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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application process?

Some courses do require an application. Look at course details for more information.

What is the registration policy?

Courses are open enrollment, meaning anyone who is interested can register for a course.

Do I have to be admitted to USC to take continuing education courses?


How do I register?

Go to the course page that you would like to register for. Click on the "Add to Cart" button. This will take you through the registration and payment process.

How do I pay for the course?

Most payments must be made with a credit card online. Payments may not be taken over the phone. Please refer to the individual course details.

What is the class format? Are all the classes online or will some be offered in the classroom?

Each course is different and the format is stated in each course description.

Will textbooks be required? What textbooks will be required? How much do they cost?

This will vary by course. Information will be provided in the course descriptions.

How much time must I spend online for each course? How much time should I estimate for studying, per course, per week?

Each course will have materials to review and in some cases written assignments. The course syllabus will provide the necessary details.

How long is each course?

A course can be a short as a 90 minute webcast or as long as 12 weeks. Please refer to the individual course details.

Are the programs going to be part of a certificate program or just free-standing?

Some programs will be a part of a certificate program. Look at course details for more information.

Will the course(s) be self paced?

Some courses will be self paced. Look at course details for more information.

Is there financial aid available? How do I apply?

There is no financial aid available for non credit courses.

Are all course materials included in the price?

Some of the course prices include materials. The course description will indicate if additional fees apply.

Are there additional fees?

Please refer to the individual course details.

What is the refund policy?

Each school has their own refund policy. Please check the details of the course you are interested in.

Will I be notified if a course is cancelled?

Yes, if a course is cancelled you will be notified.

Do I receive degree credit for taking a course through continuing education at USC?

No, these courses are non credit courses.

What kind of credit can be received from these classes?

Each course will list whether or not they offer professional credits. Please see course details.

Will I have access to online USC library resources?

At this time, we cannot provide access to USC library resources.

What if I can't finish coursework for one of my classes? Can I take an incomplete?

There are no grades assessed for these classes. This will need to be discussed with the professor who is teaching the course.

I am outside of the United States; can I register for your courses?

Yes, as long as you have internet access, you will be able to access our online courses.

If my native language is not English, do I need to prove English proficiency?


Who teaches the courses?

Our courses are taught by USC faculty and experts in the subject field.

I am an alumni of USC, do I receive a discount?

Please check with the specific school of the course you are interested in for any possible discounts.

If the course I am interested in is full, will I be put on a wait list?

Yes, if you are interested in a course that is full, we can put you on a wait list.

As a Veteran, who do I contact to get information about Veteran's educational benefits?

Contact the USC Office of Veteran Affairs, 213-740-4619 or vets@usc.edu . http://www.usc.edu/dept/ARR/veteransaffairs/generalinfo.html

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding "reasonable accommodations"?

Contact USC Disability Services & Programs, 213-740-0776, 213-740-6948(TDD) or ability@usc.edu . http://dsp.usc.edu/

I have a question that isn't listed on the FAQ's. Who do I contact?

You can contact us directly by sending an e-mail to lifelong@usc.edu or calling us at (213) 821-5699. Our office hours are M-F, 8:30 – 5:00.