Continuous Registration & Graduate Enrollment Policies

Graduate Enrollment Policies

Graduate Enrollment Requirement

Graduate degree candidates must be either enrolled for at least one credit or must register for CR during the term (fall, spring, or summer) they will complete their degree requirements. International students must be enrolled full-time each semester to maintain their F-1 or J-1 immigration status; please review the Office of International Program’s policy for details.

Continuous Registration

All students admitted to a graduate program at CSU are required to be continuously registered in the fall and spring semester throughout their degree programs. This policy applies from the time of first enrollment through the graduation term. Students may fulfill this requirement by registering for any graduate credit-bearing course (regular or non-regular). As an alternative, students may opt for a Continuous Registration (CR) status. Registration for CR status is accomplished in the same way as registration for courses. Section ID numbers appear in the class schedule under the CR subject code. Students registering for CR will be assessed a fee for each semester of CR registration. Students who register for CR on or after the first day of the term will be charged a Late Registration Fee. Students must be either enrolled for at least one credit or must register for CR during the term (fall, spring, summer) they complete their degree requirements.

Students enrolled in CR have access to library services and campus computing services; they pay a mandatory University Technology Fee.  CR students may also choose to purchase CSU student health insurance and/or access the CSU Health Network for a fee.

Students may register for CR for the following reasons:

  1. They do not require the use of University resources (other than those listed above), but are actively working on their degree requirements.  Students who are utilizing CSU facilities to conduct their research must not enroll in CR; instead, they must enroll in the appropriate number of research, thesis or dissertation credits.
  2. They will not be working on their degree requirements, but will be leaving the University for professional or personal reasons (e.g., mission service, medical or parental leave, work) or an official assignment for CSU.

Students in their 1st, 4th, and 8th semesters of CR are required to submit a CR Student Plan for Degree Completion to their Advisors for review by their Advisory Committees. The plans should state their intention and progress toward degree completion with academic expectations and timelines.  Students will be notified that they must submit a student plan to their advisors; advisors will receive all student notifications. With student input, the Advisory Committee approves or modifies the student plan. The goal of the student plan is to ensure student and committee are in agreement of the student’s academic path that will support his/her satisfactory progress toward degree completion. The approved/modified student plan is to be forwarded to the student and the department head/chair. When complete, the plan should be signed and kept at the department.

 Students are limited to a maximum of 10 semesters total of CR.  A registration hold will be placed on a student with more than 10 semesters of CR. This may be petitioned. The petition must include a copy of the Student Plan for Degree Completion.

Graduate Assistants

If you hold a graduate assistantship during the fall and/or spring semesters, you must be registered for at least one on-campus credit each fall and spring semester that your graduate assistantship appointment is in effect.

Please review the Graduate and Professional Bulletin for full details on enrollment policies.