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Online Course Format

Online term-based courses provide the dynamic experience of a traditional class with the flexibility of a web-based environment. Most of your interactions with the instructor and other students will be online through CU-Boulder’s online learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L). Each online course is unique and may contain any combination of assignments including reading, writing, online quizzes, and discussion posts.

Some of our online courses are self-paced with set time limits for assignments and exams, and other courses follow set dates typical of a semester calendar as term-based courses.

Term-based Courses

Students in online term-based courses interact with instructors and fellow students asynchronously through weekly assignments, activities, and discussions. Term-based courses follow structured academic calendars and holiday schedules in full-semester, 10-week, and 7-week sessions. Courses may have unique start and end dates, drop deadlines, and refund schedules listed under dates and deadlines.

Time Commitment

You should plan to spend the same number of hours actively participating online as you would if you attended a traditional course. For example, if a course is 3 credit hours, you should expect 3 hours of online interaction per week. In addition, plan on 2 hours of course work per semester hour to account for the time it takes to complete reading and writing assignments.

Self-paced Courses

Self-paced online courses offer flexibility so you can fit course work into your schedule. Enroll any time and finish in less than a semester or up to 6 months. You take exams and finish projects when you have time to focus on them as long as it fits the course time limits and deadlines.

Time Commitment

You must allow a minimum of 2 weeks of study for each credit hour assigned. For example, 6 weeks are required for a 3 credit course. Each instructor has determined the number of assignments allowed in a time period, generally no more than 2 assignments in a 7-day period.

Accessing Online Courses

Go to Desire2Learn (D2L) and follow the instructions to access your online course. You will need to have an IdentiKey username and password to log in.

Please note: for online courses, it takes 48 hours from the time you enroll before your course will be available to you on D2L. If you enroll in a term-based course, you will have access two days before the course start date.

Academic Advising

Our academic advisors can help you plan your course of study and your schedule. We help main campus students looking for a way to earn credits and stay on schedule to graduate, former students interested in completing their degrees, new students focused on earning college credits without interrupting work and family schedules, and more.

No matter the situation, we are committed to helping you explore your educational goals.

Schedule an appointment with our Academic Advisors.

Online Composition Hub

The Online Composition Hub is a free tutoring service for Continuing Education students. Using online tools, the Online Composition Hub provides access to experienced, student tutors.

Tutors specialize in helping students with traditional papers, but they can assist with web design, video, blogging, Prezi, PowerPoint, and other projects. Professional materials, such as resumes, cover letters, applications, and research projects, are also acceptable.

Visit the Online Composition Hub website for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid Advising

Students enrolled in university credit courses through Continuing Education may be eligible for financial assistance. Continuing Education has a financial aid advisor to assist you in exploring all the options available to you, whether you are a degree or nondegree student.

Detailed information about how to receive federal financial aid is available on the CU-Boulder Financial Aid website.

Schedule an appointment with our Financial Aid Advisor.

Email questions to our Financial Aid Advisor at cefinaid@colorado.edu.

Eligibility to Enroll in Credit Courses

You need a high school diploma or GED to enroll in credit courses. If you are under 22 years of age as of Sept. 15 for fall or Jan. 15 for spring and not officially admitted or enrolled in a CU-Boulder degree program, you must meet criteria similar to those of freshmen entering the university. To determine your eligibility to take credit classes, you must meet (by phone or in person) with a Continuing Education academic advisor and provide copies of your high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. If you are 22 years old or older, bring proof of your high school diploma or GED.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Individuals with University of Colorado service indicators (financial stops) may not enroll. Students on academic probation/suspension/dismissal from the Boulder campus may only enroll in Continuing Education programs approved by their school or college. More about probation and suspension.

Enrollment for Current Students

If you are currently a degree-seeking student and you have enrolled in a CU-Boulder course within the past 12 months, you are automatically enabled to enroll for Continuing Education courses through MyCUInfo.colorado.edu, the CU-Boulder student portal.

If you are nondegree student, you must use Self Term Activation in MyCUInfo before enrolling or contact our office to be term activated. You can term activate by clicking on “Term Information” in the Student Center once you have logged into MyCUInfo.

Enrollment for New Students

If you are new to CU and have never enrolled in credit courses, complete and submit the Online Enrollment Application for Continuing Education. You can also download the Enrollment Registration PDF and fax, mail, or deliver it in person. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.

Note: if you already have a bachelor’s degree and intend to take undergraduate courses, you must choose “Undergraduate” as your status on the application. Otherwise you will be charged the graduate tuition rate and will not be eligible to use the College Opportunity Fund.

