UWEC Online

Orientation for Online Students

Welcome to your UW-Eau Claire Online Campus!

Thank you for choosing UW-Eau Claire for your online program. Whether you are pursuing a degree, earning a certificate, or registering for individual online courses, you are an important member of our Blugold community!

We hope that you will find this online orientation helpful throughout your online career here – this site is meant to find student services, academic and financial information, and instructions for completing student transactions -- from preparing to be a student again, to registering for classes, to ordering your final transcripts.

This is not meant to replace your individual program website, so we’ve provided links to each individual program’s information, as well.

We hope you enjoy your UW-Eau Claire experience!

  • CSD Online Master's Degree
    Are you interested in becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist? Earn your master's degree Communication Sciences and Disorders Online through UW-Eau Claire. This is a part-time program that takes three years to complete and includes two short summer visits to Eau Claire.
  • CSD Post-Bac
    The demand for Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services is increasing dramatically. Join the new generation of dynamic leaders who will develop innovative special education services that are fully responsive to the future! This 13-credit graduate program leads to Wisconsin DPI certification (License Code 80).
  • Foundation of Business Certification
    Our 13-credit certificate is designed for those without an undergraduate degree in business who want to increase their business knowledge and skills. Courses can be applied towards the MBA program course prerequisites.
  • Individual Online Courses
  • MBA
    Our 30-credit Consortium MBA program is designed for people like you - business people, engineers, health care providers and others interested in moving ahead in their careers.
  • MSDS
    Designed for busy adults, the 12-course, 36-credit University of Wisconsin online Master of Science in Data Science will teach you how to clean, organize, analyze, and interpret unstructured data, deriving knowledge and communicating your discoveries clearly using sophisticated visualization techniques and other means. Expert faculty, flexible schedules, and no GMAT or GRE admission requirements are just a few of the program’s advantages.
  • Professional Development and Personal Enrichment through Continuing Education
    More than 300 non-credit online programs are available through a partnership between UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education and Education To Go (Ed2go), a provider of adult continuing education programs for more than 1,500 leading colleges, universities, and other educational institutions.

    Ed2go offers a wide range of highly interactive non-credit courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of our courses are taught by Ed2go instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you. Most courses offer 2.5 CEUS; health care topics offer 3.0 CEUs. A variety of certificate programs are also available.

As a part-time student, what should I know about financial aid?

  • You may qualify for financial aid if you meet all the following requirements
    • You are enrolled in a degree seeking program
      • Students admitted as Special (non-degree) students are not eligible for financial aid, this includes students in the DSEPS program.
    • You are registered at least half-time
      • Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer)
      • Graduates must be enrolled in at least 4 credits (Fall, Spring) or 3 credits (Summer)
  • For those enrolled for less than full-time credits
    • Please review your Financial Aid Notification which will state the enrollment level that your financial aid is based on for each semester.
    • If your actual or intended enrollment does not match the Financial Aid Notification, please, send an email message to Blugold Central (BlugoldCentral@uwec.edu) stating your exact number of credits for which you are enrolled. Financial aid will adjust your award accordingly.
    • Without notification, the financial aid system defaults to full-time status and will not disburse funds as long as you are enrolled less than full-time.
  • Refer to the Financial Aid website for additional information, including how to apply, deadlines, Satisfactory Academic Progress, and Verification: https://www.uwec.edu/blugold-central/financial-aid/
  • (Fin Aid) Education Benefits: Veterans and eligible dependents may be entitled to educational benefits under various programs administered by the Veterans Administration. The link below leads to the University Veteran Benefits page which provides information about how to apply for admission to UW-Eau Claire, how to earn credit for your military experience, and how to apply for Federal and State benefits.
  • (Fin Aid) Yellow Ribbon: UWEC participates in the VA Yellow Ribbon program to assist with nonresident tuition for qualifying students. Please visit the VA website to learn more and then contact the veteran services office for the application: veterans@uwec.edu
  • (Enrollment or Withdraw) Military Leave Policy: The UW-Eau Claire military leave policy is in place to accommodate students who must temporarily set aside their educational pursuits when called to active duty in the military. The link below will direct you to the current Military Leave Policy, including instructions on the steps to complete prior to your leave.
  • (Other) Get Connected: UWEC is home to a Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter, which helps students stay connected. Please join our Facebook page to meet fellow veterans and stay connected without having to be on campus.
  • For other assistance with benefits, please email: veterans@uwec.edu.
  • How do I register for a course?
  • How do I add a course?
  • How do I drop a individual course?
    You can drop any course as long as you are within the deadline to drop courses, and as long as you are not dropping your last or only course.
  • How do I withdraw from the university / dropping to zero credits?
    To Withdraw from the University (Dropping all of your classes, even if you were registered for only one course), follow the directions on this website. The process may change depending on the term, so be sure to select the correct term.
  • Deadlines
    • Add/Drop/Cancel/Withdraw
      • To CANCEL, you are dropping some or all of your classes before the term begins.
      • To DROP you are dropping individual classes from you schedule, but remaining registered in one or more classes.
      • To WITHDRAW, you are dropping to zero credits -- your entire registration (even if that is only one course) on/after the term start date. 
    • Finding the Deadline to Drop an Individual Class
      Log in to your CampS Student Center. Click the Drop icon preceding the course you want to drop.
    • Financial/Refund Deadlines
      Financial deadlines do not necessarily match academic deadlines. Full or partial refunds are based on the date you drop/withdraw.
  • How do I view my grades?
  • How do I view my transcripts?
  • To access due dates for upcoming semesters, refer to this website: https://www.uwec.edu/Busoff/studentfinancials/PayInfo.htm
  • Bills for tuition and fees will be posted in CampS shortly before the beginning of the semester. In most cases, you’ll be notified by email that you can view your bill in CampS. If for any reason you do not receive the email, be sure to check CampS for your bill before before the payment due date.
  • There are several options for making payments:
  • You may pay by credit card, but you will need to pay additional fees to do so. There are no fees for paying online directly from your bank account.
  • If paying by mailing a check, be sure you mail it about a week in advance of the due date to avoid late fees.

