The Access Program for State Residents 60+
The Access program allows Washington state residents aged 60 and older to audit University courses on a space-available basis. The program is a great opportunity for older resident to take full advantage of the extraordinary resources of the campus, including its outstanding faculty and its diverse student population.
Access students attend classes as auditors. Some faculty encourage active participation from Access students, but it is a good idea to check with the instructor first. Access students may register for most courses except English 100, 101, 102, Math 098, UW Extension, Distance Learning, studio, laboratory courses, and honors sections. They may also register for 500 level graduate courses with the approval of the instructor by obtaining an entry code through the department. A transcript is not maintained.
Access students may enroll for a maximum of two courses per quarter. The registration fee is $5, plus a Technology Fee of $4/credit, which allows registered students to obtain an email account and use the computer labs. You may request a student ID card to obtain library privileges for the quarter. You are also eligible to purchase a quarterly U-PASS from the ID Card Center in Odegaard.
If an entry code is required for your courses, contact the Jackson School’s Student Services Office, located on the first floor of Thomson Hall. In addition, instructor permission is usually required for each course audited.
Only register for courses you plan to attend. Because the registration fee is due even if you withdraw, and because the Technology Fee is based on the number of credits you are registered for after the first week, do not register for more classes than you plan to attend.
How to Register (in person or by mail):
Registering By Mail
1. Obtain an ACCESS registration form here or in person in Schmitz Hall.
3. Complete the registration form and mail it to:
Registration Office, Box 355850
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-5850
Registering In Person
To register for courses in person, visit Schmitz Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the third, fourth or fifth calendar days of the quarter.