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, or ESM 70?
5. Where can I see course descriptions for SF State’s ESE 99, ESM 40, 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 (Math/QR Placement Category, Written Comm Plcmnt Category, or Early Start holds). What do I do?
11. Is student housing available for students 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 with AB 540/Undocumented/Dreamer/DACA. 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
May 14 is the expected open date. Go to your Student Portal and click on Enroll in Early Start to sign up for SF State Early Start classes.
By 5pm the Friday before the Monday class starts.
The last day to sign up for ESE 99 is July 20 at 5pm. The last day to register for ESM 40 is July 6 at 5pm. The last day to register for ESM 70 is June 15 at 5pm.
In your Student Portal, click your Early Start link under Admissions 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.
For questions on payment, you may call our College of Extended Learning at 415-405-7700, option 5. (For questions about Early Start in general or fee waiver issues, please call Developmental Studies at 415-405-0436.)
Math/QR Placement Category and Written Comm Plcmnt Category are both alerts reminding you to register for and complete the appropriate math and English classes for your pathway/category in the fall. There is no need to take any action on these alerts at this time. The Early Start hold will lift once you have registered for your appropriate Early Start course. Please check your SF State student portal and/or SF State email for more information on which Early Start classes to register for.
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.
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.
- Decide on which CSU you wish to go to in summer to fulfill the Early Start requirement.
- Complete our Early Start at Other CSUs Google Form.
- Switch your Early Start Smart Page to match your CSU choice for summer.
- Look for an email from your summer CSU with further instructions on how to register for Early Start.
- Contact your summer CSU with any further questions.
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.
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.
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: ilearn.sfsu.edu
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 email@example.com. ESM 40 is NOT run through iLearn.
Benjamin Yang, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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.
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 email the director of Developmental Studies, Andrew Brosnan, at email@example.com with the subject line "Early Start Access." 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 resources at the Dream Resource Center.
The Early Start Appeals Committee has an appeals option for students who meet any of the following criteria:
- If a student was required to participate in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
20. Other questions
For other questions, including what happens if I don't pass my Early Start course, contact us at email@example.com or 415-405-0436.