Four Easy Ways to Register
- On our secure web site. Use the registration links listed with eligible classes.
- By phone (619) 594-5152 (not available for Open University)
- By mail (see information below)
- In person at the Registration Office
SDSU Gateway Center Building, Hardy Avenue entrance.
5250 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-5152
Cashier's: (619) 594-2606
Fax: (619) 594-0147
After Hours Drop Box: Gateway Center, Hardy Avenue entrance.
Easy, secure registration is available via the Internet: NeverStopLearning.net
CES has the right to cancel a program that does not meet the minimum enrollment requirement. Information detailed on this web site is subject to change.
8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday
8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday
After Hours Drop Box
Gateway Center, Hardy Avenue entrance.
Please call (619) 594-5152 to find out about Registration and Cashier's office holiday closures.
Location of Courses
All courses are located in the SDSU Extended Studies/Gateway Centers, corner of Campanile Drive and Hardy Avenue, unless otherwise specified. Specific room numbers are posted on the class days at building entrances.
Map and Directions
The College of Extended Studies is located in the Extended Studies/Gateway Centers on the SDSU Campus.
Though no formal admission procedures are required for most individual courses, students seeking to complete degree or certificate programs must meet admission requirements specific to their desired degree or certificate program.
You may register for College of Extended Studies courses in person, via the Internet, by mail, and by telephone. Registrations which cannot be processed due to: full classes, missing signatures or information, illegible registration forms, or payment discrepancies will be returned to you with a letter of explanation. You will not be registered in any classes until you re-submit your registration form. A $25 late fee and/or deadline penalties will apply if you do not meet registration deadlines.
Full fee payment or credit card information must accompany the registration form. We accept cash, checks, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Visa. Make checks payable to SDSU. Any prerequisite listed in the course description must be completed prior to the beginning of the course. Advance registration is strongly recommended because it will assure you a place in class and is required for some classes.
Registration deadlines are posted with each program/course on our website. After registration deadline, students may request to register late with instructor and/or department approval and a $25 late payment fee. Students should fill out a CES Registration form, obtain the approval signature on the form (or obtain an email, print and attach to the form) and submit the registration in person or by mail. Late registrations may not be done online or by phone. For questions or assistance with late registrations, contact the CES Registration office at (619) 594 5152. Late registrations after the last day of class require a "Petition for Special Consideration."
Open University Courses: See Open University Registration Deadlines
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses: See specific deadlines and fees in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute catalog and webpage
Use of Social Security Number/Tax Credit Information
Applicants are required to show their Social Security Number in designated places on applications pursuant to the authority contained in Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 41201.
The Social Security Number is used as a means of identifying records pertaining to the student as well as identifying the student for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement, and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the University. It is also necessary in order to receive Lifetime Learning or Hope Scholarship tax credit.
Payments made to the SDSU Foundation do not qualify for Lifetime Learning or Hope Scholarship tax credit. For more information go to http://bfa.sdsu.edu/fm/co/sfs/taxrelief.html
San Diego State University uses a student identification number called SDSU RedID as your primary source of identification for all transactions at SDSU. For information on how to obtain an SDSU ID card with your RedID, go to SDSUcard. Financial, regulatory, and reporting transactions will still use Social Security Numbers and you must provide your Social Security Number on your registration if you wish to receive documentation from SDSU for tax credit purposes. However, your primary source of identification is your SDSU RedID.
To look up your RedID, go to sdsu.edu/redid.
To generate your RedID, go to NeverStopLearning.net and register online.
Library and SDSU RedID Cards
Students wishing to purchase an SDSU RedID card with photo, must pay $18 to the Extended Studies Cashier after registering and present the receipt to the Photo ID office in the SDSUcard office. Extended Studies ID cards are valid only for the duration of the class taken.
Online Web Portal Accounts
All Extended Studies students taking credit courses who need to access SDSU online services (transcripts, library, blackboard, etc.) should create an SDSU web portal account by going to sdsu.edu/webportal. Students may create accounts 48-72 hours after registration payment in CES courses. New students may create new accounts beginning on the first day of the SDSU term.
SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information see smokefree.sdsu.edu.
You may drop/withdraw from a course online at neverstoplearning.net or by completing an official transaction form at the College of Extended Studies. Non-attendance or notifying the instructor does not constitute officially dropping or withdrawing from a course. Students who stop attending credit courses without officially dropping will receive a grade of WU or No Credit in the class. Refunds are not automatic. NO refunds are due unless the course is officially dropped within stated guidelines in the refund schedule. Students can expect to receive refunds approximately four weeks from the date the request is received. Refunds may be applied against other amounts due the University. No refund is made for amounts of less than $10.
a. Withdrawal in person or postmarked at least one working day before the first day of class – total fee minus $5 if class fee is less than $50 or $21 if class fee is $50 or more. (All credit course refunds are subject to a $21 administrative charge plus ASB/student fees will be deducted after the first class session.)
b. Refund requests on or after the first day of class must be made in writing. Unless otherwise stated, in courses of five or more meetings, 65% of the fee will be refunded until 25% of the course time has elapsed, after which time there is no refund. For courses of four or less class meetings, no refund. Online course meetings are equal to one week of class time. Drop/Refund/ Withdrawal requests made after the last day of class will be by petition only for serious and compelling reasons.
c. The following professional development/certificate program online courses have a special refund policy: Accounting Online, Construction Online, and Health Care Online. Prior to receiving a password and logging into your online course, total fee minus $5 if class fee is less than $50 or $21 if class fee is $50 or more. (All credit course refunds are subject to a $21 administrative charge plus ASB/student fees.) Once a student has been issued a password by the online provider, and logged into the course, no refunds will be issued.
d. Professional Development Online (PDOL) refund policy: refunds will not be issued after a course has started. If a course has not started, refunds will be issued up to three months after the enrollment date (no refunds after the three month period), minus a $21 administrative fee.
e. Lean Six Sigma online refund policy: Refunds will be issued within 30 days after enrollment date, minus a $21 administrative fee provided you have not logged into the class. Refunds will not be issued after you have logged into the class with your username and password.
f. Refund on the trip portion of study abroad programs will be determined by the director of study abroad. Refunds for study abroad courses are as listed above.
g. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program has a seperate refund policy, see Osher refund policy and schedule for specifics.
h. Some programs not listed above may have special refund policies. Please consult the website for specifics.
i. Decision on withdrawals and refunds will be based on the date when written withdrawal notice is received by the College of Extended Studies. Drops/Withdrawals done by mail are effective as of the postmark date.
Open University Courses
See Open University Registration Information for refund information. Instructor's signature is required to drop or withdraw from courses at anytime.
Late Program Changes
Adds/drops/refunds requested after deadline dates may be done by petition only. Obtain a "Petition for Special Consideration" from the Extended Studies registration office. Petitions will only be considered for serious and compelling reasons beyond the student's control. Documentation is necessary for consideration.
Parking Rules for Gateway/Extended Studies Center Users (CES Permits)
CES parking permits are required 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Parking Structure 6 (formerly 2) on Hardy Avenue If you are attending an eligible course sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (not Open University) you will receive your parking permit by email, as part of your class confirmation. This CES registration confirmation serves as your parking permit. Place the confirmation on your dashboard. Duplicate registration confirmation permits are also available from the CES registration office. If you register on the day of the course, please check your email immediately to print your parking confirmation in color and display it on your dashboard. If you do not bring your confirmation, you will need to pay for SDSU visitor parking on the first day of the course.
No parking is permitted at any time in the following areas: special permit areas, handicapped zones, service areas, any area marked or painted red, any area not clearly designated as a parking space, or any area posted with a sign or designation restricting or defining specific use.
Motorcycles must park in motorcycle stalls only. They will be cited if parked in a vehicle stall. Permits are required at all times.
