Noncredit Adult and Continuing Education Services

Students Celebrating at Ceremony

Welcome to the Noncredit Adult & Continuing Education Services Center!

Noncredit Adult & Continuing Education Services Center, also called the NACES Center, can help you get ahead! We have classes that can prepare you for college-level courses in English and math, build your computer skills, study towards becoming a United States citizen, and help you feel more confident in speaking English, from among other classes.

There is so much you can learn to help you reach your personal, academic, career, and citizenship goals. And, all of the Noncredit classes we offer are FREE!

We can help you enroll in LASC and with your financial aid paperwork so you can see if you qualify for free money for books and other expenses you have from taking classes. We also have English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship classes at other locations around southern Los Angeles to make it easier to attend them.

NACES can help you:

  • Prepare for college-level English and math classes
  • Move from noncredit to credit classes
  • Become a United States citizen
  • Decide what classes to take after talking with you about your college and life goals (academic counseling)
  • Sign up for the noncredit courses you want to take through LASC’s registration system (registration)
  • We can also help you register at all of our off-campus locations on any day there is a class
  • Learn about all of the opportunities available to you at LASC (advising)
  • Understand what you need to do as a student through our Orientation meetings (orientation)
  • Find out which level of English and math you should start in (assessment)
  • Prepare to pass the High School Equivalency Test
  • Discover ways for you to become more involved at work and in your community
  • Connect with different on-campus departments and programs, and local community organizations
  • As a location that offers CASAS assessments
AB 540 refers to Assembly Bill 540. This is a law that passed the legislature in 2001 and exempts eligible California high school graduates from paying the non-resident tuition fees at any public California Community College, California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC). This law went into effect in January 2002.

Eligible students only pay $46 per unit at any California Community College.

Who Qualifies for AB 540?

To qualify for AB 540students must be:

  • U.S. Citizens: natural born or naturalized
  • Legal Permanent Residents, OR
  • Undocumented Immigrants

* Nonimmigrant students such as visitors (B visas) or foreign students (F visas) do NOT qualify for AB 540

In addition, students must:

  • Have attended a high school in California for three years or more
  • Have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent (for example, the High School Equivalency Certificate) prior to the start of the term
  • File an affidavit (CA Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request) stating they meet the requirements and have applied or will apply for legal residency as soon as they are eligible to do so. This affidavit is kept confidential by the college/university and by law is not to be shared
    with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly INS)

Do AB 540 Students Qualify for Financial Aid?

Starting on January 1, 2013, the California Dream Act extends Cal Grant A & B Entitlement awards, Cal Grant C awards, institutional grants, and community college fee waivers to students that meet the AB540 criteria. Please click here to read more [PDF].

Para leer la información en español, haga clic aqui [PDF].

AB 540 Facts

  • AB 540 does not apply to private colleges and universities
  • AB 540 does not grant legal residency to qualifying students
  • AB 540 does not grant federal financial aid eligibility
  • AB 540 only provides an exemption to the requirements to pay nonresident tuition

Useful Websites:

Nonresident Students

Starting with the summer 2009 undocumented students who do NOT qualify for the AB 540 tuition exemption shall be entitled to exemption from nonresident fees on the basis of individual financial need in accordance with regulations adopted by the Chancellor (LACCD Board Rule 8100.15). If the students meet the eligibility requirements on the Nonresident Tuition Fee Waiver (available in the office of Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Bridges to Success), they may be eligible to receive a nonresident tuition exemption and ONLY pay the current enrollment fee of $46 per unit. Undocumented students who do not qualify for the AB 540 exemption do not qualify for state or federal financial aid.

These classes are designed to introduce students to the computer-related vocabulary, give them a basic understanding of the Microsoft Windows Operating System and to help them develop basic computer skills using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, MS PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and E-mail applications.


