The ACCESS Program at UW Tacoma allows Washington residents aged 60 years or older to audit one or two courses per quarter on a space-available basis. The program is a great opportunity to take full advantage of the extraordinary resources of the campus, the outstanding faculty, and the diverse student population.
ACCESS students attend classes on an audit basis as a non-matriculated student. As an auditor, you do not receive credit, participate in discussions, complete research, laboratory work, take tests or submit papers.
ACCESS students do not pay the services and activities fees; they are not entitled to participate in UW programs which are funded by these fees. There is a nominal registration fee, but ACCESS students do not pay tuition.
Registration begins the third day of the quarter and for up to two weeks after. ACCESS Students may not register prior to the third day of the quarter (not the third day of the course).
Note: The University no longer offers a paper catalog of course offerings.
On the Time Schedule, select the quarter and year. A list of schools and departments will be displayed.
Then, select the department and course abbreviation. A listing of available courses will be displayed.
Take note of the following:
Schedule Line Number (SLN) - Each course section has a five-digit SLN. Students with a UW NetID can click on the SLN to view course details such as the most current space availability.
Registration restrictions - Take note of any special registration restrictions, such as no auditors or an entry code requirement which is noted with a “>” symbol next to the SLN.
Department contacts - Course specific questions or entry code requests must be directed to the department or advisor. Read STEP 2 for information about entry codes. If needed, instructor contact information may be found in the UW Tacoma Directory.
ACCESS students may NOT enroll in the following courses:
T CORE courses
500-level or above courses
Extension or correspondence courses
Independent study courses
Distance learning/online classes
Professional Development Center continuing education (PDC) and other courses associated with fee-based programs
Studio, laboratory courses, research and honors sections.
STEP 2: Course Entry Codes
An entry code is a 5-digit number used for course registration, if required by the course. Entry codes are obtained from the academic department or advisor, can only be used once, and must be provided on the ACCESS registration form when necessary.
Courses which require entry codes
Courses which are full require an entry code to overload the class. It is up to the academic department's discretion to overload their courses.
Courses with a ">" symbol next to the SLN on the Time Schedule require an entry code.
Courses with "Restr" next to the SLN on the Time Schedule require an entry code.
STEP 3: Complete the ACCESS Registration Form (Online or PDF)
ACCESS registration is processed using a completed ACCESS Program Student Registration form and only by the Office of the Registrar. No other office, department, or advisor may register ACCESS students, nor may ACCESS students self-register for courses via MyUW.
New Students: Students who have not previously participated in the ACCESS Program or attended courses at UW must provide us with a Washington State ID for verification. A Washington state ID is required. Leave the student number field blank on the form; it will be assigned.
Returning Students: Complete all fields, including the signature at the bottom of the PDF form.
The UW student number, which is the same at the ACCESS student number, remains assigned to students for the entirety of their tenure at UW.
The student number is not the UW Alumni Association number.
Returning students who cannot remember their UW/ACCESS Student Number may leave the field blank but indicate the approximate dates of attendance in the spaces provided.
STEP 4: Submit ACCESS Registration Form
Completed registration forms, without payment, may be submitted as follows:
New students: Email your completed PDF form a copy of your WA State ID as an attachment.
STEP 5: Make a Payment
Payment is due by the tuition deadline which is the third Friday of the quarter. Credit or debit card payments can be made in the accounts section of MyUW (UW NetID required).
Students cannot pay until they have been registered for courses. Payment cannot be accepted ahead of time and/or with the registration form.
Contact Student Fiscal Services at email@example.com with questions regarding payments.
A nonrefundable $5 registration fee is charged to ACCESS students along with a prorated portion of the student technology fee (approximately $4 per credit). For example, an ACCESS student auditing a 5-credit class will pay approximately $25 per quarter with both fees.
Helpful Tips & Notes
Check the Time Schedule on Registration Day. Many students add and drop courses during the first week of the quarter and enrollment numbers fluctuate. A course previously thought closed which needed an entry code may become available.
Register only for courses you plan to attend. Students are responsible to pay the registration fee even if eventually withdrawn, and because the STF is based on the number of credits registered for, do not register for more classes than you plan to attend.
How to withdraw: Students who need to withdraw from course(s) may do so or by submitting an Official Withdrawal form requesting to be withdrawn with a corresponding signature to the Office of the University Registrar.
ACCESS Program Resources & Guidelines
Access students registered for courses may request a Husky card from the Office of the Registrar through an online portal that allows to request your Husky Card online. You be asked to upload your photo and a photo of your official government issued ID (driver's license or passport) to obtain your Husky ID. You do not need a new Husky card every quarter, however you must pay for a replacement card if it is lost.
Active Husky Card Benefits
Library access and material check out privileges.
UPASS allows unlimited rides on the bus, light rail, and other transit resources. ACCESS students are eligible to purchase a quarterly UPASS at the staff/faculty rate. You cannot obtain a Husky card or purchase the UPASS until you have registered for classes by the Office of the Registrar.
ACCESS students can also create a UW NetID. This optional service is a username that allows login access to certain computers on campus and web resources and to establish a UW email account while you are enrolled. Some courses which use Canvas for class readings will require UW NetID access in order to use Canvas or Zoom to view lectures. Students may reset a forgotten UW NetID password by visiting UW NetID Recovery.
Through the Student Conduct Code, Huskies hold themselves to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and accountability. The University of Washington expects ACCESS students to be informed of the Student Conduct Code and to conduct themselves as a responsible member of UW community.