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60+ Tuition Exemption Students! Important Registration Information

By Mary Bergstrom
Posted on 30 July 2019 | 2:55 pm

Dear 60+ Tuition Exemption Student, 

We are so glad you have decided to take classes at the College of Charleston!

We have received two popular questions regarding the registration process for 60+ Tuition Exemption students over the past few weeks.  We have included the questions and responses below:

When I register for a course, does it automatically know I am intending to audit the course?

No, all course registrations default to credit, which means the course is being taken for a grade.

Students may audit a course after obtaining permission of the instructor on the Permission to Audit Form, which is available on the Registrar’s Office website.  Students must first register for a course and then submit the Permission to Audit Form to the Registrar’s Office no later than the last day of drop/add for the term in order to finalize their audit.  A student may only make a change to course grading status (graded or audit) prior to the last day of drop/add for the term.  A course audit will be recorded on a student’s transcript with the Status Indicator AU. No credit or quality points are earned. 

Not all courses offered by the College may be audited.  Departments and Programs may limit the number of audits per course section and may also designate courses that do not accept any auditors.  Students should consult with the appropriate Department or Program prior to seeking permission to audit a course.  Faculty determine the course requirements for auditing students (e.g. attendance, participation, submission of assignments, exams, etc.).All students are expected to have the required prerequisite(s) for courses they intend to take. If you receive a prerequisite error when to register for a course, please contact the appropriate academic department to see if they will grant you permission to take the class. Academic departments have the ability to register students into classes. Here is additional information which may be useful to you during your visit this semester. This information can also be found via your MyCharleston account and on the College of Charleston Website at

Steps To Audit a Course:

1.       Register for the Course via MyCharleston.
2.       Complete a Permission to Audit Form (Make sure that the Instructor signs the form)
3.       Turn the form in to the Office of the Registrar by the drop/add date:

  • Express I  Courses:            August 22nd
  • Full-term Courses:            August 27th
  • Express II Courses:           October 11th

I keep getting a missing prerequisite error when attempting to register for a particular course.  Why?

All College of Charleston students must meet the pre-requisite requirements for course registration.  Registration is on a space-available basis.  Only the professor and department offering a course can approve an override request for students to join a closed course or courses requiring pre-requisites or special permission. Students should contact the Department directly. 

Don’t forget, full details about this program and other registration resources regarding this program can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website ( 

Permission to Audit Form:  

60+ Tuition Exemption Program Overview Guide: 

Academic Calendar:  

Undergraduate Catalog: 

Student Course Registration Quick Guide: 

If you have any issues with accessing your MyCharleston or email account, please contact Helpdesk at or 843-953-3375. 

College of Charleston Map:  

Classroom Building Acronyms and Information:  

College of Charleston Cougar Card Services:  

Student Privileges:  

Have a great semester! 

Office of the Registrar

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