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Registration FAQ

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 Summer Session.

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

Adult and Professional students may want to explore summer courses through University College.
Pre-college students may participate in programming offered through Arts & Sciences Pre-College Programs.

How do I register?

Registration opens March 31, 2021 through the UC Online registration portal. 

Note: Graduate students from divisions other than University College or The Graduate School should contact the registrar in their Dean’s Office to register.

How to register

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

There is no firm deadline on the last day to register. We prefer you enroll at least 48 hours prior to a course start date; this allows our team time to verify your enrollment and ensure you are on the official class roster. You may register for a course after it begins, however you may be subject to a late registration fee.

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 2021

Session I
May 24 - Jun 11

Session II
Jun 14 - Jul 16

Session III
Jun 14 - Aug 6

Session IV
Jul 19 - Aug 19

Course Browsing Opens February 8 February 8 February 8 February 8
Course Registration Opens March 31 March 31 March 31 March 31
Last day to drop and receive a lab fee refund May 28 June 18 June 21 July 23
Last day to register w/out late fee & instructor approval May 28 June 18 June 21 July 23
Last day to drop with a "D" May 28 June 18 June 21 July 23
Last day to drop and receive a 100% refund May 28 June 18 June 21 July 23
Last day to drop and receive a 50% refund June 2 June 22 June 28 July 27
No refunds given after June 2 June 22 June 28 July 27
Last day to change grade option June 7 July 12 July 26 August 13
Last day to withdraw from courses June 7 July 12 August 2 August 13

View the Refund Deadline schedule as a PDF


Session 5 (Special Session)

  • If the course meets 3 days or fewer, it must be dropped prior to the start of course for 100% refund. Thereafter, no refund is applied. 
  • If the course meets for 4 calendar days up to 1 week, you have 24 hours after the first class to drop for 100% refund. Thereafter, no refund is applied. 
  • If you are taking a Special Format course (for example, Weekend or Intensive Format) that meets 2 - 4 weeks, you have 48 hours after the first class to drop for 100% refund. Thereafter, no refund is applied. 
  • If the course meets for 5-6 weeks, you have 4 days after the first class to drop for 100% refund, and 8 days after the first class to drop for a 50% refund. Thereafter, no refund is applied. 
  • If the course meets 7 weeks or more, you have 7 days after the first class to drop for 100% refund, and 14 days after the first class to drop with a 50% refund. Thereafter, no refund is applied.

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 7 units
Session III: Maximum of 7 units
Session IV: Maximum of 7 units

When enrolled in overlapping sessions, students may carry no more than 10 units at one time. Finally, students are limited to taking no more than 14 units total over the course of the summer.

How do I drop a summer course?

Students must login to WebSTAC with a WUSTL Key and password to drop courses.

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

If you are unable to successfully drop your course, please send an email to summersession@wustl.edu.


Important Notes

Students must complete the Course Change Form for Session V courses and email it to summersession@wustl.edu. Your drop will be processed on the date it is received.

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 2021 Summer Session drop/refund deadline schedule.

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

What are my grade options?

Students may choose among three grading options during the summer session:

  • Letter Grade - yields GPA
  • Pass/Fail - no GPA
  • Audit

Students may choose the audit grade option if they do not seek academic credit for the course and do not wish to be responsible for all assignments. 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 summer courses fill up quickly. If you would like to request a waitlist, please follow the below guidelines:

  1. Find the course in the UC Online registration portal.
  2. Click the waitlist button to the left of your desired course.
  3. Complete the waitlist request form.
  4. Follow the directions in the email you receive from summersession@wustl.edu (method of payment is required before being added to the official waitlist).
  5. Once payment is verified, you will be placed on the official waitlist.

Students who do not gain a seat will be refunded within 7 - 10 business days after the first week of the course start date. Refunds will be in full to the original payment method we have on file.

How will I know if my course is cancelled?

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, cancelations and changes to courses will be posted in the UC Online registration portal. Tuition and fees are refunded in the event of a canceled course.

Can I take a course as an Independent Study?

All independent study projects must be described and approved in writing by the independent study instructor and an academic advisor and are subject to approval by the Summer School Director and Registrar.

Download the independent study form

Tuition & Financial Aid

What are the tuition rates and fees for summer courses?

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

Arts & Sciences Day (“L”) courses

  • Undergraduate: $1,180/unit
  • Graduate: TBD/unit

Special Audit

  • Undergraduate: TBD per course
  • Graduate: TBD per course

Note: Auditors pay the same fees as students taking the course for credit.

Fees

  • Lab / Materials Fees – $15 - $350
  • Late Registration – $50
  • Late Payment – 5% of the outstanding balance (minimum $50)
  • Returned Check – $25

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

Choose the payment options that work for you (i.e. Bill Me, scholarship, financial aid, military benefit, graduate remission, etc.). Students who select Bill Me will receive 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.

Domestic 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.

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 by wire transfer through Flywire, a leading provider of electronic payment solutions. Flywire allows you to save on bank fees and exchange rates, track your payment online from start to finish, and have access to 24/7 customer support.

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 the Student Billing Manager, Vicki Ruh.  

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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