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January 20, 2006
DH 06 RH03
Contact: Russ Hudson,
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Senior Citizens Can Take Class at CSUDH for only $3.50

Carson, CA—In a move to make higher education more obtainable to the area’s senior citizens and to make use of any unused 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 by the university’s Academic Affairs office to offer classes in this way during the spring semester, which has just started. If the response is good enough, said CSUDH Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Allen Mori, then it could continue.

Although regular registration closed Jan. 20, late registration runs for another three weeks. Flyers have been circulated in the community explaining the program. With the flyers is an application form. The flyers also give the Web address to access more information on the program, to see the catalog, and to see an electronic version of the application: http://www.csudh.edu/spr06.  

“Any class on the campus that has a seat available is open to senior citizens under this program,” said Tracey Haney of Academic Programs. “The only restriction is if a class requires a prerequisite class that the senior hasn’t fulfilled. Which classes need prerequisites will be in the class schedules in the catalog.”

For those who don’t have Internet access, or who have any other questions, there is a telephone number on the flyers to call, (310) 243-3308. Arrangements can be made to obtain printed catalogs, Haney says.

“Basically, what they would do is complete the top part of the application, then go online—or to the printed version of the catalog—to look at the class schedule to see if there is a class they like. Then they would put down the information on the class they would like to take. It’s a basic application,” Haney says.  “It pretty much asks only for name, address, Social Security number and contact information, then the name, number, and department of the course, which is in the class schedule.”

Once filled out, 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. The university’s Admissions and Records department will check to see if there is still room in the course and, if there is, will contact the senior to let them know that 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: “That means later, if they want to get a degree, these courses can count toward the degree.” There are some limits, but the seniors can opt to take a course as pass/fail rather than for a grade. “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.

Haney said there is also 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.

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Last updated January 23, 2006, 8:20 a.m.,
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