Registering for Classes

Registration typically occurs 2 months prior to the start of the term. The first 5 days of registration begins with priority registration. Priority registration is open to students who have completed 24 credits or more, are online or license only students. On the 6th day, open registration begins. This is open to all students who are registering for the term. Specific dates will be advertised to current students each term.

Registration Changes (Drop/Add)

Open registration closes the day before the start of the term. The drop/add period begins with the first day of the term.  During this time, students will need to email their requests to drop/add to the Registrar.  All requests to drop/add must be made in writing by the student to the Registrar.  Once the term or session has begun, students will be assessed a $20/credit drop fee.  Tuition liability will be assessed according to the Refund Policy below.

Drop/Add Form

Refund Policy

After the open registration drop/add period has closed, all requests to drop or add a course must be made in writing to the Registrar.  You may email your written request to: or by completing the Drop/Add Form and submitting to the Registrar.  A refund of tuition and other charges will be made according to the following schedule:


Before the first hour: 100% refund, minus $20/credit drop fee

1st through 6th hour of class: 75% refund, minus $20/credit drop fee

7th through 12th hour of class: 50% refund, minus $20/credit drop fee

13th through 18th hour of class: 25% refund, minus $20/credit drop fee

After the 18th hour: No refund


Online course schedule:

Before the first unit: 100% refund, minus $20/credit drop fee

1st through 3rd unit: 75% refund, minus $20/credit drop fee

4th through 5th unit: 50% refund, minus $20/credit drop fee

6th through 8th unit: 25% refund, minus $20/credit drop fee

After the 8th unit: No refund

  • There is no charge for adding credits.
  • There is no drop fee if a drop request is received more than 15 days prior to the start of the session. Otherwise, the drop fee is $20/credit.
  • A grade of "W" will appear on the transcript for any course dropped after the start of the session.
  • A grade of NE (never enrolled) will be assigned for dropping a course prior to the start of the session.
  • Because of its limited enrollment, Group Didactic (529) must be dropped at least 30 days prior to the first night of class. No refund will be issued if 529 is dropped after that time.
  • Students are expected to complete requirements for the Master's Project (599 and 602) within 12 months from the time they register for the credits. No refund will be issued to a student who withdraws from the Master's Project after that time.

No refund will be issued to any student who stops attending class without submitting a written request for withdrawal to the registrar, or to any student who fails to appear in class (“no-show”), without submitting to the registrar a written request to drop the course.

Enrollment Status

Student financial aid budgets are determined by the student's declared enrollment status and prior enrollment history.

Full-time status = 6 credits or more per term
Half-time status = 3-5.5 credits per term
Less-than-half-time status = 2.5 credits or fewer per term

A student who drops below half-time status is no longer eligible for Title IV student financial aid (Federal Direct Loans or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loans). Pending disbursements will be canceled and the student's lender will be notified that the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time. Financial aid recipients are required to notify the financial aid and registrar's offices of any enrollment changes.

If you need to take time off from your program, please complete the Leave of Absence Request. A leave of absence will be considered in one-year increments. The form is not required for students taking off a single term or session.

Changing Programs

Students seeking to change degree programs must complete the Program Change Form. After the appropriate signatures have been obtained, please return the form to the Registrar's Office.


For incompletes requiring additional time, students must complete the Request for Extension form. Failure to submit the form and required work will lead to a final grade of NC (no credit). Please see the Catalog/Student Handbook for further details.


For more information regarding the Re-Admission process, please review the Re-Admission page.

Transcript Requests

Transcripts are processed by the Registrar's Office. All transcript requests must be made by completing the Transcript Request Form. Please complete a separate form for each request. The cost is $10 per transcript. Please allow 7-14 business days for processing. If you need a transcript for licensure or a licensure exam, please keep in mind that extra processing time is needed. If you have questions, please contact the Registrar's Office. 

Need to verify a degree?

The National Student Clearinghouse is now our authorized agent for providing degree and enrollment verifications. If you are an employer or background screening firm requesting this information please visit: or send your written request to:

National Student Clearinghouse
2300 Dulles Station Boulevard, Suite 300
Herndon, VA 20171


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