General FAQs


How do I register?

You can register online or by phone. Visit our Registration and Enrollment page for more information about how to register in academic credit and non-credit classes.

Full payment of tuition and fees, along with supplying accurate registration information, completes the registration process.

Due to enrollment limitations, it is in your best interest to register at least seven (7) days in advance of the first class meeting. Call 916-278-4433 (non-credit & CEUs), or 916-278-6984 (academic credit) to verify space availability if you are not able to register in advance.

If minimum enrollment levels are not reached, a course may be cancelled prior to the first class meeting. If cancelled, every effort will be made to notify registered participants by phone or mail and a refund will be processed.

What are the fees?

Fees for non-credit and academic courses vary and are listed in the fee category of the course schedule. The College of Continuing Education is self-supporting and receives no public funding or income from sources other than the fees charged for services. Enrollment fees are established by the CSU Board of Trustees.

If you are unable to attend a course and want a refund, you must notify the College of Continuing Education 24 hours before the first class meeting.

What are non-credit courses?

There are many Continuing Education classes that are classified as “non-credit.” Often offered as seminars and workshops, these courses are geared specifically to the special interests of the community. No academic credits or CEUs are awarded.

Who teaches the courses?

Courses are taught by highly qualified instructors. They are either Sacramento State faculty or highly qualified professionals working in the field.

Is financial aid available?

Financial Aid may be available for students pursuing a first bachelor’s or master’s degree. Learn more from our Financial Aid page.

For additional information on financial assistance, visit these websites:

How do you accommodate students with disabilities?

Visit the Students with Disabilities page for more information about our policies.

Who can enroll in Continuing Education classes?

Anyone can enroll! Formal admission to the university is not required for non-credit programs. You have the opportunity to expand your knowledge in a relaxed atmosphere. Please note, however, that enrollment does not constitute formal admission to the university.

If you are interested in formal admission to Sacramento State, contact Admissions & Records at 916-278-3901.

What are certificate programs?

Certificate programs are groups of classes designed to help you gain career expertise, enhance your resume or update your skills. Each program varies, but generally you can earn a certificate within one year. Course schedules are designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Anyone who meets the prerequisite requirements may enroll in individual courses in a certificate program.

Where are the classes held?

Most courses are held in Napa Hall or other locations on the Sacramento State campus. Some courses meet off-campus at specialized sites, or entirely online. We also offer a variety of in-house programs at various companies and government agencies.