Early Start Program

The Early Start Program (ESP) welcomes first-time freshman students to develop readiness for college-level English (A2) and Math (B4) in the summer prior to enrolling at a CSU. The goal is to increase the opportunity to complete their college degree. Based on the results of  Multiple Measures, students may be required or recommended to participate in the  CSU Early Start Program.

The following students are exempt from participating in the Early Start Program:

  • Students who met the multiple measures criteria for English and Math;
  • International students (F-1 and J-1 visas only);
  • Non-resident students who reside outside of California;
  • Students in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Summer Bridge Program.


Early Start

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Early Start Program Summer 2021
Early Start Program Summer 2021 Important Dates

Registration opens for Early Start Program

May 3, 2021

Enrollment opens for Early Start Classes

May 14, 2021

Last Day to Register for Early Start Program

June 11, 2021

Last day to Enroll Early Start Classes 

3 business days prior to start date

Early Start Class Start Date

June 28 or June 29

Fees and Financial Aid

Cost is $191 per unit plus a mandatory fee of $1 for Health Facilities and $1 for the Student Union. Eligible applicants with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $6,000 or less may be eligible for a fee waiver of the per unit ESP fee. (Download Early Start Program Fees)

Note: Course material fees may apply

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Information Technology (IT) has made software and devices available to admitted CSUF students who are enrolled in Early Start Program courses. To make a device request and download software, please visit the IT websiteOpens in new window . CSUF students are welcome to use the device for the next semester if they are enrolled in courses. 

Summer Housing

The CSU Early Start Program is online for Summer 2021, however housing is available in Single Apartments for a rate of $45 per night. For more information and to register, please visit Housing and Residential EngagementOpens in new window .  

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