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Changing Your Schedule
You should use PAWS to register online or make changes to your schedule anytime after the start time indicated in your registration appointment email.
Checking Your Enrollment Appointment
Sign in to PAWS and select the following menu items in order:
  • Go to Main Menu
  • Academics
  • View Enrollment Appointment


Deadlines
Before you make any changes to your schedule, make sure you understand how these changes may affect you. There are two ways that changes can affect you:
  1. Academically
    To see how changing your schedule could affect you academically, see the Change of Registration Deadlines (Add/Drop) chart.

  2. Financially
    To see how changing your schedule could affect you financially, see the Fees/Tuition Assessed for Withdrawal or Drop in Credit Load chart.

PAWS Pre-Registration Steps
  1. You will need to be admitted to UWM if you are not a continuing student. Check out the Future Students pages for further information.

  2. Check your registration date on PAWS. This is the earliest date/time you can enter the PAWS system to register. After this date/time, you can reenter the system at any time the system is available. Student appointments are scheduled by year-in-school (grads, seniors, freshmen, juniors, sophomores, special students) and total credits completed.

  3. Be sure there are no Holds on your registration. You will need to clear any Holds or negative service indicators on your record before you'll be able to register via PAWS.

  4. Check with an academic advisor. If you are in a program with mandatory advising, your advising office will need to release a service indicator to enable you to register online.

  5. Make a list of possible class choices (and alternates) from the Schedule of Classes before signing onto PAWS. Be sure to write down the Class ID for each class you wish to take. This will greatly speed the registration process for you. (Class ID numbers can be found under the arrows in the class listing pages of the Schedule of Classes.)

  6. Familiarize yourself with the PAWS transactions by reading Registration Help on PAWS.

The Registration Transaction
  1. After signing on to PAWS, you should be in the "Student Center"
    • (If the Student Center is not displayed click on Self Service and then click on Student Center)

  2. Select Add a class under Enrollment.

  3. Select the term(semester) from the drop down menu.

  4. If you are already registered for that term, your schedule will be displayed along with any requests still pending.

  5. To add a class, follow either A or B:
    1. Enter the 5-digit Class ID number (not the Catalog Number) in the Class Nbr field. Class ID numbers can be found under the arrows in the Schedule of Classes pages of this Schedule of Classes.

    2. Click the Search Button to go to the Class Search page to find a class/section. On the Class Search page, select a subject from the menu. Then enter the Catalog Number in the Catalog Number field. Leave the Show Open Classes Only check box turned on and click the Search button. Available sections will be displayed. If the section you want does not appear, it is closed(full) or has been canceled. On the Class Search Results page, click the select class button next to the section you wish to add. If the course has more than one part (for example, a lecture with a related lab), you may be directed to select a related part. Then click NEXT.

  6. If you wish to add additional classes, repeat the steps above. Otherwise, click the Proceed to Step 2 of 3 button.

  7. Click Finish Enrolling.

  8. If your course request can be met, you will see a Green Check Mark(success) under the Status column. If your request cannot be met, you will see a Red X(errors) and an error message will be displayed. If the message states that the class is full or that you do not meet the requisites, you may wish to contact the department that is offering the class to see if they will issue you a permission number or sign an Add/Drop form.

  9. Click the Add Another Class button to continue adding or dropping classes.

  10. When you have finished entering classes or making changes, take a final look at your schedule by clicking the My Schedule link at the bottom of the page.

Swap a Class
Students may swap classes on PAWS as long as the add and/or drop deadlines have not passed for either class. Use Swap when you want to keep the class you're swapping until you're sure you can add into the other class successfully.

To swap classes:
  1. Click the Swap tab on the My Class Schedule Page.
  2. Select the class you wish to swap under Swap this class
  3. Under With This Class enter the class number or use the search function.
  4. Click Finish Swapping button
  • If your course request can be met, you will see a Green Check Mark under the Status column.
  • If your request cannot be met, you will see a Red X and an error message will be displayed.
  • If the message states that the class is full or that you do not meet the requisites, you may wish to contact the department that is offering the class to see if they will issue you a permission number or sign an Add/Drop form.


Editing a Class (Changing sections or grading basis/credit value)
Students may edit classes that they previously registered for. This action will be useful for changing discussion or lab sections, changing the grading basis or changing the credit value of a variable credit course.

To edit classes:
  1. Click the Edit tab on the My Class Schedule page.
  2. On the Edit Class Enrollment Option page, select the class you wish to edit.
  3. Click the Proceed to Step 2 of 3 button

  4. If this is a multi-part course:
    1. To change discussion(DIS) or lab(LAB), select the section you wish to change to and then click NEXT
    2. If you do not want to change the DIS or LAB click NEXT.
    3. If you have no other changes, click NEXT.
    4. Review the information and the click Finish Editing.
    • If your course request can be met, you will see a Green Check Mark(success) under the Status column.
    • If your request cannot be met, you will see a Red X(error) and an error message will be displayed.

    To change a grading basis:
    If this course allows students to choose their grading basis there will be a drop down menu next to GRADING.
    1. Select the desired grading basis and click NEXT.
    2. Review the information and click Finish Editing.

    To change a credit value:
    If this course allows students to change the credit value, there will be a drop down menu next to UNITS.
    1. Change the number of units and click NEXT.
    2. Review the information and then click Finish Editing.