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General Questions

Registration and Enrollment

Earning Credits, Pursuing Degrees and Grades

Withdrawals and Refunds

Student Services

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Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) Status


General Questions

What is Non-Degree Enrollment?
Non-Degree Enrollment at the University of Washington in Seattle allows anyone to register for a UW course and earn University of Washington course credits without formal admission to the UW. However, since preference is given to matriculated students (students formally admitted to the university), Non-Degree Enrollment is on a standby, space-available basis and at the discretion of the department.

Which courses can I take through Non-Degree Enrollment?
Most courses found on the University of Washington Time Schedule are eligible for Non-Degree Enrollment. Enrollment is at the discretion of the department and requires departmental approval. To find out if a specific course is open for Non-Degree Enrollment, you will need to check with the academic department offering the class. View a list of departmental contact information or find your class.

Am I eligible for Non-Degree Enrollment?
Non-Degree Enrollment is open to all, except for international students holding certain visas (read more). You do not need to be a UW student in order to enroll in a UW credit course through Non-Degree Enrollment. However, you must receive departmental approval before registering. To learn how to get departmental approval, read more about the registration and enrollment process.

  • If you plan to apply your credits to a specific graduate degree, you will first need to apply for graduate nonmatriculated (GNM) status.
  • If you are a Washington State employee and want to take a class through the Tuition Exemption Program, you do not enroll through Non-Degree Enrollment. Instead, go to the Tuition Exemption Web site.
  • If you are a High School student interested in Non-Degree Enrollment, you should first contact your high school counselor to determine if enrollment in University-level courses is appropriate and will further your educational goals.
  • If you are 60 years of age or older and a Washington resident, you can audit University of Washington credit courses through the ACCESS Program for Older Adults.

May students with F-1 visas participate in the Non-Degree program?
You may only study at the UW with nonmatriculated (NM) status if you are already in possession of a current, valid I-20 from another school and will be taking classes at the UW while maintaining your F-1 status at that school. Nonmatriculated status is not available to international applicants wishing to obtain an I-20 for an F-1 student visa from the University of Washington; the UW is unable to issue I-20s for nonmatriculated study. Additionally, federal regulations prohibit F-2 and B-1/B-2 visa holders from engaging in full-time study in the U.S.

In the past I registered for courses on the UW Professional & Continuing Education Web site. Is Non-Degree Enrollment the same thing?
Yes. The process has been renamed Non-Degree Enrollment. UW Professional & Continuing Education still offers many career-oriented classes designed for working adults.

Is Non-Degree Enrollment the same as "Shared Access" or "nonmatriculated" enrollment?
Yes. These are different names for the same enrollment process.


Registration and Enrollment Questions

Can you give me a brief overview of the Non-Degree Enrollment process?
The process begins with following each of the steps that begin on the "Register" page. These include:

  • Determining your student status;
  • Downloading the appropriate forms;
  • Locating your class on the UW Time Schedule;
  • Taking the forms to the appropriate department to get signatures approving your registration; and
  • Submitting your completed forms and full payment.
After you submit your forms, you will be placed on standby status until the beginning of the quarter, or until the department permits enrollment of nonmatriculated students, at which time you will be enrolled if there is space in the course. Once you have been officially enrolled, we will contact you by mail. Most students are enrolled by the third day of the quarter. If a course is closed, we will attempt to enroll you through the tenth day of the quarter. In the meantime, you should attend class, as we may still be able to find a space for you. If we are unable to enroll you due to space limitations, you will receive a complete refund.

To begin the registration process, proceed to the Register page.

How do I register for a course?
To register for a course, go to the "Register" page, where you will be guided through the process.

When can I register for Non-Degree Enrollment?
For winter, spring and summer quarters, you may register beginning at the start of Registration Period I. For autumn quarter, registrations are accepted beginning the first Friday in August. Because Non-Degree registration is on a space-available basis and late fees may apply, students are encouraged to submit their registration materials and payment at the earliest possible date. For more information on quarterly dates and deadlines, see Important Dates.

