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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is summer quarter being offered in self-support?

Due to California's declining support for higher education, the California State University has mandated a reduction in the overall student population on each of its campuses. By moving the summer quarter to self-support, the credit units generated through student registrations do not count against our campus' target ceiling. This will result in a deduction in the total number of credit units generated by Cal Poly over the entire academic year and will help us meet the reduced enrollment target. It will also allow us to take in roughly the same size freshman class in Fall 2017.

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What is self-support anyway?

Self-support is a financial mechanism which allows Cal Poly and other CSU campuses to offer courses when there is no state funding. Continuing and Extended Education units are the entities authorized by the CSU to offer courses in self-support.

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Why are instructional fees different in self-support?

When courses are offered with state funding, a high percentage of the total costs, including faculty compensation, is paid through the state general fund. When a course is offered in self-support, there is no state funding at all. Therefore, instructional fees must cover all direct and indirect expenses including compensation.

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When will the Summer Term 2017 start?

All sessions will start in the late June with the exception of the Second 5-Week session starting in the late July. For more information on the different sessions offered, check out the Students page here.

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How will students register?

Students will register and pay their fees using the same systems and process as with any other term.

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How many units can I take during the summer?

We have become aware of a rumor that is circulating among students about an 8 unit maximum for summer term sessions. This is not true. Summer Term has the same standard maximum of 22 units that you may register for during any term.

However, because some summer sessions are short and intense (e.g. 5 weeks) you might not be able to schedule more than 6 or 10 units. This restriction is based on schedule availability and workload considerations that are under each student’s control.

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I'm a student at another university, can I still take courses at Cal Poly in Summer Term 2017?

Yes! You would register through Open University.

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In addition to the courses offered as part of summer term, I also see that Extended Education is offering some programs and classes separately. What's that all about?

Extended Education has always offered programs and courses in the summer that were not part of the regular schedule of classes, as authorized under Executive Order 1047. This will continue in summer 2017. These programs include international experiences, off-campus internships, and other programs/classes that do not fit the standard summer term schedule. Registration for these programs and courses is handled through Extended Education and they will be listed on the Extended Education website. Fees vary by program.

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I'm a community member and sometimes take a course through Open University. Can I take a course through Open University in Summer 2017?

Yes! You will register through Extended Education just like in any other quarter. The program is called Open University. Visit our Community page for more information .

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Will financial aid be available for Summer Term?

Students must be a matriculated Cal Poly student and degree seeking in a regular Cal Poly Program. Financial aid may be available for students registering for summer term classes. However, remember that financial aid is very individualized. Be sure to check with the Office of Financial Aid regarding your eligibility for Summer Term 2017.

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How do Summer Term 2017 fees compare to those we will be charged in Fall 2016?

At this time, there are too many variables and assumptions existing so a direct comparison is not possible.

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I'm a student in a graduate program that is offered by my college, but operated through Extended Education. What changes can I expect to see?

None. Graduate and undergraduate programs operated through self-support are not affected by the transition of summer quarter to self-support. These programs will continue to operate as in the past.

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I'm a junior and really need a specific class to be offered in the summer in order to continue to make progress toward my degree, but it's not listed on the schedule. What can I do?

Tell your department chair/head that you need that class. If enough students demonstrate interest and we have an instructor willing to lead it, we may be able to add it to the schedule.

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I want to take a course this summer, but I have to go home to work. Any ideas on what I can do?

Some faculty are considering teaching courses either completely online or in blended formats. Tell your department chair and faculty member you would like to take the course in an online format. Extended Education does not determine the instructional delivery methodology used by individual faculty.

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I am a Transfer Student. Can I complete a prerequisite by taking a Summer Term class via registration through Open University?

For example, if I take MATH 141 in the second session of Summer Term, will I be able to register in MATH 142 for Fall 2016?

Yes. If you are enrolled at Cal Poly in a prerequisite class, you will be allowed to enroll in the Fall class requiring the prerequisite. You would be able to enroll in Math 142 for the Fall while you are enrolled in Math 141 in the Summer.

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I’m a Freshman and registered via Open University for Summer Term classes. Will this have any impact on my block schedule in the Fall?

Any Freshman that enrolls for Summer should schedule a meeting with their advisor to review their Fall schedule and make adjustments as needed.

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