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Registration Information

You must be a current College of DuPage student to register for classes. If you have not applied to College of DuPage, contact Admissions and Outreach to learn more about the application process.

Registering for Credit Classes

Students may register without a permit through the first meeting day for a class. For example, if the class starts on a Monday, a student may register for this class without a permit through the end of the first day (until 11:59 pm). An exception to this rule are custom courses or courses with required safety training, licensure, accreditation or mandatory seat hours for legal reasons (an enroll late permit is required to register on the first day of a custom course).

After the first class meeting, a student must request an Enroll Late permit from the instructor to register for a class (note, prerequisites apply). Students may request an Enroll Late permit through myACCESS. Enroll Late Permits are valid for three business days after the issuance date. A $10 late registration fee will be assessed for each class added after the first class meeting. If a permit is issued, the student must register for the class online or contact the Office of Student Registrations Services for assistance.

If a student is on the waitlist for a class, this function will remain active until the end of the first meeting day (the custom class waitlist expires the day before the first class meeting). After the first class meeting day, students are required to obtain an Enroll Late permit from the instructor. A $10 late registration fee will be assessed for each class added requiring an Enroll Late permit.

If a student is dropped for non-payment, an Enroll Late permit is required to re-enroll. A $10 late registration fee will be assessed for each class added requiring an Enroll Late permit.

How to Search and Register for Classes

Automated Prerequisite Checking

Before registering for any course with a listed prerequisite, students are expected to have met the prerequisite requirement(s) or enrolled the term prior in the prerequisite course and will be prevented from registering for a class if they have not met the prerequisite.

Payment Policy

According to COD's payment policy, the College requires students not fully covered by financial aid or military benefits to enroll in a payment plan or pay their account balance by the payment due date.

Waitlist for Closed Classes

A waitlist may be available to students for credit course sections. When a student attempts to register for a class which is full/closed, the student may be notified that a waitlist is available. The student will have the opportunity to be added to the waitlist for only one section per course. If a seat becomes available, the student will be notified via their College of DuPage ( email account and will have until 11:59 p.m. that day to register for the open seat. If the student does not register for the open seat before 11:59 p.m. the same day, the student will be removed from the waitlist and the next student on the waitlist will be notified. If the student misses the opportunity to register and wants to be placed back on the waitlist, the student will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist. The waitlist function will remain active through the first class meeting for all sessions excluding custom courses or courses with required safety training, licensure, accreditation or mandatory seat hours for legal reasons.

Students can either be registered for a course or waitlisted for one section per course. If a student registers for a different section of the same course, the student will be dropped from the waitlisted section. If there is a restrictive hold on the student’s record, it must be satisfied prior to enrolling.

Refund Policy for Credit Classes

The last day to drop a credit class and receive a tuition refund is dependent on the class dates and length of class according to the academic calendar.

100% refund is given for credit classes if dropped before the start date. Field Studies classes are an exception to this as deposits may have been paid that potentially cannot be refunded, students should contact the Field Studies office with inquiries. 

  • 100% refund of tuition and fees will be granted during the first 7% of the number of calendar days in the session based on the start date of the class.
  • 50% refund of tuition and fees will only be granted during the first 8-12% of the number of calendar days in the session based on the start date of the class.
  • Dropping a course during a refund period will not result in a "W" grade. Refund dates are rounded down (Ex: 3.85 days = 3 days; 4.12 days = 4 days).

Impact on GPA, Transcript, and Future Aid

  • Drops during the 100% and 50% refund periods are not issued a ‘W’ grade.
  • Classes dropped after the 50% refund cutoff date up until the Last Date to Drop are considered a withdraw and will receive no refund. The class will appear on the transcript with a W. The W does not impact GPA but may impact future aid. Contact Financial Aid or Veterans Services with questions about any potential impact.

