Early Start FAQs

Some questions below pertain only to 2017 and before.  Please check back in early 2018 for updated information.

 

 

1.    I am not sure I am supposed to take Early Start.  Where can I find out more in general?
2.    When does Early Start registration open?
3.    By when do I have to sign up for a particular class?
4.    When are the last chances to sign up for SF State’s ESE 99, ESM 40, ESM 60, or ESM 70?
5.    Where can I see course descriptions for SF State’s ESE 99, ESM 40, ESM 60, or ESM 70?
6.    How do I enroll in a course?
7.    How do I pay for the course?
8.    How do I know if I have to pay or if I received a fee waiver?
9.    I am having technical issues enrolling.  Whom do I call?
10.  I have a hold (Entry Level Math, English Remediation, or Early Start holds).  What do I do?
11.  Is student housing available for student completing Early Start at SF State?
12.  What are the steps to take an early start course at another CSU?
13.  Can I drop a course?
14.  What are the course costs and refund policies?
15.  By when will I hear from my ESM 40 or ESE 99 online facilitator/instructor?
16.  I identify as a veteran or  dependent of a veteran.  Whom do I contact for fee waiver possibilities?
17.  I identify as a student with a disability.  Whom do I contact about accommodations?
18.  I identify as an AB 540/Dreamer/DACA/Undocumented student.  Can I take Early Start?
19.  I didn’t sign up in time for my Early Start class.  May I still attend in fall?
20.  Other questions

 

Answers

1.   I am not sure if I am supposed to take Early Start. Where can I find out more info in general?

Watch our recorded college readiness webinar, examine our reference chart, or email develops@sfsu.edu.

2.    When does Early Start registration open?

April 18th.  Go to your student center and click on Enroll in Early Start to sign up for SF State Early Start classes.

3.    By when do I have to sign up for any particular class?

By 5pm the Friday before the Monday class starts.

4.    When are the last chances to sign up for SF State’s ESE 99, ESM 40, ESM 60, or ESM 70?

ESE 99: 5pm 7/14/2017
ESM 40: 5pm 7/7/2017
ESM 60 and 70: 5pm 6/16/2017

5.    Where can I see course descriptions for SF State’s ESE 99, ESM 40, ESM 60, or ESM 70?

Please click for the course descriptions.  You can also learn more about ESE 99 at the English Tutoring Center’s webpage on Early Start.

6.    How do I enroll in a course?

Download our PPT slide guide on enrolling here or attend a webinar.

7.    How do I pay for the course?

Download our PPT slide guide on payment here or attend a webinar.

8.    How do I know if I have to pay or if I received a fee waiver?

In your student center, click your Early Start link at the bottom of the page to reach your smart page.  At the bottom of your smart page, you will see whether you have a fee waiver. 
California residents who file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California DREAM Application and have an estimated family contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less will be eligible for the Early Start Program Waiver, which is a tuition fee waiver for Early Start courses and campus processing fee. However, the waiver will not cover books, course materials, or summer parking permits.

9.    I am having technical issues enrolling.  Whom do I call?

You may call our College of Extended Learning at 415-405-7700, option 5.  (For questions about Early Start in general, please call us at 415-405-0436.)

10.    I have a hold on my account (Entry Level Math, English Remediation, or Early Start holds).  What do I do?

No need to worry! The "Entry Level Math Exam Required" and/or "English Remediation Required" soft holds will not prevent you from registering for courses in the Fall, Spring, or Summer of your first year. If you are seeing these under your Student Center holds section, please understand that this is merely a "soft hold" as a reminder that you must complete your math requirements (MATH 60 and/or MATH 70) or English requirements by the beginning of the following academic year. If you see "Early Start Hold" this is the indicator that you must enroll into an Early Start Math and/or English course.  The hold will disappear once you do.

11.    Is student housing available for student completing Early Start at SF State?

No. Student housing is not provided for students that are completing their Early Start requirement at San Francisco State University.  Please see our off-campus housing resource page.

12.    What are the steps to take an early start course at another CSU?

Remember, if possible, we suggest that you take Early Start at SF State to be best prepared for your college math and English—as they are taught here. To see our recommendations in more detail, see our Early Start at Other CSU tab.

