Wisconsin residents who are 60 years of age or older by the start of the semester/term may audit classes for free, on a space-available basis, in courses that are open to auditors and special students.

Additionally, disabled Wisconsin residents receiving disability insurance benefits under either the federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program or the federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program can also qualify to audit classes.

Per UW System Class Audit policy, instructor permission must be obtained by the auditor. An enrollment hold will be placed on all auditors preventing them from self-enrollment at time of admission. Please note, auditors receive only provisional permission to attend classes until course registration is completed at the end of the add/drop period.

Follow the steps below to apply!

  1. Submit the 60+ and Disabled Auditors Application Form

    Apply with the System application

    60+ Auditors: Proof of age is needed for successful completion of application. Please email a copy of your drivers license, birth certificate or state ID to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu.

    Disabled Auditors: SSI benefit letter is needed for successful completion of application. Please email a copy to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu.

  2. Submit the Add/Drop Form

    Add/Drop Form [PDF/Template]

    The add/drop process must be done completely online. We’ve created an add/drop template that can be copied and pasted into your email so that you can easily send it to the professor of the class in which you are trying to enroll. Please use the above template when submitting your add/drop forms over email. You can fill out the attached template and email it to your instructor for approval (this must be done using your UWM email address). Be sure to CC: the Registrar’s Office (regoff@uwm.edu) in your email and request that the professor Reply All to your request. Once the instructor has granted approval, the Registrar’s Office will enroll you in the course. Please note that auditors are not enrolled in their courses until on or after the first day of classes, and it will take a couple of days for your enrollment to be reflected in your UWM accounts.

    Please Note: You must include the subject name, 3-digit lecture number, 3-digit course number and 5-digit class number. If your form is missing any of these numbers or they do not match the course schedule, you will not be added to the class.

  3. Submit the Credit Agreement

    Credit Agreement Form [PDF]

    Please Note: The Bursar’s Office will not accept an emailed or faxed credit agreement. Find instructions to sign the credit agreement here.

    The credit agreement will need to be completed online through your PAWS account.

Please send questions about the program to undergraduateadmissions@uwm.edu

Please note applications and add/drop forms will take at least 3 days for processing after all necessary information has been submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

If you have questions as you work through this process, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 414-229-2222.