Is Non-Degree Enrollment available each quarter?
The availability of Non-Degree Enrollment depends on your student status:

  • Nonmatriculated (NM) students may register via Non-Degree Enrollment during autumn, winter and spring quarters. During summer quarter, Nonmatriculated (NM) students should register via the Summer Quarter Web site.
  • Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) students may register via Non-Degree Enrollment anytime (autumn, winter, spring and summer quarters).

Get help determining your student status.

I am a state employee eligible for tuition exemption. Do I enroll via Non-Degree Enrollment?
No. To take UW classes through the Tuition Exemption Program, you do not enroll through Non-Degree Enrollment. Instead, you will need to go to the Tuition Exemption Program Web site.

How do I determine my student status (either Nonmatriculated (NM) or Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM))?

You are Nonmatriculated (NM) status if:

  • You wish to take a UW credit course
  • You have not been admitted to a UW degree program
  • You do not plan to apply the credits earned to a specific graduate degree program in the future

If this describes you, then you should register as a Nonmatriculated (NM) student. You do not need to apply for this status; to register as a Nonmatriculated (NM) student, simply go to the Register page and follow the instructions.

You are Graduated Nonmatriculated (NM) status if:

  • You wish to take a UW credit course
  • You have not been admitted to a UW degree program
  • You wish to apply credits earned to a specific graduate degree
If this describes you, then you will need to first apply for Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) status before registering for your class.

How do I apply for GNM status?
To apply for Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) status, you will need to contact the graduate coordinator in the UW department that offers the class you wish to take (view a list of departmental contact information). Departments will provide instructions and requirements to appropriate candidates. (Please note that not all departments offer GNM status.) Deadlines are determined by the faculty of each graduate program. For more information, see the Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) faq, call UW Non-Degree Registration Services at 206-897-8939, or e-mail Graduate Enrollment Management Services at uwgrad@u.washington.edu.

How do I register for a course that has a lab or quiz section?
Beginning autumn quarter 2005, secondary meetings (e.g., lab (LB) and quiz (QZ) sections) have their own SLN and are listed immediately below the primary lecture section in the Time Schedule. At the time of registration, students must choose a primary and a secondary section (where appropriate) to be able to enroll in a course. For more information, view the New Time Schedule Format FAQ.

How do I contact my academic department for approval signatures?
To enroll in a UW class as a Non-Degree student, you must obtain approval signatures on your Registration Approval form. Please note that both the "instructor signature" and the "departmental signature" are required before you will be permitted to register. To get these signatures, you will need to contact the academic department that offers your class. Because some departments have different approval procedures, we recommend that you begin by contacting the department directly. View the departmental contact information list.

What does standby, space-available registration mean?
Standby, space-available registration means that when you submit your registration forms and payment, you will not be immediately enrolled in the course. Because matriculated students (those who are officially enrolled in a UW degree program) have priority over Non-Degree students, those registering via Non-Degree Enrollment are placed on "standby" until the beginning of the quarter (or until the department permits enrollment of Non-Degree students), at which time they are enrolled if there is space in the course. If there is no space, you will receive a complete refund.

Where can I download registration forms for Non-Degree Enrollment?
We highly recommend that you go to the Register page and follow the registration instructions—especially if this is your first time registering as a Non-Degree student. All necessary registration forms are available on the Register page.

However, if you are already familiar with the registration process and know your student status, here are the forms you will need to register:

Nonmatriculated Student (NM) student forms: Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) student forms:

What happens after I submit my registration forms?
After you submit your registration forms and complete payment, we will attempt to enroll you in the course. In the meantime, you should attend class, even though you may not be officially enrolled. Once we are able to enroll you in the class, we will notify you via mail the day after you are enrolled in the course. Most students are enrolled within the first three days of the quarter and we will continue to try to enroll you through the tenth day of the quarter. Beginning the first week of the quarter, you may call Registration Services for confirmation, preferably in the afternoon, at 206-897-8939; during the first week of the quarter, Registration is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday until 5 p.m. Please note that enrollment in these courses is on a standby basis and cannot be guaranteed. If official enrollment cannot be completed by the end of the second week of the quarter, you will be issued a full refund. For more details about the registration process, see the complete Registration and Enrollment faq.

