Frequently Asked Questions
Registration and Records
Where can I find a list of deadlines for adding, dropping courses, etc.?
The calendar is published at the front of the academic graduate and undergraduate catalogs. These dates are also published in “The Red Book.”
How do I change my major (Undergraduates)?
You should pick up a “CHANGE OF MAJOR/MINOR/CONCENTRATIONS FORM” in the Registrar’s Office. Fill it out, and get signatures from your academic advisors for your old major/minor/concentration and your new one(s) with the date of change. Return the form to the Registrar’s Office for data input.
How long do I have after the first day of classes to add a class?
Classes can be added for five days in a normal ten-week term. Classes can be added for two days for five-week term courses and until noon of the first day for one-week courses.
How long do I have to drop classes?
Details for dropping courses in various terms should be checked in the Business Office for penalties and fees. Schedules of fees and fines are available in the Business Office. One week terms must be dropped by noon of the first day for a refund. A “drop fee” will be charged when hours decrease in number.
What is the difference between dropping a class and a withdrawal?
A drop is for one course or more, but still enrolled; a withdrawal is withdrawing from all of your courses and the university.
What if I decide not to attend a term? How do I void my registration and avoid paying fees and/or penalty fees?
You should void your registration as soon as you know that you will not be attending. The earlier the better! You must contact the registrar in writing by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), letter(Office of the Registrar, 710 William Carey Parkway Box 4, Hattiesburg, MS 39401), fax (601-318-6196), or by coming into the Registrar’s Office. Be sure to include your name , campus , grad or undergrad status, the term you will not be attending , and your social security number or student ID number in your request. To avoid charges, you should void your classes before the term begins.
What do I do if I haven’t been there in a while and I want to return to WCU?
If you are an undergraduate, have been out one trimester or more, you must re-apply in the Admissions Office. If a graduate student, contact the office of Graduate Admissions.
How long do I have to appeal a grade?
Course and grade appeals must be initiated on the appropriate form within 10 working days of the beginning of the subsequent term. The Grade Appeal Form must be picked up in the office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs.
How many hours toward a degree can I transfer to WCU from a junior college?
A maximum of 64 semester hours may be earned in a two- year college to be applied toward a degree at WCU. Nursing majors may only transfer a maximum of 60 hours from a junior college toward a degree.
If I am a transfer student, when will my hours be evaluated for transfer credit at WCU?
You must be accepted, enrolled, complete in Admissions, and attending classes before your transcripts from other schools will be evaluated.
What if I want to take a course at another college/university while I am at WCU?
You must get a Letter of Good Standing from the office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs for permission to take the course. When you have completed the course, an official transcript should be furnished to the Registrar’s Office at William Carey.
(Remember: your last thirty-two semester hours for any degree must be earned at WCU.)
While I am enrolled at WCU, how can I allow a third party (parents, spouse, etc.) to tend to business for me, such as picking up a transcript for me, inquiring about my finances, or having general questions that I might wish them to ask for me?
Once you are enrolled at WCU, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA) protects you with privacy of all your records except general directory information. To release information to a third party, you must sign the third party waiver (copy on this website titled AUTHORIZATION TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTY ) in the presence of a Business Office or Registrar’s Office employee, who will also sign the waiver. Then the person(s) you name on the waiver will be allowed to discuss matters with WCU personnel concerning your records. This will cover both financial and academic records.
Is there a way that I can register for my classes online?
Currently online registration is available for continuing students only. (You should call the Admissions Offices for this information.) Students who have not attended a trimester may not register online. All students registering for the first time must come in person to see an advisor to register and will not be allowed to register individually online.
Once I register online, can I go in and make changes to my registration?
Yes, you may make changes without financial penalty during the two weeks of pre-registration and advisement for a term. After the two-week period, you may change your schedule, but some drop fees may apply.
Verification of Enrollment and Degrees
How do I get WCU to verify the date I earned a degree?
All degree verifications from WCU are done through the National Student Clearinghouse. Details are on this website.
How do I get enrollment verifications for lenders, insurance companies, etc., for current and past terms of my enrollment?
Enrollment verifications are also done through the National Student Clearinghouse. Forms may be filled out in the Registrar’s Office. These will be sent to the Clearinghouse for verification. Some verifications may be done in the Registrar’s Office. You may call for this information. (601-318-6195) You may also access your own enrollment verification information on your student portal. (Student Self-Service)
Applying for Graduation
What do I have to do to apply for graduation?
Application for Degree forms are posted on the Registrar’s website for most degrees. If you do not find the application for your degree, you will have to see your advisor in your department, as some advisors and deans prefer that you see them before making application. You should list all courses required for your degree, and download the form. You should have your advisors in your major and minor sign the form, and your signature is required. You must turn in your application for degree to the Registrar’s office before the application deadline. These dates are October 15 for the May graduations and March 31 for the August graduations. There is a graduation fee plus fees for your cap and gown. You will be fitted and pay for your cap and gown in the bookstore. Make sure your WCU account is paid by the posted deadline, or you will not receive your diploma, due to unpaid fees.
What if I miss the deadline?
