Registration and Course Policies

Criteria for Graduate-Level Course Work

Graduate course work focuses on advanced disciplinary content, usually as an extension of the discipline content presented at the undergraduate level. When graduate work introduces basic concepts, it typically introduces discipline content that is not offered at the undergraduate level and is dependent upon knowledge acquired at the undergraduate level. In addition, introductory graduate course work may be delivered in an accelerated way to develop a knowledge base for an individual who possesses an undergraduate degree in another field or for individuals who seek to broaden their undergraduate preparation.

Graduate course work employs instructional methods that require more self-directed learning on the part of the student. Course work will require extensive use of campus learning resources including the university library, specialized laboratories, and computing facilities. Course work is more specialized and program-specific, which contributes to the student's career goals and various enhancements leading to certification, licensure and career advancement.

Numbering of Courses

Courses numbered 7000 are open only to graduate students. Courses numbered 5000-6990 may be taken by graduate students for graduate credit, provided they have not taken the courses at the undergraduate level.

Because courses numbered 5000-6990 are open to both undergraduate and graduate students, graduate students are expected to do work of higher quality than is expected of undergraduates. In addition, the work is expected to be more detailed and thorough, and include projects not regularly assigned to undergraduates.

Undergraduate Students Enrolled in Graduate Classes

Senior undergraduate students are eligible to take graduate courses numbered 5000-6990 for graduate credit if:

*Note: Graduate credits cannot be applied toward completion of an undergraduate degree.

The graduate registration form is available online at

Graduate Students Enrolled in Undergraduate Classes

Graduate students may take graduate and undergraduate classes concurrently. Undergraduate fees are charged for the undergraduate classes and graduate fees are charged for the graduate classes. Graduate classes do not count toward the undergraduate plateau (12-18 credits) and undergraduate classes do not count toward the graduate plateau (9-12 credits). Students should register for both the graduate and undergraduate courses through the School of Graduate Studies, 112 Brigham Hall.

The graduate registration form is available online at


Courses and workshops may be offered at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on a pass or fail basis. Only a grade of "Pass or Fail" will be recorded for courses taken under this system. Three credits of pass or fail work may be counted toward a master's degree.

Course Changes

All course changes must be cleared officially with the School of Graduate Studies. Normally students are not permitted to enter courses after the fifth day of classes of any term.

Auditing Courses

A grade of "satisfactory" must be earned in any course audited in order to have such audit appear on the student's transcript. If the grade is "unsatisfactory", the audited course shall not appear on the transcript.

Independent Study

Students enrolling for independent study may obtain a form from the School of Graduate Studies Office, 112 Brigham Hall; or online at

Full-Time Students

For fee purposes, nine credits constitute a full load during the fall and spring semesters and five credits during the summer session. Full-time status for other purposes, such as financial aid, may be defined differently.


Graduate students may register with the School of Graduate Studies, 112 Brigham Hall, after the class schedule is available. The graduate registration form is available online at Graduate students are allowed to register for six credits during the summer sessions and nine credits during the fall/spring semesters. In order to register for additional credits, (up to 9 credits during summer sessions and 12 credits during fall/spring semesters), students must have approval of their advisors. Approval may be sent to the School of Graduate Studies Office by mail, fax, e-mail, or in person. Permission must include the student's name, semester the course is to be taken, course number, and the advisor's signature. A graduate student who wishes to appeal an advisor's decision should contact the department or school chair. A graduate student who wishes to add more than 9 credits for the summer session or 12 credits for the fall/spring semesters will need the additional approval (beyond the advisor's approval) of the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

No credit will be given for unapproved overloads. Students who enroll for an overload without permission will be required to drop sufficient courses and/or credits to comply with the prescribed load limit.

Note: If a graduate student does not have an assigned graduate advisor but is attending as a special (non-degree seeking) student, the dean of the School of Graduate Studies' approval replaces the advisor's approval.

Class schedules are viewable online at

To contact the School of Graduate Studies:

Tuition, Fees, and Expenses

Tuition and Fee Policies

This section provides the tuition and fee policies that were in effect at the time this book went to press. For up-to-date information contact the Cashier's Office at 608-342-1211 or check the Cashier's Office web site

The act of registering for courses at UW-Platteville creates a financial obligation to pay the tuition and fees associated with those courses according to the tuition and fees schedule established annually by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. The payment due dates are provided with the initial billing. Payment of all charges is the responsibility of the student. It is the responsibility of the student to pursue money from financial aid, scholarships, loans, or other non-personal sources. These are not considered payments until the money is received and posted to the student's account. Students who fail to cancel their registration or withdraw from courses in compliance with university policies and procedures will be charged even if they do not attend class. Nonattendance does not constitute withdrawal.