What are the odds of getting into my classes?
It is very difficult to predict which classes will be full and Registration Services avoids speculating. However, hundreds of students are enrolled into courses every quarter and Registration can work with you to provide the most up-to-date information regarding class limits and the current enrollment. (Beginning the first week of the quarter, you may call Registration Services for confirmation, preferably in the afternoon, at 206-897-8939, to inquire about your enrollment.) This information is also available in the UW Time Schedule. Registration Services processes standby registrations on a first-come/first-served basis, so the sooner you submit your registration request, the better your chances.

When will I know that I am enrolled in the course?
When we have officially enrolled you in a course, you will be contacted by mail. If registration requests are submitted before the quarter starts, most students are enrolled in open courses during the first three days of the quarter. If a course is closed, we will attempt to enroll you through the tenth day of the quarter. All enrollments must be finalized by the tenth day of the quarter. If we have not been able to enroll you by then, you will be issued a full refund.

Beginning the first week of the quarter, you may call Registration Services for confirmation of your enrollment, preferably in the afternoon, at 206-897-8939; during the first week of the quarter, Registration is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday until 5 p.m.

Can I attend the class before I am enrolled?
You should be attending every class so that you can evaluate the course and be in a position to withdraw within the 100% tuition refund deadline (see important dates) if the course is not appropriate for you. (The 100% tuition deadline is the Friday of the 1st week of the quarter)

If my name is not on the instructor's class list, does that mean I didn't get into the class?
Not necessarily. The first class lists are printed right before the quarter starts and most likely your name will not be on it. Enrollment data can change frequently during the first two weeks of the quarter and your instructor will not have an updated list until after the tenth day or the third week. Always consult Registration Services about the status of your enrollment. Registration may have just found a space for you and hasn't been able to notify you yet. Never assume that you didn't get into your class and just stop attending. You must notify Registration if you change your mind—and please be aware of refund deadlines.

What happens after I'm officially enrolled?
Once we have successfully enrolled you in your class, you will receive two important documents via mail:

  1. A Transaction Summary confirming your enrollment. (Note: Because many students are not officially enrolled until after the quarter has started, you may not receive this confirmation before your class begins.) Your Transaction Summary will provide you with your seven-digit UW Student ID Number. (Please keep a copy of your number in a safe place. UW student ID numbers are not released over the telephone.)
  2. A letter providing your Private Access code, which can be used to establish your UW NetID.


Earning Credits, Pursuing Degrees and Grades

Can I Earn UW Credit through Non-Degree Enrollment?
Yes. Non-Degree Enrollment allows you to earn UW credit without formal admission to the UW:

  • If you wish to earn undergraduate credits, you can do this by enrolling as a Nonmatriculated (NM) student.

  • If you wish to earn graduate credits, you must be granted Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) status by an academic unit and the Graduate Admissions office prior to registration. Learn more about Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) status.

Not sure if you are Nonmatriculated (NM) or Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM)? Get help determining your student status.

Can I apply credits earned through Non-Degree Enrollment toward a degree?
While enrollment in classes through Non-Degree Enrollment does not constitute admission to the University of Washington, the credits earned may be applied toward a degree should you be admitted to the University at a later date.

  • Undergraduate credit: Forty-five of the final 60 credits of an undergraduate degree program must be completed as an admitted student in residence at the UW.

  • Graduate credit: To earn graduate credit as a Non-Degree student, you must be granted Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) status prior to registering. Read about Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) status.

Can I meet teaching certification requirements with Non-Degree courses?
It is possible to complete some of the endorsement programs offered at the University of Washington, Seattle, without being admitted as a student. For information on endorsement programs at the UW, visit the UW College of Education Web site or call the Teacher Education Office at 206-543-1754.

