Your PantherCard is your student ID card. It gives you access to UWM resources.
Transfer Students pay a New Transfer Fee which includes their card cost.
All other students can purchase a card in the Registrar’s Office for $10.00. The PantherCard Office in Mellencamp #274 is open during the following hours throughout the school year:
- Monday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Tuesday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Borrowing books from the Library
- Accessing the Klotsche Fitness Center, Testing Center, Norris Health Center, and IT Services
- Riding UWM Shuttles or B.O.S.S. transportation
- Cashing checks in the Bookstore
- Attending campus sporting events and activities
- Attending Union Theater screenings and Peck School performances
The UPASS/M-Card can be picked up in the Parking & Transit Office up to one week before the start of a semester. If you lose your UPASS/M-Card, you can get a replacement in the Parking and Transit Office for a $15.00 fee. However, students are only eligible for one replacement.
To activate a Gold Account, visit the PantherCard Office in the Union to complete the PantherCard Gold Account Contract and deposit an initial balance. Reload the card balance at the Bookstore, the PantherCard Office, or online at uwm.managemyid.com.
A Resident Account is only available to students living in the dorms. The account is active on their PantherCard for the Dining Services Meal Plan. You can load money on your Resident Account for Meal Plan Charges using the kiosks in the dorms or at uwm.managemyid.com.
You can purchase a replacement PantherCard in the Registrar’s Office for a $10.00 fee. If you had a UPASS sticker on your card, you can buy a replacement sticker in the Parking & Transit Office for an additional $45.00 fee.
To order a photoless PantherCard, send an email to online-ID@uwm.edu, including your full legal name, month and date of birth, and 9-digit Student ID number. The $10.00 order fee will be posted to your PAWS account, and the card will be sent to your PAWS mailing address.
- A valid Wisconsin driver license or identification card
- Military ID
- A U.S. passport
- A certificate of naturalization issued not earlier than two years before the date of the election at which it is presented
- An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
Additional information on valid forms of voter ID can be found on the Bring It to the Ballot website published by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
If you are a currently enrolled UWM student but do not already have one of the acceptable forms of photo ID and plan to cast your ballot in Wisconsin, you can receive a Student Voter ID card that is compliant with the Voter ID law. The Student Voter ID card is separate from your Panthercard. Please note that the Panthercard does not fulfill the requirements of the law and will not be accepted for voting purposes.
The Student Voter ID card is available to current students who need one at no cost in the Registrar’s Office, Mellencamp Hall 274.
In conjunction with the Student Voter ID card, you will be required to present a Voter ID Enrollment Letter as proof of current enrollment and residency. You can access a printable version of the letter at any time by clicking on the Voter ID Enrollment Letter link under the Personal Information header on your PAWS account. The Voter ID Enrollment Letter also can be used to prove residency in conjunction with another form of voter ID.
Go to the UW System Student Voting page for additional info on voting as a student.
Go to the My Vote Wisconsin page to determine if you’re registered to vote and identify your polling location.
My Personal and Contact Information
It’s important to keep your personal information up to date and to check your UWM Email Address frequently.
The most common way for you to receive communications is through your UWM Email Address. Your Academic Advisor, instructors, and departments such as Financial Aid will expect you to use your UWM Email Address and to check it often.
If you have trouble logging in to your UWM Email Address or if you can’t access a computer on campus, call the Help Desk at (414) 229-4040.
To edit your PAWS Mailing Address, follow these steps:
- Log in to PAWS
- Under the yellow Personal Information header, click in the drop down menu and select Addresses, then click the yellow arrow button
- You can edit the current Mailing Address, or you can ADD A NEW ADDRESS
- For a new address, fill in the new information and select an effective date
- You can categorize multiple addresses as Mailing, Home, Business and Billing
If you live in a campus residence, your Campus address will appear automatically and you won’t be able to edit it.
If you change your name while you are a student or after you’ve graduated, you can complete a Student Record Data Change Form in person at the Registrar’s Office. You will have to bring court documentation of your name change as well as a photo ID. Please note that if you are also an active or recent UWM employee, including a teaching assistant or student worker, you will need to update your name with UWM Human Resources in order for the change to take effect in PAWS.
International students who have a change to their Social Security number can also complete the Student Record Data Change Form in person at the Registrar’s Office. Just bring the new Social Security card.
You may also access the Student Record Data Change Form online and submit it to the Registrar’s Office electronically via web form or fax to 414-229-6940. Supporting documentation may be required based on the type of change requested. Please contact the Registrar’s Office with any questions.
Students who wish to use a preferred name instead of their legal name can find more information on the Registrar’s Preferred Name webpage.
My Enrollment Status and Verification
Your enrollment status and class standing are determined by your credit load, total credits you’ve taken, and the program you’re in. You may need to verify this information for another school, an employer, or for personal business.
The Registrar’s Office publishes all Enrollment Policies online.
|Fall/Spring Semester Credit Totals|
|Student||Full Time||Half Time||Less Than Half|
|Academic Opportunity Center||8 or more||6-7||1-5|
|All Other Undergraduates||12 or more||6-11||1-5|
|Graduates||8 or more||4-7||1-3|
|Summer Session Credit Totals|
|Student||Full Time||Half Time||Less Than Half|
|Undergraduates||6 or more||3-5||1-2|
|Graduates||6 or more||3-5||1-2|
Most financial aid sources require you to be at least a half-time student. The Financial Aid Office defines a half-time credit load as six or more credits for undergraduates and four or more credits for graduate students.
|Class Standing by Credit Totals|
|Academic Opportunity Center||24-55||56-87||88 or more|
|Business & Information Studies||24-55||56-85||86 or more|
|Letters & Science||24-55||56-87||88 or more|
|Nursing||28-57||58-95||96 or more|
|All Other Majors||24-57||58-85||86 or more|
- Log in to PAWS
- Under the yellow Academics header, click in the drop down menu and select Proof of Enrollment, then click the yellow arrow button
- Click the blue Continue to Enrollment Verification link
- Click Obtain an enrollment certificate to view a printable document
- Online anytime: nslc.org
- By Phone: (703) 742-4200, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:15 pm EST
- By Fax: (703) 742-4239
If you require information other than just enrollment (e.g., GPA), you can drop off, mail, or fax a signed request to the Registrar’s Office. Your signed request must include your name and address, campus ID or SSN, and a description of the information that is needed. If you are enclosing a document that must be filled out as part of the request, please make sure specific information is included about what should be done with the document when completed.
Sharing and Protecting My Information
UWM does its part to keep your information safe. Under FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privileges Act, you have options for sharing or withholding your information.
You can review the complete FERPA policy online.
Review the Registrar’s Office Student Information Release page for details and instructions.
- Log in to PAWS
- Under the yellow Personal Information header, click on the blue Change Contact Restriction button
- Click the Yes button to make your contact information private, then click Save
Even if you restrict your contact information from the UWM directory in PAWS, your information is still available as a Public Education Record. To opt out, you have to complete a Student Record Data Change Form in person at the Registrar’s Office.
Think carefully before opting out of Public Education Records. If you opt out, your name will not appear in honor roles or commencement programs, and UWM can’t verify your enrollment.
Some departments, such as the Dean’s Office, can view your records at any time without your permission. Also, in the event of an emergency or legal situation, or if it’s in your best interest as a student, your Private Records may be released.