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CE Online Course Format

CE 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 (LMS). 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.

Ongoing Changes to CE Online Term-Based Courses

Spring 2021 Changes
Please note the following changes to Online Credit academic calendar for the spring semester:

  • Online Credit courses will follow the main campus academic calendar. No classes will be held on the two University Wellness days (February 17 and March 25). However, as Online Credit Courses are asynchronous, please check your individual course syllabi for specific schedule changes.
  • Due to differences in the schedule between Continuing Education and main campus, Online Credit courses may overlap with main campus finals. Please plan accordingly and make sure you contact your instructors if you have scheduling conflicts.
  • Spring Online Credit courses will end on April 29, 2021.

Fall 2020 Changes
Please note the following changes to CE Online Credit academic calendar for the fall semester:

  • CE Online Credit term-based courses will NOT follow the main campus academic calendar. Students enrolled in fall CE Online Credit term-based courses may attend class the first three days of fall break (November 23 to 25) at the instructor’s discretion. Check your individual course syllabi and your instructor for schedule specifics.
  • Due to differences in the fall break schedule between Continuing Education and main campus, CE Online Credit term-based courses may overlap with main campus finals. Please plan accordingly and make sure you contact your instructors if you have scheduling conflicts.

CE Term-Based Courses

Students in CE online term-based courses interact with instructors and fellow students asynchronously through weekly assignments, activities, and discussions. CE 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.

CE Online Flexible Courses

CE Online Flexible 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 CE Online Courses

If you have a CU login name and Identikey password, you may access your course directly through the Canvas portal.

If you do not have an Identikey:

  1. IdentiKey Activation: Go to the CU Boulder Identity Manager and click on the “Activate your Identikey” button next to the red arrow on the left hand side of the page and follow the directions on the next pages.
  2. Access your course directly through the Canvas portal using your CU Login and Identikey password.

Please note: It can take up to 48 hours from the time you enroll in a CE online course before the course will be available to you in the learning management system.

If you have questions about online courses, please contact the CE Online Credit Office at cewww@colorado.edu or 303-492-5148.

State Authorization

The University is authorized to offer online education to prospective students residing in any state, however some restrictions still apply. Learn more about current restrictions.

Academic Advising Through Continuing Education

Our academic advisors can help you plan your course of study and schedule. We are here to assist:

  • Current main campus students looking for ways to earn credit and stay on schedule to graduate,
  • Returning students interested in completing their degrees,
  • New students focused on earning college credits without interrupting work and family schedules.

Schedule an appointment with our Academic Advisors. You can also call us at 303-492-5148 or email us at ceadvise@colorado.edu.

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

Online Composition Hub

The Online Composition Hub is a free tutoring service for writing open to students enrolled in Continuing Education Evening and Online Credit courses. The online platform uses tools to help students access experienced, peer tutors who provide guidance and review student work.

Tutors specialize in helping students with traditional papers, but they can also 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.

Tutors and students share assignments via Google Docs. Students have the option of communicating with tutors synchronously—online at the same time as a tutor and talking via chat, Skype, or Google Hangout—or asynchronously—tutors provide feedback within 24 hours of the appointment time.

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.

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

Eligibility to Enroll in Credit Courses

You need a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma 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 provide unofficial copies of your high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. Please fax copies to 303-492-5335 or mail them to us at 1505 University Avenue, 178 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309

In addition, some courses at CU–including mathematics, engineering, language and all graduate-level courses–may be restricted. Proof of completed prerequisites or departmental permission may be required to enroll. Contact an academic advisor with any questions you have about the course(s) you intend to take.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Students with University of Colorado with service indicators (financial, academic, student conduct, etc.) may not be eligible to enroll. Students should contact a Continuing Education academic advisor with questions about academic probation/suspension/dismissal from the Boulder campus. 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 Buff Portal, the CU Boulder student portal.

If you are nondegree student, you must use Self Term Activation in Buff Portal before enrolling or contact our office to be term activated. In order to self-term activate:

  1. Log in to Buff Portal using your IdentiKey.
  2. Open the main menu and search for “term activation.”
  3. Select the term activation card to view it and then follow the link.
  4. Complete the preregistration items, if needed.
  5. Select your nondegree program, then click “Select this row.”
  6. Click “Continue.”
  7. Select the term you’d like to register for then click “Continue.”

You are now term-activated. You will need to term-activate every semester as long as you are a nondegree student.

Enrollment for New Nondegree Students

If you are new to CU as a nondegree student, complete and submit the Enrollment Application for Continuing Education.

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 Buff Portal.

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, you should fill out and submit our CE Readmission form. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.

If you graduated from CU Boulder and wish to enroll in university courses as a nondegree student, complete the Continuing Education Application.

Former Nondegree Students

If less than 12 months has passed since you last enrolled as a nondegree student at CU Boulder, you must term activate yourself before you may enroll in classes. In order to self-term activate:

  1. Log in to Buff Portal.
  2. Open the term activation card, click “Term-activate yourself.”
  3. Complete your preregistration items (if necessary).
  4. On the enrollment dates page, open the main menu and click “Term Information.”
  5. Click “Activate new term for enrollment.”
  6. Find your nondegree program, tick the checkbox to select that row, then click “Continue.”
  7. Select the correct term from the drop-down, then click “Continue.”