Can I earn credit as a high school student?
High school students may be eligible to earn University credit through Non-Degree Enrollment. They should contact their high school counselor to determine if enrollment in University-level courses is appropriate and will further their educational goals.

Will my grade in a course taken as a Non-Degree student affect my GPA?
Grades earned for credit courses taken as a Non-Degree student are included in grade-point average calculations. An official UW transcript is established when the first credit course is taken and all future credit course activity is recorded on this permanent record of academic work at the UW. Read about the University of Washington grading system.

How can I access my grades and transcripts?

  • Grades: Final credit course grades are available on MyUW the Wednesday following the last day of the quarter. (To view your grades online, you will need to first establish a UW NetID.)

  • Transcripts: To order your transcript, please go to the UW transcript Web site.

Can Non-Degree Enrollment courses satisfy UW education requirements?
Credit courses may satisfy UW education requirements, but you should contact advising for confirmation. Read about General Education and Basic Skills Requirements for the UW.

Who else has access to my academic records?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 protects the privacy of your education records. However, the following information is considered public or "directory" information and may be released to anyone unless you request that you do not wish any information released: name, telephone number, major field of studies, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, full- or part-time enrollment status, educational institutions attended and for athletes, date of birth. To request no release of "directory" information, contact us at 206-897-8939.


Withdrawals and Refunds

How do I withdraw from a class?

  • You may drop credit courses without restrictions during the first two weeks of the quarter. (See Important Dates.) These dropped courses will not be recorded on your transcript. A $20 change fee will be charged during the second week of the quarter for each course dropped.


  • You may drop only one course each academic year (defined as September through August) during the period from the beginning of the third week through the end of the seventh week of the quarter. (See Important Dates.) This course will be recorded on your transcript, followed by a "W" and the week dropped. For example, if you drop a course in the fifth week, the notation will be W5.


  • You may withdraw completely from the quarter (dropping all courses) through the tenth week of the quarter. (See Important Dates.) A complete withdrawal for the quarter will be recorded on your transcript.

All requests to drop or withdraw from courses must be submitted in writing and must include the student's full name, the course name (department), the number and section and the quarter of enrollment. Submit the written requests to UW Non-Degree Registration Services in person or via mail, email or FAX to:

UW Non-Degree Registration Services
4311 - 11th Ave. NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98105-4608
email: Send an email to Registration Services
FAX: 206-685-9359

The date of the postmark or fax receipt will determine the date of withdrawal for mailed or faxed requests. Please keep your fax receipt or a copy of your email until you receive a confirmation of your request.

Failing to attend class or notifying the instructor that you wish to drop a class does not constitute an official withdrawal from the course. A grade of 0.0 will be entered on your official transcript unless you officially withdraw by submitting a written request to UW Non-Degree Registration Services.

Checks returned for non-sufficient funds (NSF) and credit card declines will not affect enrollment status. Registration Services assumes that the student is attending class and that payment will be made in full unless the student officially withdraws by submitting a written request as described above.

What is the refund policy?
Students must make a written request to withdraw from any credit course regardless of whether the course was being taken for credit or audited. See "How do I withdraw from a class?" (above) for details and important dates for refund deadline information.

If you have registered for a course, refer to your confirmation/receipt for applicable refund deadlines, or call UW Non-Degree Registration Services at 206-897-8939.

If we are unable to enroll you in a course, or if your course is cancelled, you will receive a refund of all fees associated with that course within three weeks. Refund checks will be issued to third-party payers if a third-party payer made the original payment.

If the instructor says the class is full and no one else will be admitted, will I receive a refund?
Yes, but you must talk with Registration Services first to make sure you haven't already been enrolled in the class. Instructors do not always have the most current class list. If you have not been officially enrolled, Registration Services will assist you in choosing another class or processing a full refund. Call Registration Services at 206-897-8939 to discuss your options.

