Registration Guide

When to Register

You will be assigned a registration time-ticket assignment for registration. The first ten days of registration are the only days of registration that are time-ticketed. Approximately one week before registration begins; you can find your registration time ticket assignment by entering PAWS in the Registration block on the Enrollment tab.

Your time-ticket assignment is valid beginning at your assigned time and continues through the last day of registration.

Time-ticket assignments are assigned with priority to students scheduled to graduate for the upcoming registration term and then to continuing students according to the total credit hours earned. Once you are allowed access, you can adjust your schedule on a first-come, first-served basis during the remaining registration period. It is to your advantage to attempt to register as soon as you are allowed access to the registration system because many classes fill up quickly.  During Late Registration, access is on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to Register

You may add classes to your schedule during Early, Regular and Late Registration. A student may schedule as many as 18 semester hours without special permission. You can make changes to your schedule online in PAWS until the last day of Late Registration. You can view registration dates on the Georgia State University Calendar webpage by selecting the semester you wish to view from the Academic/Registration Calendars drop down list.  Students who wait until Late Registration to register for classes will incur a fee of $50. Any schedule revision after late registration must be done in the Office of the Registrar and may be refused by the faculty. At that time, you will also be charged a nonrefundable manual registration fee of $37.50 for each change.

  1. Log in to PAWS with your CampusID and password. You can look up or change your CampusID or password at http://campusid.gsu.edu.
  2. Go to the Enrollment tab for access to all of your records. Scroll down to the Registration block and select Add/Drop/Withdraw Courses.
  3. Select the appropriate registration term.
  4. Read the agreement carefully and select “I Agree” or “I Do Not Agree.”
  5. Select your course options, such as subject (to browse all classes in a particular subject), or course number if you know the specific course you’re looking for. You can also further refine your search by selecting an instructor, time, or location.
  6. Choose the course you would like to add and click “Register.”
  7. Review your status to make sure the course is registered correctly.
  8. Select “Concise Student Schedule” under the Registration tab to review your current registration schedule.

Overflows, Authorizations and Restrictions

Before you can register, some courses require special authorization from a department or have certain registration restrictions. The appropriate department must approve and enter the overflow or special authorization information into the registration system before you will be able to successfully register for the course yourself. As shown in the online course listings found at PAWS, an asterisk precedes the course number for courses requiring special authorization and a plus sign precedes the course number for courses with registration restrictions. Overflow policies vary with each department. Contact the specific department for authorization and overflow information. See the “Course Authorization” in the General Information section of this guide for departmental locations and telephone numbers.

Dropping A Class

You drop a class when you remove the class from your schedule during Regular or Late Registration. A dropped class does not appear on your transcript. Late Registration is the last time period for dropping a class without penalty. After the last day of Late Registration, only withdrawal will be allowed. Remember, to be certified as a full-time student, you must carry a minimum of 12 semester hours.

A student who is enrolled in less than a full-time course of study at Georgia State may be in jeopardy of:

  1. losing insurance coverage under his or her parent/guardian’s insurance policy
  2. being out of compliance with the Department of Homeland Security if enrolled at Georgia State on a student visa
  3. being placed on a loan payment schedule by a lender or guarantor if the student is the recipient of federal financial aid
  4. losing a scholarship if the guidelines for receiving the scholarship require full-time student enrollment.

Auditing A Class

Students who wish to audit a course need to contact the Enrollment Services Center, 2nd floor, Sparks Hall to process an application for audit. Audit registration is not available through PAWS. Auditing is permissible only after prerequisite requirements are met and by permission of the instructor. Fees will be assessed at the same rate as for courses being taken for credit. NOTE: After the official last day to register for course credit, students may not transfer from credit to audit status or vice versa.

Individuals who have been accepted to the university as regular students may register for learning support courses either for audit or for institutional credit. Institutional credit will not count toward degree requirements and may not be calculated into a grade-point average but is included in the calculation of academic hours carried for tuition purposes. Students receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. No course grade will be awarded for students who audit classes. Students who register for institutional credit will be awarded a letter grade.