Term Registration and Enrollment

WGU starts a new term on the first day of every month and the duration is six calendar months in length. Students may only be enrolled in a single term and are considered enrolled and active once term enrollment has been established. 


Students register prior to a term by working with their program mentor to set a scenario of courses to be completed. Students then accept enrollment for the term on or after the first day of the new term. The term enrollment process is important because you are agreeing to pay tuition in full, complete the courses by the end of the term, and adhere to the Academic Activity Policy. Term enrollment must be completed no later than the 10th day of the start of the term for continuing students and the 20th day of the start of the term for new students. Once term enrollment is established, students are considered enrolled for the term and are responsible for tuition charges. Once students have enrolled in a term, they are committed to the courses and changes to enrollment will not be processed. Students who do not complete registration and enrollment for the new term are administratively withdrawn from the University. First term students must complete one of the First Term Critical Actions within 45 Days.


Working Ahead or Accelerating Courses 

Students may accelerate their studies by adding additional courses from their active program to the term once they have successfully completed all term requirements (original term enrollment). Students who choose to add additional courses to a term should discuss course acceleration in detail with their program mentor, because accelerated courses not passed before the end of the term will receive a mark of Not Passed on the student's academic transcript and the courses will count against satisfactory academic progress. See Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).


Marks of Not Passed 

Students are responsible for making sure they complete all courses for which they are enrolled in a term. A mark of Not Passed becomes part of the permanent academic record and transcript for all enrolled courses that are not attempted, not completed and not passed. A student’s academic history will not be altered due to, but not limited to, changes in program or course updates. Any changes or updates to the degree plan due to a program change or course change does not negate the student’s responsibility to complete all courses in term enrollment. Courses transcripted as Not Passed will not be altered should a student decide to pursue a program change or course update. Some academic changes may result in a permanent unresolved not passed on a student’s academic history and WGU transcript.

Passing Assessments before Enrolling in a Term

Students are responsible for making sure they complete all course assessments for which they have registered and enrolled in a term. Students who continue to work on a course(s) after a new term begins, and earn a Pass on that course, must enroll in that same course in the new term, including other courses adding up to full-time registration (12 competency units at the undergraduate level and 8 competency units at the graduate level). Students who seek to withdraw or go on term break will have completed course(s) and passed course assessment(s) removed from their record. Further, all submissions in Taskstream made after beginning of the new term will be removed. Students returning from term break, or those granted readmission to the University, must repeat the course(s) and will be held to passing current course requirements.

Passing Vendor Assessments/Certifications not Enrolled in Current Term

Students who attempt and pass a course with a vendor assessment(s)/certification(s) without enrolling in that course in the term shall receive the grade of ‘Requirement Satisfied’ (RS). 

Students who attempt a course-related vendor assessment(s)/certification(s), or take any other third-party assessment (i.e. PRAXIS) without course enrollment and/or referring through WGU’s Assessment Scheduling Procedures will not have the cost of the exam/voucher(s) paid nor reimbursed by WGU.



Article Number: 20436, 1034