If I don't find out until the end of the second week that I didn't get into the class, do I only get a 50 percent refund?
No. If there is no space in the class and Registration cannot enroll you, they will refund your full course fee. If that was your only class, they will also refund your registration fee and any late fees that might have been collected. You would, however, lose 50 percent if you changed your mind after Registration had enrolled you. For example, if you are enrolled during the second week and then you say you don't want the class, you will lose 50 percent of your tuition. In the case that you don't want the class, you should take yourself off standby or withdraw from the course before the end of the first week of the quarter.

Can the department waive my late fee?
Some academic departments require that Non-Degree students register after the first day of the quarter at which time a $25 late fee is usually assessed. Contact the appropriate department to determine if there are procedures for waiving the late fee. Waiving the late fee is at the discretion of each department.


Student Services

What services and benefits are available to me as a Non-Degree Student?

UW Non-Degree students have access to:
  • libraries
  • campus computer labs
  • an email account
  • Hall Health (However, non-degree students are not eligible for the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan.)

Husky card: In order to access many of the above services, Non-Degree students should obtain a Husky card (University ID) at the Student ID Center by providing their transaction summary as proof of registration for the quarter. The Husky card is used to check out materials from the library and can also be set up for use as a debit card. Husky cards are accepted for payment at campus dining, parking and printing facilities. Non-degree students taking credit courses on Seattle Campus through UW Professional & Continuing Education (UW PCE) may purchase a U-PASS through UW PCE for $132 per quarter. Important instructions regarding the U-PASS, its activation and use, and payment deadlines are on the Commuter Services website.

Tax benefits: Under the Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC), taxpayers may be eligible to claim up to $2000 of qualified tuition and related expenses as a tax credit. The LLC covers qualified education expenses paid for academic periods during the tax year. While the tax credit excludes expenses covered by scholarships, tax-free grants, or employer education assistance, it does include all qualified out-of-pocket expenses and those paid by loans. For detailed information, please refer to IRS Publication 970, "Tax Benefits for Education."

Non-Degree students are not eligible for the following:

  • use of the Intramural Activity Building (IMA)
  • use of the Counseling Center in Schmitz Hall
  • the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan
  • student housing (except during summer quarter)
  • federal student financial aid (However, students may qualify for a number of other private educational loans.)
  • I-20 visas
  • UW Career Center services

Can I get a UW ID card?
Non-Degree students should obtain a University ID (Husky card) at the Student ID Center by providing their transaction summary as proof of registration for the quarter. The Husky card can be set up for use as a debit card and is accepted at campus dining, parking and printing facilities. Non-degree students taking credit courses on Seattle Campus through UW Professional & Continuing Education (UW PCE) may purchase a U-PASS through UW PCE for $132 per quarter. Important instructions regarding the U-PASS, its activation and use, and payment deadlines are on the Commuter Services website.

Can I get a U-PASS?
Non-degree students taking credit courses on Seattle Campus through UW Professional & Continuing Education (UW PCE) may purchase a U-PASS through UW PCE for $132 per quarter. Important instructions regarding the U-PASS, its activation and use, and payment deadlines are on the Commuter Services website. Students must agree to the U-PASS Terms of Use before purchase or renewal and sign the U-PASS Terms of Use Agreement and submit it to UW PCE Registration Services at the time of registration. Online Learning students are not eligible for the U-PASS.

U-PASS Powered By ORCA offers unlimited rides on King County Metro, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, or Everett Transit bus services and on Sound Transitís buses, Link light rail and Sounder commuter trains. It also offers discounted carpool parking, vanpool subsidies, low membership rate for Zipcar (now for students 18-21), discounts and special offers at more than 40 local merchants, and discounts on helmets, lights, pedometers and more at Hall Health (Wellness Resource Center). For more information, call 206-543-0450 or visit the U-PASS Web site.

Can I park on campus?
Parking is available from any gatehouse on a daily basis. See Gatehouse Fees for daytime, evening and special rates.

