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Senior Citizens

If you are 60 years old or older, and a resident of South Carolina, you can enroll in classes at the College of Charleston. Each semester, approximately 100 senior citizens enroll in classes at the College. These students may be working toward a degree, auditing classes or taking courses for personal enrichment. Most senior citizens take undergraduate courses. If you are interested in graduate courses, please see the graduate school section.

For the fall and spring semesters, the registration process is easy.

Step 1: Complete our non-degree application

In addition to completing the online application (which includes a senior citizen tuition addendum), you must also provide proof of U.S. citizenship and verification of your age (a valid driver's license will suffice).  We will mail information regarding your registration.

Step 2: Come to registration.

Registration (on a space-available basis) takes place the day after classes begin each fall and spring semester. Call 843.953.5620 for the specific dates. Registration is held in the Admissions Office, Craig Building, 65 George Street or CofC North.

At registration you will meet with an advisor, register for the classes of your choice and pay your $25 registration fee at the Treasurer's Office. You do not have to pay tuition, but you will be responsible for the costs of books and any additional course fees whenever applicable.

For our summer terms, please visit our summer sessions website for detailed information on the application and registration process. You can register in the summer sessions office on the day after the drop/add period for each term.

CHOOSING COURSES

Check the course schedule

  • Under “course listings” select “course section search.”
  • Select the term for which you want to review courses from the select-term drop-down box and click the submit button.
  • Select the subject for which you want to see courses and click the submit button.
  • Then select the course for which you want to see schedules.

Course descriptions are available in the undergraduate catalog.

Registration will be on a space-available basis.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

Some courses require the successful completion of a prerequisite course that will give you the background information you’ll need in order to succeed in the class you want to take. If you do not have the specific prerequisite, it is best that you meet with the professor prior to or at the beginning of the semester to determine whether you can take the class without it.

AUDITING COURSES

Each course has varying requirements for students who wish to audit (take a course for no credit). You should meet with the professor prior to or at the beginning of the semester to determine if both you and the professor have the same expectations regarding participation in class work and assignments. You may not audit computer science, studio art, music performance or creative writing courses.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

Every student must provide proof of U.S. citizenship before being allowed to enroll. To prove U.S. citizenship, applicants must complete the Verification of Lawful Presence form and deliver the original, with a photocopy of your proof document, in person or by mail, to the Registrar’s Office. Senior citizens must also present a valid South Carolina driver's license or picture ID for age verification. 

COSTS

During registration, you will pay a $25 fee. The College accepts MasterCard, Discover or American Express. You can pay your $25 registration fee, in addition to any applicable course fees, online using your MyCharleston account. You may also pay at the Treasurer's Office (No. 10 on the campus map) by check or credit card. The Treasurer's Office is located at 170 Calhoun Street.

You do not pay tuition. You may need to purchase books, and may also have to pay additional course fees.

GRADUATE SCHOOL

Senior citizens may apply at the Graduate level as either non-degree or degree-seeking students through the Graduate School website.

Please note that applications and all required materials must be submitted prior to the deadline indicated for the program desired. Information on program-specific materials and deadlines can be found on the list of program admission guidelines.  All graduate applications are reviewed by the individual program, whether degree- or non-degree seeking.

Those wishing to be categorized as senior citizens must bring the following to the Graduate School Office, 310 Randolph Hall, where they will determine eligibility: 

At the graduate level, the $45 application fee DOES NOT include the $25 registration fee. Successful graduate candidates enrolling under the senior citizen tuition status must pay the $25 registration fee each semester. Registration (on a space-available basis) takes place the day after classes begin each fall and spring semester, and after the drop/add period for each summer term.

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