Do I have to apply to Valdosta State University to take Continuing Education classes?
No. Our classes are open to the public and our registration process is simple.
How do I register?
Continuing Education has four easy ways to register for our programs - online, phone, mail (Learning in Retirement only), or in person. Payment may be made by MasterCard/VISA/Discover, cash, check or purchase order. A confirmation receipt will be mailed or emailed to you upon processing your registration. If a course is canceled or changed you will be called or emailed.
What is the refund/cancellation policy?
Unless otherwise stated, full refunds minus $5 or 5%, whichever is greater, will be given by contacting the Continuing Education office at 229.245.6484 at least three working days prior to the beginning of the program. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than three working days prior to the beginning of a class, but registrants may send a substitute. No partial refunds will be given for classes missed. For classes canceled by Valdosta State University, registrants will be issued a full refund.
Where will the course be held?
Except where noted, courses are held at the Regional Center for Continuing Education, 903 N Patterson Street. The location will be printed on your confirmation receipt.
What is a CEU?
A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a standardized method of recording participation in continuing education classes designed to improve occupational skills or knowledge. One CEU equals 10 actual classroom hours. Anyone completing a course or workshop awarding CEUs will receive a CEU certificate. CEU transcripts are available on request (records maintained for 20 years). CEUs cannot be converted to academic credit hours. Many occupations require a certain number of CEUs each year. Check with your occupation's licensing agency to find out if a particular course will meet your requirements.
What is a PLU?
A PLU (Professional Learning Unit) is the method some states use for recording credit toward teacher re-certification. (Georgia accepts CEUs, but not PLUs. GA teachers should contact the GaPSC or their school system for complete details on recertification regulations that became effective July 1, 2017.) As with CEUs, one PLU stands for ten contact/learning activity hours. (Partial PLUs are not awarded.)
Where can I get more information about online courses?
We have a variety of online learning opportunities:
- 6-week instructor-paced online courses
- Advanced Career Training Programs
- Georgia Real Estate Pre-License
- Paralegal Certificate Course (additional legal programs available)
- Teacher Recertification (VESi)
Do you accept the HOPE Scholarship?
No. The Hope Scholarship is not applicable to non-credit courses.
Is Financial Aid available?
Participants in certain career and professional development courses through VSU Continuing Education may be eligible for financial aid from the following educational loan providers.
Please contact the organizations directly:
The Career Training LoanSM (Sallie Mae) has been designed specifically to help you finance your education or training. It can be used for technical training or trade school, distance learning or other continuing education programs to cover the total cost of education and certain related expenses.
The provider of our online Advanced Career Training Programs provides a loan opportunity for students. Go to Financial Assistance to apply. Please note, these loans are only available for the online Career Training Programs available through ed2go.
For Employers: Georgia Tax Retraining Credit.
- For active military spouses, check out the MyCAA Scholarship program.