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Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19

Washington University is taking significant measures to protect the community from COVID-19. Visit WashU Together for more information on WashU's COVID-19 response. 

Summer Session 2022 will operate under the same assumptions for course delivery as this past academic year, with a return to in-person classroom instruction. Physical distancing, density, masking and vaccination requirements for on-campus spaces will follow the most current university guidelines. As an added precaution, everyone is strongly encouraged to complete a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before arriving to campus. The screening tool is available at screening.wustl.edu. (Visitors/guests may access the tool at visitorscreening.wustl.edu). If you have symptoms of COVID, do not come to campus until you have a negative COVID test!

Do I have to wear a mask?

Please refer to the Danforth Campus Mask Policy for current masking protocols.

Do I have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to take classes?

As a condition of employment, enrollment, and/or access to Washington University and affiliated facilities, all University employees, students, and trainees must be immunized by vaccination against COVID-19 unless granted a medical or religious exemption from the University.

All WashU students, including visiting students, must provide documentation of vaccination before they arrive on campus for the start of their academic term. Current Washington University students should already have this information uploaded to their Habif student health portal. Visiting students should submit COVID-19 immunization information and documentation to our Visiting Student Immunization Portal. by the following dates based on which session the student is enrolled:

  • May 20, 2022 at 11:59pm CT for Summer Session I
  • June 3, 2022 at 11:59pm CT for Summer Sessions II and III
  • July 8, 2022 at 11:59pm CT for Summer Session IV

General information about immunization requirements is available here.

What is the COVID-19 Protocol for Current Washington University Students?

Current students who have symptoms of COVID-19 must call the COVID Call Center or Habif Health and Wellness Center for testing and should not attend any in-person class. If you are asked to quarantine while awaiting results of a COVID test, please access the letter you receive from Habif Health Center in your student portal and forward it to your course instructor(s) and to the A&S Summer Session office (summersession@wustl.edu). Upon proof of a negative test, current students who are asymptomatic will be permitted to return to their classroom and resume all course activities in person.

Current students who test positive for COVID-19 should not attend any in-person class, even if asymptomatic. Instead, please access the letter you receive from Habif in your student portal and forward it to your course instructor(s) and to the A&S Summer Session office (summersession@wustl.edu). This letter will contain information about your isolation release date.

  • Current students who test positive and are living in WashU Summer Housing will be immediately relocated to quarantine housing located in Millbrook 3 until physicians at Habif determine that the student can return to normal housing and resume usual course/program activities.  
  • Current Students who test positive for COVID-19 and are living off-campus should still report symptoms to Habif, but will be expected to quarantine/isolate at home until being cleared to return to usual course/program activities.

What is the COVID-19 Protocol for Visiting Students?

Visiting students who have symptoms of COVID-19 must obtain either a self-test kit or make arrangements to obtain a PCR test off-campus (e.g. urgent care facility, physician’s office, etc) and should not attend any in-person class. If you are asked to quarantine while awaiting results of a COVID test, please forward the doctor’s instructions to your course instructor(s) and to the A&S Summer Session office (summersession@wustl.edu).

Visiting students who have symptoms of COVID-19, despite having a negative self-test, must make arrangements to complete a PCR test at an urgent care facility, emergency room or other facility for COVID testing. Upon submitting proof of a negative PCR test to the A&S Summer Session office, visiting students who are asymptomatic will be permitted to return to their classroom and resume all course activities in person.

Visiting students who test positive for COVID-19 must forward the doctor’s instructions to your course instructor(s) and to the A&S Summer Session office (summersession@wustl.edu). This letter will contain information about your isolation release date.

  • Visiting students who test positive and are living in WashU Summer Housing will be immediately relocated to quarantine housing until they can make appropriate travel arrangements to return home (which time shall not exceed 48 hours after receiving the positive COVID-19 test result).
  • Visiting students who test positive for COVID-19 and are local (or are not living in WashU Summer Housing) will be asked to leave immediately and quarantine/isolate at home until being cleared to return to usual course/program activities.