Handicapped Parking: A disabled placard, disabled plate, or a temporary H/C (handicapped) placard issued by the DMV are required to be displayed at all times – in addition to a current CES parking permit.
Visitor pay parking permits for $2 per hour are available to all CES/SDSU students if needed. Pay permit machines are located throught campus; the closest to Gateway/Extended Studies Center are Lots 3, 6B, 7, 8, 10, and 12.
Open University: Open University and other semester-long program students must purchase an SDSU parking permit online at the Aztec Parking Portal for use in all SDSU student lots.
SDSU student decals are not valid in Parking Structure 6.
Official SDSU parking regulations can be found at sdsu.edu/parking.
Legal parking is the responsibility of the individual.
Campus Parking (Open University) (SDSU Student Permits)
Parking permits are required for the use of student and faculty/staff spaces, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No parking is permitted at any time in the following areas: special permit areas, handicapped zones, service areas, any area marked or painted red, any area not clearly designated as a parking space, or any area posted with a sign or designation restricting or defining specific use. Due to construction, availability of lots may vary. Parking information and visitor permits are available through the Public Safety Department or Dispatcher in the DPS Building, (619) 594-1991.
Week-long or semester permits (decals) may be purchased online at the Aztec Parking Portal.
A limited number of motorcycle permits are available. Motorcycle Lots – 1, 2, 2B, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 9A, 12, 14, 16, and 17A. Motorcycles must park in motorcycle stalls only. They will be cited if parked in vehicle stalls. Permits are required at all times. If you have a vehicle and a motorcycle you may be eligible for a free motorcycle permit. Please contact the Parking Business Office for more information.
For information on current SDSU parking permit fees, go to www.sdsu.edu/parking. Proper/legal parking is the responsibility of the individual. The purchase of a permit does not guarantee a space, and lack of parking/transportation is not justification for refund. Problems should be referred to the Parking Services Dept. at (619) 594-6671. Escorts are available from dusk to dawn to and from campus, vehicles, or residence halls by calling (619) 594-6659. Certain restrictions may apply. For emergencies, dial 911.
Financial Aid Options
There are several financial aid opportunities available to students who wish to complete programs at the College of Extended Studies.
Workforce Development Financial Aid
More than 40 programs at the College of Extended Studies are approved by the local San Diego Workforce Partnership for free tuition. The Workforce Partnership has specific eligibility requirements to receive this funding. To determine if you qualify, visit one of the six One-Stop Career Centers in San Diego.
Military Spouse Financial Aid
If you are the spouse of a military person, you are eligible for free financial aid through the Military Spouse Department of Defense financial aid program. A variety of educational opportunities are available to choose from in areas such as health care, hospitality, technology, construction, and human resources.
Local Lending Institutions
Various local banks, credit unions, and lending institutions now offer private loan programs specifically for continuing education. Check with your local financial institution to see what types of programs may be available.
Company Tuition Reimbursement
Many companies and organizations have tuition reimbursement programs for their employees. Check with your human resources department to see if you qualify. Some companies will also pay for the costs up-front.
SDSU Student Financial Aid
If you are a matriculated SDSU student in a degree program but wish to take an extended studies course or program you may be able to qualify for SDSU financial aid. Check with the SDSU financial aid office at (619) 594-6323. For additional information, please contact the CES registration office at (619) 594-5152.
In-person registrations are processed immediately and students walk away with a class confirmation and payment receipt. We will provide forms for those registering in person. Registrations turned in to the drop box during non-registration hours will be accepted and processed as mail.
You may register with your Visa, Discover Card, American Express, or MasterCard on our secure website: NeverStopLearning.net. All fees, dates, and other registration policies apply to online registrations. You may not drop or withdraw from a course online (see refund procedures).
You will receive a confirmation and receipt by email. If you have not received confirmation by the first day of class, attend class and then confirm your registration with Extended Studies. Failure to receive a confirmation is not a valid reason to not attend class. Some classes fill quickly, so early registration is advised.
