Auditors

The UW Colleges encourages adults to audit courses, although Distance Education including online courses are not eligible for audit. Auditors are those who want to take a course, but do not want any academic credit for taking it. All auditors must have approval of the instructor teaching the course. Approval is usually granted unless auditors increase the classroom space requirements or costs of instruction. Non-degree students enrolling for courses on an audit-only basis generally pay a reduced fee. Wisconsin residents who are disabled and receiving federal old-age survivors and disability insurance benefits (OASDI) may audit courses without charge if this will not result in additional laboratory or instructional costs. Students combining audit credits and regular credits pay regular tuition and fees for all the credits, including those audited.

Wisconsin residents who are 60 years of age or older as of the first day of the semester may audit courses without charge if this will not result in additional laboratory or instructional costs. These students, if combining audit and regular credits, pay tuition for the regular credits only.

For specific information about auditing courses, students should consult the campus course schedule for the term in which they wish to enroll.

Audit fees

Audited courses are not counted in determining full-time attendance; however, audited courses are included in determining your fees. The fees for "audit only" are 30% of the regular credit rate for Wisconsin and Minnesota residents, and 50% of the non-resident rate for non-residents.

Students taking a combination of credit and audit courses will be charged the full per credit rate. (Audit fees shall be removed for all disabled Wisconsin residents who are receiving federal old age survivors and disability insurance benefits (OASDI) under 42 USC 401 to 433 except lab fees, etc.) Wisconsin residents who are 60 years of age or older as of the first day of the semester may audit courses without charge if this will not result in additional laboratory or instructional costs. These students, if combining audit and regular credits, pay tuition for the regular credits only.