Advisor Newsletter Spring 2013

Whether you are new to UW-Madison or are returning after a break, we are delighted you have chosen to study as a University Special student.  We hope you have a great spring semester!

Important dates for spring term

Classes begin January 22

Mid-January - Most University Special students begin enrolling; check for your earliest date and time in your MyUW Student Center.

January 22 - Senior and regular Guest auditors begin enrolling.

February 1 - Last day to enroll without $25 late enrollment fee (Special and Guest students only); last day for 100% tuition adjustment on dropped courses.

February 15 - Last day for 50% tuition adjustment on dropped courses. 

Spring tuition deadline - See your tuition eBill for your payment deadline.  Generated after you enroll, the eBill will be available to view and pay in your MyUW Student Center within a week after you enroll. 

More deadline information - See the Registrar's deadlines page for all other important deadlines including those for pass/fail or audit options, tuition fee refunds, and drops and withdrawals. 

You may be eligible to reduce your tuition bill

Special students who meet the following qualifications may wish to apply for a "hold harmless" grant to reduce tuition by approximately $35 per credit. To qualify you must:

  • be paying regular tuition and fees,
  • be planning to enroll in at least 6 credits,
  • have a combined family income of less than $80,000.

To be eligible for this grant complete the federal financial aid form, FAFSA. In most cases Special students are NOT eligible for financial aid, but completion of these forms is the only way for those students meeting the criteria to obtain this tuition reduction grant. Please see the financial aid website for more information about the Madison Initiative and “hold harmless” grants. Also see information about which Special students may be eligible for financial aid.

Don't miss important UW-Madison emails

Your instructors and other offices at UW-Madison will begin sending all official email to your WiscMail address on the first day of classes. Your WiscMail can be accessed through My UW. Don't want another email account to check?  Here are the steps to forward your WiscMail:

1) Go to 
2) Log onto your account with your NetID and Password.
3) Click on "mail forwarding"
4) Enter your email forwarding address in the field provided and select modify

New campus group for returning adult students 

Returning Adult Students on Campus (RASOC) was formed to provide support for returning adult or non-traditional students at UW-Madison.  Contact Anne Stahr for more information and watch the UW-Madison Returning Adult Student Facebook page for RASOC sponsored events.     

University Health Services

Acupuncture, massage therapy, counseling, and yoga, in addition to preventative care, are just a few of the services available free or low cost to UW-Madison students, including University Special students enrolled in at least one credit.  See the UHS website for a full list of services and information about scheduling appointments.  

Need health insurance?

Special students enrolling in at least 5 credits during the fall are eligible to purchase the university’s comprehensive health insurance policy, SHIP. A comprehensive spring/summer policy for a student aged 26 years or older is $1540. Family plans are also available.

Bus riders required to show ID

If you ride Madison Metro using your free UW bus pass be prepared to show your valid UW-Madison Wiscard (photoID) when boarding busses. This policy is not new but Madison Metro recently began enforcing it due to concerns about fraudulent use of unlimited ride passes.  Failure to show vaid identification could result in confiscation of your bus pass.  Read more... 

Don't have a bus pass?  Enrolled University Special students are eligible for a free bus pass by showing a valid Wiscard.   

Other transportation information

UW-Madison’s Office of Transportation Services offers information about parking, biking and walking, SafeRide, SafeWalk, SafeCab and other innovative programs.

Scholarship application period started December 1

Our office administers a number of scholarships specifically designed for nontraditional and returning adult degree-seeking students.  These scholarships are for the 2013-2014 school year and the deadline to apply is March 1.  If you plan to be a degree-seeking student (undergraduate, graduate or professional) here starting in fall check out our scholarship page to learn more.  

Ellen Morin joins ACSSS

Adult Career and Special Student Services welcomes Ellen Morin as our new administrative assistant supervisor. Ellen manages the overall office operations of our department and provides administrative support.  Previously Ellen was a program associate for DCS's Liberal Studies and the Arts. She has been at UW-Madison since February, 2010.

Ellen completed her degree in Anthropology at UW-Madison as a returning adult student while working full-time.  She started her career in the U.S. Navy where she worked as an aviation electronics tecnician in positions including career counselor and lead instructor.  

Her interests include a variety of paper crafts, cooking, reading/writing science fictions stories based around Star Trek TV shows and movies, and watching every superhero movie ever made by Marvel Comics!  

Spring workshops

If you've thought about changing careers or returning to school but aren't sure how to make it happen, ACSSS can help.  Check out our spring workshop schedule.  For more information and to register, follow the links for each of the workshops listed:

Nuts & bolts of returning to school - Wednesday, January 30

Career change 101 - Thursday, February 7 or Wednesday, April 17

Tools for purposeful career change - Friday-Saturday, February 15-16 

Counseling and advising services 

ACSSS is the admitting and advising office for University Special and Guest students.  We also provide education and career counseling for the public both in our office and on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm at Goodman South Madison branch library.  For more information or to schedule an appointment please email or call 608-263-6960.  Office hours are 7:45 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesdays until 7 pm. 

The Advisor is produced three times per year by Adult Career and Special Student Services to provide news and information to UW-Madison Special students. Visit our archive for past issues.