A: The classes themselves are the same and are delivered totally online. The difference is based on a student's geographic residence. Anyone who lives within the geographic catchment area of San José (zip codes 939xx-958xx) uses a regular session tuition fee structure which is partly state-supported. Anyone living outside the San José geographic catchment area (i.e., Southern California and the rest of the world) uses a "self-support" special session tuition fee structure. See Fees for more information.
FAQS For: Regular vs. Special Session
Q: What is the difference between regular and special session?
Q: I want to change from Special Session to Regular Session because it is cheaper. How do I do that?
A: You might want to compare Regular Session and Special Session fees -- they are usually quite similar, and Special Session may even be less expensive. You cannot change to regular session unless you move to within the catchment area of San José State University (zip codes between: 939xx - 958xx). If you do, email your request to the Student Services Team and you will be placed on a wait list. You will be notified as soon as a space opens up.
Q: Can I change from Regular Session to Special Session in the summer in order to take advantage of the more classes offered in Special Session?
A: In the summer all students take special session classes.
Q: What if I move to San José and I need to switch sessions?
A: E-mail the iSchool office with your request to change sessions. We will place you on the Regular Session wait list. If you originally lived in the Regular Session catchment area but entered the program Fall 2009 or later as a Special Session student, you cannot switch from Special to Regular Session at all, no matter where you live.
Q: How much are fees?
A: Tuition fees depend on (1) the number of units of the program you have selected, and (2) whether a student is accessing one of our programs through regular session or special session. The difference between regular or special session is one based on a student's geographic residence. Anyone who lives within the geographic catchment area of San José (zip codes 939xx-958xx) uses a regular session tuition fee structure which is partly state-supported, to access our MLIS or Teacher Credential program. Anyone living outside the San José geographic catchment area (i.e., Southern California and the rest of the world) uses a "self-support" special session tuition fee structure to access the MLIS program or Teacher Credential program. The MARA, Post-Master’s Certificate, Advanced Certificate in Digital Assets, Certificate in Big Data and Open Classes programs are only offered in Special Session and are accessed in special session regardless of a student’s geographic residence. See Fees for more information on per unit fees and a fee comparison chart for regular session vs. special session.