Frequently Asked Questions


What is Professional and Community Education?

The mission of the Division of Professional and Community Education (PaCE) is to provide high quality, non-traditional educational opportunities for learners seeking to grow professionally, personally and culturally. We extend the resources of Augusta University to promote lifelong learning. We serve a diverse population by providing a variety of educational programs serving Georgians from early childhood through senior years. Our activities reach people of all ages and walks of life. We are responsive to the changing needs of the campus and the community.  Our programming is sound in educational content, is presented by qualified instructors, and promotes the mission of Augusta University on campus, throughout the State of Georgia, the Southeast, nationally and internationally.

What about Parking?

For courses held on the Augusta University Summerville campus, your confirmation will serve as your parking pass. Our campus is well-lit at night and Public Safety patrols the campus at all times. Please be aware that due to ongoing construction, some parking areas may be unavailable. We will make every effort to notify you in advance of parking lot changes. If you haven't heard from us and expect parking to be a problem, please contact Public Safety at 706-737-1401 or call us the week before your class begins. This is especially important if you have special parking needs.

Where do I get books or supplies for a course?

Required textbooks and many supplies are available at the Augusta University Bookstore. Please save your receipts in the event a course is canceled and a refund is desired. If you are planning to take an online class, check the course description for a list of required textbooks and/or software. There will be a link to a web site or a toll-free number listed to obtain the materials. Alternately, you can always order these items through the Augusta University Bookstore.

What if I have special needs?

If you require special accommodation or have other special needs, please contact us at (706)721-3967 as far in advance as possible.

How about library use?

ADULT PaCE students may have limited use of the library during the academic term in which they are enrolled. Please request the required library usage form from the PaCE office at (706)721-2329 or email coned@augusta.edu.

What is a CEU?

A CEU (Continuing Education Unit) is a nationally recognized unit of credit for recording satisfactory completion of many PaCE classes. One CEU represents 10 contact hours of instruction. Augusta University Professional and Community Education maintains permanent records of an individual's CEU credits. Transcripts are available upon written request.

Climate Control

Our classrooms can be too warm or too cool. For your comfort, we recommend that you dress in layers.

Registration

You may register online, call us or mail in the registration form from our current catalog, or bring it to our office.  If paying by check, please include your drivers license number and a daytime phone number. For your own security, please do not write your credit card information on any registration form.  We do not accept faxed or mailed registrations with credit card information. To register and pay via credit card please register online.

Financial Assistance

Federal student loan programs do not cover non-degree credit programs.  However, there are still many other programs available to help pay for professional education programs. Please click here for details. Some are only open to a specific group while others are open to everyone.  This is in no way a comprehensive list of resources.

VA Benefits

Will VA benefits pay for PaCE courses? Yes. We have some courses approved by the VA for the GI Bill, Post-911, etc.  Please contact Jasmine Gaffney at jgaffney@augusta.edu or coned@augusta.edu for details.

Refunds

Refund deadlines and restrictions for health sciences courses (CDE, CME, CNE, etc.) are determined on a course by course basis. Please refer to the course webpage/brochure for further information.

For PaCE courses a full refund will be given for withdrawal from any course at least 3 business days prior to the first class meeting. No partial refunds will be made for classes missed. If a class is canceled by the PaCE office, students will be contacted and given a choice of transferring to another class or obtaining a refund.

*The refund policy for online classes and camps is course-specific. Please call (706) 721-2329 for details.*

Office Hours

The office is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Professional and Community Education is located in the Augusta University Alumni Center at 919 15th St. Directions from west Augusta: Walton Way toward downtown.  Before 15th Street, turn right off Walton Way onto Chafee Avenue. Turn left into the parking lot (There is signage).  Enter through the Continuing Education door.  After hours registration is only available online.