Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much will the state-supported summer cost?
  2. Is financial aid available for the state-supported summer quarter?
  3. When will the schedule for the state-supported summer quarter be available?
  4. What types of courses will be offered in the state-supported summer quarter?
  5. When can I register for the state-supported summer quarter?
  6. How do I register for the state-supported summer quarter?
  7. How many units may I take for the state-supported summer quarter?
  8. Why should I consider taking courses during the state-supported summer quarter?
  9. How does the state-supported summer quarter affect continuing student status?
  10. What does a “state-supported” summer session mean?
  11. What is the difference between the state-supported summer quarter and summer special session?
  12. If I am not a matriculated student, can I take courses in the state-supported summer quarter?
  13. If I am a credential student or graduate student in the Charter College of Education, where can I get more information about summer offerings?

  1. How much will the state-supported summer cost?
    The state-supported summer 2011 fee schedule and fee analysis form is up on the Cashier’s Office web site at /univ/sfinserv/feepay_summer.php. Fee payment for summer 2011 begins April 18.

  2. Is financial aid available for the state-supported summer quarter?
    Yes. Summer 2011 financial aid information will be published on the Center for Student Financial Aid at /univ/finaid/. Please check back regularly for updates.

  3. When will the schedule for the state-supported summer quarter be available?
    An online schedule of classes and class search feature for the state-supported summer quarter is available online here.

    Courses offered through the College of Extended Studies and International Programs' summer special session are listed online at /extension/summer/Preliminary.htm.

  4. What types of courses will be offered in the state-supported summer quarter?
    The following types of courses may be offered:

    • Courses that are in high-demand throughout the regular academic year
    • Courses that are popular within upper division GE themes
    • Course that create bottlenecks for student time to degree

    Note: If you are interested in undergraduate- or graduate-directed study or thesis, or comprehensive exam courses, please consult your respective department or program. These courses typically may not be available during summer.

    For a complete course listing, please click here.

  5. When can I register for the state-supported summer quarter?
    Summer 2011 registration begins April 26. There will be no phased registration for the state-supported summer quarter.

  6. How do I register for the state-supported summer quarter?
    Registration instructions will soon be available at /univ/admiss/reginst.php.

  7. How many units may I take for the state-supported summer quarter?
    Undergraduates may enroll in up to 18 quarter units and graduate students may enroll in up to 16 quarter units.

  8. Why should I consider taking courses during the state-supported summer quarter?
    Enrollment in summer session courses affords students the opportunity to meet their educational goals sooner—and save money—by completing additional courses between the spring and fall quarters.

  9. How does the state-supported summer quarter affect continuing student status?
    The current policy on continuing student status will remain in effect. The summer quarter is not used in the calculation of your continuing student status. Attending the summer term will not have any effect in the determination of your eligibility to matriculate in the fall, winter or spring quarters.

  10. What does a “state-supported” summer session mean?
    This summer, Cal State L.A. returns to a “state-supported” summer quarter, meaning that state funds will be used to help offset the cost of instructional-related expenses for summer courses. In contrast, the 2010 “self-supported” summer session required students to enroll in courses and cover the expenses of summer session programs without assistance from the state.

  11. What is the difference between the state-supported summer quarter and special summer session?
    Cal State L.A.’s state-supported summer quarter is intended primarily for continuing and matriculated (individuals who have been formally admitted to Cal State L.A for the spring 2011 quarter) University students. Classes offered through this program may be geared toward helping enrolled students advance or progress to their degree by providing access to high-demand classes that may speed up students’ time to degree or may be more difficult to enroll in during the regular academic year.

    In addition to the traditional summer quarter, the University’s College of Extended Studies and International Programs will offer a separate summer special session that is intended primarily for non-Cal State L.A. students, including students from other colleges and universities, qualified high school students and community members. This “self-supported” program will allow many individuals to enroll in classes at the University, however, they will not be eligible to receive assistance from the state for these programs.

    The course offerings between the two programs will vary, so please take a minute to look at each program and see all the options that are available. A class search for the state-supported summer session is available here. The summer special session courses are detailed here.

  12. If I am not a matriculated student, can I take courses in the state-supported summer quarter?
    Yes. Non-matriculated students may take credit courses in the state-supported summer quarter on a space-available basis, but only with the instructor’s permission.

    Registration is processed through Open University in the College of Extended Studies and International Programs (CESIP). Simply follow these easy steps:

    • Print out a copy of the Open University Registration Form (found by clicking on the Open University tab at /extension/syb/openuniv/openuniv.htm.
    • List the course(s) you would like to take.
    • Attend the next class session and obtain the instructor’s signature to add the class.
    • You will then need to have the department office stamp the registration form before completing your registration by paying the Open University course fee at the CESIP office in GE 211.

    Formal admission to Cal State L.A. is not required, but the classes taken through Open University are fully transferable to any university. This may allow you to complete a degree, improve your grade point average or apply the credits earned toward a future degree.

  13. If I am a credential student or graduate student in the Charter College of Education, where can I get more information about summer offerings?
    Students should visit the Charter College of Education Office for Student Services in King Hall D2078, call (323) 343-4320, or go online to /academic/ccoe/off_studentservices.htm to reach a member of the College’s staff.