Can Take Class at CSUDH
for only $3.50
In a move to make higher education
more obtainable to the area’s
senior citizens and to help fill any empty classroom
seats, California State University, Dominguez Hills
is offering a seat in almost any class during this
spring semester that has a vacant one for only $3.50.
In addition, the application form and registration
process has been kept simple.
The plan was approved Jan.
19 to offer classes during the spring semester, which
has just started. If the response is favorable,
according to CSUDH Provost and Vice President
of Academic Affairs Allen Mori, then
Although registration closed Jan.
20, late registration runs for another three weeks.
Flyers are being circulated in the community explaining
the program. With the flyer is an application form.
The flyers also provide Web addresses to access
more information on the program and to see electronic
versions of the application.
“Any class on the campus that
has a seat available is open to senior citizens under
this program,” said Tracey
Haney, office manager, Academic Programs. “The
only restriction is if a class requires a prerequisite
that the senior hasn’t fulfilled. Classes
need prerequisites will be in the class schedules in
The catalogs are available online
and the flyers provide the Web address, http://www.csudh.edu/spr06.
To those who don’t have Internet access, or have
any other questions, there is a telephone number on
the flyers to call. Arrangements to provide printed
catalogs can be made, Haney adds.
“Basically, what they would do is complete the
top part of the application, then go online to look
at the class schedule in the catalog to see if there
is anything they’d like to take. It’s a basic application, pretty much
asking only for name, address, Social Security number
and contact information, then the course information.”
Once completed, the application should
be sent in along with the $3.50 per course. The address
to send it to is at the bottom of the application.
Admissions and Records will check to see if there is
still room in the course and, if there is, will contact
the seniors to let them know they can get in and what
they should do next.
“I should add that since we are now in the late
registration phase, anyone accepted into a class will
have to go to the class and get a Late Access Registration
Number,” Haney explains. “When they get
the number they’ll also be told where to take
it so they can lock in the registration for the class,
and that’s it.”
The courses, Haney says, will
count for credit. There are limits, but the seniors
can opt to take a course as pass/fail (or, credit/no
credit). “They can
do that with a certain number and types of general
education courses, but not with courses that are specifically
for a major,” Haney points out. “So, if
they later decide to really fully apply to Dominguez
Hills for a degree, they’ll want those courses
to count as credit, which means they’ll have
to take them for a grade.”
Haney said there is a fee-waiver program for senior
citizens who want to earn a degree that has been in
place for some time. A senior who fully applies to
the university to work for a degree can take as many
as two courses a semester for only $3.
The flyer lists Haney as the primary contact for more
information: (310) 243-3308, or firstname.lastname@example.org.