You are now term-activated. You will need to term-activate every semester as long as you are a nondegree student.

If more than 12 months has passed since you were enrolled as a nondegree student at CU Boulder, please complete and submit the Enrollment Application.

If approved, you will receive a student identification number to activate your Identikey and search/enroll in courses via the CU Boulder Class Search.

Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Enrollment for CE Online Flexible Courses

Students may enroll in fall CE Online Flexible courses starting on August 24, 2020.

Students may enroll in spring CE Online Flexible courses starting on December 14, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Enrollment Services at ceregistration@colorado.edu or 303-492-5148.

Enrollment Restrictions for CE Online Flexible Courses

Students from CU’s College of Arts and Sciences, College of Media, Communication and Information, and the Leeds School of Business are only allowed to be enrolled in two CE Online Flexible 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.

Buff Portal and IdentiKey

Buff Portal 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, Canvas, your final grades, and more.

You’ll need an Identikey, or a unique username, to log in to and access Buff Portal. 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 identikey.colorado.edu.

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

Ongoing Changes to CE Online Term-Based Courses

Spring 2021 Changes
Please note the following changes to Online Credit academic calendar for the spring semester:

  • Online Credit courses will follow the main campus academic calendar. No classes will be held on the two University Wellness days (February 17 and March 25). However, as Online Credit Courses are asynchronous, please check your individual course syllabi for specific schedule changes.
  • Due to differences in the schedule between Continuing Education and main campus, Online Credit courses may overlap with main campus finals. Please plan accordingly and make sure you contact your instructors if you have scheduling conflicts.
  • Spring Online Credit courses will end on April 29, 2021.

Fall 2020 Changes
Please note the following changes to CE Online Credit academic calendar for the fall semester:

  • CE Online Credit term-based courses will NOT follow the main campus academic calendar. Students enrolled in fall CE Online Credit term-based courses may attend class the first three days of fall break (November 23 to 25) at the instructor’s discretion. Check your individual course syllabi and your instructor for schedule specifics.
  • Due to differences in the fall break schedule between Continuing Education and main campus, CE Online Credit term-based courses may overlap with main campus finals. Please plan accordingly and make sure you contact your instructors if you have scheduling conflicts.

Continuing Education Important Dates

Fall 2020

March 30 Continuing Education Fall Enrollment Begins
Aug 10 ACCESS/Nondegree Registration Begins
Aug 24 CE Online Flexible Enrollment Begins
Aug 31 CE Full Session/Session 1 Classes Begin
Sept 4 Nontraditional Student Fall Scholarship Deadline
Sept 7 Labor Day (University Closed)
Sept 25 Fall Fees Waiver Form Deadline
Sept 28 CE 10-week Session Classes Begin
Oct 16 Session 1 CE Online Credit Courses End
Oct 19 Session 2 CE Online Credit Courses Begin
Nov 26-27 Thanksgiving (University Closed)
Dec 11 CE Full Session/10-week Session and Session 2 Classes End

Spring 2021

Nov 9 Continuing Education Spring Enrollment Begins
Dec 14 CE Online Flexible Enrollment Begins
Jan 11 ACCESS/Nondegree Registration Begins
Jan 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (Campus Closed)
Jan 25 CE Full Session/Session 1 Classes Begin
Jan 29 Nontraditional Student Spring Scholarship Deadline
Feb 17 Wellness Day (No Classes; University Remains Open)
Feb 22 CE 10-week Session Classes Begin
Feb 26 Spring Fees Waiver Form Deadline
Mar 12 Session 1 CE Online Credit Courses End
Mar 15 Session 2 CE Online Credit Courses Begin
Mar 25 Wellness Day (No Classes; University Remains Open)
Apr 30 CE Full Session/10-week Session and Session 2 Classes End

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 Buff Portal 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.

Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Enrollment for CE Online Flexible Courses

Students may enroll in fall CE Online Flexible courses starting on August 24, 2020.

Students may enroll in spring CE Online Flexible courses starting on December 14, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Enrollment Services at ceregistration@colorado.edu or 303-492-5148.

CE Online Flexible Courses Time Limits and Deadlines

You must complete a CE Online Flexible course within 6 months of your enrollment date. You will not be notified when your CE Online Flexible course is about to expire, and it is your responsibility to keep track of your course expiration 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 submitted and the final examination completed at least 5 weeks before you need the credit on a transcript. Please remember that your instructor is working with many other students. Typically only 1 unit of work may be submitted during a 1-week period. The instructor must approve work being completed at an accelerated pace and usually will not be able to accommodate requests to accelerate the grading process.

Deadlines to Change Status in CE Online Flexible Courses

Students in CE Online Flexible courses have 40 days from registration to take any of the following actions:

Dropping a CE Online Flexible Course

If you do not complete your course within the 6-month 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 via email to our Records Department at: CERecords@Colorado.EDU.

