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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 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

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.

If you were a nondegree student while you were previously taking courses at CU-Boulder, complete and submit the Online Admission Application. 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.

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

14-week (Session 3)
Sept. 2 Full Session Classes Begin
Sept. 9 Add/Waitlist Deadline
Sept. 16 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop with 100% Refund**
Sept. 24 Tuition Due
Sept. 30 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Refund
Oct. 14 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Refund
Nov. 7 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
Dec. 9 Petition^ Documenting Extenuating Circumstances Deadline
Dec. 12 Course Ends
10-week (Session 4)
Sept. 15 10-week Classes Begin
Sept. 22 Add/Waitlist Deadline
Sept. 24 Tuition Due
Sept. 29 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop with 100% Refund**
Oct. 6 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Refund
Oct. 13 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Refund
Oct. 31 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
Nov. 18 Petition^ Documenting Extenuating Circumstances Deadline
Nov. 21 Course End
7-week (Session 1)
Sept. 2 Session 1 Classes Begin
Sept. 4 Add/Waitlist Deadline
Sept. 9 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop with 100% Refund**
Sept. 16 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Refund
Oct. 23 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Refund
Sept. 24 Tuition Due
Oct. 3 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
Oct. 14 Petition^ Documenting Extenuating Circumstances Deadline
Oct. 17 Course Ends
7-week (Session 2)
Oct. 20 Session 2 Classes Begin
Oct. 23 Add/Waitlist Deadline
Oct. 27 Deadline to Request Pass/Fail or Drop with 100% Refund**
Nov. 3 Tuition Due
Nov. 3 Deadline to Withdraw**, 60% Refund
Nov. 10 Deadline to Withdraw**, 40% Refund
Nov. 21 Deadline to Withdraw** without Instructor Signature, No Refund
Dec. 9 Petition^ Documenting Extenuating Circumstances Deadline
Dec. 12 Course Ends

** 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.

Continuing Education Important Dates

March 31 Fall Enrollment Begins
Aug. 22, Aug. 25 Nondegree/ACCESS Enrollment
Aug. 25 Main Campus Classes Begin
Sept. 1 Labor Day (University Closed)
Sept. 2 Continuing Education Classes Begin
Sept. 5 Nontraditional Student Scholarship Deadline
Sept. 24 Fall Tuition Due
Nov. 24-28 Fall Break (No Classes)
Nov. 27-28 Thanksgiving Holiday (University Closed)
Dec. 12 Last Day of Classes
Dec. 14-18 Final Exams

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.

Continuing Education Tuition

Continuing Education tuition is largely dependent on the type of course or program and sometimes your status as a Colorado resident/nonresident or undergraduate/graduate student. Refer to the tuition rate tables for more details. Additional fees may apply, and discounts for University of Colorado faculty, staff, and retirees and Alumni Association members may be eligible.

Note: for CU-Boulder degree students, tuition for Continuing Education courses will be charged in addition to and separate from your main campus tuition.

If you have questions about tuition, contact us at 303-492-2212 or cebursar@colorado.edu.

Continuing Education Tuition Rates

In-State Undergraduate: Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Credit Hours Evening Credit* Online Credit** Applied Music Individualized
Instruction
1 $290 $366 - $377
2 580 732 $652 754
3 870 1,098 - 1,131
4 1,160 1,464 1,303 1,508
5 1,450 1,830 - 1,885
6 1,740 2,196 - 2,262
7 2,030 2,562 - 2,639
8 2,320 2,928 - 3,016
9 2,610 3,294 - 3,393
10 2,900 3,660 - 3,770
11 3,190 4,026 - 4,147
12 3,480 4,392 - 4,524
13 3,770 4,758 - 4,524
14+ 4,060 5,124*** - 4,524
Out-of-State Undergraduate: Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Credit Hours Evening Credit* Applied Music Individualized
Instruction
1 $1,138 - $377
2 2,276 $652 754
3 3,414 - 1,131
4+ 15,705 15,705 15,705
In-State Graduate: Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Credit Hours Online Credit Individualized
Instruction
1 $466 $568
2 932 1,136
3 1,398 1,704
4 1,864 2,272
5 2,330 2,840
6 2,796 3,408
7 3,262 3,976
8 3,728 4,544
9+ 4,194*** 5,112
Out-of-State Graduate: Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Credit Hours Online Credit Individualized
Instruction
1 $466 $568
2 932 1,136
3 1,398 1,704
4 1,864 6,116
5 2,330 7,645
6 2,796 9,174
7 3,262 10,703
8 3,728 12,232
9+ 4,194*** 13,761

* Evening Credit tuition is charged in addition to ACCESS rates for resident students enrolled in both programs concurrently. The College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend cannot be applied to Evening Credit courses.

Evening Credit tuition is included as part of ACCESS rates for nonresident students enrolled in 4 or more hours of Evening Credit and ACCESS courses concurrently.

** Undergraduate tuition for Online Credit term-based and self-paced courses is the same for resident and nonresident students.

All tuition is due at time of registration. After the tuition due date, a 1% service charge will be assessed on the unpaid balance, and a financial stop will be placed on your record. All tuition and refund determinations are subject to audit.

*** Tuition for Online Credit term-based and self-paced courses continues to be assessed at the per credit hour rate.

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 on 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

Fall and Spring Semesters

Denver-metro area Continuing Education students who are enrolled in Evening or Online Credit courses may elect to purchase an optional student fee package. The 2014-2015 cost is $498.80 per semester and includes an RTD bus pass and access to the Student Recreation Center. Students can elect to pay an additional $28.50 to support intercollegiate athletics.

Students who choose to purchase a student fee package must email cebursar@colorado.edu or visit us 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.

Summer Semester

Denver-metro area Continuing Education students who are enrolled in Evening or Online Credit courses may elect to purchase an optional student fee package. Student fees are assessed based on the term in which you are enrolled and include the RTD bus pass. The Summer 2014 rates are:

Five-week terms: $202.46
Seven and eight-week terms: $272.94
Ten-week term: $319.93

Students who choose to purchase a student fee package must 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.

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 scholarship awards funding toward the cost of one course up to a maximum of $700 and is competitive based on an essay. Nondegree seeking students (students not formally admitted to a CU degree program) age 22+ are eligible to apply. The deadline for submitting the fall application is Sept. 5.

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