Frequently Asked Questions

Summer 2018 FAQs

Why should I enroll in Summer Session? 

  • Take advantage of the three different Summer Session options!
  • Benefit from the more flexible accelerated, online and hybrid course options.
  • Catch up or get ahead by enrolling in high demand courses.
  • Tuition is only $320/unit for both resident and non-resident students. Plus, there are NO STUDENT FEES!
  • Financial Aid is available to continuing Cal State LA students.
  • Taking Summer Session courses means more flexibility for electives during regular sessions.
  • Generally speaking, class sizes are smaller.

How will I know if a class is being offered in the Summer Session?

​Both state support and self-support courses will be listed in the schedule of classes in GET. To differentiate between the two offerings take note of the Section listed for the course. State supported courses will be listed as Section 01, 02, 03, etc. Summer session courses will be listed as Section 80, 81, 82, etc.

How and when will students register?

Students pay their fees (prior to registration) and register using GET and follow university policies and processes as they would in any other term. Registration for Summer 2017 will begin on March 19, 2018 for cuurent/continuing Cal State LA students. Students should check GET for their appointment date and time. The full schedule of classes will be available in GET on March 5, 2018. Please visit the Schedule of Classes Information on GET website for detailed dates and instructions. Here are important registration and course instruction dates:

Summer Session Schedule of Classes published online

March 5, 2018

Registration begins for current Cal State LA students

March 19, 2018

Registration begins for non-Cal State LA students

April 16, 2018

First day of instruction

10 Week (10W) Summer Session: May 29, 2018

First 5 Week (5W1) Summer Session: May 29, 2018

Second 5 (5W2) Week Summer Session:  July 5, 2018

Memorial Day, Campus Closed

May 28, 2018

Independence Day, Campus Closed

July 4, 2018

Last Day of Class

10 Week Summer (10W) Session: August 4, 2018 (Last day of instruction.)

Finals week: August 6 - 11

First 5 (5W1) Week Summer Session: July 3, 2018

Finals may be held at the last regular class meeting.

Second 5 (5W2) Week Summer Session: August 8, 2018

Finals may be held at the last regular class meeting.

Do I have to meet course prerequisites for Summer Session courses?


What will be the cost of tuition for Summer Session courses?*

The cost for Summer Session courses (resident and non-resident) will be $320.00 per unit - undergraduate, graduate, and credential. Examples of total fees that students will pay are:

One 3-unit self-support course: 3 units x $320.00 = $960.00
Two 3-unit self-support course: 6 units x $320.00 = $1,920.00

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees.  All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun.  All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate.  Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

What fees will I pay if I take both a state support course and a Summer Session self-support course?

State support courses will be offered on the regular schedule with tuition and fees based on state support requirements and students taking state support courses will pay the usual campus-based mandatory fees. Thus, students who take a combination of state support and self-support courses will pay separately for each. 

Please visit the Center for Student Financial Aid website to see fees comparison.

Why are instructional fees different in Summer Session?

When classes are offered through the regular state support schedule the total costs, including faculty compensation, are covered by the state general fund as well as student tuition. When a class is offered in Summer Session, there is no state funding at all. Student fees must cover all direct and indirect expenses associated with offering the class and services. 

For summer sessions (courses that begin with section 80), no campus fees will be assessed, however, course and lab fees will be assessed according to currently approved policies.

Will financial aid be available for Summer Session courses?

Yes, students can apply for federal aid (Pell grants), direct loans and private loans toward the cost of their Summer Session. Students must complete a FAFSA to receive aid for Summer Session. Students must be current/returning students, enrolled in at least half time (6 units), and in good academic standing with the University to be eligible for funding. Students must also complete the Summer Financial Aid Form at the Center for Student Financial Aid’s website and meet the eligibility requirements listed there. The form will be available online on TBA

Who may take Summer Session courses?

Summer Session is open to Cal State LA students, students from other campuses, members of the community and international students. 

What are the add/drop policies?

Summer Sessions follow University add/drop/procedure/deadlines/refund proration as in any other quarter.  Please visit the Center for Student Financial Aid’s website for more information.

Can students concurrently enroll in a community college and receive tuition waivers or reduced tuition for Summer Session?

Waivers and/or reduced tuition are not applicable in self-support Summer Session.