Short Term parking, Quarterly Motorcycle/Scooter, Day SOV and Evening Parking Permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis from Parking Services. You will need proof of UW class registration and vehicle and license plate information. A permit may be purchased up to two weeks prior to the first day of the quarter.

A U-PASS and money in a Husky Card Account are required for all carpool parking (gatehouse and E1 lot). See Parking Services's Carpooling page for pricing and policies. Money must be in your account at least 24 hours in advance. For parking locations, refer to Campus Maps.

Disability parking permits (valid for 4-6 weeks) for students with temporary disabilities are issued by Parking Services upon request. Students with longer-term disabilities must contact the Disability Resources for Students Office at 206-543-8924 to initiate a review for reasonable accommodation.

For additional parking information, visit Parking Services. If you still have questions, email parking@u.washington.edu or call 206-221-3701.

As a Non-Degree student, do I get a UW NetID?
Yes. After you have been officially enrolled in a course, you will receive a letter providing your private access code (PAC). This code can be used to establish your UW NetID, your personal network identification. Your UW NetID gives you access to many resources, including:

  • campus computers
  • computing labs
  • dial-in modem pools
  • UW email
  • Web publishing
  • administrative applications
  • viewing your class schedule and grades online
  • information about University resources and activities

Once you have received your private access code, visit the UW NetID Web page to set up your NetID and password. If you need help or have technical questions, please email help@u.washington.edu.


Getting More Help

Can I talk with an adviser about Non-Degree Enrollment?
Nonmatriculated (NM) students may seek academic advising for undergraduate credit courses taken on campus or through online learning. Advisers can help you determine if courses meet your academic goals and explain the registration process. If you would like to speak with an adviser or schedule an appointment, please call Advising at 206-543-6160 or 1-800-543-2320, or send an email to Advising.

Graduate nonmatriculated (GNM) students receive academic advising from the graduate coordinator in the appropriate school or college. For a complete list of schools and colleges offering graduate programs, please see The Graduate School Web site. Note that not all courses in these graduate programs are open to GNM students.

Those seeking a first Washington state teaching certificate should contact the College of Education's Office of Student Services, 206 Miller Hall, at 206-543-7834 or edinfo@u.washington.edu.

How do I contact my academic department for approval signatures?
To enroll in a UW class as a Non-Degree student, you must obtain approval signatures on your Registration Approval form. View the departmental contact information list and call or email the appropriate department (not the professor listed on the time schedule) to determine that department's signature procedure.

Whom do I contact to check on my enrollment status?
Beginning the first week of the quarter, you may call Registration Services for confirmation, preferably in the afternoon, at 206-897-8939. During the first week of the quarter, Registration is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday until 5 p.m.

Where can I find help locating my classroom?
The Guide to Classroom Locations lists each building with links to detailed maps. For general campus maps, also see the Campus Maps page.

Where can I find general information about University policies and services not covered in this site?
For additional information on University policies and services, see the UW Student Guide. Please keep in mind that some policies and services in the guide do not apply to Non-Degree students.

My name has changed. How do I notify the University?
To notify the University of a name change, please print and complete a Change of Name card. Mail or deliver your completed card to the address on the form.

What is the University's policy on disability accommodations?
The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or dso@u.washington.edu at least 10 days prior to the start of your course or date of a UW event you plan to attend. You may also request accommodation in the application process by contacting Disability Services at least 10 days before you submit your application.

Whom do I contact with other questions?
For further contact information, view our Contact Us page.


Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) Information

May students with F-1 visas participate in the GNM program?
No. Federal regulations mandate that international students be matriculated in a program of study that leads to a degree. As such, GNM status is not available to persons holding an F-1, F2, or Visitors visa, or to those expecting the Office of Graduate Admissions to issue the I-20 student visa application for F-1-status entry into the U.S.

