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Prospective Students

Information for prospective students

Admission   |   Enroll & Register   |   Course Levels   |   Payment


Courses are open to all qualified persons, both government and non-government. 

FAES Academic Programs has an open-enrollment policy, provided students meet any applicable prerequisites as indicated in the course descriptions. When consent of the instructor is indicated as a required prerequisite, the instructor must be contacted in advance of registration. 

Students who do not have a clear financial record with FAES will not be permitted to register.

FAES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, national or ethnic origin or veteran status, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other educational programs.

Enroll and Register

The fastest and easiest way to register for courses is through our online registration portal.

For assistance with registration and any registration related questions you can contact us at 301-496-7976 or email You can contact our office in person at 10 Center Drive, Room 1N241, Bethesda, MD 20892.

To find out about registration, late registration and course drop deadlines consult the current Academic Calendar or email us at

Course Levels

FAES Academic Programs offers courses at the following levels:

1 to 99 general adult education (may not be at undergraduate level)
100 to 199  lower-college level (Freshman/Sophomore)
200 to 299 upper-college level (Junior/Senior)
300 to 399 senior and graduate levels
400 to 499 graduate students and qualified seniors
500 to 600 graduate and/or professional level
600 to 700 Board Examination subspecialty courses


FAES is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing an affordable and high-quality educational experience to the biomedical research community at the NIH and the general public. In order to continuously provide exceptional services, payments for classes must be received in a timely manner.

Self-funded students must pay for courses at the time of registration.

Students sponsored by their NIH labs or employers can enroll in the desired course online while waiting for authorization of payment. Receiving institutional approval for payment does NOT constitute enrollment in FAES courses. It is fully the responsibility of the student to either pay for their course registration or secure proper authorization for payment with their employer PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE CLASS.

Third-party sponsors, such as employers or Administrative Officers at NIH institutes, should submit payment prior to the course start date. In the event that an institute needs time beyond the course start date to process the request for training funds, please email us at for written permission to continue the course.

Payment Made by Credit Card

Self-funded students can make a payment through the Student Portal or by visiting our secure Payment Gateway at

Third-party sponsors should make a payment through our secure payment portal,

Payment Made by SF-182 Training Form

FAES accepts the SF182 VENDOR COPY as payment for courses. If the course will be paid for with an SF-182 Government Training Voucher, please contact your Administrative Officer for guidance on your institution’s internal process for requesting training funds. The VENDOR COPY - Training Nomination - SF182' document must be sent to to ensure continued course enrollment.