If approved, you will receive a student identification number to activate your Identikey and search/enroll in courses via MyCUInfo.

Enrollment for Former CU Students

Former Degree Students

If more than 12 months has passed since you enrolled in a CU-Boulder course but you were previously admitted to a degree program at CU, download the Enrollment Registration PDF and fax, mail, or deliver it in person. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.

Former Nondegree Students

If you were a nondegree student while you were previously taking courses at CU-Boulder, complete and submit the Online Enrollment Application or download the Enrollment Registration PDF and fax, mail, or deliver it in person. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.

If approved, you will receive a student identification number to activate your Identikey and search/enroll in courses via MyCUInfo.

MyCUInfo and IdentiKey

MyCUInfo is the online campus portal and an important tool. It gives you access to credit course enrollment, your CU student email account, campus announcements, semester schedule, tuition bill, book lists, clicker registration, posted assignments, your final grades, and more.

You’ll need an Identikey, or a unique username, to log in to and access MyCUInfo. An Identikey allows you to register for CU courses and provides you with access to online services and campus computing facilities. Use your student identification number to activate your IdentiKey at cuidm.colorado.edu.

If you have questions, contact us at ceregistration@colorado.edu or 303-492-5148.

Enrollment Restrictions for Self-paced Courses

Students from CU’s College of Arts and Sciences, Journalism and Mass Communication Program, and the Leeds School of Business are only allowed to be enrolled in two self-paced courses at a time. After completing one or both of your courses, you may register for more, as long as you are active in only two courses at a time. It is your responsibility to see that you are not enrolled in more than the permitted number of courses.

Add, Drop, and Withdrawal Info

Enrolled students must add or drop courses by the dates and deadlines listed in their program’s academic calendar. You may add, drop, or withdraw via MyCUInfo, at our office at 1505 University Avenue, Boulder, or by email at ceregistration@colorado.edu.

If you fail to drop by the deadline you may receive a grade of F and you may be liable for any tuition and fees. You may withdraw from a credit course after the published drop deadline. Withdrawals will result in a W on your academic record.

Online Term-based Academic Calendar

Fall 2015

Full Session (14 weeks)
Aug 31 Full Session Classes Begin
Sept 8 Add/Waitlist Deadline
Sept 15 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment*
Sept 25 Tuition Due
Sept 29 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment*
Oct 13 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment*
Nov 5 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
Dec 7 Deadline to Add With Instructor’s Signature
Dec 11 Course Ends
10-week Session
Sept 14 10-week Classes Begin
Sept 21 Add/Waitlist Deadline
Sept 28 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment*
Sept 25 Tuition Due
Oct 5 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment*
Oct 12 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment*
Oct 30 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
Nov 16 Deadline to Add With Instructor’s Signature
Nov 20 Course End
Session 1 (7 weeks)
Aug 31 Session 1 Classes Begin
Sept 2 Add/Waitlist Deadline
Sept 8 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment*
Sept 25 Tuition Due
Sept 15 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment*
Sept 22 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment*
Oct 2 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
Oct 12 Deadline to Add With Instructor’s Signature
Oct 16 Course Ends
Session 2 (7 weeks)
Oct 19 Session 2 Classes Begin
Oct 21 Add/Waitlist Deadline
Oct 26 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment*
Nov 5 Tuition Due
Nov 2 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment*
Nov 9 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment*
Nov 20 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
Dec 7 Deadline to Add With Instructor’s Signature
Dec 11 Course Ends

* Students may be eligibility for a possible tuition adjustment or refund.

** Withdraw by 11:59 p.m. online using MyCUInfo or 5 p.m. in person or by email to ceregistration@colorado.edu. A grade of W will appear on your transcript.

^ Petitioning is designed to provide students who experience unavoidable, extenuating circumstances, the opportunity to waive a University policy that, if enforced, would result in unsatisfactory academic progress or financial consequences.

Click below to view the Online Term-based Academic Calendar for Summer 2015

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Summer 2015

Full Session (10 weeks)
June 1 Full Session Classes Begin
June 10 Add/Waitlist Deadline
June 10 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment*
June 5 Tuition Due
June 17 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment*
June 24 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment*
June 27 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
Aug 4 Deadline to Add With Instructor’s Signature
Aug 7 Course Ends
8-week Session
June 1 8-week Classes Begin
June 8 Add/Waitlist Deadline
June 8 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment*
June 5 Tuition Due
June 15 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment*
June 22 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment*
July 2 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
July 21 Deadline to Add With Instructor’s Signature
July 24 Course End
Session 1 (5 weeks)
June 1 Session 1 Classes Begin
June 4 Add/Waitlist Deadline
June 4 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment*
June 5 Tuition Due
June 11 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment*
June 18 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment*
June 19 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
June 29 Deadline to Add With Instructor’s Signature
July 2 Course Ends
Session 2 (5 weeks)
July 7 Session 2 Classes Begin
July 10 Add/Waitlist Deadline
July 10 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment*
July 5 Tuition Due
July 17 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment*
July 24 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment*
July 27 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
Aug 4 Deadline to Add With Instructor’s Signature
Aug 7 Course Ends

