Early Start Program at CSU, Chico

Registration, Payment & Drops

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Choose Chico as Your Early Start Campus

Log into your Student Center in the Chico State Portal, click the “Early Start” link at the bottom of the page, and select Chico as the campus where you want to complete Early Start.  After 1-2 business days, go back into your Student Center in the Portal and register for your class(es) using the instructions below.

Activate Your Portal Account

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to a significant system upgrade, students attending another campus in fall will not be able to activate your portal account and register for Early Start classes at Chico State between May 19–June 2. We have plenty of seats in our classes, however, so don’t worry about a class filling before then.

The Chico State Portal is where you’ll register for and access your class(es) and view your ESP course scores. If you are attending another campus in fall, you will need to activate your Chico State Portal account. Log on to http://portal.csuchico.edu and provide your birth date and the Chico student ID # that was sent in an email from Chico State Admissions Office. The first emails will be sent around May 4.

** Note: If you are attending another CSU campus, please allow 48 hours after you select Chico as your Early Start campus to be able to activate your Chico State portal account.

Register for Your Class(es) Beginning May 8

To walk you through registration, we created detailed instructions in a pdf file. Please print them out and give it a shot. We promise…it’s easy!

These instructions assume you have already chosen Chico as your campus for completing Early Start. You’ll need to wait 1–2 business days after choosing Chico to register.

If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodations for completing your Early Start class(es) at CSU, Chico, contact the Accessibility Resource Center as soon as you register.

Drop a Class

If you need to drop a class, you must do so in the Student Center prior to the registration & payment deadline. To drop before the class starts, follow these steps:

  1. Log into the Chico State Portal
  2. Click on the Admissions and Orientation Tab at the top
  3. Look to the left column on the page and click on Student Center
  4. Look to the left of Student Center page under first heading of Academics and click Enroll/Drop
  5. Click on Drop in the middle Enroll tab and select the course to drop. Complete as directed.

If the class has not started and you still want to drop the class after the deadline, send an email with your Name, Student ID, and course to be dropped to rce@csuchico.edu. Beginning the first day of class, you’re no longer eligible to drop or receive a refund.

Pay for Your Class(es)

To determine whether you have a balance due for your Early Start class(es) and pay any fees owed, please follow our detailed instructions:

These instructions assume you have already registered for your Early Start class(es) following the instructions above.

If you wish to pay by check, money order, or electronic check,  you can make a payment to Student Financial Services by mail or in person. Please visit their website for details and instructions.

Access Your Class

To access your class(s), go to the Early Start Portal Login web page, and enter your Username and Password. Click on the My Early Start Class link.

Both Early Start English and Early Start Math are taught online in our Blackboard Learn system. All of your class materials will be accessed in Blackboard Learn.

IMPORTANT: It is strongly recommended that you make sure your computer can access your Early Start class the week before your class starts! Once you can login to your class, you can get familiar with your online class by accessing the practice class.

Accessibility Accommodations: If you need special disability accommodations for an event, workshop, or online or on-campus class, please contact the CSU, Chico Accessibility Resource Center.