FAQ

How do I get more information?

Call our office at 229.245.6484, email us at conted@valdosta.edu, or check our website frequently as new courses are added in between issues of Edvantages.

Do I have to apply through VSU to take Continuing Education classes?

No. All of our classes are open to the public and our registration process is simple. Any prerequisites or requirements are listed within the course description.

How do I register?

Continuing Education has four easy ways to register for our programs - by mail, fax, phone, or in person.  Be sure to register early to reserve your space and to ensure the class will be held. Payment may be made by cash, check, money order, MasterCard/VISA/Discover, or company purchase order.

Why should I register early?

Continuing Education at Valdosta State University is self-supporting and the cost of presenting a course must be covered by registration fees. Courses with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled. In order to make sure that the course you are interested in is held, you should register at least 5 days prior to the course starting date. The decision to confirm or cancel a class will be made 3 working days prior to the start date. Registrations made by phone or fax without payment will be considered complete and invoiced after 5 days. Invoices will be deemed collectible unless a cancellation is made in accordance with our refund/cancellation policy. Late or walk-in registrations will only be accepted on a space available basis.

How will I know if the course is confirmed or cancelled?

A confirmation receipt will be mailed or emailed to you upon processing your registration. If a course is cancelled or changed you will be called or emailed. Please make sure all contact information is complete on your registration form.

What about books and materials for classes?

Sources for required/suggested books and supplies are varied. Many are available through the VSU Bookstore. Sources for specialty books will be noted in the course description or by the instructor during the course.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

Full refunds 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 later 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 cancelled 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. Click here for directions to our facilities.

What about parking?

The bottom of the receipt is your temporary parking permit. Your temporary parking permit allows you to park in any legal spot except Handicapped or Service Vehicle. Please place your parking pass on the driver’s side of the dashboard. Vehicles without visible permits are subject to ticketing regardless of the time of day or day of the week.

May I transfer my payment to another class?

Requests for transferring registration fees to another class will be granted if the request is made at least 3 working days prior to the beginning of the class.

What is Learning in Retirement?

Learning in Retirement (LIR) is an organization for individuals 50 years of age and above that provides a unique opportunity for cultural growth, lifelong learning and recreation. Click HERE to go to our Learning in Retirement infomation pages.                

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 for recording credit toward teacher re-certification. Courses marked as available for PLUs have been approved by the State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission. As with CEUs, one PLU stands for ten contact/learning activity hours. Click here to find out more information regarding our teacher recertification classes.

Do you accept the HOPE Schlorship?

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 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.

  • Our GES programs also provide a loan opportunity for students. Simply go to Gatlin Loan to apply for an easier qualifying loan at a slightly higher rate.

  • For Employers: Georgia Tax Retraining Credit - www.dtae.org/econdev/retrain.html