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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 (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.

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

CU Boulder currently has two learning management systems as it migrates online courses from Desire2Learn (D2L) to Canvas. Most term-based online courses will be in Canvas for the summer 2018 semester. Starting on May 14, most new enrollments in self-paced online courses will be in Canvas. You will find instructions on how to access your course on the website of your respective learning management system (LMS). You will need to have an IdentiKey username and password to log in to either website.

Please note: It can take up to 48 hours from the time you enroll in an online course before the course will be available to you in the LMS.

If you have questions about online courses, please contact Enrollment Services at ceregistration@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 MyCUInfo, 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. Learn how to term activate yourself.

Enrollment for New Nondegree Students

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

You can also download the fillable 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 fillable 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 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 MyCUInfo.
  2. On the Academics/Schedule tab, select Your Enrollment Dates.
  3. Open Menu at the top right of the page and select term information from the drop down.
  4. Click Activate new term for enrollment.
  5. Check CU Boulder, then select Continue.
  6. Select the term you want to activate. Select Continue.
  7. 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 Online Enrollment Application.

You can also download the fillable 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.

Fall 2018 Enrollment for Self-Paced Courses

Students may enroll in fall self-paced courses starting on August 27, 2018.

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

Enrollment Restrictions for Self-paced 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 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.

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.

Online Term-based Academic Calendar

Fall 2018

Session 1 (7 weeks)
Session 1 Classes Begin Sept 4
Add/Waitlist Deadline Sept 6
Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Sept 11
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* Sept 18
Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment* Sept 25
Deadline to Withdraw** without Petitioning^, No Tuition Adjustment Oct 5
Course Ends Oct 19
Full Session (14 weeks)
Full Session Classes Begin Sept 4
Add/Waitlist Deadline Sept 11
Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Sept 18
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* Oct 2
Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment* Oct 16
Deadline to Withdraw** without Petitioning^, No Tuition Adjustment Nov 8
Course Ends Dec 14
10-week Session
10-week Classes Begin Sept 24
Add/Waitlist Deadline Oct 1
Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Oct 8
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* Oct 15
Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment* Oct 22
Deadline to Withdraw** without Petitioning^, No Tuition Adjustment Nov 8
Course Ends Dec 7
Session 2 (7 Weeks)
Session 2 Classes Begin Oct 22
Add/Waitlist Deadline Oct 24
Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Oct 29
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* Nov 5
Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment* Nov 12
Deadline to Withdraw** without Petitioning^, No Tuition Adjustment Nov 30
Course Ends Dec 14

Spring 2019

Session 1 (7 weeks)
Session 1 Classes Begin Jan 22
Add/Waitlist Deadline Jan 25
Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Jan 29
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* Feb 5
Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment* Feb 12
Deadline to Withdraw** without Petitioning^, No Tuition Adjustment Feb 19
Course Ends Mar 8
Full Session (14 weeks)
Full Session Classes Begin Jan 22
Add/Waitlist Deadline Jan 29
Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Feb 5
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* Feb 19
Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment* Mar 5
Deadline to Withdraw** without Petitioning^, No Tuition Adjustment April 9
Course Ends May 3
10-week Session
10-week Classes Begin Feb 18
Add/Waitlist Deadline Feb 25
Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Mar 4
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* Mar 11
Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment* Mar 18
Deadline to Withdraw** without Petitioning^, No Tuition Adjustment April 9
Course Ends May 3
Session 2 (7 Weeks)
Session 2 Classes Begin Mar 11
Add/Waitlist Deadline Mar 15
Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop, 100% Tuition Adjustment* Mar 18
Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Tuition Adjustment* April 1
Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Tuition Adjustment* April 8
Deadline to Withdraw** without Petitioning^, No Tuition Adjustment April 15
Course Ends May 3

* Students may be eligible 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.
Non-degree students must petition the dean of CEPS and must have an instructor signature. Degree students must petition the dean of the college in which they are enrolled, and must have an instructor signature.

Continuing Education Important Dates

Fall 2018

Apr 2 Fall Registration for Continuing Education Classes Begins
Aug 24 ACCESS/Nondegree Registration Begins
Aug 27 Self-paced Online Course Enrollment Begins
Aug 27 Main Campus Classes Begin
Sept 3 Labor Day (University Closed)
Sept 4 Continuing Education Full Session and Session 1 Classes Begin
Sept 5 Fall Tuition Due
Sept 7 Nontraditional Student Scholarship Deadline
Sept 28 Fee Waiver Petition Due
Nov 19-21 Fall Break (No classes)
Nov 22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday (University Closed)
Dec 14 Continuing Education Full Session and Session 2 Classes End

Spring 2019

Oct 29 Spring Registration for Continuing Education Classes Begins
Dec 24 Self-paced Online Course Enrollment Begins
Jan 11 ACCESS/Nondegree Registration Begins
Jan 14 Main Campus Classes Begin
Jan 21 Martin Luther King Day (University Closed)
Jan 22 Continuing Education Full Session and Session 1 Classes Begin
Jan 25 Nontraditional Student Scholarship Deadline
Feb 5 Spring Tuition Due
Mar 1 Fee Waiver Petition Due
Mar 25-29 Spring Break (No classes)
May 3 Continuing Education 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 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.

Fall 2018 Enrollment for Self-Paced Courses

Students may enroll in fall self-paced courses starting on August 27, 2018.

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

Self-Paced Online Courses Time Limits and Deadlines

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

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.

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. 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 via email to our Records Department at: CERecords@Colorado.EDU.

Extensions for Self-paced Courses

Self-paced course extension policies have changed effective fall 2018. Please read the outlined changes below, which vary depending on when you enrolled in a self-paced course.

Students Enrolled on or before February 23, 2018
You may submit an extension request online. Students enrolled prior to February 23, 2018 will be charged an extension fee of $65 per credit hour. Please be aware you will be enrolled in a separate extension section of the class. You will receive a grade of “W” in the original section of the class and an “I” on your record in the extension section. The “I” grade will be replaced by a letter grade once you complete the course, but the W from the original enrollment stays on your transcript.
Students Enrolled between February 24, 2018 and August 23, 2018
You may submit an extension request online. There is no extension fee for enrollments between February 24, 2018 and end of August 23, 2018.
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.

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.

Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

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 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.

Evening Credit and Online Credit Student Fees

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

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 2018 & Spring 2019

The 2018-2019 cost is $480.38 per semester and includes the Student Activity Fee, Student Bus and Bikes Program, 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 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 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 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.

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, Evening Credit, 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 spring 2019 application deadline is January 25, 2019.

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Nontraditional Student Summer Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Must be a nondegree-seeking student (not formally admitted to a CU Boulder degree program)
  • Must be enrolled in courses for credit offered through 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 2019 application deadline will be announced in January 2019.

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