Late Add and Late Registration

We understand that there may be times when you need to enroll in a course or register for your first course of the semester after the designated add period. (You can find out deadlines for your courses in eLion.) Keep in mind that joining a Penn State World Campus course late may have a significant impact on your ability to successfully complete the course.

Before you late add a course to your schedule or late register for the semester, you will want to consider:

  • You may have missed assignments, online discussions, quizzes, or tests that have already occurred.
  • It will take additional time for you to order and receive your course materials.
  • If your course has group work, it may already have begun.

We recommend that you consult with your academic adviser if you are considering late registration.

What is the difference between late add and late registration?

When you add a course to your schedule after the designated add period for that semester, it’s considered a late add.

When you register as a student during the late registration period, it’s a late registration. The late registration policy does not apply to students who have scheduled any courses (and retained at least one) prior to the late registration period; students who schedule prior to or during the add period are not late registering.

The late registration period typically starts on the day after the add period ends, but this can differ each semester. Be sure to check eLion for exact deadlines.

When you complete late registration, there will be an added $250 charge. The fee for late adding a course is only $6.

Please note: In general, students will not be added to courses after the third week of class.

Late Adding a Course

To add a course to your schedule after the add period, email the World Campus Registrar. If you are registering for your first course after the add period, you will complete a Registration Drop/Add form and email the scanned form to the World Campus Registrar or fax it to 814-865-3290. Be sure to follow the deadlines listed in eLion. If you add a course after the add period, you’ll be charged a fee.