Vocational Education 003CE

This course helps students develop computer skills essential to the workplace as well as educational success. Students will develop word processing skills necessary to create, format and edit common documents and forms. Students will also develop Internet research skills and critical thinking skills to organize and evaluate information. Some previous experience using computers and keyboarding skills will increase success

in this course. This course can be adapted for second language learners.


Vocational Education 290CE

This course combines lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to correctly operate and use basic computer hardware, software, operating systems and file management necessary to be a successful college student. These computer skills are only necessary for many entry-level jobs. Students will learn how to effectively use the Internet and protect their personal information and identity online. Students will learn the basics for digital and social media tools as well as word processing, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint software.

Non-credit Citizenship classes give a basic overview of American history and the American political system to help you become a U.S. citizen. The Citizenship Program also offers the following services free of charge only for our students:
  • Naturalization Application (N-400)
  • USCIS Fee Waiver (I-912)
  • USCIS Request for Reduced Fee (I-942)

New U.S. Citizen Pictures

Citizenship Library Resources 

Los Angeles Southwest College offers noncredit English as a Second Language course to meet your needs. 

Noncredit ESL

Offers four (5) levels of non-credit ESL instruction: beginning, intermediate and advanced. This program integrates life skills and job preparation for vocational programs:

  • Non-credit classes are free and the only requirement is to be 18 years of age or older
  • You can register for noncredit classes at any time during the semester
  • Noncredit classes are available day and evening
  • For class schedule click HERE.

The following steps are required in order to successfully matriculate in Noncredit classes.


Complete an application for admission. Bilingual NACES staff is available to assist you in completing the application in SSEC 110 (during the hours listed on the calendar on the other side of this sheet.) PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a current LASC parking permit, one can be purchased for $2.00 at:

1) The parking permit dispenser.

2) The Business Office (SSB 203) or

3) Campus Sheriff's Station.

Individuals without a permit are subject to citation. Bring an official photo ID from California or your country and your lawful Permanent Resident card or work permit (IF ANY)


Once your application for admissions has been processed and you have been assigned a student ID #, you need to sign-up for an orientation session in the NACES office. This in-person orientation will introduce you to LASC, our policies and procedures as well as give you an overview of the different resources and support services that are available for your success. No children are allowed in the orientation and the session will be about 2 hours. Students will be granted a ten (10) minute grace period for arrival. No admittance will be granted thereafter.


If you are enrolling in English as a Second Language (ESL), citizenship, high school equivalency test preparation or computer literacy courses, you need to take the CASAS assessment test. Please make sure to bring any implements necessary for testing. (eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.) No children are allowed in the testing area. English Noncredit Matriculation Sheet and Testing Hours Spanish Noncredit Matriculation Sheet and Testing Hours


You MUST see a noncredit counselor for assistance in completing your educational plan. The counselor will assist you in selecting appropriate classes that meet your educational goals. The appointment will last a total of 30 minutes, it can be extended per student request. Please be on time. If late, the student will be asked to reschedule.


You need to register for classes online at For your convenience, registration instructions are posted inside the schedule of classes. Bilingual staff is available to help you register for classes in the NACES Office (SSEC 116A) and in the NACES Computer Lab (SSEC 110A).


You may purchase a parking permit online at and then pick it up from the NACES office in SSEC 116A or the Business Office in SSB 103. Bilingual staff is available to help you buy your parking in the NACES Office (SSEC 116A) and in the NACES Computer Lab (SSEC 110A).


Once you have registered for classes, you are eligible to receive a free student I.D. You must bring a copy of your fee receipt (which lists your current class schedule) and a photo I.D.

ESL/Citizenship locations

Registration assistance is available at all off-site locations on the days of class.

Jefferson School

10322 Condon Avenue, Lennox, CA 90304 map it

Moffett School

11050 Larch Avenue, Lennox, CA 90304 map it 

St. Joseph's Church

 11901 Acacia Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250 map it

St. Thomas School

 2632 West 15th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90006 map it

For a list of the NACES class schedule, click here.