Why should I consider applying for GNM status?
Graduate nonmatriculated (GNM) is a student status at the University designed to provide access to graduate courses for qualified post-baccalaureate individuals who are not currently seeking a graduate degree, but who may later want to apply these credits toward a degree. The graduate department with which they seek this status evaluates the applicants. They will determine whether the student is qualified to do graduate-level work in the courses to which they seek entry.

If you wish to take graduate-level courses but do not plan on applying the credits to a specific graduate degree, then you should register as Nonmatriculated (NM) - not Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM).

What is nonmatriculated (NM) student status and how does it relate to GNM status?
Nonmatriculated (NM) status is an undergraduate status and students in this status do not earn graduate credit, even if the courses they take are at the graduate level. Credits earned in this status can apply to an undergraduate degree if the student later becomes matriculated or may be used in preparation for graduate school. The credits can never be counted as graduate credit even if the student later becomes a graduate student. You do not need to apply for Nonmatriculated (NM) status.

How do I become a GNM student?
Applicants to the GNM status must contact the academic department directly for application information. (Not all departments choose to offer GNM status.) Departments will provide instructions and requirements to appropriate candidates. Once this is completed, students may apply at https://www.grad.uw.edu/applForAdmiss/.

How do I register for courses as a GNM student?
Most GNM students should register for all courses through Non-Degree Enrollment. Registration materials and instructions will be mailed to successful applicants the quarter they are accepted. (Students are responsible for obtaining registration materials in subsequent quarters.) You may also review the registration steps by going to the Register page.

GNM students using the UW Employee or State of Washington Tuition Benefit Program must register through the Tuition Exemption Web site.

How many GNM credits may I apply towards a graduate degree at the UW?
A student who is later admitted to a graduate program at the University of Washington may apply a maximum of 12 applicable GNM credits (or any combination of GNM and up to six approved transfer credits totaling 12 credits) towards a master's degree. Transfer credits are not applicable towards a doctoral degree. Six- and ten-year limits for master's and doctoral degrees commence at the point of enrollment in the first GNM course which is later applied for credit toward degree requirements. Credits earned as a nonmatriculated student will never count as graduate credits.

Must I register every quarter in order to maintain GNM status?
If students do not register the first quarter they are granted GNM status, they will forfeit the status. After the initial quarter they have registered, students will not lose their GNM status unless they miss four consecutive quarters of registration, or register in any other status.

GNM students using the UW Employee or State of Washington Tuition Benefit Program must register every quarter to maintain eligibility. If registration is not continuous, a new GNM application must be submitted.

Can I be a GNM student in more than one department?
Yes, but not simultaneously. Students may hold GNM status in only one department at a time and they may not hold any other student status while enrolled as a GNM student. If you want to transfer to GNM status in another program, you must apply to that program in the usual way. However, you may request that transcripts and other student records from the first program be forwarded to supplement the new GNM application. Only a total of 12 credits may apply toward a graduate degree.

What are the standards for academic performance for a GNM student?
GNM students are expected to maintain a grade-point-average of at least 3.00.

How much does it cost to enroll as a GNM student?
Students pay on a per-credit basis as follows: Graduate fees are assessed for all courses 500-level and above and undergraduate fees are assessed for courses at the 100 to 499 level. For current fee information, see Fees or call 206-897-8939.

When can I apply to Graduate School?
You may apply to Graduate School at any time, although some departments do not admit students every quarter. However, a master's degree must be completed within six years and a doctoral degree within 10 years of the first GNM course that is applied toward graduate degree requirements.

Does GNM status give me an advantage when I apply to Graduate School?
No. Application to graduate programs is competitive.

Does the GNM program allow me to defer my student loan payments?
Possibly, depending upon the regulations of the lending agency. Contact the University Student Loan Office, 206-543-4025, for information.

If I have questions about GNM status, where do I go?

Application procedures: Contact the graduate academic unit in the appropriate department (view a list of departmental contact information)

Registration procedures and fees: UW Non-Degree Registration Services, 206-897-8939, 1-800-506-1325

Academic policies: Graduate Admissions, 206-543-7097