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EIU Office of the Registrar


Office Hours

The Office of the Registrar is observing Summer Hours from May 6, 2024 - August 9, 2024.

Monday thru Thursday 8:00 - 4:30, Friday 8:00 - 12:00

Declaring/Changing a Major or Minor

Undergraduate students who would like to declare or change their major or minor should complete the process outlined here.

PAWS Instructions

For assistance on using PAWS to register for classes, please click here.

Schedule Planner

Schedule Planner is now available on PAWS to help students find class times that best fit into their busy schedules. Utilizing this system will allow students to schedule classes around work or other events such as practice. To find Schedule Planner, sign into PAWS, click on the Student menu, go to the Registration menu and look for the Schedule Planner link at the bottom of the items listed. You may register for your courses through the Schedule Planner during your enrollment period. For information on how to use Schedule Planner, please click here.

Student Drop/Withdrawal

To Drop or Withdraw from a Course

  1. If you are considering withdrawal of a course, please first check the academic calendar here for deadlines and refund options. If your course doesn't run the entire term, use the Course Drop Date link found here to find the drop and withdrawal date for each course by CRN
  2. Go to the “Add or Drop Classes” screen in PAWS.
  3. In the Action column you will find a box by each course. Use the drop-down menu and select the “Drop Web” option.
  4. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Submit Changes”. This will drop the course from your schedule. The screen will refresh and show that the course was deleted.

There is a difference between “dropping” a course and “withdrawing” from a course. A drop occurs either prior to the start date of the class or by a specific deadline early in the term. (See the academic calendar here or the Course Drop Date link mentioned above for deadlines.) Tuition and fee charges are reversed for a dropped course. Withdrawal occurs after the drop deadline and students are held responsible for payment of the hours even though they are no longer enrolled in the class.

Please note: If you have a university hold on your account, please contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance to drop or withdraw from any courses.

If extraordinary circumstances or a documented illness prevent a student from dropping or withdrawing by the stated deadline, she/he may apply for a late withdrawal.

Spring 2025 Registration

Registration dates for Spring 2025 can be found here.

Banner Alternate PIN for Registration

Students must obtain an alternate PIN from their academic adviser in order to access the PAWS registration system. A new alternate PIN will be issued for each term a student is enrolled. The following groups of students do not need an alternate PIN to access the system:

  • Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (formerly Bachelor of General Studies)

Late Withdrawal Requests

Beginning Fall 2008, students seeking a late withdrawal will be charged a late withdrawal fee. The undergraduate and graduate catalogs state:

Late Withdrawals A student may request a late withdrawal through the course instructor when a documented illness or extraordinary circumstance prevents withdrawal from a course by the established deadlines. Failing a class is not an appropriate reason to seek a late withdrawal. Students who are failing a course should follow the “Repeating Courses” policy stated in the catalog. The deadline for a filing for a late withdrawal for fall semester is March 15th for the immediately preceding fall semester and October 15th for the immediately preceding spring or summer. Students will be assessed a non-refundable $25 Late Withdrawal Fee per late withdrawn credit with a maximum of $100 per occurrence.

If you choose to appeal the Office of the Registrar will forward your late withdrawal to the Appeal Committee, whose decision is final and not subject to further appeal.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.

Administrative Drop Policy

Please click here to view the administrative drop policy, effective Spring 2007.

Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan

Information on Eastern Illinois University's Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan can be found here.

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Contact Information

Office of the Registrar

600 Lincoln Avenue
1220 Old Main Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3511
(217) 581-3831

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