Early Start Overview
Early Start is a summer program in English and/or math that allows students to build on their academic skills so that they are even more prepared for college-level work. It is required of students in Pathway/Category 4. It is recommended for students in Pathway/Category 3.
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How to Enroll in Early Start (2018)
This information will be updated in Spring 2019 for the 2019 Summer Early Start.
Who Takes Early Start
Students who Identity with AB540/Undocumented/Dreamer/DACA
AB 540 students/Dream Act students are not required to take Early Start courses. Those who wish to enroll in Early Start courses voluntarily should email Andrew Brosnan, Developmental Studies Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Early Start Access Request". Additionally, students can sign up during new student orientation by going to the Early Start tables after checking in. Please contact email@example.com with questions.
Out of State and International Students
Early Start is a California State requirement; therefore, out of state students and international students do not need to take these courses.
Foreign-Educated US Citizens and Permanent Residents Living Abroad
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the process. In short, if you are in the area in the summer and can complete all domestic student requirements, do so. If you are living abroad in the summer, there is a process to join the international students at their orientation and at their test dates.
Students with Documented Disabilities
Veterans and Dependents of Veterans
If you are a veteran or a dependent of a veteran, please contact Benjamin Yang, email@example.com, SSB 206, Fax 415-338-6707.
To explore the fee waiver process:
- Obtain a Cal Vet Fee Waiver letter for 2017-2018 academic year from your local county Veterans Service Office. This is the correct year because summer 2018 is included in the 2017-2018 academic year.
- Submit the letter to Benjamin Yang at SFSU’s Veterans Services Center.
- If you are planning to use the fee waiver for Early Start, please notify Ben Yang that the fee waiver is for the Early Start program