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VII. Other Information

Wyoming Senior Citizen Policy

Wyoming senior citizens, age 65 and over, who have been admitted to UW may enroll in university courses on a space available basis at no cost upon presentation of evidence of age and Wyoming residence prior to the beginning of the term in which classes will be taken.

Since standard registration fees will not be assessed, additional student benefits will not be available under the senior citizen policy. Alternatively, full-time senior citizen students wishing to receive student benefits may enroll and pay regular registration fees. Scheduled Outreach School classes which meet minimum enrollment requirements are included in the courses available to senior citizens.

Board of Trustee Retirement Benefits

Beginning Spring 2002, official board retirees may attend University of Wyoming classes on a space available basis at no cost. To qualify for this benefit, you must be an official board retiree, 25 years of university service or age 60 with 15 years of immediately preceding university service.


Readmission is the process for former University of Wyoming students to again be admitted to the university. Former UW students who have attended another college since their last UW enrollment must have one official transcript from each college sent directly to the UW Admissions Office. Undergraduate students who are returning to UW after an absence of one year or longer should complete an application for admission at least 30 days prior to registration, thereby allowing sufficient time to avoid delays in registration.

Academic Reinstatement: Former students who are on academic suspension at UW must petition for reinstatement through the dean of their college. A petition for reinstatement must be submitted no later than 15 days before the beginning of the semester or summer term in which the student wishes to register. A petition received after this deadline may not be processed until after the regular registration period.

Academic Renewal: An undergraduate student who returns to UW and has not completed a college course at UW (excluding flexible enrollment [correspondence study]),  during the previous five years, will have the option of continuing his or her earlier UW cumulative GPA or commencing a new cumulative GPA under the Academic Renewal policy. Interested students must submit the Academic Renewal Application Form (which can be obtained in the Office of the Registrar) to the registrar no later than ten class days before the last day of classes of the semester in which the student returns to UW.

The entire UW transcript will remain intact. A note indicating the policy will precede the new part of the UW transcript if the student opts for academic renewal. At the discretion of the academic department in which the student is enrolled, credit hours for which the student earned the grade of C or better may be applied toward the completion of the degree requirements. The list of any departmentally approved courses must be indicated on the Academic Renewal Application Form when initially submitted to the registrar. No further changes may be requested.

A student’s GPA and completed courses that were applied to a baccalaureate degree are not eligible for academic renewal.

Residency Student Classification

The following Trustee regulations govern the classification of students at the University of Wyoming as resident or non-resident for tuition purposes, and shall be administered by the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Registrar. (Trustee Regulation, Chapter VIII, Section 3.)

Student Classification for Tuition Assessment

The University of Wyoming assesses tuition for Wyoming residents at the in-state rate; non-residents are charged out-of-state tuition. The Associate Vice President shall administer the following guidelines for Enrollment Management and Registrar to govern University of Wyoming students for purposes of in-state or out-of-state tuition assessment for courses of study offered at the University. University-sponsored courses of study arranged with institutions outside Wyoming may have different residency requirements.

1. The following students are Wyoming residents:

  •   Individuals who are financial dependents or under the age of 24 with a parent, guardian or spouse who lives in the State of Wyoming.
  •   Individuals who are recipients of Wyoming high school credentials.
  •   Active Wyoming National Guard members and U.S. Armed Forces members stationed in Wyoming, and their dependents.
  •   Individuals with a permanent home in Wyoming and who have resided in the State for at least one full year. To determine if a permanent Wyoming home has been established, the following factors are considered:
    •  Evidence that any former home has been abandoned
    •  Full-time employment performed or contracted for in Wyoming for one continuous year
    •  Ownership of home or property in Wyoming
    •  One year of continual presence in Wyoming
    •  Former Wyoming residency and maintaining state ties
    •  Reliance on Wyoming resources for significant financial support
    •  Wyoming vehicle registration
    •  Wyoming address on most recent federal income tax form
    •  A valid Wyoming driver’s license
    •  Wyoming voter registration

Residing in Wyoming primarily as a student will not support a claim for resident status.

  •   Graduate students with University-funded fellowships.
  •   Wyoming residents temporarily absent from the state due to military service, attendance at an educational institution, or other type of documented temporary sojourn.
  •   Individuals who have been awarded resident tuition status at a Wyoming Community College and who attend the University within one year of leaving the Wyoming Community College.

2. The following students are non-residents:

  •   Individuals who do not qualify for Section 1 above
  •   Individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents except as provided by Section 1b. above.

3. Reduced tuition rates calculated at one hundred fifty percent (150%) of resident tuition are available to the following non-residents:

  •   Graduates of the University of Wyoming and their spouses;
  •   Children of University of Wyoming graduates.

4. Change of residence classification shall be governed by the following process:

  •   An initially assigned non-resident classification may be reviewed by the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Registrar when a request and accompanying documentation is provided on or before the first day of classes. A decision on reclassification by the Associate Vice President may be appealed to the Residence Classification Committee within twenty (20) calendar days of the date of the Associate Vice President’s decision. No reclassification  will be retroactive to previous terms.
  •   Individuals may be reclassified for the following term when facts indicate that a change in residency has occurred since the time of original residence classification.
  •   The Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Registrar are responsible for the administration of this procedure.

5. There shall be a Residence Classification Committee consisting of three members appointed by the President, chaired by the Associate vice President for Enrollment Management and Registrar who shall not vote. The duties of this Committee shall be as follows:

  •   To render interpretations and rulings at the request of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment management and Registrar;
  •   To serve as an appeals committee for students who wish to appeal the decision of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Registrar;
  •   To consider University policies in the area of residence classification and make recommendation to the Trustees of the University of Wyoming.

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