Your courses utilize an online portal to access content, assignments, and grades. Currently UWEC is changing from D2L to Canvas, so you may have courses in either system during the 2018-19 academic year. The student page for each will give you basic instructions on how to use different tools in each system.

*In D2L, you may not see your course listed until the first day of class. If it is the first day of your course and you still don't see your course, contact your instructor.

How do I log into my email?

Using your UWEC email is crucial to keep up with communications from your instructors, other students, and the institution. Simply log in using your UWEC username and password.

*If you don’t want to check your email regularly, you can forward it to another email, such as a Gmail account. Please contact the Help Desk with any questions.

What technology do I need to complete an online course?

  • What are the minimum technology requirements?

    • Have your own computer – avoid borrowing or relying on other computers for long periods of time. If your computer is old or unreliable, taking online courses will be more difficult.

    • Don't expect to complete an entire online class from your phone or tablet.

    • Stable internet access – online courses may be more difficult to complete without highspeed internet access as your course will probably include streaming videos.

    • Your program will also have specific technology requirements; for instance, CSD students often have to create videos for their courses or some programs may have computer recommendations.

  • How can I get technology help?

    • LTS Help Desk can troubleshoot many issues with software, email, and D2L/Canvas

    • LTS Training provides assistance to learn software such as D2L/Canvas, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Email, video editing, Photoshop, and more.

How do I get a student ID card?

As an online student, you may be interested in obtaining a physical Blugold student ID card for a variety of reasons: possible discounts for professional conferences, software purchases, texts and even reduced insurance rates. It also can be beneficial when ordering materials from McIntyre Library and when working with Career Services. For online students, your Blugold Card will not have your picture displayed.  Where your picture would normally be—it will read “Online Student.” 

How to apply for your card:
*UWEC degree-seeking online students do not pay segregated fees. As such, these students are not eligible for seg fee services 

  1. Contact your academic program contact to determine if the Blugold ID Card is available through your program, and to initiate a request.
  2. Your program representative will ask you to complete the Blugold Card Notarized Identity Verification for Student form
  3. Download and complete the Blugold Card Notarized Identity Verification for Student form
  4. Upon completion of the notarized form, scan or take a photo of the form and email it to your program representative.
  5. Your program representative will send the completed form to the Blugold Card Office, where your card will be created at no cost to you.
  6. Upon creation, your program representative will mail your card to you using your address provided in CampS.
  7. Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks for card delivery.

How do I find library resources?

The McIntyre Library offers services and materials to students studying online. Most of the communication with distant and online students happens through the Library Liaisons. Connecting with the library liaison in your field can be beneficial to ask questions, seek research advice, and learn more about the resources the library offers.

How do I find my textbook list and rent books?

  • To find out which textbooks you need for your online courses, order your books, and find the return policy for your course materials here:
  • For information about renting, returning, and book buybacks, please visit:
  • For general information about textbooks you will need and shipping options, please visit the University Bookstore page

What services are available for students with disabilities?

UW-Eau Claire encourages students with documented disabilities to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify Students with Disabilities (SSD) office at least two weeks in advance of your program so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Degree seeking, Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate students with disabilities are offered a variety of services and accommodations to ensure that both facilities and programs are accessible. The link below will direct you to the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) webpage. Here you will find appropriate contact information for SSD staff, as well as resources and accommodations available to meet your needs. All requests are kept confidential.

Please review the policy and procedures to arrange these services through UW-Eau Claire. Common accommodations for our online students may include, but are not limited to: access to technology, assistive technology, alternative text and Closed Captioning.


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