Refund cut-off dates and Last Date to Withdraw

Follow these steps to view cut-off dates and the last date to withdraw from you classes:

  1. If you are currently signed into Student Planning, click on the Academics menu (graduation cap), then click on My Class Schedule. You can also log-into the portal at, locate myACCESS and click on Academic Profile, then select My Class Schedule.
  2. Next, select the Current Term. Your class schedule will appear. Review class meeting information, textbooks, and cutoff dates to drop with 100% and 50% refund as well as the last date to drop (withdraw) with no refund.

Withdrawal Procedures

The final day for a student to withdraw from any course will be equal to 75% of the time for the respective academic session. View the enrollment calendar for the last day to withdraw.

After the deadline, you will be required to appeal for late withdrawal and provide appropriate documentation to Student Registration Services for all requests. Students who are granted approval to withdraw will not be eligible for refunds of tuition or fees and will receive a ‘W’ grade on their transcript. Late Withdrawal Appeals must be submitted at least one day prior to the last regular class meeting. You will not eligible to petition for late withdrawal for any academic reasons, during the week of final exams or during the last week for NET classes.

Cancellation Policy

The College cannot guarantee that all the classes listed in the online or printed Class Schedule will be available when you register and reserves the right to cancel classes if there is insufficient enrollment. If your class is canceled, you may select another class or receive a full tuition refund.

Medical Appeals

Requests for medical appeals are made through the Center for Access and Accommodations. Request form online must be submitted and accompanied by documentation from a physician or medical institution to verify the medical condition, date of onset and estimated length of treatment. Medical appeals are reviewed by committee; written notification of the decision will be sent to the student within four (4) weeks.

Audit Information

If a student wishes to Audit a class, they may request a permit to make this change after registering for the class. The course prerequisites are required regardless of intent to audit. 

Audit cannot be requested past the “Last Day to Add a Course with Instructor Permit,” refer to the enrollment calendar for this date.

Changing to audit may affect Financial Aid, Academic Progress, athletic eligibility, or program completion and may not count toward program requirements. For academic impact consult with Counseling and Advising. For impact on Financial Aid, consult with the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Once the change to audit has been made it cannot be reversed.

Tuition for Audited Class

Change to Audit will result in an additional fee charged per credit hour. Visit tuition and fees for details.

Grading and Impact of Audit on Student Academic Record

Audited courses appear on a student’s transcript as “X.” The "X" (audit) grade does not earn credit and is not computed in the grade point average (GPA).

Attendance and Class Participation

  • Permission to audit is ordinarily granted for lecture classes only.
  • Attendance in courses as an auditor is based on the consent of the instructor and space availability.
  • The auditors’ participation in class is at the discretion of the instructor.

Steps for Adding a Course and Requesting an Enrollment Status Change to Audit

Only students who have completed the general admissions application may register for a credit class and request the change to audit.

Audit cannot be requested past the “Last Day to Add a Course with Instructor Permit,” refer to the Enrollment Calendar for this date.

  1. Register: register on your own for the class(es) through myACCESS, Student Planning or with assistance with a Registration staff member
  2. Complete payment: enroll in a payment plan, or pay for the course in full at the time of registration
  3. Read and complete the Audit Enrollment Change Request form and acknowledge your understanding of the impact of changing to Audit on your academic record and additional fee per credit hour.
  4. Request Instructor’s Permit: obtain approval from the instructor to audit the course. You may request the permit in myACCESS. After requesting the permit check your email regularly for an approval/denial. If approved contact Student Registration Services to initiate the change. 

After the change is made, you will receive notification to your email. At this time you may view your updated status on My Class Schedule found in myACCESS, and pay the additional fee.

Contact Information

Office of Student Registration Services
Phone: (630) 942-2377

Regular Hours
Walk-in services are available in Seaton Computing Center (SCC), Room 123 during summer business hours.

  • Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, closed
Visit the Enrollment Lab (located in Student Services Center (SSC), Atrium) through Aug. 23.
Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Friday, closed)

Student Help Desk: (630) 942-2999

Individuals who need language assistance, call Campus Central at (630) 942-3000 or email