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.
The petition, with complete documentation, must be submitted by the last day of the quarter in which the charge is assessed.

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. You 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. This form is used on the Seattle campus only. If you are a student at Bothell or Tacoma, please contact the Student Affairs Office on your campus for the proper forfeiture petition procedure.
The petition must be submitted by the last day of the quarter in which the charge is assessed.

Forfeiture Guidelines:

Reason Qualifications Documentation Required
A. Disability Illness of the student of such severity or duration that
completion of the quarter is precluded.
Health Provider Verification form
- May be printed from this link, or picked up in Schmitz Hall, room 129.
B. Call to active U.S. military duty Call to active military duty after the 7th calendar day
of the quarter
Military orders showing the effective date of deployment
C. New Student Only the first quarter of attendance at the UW A completed tuition forfeiture petition is required.
D. Death Death of the student or member of the immediate family
(parent, spouse/domestic partner, child, sibling)
Death certificate, obituary notice or news clipping naming student as relative of the deceased
E. University Error Student incorrectly advised by UW representative A written statement (on official letterhead) or email from the University department or unit explaining how the University of Washington was in error

RCW 28B.15.600

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