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The Early Start Program


The CSU’s Early Start Program (ESP) is designed to better prepare students in written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the fall term of their first year of college, improving students chances of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree. The Early Start Program is required for students needing support in these areas as determined by systemwide placement standards (standardized tests and high school coursework).

General Information about The Early Start Program

  • Students will participate in the ESP during the summer prior to the start of the fall term and may enroll in the ESP course at any of the CSU campuses.
  • Cost is $191 per unit plus a mandatory fee of $1 for Health Facilities and $1 for the Student Union. Eligible financial aid 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.