Petitions to waive tuition forfeitures may be submitted to Student Fiscal Services either by mail, fax or in-person. All petitions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Your petition will be processed by the Student Fiscal Services Office once all information is complete and required documentation has been received. Petitions submitted for the current quarter are processed within 3 business days; those for prior quarters require review by a special committee which can take 7 to 10 business days to review. All replies will be sent by email to your email address on record as provided 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. Seattle students may complete an online tuition forfeiture petition and, if necessary for documentation, a Health Care Provider Verification Form, or pick the forms up in person at Schmitz Hall, room 129. If you are a student at Bothell, Tacoma or through PCE, please visit the sites below:

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:
• A completed Health Provider Verification form, or
• A letter from your physician on their professional letterhead
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)
One of the following:
• A death certificate, or
• An obituary notice or other news clipping naming the student as a relative of the deceased
D. University Error Student incorrectly advised by UW representative A statement explaining how the University of Washington 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. First Time Tuition Forfeiture Petition The reason does not fall within any other guidelines and all of the below:
• The student has never been previously granted a Tuition Forfeiture
• The student has a reasonable justification for submitting the petition
• The petition only pertains to the current quarter
Any documentation that can be provided to support your “reasonable justification,” if available

RCW 28B.15.600

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