Lifelong Education

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Lifelong Education Status includes all students attending the University who are not pursuing a University degree or an Agricultural Technology or Veterinary Technology certificate. First-time Lifelong Education students should complete the online Lifelong Education Application.

The purpose of the Lifelong Education status is to permit and facilitate access to MSU courses (on-campus, off-campus, or workshop) for persons not wishing to pursue an undergraduate or graduate MSU degree. This status is limited to persons who have attained a high school diploma or its equivalent. Students who have obtained a baccalaureate degree are considered Graduate Lifelong Education students. All other students are considered Undergraduate Lifelong Education students.

A person who has been denied admission to an undergraduate program at MSU may not attend as a Lifelong Education student until at least two years have elapsed from the date of that denial.

Students pursuing MSU degree programs, students pursuing programs in the Institute of Agricultural Technology or English Language Center, students pursuing the Veterinary Technology certificate program, and students who have been recessed or dismissed from MSU are not eligible for enrollment as Lifelong Education students.

Rules of Application, Enrollment, and Fees



  1. Students wishing to enroll as Lifelong Education undergraduates must have a high school diploma, or its equivalent. This information is collected as part of the application procedure. The high school transcript is not required as proof. The only exception to this requirement is for High School High Achievers.

    Students who have a baccalaureate degree will be classified at the Lifelong Education graduate level. This information is collected as part of the application procedure. The degree granting transcript is not required as proof.

    Lifelong Education students who wish to be admitted as graduate degree candidates must make regular application for their desired graduate degree programs with the Office of Admissions. They must do so in accordance with established application deadlines for the given semester.


  2. Lifelong Education students are assessed fees at the Lifelong Education rate. Regular Lifelong Education rates are set at a per credit amount. There are no additional fees associated with this status (i.e. no registration, or late registration fees, etc.). Enrollment in certain online courses may result in additional charges.


  3. Prerequisites, grading standards, class assignments, and attendance requirements of a course apply to all students in that course including those under the Lifelong Education status.


  4. Colleges, departments, and schools determine rules of access to the courses for which they are responsible, and may limit enrollment by Lifelong Education students in certain courses.


  5. The Coordinator of Lifelong Education Student Affairs will monitor students' academic progress each semester to ensure that once nine or more credits have been attempted, a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 for Undergraduate Lifelong Education students, or 3.00 for Graduate Lifelong Education Students, has been achieved. Failure to maintain the appropriate GPA standard may result in removal from Lifelong Education status.


  6. Lifelong Education students are not eligible for most sources of financial assistance including federal financial assistance programs, graduate assistantships, and most fellowships. The Mildred B. Erickson Scholarship is an exception; for information call 353-1635.


  7. Lifelong Education students who contemplate subsequent admission to degree programs must seek advice from the admitting department or school and college as to the applicability of courses/credits taken while in Lifelong Education status. There is no guarantee that these credits will be acceptable. Applicability is subject to the following general limits:
    1. no more than 16 Lifelong Education credits may be applied to undergraduate degree programs.
    2. no more than 9 Lifelong Education credits may be applied to graduate degree programs.
    3. courses taken under the Lifelong Education status may not be transferred to Human, Osteopathic, or Veterinary Medical Programs but instead may be used to waive program requirements

Lifelong Education — Enrollment and Registration

You will be able to enroll using the enrollment system during the designated enrollment periods. In order to enroll you must have initiated your MSUNet ID and password.

Bills are only available electronically within STUINFO (stuinfo.msu.edu) and are not mailed. An email will be sent to your university-provided email address whenever a new bill has been produced. Please be sure to activate your university-provided email account and monitor it frequently for notice of a new billing statement. Failure to monitor your email account for notice of a new bill is NOT sufficient reason for not making payments on time. Payment can be made online, by mail, or in person. Depending on the time of enrollment, a deferred payment plan may be available. In order to become registered, payment of at least the "Minimum Amount Due" must be made by the due date. NOTE: If your "Minimum Amount Due" is $0.00 you MUST confirm your attendance by returning the bill stub. You can do this in STUINFO under the "Submit Bill Stub" menu item, or you may print a copy of the bill and mail the stub to the address indicated by the due date. Failure to meet these requirements will result in your being disenrolled - you will lose all the courses in which you enrolled.

If there are any "HOLDS" noted in your Registration Billing Statement, you must resolve these prior to the payment due date indicated on the bill in order to become registered. Failure to resolve all listed holds will result in your being disenrolled. (See HOLDS section for more information).