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Budget Cuts Put CSUN Applicants in Limbo

Students discover barriers in transferring with reservation of spring classes for those enrolled.

By Edythe Smith | Staff Writer
On April 20, 2012

Valley College students considering transferring to CSUN in the near future-including those who applied for the spring 2012 semester-may be surprised to discover the university will be accepting new applicants on a limited basis for fall 2012 and will not enroll new students this spring.

Darnell Edwards, a CSUN Outreach coordinator, attended a recruitment event for students last week sponsored by Valley's Career/Transfer Center. According to Edwards, CSUN will not accept applications for incoming freshmen or transfer students for the spring 2012 semester due to the lack of funding for ample courses.

"It sucks for students who are looking to transfer," said Edwards. "We decided to have spring courses available to students who are already taking classes. With budget cuts, we just don't have enough classes for them; so this was a solution to be fair and help them finish on time."

Out of the hundreds of students from the LACCD who apply to CSUN, Edwards noted that representatives from the university only meet with an average of 15 students per event at various colleges- less than 1 percent of those who apply. He stated that since the Outreach program has not been as successful as previous years, many students are unaware of various tasks that need to be performed prior to applying-including deadlines for applications and financial aid.

"We've had to turn away a lot of students," said Edwards, "simply because they didn't know what the deadlines were."

Several students from Valley applied to CSUN for the spring semester and were unaware of the temporary freeze on applications, including Ellie Basaldua, a nursing major who applied last fall.

"I haven't gotten a letter or anything," said Basaldua. "I'm supposed to graduate and I have my nursing certification, but CSUN didn't tell me that spring was closed to transfers. It's so frustrating- it's not only affecting me but a lot of other students."

According to Edwards, the largest alternative for students looking for classes at the university level is extended learning courses. These classes are offered from the Tseng College at CSUN and would apply toward the students' bachelor's degrees. Extension courses can be taken online or in the classroom with students who are formally enrolled in the class.

Financial aid cannot be applied to courses taken in the open-university program, and there is a limit of 24 units of credit. Registration for these courses begins on the first day of class and is processed on a space available basis. Future CSUN applicants can inquire about these and other options during the CSUN Peer Mentor event sponsored at Valley Wednesday, April 18 in Administration 126.

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