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Key Dates and Deadlines

This page includes a detailed listing of specific deadlines by term that are important for admission, registration, financial aid, fee payments, and graduation. For information on university holidays and future academic years, refer to the Academic Calendar.

All times are in Pacific time. 



Event Fall 2022 Admission Spring 2022 Admission
Applications open
First day that applications are accepted.
October 1 August 1
Freshman application deadline December 1 Closed to all applicants
Lower-division transfer application deadline
Open only for highly qualified applicants to Nursing by referral of the department.
December 1 August 31
Upper-division transfer application deadline December 1 August 31
Second bachelor's application deadline
Open only for highly qualified applications to the following majors: Foreign languages, Nursing, Engineering, Natural Sciences (with the exception of Biological Sciences), and Math.
December 1 August 31
Returning CSULB students
Students who have not attended another college or university since leaving CSULB.
December 1 August 31
Reinstatement (disqualified) CSULB students
Students who are disqualified may return if they are approved for reinstatement. For instructions, refer to Academic Standing and Appeals.
December 1 August 31
Teaching credential programs application deadline June 1 November 1
Master's programs and certificates application deadline Varies by program
(no later than June 1)
Varies by program
(no later than November 1)
CSU Visitor/Concurrent Enrollment Deadline August 1 January 1
Cross-Enrollment Closed to all applicants Closed to all applicants
Deadline to submit enrollment deposit May 1 December 1


Event Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
Schedule of Classes Jan. 25, 2021 March 22, 2021 Oct. 4, 2021
Residency Reclassification Deadline
Last day to submit the CSU Residence Questionnaire to be reclassified as a California resident for tuition purposes.
April 1 April 1 Nov. 1
Continuing student registration begins
Registration appointment times are based on graduation status, class level, and units earned.
March 1, 2021 April 5, 2021 Nov. 1, 2021
New graduate student and returning student registration N/A May-September December
Educational Leave Deadline
Last day to file an Application for Educational Leave for the semester. (After this deadline, applications are considered by exception only and an appeal with a $10 missed deadline fee is required. Late applications will be considered only until the last day of the semester during which the educational leave is taken.)
N/A May 21, 2021 Dec. 23, 2021
New undergraduate student registration
New freshman and transfer students register at SOAR.
N/A June-August December-January
CSU Visitor/Concurrent Enrollment Deadline Summer Session Registration Aug. 1 Jan. 1
Petition for Exception to Maximum Unit Load
First day you can register for more than 18 units. An approved petition is required.
  Aug. 2, 2021  
Waitlist Deadline
Last day of waitlist auto-enrollment. After this date, waitlists are no longer used.
Summer Session Deadlines Aug. 9, 2021 Jan. 3, 2022
First day of classes
A $25 late registration fee will apply for initial registration starting this date or later.   
Summer Session Deadlines Aug. 23, 2021 Jan. 20, 2022
Open University Enrollment N/A Aug. 23-Sept. 20, 2021 Jan. 20-Feb. 16, 2022
Last day to add or drop classes without approval
Deadline to add or swap a class without approval. Deadline to drop a class without receiving a W. Deadline to drop and receive a refund for reduction in calculated charges. All changes must be completed in MyCSULB Student Center by 10 p.m.

(Refer to Fee Payments and Refunds section for refund deadlines.)
Summer Session Deadlines Sept. 6, 2021 Feb. 2, 2022
Withdraw (with approval only)
Starting the third week of classes, you'll need to submit a request to withdraw in MyCSULB Student Center. If approved, you'll receive a W on your transcript for the class.
Summer Session Deadlines Sept. 7-Nov. 19, 2021 Feb. 3-April 15, 2022
Permission to Add (with approval only)
During the third week of classes, approval of the class instructor and the department are required to add a class. Contact the instructor to get approval before submitting a Permission to Add request in MyCSULB Student Center.
Summer Session Deadlines Sept. 7-13, 2021 Feb. 3-9, 2022
Late Add (by exception only)
During the fourth week of classes, you may only add a class if extenuating circumstances prevented you from enrolling before the deadline. Such requests are an exception to academic policy and require documentation. Approval of the class instructor and department are required. Contact the instructor to get approval before submitting a Permission to Add request in MyCSULB Student Center.