Extensions for CE Online Flexible Courses

CE Online Flexible course extension policies have changed effective Fall 2018. Please read the outlined changes below, which vary depending on when you enrolled in a CE Online Flexible course.

Students Enrolled in Fall 2018 Onward
Extensions will no longer be available for enrollments on and after August 27, 2018. If you are unable to complete the course by your completion deadline, you need to withdraw from the course to avoid a grade of F on your transcript.

Students with Extenuating Circumstances
If you have at least 50% of the coursework submitted by your completion deadline and documentation of extenuating circumstances, you may file a petition for a two-month extension. The Petition Committee uses the same standards as the main campus and will contact the course instructor for approval prior to granting or denying your petition.

Contact cewww@colorado.edu for more information or to get your questions answered.

If you are a Continuing Education student with a dismissal hold you wish to petition, please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.

CE Online Credit Tuition Rates

CE 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. The below rates reflect tuition for Continuing Education online classes. For main campus tuition rates, visit the Bursar’s website.

Fall 2020-Spring 2021

Credit Hours Undergraduate Graduate*
1 $427 $620
2 $854 $1,240
3 $1,281 $1,860
4 $1,708 $2,480
5 $2,135 $3,100
6 $2,562 $3,720
7 $2,989 $4,340
8 $3,416 $4,960
9 $3,843 $5,580
10 $4,270
11 $4,697
12 $5,124
13 $5,551
14 $5,978

*These rates do not apply to the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program. Please see MSOL Program Tuition Rates & Fees for more information.

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 Buff Portal. 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:

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

CE Evening Credit and CE Online Credit Student Fees

Denver-metro area nondegree students enrolled in CE Evening Credit or CE Online Credit courses may elect to purchase an optional student fee packages to obtain additional resources. Main campus degree-seeking students enrolled in a combination of main campus and CE Evening Credit / CE Online Credit courses do not need to opt in or pay additional fees. However, main campus degree-seeking students exclusively enrolled in CE Evening Credit and CE Online Credit courses will be charged the student fees package if enrolled in 6 or more credits.

Complete the student fee package request form. Please see the rates below for the current cost of the student fee package before submitting your request. You can call 303-492-2212 with questions or for more information.

Payment is required at the time the student fee package 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.

Fees for Fall 2020-Spring 2021

The 2020-2021 cost is $488.69 per semester and includes the Student Activity Fee, Bikes Program Fee, Transit Fee, Career Service Fee, and access to the Student Recreation Center. Students can elect to pay an additional $28.50 to support intercollegiate athletics.

Discounts

CU Employee Discounts

Continuing Education offers the following discounts to University of Colorado staff.

Class Discounts

Current and retired staff from any of the CU campuses, including the CU System, are eligible for tuition discounts for classes offered through the following programs:

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

University of Colorado faculty, staff, professional researchers must be employed at least half-time and are required to provide a printed copy of their “job list” from Peoplesoft or some equivalent form of documentation when requesting a discount.

Degree Discount

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program offers a 40% tuition discount to permanent, full-time staff of CU Boulder. Contact us for more information.


Alumni Discounts

Alumni Association members receive a 10% discount off in-state tuition for one Continuing Education course (excluding the MSOL Program). 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 CU faculty, CU staff, and current degree-seeking students.

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

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.

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

Financial Aid for CE Online Flexible Courses

Students may receive financial aid for CE Online Flexible courses, with the following restrictions:

  • For a CE Online Credit 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 CE Online Flexible 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.

Nondegree Student Scholarships

Continuing Education offers scholarships for nondegree students.

Application and Award Process

  • Submit the appropriate application along with a minimum-250 word essay addressing your past educational history, your future goals, and the way in which the scholarship will assist you in meeting those goals.
  • The award amount is based on available funding and a competitive essay review.
  • Awardees will be notified via the email given on the application.

If you have any questions or are unable to log into the appropriate application form, please contact us at ceadvise@colorado.edu.

Nontraditional Student Fall & Spring Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Nondegree student at CU Boulder (not formally admitted to a degree program)
  • Must be enrolled in courses for credit offered through main campus, CE Evening Credit, CE Online Credit, Applied Music, or non-credit courses through the International English Center
  • Must be 22 years or older

Scholarship Details

  • The maximum award for the scholarship is $1,000, not to exceed 80% of the resident tuition rate of a three-credit course.
  • Students may be awarded a Continuing Education scholarship only once during their time as a nondegree student.
  • Scholarships offered through CE are classified as general fund (i.e. compatible with VA benefits).

The fall 2020 application deadline is September 4, 2020.

The spring 2021 application deadline is January 29, 2021.

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Nontraditional Student Summer Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Must be a nondegree student (not formally admitted to a CU Boulder degree program)
  • Must be enrolled in courses for credit offered through CE Online Credit or the International English Center
  • Must be 22 years old or older

Scholarship Details

  • The maximum award for the scholarship is 80% of the tuition rate of a three-credit course, with a maximum of $1,000.
  • Students may be awarded Continuing Education scholarship only once during their time as a nondegree student.

The Summer 2021 application will be announced in the spring.

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