How do I manage disruptions to learning due to COVID-19?

All students are encouraged to communicate clearly and directly to course instructors about any disruptions in your learning. As with any course absence, you will need to inform your instructors when one occurs, and you will need to make sure that you understand what work will need to be done during your absence. Missing in-person class sessions due to COVID isolation or quarantine or while awaiting the results of a COVID test will be considered an excused absence. Students may be asked to provide appropriate documentation based on course policy.

  • If a student is in isolation or quarantine due to COVID, the student must work directly with their course instructor for guidance on how to continue to study/engage with course materials during that time.

If a student tests positive for COVID and the disruption to their learning is too severe for them to continue in their enrolled Summer Session course(s), the student will need to contact the A&S Summer Session office immediately to discuss next steps. 

Registration

Do I need to complete an application to register?

An application is not required to register for summer courses. However, we do request visiting undergraduate students complete an enrollment request form through the Visiting Student Program. Below is a list of eligible student classifications who can enroll through A&S Summer Session.

  • Current Washington University student (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Visiting student from another US college or university
  • Post-baccalaureate student
  • International student (with a valid F-1 or J-1 US Visa sponsored by another US university)

Adult and Professional students may want to explore summer courses through University College.

Middle/High School students may participate in programming offered through Arts & Sciences Pre-College Programs.

How do I register?

Registration opens March 30, 2022 through the WebSTAC registration portal for those who have a WUSTL Key. Visiting students will be enrolled in courses manually after their visiting student enrollment request form has been approved and payment has been received in full.

Note: Graduate students from divisions other than Arts & Sciences should contact the registrar in their Dean’s Office to register.

What is the last day that I can register for a course?

Registration deadlines vary by session. Once summer registration opens, enrollments are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend enrolling early to avoid waitlists and otherwise full courses. 

Summer 2022

Session I
May 23 - Jun 10

Session II
Jun 13 - Jul 15

Session III
Jun 13 - Aug 5

Session IV
Jul 18 - Aug 18

Last day to Add/Drop (and receive 100% refund)

May 25

June 15

June 20

July 20

Last day to Drop ("W" on transcript) and receive a 50% refund (no refunds given after this date)

May 27

June 17

June 27

July 22

Last day to Change Grade Option or Withdraw from courses

June 3

July 8

July 22

August 12

Session V (special session) dates and deadlines are available in the PDF linked below.

View the registration and Refund schedule as a PDF

How many credits can I take in Summer Session?

Due to the intensive nature of summer courses, students may carry no more than the maximum credit load for each session, indicated below:

Session I: Maximum of 4 units
Session II: Maximum of 6 units
Session III: Maximum of 6 units
Session IV: Maximum of 6 units

When enrolled in overlapping sessions, students may carry no more than 6 units at one time. Finally, students are limited to taking no more than 12 units total over the course of the summer.

How do I drop a summer course?

Current Washington University students must login to WebSTAC with a WUSTL Key and password to drop courses.

  • Go to the WebSTAC registration portal.
  • Click "Schedule" on the menu bar.
  • Click "Drop" next to the appropriate course.
  • Confirm your request by clicking "Drop Course."

Visiting students must complete Course Change Request Form. Make note of the applicable add/drop/refund deadlines for each session listed here.

If a student is unable to successfully drop their course, please send an email to summersession@wustl.edu.


Important Notes

Courses dropped by the 100% refund deadline will not be reflected on the student record/transcript. Courses dropped after the 100% refund deadline will be shown as withdrawal (“W”) on the student record/transcript. Review the 2022 Summer Session drop/refund deadline schedule.

Notifying the instructor of your intent to drop, failing to attend class, or notifying the department by fax, phone or email is not considered an official withdrawal and may result in a failing grade and no tuition refund.

Requests for policy exceptions should be filed using the A&S Exception Petition.

What are my grade options?

Students typically choose between two grading options during Summer Session:

  • Letter Grade (yields GPA)
  • Pass/Fail (no GPA)

Students may not change their grade option after a certain date in each session. Please check with your academic advisor to determine whether there are additional restrictions on grading options for your school or major.

