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Continuing Education Programs


Our Policies

Here are the answers to some common questions about our policies. If you need additional information, please call 803-777-9444 or email pep@mailbox.sc.edu. Our noncredit courses are for those eighteen years of age or older unless otherwise indicated. 

Cancellation/Transfer Policy

Cancellation policies differ by program.  Please review our policies carefully and contact our office as soon as you become aware that you will not be able to attend a scheduled program. 

Professional Education and Certificate Programs

We are sorry, but no refunds or substitutions are available for online courses or certificate programs. Participants may transfer to a future program within one year of the original program with no penalty, with program advisor approval. Transfers are limited to one occurrence and must be a program of identical format (online to online; classroom to classroom).

For professional education courses, cancellation requests must be received in writing at least ten business days in advance of the event begin date. Cancellations received at least ten business days in advance of the event are subject to a 20% processing fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellation requests received less than ten business days in advance of the program start date. 

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certification Program

Refunds, minus a 20% administrative fee, may be issued if notifications are received in writing at least seven calendar days before the start of the course/exam. There will be no credits or refunds for class time missed by a participant and refunds will not be given for “no shows." Participants may transfer without penalty to a future course or exam within one year of the original program, with program advisor approval. Transfers are limited to one occurrence and must be a program of identical format.

Personal Interest - Carolina Classroom Courses

Cancellation requests must be received in writing at least ten business days in advance of the event begin date. Cancellations received at least ten business days in advance of the event are subject to a 20% processing fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellation requests received less than ten business days in advance of the program start date. We are sorry, but no refunds or substitutions are available for online courses or certificate programs.

University Test Prep

Cancellation requests must be received in writing at least ten business days in advance of the program. Cancellations received at least ten business days in advance of the event are subject to a 20% processing fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellation requests received less than ten business days in advance of the program start date. Participants may transfer to a future program within one year of the original program with no penalty on a space availability basis, with program advisor approval. Transfers are limited to one occurrence and must be a program of identical format (online to online; classroom to classroom).

Retaking a University Test Prep course 

Students who wish to retake a University Test Prep course can pay a discounted rate of 50% of the course fee on a space availability basis, with program advisor approval. This offer is available for only one year after completing the original course and only once per student. Supplement course materials including textbooks and workbooks are not included. If you wish to retake a course, please email testprep@mailbox.sc.edu or call 803-777-9444. Online registrations are not accepted for this request.

Youth and Teen Pre-University Programs

Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series

Application and course fees are nonrefundable. Course fees are refunded only if the course is not offered by USC or if the applicant is not accepted. If full course payment is not received by May 22, 2017, the student’s space in the class will be released, and any prior payments will be forfeited. Balance of course fees are non-refundable, but payment may be transferred to an alternate CMS Adventures Series course. No transfers will be made less than 30 days prior to the start of each course. Please send such transfer requests in writing to: CMS Adventures Series, University of South Carolina Continuing Education and Conferences, 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 403, Columbia, SC 29208. The liability of University of South Carolina is limited to the registration fee and the university will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants or their families, including but not limited to airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits. The University of South Carolina reserves the right to cancel and refund all registration fees for any course due to circumstances beyond our control, including insufficient enrollment.

Duke TIP Academic Adventures

Application and course fees are nonrefundable. Course fees are refunded only if the course is not offered by USC or if the applicant is not accepted. If full course payment is not received by the due date stated in the student’s acceptance forms or at least two weeks prior to the program date, the student’s space in the class will be released and any payments made prior to this time will be forfeited. Cancellations will result in forfeiture of payment except in cases of illness (with doctor’s note on letterhead) or death of an immediate family member. The liability of the University of South Carolina is limited to the registration fee, and the university will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants or their families, including but not limited to airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits. The University reserves the right to cancel and refund all registration fees for any course due to circumstances beyond our control, including insufficient enrollment.

Continuing Education Units

The University of South Carolina offers a variety of courses that provide continuing education units. Continuing education units, or CEUs, provide the framework for documenting your efforts to update or broaden your knowledge and skills through non-credit educational options. CEUs are accepted by many employers and professional agencies as evidence of your commitment to career advancement and the maintenance of professional competence. Courses granting CEUs do not offer academic credit. Because various licensed professions are known by different names, you should check with your licensing board for your profession to ensure that the course you plan to take meets their education requirements. Terminology examples include:  CMEs or Continuing Medical Education for medical professions; CLEs or Continuing Legal Education for legal professions and PLUs or professional learning units for teaching professions.  

 

Course Locations and Parking

Program and event locations vary by course. Details will be provided in your registration confirmation email and in reminder emails leading up to the program. Please be sure to check your registration confirmation and reminder emails for the most up to date program information.

 

Discounts

We offer discounts to USC students, faculty and staff as well as members of select partner organizations. Verification may be required at the time of registration or at any time prior to or during the course for which the discount is applied. Those individuals who are unable to provide verification may be asked to pay the balance due or be removed from the program without refund, substitution, or re-admittance, in compliance with the University's Academic Integrity policies. Discounts are not cumulative and may not be combined with other offers or promotions unless otherwise indicated.   

Discount Discount Notes and Requirements Discount Amount Promo Code 
USC Faculty & Staff Current university faculty and staff and their immediate family members 10% FACSTAFF
MyCarolina Alumni Association Members Current members of the MyCarolina Alumni Association - include your member ID in special needs field when registering 10%  ALUMNI
Current USC Students Current full and part time USC students enrolled in classes in the current semester, based on Registrar data 10% USCstu10
Members of the US Military Active duty and reserve and members of their immediate family 10% Military
Adults over the age of 62 Individuals aged 62 and above 10% 62plus

 

Multi-Person Discounts

Four or more individuals from the same organization registering in the same professional education course may be eligible for a discount. Please call our office at 803-777-9444 for additional details. Multi-person discounts are not eligible for any programs other than professional education.

 

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather, we will make every effort to cancel courses and events with as much advanced notice as possible. Notification will be sent via email once a decision to close or delay opening has been made. You may also call us at 803 777-9444 for a recorded message about cancellations or program delays. In all instances, we will follow the university's cancellation decisions. Visit the University's Emergency Information Network or call 803-777-5700 for additional information.

 

Low Enrollment

We reserve the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment, therefore we encourage you to register early.

Privacy Policy

The Office of Continuing Education and Conferences follows the university's privacy policy. 

 

Refunds

Refunds take four to six weeks to process.

 

Registration

We welcome you to our classes and hope your experience with us is a pleasant one. Early registrations are encouraged to ensure adequate enrollment and space availability. Many of our most popular courses fill well before the class begins.

 

Special Needs

If you are an individual who may require assistance or accommodation or if you desire more information on disability access, please contact 803-777-9444 for more details.

 

Use of Audio/Video Recording

No video or audio taping of continuing education courses by participants is permitted. For more information, contact a Program Manager in USC’s Office of Continuing Education and Conferences at 803-777-9444.