College for the Over Sixty

The registration process for the College for the Over Sixty program has changed. All registration will be done on-line.

SPRING 2023 REGISTRATION INFORMATION COMING SOON!

To successfully participate in this program, you must have access to a computer, laptop, or iPad. You will need to be able to access the internet and navigate your way through websites. If you cannot, we strongly suggest you look into taking a basic computer class prior to registration for the program. You will need to participate in an on-line environment and you will need to be on-line to access assignments, messages from the professor, etc.

Registration for this program is virtual. It is always held the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the beginning of each semester. A representative from the Registrar’s office will assist you with the online registration. You will need your computer, laptop or iPad that day.

It is MANDATORY that if you plan on attending the Spring 2023 session, you must contact Darla Ferradino at 330-941-3185 or dmferradino@ysu.edu prior to December 1, 2022.

Prior to your appointment time, you will need to have turned in a copy of your State ID to dmferradino@ysu.edu and you will need to have the course number and course CRN that you are interested in taking for the semester. Only courses with 3 available seats are available for registration.

Please do not begin completing the following forms located on the links below until your appointment.  This is to insure accurate and correct information is entered.

Instructions to Look Up Classes*

Schedule of Classes 

Non-Credit Enrollment Form

Request for Non-Patron Directory Account


Each state university or college shall permit any person who is sixty years of age or older and who has resided in the state for at least one year to attend its courses and classes without charging that person a tuition or matriculation fee, provided the attendance is on a noncredit basis, is in courses where classroom space is available, and is approved by the instructors of the courses involved. The university or college may require payment of special fees, including any laboratory fees, if the fees are required of all students taking a course. Each university or college shall issue rules for determining the availability of classroom space and may issue such other rules as it considers necessary to implement this section, including rules exempting from the requirements of this section courses or classes for which special course or training prerequisites apply, in which physical demands upon students are inappropriate for imposition upon persons sixty years of age or older, or in which the number of participating regular students is insufficient to cover the university's or college's course-related expenses. A university or college also may extend to persons attending its courses and classes under this section any other student rights or privileges it considers appropriate (see Ohio Revised Code 3345.27 for more information).

How does the program work?

  • Participants taking classes under this program do not earn college credits. Participants may register for up to 12 credit hours per semester; fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks long while fall semester varies.
  • While tuition for regular college credit classes is covered under the program, participants will be charged a $5 registration fee and any tech/lab/material fees associated with the course(s). Payment is due at the time of registration. The tech/lab/material fees can range from $35-187 per course. Parking on campus during the Fall and Spring semesters is an additional fee of $160, or $18 a week, or $5 per day.  During the Summer semester the fee is $103, or $18 a week, or $5 per day.  You will need to purchase your parking pass at Parking Services, which is located in Smith Hall, 275 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown, OH.  
  • Please go to the schedule of classes prior to your registration appointment and write down the course number and course CRN that you would like to register for. Please remember that participants can only chose courses that have 3 available seats.
  • Once current students have registered, classes are open on a space available basis to individuals 60 years old and older who have been Ohio residents for at least one year.
  • Participants will be able to enroll in a regular college credit class on a non-credit basis; meaning, participants will audit the class and not be required to take exams or receive grades. If you would like to assess your progress, you may take exams with instructor approval.
  • This program only applies to undergraduate college credit classes (1500-2600 level) and acceptance into each course is at the instructor's discretion. Music and voice lessons requiring individual instruction are not available for participants; specific courses may require instructor approval prior to registration. NO graduate level courses can be taken.

Is there a Credit Enrollment Option?

In 1999, House Bill 147 passed permitting senior citizens to receive tuition-free college credit, providing that the senior citizen's family income is less than two hundred (200%) percent of the Federal Poverty Level Guideline. If the senior citizen meets the criteria for eligibility listed below and there is space available in the course(s), the participant can register for the credit enrollment option by completing an income verification form and submitting proof of income. New students are required to complete an admission application and are subject to acceptance for undergraduate and graduate programs. Income Verification form and all supporting documents must be submitted every term. All forms are supplied through the Office of the Registrar.

Eligibility Criteria: To enroll under the Credit Enrollment Option requires that a participant must be sixty (60) years of age or older; must have been a resident of the State of Ohio for the preceding twelve (12) months; meet current admission requirements; and the participant's family income must be less than two hundred (200%) percent of the Federal Poverty Level Guideline, as revised annually.

  • Participants taking classes under this program DO earn college credits. Participants may register for up to 12 -16 credit hours per semester as an undergraduate or up to 9 credit hours as a graduate student. Please note: fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks long while fall semester varies.
  • The House Bill 147 eliminates the instructional and general fees from a participant’s bill. Fees are payable by check, credit card or cash. The tech/lab/material fees can range from $35-$187 per course. Parking on campus during the Fall and Spring semester is an additional fee of $160, for the fall it is $103, $18 a week, or you can pay $5 a day.