COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update as of 5/21/2020:

At this time, Orange Coast College is closed until further notice out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Virtual counseling services will begin on March 31, 2020, and will continue until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please note: The chat feature is compatible with Chrome and Firefox browsers only. Students using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge may experience technical problems when trying to connect to an online counseling session. 

How to access your appointment:

  1. Make sure your device has a webcam and microphone to communicate with the counselor. (This is ideal but not required).

  2. At the time of your appointment, go to the link that was provided in the Appointment Confirmation (please check your email).

  3. Click on Canvas logo on the left. (Shown Below)
    Cranium Cafe Login options

  4. Use your MyCoast Username and password to log in.

  5. If the counselor is in session with another student, you will be required to wait in the LOBBY.  Once the counselor is ready for your appointment, you will be added to the next session.

  6. To end the session, click on Exit Meeting to take the survey and log out

Tips for Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress and Financial Aid Eligibility

  • Check you financial aid status early and often on your MyCoast Homepage.
  • You must have an educational plan and educational goal in Degree Works to receive financial aid and Priority Registration.
  • Research and declare your major early.
  • Meet with an academic counselor at least once a year and follow your educational plan.
  • Pass and complete 2/3 of the classes you attempt each semester.
  • All of your ATEMPTED classes affect your eligibility.
    • Withdrawals ("W"), Failing ("F"), and repeated courses are included in attempted units.
    • Withdrawals or "W's" are not factored into your GPA.
  • You will be offered a maximum financial aid award based on your eligibility that may include Federal Pell Grants and student loans. As a reminder Pell Grant has a lifetime eligibility of 600% or 6 years and loans. have similar limits so - KNOW your limits.
  • Use the following campus resources:
    • Student Success Center
    • Career Library
    • Student Health Center

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Financial Aid office at OCC at (714) 432-5508 or occfinaid@occ.cccd.edu