Distance and Online Nondegree | Distance and Online Education
University of Iowa

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Want to enroll in a course?

If you are not admitted to a degree program at the UI and want to take a distance or online course, apply as a Distance Education Nondegree Student and join our HAWKEYE community. 

Step 1. APPLY

As an undergraduate distance and online nondegree student, you can enroll in courses at the University of Iowa without seeking a degree. To be admitted you will:

  • Go to: Distance and Online Nondegree Application
  • Go to ‘Create Account…’ button
  • Go through the steps for New Account Setup and fill in the requested information
  • This will take you to a page titled, Distance and Online Nondegree Application for Admission. Fill in personal information as requested.
  • After you complete and submit the application, wait for an email that will give instructions on how to set up your HawkID. This may take up to 24 hours.

*All Distance and Online Nondegree Students will be assessed a $75.00 University Records and Documents Fee upon their second enrollment session.

As a graduate distance education nondegree student, you can enroll in advanced-level courses at the University without seeking a graduate degree. To be admitted you will:

  • Go to: Distance and Online Nondegree Application 
  • Go to ‘Create Account…’ button
  • Go through the steps for New Account Setup and fill in the requested information
  • This will take you to a page titled, Distance and Online Nondegree Appliction for Admission. Fill in personal information as requested.
  • After you complete and submit the application, wait for an email that will give instructions on how to set up your HawkID. This may take up to 24 hours.


TO RECEIVE GRADUATE CREDIT
 Send official transcripts showing your baccalaureate (or higher) degree to:

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall 
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396

or, gradmail@uiowa.edu


You must have a minimum 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) GPA
Please note: If transcripts do not indicate a 2.5 GPA or above, you will be admitted as an undergraduate student. 

 

Registration Authorization: Before you can enroll in your course(s) each semester, you will need to be authorized by the Graduate College. Contact Anne Sparks, Academic Services Coordinator, to request to be authorized to enroll.

*All Distance and Online Nondegree Students will be assessed a $75.00 University Records and Documents Fee upon their second enrollment session.

Workshops are generally condensed course offerings, often spanning 3 weeks or less.

 

If you would like to enroll in a workshop, you will apply as an undergraduate or graduate Nondegree Distance Student. 


Search for workshops in MyUI by selecting
Workshops in the Delivery Mode checkbox. 

 

Workshops are identified in MyUI by the section number ending in 0WK*.


 

Undergraduate Workshop Application
 

  • Go to: Distance and Online Nondegree Application
  • Go to ‘Create Account…’ button
  • Go through the steps for New Account Setup and fill in the requested information
  • This will take you to a page titled, Distance and Online Nondegree Application for Admission. Fill in personal information as requested.
  • After you complete and submit the application, wait for an email that will give instructions on how to set up your HAWK ID. This may take up to 24 hours.
     

Graduate Workshop Application

  • Go to: Distance and Online Nondegree Application
  • Go to ‘Create Account…’ button
  • Go through the steps for New Account Setup and fill in the requested information
  • This will take you to a page titled, Distance and Online Nondegree Application for Admission. Fill in personal information as requested.
  • After you complete and submit the application, wait for an email that will give instructions on how to set up your HAWK ID. This may take up to 24 hours.

To receive graduate credit—U.S. students: Official transcripts are required as well as meeting a minimum 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) GPA

International Students only: Submit an official transcript showing your baccalaureate (or higher) degree to the Office of Admissions, 107 Calvin Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1396

Registration Authorization: All graduate students need to be authorized by the Graduate College before enrollment each semester. Contact Anne Sparks, Academic Services Coordinator, to request to be authorized.

*All Distance and Online Nondegree Students will be assessed a $75.00 University Records and Documents Fee upon their second enrollment session.

Step 2. HawkID 

HAWK ID

You will need a HawkID and password to log into MyUI to register for courses.

 

Returning Students
If you already have a HawkID and need to reset a forgotten or expired password, you may do so on the HawkID website.

 

HawkID Password Reset Tool

 

New Students

If you are new to the University, you will be asked to select a HawkID and password after you submit your application for admission.

 

You can expect an email regarding your HawkID from the Office of Admissions within 24-hours of submitting your application. This email provides instructions for setting up your HawkID. The HawkID email is sent to the email address used in your application and sometimes lands in a junk/spam box.


Once your HawkID is set up, you may log on to MyUI to submit the Student Billing Agreement.

 

 

Step 3. Student Billing Agreement

The Student Billing Agreement is a commonly used tool among universities for ensuring that students are aware of the financial terms and conditions when registering for classes. It also articulates the methods the university may use to collect unpaid U-Bills. 

The Student Billing Agreement

  • outlines the terms of student financial responsibility when enrolling in UI courses
  • outlines university policies for billing, charge disputes, payments, overdue payments and collection
  • includes an agreement to receive electronic delivery of billing documents
  • includes an authorization to apply financial aid to outstanding charges on the U-Bill

This agreement must be signed each semester prior to registering for future classes or students will not be able to register. In the Financial Aid and Billing section of MyUI, the Billing section has a financial documents link. You will have the ability to verify each session’s agreement through this link. Please read the entire document carefully and contact ubill@uiowa.edu for clarification, if needed.


