Early Start Frequently Asked Questions

General Information on Participation

What is Early Start?

Early Start is for students who need assistance with becoming college-ready in math and/or English. If you are a freshman starting at a CSU campus in Fall, and you require remedial coursework in math or English, you must participate in the Early Start Program.

Why do I have to participate in Early Start?

If you are a freshman starting at a CSU campus in Fall and do not meet the exemption criteria, you must participate in the Early Start program during the summer. You must participate because your current test scores on file indicate you are not ready for college-level English and/or math.

I've been told I have to do Early Start but I think I should be exempt. What should I do?

Your Early Start required participation is based on your EPT and ELM test scores. If you are exempt from the EPT and/or ELM based on your SAT or ACT test scores, then you are also exempt from Early Start. Please e-mail earlystart@csueastbay.edu to inquire further.

What if I am not able to take the Early Start class in the summer?

Only if you have an extreme or extenuating circumstance beyond your control preventing you from completing the mandatory Early Start requirement during the summer can you petition for an exemption. Submit your petition to earlystart@csueastbay.edu. Please be sure to include your full name, NetID number, and a detailed explanation of your situation with supporting documentation if appropriate.

Early Start Class Registration and Payment

Where can I take the Early Start class?

You may complete the CSU Early Start Program at any CSU. For a full listing of courses is available, visit www.csusuccess.org/earlystart

When and how do I register for the Early Start class?

If you accepted your offer of admission for CSUEB starting in May, CSUEB will notify students if they are required to take the Early Start math and/or English class and provide instructions on how to register in a class. 

How much will the Early Start Program cost?

CSUEB's Early Start math and English class costs $182 plus a fee of $1 for Health Facilities and $1 for the student union at each campus enrolled. There are also costs associated with campus parking and course instructional materials.

Is financial aid available for the Early Start Program?

Yes. View the Costs, Financial Aid and Fee Waiver page for details.

What is the refund policy?

View the Costs, Financial Aid and Fee Waiver page for details.

Early Start Class Logistics, Materials, and Grades

Where is the class located?

CSUEB’s Early Start math class is entirely an online course. Students taking this class must have Internet access and a computer. Students independently review course materials posted online by the instructor, work problems through the ALEKS system, and pose questions through e-mails and message boards.

CSUEB’s Early Start English class is not online; it is offered face-to-face on the Hayward or Concord campus. All instruction and tests for the English class are conducted in a traditional classroom format. After registering for the course, students can check MyCSUEB for their class building/room location.

If I plan to go to CSUEB but will take the Early Start class at another CSU, how will CSUEB get my grades?

All of the CSU campuses are coordinating with each other to ensure Early Start participation and class grades are provided to the student’s final destination campus. You do not need to obtain a copy of your grades to provide to CSUEB. The CSU where you take your Early Start class will send it to CSUEB automatically.

How will books and supplies be handled?

Information on books and supplies needed for CSUEB’s Early Start courses will be provided to registered students prior to the course start date. Students are responsible for the cost of required course materials. Students in the math course will be required to set up an ALEKS account to access materials online. Your instructor will provide instructions.

Where do I park?

Students enrolled in CSUEB’s Early Start English class must come to the Hayward or Concord campus for all class meetings and exams. Students may park in the student parking lot near the building where their class is located. Special Early Start parking permits valid during the weeks the Early Start class is conducted will be sold at the CSUEB Cashier’s Office in the Student Services & Administration Building (first floor) on the Hayward Campus, and in the Academic Services Center at the Concord Campus. The cost is $30.00. Only cash/checks are accepted at the Cashier’s Office. (Debit/credit cards are not accepted.) Check with the Cashier’s Office for summer operating hours. 

Public transportation to the Hayward campus is available through BART and AC Transit. Limited public transportation is available to the Concord campus through County Connection/CCCTA.  Additional information will be provided prior to the start of classes.

Contact Information

How do I get more information?

Students with questions about the Early Start Program can contact the CSU Early Start Program office in the following ways:

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