Registration Deadlines

The registration period begins around the 5th weekend of each semester and ends prior to the start of a class. Registration for a class will not be accepted after the class has begun. Registration forms are available in the Office of Professional and Graduate Studies. As courses may fill quickly, students are encouraged to register early. If enrollment in a course is low, the course may be cancelled. This decision will be made as early as possible in order to give students an opportunity to choose another course or make other arrangements.

Auditing Courses

A limited number of spaces in selected courses may be available to auditors, and students taking the course for credit have priority in registration. Students are expected to fulfill regular attendance expectations and perform any additional tasks stipulated by the instructor. If these conditions are satisfactorily met, the audited course will be recorded on the student’s official transcript with the mark of AU (Audit). If these conditions are not met, the student will receive a mark of ANC (Audit No Credit). Once the designation of audit has been selected it may never be changed to a grade or be applied toward a degree in the future. Students may not register to audit courses after the first meeting of the class. Students who wish to change their registration status from credit to audit must do so before the first class meeting.

Registration for Additional Courses and Course Changes

MAIS courses are designed to generate intense participation by all students. Courses are academically rigorous and demand the student’s full participation beginning with the first class, which may require advance reading. Every class meeting constitutes a substantial and crucial part of the course, and students are expected to attend every class. Therefore, students must register for courses or add courses to their schedules before the class has begun.

Any student who needs to withdraw from a course or courses must contact their Academic Advisor in the Center for Adult Studies before a course withdrawal can occur. Students can contact the CAS office at (330) 569-5161 for additional information pertaining to course withdrawals.

Ceasing to attend a class, never attending, or simply notifying an instructor does not constitute an official withdrawal from a course. Notification of withdrawal from a course or courses must be made to the Center for Adult Studies in writing. Emailed requests for withdrawal must come from your Hiram email account. Any tuition refunds for course(s) will be subject to the CAS course withdrawal refund schedule. Any and all tuition refunds are based upon the date that a student “officially” notifies the CAS office. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the course has been withdrawn and that any outstanding financial obligations are met with the College.

A student required to leave the College for disciplinary or academic reasons is not entitled to any refund. Refunds of financial aid from the federal and state programs are governed by the respective regulations.

Online/Blended Classes:

  • Prior to the date of the first class, students will receive a full refund of tuition charges.
  • For seven days, beginning the date of the first class, students will receive a 75% refund of tuition charges and no notation will appear on their transcript.
  • For seven days, beginning the eighth day following the first class, students will receive a 50% refund of tuition charges and a grade of ‘W’ will appear on their transcript.
  • From the date of the second class, (15th day for Online campus) through the end of the term, students will not receive any refund of tuition charges and a grade of ‘W’ will appear on their transcript.
  • Students who drop their course after the start of the last week of the class session will receive an ‘F’ on their transcripts.

Online Classes:

Because online classes typically start on the Monday prior to CAS on ground classes, dates for withdrawals and refunds differ from ground-based classes. Weeks run Monday through Sunday.

  • Prior to the opening of the online class, students will receive a full refund of tuition charges.
  • From the date of the first class through the first week, students will receive a 75% refund of tuition charges and no notation will appear on their transcript.
  • After the first week of the class and before the second week of class ends, students will receive a 50% refund of tuition charges and a grade of ‘W’ will appear on their transcript.

Registering for Undergraduate Courses

Upon occasion, graduate students may find it useful to enroll in an undergraduate course at Hiram College either as an audit or for undergraduate credit. This may be done to acquire needed background for a graduate-level course or for a particular research interest. Graduate students may register for undergraduate courses after approval by Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Tuition and fees will be based on the per-credit-hour rate established for the Weekend College (undergraduate) program.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students interested in taking graduate courses who are not enrolled in the MAIS program must complete a Non-Degree Seeking Student Application which may be obtained in the Center for Adult Studies. Hiram College will also require non-degree seeking students to submit their undergraduate transcripts with degree posted. Applications will be reviewed by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The MOC may also be consulted. Enrollment will be based on permission and space availability.

Graduate Course Availability for Undergraduate Students

In recognition of the academic capabilities of selected undergraduate students, graduate level elective courses may be taken with permission of the MOC.