Restoring Our Communities...a program for formerly incarcerated students.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am currently incarcerated. Can I apply for school?
    • Yes, you can. Whoever is enrolling on your behalf should make sure they have ALL of your information (email, birthdate, social security number) and tie your application to an email they have access to. They should also record and send you all of the usernames, passwords, and security questions for your CCCID*, and FSAID**.
  2. Won’t felonies keep me from getting financial aid?
    • It depends. Your financial aid may be affected if you caught a drug conviction while you were receiving financial aid. If you did not catch a drug conviction while receiving financial aid, you should have no problems. For more information, click here.
  3. Can I enroll without a High School Diploma or GED?
    • Yes you can. However, you will be unable to receive financial aid. For more information, click here.
  4. I was just released and it’s the middle of the semester. Can I still enroll?
    • Yes you can. However, if there are no late start classes available, you will have to wait for the following semester to take classes. In this time, you can finish the Student Support and Success Program (formerly matriculation) which consists of online orientation; completing an assessment test or the interest survey, seeing a counselor and completing a Student Educational Plan (SEP) with the counselor. For more information, click here.
  5. I have college credits already. Can I use them instead of taking the same class at Laney?
    • Possibly. You will have to get your official transcripts from the school you received credit at and bring them to your counseling appointment. (Note: to be “official”, a counselor has to open the unopened transcripts during your counseling appointment. If you open the letter with your “official” transcripts enclosed, they will no longer be “official” and you will have to send for them again.) The counselor will determine if your credits articulate (meaning Laney College accepts them as equivalent courses).
  6. What are the first steps I need to take to enroll?
    • The first step is to apply through CCC Apply (make sure you choose Laney College as your home campus). (Note: make sure you have access to whatever email you use to set up your account. You will receive vital information through this email and if you do not have access to it, you will run into a lot of problems.)
    • Once you have created your CCCID, complete your application for Laney College. It takes 48 hours for Laney College to receive your information and send you your student ID/username and password (sometimes it happens in an hour so check your email). You will need this information to complete the Laney College New Student Orientation.
    • While you are waiting to receive your student ID/username and password, complete your FAFSA. If you have never created an FSAID, you will have to create one to complete the FAFSA.
  7. Where is your office located?
    • We are located on the second floor of the E Building in Room 203. The E Building is on the West part of the campus off of East 8th Street (if you’re coming from East Oakland) or 7th Street (if you’re coming from Downtown Oakland). We are right across the street from student and staff/faculty parking lot A. Please refer to the campus map.
  8. Is the campus open?
    • Yes, the campus is open but most classes are still online. If you can’t find the class you need on campus (in-person), you may need to take the class online. They have two different types of online classes: online lectures (where you have to log into Zoom at certain days and times) or non-lecture online classes (where you work at your on pace; finishing online assignments weekly). Choose whichever one works for you. ROC Staff can help, so come by the office if you need support.
  9. What if I don’t have a computer?

*CCCID is the profile created on CCCApply.

**FSAID is the profile created for FAFSA (Financial Aid) at

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