The course I want is full. Can I get on a waitlist?

Some classes allow students to be on a wait list once registration capacity is reached. If a space becomes available, students are automatically enrolled in the order they are on the list. Waitlisted students are therefore encouraged to attend class sessions so they can stay on track with course materials in the event space opens up and the student is enrolled. If a student is not added to a course, they will not be charged Summer Session tuition for that course. Enrollments from the waitlist are subject to the same add/drop policies outlined above. If a student changes their mind about wanting to take the class for which they are waitlisted, they should drop the course before the add/drop deadline so they don't get accidentally enrolled.

How will I know if my course is canceled?

Course cancellations do happen for low-enrolled courses. Enrolled students will receive email correspondence from the Summer Session office with information about the cancellation and your options 1-2 weeks before the course start date. Additionally, cancellations and changes to courses will be posted in WebSTAC. Tuition and fees are refunded in the event of a canceled course.

Tuition & Financial Aid

What are the tuition rates and fees for summer courses?

Tuition and fees are listed with each course in the WebSTAC registration portal.

Arts & Sciences (“L”) Course Tuition

  • Undergraduate: $1,180/unit  ($3,540/3-unit course)
  • Graduate: $1420/unit ($4,260/3-unit course)

Fees

  • Lab/Materials Fees: $15 - $350
  • Late Payment: 5% of the outstanding balance (minimum $50)

I am a WashU student, how do I apply my financial aid award for summer courses?

Matriculated Washington University students who are accepted into a degree program may apply for summer school financial assistance. Financial assistance is generally in the form of student loans. To be considered for loan assistance, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Current undergraduate students must be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 6 units of course work during summer semester with a C (2.0) minimum grade point average.
  • Current graduate students must be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 3 units of course work during the summer semester with a B (3.0) minimum grade point average. 

Students must complete a summer school aid application, which is available through the Financial Aid website, and applications must be processed before the summer session in which you are taking courses ends.

Federal regulations require that students receiving federal Title IV financial aid maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP). On the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis, SAP is evaluated at the end of the spring term. If you are not maintaining progress you will notified by your school’s Dean’s office. You will be ineligible for aid for future terms (including a summer term) unless you appeal your status and your school’s Dean’s office approves your appeal. Contact Financial Aid to learn more about SAP requirements and the appeal process.

If you have further questions, schedule an appointment with your financial advisor or contact Dan Dick, Manager of Compliance & Awarding.

What are my payment options for summer courses?

WashU Undergraduate Students

Charges for Summer Session courses will appear on an electronic billing statement, accessible by logging in to WebSTAC. Generally, the outstanding balance is due on or near the 20th of the following month, unless other arrangements have been made. Unpaid bills will result in a financial hold being placed on the student's account.

Domestic & International Visiting Students

Registrations are to be paid in full to secure a seat in a course. Students may pay by debit/credit card or provide an approved alternate method of payment (i.e. financial aid consortium agreement, military benefit, etc.). At this time, we cannot accept check or cash payments.

I am owed a refund. When will I receive it?

Refund processing is done weekly on Thursdays throughout the summer. Funds are reimbursed to the method of payment on file. Generally, it takes 7-10 business days for credits to appear on your financial institution account. For specific questions, please contact summersession@wustl.edu.

I am a visiting student, how do I apply for financial aid?

Visiting students are not eligible to apply for financial aid with Washington University in St. Louis. However, you may explore options through your home institution. We recommend contacting your financial aid office to learn more about a Consortium Agreement; this can allow you to use funds from your financial aid award toward summer courses at WashU. 

Can I use my WashU employee benefit toward summer courses?

Washington University provides its faculty, staff, and their families with tuition assistance to foster their continuing education.

Learn more about this benefit

Is there tuition assistance for city employees or school district staff?

University College offers classes at a reduced rate to city employees, public safety officers, and public school teachers and staff who enroll in a University College ("U" prefix) course. 

Learn more about this benefit

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