Tips and Updates for Winter Quarter

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Winter Holidays

Offices will be closed and there will be no classes on these holidays:

  • Friday-Monday, Feb. 16-19: Presidents Day holiday

Check the academic calendar for more important dates and deadlines

Important News

Use the New FAFSA for 2024-25

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has been improved and streamlined for 2024-25. If you're planning to apply for financial aid for next year, there are some important changes that you'll want to know about – including a new deadline for Cal Grants. Learn more and find helpful tips and videos at

Park Free on Campus

Under a temporary policy, students can park free on campus through spring 2024, without purchasing a parking permit.

Visit the Resource Hub

If you are struggling to meet basic needs – such as food, housing or other services – you can stop by the new Resource Hub in Room 143 of the Registration & Student Services (RSS) Building, down the hall from the Bookstore. They're open

  • Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed from noon-1 p.m.)
  • Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

You can also find assistance online at

Are You a Student and a Parent?

You can find helpful resources on campus and in the surrounding community by checking the new Resources for Student Parents webpage.

Need Tech Support?

Visit the Student Tech Support webpage for assistance with using MyPortal, getting a student email account, borrowing a computer, printing on campus and more!

Find Places to Zoom on Campus

If you’re taking a mix of online and on-campus classes, you can count on having a place to Zoom on campus. We've designated several spaces on campus where you will find power outlets and a good Wi-Fi signal. Look for the Zoom Spaces sign or check the map to find a location that's convenient for you.

Retroactive Pass/No Pass Requests

De Anza has extended the deadlines for requesting Pass/No Pass retroactively for certain quarters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • You can request Pass/No Pass retroactively for classes taken in
    • Winter or spring of 2022
    • Winter, spring, summer or fall of 2021
    • Winter, spring, summer or fall of 2020
  • Before choosing Pass/No Pass, there are some important things you should consider: For example, some transfer universities may not accept Pass grades for certain requirements. It's a good idea to meet with a counselor to discuss this and other options before selecting Pass/No Pass.
  • To learn more about these important considerations and how to submit a request, visit our Pass/No Pass webpage.
(Updated June 28, 2022)

What's On This Website?

How to Reach Student Services

  • Student services will be available online and on campus.
  • Appointments may be required for some in-person visits to campus offices.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended and may be required in some offices or classrooms.

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Vaccination No Longer Required

The Board of Trustees for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District voted on April 3, 2023, to end the district's COVID-19 vaccination requirement, effective July 3, 2023, which means proof of vaccination is no longer required for students or employees.

The district is following current guidance from Santa Clara County and encourages everyone to stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters if eligible.

Masks Recommended, May Be Required in Some Classrooms or Offices

Face masks are strongly recommended on campus, and may be required in some offices or by individual instructors in their classrooms.

  • Your mask should cover your mouth AND nose at all times.
  • See the Face Mask Information webpage for details and locations where you can get a free mask.
  • Please continue to practice social distancing and follow any posted instructions

Find more information about the requirements for coming to campus at

Free COVID-19 Home-Test Kits

Visit the Student Health Services COVID-19 webpage for more information about where you can get free home-testing kits.

COVID Protocol for On-Campus Classes

If someone in an in-person class tests positive for COVID-19, the other students and instructor can continue coming to class as long as they do not have symptoms, but should wear a mask around others for 10 days and get tested within 3-5 days of exposure. Anyone who develops symptoms should stay home and follow the protocol listed on the COVID-19 testing and isolation protocols webpage.

COVID Reporting Forms

Students should use the new Student Self-Report Form to notify Health Services if they test positive for COVID-19.

Employees should use the new Employee Self-Report Form to notify Health Services and the district Human Resources office if they test positive, are exposed to someone with COVID-19 or develop COVID symptoms.

More COVID-Related Updates

Check the COVID Messages webpage for a complete archive of COVID-related messages from De Anza College and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. 

Resources for Online Learning

Online Education Center

  • Student Resource Hub: Visit this site for tips, guides and answers to your questions about using Canvas, Zoom and other online learning tools that your classes may be adopting.
  • Staying Organized: This webpage has advice for planning and staying on top of your online coursework.
  • Canvas Help: Need technical support with Canvas? This page has information on how to get help.
  • More Student Resources: Visit this page for more links and tips.
  • Get Ready for Online Learning: This  website has videos about getting "tech ready," managing your time, communicating with instructors and more.

Library, Reference and Technical Support

  • Many Library resources are available online. Visit the Library website to learn more.
  • Need reference help? You can chat online with a librarian, during designated hours. Visit the Library website and look for the red button.
  • Need tech support? You can get assistance with Canvas, Zoom, MyPortal and other online learning tools or software, from the Library West Computer Lab's expert technicians. Use the form on the Computer Lab's webpage to request help. 

Need a Computer or Tech Support?

  • Check out the options to borrow a computer on campus by visiting the Need a Computer webpage.
  • If you need software or tech support, visit the Student Tech Support webpage at
  • All De Anza students can get free access to Microsoft 365 software, including Word, Excel and OneDrive for online storage. 

Get Microsoft 365

Tutoring and Skills Workshops

Tutoring and skills workshops are available via Zoom in many subjects.


For tutoring after hours or on weekends: Visit the Student Success Center's Online Tutoring webpage for information about NetTutor via Canvas or Smarthinking via MyPortal.

LEAD Guide to Online Learning

LEAD Student Guide to Online LearningStudents in the LEAD Learning Community put together a printable set of flyers with useful tips for studying online.

The guide includes advice for studying at home, creating online communities and self-care while sheltering at home.

Resources for Living and Basic Needs

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Visit the Basic Needs webpage at – or drop by the new Resource Hub in RSS 143 – to find out about food, housing, psychological services and other resources available to you. 

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