered at the College of DuPage.
  • Grades – See the recorded grades for completed classes.
  • Unofficial Transcript – View and print a copy of your unofficial transcript. It will only show completed/graded classes.
  • Transfer Summary – A summary of transfer credits from other institutions.

To access: log into the portal at inside.cod.edu and locate myACCESS. Select Student Planning, then Student Planning Self Service, then select Go to My Progress under View Your Progress.

  • View your progress toward a degree or certificate, modify your education plan, communicate with your program advisor

To access: log into the portal at inside.cod.edu and locate myACCESS, then select Academic Profile.

  • Grades
  • Degree Evaluation – see how many credits you need to complete the academic program you have selected
  • Unofficial Transcript and Official Transcript order form
  • Enrollment verification request - proof of your status as a student. Insurance companies, loan agencies and other organizations may require a verification in order for you to be eligible for certain benefits.
  • My Profile – view all student information including address and phone, academic program, GPA, priority registration credits and any student restrictions that would prohibit registration.
  • Final Exam Schedule
  • Transfer Equivalencies
  • Transfer Course Summary
  • Student Prerequisites

To access: log into the portal at inside.cod.edu and locate myACCESS, then select Miscellaneous from the drop-down menu.

  • Application for Degree or Certificate
  • Company Sponsored Billing Request
  • Cooperative Agreement Request
  • Course Description Request
  • Final Grade Report Request
  • F-1 International Student Change of Address Form
  • Int'l Student Services Document Request Form
  • Int'l Student Services Transfer Out Request Form
  • Late Withdrawal Appeal
  • Medical Appeal
  • Petition for Failing Grades
  • Prerequisite Verification Request
  • Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver
  • Student Academic Program Change Request
  • Tuition Appeal
  • Vaccination Exemption Request - Health Condition
  • Vaccination Exemption Request - Religious
  • W-9S Request for Tax payer

Contact Information

Office of Student Registration Services
Phone: (630) 942-2377
Email: registration@cod.edu

Regular Hours
Walk-in services are available in Seaton Computing Center (SCC), Room 123 during business hours.

  • Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Help Desk: (630) 942-2999

Individuals who need language assistance, call Campus Central at (630) 942-3000 or email campuscentral@cod.edu.