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First Class

Thanks to the First Class program, you can choose and take your first college credit course ever—for free. While this offer is available primarily to Philadelphia residents, even nonresidents receive a valuable tuition credit. Gain computer skills you can use on the job. Unleash your creative talent with a course in music or art. Get an introduction to history, psychology, business or new technologies.

Eligibility depends on two things:

  1. You must work for an organization that belongs to any of these co-sponsoring agencies: African-American Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, or Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  2. This must be the first college credit course you have ever taken.

Participants are responsible for:

  • Any nonresident tuition costs and a nonresident capital fee if they live outside of Philadelphia
  • Course fees for laboratory costs, clinical instruction costs or additional instruction hours
  • Fees for any Distance Education course

For a complete breakdown of program costs, please review the First Class application form.

How to Apply

The first step is to choose a course that interests you. Check out a full list of our courses here. Once you have identified a course, the next step is to search our class schedule to see when that course is being offered, and choose a time a location that's convenient for you. Save this information, you'll need to add it to your application form.

Next, download and complete the application form, attach the appropriate payment and mail it to:

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street
ATTN: Welcome Center, Room P1-05
Philadelphia, PA 19130

For payment information, call the Bursar's Office at 215.751.8135.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the First Class Program open to non-Philadelphia residents?
A. Yes. However, non-Philadelphia residents will be responsible for nonresident tuition costs above the tuition credit plus a nonresident capital fee.

Q. Can I participate if I have already taken a college course?
A. No, unless it was noncredit.

Q. Is there an application fee?
A. No, the application fee is waived.

Q. If additional payment is required, can I use my employer tuition reimbursement?
A. Please check with your employer for information.

Q. What kind of course can I take?
A. Subject to availability, as a nonmatriculating student you may enroll in one credit course, other than English or math, without taking the College’s placement test.

Q. Where can I find a complete course schedule?
A. Search for courses using the College’s Course Finder.

Q. Where are classes held?
A. Classes are held at our Main Campus, 1700 Spring Garden Street, and at our three Regional Centers in Northeast, Northwest and West Philadelphia.

Q. When do I need to register?
A. You should send in all registration materials at least two weeks before the class starts.

Q. What are my options after I complete my selected course?
A. Your completed course credits can be used to pursue a program of study at Community College of Philadelphia or can be transferred to another college or university. However, you are under no obligation to do either.