Full-Time UW Students

If you are currently enrolled as a full-time student at any UW System institution (other than UW-Stout and UW-Stevens Point), you may be eligible for enrollment in an Independent Learning course without paying additional tuition. You are responsible for paying any course fees and course materials costs. For general information about multiple-campus enrollments, see UW System Administrative Policy 805, section 6, A, A.15.

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

  1. Secure pre-approval: Meet with your adviser to determine your eligibility for concurrent enrollment in a UW Independent Learning course(s) and make sure the course(s) will transfer back to your campus. If eligible, complete the required campus approval form and secure all required signatures*.
  2. Pre-register for the course(s): Once you’ve secured your campus approval, simply locate the course(s) in the catalog, click “Add to Cart” and proceed to checkout to pre-register. When you reach the Payment Options screen, choose the “mail/fax/phone/purchase order” option and indicate “UW Tuition Waiver” and select your campus as you proceed to “Submit Registration.”
  3. Confirmation of pre-registration: 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 with follow up instructions for submitting your campus approval documentation.

*Special notice to UW-Milwaukee students: UW-Milwaukee students must receive prior permission from their advising office for concurrent enrollment. Additionally, approval of a tuition waiver in an Independent Learning course may be contingent on enrollment by the add deadline in the semester in which you aim to enroll. Please connect with your advisor for further guidance.

Tuition Waiver Processing Dates

Approved Tuition Waiver Semester Processing Date Range
Fall July 1 – December 31
Spring November 1 – May 31
Summer April 1 – August 31

Using the UW System Course Credit Transfer Wizard

All UW Independent Learning courses are listed within the Course Credit Transfer Wizard. To review a course and see how your home campus is currently accepting that course, simply access the Course Credit Transfer Wizard and set the Transfer From institution to “UW-Extension Independ Learning” and the Transfer To institution to your home campus. Please note that delays on campus evaluation of Independent Learning courses is common. It’s always best to connect with your advisor for transfer evaluation of any Independent Learning course prior to registration.