Payment Policy

UW-Platteville bills all students for each semester approximately 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Financial aid, scholarships and educational loans will not be reflected on the bill. The initial payment is due approximately 14 days after the beginning of each semester. To avoid finance charges, accounts must be paid in full by the due date on the initial bill.

A partial payment plan is available for fall and spring semesters to students with a good credit history. (There is no partial payment plan available for summer school and winterim.) In order to qualify for the partial payment plan a copy of the Installment Credit Agreement form must be on file in the Cashier's Office. A new Installment Credit Agreement form is required for each semester. Students who have demonstrated a poor payment history may be denied access to the partial payment plan. The partial payment plan consists of an initial payment of 33 1/3% of all charges billed on the initial bill, due approximately 14 days after the beginning of each semester and two additional installments of 33 1/3%, due approximately the sixth and tenth week of each semester. Exact due dates are provided with each initial billing statement. A finance charge of 1% per month on the unpaid balance (annual percentage rate of 12%) will be assessed on any balance remaining after the initial billing due date. Registered students who do not receive a bill should contact the Cashier's Office. Failure to receive a bill will not excuse students from payment deadlines.

Payment in full of all tuition and fees prior to the initial billing due date will avoid finance charges. (This date is also provided with each initial billing statement.) Unpaid balances incur finance charges as detailed in the Installment Credit Agreement, a copy of which is included with the initial billing. Registration for future semesters will not be permitted unless the account balance is zero. Accounts in default will be forwarded for private collection action. Students will be responsible for all collection costs on amounts not paid when due, including, but not limited to, attorney fees and collection agency fees.

If your bill will be paid by a third party (i.e. VA, DVR, Youth Options) a written authorization from the third party must be provided to the Cashier's Office before the initial billing due date or the account will be considered delinquent. The authorization must include who will be paying, the amount they will be paying, the name and ID number of the student they are paying for and when the payment will be made.

Payments are posted to the student's account as of the date of receipt. Post-dated checks will be returned to the sender and do not qualify as payment. All checks should be made payable to UW-Platteville and should include the student's ID number. The payment must be in the Cashier's Office on or before the due date to avoid service charges. UW-Platteville charges $20.00 for all checks returned by the bank for insufficient funds (NSF).

Late Fee

Students who have not paid at least 33.3% of their total initial bill by the initial billing due date of the fall and spring semester will be assessed a $30.00 Late Fee. A $15 late fee will be assessed if 100% of the summer charges are not paid by the end of the second week of the regular summer session or the first day of winterim classes.

Who gets the bill?

All initial bills go to the student's home address. All other bills go to the student's local address. If the student wants the bill to go to another address, a Change of Billing Address form must be submitted to the Cashier's Office.

Refund Policy

Tuition and fees may be refunded upon official withdrawal from the university according to the current refund schedule provided all official withdrawal forms are completed. The current refund schedule is:

100 percent during the first two weeks of classes
50 percent during the third and fourth weeks of classes
0 percent thereafter

If a student receives any type of federal financial aid (including Stafford loans and/or PLUS loans) and they withdraw from the university or reduce their credit load, their financial aid eligibility will be re-calculated and a percentage of the aid may be considered unearned and may have to be returned to the funding source. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions about this policy 608-342-1836.

Dropping Courses

Students may drop a course before it begins or at the drop-add session at the start of each semester without the instructor's signature. Students who drop a course during the period from after the tenth instructional day of the term through the end of the eighth week of that term will be charged a drop fee. A $10 fee for dropping each one credit or less class will be charged. A $15 fee for dropping each two credit or more class will be charged. Students must pay the drop fees before the course is actually dropped. If a student registered in a course withdraws from that course in the first two weeks of class in that semester, that course will not appear on the student's grade printout for that semester and hence will not be recorded on the student's transcript. If a student registered in a course withdraws from that course any time after the second week of class, but before the end of the eighth week of classes, a notation of "withdrawn" will appear on the student's grade printout and hence on his or her transcript.