Counseling & Advising

We're here to help you soar!

Everyone has different paths, varied goals and a plethora of commitments. CBC is a great place to explore those paths, reach for those goals and make a commitment to yourself to improve your life! We understand that it can be overwhelming to figure out how to get started and get going, to get where you want to go. That's why you should come see us at the Counseling & Advising office today!

We are here to help you. From creating a progressive academic plan to exploring career options; from dealing with short-term personal issues to getting connected with more involved mental health resources in the community - CBC's Counseling & Advising team wants to help you reach your goals and realize your dreams!

Appointment Options

Due to COVID-19, we are holding appointments via phone or Zoom, or in person. Please call or email us to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment call 509-542-5505 or email counselingFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN.

To schedule an appointment via email, please include the following information in your email:

  • SID
  • Phone number
  • Degree path
  • Availability

Please arrive on time for your appointment. You might be asked to reschedule if you arrive late. If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment time, please let us know. We will be happy to find a time that works best for you!

Academic Advising

Advising is the shared responsibility of you and your advisor. You should meet with your Completion Coach each quarter to develop a plan and make sure you are staying on track for graduation.

Academic advising includes assistance with:

  • Clarification of prerequisites and program and degree requirements
  • Course selection and registration
  • Completion of degree audits
  • Review of transfer requirements
  • Creation of academic and financial aid plans
  • Graduation applications
  • Adding or dropping classes
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Although we offer many degrees at CBC, the AA Transfer Degree is the most popular. You can download the fillable worksheet and degree requirements before you meet with your Completion Coach!

AA Transfer Degree

Quarter by Quarter Plan Sheet



What is Career Services?

Career Services at CBC aims to provide you- at any stage of professional development- with essential career readiness skills. Empowering you to successfully navigate through your career journey is our goal! We are dedicated to supporting your career exploration and education.

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Career Counseling

Need help determining which career path to take? Explore your options with one of our counselors!

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Personal Counseling

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We provide free, short-term personal counseling services for all current students. If you need immediate assistance, please come to the Counseling & Advising Center - someone is available to help you now!

Personal counseling can help if you are experiencing:

  • Stress, anxiety and/or depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Overwhelmed feelings
  • Test anxiety
  • Relationship problems and/or abuse
  • Substance abuse
  • Questions relating to gender and/or sexuality
  • Anger management issues
  • Concerns regarding balancing school, work and home life
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C.A.R.E. Counseling Services



Frequently Asked Questions

The admissions process is fully outlined on CBC's Getting Started page. Find information about Financial Aid, creating a CBC student email account, scheduling placement tests, etc.

Getting started

Class costs vary depending on how many credits you are taking, your resident status in the state of Washington and if there are fees associated with the class. Most courses also require students to purchase books and/or codes.

Tuition & Fees

Both can advise and help you locate and obtain the resources, support and skills necessary to complete your degree or program at CBC. Counselors have additional training to conduct short-term mental health counseling and career counseling.


A degree audit is an analysis of your academic progress toward your degree. It helps you see where you're at along your educational journey and which courses you need to complete in order to graduate! If you have questions, please meet with your Completion Coach to review your degree audit and to ensure you are fulfilling the requirements for your degree or program.

Degree audit

Blocks can be tricky, but don't worry, we can help! The best thing to do if you have a question about a registration block, is to contact us at 509-547-0511. We will be happy to discuss any blocks you may have and how to resolve them.

You can register for classes by accessing the Class Schedule or Schedule Planner.

Class Schedule allows you to search for classes using several different filters, such as campus, subject or department, professor, etc. It provides a description of each course offered that quarter and is updated every hour.

Class Schedule

Schedule Planner allows you to pick several classes by entering the four-digit item number of the class and shows class availability in real time.

Schedule Planner

If you are required to attend a Post-SOAR Advising session, you will be prompted to register at the end of your Getting Started steps.

Getting Started

You can add a class until the first day of the quarter without instructor approval. After the first day of the quarter, you will need an instructor to sign a Registration Form and submit it to Hawk Central.

You can also email the instructor asking for their permission to enroll in the class. The email from the instructor must include the Course ID and the Item Number. If they approve, attach the email to the Registration Form and submit it to Hawk Central.

You can drop a class within the first five days of the quarter to receive one hundred percent tuition refund; however some fees can't be refunded. To receive a fifty percent refund, you must withdraw from a class before the 20th calendar day. You can withdraw from a class up until the 40th day without receiving a grade of 0.0 but will receive no refund.

If you are receiving Financial Aid, please make sure to speak with a Hawk Central Specialist about how this change will affect your funding.

Registration form

You must have current placement test scores or have passed certain math and English courses to make a Financial Aid plan. Check with the CBC Assessment Center if you're unsure about your placement status.

Assessment Center

If you have transfer credits, they must be evaluated by Student Records. If you are a transfer student and this is your first quarter at CBC, bring in a copy of your unofficial transcripts to Counseling & Advising to register for the upcoming quarter only.

Transfer your credits

Your degree audit will tell you if you are ready to complete a graduation application. If so, please make an appointment with your Completion Coach. You can do this at any time, but it must be completed at least one quarter prior to your final quarter at CBC. For all other graduation information, please visit our Graduation page.

Degree audit

You can expect to see your diploma in the mail about six to eight weeks after you complete your degree requirements. If it has been longer than that, contact Student Records.


Schools have many important deadlines and requirements that you will need to meet to successfully transfer. We encourage you to prepare a transfer strategy by making an appointment with your Completion Coach.


Submit your official transcripts to Hawk Central. Once you receive the Worksheet for Evaluation of Transfer Credit in the mail, you can schedule an appointment with a Completion Coach.

Transfer your credits

Yes! One of the most important things you need to do as a new transfer student is to request your official transcripts from your previous school be sent to CBC for evaluation.

Transfer your credits

It takes several weeks from the date Student Records receives your official transcript(s) for them to be processed. You will receive a copy of the credit evaluation in the mail after this is complete. Once you receive this Worksheet for Evaluation of Transfer Credit, you can schedule an appointment with a Completion Coach.

Transfer your credits


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