Continuing Education Important Dates

Fall 2015

March 30 Fall Enrollment Begins
Aug 24 Self-paced Online Course Enrollment Begins
Aug 24 Main Campus Classes Begin
Aug 28 Nontraditional Student Scholarship Deadline
Aug 31 Continuing Education Classes Begin
Sept 7 Labor Day Holiday (University Closed)
Sept 25 Fall Tuition Due
Nov 23-25 Fall Break (No classes)
Nov 26-27 Thanksgiving Holiday (University Closed)
Dec 19 Commencement

Click below to view important dates for Summer 2015

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Summer 2015

March 9 Summer Enrollment Begins
May 11 Self-paced Online Course Enrollment Begins
May 11 Main Campus Classes Begin
May 15 Nontraditional Student Scholarship Deadline
May 25 Memorial Day Holiday (University Closed)
June 2 Continuing Education Classes Begin
June 5 Summer Tuition Due
July 3 Independence Day Holiday (University Closed)
Aug 20 Commencement
No Summer Ceremony. Official summer graduation date is Aug. 20.

Self-paced Online Courses Time Limits and Deadlines

You must complete a self-paced online course within 6 months of your enrollment date.

If you need a grade posted to your transcript by graduation or another specific date, you must give your instructor sufficient time to grade your work. Plan to have all written assignments completed and the final examination completed at least 5 weeks before you need the credit on a transcript. Please remember you are not the only person taking the course. Only 1 unit of work may be submitted during a 1-week period. Permission to work faster must be secured by the supervisor from the instructor/grader.

Dropping a Self-paced Course

You may drop the course and receive a full tuition refund within 40 calendar days of registration without any mark on your transcript. You are allowed one drop/transfer to a different course within 40 calendar days. If you do not complete your course within the time limit, you must formally withdraw before the expiration date to receive a W on your transcript. If you do not withdraw before the expiration date, you will receive an F. You may submit a withdrawal request in writing or send an email to cewww@colorado.edu.

Extensions for Self-paced Courses

You will not be notified when your self-paced course is about to expire, and it is your responsibility to keep track of your course expiration date. Self-paced online courses may be extended for an additional 6 months for an extension fee of $65 per credit hour. Requests for course extensions must be received before the expiration date or within a 40-day grace period for an additional $10 course reinstatement fee. You may either mail a written request with a check to the Continuing Education office or call to extend your course over the phone with a credit card. Only one extension is allowed.

If you register for an extension, you will be enrolled in a separate extension section of the class. You will receive a grade of “Withdrawal” in the original section of the class and an “Incomplete” on your record in the extension section. The I will be replaced by the letter grade once you complete the course, but the W stays on your transcript.

Students on academic suspension need to have at least 50% of the coursework completed to be eligible for an extension. If you do not have at least 50% of the coursework completed, you need to withdraw from the course to avoid receiving an F.

Petitions for Additional Time

If you do not complete a class before your extension expires due to unavoidable, extenuating circumstances, you may file a petition for additional time to complete the class and you must furnish documentation demonstrating your need for additional time. The petition committee uses the same standards for granting and denying petitions as the main campus.

Online Credit Tuition Rates

Online Credit tuition is assessed at a per-credit hour rate in addition to any tuition paid on campus. A single rate is charged regardless of a student’s in-state or out-of-state classification.

Summer 2015 Fall 2015-Spring 2016
Credit Hours Undergraduate Graduate Credit Hours Undergraduate Graduate
1 $366 $466 1 $377 $480
2 $732 $932 2 $754 $960
3 $1,098 $1,398 3 $1,131 $1,440
4 $1,464 $1,864 4 $1,508 $1,920
5 $1,830 $2,330 5 $1,885 $2,400
6 $2,196 $2,796 6 $2,262 $2,880
7 $2,562 $3,262 7 $2,639 $3,360
8 $2,928 $3,728 8 $3,016 $3,840
9 $3,294 $4,194 9 $3,393 $4,320
10 $3,660 10 $3,770
11 $4,026 11 $4,147
12 $4,392 12 $4,524
13 $4,758 13 $4,901
14 $5,124 14 $5,278

The Board of Regents reserves the right to change the tuition and fee rates at any time.

