Find answers to the most commonly asked questions below.

Still looking for answers? Contact Student Services for help at 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276), il@uwex.edu, or via Live Chat!

Are UW Independent Learning courses accredited, and will they transfer to other institutions?

Our faculty and instructors are based at UW institutions that are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and are members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Before enrolling, check with your home campus adviser about the transferability of the Independent Learning courses you are considering.

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See how the UW Transfer Informaton System can help you check how Independent Learning courses transfer to your UW campus.

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What types of credit do you offer? Do you offer courses for graduate credit?

We offer courses for undergraduate-level university credit. We do not offer courses for graduate credit.

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Do you offer financial aid, and can you sign my student loan deferment form?

Independent Learning is not able to offer direct financial assistance to students. Unfortunately we are not able to sign your student loan deferment form.

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Can I take a UW Independent Learning course without paying additional tuition?

If you are currently enrolled as a full-time student at any UW System institution (other than UW-Stout), you may be eligible for enrollment in an Independent Learning course without paying additional tuition.

To enroll in an Independent Learning course without paying additional tuition:

  1. Ask your adviser how to verify your eligibility for concurrent enrollment in a UW Independent Learning course and where to obtain the required approval form to include the course as part of your full-time load.
  2. Go to the UW Independent Learning website (il.wisconsin.edu/catalog/index.aspx) and pre-register for the course you would like to take. When you reach the Payment Options page, choose the "mail/fax/purchase order" option and click "Submit Registration."
  3. Once you pre-register for the course you will receive an automated confirmation email from Independent Learning letting you know we received your pre-registration. You can scan and email (il@uwex.edu) the completed approval form to UW Independent Learning Student Services by attaching it to the confirmation email.
  4. Call UW Independent Learning Student Services 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276) and pay the $75 administrative fee over the phone or pay by check. If the total number of credits you are taking in a semester (including credits through Independent Learning) exceeds 18, you will also be responsible for the cost of the additional credits.

Once we receive your form, pre-registration, and payment, we will complete your registration.

For general information about multiple-campus enrollments, see UW System Administrative Policy 805, section 6, A, A.15.

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How much do your courses cost, and how do I pay for them?

Tuition and fees are listed in the course catalog. Acceptable methods of payment for all tuition and fees are debit/credit card, personal check, cashier's check or money order. For your protection and ours, we prefer not to accept cash payments. Please reach out to our Bursar's Office at studentbilling@uwex.edu with any questions regarding our payment policy or process.

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How do I get my books and materials?

Most courses require a textbook. Unless otherwise indicated, textbooks may be purchased through the University of Wisconsin-Extension Bookstore, powered by Follett. Students may also look into using other online or traditional retail bookstores. (Purchasing your books through Follett will ensure that you get the right editions of the right books for your classes.)

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How do I register?

You can register online, by telephone at 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276), or by completing a registration form (PDF).

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Where can I find my registration number?

Your registration number can be found in the Independent Learning Course Registration email you received upon registering in a course. Your registration number is also located in all Check In emails you receive from our Student Services team.

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