Course Registration Confirmation and Parking Permits Via Email
Course Registration Confirmation and CES Parking Permits are sent via email upon registration and payment. Duplicate registration confirmation/parking permits are also available from the CES registration office.
To register by mail, complete the PDF registration form. Make your check payable to SDSU or complete the credit card section including expiration date. Mail to: College of Extended Studies Registration, 5250 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-1919.
You will receive a confirmation and receipt by email. If you have not received confirmation by the first day of class, attend class and then confirm your registration with Extended Studies. Failure to receive confirmation is not a valid reason to not attend class. We are not responsible for lost, late, or misdirected mail.
Telephone Registration (not available for Open University)
Register by phone with your Visa, Discover Card, American Express, or MasterCard at (619) 594-5152. You will receive a confirmation and payment receipt by email.
If you have not received confirmation by the first day of class, attend class and then confirm your registration with Extended Studies. Failure to receive a receipt is not a valid reason to not attend class.
All programs offered by the College of Extended Studies are required to be financially self-supporting. Fees for classes and seminars vary with the course offering. Some classes, credit and noncredit, may carry additional costs for field trips, materials, etc. Fees are subject to change without notice.
Fees appear with each course description and are the same for California residents and nonresidents. If paid by check or charge, registration will not be considered complete until payment has been honored by your bank.
A $55 charge will be made for payment returned for any cause ($35 dishonored payment charge; $25 late fee).
Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records
You have the right:
- to inspect and review your records;
- to request inaccurate or misleading information be amended,
- to restrict disclosures of information about you (except as provided by law),
- to file a complaint if we violate your rights, and
- to obtain a copy of our Student Records Policy.
(See "Student Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records" in the SDSU catalog for further information.)
You may Update your personal information: mailing address, telephone number and email prefrences, and password at My CES Gateway. We do not share your email address with other organizations.
Extension and Professional Development Credit
The maximum amount of extension credit which may be accepted toward the minimum requirements for the bachelor's degree is 24 semester units. Extension credit is not counted in satisfaction of the minimum residence requirement. For graduate students, extension courses at San Diego State University may be accepted as fulfilling no more than 30% of the requirements for an advanced degree or advanced certificate, subject to limitations described in the Graduate Bulletin. For more information, contact the Division of Graduate Affairs at email@example.com, visit http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad or call (619) 594-5213.
There is no limit to the number of certificate courses you may take. However, courses numbered 01 through 79 are professional advancement units offered to meet specific academic needs. Courses 01 through 49 are designated as lower division and 50 through 79 are designated as upper division. It is the prerogative of the academic department/college to determine if 01 through 79 level courses are applicable to a major, a minor, or toward specified electives. These courses are not acceptable toward advanced degree programs. All records of certificate credit are kept by the SDSU Office of the Registrar.
Special session course credit is resident credit and may be applied toward SDSU degree requirements. For undergraduate degrees, no more than 24 units may be taken prior to admission to SDSU; for advanced degrees or advanced certificates, no more than 30% of the program of study may be taken prior to matriculation. For more information, contact the Division of Graduate Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad or call (619) 594-5213. Once you are matriculated, there is no limit to the number of special session courses you may take. Consult your advisor about the applicability of a specific course. Special session grades are included in the student's SDSU scholastic average. All records of special session credit are kept by the SDSU Office of the Registrar.
Noncredit courses receive no academic credit and are used for personal enrichment only. We cannot confirm completion of noncredit courses. If you plan to ask your instructor for verification of participation, you must attend all sessions and complete all assignments.
Continuing Education Units
The College of Extended Studies awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to persons enrolled in, and completing certain noncredit programs. One continuing education unit is defined as ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.
The primary purpose of the CEU is to provide a permanent record of the educational accomplishments of an individual who has completed a noncredit educational program. This record can be used to give employers and professional associations and societies a uniform measure of short-term educational programs completed by an individual. CEUs are not academic units and cannot be applied to degree work at institutions of higher education.
