Petitions to waive tuition forfeitures will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Your petition will be reviewed once all information is complete and required documentation has been received. Incomplete petitions will be rejected. Petitions submitted for the current quarter are processed within three business days; those for prior quarters require review by a special committee which can take 7-10 business days to review. Petition decisions will be sent to your email address on record via your MyUW.

Tuition Forfeiture

Tuition forfeitures are fees that are charged when you make changes to your schedule. You are charged one-half of the tuition reduction (50% forfeiture) for classes dropped from the 8th through the 30th calendar day of the quarter during Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters, or from the 8th through the 21st calendar day of Summer quarter. If you drop below full-time, you will be charged the tuition rate for the number of credits that you are taking, plus one-half of the difference between full-time tuition and your new rate. For changes made on the 31st day or later, you will be charged 100% of the tuition amount. These are called forfeitures.

Tuition forfeiture fees have specific guidelines or reasons where fees may be waived. Read the guidelines carefully before submitting your petition.

Please select the appropriate petition:

Forfeiture Guidelines:

Reason Qualifications Documentation Required
A. Disability/Illness Illness of the student of such severity or duration that
completion of the quarter is precluded
One of the following that applies specifically to the quarter requested in your petition:
  • A completed Health Provider Verification form, or
  • A letter from your physician on their professional letterhead which includes the date of your medical visit; the description and duration of your condition; the impact to your attendance at the University; and why it prevented you from attending.
Note: Documentation may be verified directly with the provider at the discretion of the Forfeiture committee.
B. Call to active U.S. military duty Call to active military duty after the 7th calendar day
of the quarter
Your military orders showing the effective date of deployment.
C. Death Death of the student or member of the immediate family
(parent, spouse, domestic partner, child, sibling, grandparent)
  • Documentation of both the death and your relationship to the deceased must be provided.
  • Examples of documentation would include a death certificate, a copy of remembrance of a service, a funeral notice, etc.
D. University Error Student incorrectly advised by UW representative A statement explaining how the University was in error from the responsible UW personnel, either:
  • In an email originating from the individual’s UW email address, or
  • On official UW letterhead from the University department.
E. Other The reason does not fall within any other guidelines and/or:
  • New Student: This is your first quarter at the UW and the petition is being filed within the current quarter.
  • Extenuating circumstances: The student has a well-documented and reasonable justification for submitting the petition
Any additional documentation that can be provided to support your “reasonable justification.”
Note: Petitions under the guideline of "Other" for reasons besides new student require a special committee review and will require documented justification.

RCW 28B.15.600