How To Register

How to Register

Enrollment through Open University is on a space-available basis with the consent of the instructor and the academic department.

The Open University Registration Form will be available one week prior to the start of each term (Fall, Spring, Summer). The Open University registration form is available here and can also be obtained in The College of Professional and Global Education, Enrollment Services office, located in the University Student Union, Room 105.

Registration Fee

$320 per unit

Applying Credit Toward a Degree 

Bachelor's Degree Programs Master's Degree Programs
Up to 24 credits earned through Open University may be applied toward a bachelor's degree program. Up to 9 credits earned through Open University may be applied toward a master's degree and/or credential program with department pre-approval. 
  • Students may take up to 18 credits per semester, but they may not enroll in directed or independent study, research, thesis, field work, cooperative education courses, or courses with the suffix R.
  • Students planning to enroll in graduate courses (5000-level) must obtain a memo from the appropriate department chair authorizing the enrollment and submit it to the PaGE Enrollment Services Office, University Student Union, Room 105.
  • Students who have been formally admitted to the university must be on inactive status for at least one semester before they may attend Open University. This requirement applies to disqualified, out-of-state, international, and resident students.
  • Open University students must also comply with university and department regulations regarding prerequisites, withdrawals, grading and student conduct.

Purchasing Course Materials

To purchase Open University course materials, please visit the University Bookstore

Drops/Withdrawals

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses through Open University are entitled to a refund when they follow the campus-established procedures to drop classes or withdraw from courses as outlined below.

The Petiiton to Withdraw (drop form) may be obtained from any department office or from the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) Enrollment Services located in the University Student Union, Room 105. Appropriate instructor and department chair (as needed) signatures are required.

Students who drop a course or withdraw after the start of the semester will receive a pro-rated refund of registration fees. The pro-rated refund is based on the date on which the Course/Program Withdrawal and Request for Refund Form is received in the College office.

Students who withdraw after the twelfth week of the semester will not be eligible to receive a refund of registration fees and will be responsible for 100% of fees for the term.

A $10.00 administrative fee will be withheld from all refunds unless withdrawal is the result of a campus regulation, compulsory military service, disability, death of the student or class cancellation by the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE).

Refund checks will be mailed to the address noted on the Course/Program Withdrawal and Request for Refund Form. The refund checks are mailed approximately four to six weeks after the request is received by the College. See the Open University Registration Form for refund deadline dates. For Daily Refund Proration Table details, please visit the Disbursement Office.

Refunds 

For established programs, students must drop courses or withdraw before the first day of classes to receive a 100% refund of registration fees less a $10.00 administrative fee. A signed Course/Program Withdrawal and Request for Refund Form dated before the first day of class must be submitted to the PaGE Enrollment Services Center, University Student Union, Room 105 in order to obtain a 100% refund.

Students who drop a course or withdraw from a program after the start of semester will receive a pro-rata refund of registration fees. The pro-rata refund is based on the date on which the Course/Program Withdrawal and Request for Refund Form is received in the PaGE office.

Students who withdraw after the seventh week of the semester will not be eligible to receive a refund of registration fees and will be responsible for 100% of fees for the term.

A $10.00 administrative fee will be withheld from all refunds unless withdrawal is the result of a campus regulation, compulsory military service, disability, death of the student or class cancellation by the College of Professional and Global Education.

Refund checks will be mailed to the address noted on the Course/Program Withdrawal and Request for Refund Form. The refund checks are mailed approximately four to six weeks after the request is received by the College. See Open University Registration Form for refund deadline dates. For Daily Refund Proration Table details, please visit the Disbursement Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can international students take Open University classes and get an I-20?
An international student can take Open University classes, but only if a current I-20 has been issued by another college or university. I-20s are not elgible to be issued with an enrollment via Open University. The normal rules for Open University registration apply (get instructor's signature and department approval stamp for each class).

2. How do I audit Open University courses?
Obtain approval in the Enrollment Services Center for (PaGE), University Student Union, Room 105, before paying fees and no later than the add deadline of any term. Regular attendance is expected, but auditors are not permitted to complete assignments or take examinations.

3. How do I take a traditional graded course for credit/non-credit? 
Fill out the "Request for Nontraditional Grading" form at the Enrollment Services Center for (PaGE), University Student Union, Room 105. Next, get approval from Cal State LA's Office of Enrollment Services at Administration 409. Then pay your fees at the Cashier's Office at Administration 128. Class attendance and participation in exams are required.

Transcripts

In Person: Transcript Order Forms are available in the Records Office, Administration Builiding, Room 409. 

Payments can be made by check or in the Cashiers Office, Administration 128.

By Mail: 

Students unable to obtain a transcript in person may order via written letter or the downloadable Transcript Request Form. The letter must include the following: 

  • Full name of the student used while in attendance at Cal State LA
  • Student Identification Number
  • Student's birth date
  • Dates of attendance
  • Return address
  • Address to send transcript(s)
  • Any special conditions required prior to having the transcript sent (e.g.: inclusion of current term in progress grades or verification of a degree just awarded, etc.).

The completed Transcript Request form or letter, which must be signed by the student, must be mailed with the appropriate fee to:

Cashier's Office Cal State LA  | 5151 State University Drive  | Los Angeles, CA 90032.

Cost of Transcripts: 

Transcript  Cost
First Single Transcript  $4.00
Additional 2-10 Copies $2.00 Per Additional Copy
11+ Copies $1.00 Per Additional Copy Beyond 10 

Please make checks payable to:

California State University, Los Angeles.  Note: Transcripts are not issued until all outstanding accounts with the University are paid.

Additional Information
Most official transcripts are distributed within the week after receipt of the request. However, requests that specify inclusion of grades just earned or verification of a degree just awarded cannot be filled until two to three weeks after the end of the term. Students may provide a pre-paid Express Mail envelope with the request to expedite the mailing process.

All official transcripts are mailed to the address designated on the Transcript Request form or letter. All transcripts received by students are marked "Issued to Student" and may not be considered official by other educational institutions. In addition, employers and other businesses may not consider these transcripts official if the seal on the mailing envelope is broken. Students must specify in their request form or letter if they desire transcripts to be sent in separate sealed envelopes.

Parking

For information about parking on campus, please visit Cal State LA Parking Information.

Contact Information

For more information, visit the Enrollment Services Office for the College of Professional and Global Education, located in the University-Student Union,1st floor, Room 105 or call (323) 343-4900.

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday:  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone:  (323) 343-4900