TO SUBMIT YOUR STUDENT BILLING AGREEMENT

  • Log in to MyUI
  • An Important Notice will pop up. You will need to click on Review the Form
  • Go over the form
  • Click I Agree

Step 4. Enrollment

Registration date and time: Your registration date and time will be listed in MyUI on the Home screen approximately two weeks prior to Early Registration. Once early registration begins you can see your session information on the Registration screen.

Registration Authorization: All graduate students need to be authorized by the Graduate College before enrollment each semester. Contact Anne Sparks, Academic Services Coordinator, to request to be authorized.

Courses with restrictions: Restrictions placed on course enrollment are often listed in the Registration Information or Description section of the course summary on MyUI. You will need to determine if your status will allow you to enroll in the course or, if you need to follow the instructions provided to remove the restriction/obtain permission to enroll in the course.

Courses with prerequisites: Courses prerequisites are checked and enforced at the time of registration. For additional information please visit the Prerequisite Q&A page in MyUI.

Courses with a waitlist: If a section of a course has closed with full enrollment and if the department has selected the waitlist option, then there will be an option to "Join Waitlist" in the COURSES/REGISTRATION tab on MyUI. For more information: Office of the Registrar, MyUI Waitlists

​​​For additional information on browsing and enrolling in Distance and Online courses, please see:


TO ENROLL IN YOUR COURSE(S)

1. Use your HawkID and password to log on to MyUI.

2. Look up your course number and section under the COURSES/REGISTRATION tab by:

  • typing the letters for the curricular area in the Course Subject box (ex. EDTL)
  • entering the four numbers in COURSE NUMBER, and
  • typing the letter/number combination in the SECTION NUMBER box and hit Search

3. Check that the correct course is listed, then hit the ENROLL button.
    Be sure to look for and click on ENROLL in blue.
    Adding the course to Schedule Builder WILL NOT enroll you in the course. 


*Please note that tuition is assessed at the time of enrollment. Be sure to check your tuition assessment in MyUI under the Financial Aid & Billing tab in the gold bar across the top of the page. Look for your University Bill in the Finances & Billing section. 

Step 5. University of Iowa Email

Once a HawkID is set up, each student is assigned a standard University of Iowa email address, also referred to as your email alias. It may take several minutes for your UI email to be assigned. UI email addresses are commonly assigned in the form of "firstname-lastname@uiowa.edu" (for example:"jane-doe@uiowa.edu").

The University of Iowa requires every student to maintain a valid UI email account for official communication with University administration and interaction with advisors and professors. Students are expected to check their UI email regularly. Email is the primary communication source from the UI. For your privacy and the protection of your student record, UI faculty and staff can only correspond with your UI address.


ACCESS YOUR UI EMAIL ACCOUNT: 
**IMPORTANT: You must be sure you can access your UI email before courses begin!**

  • Go to Office 365 email at http://office365.uiowa.edu/.
  • Log in using your HawkID and password.
  • From the Office 365 home screen click on the Mail icon.



Office 365
The primary campus email and calendaring service at the University of Iowa is Office 365 which provides access to Microsoft Office for free over the internet. Students most commonly access Office 365 online at https://office365.uiowa.edu.

In addition to email and calendaring features, Office 365 also provides up-to-date access to other programs such as Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint to name a few. All of these programs are available to UI students at NO CHARGE. UI Office 365 is located online or in the cloud so you can access it virtually anywhere. Additionally, students have the option to install Microsoft Office for free on up to five personal devices.

More information on Office 365 including a full list of features can be found at: Iowa, Office 365.

Important Information:

  • ​Current students should NOT route their email address to an external or personal address. All UI addresses should be routed to Office 365 and use the forward option within Office 365, if desired. UI email addresses routed to an external or private email address are not guaranteed to receive vital email sent from the UI. If you wish to access all of your email in one place, you should forward your email from your Office 365 account (see above).
  • If you’re not enrolled in a UI course, your Office 365 account will become inactive after 2 years.
  • For help using email see Email Support.
  • Your University Email for New Students

Step 6. Start Your Course(s)

Course Confirmation: Approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of your class(es) you will receive a course confirmation at your UI email address. The course confirmation provides helpful reminders about course start date, how to log into your course(s) and tuition and registration changes.   

For more information about beginning your course, please proceed to our START YOUR COURSE page.

Step 6. Pay for Your Course(s)

Billing statements are generated the first working day of each month, and are normally due around the 22nd of the month.  

Students are sent official notification that their U-Bill is available for review via email to their @uiowa.edu email address.  Students have 24/7 access to view their accounts online using MyUI, and can anticipate the availability of their U-Bill around the first of the month, for each month there is a balance due and/or transaction activity on their account.

If the Billing office has not received at least the minimum payment amount by the due date, your account may be restricted and a late payment fee may be assessed.


Additional Resources & Notes:

Office of the Registrar, Academic Fees

Office of the Registrar, Miscellaneous Fees

Office of the Registrar, University Records and Documents Fee -As a nondgree seeking student, a $75.00 records and documents fee will be charged upon your second enrollment. 

Understanding the Tuition & Fee Rate Tables

Additional Course Fees: At times, courses have additional fees that are noted in the course summary on MyUI. These fees are separate from tuition and added to your tuition assessment upon enrollment in the course. 

University Billing Office, Payment Options