Step 1: Complete the "Other CSU" Google form, which, if not completed, will cause student to have an Early Start Hold on their account during orientation
Step 2: Indicate Other CSU Campus on Smart Page
Step 3: At this point, you must now take on individual responsibility to follow up with the other CSU campus to register for your Early Start course. We strongly advise that you check the e-mail account you submitted on your CSU Mentor application AND your SF State Email Account on a regular basis for communication from the other CSU.

13.    Can I drop a course?

Students may drop a course up until midnight the night before a course begins.  After that time, students without fee waivers are financially responsible for the course.

14.    What are the course costs and refund policies?

Early Start courses offered at any of the CSU campuses will consist of the same fee rate and may be subject to change based on approved CSU campus increases. Campus parking/commuting and course books may also be additional costs to consider.
The current fee rate is $182.00 per unit. There will also be an additional $2.00 campus processing fee. Fee waivers are available for those demonstrating need for financial assistance. California residents and AB 540 students who apply for financial aid with an Estimated Family Contribution of $5,000 or less are eligible for a fee waiver towards any courses needed to complete the Early Start Program.  (Veterans and dependents of veterans, please see veterans question below.)

In order to receive a full refund minus a $20 service fee and the $2 campus fee, students must drop their course before midnight on the Sunday before the course begins.
Students who miss this deadline may appeal through this waiver form if they have documentable, extenuating circumstances.

15.    By when will I hear from my ESM 40 or ESE 99 online facilitator/instructor?

Early Start English - The English department will send you an e-mail to your SF State e-mail account the Friday PRIOR to the first Monday of instruction. The e-mail will provide you with instructions on how to access the ESE99 iLearn portal and what is required to complete the course. On the Monday morning of your first day of ESE99, you can also go right to the iLearn portal to sign in for your class: https://ilearn.sfsu.edu/local/hub/index.php?wantsurl=https%3A%2F%2Filear...

Early Start Math - The Math department will send you an e-mail to your SF State e-mail account the week PRIOR to the first day of instruction. The e-mail will provide you with instructions on how to access the ESM40 online portal and what is required to complete the course. If you don’t receive an email, please let us know at develops@sfsu.edu.

16.    I identify as a veteran or as a dependent of a veteran.  Whom do I contact for fee waiver possibilities?

Benjamin Yang, byang@sfsu.edu, SSB 206, Fax 415-338-6707
To explore the fee waiver process:
     Obtain a Cal Vet Fee Waiver letter for 2016/2017 academic year from your local county Veterans Service Office.
     Submit the letter to Benjamin Yang at SFSU’s Veterans Services Center

17.    I identify as a student with a disability.  Whom do I contact about accommodations?

Please contact our Disability Programs and Resource Center at access.sfsu.edu, 415-338-2472, video phone 415-335-7210, or in person at SSB 110. Reasonable accommodations for participation in the Early Start Program will be provided for students that provide appropriate disability documentation from a qualified treatment provider.

18.    I identify as an AB 540/Dreamer/DACA/Undocumented student.  How can I elect to take Early Start?

AB 540 students/Dream Act students are not required to take Early Start courses.  Those who wish to enroll in Early Start courses voluntarily can start the signup process with this AB540 Sign Up Form. Contact the department (develops@sfsu.edu) with questions.  Additionally, students can sign up during new student orientation by going to the Early Start tables after checking in.  Students can also learn about other resoruces at http://undocugators.sfsu.edu/

19.    I didn’t sign up in time for my Early Start class.  May I still attend in fall?

The Early Start Appeals Committee has an appeals option for students who meet any of the following criteria:

  • If a student was required to Early Start and later discovered they qualified for an Early Start exemption through other waivers such as AP credit, SAT, ACT, EAP/CAASPP scores.
  • Extreme illness, providing care for a family member, passing of a family or of a loved one (medical note from doctor, death certificate, etc.)
  • Severe and extraneous personal situations or circumstances (out of the country for summer program involvement, financial hardships with documentation, etc.)

If a student meets one or more of the appeals criteria, please contact us for more information and next steps on the Early Start Appeals proccess at (415) 405-0436 or develops@sfsu.edu

20.    Other questions

For other questions, including what happens if I don't pass my Early Start course, contact us at develops@sfsu.edu or 415-405-0436.