Open University Course Credit
Open University course credit is nonmatriculated resident credit. Students who have not been admitted to the University will still receive resident credit. Twenty-four units of Open University credit may be applied toward an SDSU undergraduate degree. For graduate students, not more than 30% of coursework taken in Open University prior to admission to an advanced degree or advanced certificate are acceptable on a program of study. For more information, contact the Division of Graduate Affairs at email@example.com, visit http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad or call (619) 594-5213.
Grading Procedures/Auditing and CR/NC
Auditors must pay the same fee as those taking the course for credit but will not be required to take examinations and will not receive a final grade. You may change from credit to audit, or letter grade to CR/NC, only during the first half of a credit course. To change status, complete an audit card at the College of Extended Studies registration office. Classes offered credit/no credit only may not be taken for a letter grade. For Open University grade change deadlines see Open University Registration Information.
Only a limited number of extension credits may be applied toward a teaching credential. If you need assistance in your choice of courses, contact the College of Education. While most extension courses are acceptable toward teachers' salary advancement requirements, teachers should contact their district office regarding the applicability of specific courses.
Courses numbered TE X-397 or ED X997 are not acceptable for degree or credential pattern requirements but may be used as in-service credits only.
Courses numbered 80-99 are non-baccalaureate level and are not acceptable for a bachelor's degree or general education requirement. Those numbered 100 through 299 are lower division (freshman and sophomore years); those numbered 300 through 499 are upper division (junior and senior years) and are intended for undergraduates. Those numbered 500 through 599 are upper division and also apply to advanced degrees when taken by students admitted to graduate standing. Those numbered 600 through 799 are strictly graduate courses; those numbered 800 through 899 are doctoral courses. Course numbers at the 900 level are reserved for graduate courses in certain professional curricula as part of advanced certificate, credential, and licensure programs and are specifically intended for students admitted to the University with postbaccalaureate classified standing.
Courses numbered at the 900 level are not applicable to other graduate programs. Courses numbered 01 through 79, 397, and 997 are professional advancement units offered only through extension to meet specific academic needs of community groups.
Courses 01 through 49 are designated as lower division and 50 through 79 and 397 are designated as upper division. It is the prerogative of the academic department/college to determine if 01 through 79 level courses are applicable to a major, a minor, or toward specified electives. The 01 through 79 level courses are offered in conjunction with certificate programs only. Courses at the 01 through 79 level are not acceptable on advanced degree programs. Courses offered as 397 and 997 are not acceptable toward an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Extended Studies students who eventually plan to pursue an undergraduate degree at SDSU should consult the sponsoring academic department to ascertain the applicability of 01 through 79 level courses offered in any certificate program toward their proposed course of study.
Transcripts (for credit courses only)
All transcripts come from the SDSU Office of the Registrar. To obtain an official transcript, order online via the SDSU Web Portal at sdsu.edu/webportal. The fee for each transcript is $10. On Demand transcripts can be obtained in person at the SDSU Office of the Registrar for a cost of $20 each. If you have taken extension courses, indicate this on your request. Unofficial transcripts are available free on SDSU Web Portal.
Enrollment Verifications (credit and noncredit courses)
To request an enrollment verification, complete the CES enrollment verification request form and mail or fax to the College of Extended Studies registration office at (619) 594-0147. Please allow 10 business day to process the request.
If your check or charge is returned by the bank for any reason, the cashier's office will send a letter requesting payment for the amount of the original dishonored item plus a $35 dishonored payment charge. A $25 late fee will also be charged if applicable. The student has five days to pay the amount in cash, cashier's check, or money order to the cashier's office. Nonpayment of fees may result in cancellation of your registration and/or withholding of further services until all financial liabilities have been met. The state has the authority to withhold amounts owed to the University from any future state tax refund to which you may be entitled.
