Some academic programs are designed so credits above a certain number are assessed at a single rate. For example, students in the Graduate School who take eight credits are assessed the same tuition rate as those taking 11 credits. Changes in the number of credits eight or above wouldn’t change a tuition assessment.
Some academic programs have a range of credits that equals full-time student status, and a single tuition rate (called a “plateau”) is assessed if a student is taking a number of credits in that range. For undergraduates, that range is 12-18 credits in the fall or spring term, and 6-9 credits in the summer term.
For undergraduate students taking 17 credits, and dropping a 3-credit course, credits will change to 14 for the term. This is still in the 12-18 credit range and will still be assessed the same full-time tuition rate. So, no change in tuition means no adjustment.
For undergraduate students taking 14 credits, and dropping a 3-credit course, credits will change to 11 for the term. The tuition rate will change because it is no longer in the 12-18 credit range; this is no long considered a full-time student status. This can have impacts on many things including any financial aid. Students should talk to their academic advisor (and, if applicable, the Office of Student Financial Aid) when considering dropping a class that would affect full-time status.
Tuition adjustment refunds depend on whether classes are dropped during a particular time during the term. When a student drops a course by the drop deadline, the tuition is automatically adjusted and a tuition refund will be issued.
Students can find the drop deadlines for their enrolled classes in MyUW Student Center. In the Manage Classes section, select the appropriate term. In the list showing enrolled classes, select the calendar icon next to a specific class to access “Deadlines.”.This will display the add date, drop date, and tuition adjustment date(s) for that class.
Tuition adjustment dates for modular sessions are listed on the Office of the Registrar’s Dates & Deadlines page.