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Who is a Senior Citizen Audit Student?

In fall 2017, the General Assembly authorized the Board of Governors to promulgate rules permitting those who have attained the age of 65 and who meet applicable admission standards to enroll to audit courses tuition-free on a space available basis.

Auditing allows a student to enroll and attend a class without receiving academic credit. While the course counts as attempted hours, it does not count as earned hours, GPA hours, quality points, or in a GPA calculation.  Audit students cannot later retake courses completed as Audit for credit or toward degree requirements.

How do I apply?

Senior citizens 65 years of age or older who are not currently enrolled at UNCW and wish to audit a class will need to submit an online application to the Office of Admissions.  You can apply online through the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). If you have created an account with CFNC.org or NCResidency.org, you may use your account name and password to access the UNCW application.  If you do not already have an account, you will be required to create one before applying.

Should you decide to pursue your education at UNCW with the intention of earning an undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a separate application to the Office of Admissions by the published deadline.  Acceptance as a non-degree senior citizen audit student does not guarantee admission to the university as a degree-seeking student.  If admitted as a degree-seeking student, tuition and fees will apply.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2021: July 15, 2021

Following the Fall 2021 semester, the application must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Admissions before the first day of classes for the term in which the student wishes to audit a course. The first day of classes varies from term to term. Please refer to the university calendar for more information.

Admission decision letters will be uploaded to your UNCW Applicant Portal and sent via US mail.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have. The Office of Admissions takes pride in working with you and we look forward to welcoming you to campus!

 Application Process

 Senior citizens 65 years of age or older who are not currently enrolled at UNCW and wish to audit a class must:

  • Submit an application for admission through College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) as a Senior Citizen Audit student
  • Obtain the instructor's permission to audit each course prior to submitting the application and provide the Course Registration Number (CRN) for the approved course in the appropriate section of your application.

An application fee is not required for senior citizen audit students. 

For specific questions about deadlines or the application process, please call 910.962.3243 or email admissions@uncw.edu.


The Office of the Registrar will process your registration using the Course Registration Number (CRN) you provided, as long as space is available.  Audit registrations are processed after new student orientations are completed.  Laboratory, studio, performance, distance education, independent study, internship, or special topic courses are ineligible for this free tuition opportunity.

Prior to registration, you must submit proof of age to the Office of the Registrar (910.962.3125, registrar@uncw.edu).  A government issued ID is the preferred documentation source. 

If you register for more than four (4) credit hours, you will need to comply with the immunization requirements under North Carolina state law. Please contact Student Health Services at 910.962.3280 for more information.

Auditing additional classes in subsequent terms does not require a new application.  However, if you miss two or more consecutive semesters, you must reapply through the Office of Admissions.  Follow these steps to submit your audit registration for the next term.

  1. Using your UNCW email address, email the course instructor and request approval to register as an audit student. Remember to include the Course Registration Number (CRN), Course Name and Course Number.
  2. If approval to register is granted, forward the email to registrar@uncw.edu.