Students who have had checks returned may also be prohibited from writing checks in the future. If you have previously had a dishonored check, no personal checks, even from another person, are acceptable on your behalf.
Parking Fee Refunds
For the SDSU parking fee refund schedule, see the SDSU catalog. Refunds can be obtained at either the University or the CES cashier's offices. The amount of refund is rounded down to the nearest dollar. No refund is made for amounts of less than $10. Refunds may be applied against other amounts due the University.
Veterans Administration Benefits
All veterans must certify that they are aware that any registration changes may alter the payments the VA will award, and understand that they will be liable for any overpayment which they may receive from the Veterans Administration.
>> Veteran Education Benefits Responsibility Sheet
Regardless of citizenship, all nonmatriculated international students (nonresidents) from non-English speaking countries registering for College of Extended Studies programs, must present a score of 550 or higher (using the paper version) or 213 or higher (using the computer version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Within the College of Extended Studies, I-20 forms may only be issued to eligible students enrolled in the American Language Institute (ALI).
CSU Accreditation/State Authorizations/Complaint Process
California State University is accredited by the Senior College Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). California State University monitors developments in state laws in every state. If authorization or licensure is necessary or becomes necessary, California State University will seek out the required additional approvals. Pursuant to the United States Department of Education's Program Integrity Rule, each institution of higher education is required to provide all prospective and current students with the contact information for the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state. For more information see www.calstate.edu/acadAff/state-regulatory-authorizations.
SDSU Nondiscrimination Policy
The Office of the Ombudsman, (619) 594-6578, and the Office of Employee Relations and Compliance, (619) 594-6464, have been designated to coordinate the efforts of SDSU to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on these bases.
Race, Color, Ethnicity, National Origin, Age, and Religion
The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, or religion in its programs and activities, including admission and access. Federal and state laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Equity in Higher Education Act, prohibit such discrimination.
The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs and activities, including admission and access. Federal and state laws, including sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, prohibit such discrimination. Students should address inquiries concerning San Diego State University’s compliance with all relevant disability laws to the director of Student Disability Services (SDS), Calpulli Center, Room 3101, San Diego State University, CA 92182, or call (619) 594-6473 (TDD: 619-594-2929).
Sex/Gender/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities, including admission and access. Federal and state laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibit such discrimination. The California State University is committed to providing equal opportunities to male and female CSU students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics.
Discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Act. Sexual harassment refers to the unwanted imposition of sexual attention, usually in the context of a relationship of unequal power, rank, or status, as well as the use of one’s position of authority in the university to bestow benefits or impose deprivations on another. This policy applies equally to all students, faculty, and staff. Sexual harassment, or other harassment based on a person’s "protected status" includes verbal, nonverbal, and/or physical conduct that has the intent or effect of unreasonable interference with individuals’ or groups’ education or work performance. This may also include actions that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, or learning environment. Both men and women can be the victims of sexual harassment or harassment based on a "protected status."
Complaints Alleging Discrimination and/or Harassment
Students, faculty, and staff who believe they are victims of discrimination and/or harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, should contact the Office of Employee Relations and Compliance, (619) 594-6464. The staff can explain the complaint procedures available to students, faculty, and staff on our campus. Students, faculty, and staff may also contact Jessica Rentto, SDSU Title IX coordinator and associate vice president for administration, located in Administration, Room 320, (619) 594-6017, firstname.lastname@example.org. University policy, as well as state and federal law, prohibits retaliation against an individual who files a complaint of discrimination or harassment or who participates in the investigation of such a complaint. More detailed information regarding SDSU nondiscrimination policies and instructions on filing a complaint can be found at http://oerc.sdsu.edu.
Inquiries Concerning Compliance
Inquiries concerning compliance or the application of these laws to programs and activities of SDSU may be referred to the specific campus officer(s) identified above or to the Regional Director of the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education, 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200, San Francisco, CA 94105.
The College of Extended Studies manages the following Foundation programs: Professional Development, American Language Institute, and the annual Writers' Conference.