Tuition Policy

You will be billed for your Continuing Education registration. Bills are available through MyCUInfo. A 1% service charge is added to an unpaid balance after the tuition due date, and a financial stop is placed on your student record. All tuition and refund determinations are subject to audit.

Current CU-Boulder Students:

Nondegree students:

  • Evening, Online, and Applied Music tuition is charged in addition to ACCESS rates when enrolled in both programs concurrently.

Discounts

CU Employee Discounts

University of Colorado faculty, staff, professional researchers, and retirees from any of the CU campuses, including the CU System, are eligible for the following program discounts:

• The International English Center offers a 25% discount.
• The Evening Credit program offers a 50% discount.
• Applied Music and Online Credit programs offer a 20% discount on all courses with the exception of term-based WRTG courses.

Please note that faculty, staff, and professional researchers must be at least half-time and need to provide a printed copy of their “job list” from Peoplesoft or some equivalent form of documentation when requesting a discount.

Alumni Discounts

Alumni Association members receive a 10% discount off in-state tuition for one Continuing Education courses. For more information call 303-492-5148.

Offered in partnership with the University of Colorado’s Alumni Association. Members of the HERD and “New Graduate Members” are not eligible for this discount.

Other Discounts

The International English Center offers a 25% discount for the spouses and children of current degree-seeking students.

Science Discovery offers a 10% discount to the children of CU faculty, staff, and students.

Student Fees

ACCESS and Summer Session

Any student enrolled in the ACCESS program or Summer Session as a nondegree student will be assessed full mandatory fees per the campus fee schedule. These fees give students access to the RTD bus system and other campus services.

Evening and Online Credit

Denver-metro area Continuing Education students who are enrolled in Evening or Online Credit courses may elect to purchase an optional student fee packages to obtain additional resources. Main campus students who enroll in Evening and Online Credit courses do not need to opt in or pay additional fees.

To purchase a student fee package email cebursar@colorado.edu or visit Continuing Education at 1505 University Avenue. Payment is required at the time the student fee packaged is purchased. In addition, students must also purchase a BuffOne ID card. BuffOne cards can be purchased for $30 in room N180 of the Center for Community (C4C), just east of Regent Hall. Visit www.buffonecard.com for more information.

Fall and Spring Semesters

The 2014-2015 cost is $498.80 per semester and includes the Student Activity Fee, an RTD bus pass, and access to the Student Recreation Center. Students can elect to pay an additional $28.50 to support intercollegiate athletics.

Summer Semester

The Summer 2015 rates are based on the term in which you are enrolled and include the Student Activity Fee, Student Recreation Center Fee, and RTD bus pass.

Five-week terms: $212.98
Seven and eight-week terms: $289.76
Ten-week term: $340.96

Financial Aid Advising

Students enrolled in university credit courses through Continuing Education may be eligible for financial assistance. Continuing Education has a financial aid advisor to assist you in exploring all the options available to you, whether you are a degree or nondegree student.

Detailed information about how to receive federal financial aid is available on the CU-Boulder Financial Aid website.

Schedule an appointment with our Financial Aid Advisor.

Email questions to our Financial Aid Advisor at cefinaid@colorado.edu.

Financial aid for self-paced courses

Students may receive financial aid for self-paced courses, with the following restrictions:

  • For an Independent Learning course to count toward a student’s enrollment status for a semester, the course must be added prior to the add/drop deadline of that semester, based on main campus census dates.
  • Students who receive aid for a self-paced course and drop the course after the census date will receive a “Withdrawn” for that course, even if it is within the 40 days we allow for a drop.
  • Students who do not complete the course within six months and choose to extend will have a double impact to their financial aid eligibility. Both the “Withdrawn” designation and the “Incomplete” designation count against a student’s completion rate.

For more information, visit the CU-Boulder Financial Aid website.

Nontraditional Student Scholarship

Continuing Education offers a Nontraditional Student Scholarship each semester. The maximum award for this scholarship is $850 or 80% of the cost of one course. The award amount is based on available funding and a competitive essay review. The fall 2015 application deadline is August 28, 2015.

Eligible students must be:

  1. Nondegree seeking (not formally admitted to a CU degree program)
  2. Age 22+
  3. Enrolled in courses offered via ACCESS, Boulder Evening Credit, Online Credit, the International English Center, Applied Music, or Career Explorations.

Note: Nondegree students enrolled in Summer Session courses are eligible for a maximum award of $500. Students enrolled in Evening MBA, Engineering Anywhere, Ads A2B, and CUBIC are ineligible for this scholarship.

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