Office of the University Registrar

Late Registration

Late Registration Fee

Any student who registers after registration periods I and II will be charged a Late Registration Service Fee of $25 through the second week of the quarter and $75 beginning the third week of the quarter. Students who complete the Insurance/Optional charges portion of the online registration system (available through MyUW) before the first day of the quarter or term will not be charged the late fee.

General Information for Students Requesting a Late Add

After the end of the Late Add Period, students cannot add courses through registration on MyUW. If a student and their adviser have determined that an additional course is needed, the student will need to submit a Late Add Petition to the Office of the University Registrar, 2nd Floor Schmitz Hall.

Students in fee-based degree programs administered by UW Continuum College (PCE), will need to submit the Late Add Petition to UWC² Registration Services at, via fax to 206-685-9359, or directly to the PCE Registration Office. Students in other fee-based degrees should consult their department

When the petition form is returned to the Office of the University Registrar, a staff member will carefully examine it to make sure the student’s statement (the attached narrative) has been included, along with a valid phone number where the student may be reached in the event there are additional questions. The staff member will also verify that all other necessary information has been written on the form, such as the Schedule Line Number, course name, number, section, and credits to be added. If the requested course is independent study, the Faculty ID Number must be provided on the form. After verifying that all the necessary information has been included, the staff member accepting the Late Add petition will date stamp the form. This date will be used to help track the petition for timeliness. Students should check MyUW to determine if their schedule has been updated. Approved petitions are processed within two business days; some may be processed within one day.

Guidelines for Petitioning to Add a Course after the Late Add Period

  1. This is a petition to add a course after the Late Add Period. If a student believes extenuating circumstances exist which warrant consideration of adding a course late, the student must attach a typed or legible handwritten narrative along with supporting documentation outlining in detail the reasons they are seeking a late add into a course. Statements submitted by departments in support of a student’s petition must be on University or departmental letterhead and include pertinent dates as well as specifics of the student’s situation. Petitions submitted without an attached narrative will be denied.
  2. Please Note: For reasons of public safety and instructional quality, course registration is limited to the approved classroom capacity (100%) after the Late Add Period.
  3. Completed petitions with both the instructor and chair signatures and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar, 2nd Floor Schmitz Hall. Requests submitted without all signatures, including the student’s signature, will be denied.
  4. If a request has been processed, the student should check MyUW for any changes to their tuition balance.
  5. If the course has not been added, the student may call the Office of the University Registrar at 206-543-8580 to check the status of the petition.
  6. Only under rare circumstances will a late add petition be considered after the Late Course Drop Period.
  7. If the course normally requires an entry code in order to be added to a schedule, the code must be obtained from the respective department and provided on the the applicable block on the form. If a class does not normally require an entry code, it may be omitted from the late add petition. An entry code is sufficient to request a section change for a course. Students will not need to obtain the required signatures. All independent study courses require a faculty number. If this number is missing, the course cannot be added. All variable credit courses require the number of credits to be listed.

Courses Dropped in Error

If a course is dropped in error, the student must go to the Office of the University Registrar within three (3) business days of making the error and request to have the course added. The Office of the University Registrar will not charge an additional Change of Registration Service Fee to add the course but you will need to pay the fee charged for your “drop in error.” For instance, a student accidentally drops MATH 112 on Friday and realizes they dropped the wrong course. As long as the students goes to the Office of the University Registrar by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the staff will add MATH 112 at the student’s request.


Review Current Tuition and Fees for detailed tuition information.

  • Students must pay the change fee and any additional tuition that may be due at the Student Fiscal Services Office in 129 Schmitz no later than (7) seven calendar days after the course is added. During the last week of the quarter, fees are due the next day.
  • Students who have not yet registered for the quarter and are using the Late Add Petition to add courses, will be charged a late registration fee instead of the change fee plus all applicable tuition.
  • Do not wait for a bill! Students are urged to pay owed amounts as soon as possible. There are no refunds for courses dropped after the 30th calendar day of the quarter.