If you miss the first deadline, you have an additional period to pay a late fee (plus the original fee). If you miss the second and final deadline, you must wait and participate in the next scheduled graduation ceremony. Please check with the Registrar’s Office or the school calendar for the dates of the second and final deadlines. These dates are posted in several places for your convenience.
Can I cancel my application, and will my money be refunded?
You can cancel your application. No refunds are given, but your money will roll over to apply when you do actually graduate. After one year, your degree application will be placed in the inactive file. You must then contact the Registrar to have the application reactivated. If there is no activity for seven years, your degree application will be removed from the inactive file and destroyed. You would then have to re-apply with all current fees required.
Degrees and Diplomas
When will I get my diploma?
Diplomas will be given out in Tatum Court outside the Registrar’s Office on the Hattiesburg campus immediately following each graduation ceremony. If graduation ceremonies are held on other campuses, a designated area will be announced for distribution of diplomas. Should there be any problems with grades or fees, the diploma will be held until the problems are cleared. If you have been given permission to “graduate in absentia,” (see below), your diploma may be mailed to you with a nominal fee, or may be picked up in the Hattiesburg Registrar’s office the week following the graduation ceremony.
When will my degree be posted?
A degree statement will be posted on your transcript by the end of the week following graduation ceremonies.
Am I required to participate in the graduation ceremony when I have earned my degree?
Yes. Degrees are not conferred in absentia , except by special permission of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs.
What if there are extenuating circumstances that prevent my attendance at the graduation ceremony?
You may go online to your student portal to the section marked “Forms.” There is a form to request to “ graduate in absentia .” You may fill that out with your reason for the request and submit it online. If permission is granted, you will be given further instructions.
When and where do I pick up my regalia (cap and gown)?
A detailed letter will be sent to each graduate before the ceremony. The regalia will be mailed or picked up from the bookstore prior to the ceremony. Since May, 2008, caps and gowns have been purchased by the graduates and do not have to be returned.
What information does the Registrar’s Office need to process a transcript?
A form to request a transcript can be picked up in the Registrar’s Office or accessed online (on the Registrar’s website) then downloaded and mailed, faxed or taken in to the office to request a transcript.
If you cannot access the form online, you can fax or mail the following information to the Registrar’s Office: your full name, your social security number, the date of your attendance at William Carey, daytime phone, cell number, address where the transcript should be sent…(very detailed and specific information, including a specific office), your method of payment (check, VISA, MC, or DISCOVER…we do not accept AMERICAN EXPRESS), and your signature (required!). There is a twenty-four to forty-eight hour turnaround upon receipt of your request for the transcript to be processed.
Can I request a transcript by phone or email?
No. We must have your signature. If you email your request, you must scan it in to provide your signature.
What is the fee for having a transcript processed?
Transcripts are $5.00 per copy.
Can I have a transcript faxed?
Yes, but a faxed transcript is NOT an official transcript, and there is a $10.00 fee for faxing an unofficial transcript.
Why is a faxed transcript unofficial?
The type of paper used for official transcripts is tamper-proof and copy-proof. It will not fax.
Is the first copy of my transcript free?
No. All transcripts are $5.00 per copy. However, currently enrolled students may access an unofficial transcript from their student portals free of charge. (Students may also access their schedules and their accounts in the business office from their portals. Enrollment verification is also available for students on the portals.)
If I buy several copies, will I get a discount?
Can my parents or friends request or pick up a transcript for me?
If you are currently enrolled and have signed a third party waiver (FERPA), the persons named on your waiver may pick up a transcript for you. If you are not currently enrolled, you must provide a written, signed letter authorizing permission for another party to do this for you. This will have to accompany your transcript request with all required information. A photo ID will be required for all requests.
Can my transcript be sent electronically?
Yes. Transcripts can be sent and received electronically from other institutions who are in the eScrip-Safe . More information regarding this process is on the registrar’s website with instructions for ordering transcripts.
Have you ever had problems with credit card fraud or misuse of credit card information when ordering transcripts?
No. Our credit card machine and fax are in secured locations away from public view and accessibility.
Do you still have records from the early 1900’s?
Assistance for Veterans
How can I apply for VA educational benefits?
Contact the Registrar’s Office at 601-318-6195. The office is located in Tatum Court on the WCU campus.
How can I check the status of my monthly VA checks or find out how many months remain on my eligibility?
Call the VA toll-free automated number 1-888-BILL- (442-4551).
Where are Montgomery GI Bill checks mailed?
For the previous chapters of the Montgomery GI Bill, the payments are sent to you directly, either by mail or by automatic deposit into your checking account or savings account. The new Chapter 33 Post 9/11Bill will pay tuition directly to the school. If you are eligible to receive a housing or supply stipend through the Post 9/11 Bill, those payments will be sent directly to the veteran.
How do I verify my monthly enrollment to the VA?
The verification can be done by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE): https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do or by using an automated system 1-877-823-2378.
If I am in the National Guard or Reserves and receiving the GI Bill, can I get additional educational assistance?
Check with your Education Service Officer at your unit to see if you are eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA), kickers, or State Education Assistance Program (SEAP).