(Requests are considered by exception only and an appeal with a $10 missed deadline fee is required to submit your request, regardless of the outcome.)
N/A Sept. 14-20, 2021 Feb. 9-16, 2022
Grade Option Change Request Deadline
Deadline to change grading option for a class to Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) or Audit (AU).
Summer Session Deadlines Sept. 13, 2021 Feb. 9, 2022
Deadline to file credit by examination N/A Sept. 13, 2021 Feb. 9, 2022
University Census
Finalize your enrollment by this day. Enrollment as of this day is considered the official enrollment and is used for state reporting and select financial aid programs. Schedule changes after this day are not permitted, except for approved withdrawals.
Summer Session Deadlines Sept. 20, 2021 Feb. 16, 2022
Mid-Term Progress Reports
Instructors may provide mid-term progress reports, which are posted in MyCSULB Student Center. These grades do not appear on your transcript or affect your GPA; they are informational only. Because these are provided at the instructor's discretion, you may not receive mid-term progress reports for all of your classes.
N/A Mid-October Mid-March
Catastrophic Withdrawals
Withdrawal during the final three weeks of instruction is not permitted unless there are serious and extenuating circumstances beyond your control that prevent you from continuing in your classes and incompletes are not possible. 
Summer Session Deadlines Nov. 20-Dec. 10, 2021 April 16-May 6, 2022
Last day of classes Summer Session Deadlines Dec. 10, 2021 May 6, 2022
Final Exams   Dec. 13-18, 2021 May 9-14, 2022
Last day of semester Summer Session Deadlines Dec. 23, 2021 May 20, 2022

For additional information, refer to:

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Event Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Admits
Financial Aid Applications Open
First day to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application for financial aid for the following academic year.
Oct. 1 Same as fall
Priority Application Deadline
Applications must be submitted by 10 p.m. If you submit your application after this day, you will not be eligible for CSULB or California state financial aid, but you may still be eligible for federal grants, loans, or other scholarships.
March 2, 2021 Aug. 31, 2021
Deadline to submit requested documents June 16, 2021 Dec. 31, 2021
Award notifications sent to new students March-April October
Award notifications sent to continuing students June-July June-July
Disbursement begins
Most financial aid funds are applied toward any outstanding charges, including any installment plans. The first possible date funds can be released is 10 days before the first day of classes each semester.
Aug. 13, 2021 Jan. 10, 2022
BeachScholarships Application Period
All new and continuing students may apply. Application periods are for scholarships to be provided during the indicated semester.
Jan. 20-March 7, 2021 Aug. 23-Sept. 30, 2021

Fee Payments and Refunds

Fee Payment Schedule
Event Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
First Fee Payment Deadline (fall only)
Deadline for students who registered April 5-June 30, 2021 to make a deposit, enroll in a payment plan, accept financial aid, or pay tuition in full. See “When to Pay” on the Tuition and Fees webpage for more information.
N/A July 14, 2021 N/A
Fee Payment Deadline
Fees are due 30 days after registration or by this deadline, whichever occurs first. Your payment due date is available on MyCSULB Student Center. If you register after this day, your fees will be due the next day. (A $10 late payment fee will be assessed on balances past due after this day.)
May 12, 2021 Aug. 11, 2021 Jan. 3, 2022
Refund Schedule
Event Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
Deadline to drop and receive a full refund
Drop all classes by this day to receive a full refund. Starting the first day of classes, students who drop all their classes will owe prorated fees based on the date of withdrawal. See “Refunds” on the Tuition and Fees webpage for more information.
Summer Tuition and Fees Aug. 22, 2021 Jan. 19, 2022
Deadline to drop and receive a refund for reduction in calculated charges
This is the same day as the last day to add, swap, or drop a class without approval. All changes must be completed in MyCSULB Student Center by 10 p.m. 

(Refer to Registration section for registration deadlines.)
N/A Sept. 6, 2021 Feb. 2, 2022
Deadline to withdraw from all classes for prorated refund Summer Tuition and Fees Oct. 27, 2021  

Apply to Graduate

The deadline to apply to graduate depends on the term you plan to graduate. Applications begin the year before your expected graduation term and end during the fall or spring term preceding your graduation date. (For example, the application window for students graduating in Spring 2023 is March 2-Oct. 15, 2022.)

Expected Graduation Term Application Deadline Application Window
Fall March 1 Oct. 16-March 1
Winter March 1 Oct. 16-March 1
Spring Oct. 15 March 2-Oct. 15
Summer Oct. 15 March 2-Oct. 15