The New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF) is a mandatory, one-time fee of $338 that all entering undergraduate students at the University of Washington Seattle campus pay to confirm enrollment. The NSEOF supports many academic and transition programs designed specifically to set students up for success. These programs include Advising & Orientation (A&O), Dawg Daze Welcome Week, Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (ASP/CLUE), the Commuter & Transfer Commons, and First-year Interest Groups (FIGs).
The NSEOF is neither refundable nor transferable to another quarter or another student.
Since the early 1970s, the University of Washington has offered orientation for new students. The program was optional and fee-based and always included academic advising and registration for classes. In 2002, the Special Assistant to the Dean, a staff member in the Office of Undergraduate Education, proposed a drastic change to the way new students were welcomed to campus. The staff recognized that all students needed an opportunity to get acclimated, be introduced to resources available and learn how to be successful at the UW.
A proposal to implement an enrollment fee for all new students, both freshman and transfer, was created to fund this new initiative. It came from the idea that orientation should emphasize academic values, stress the importance of intellectual discovery, value diverse learning opportunities and actively pursue academic excellence.
From this idea, Advising & Orientation (A&O) was created. With the implementation of the NSEOF, the former office of New Student Programs was transformed into First Year Programs (FYP) with the purpose of implementing and facilitating programs and services for new students. Campus partnerships were utilized and strengthened to ensure students would have the opportunity to meet their fellow new Huskies, discover the resources campus has to offer and register for classes for the upcoming quarter. With this new orientation process, made possible by the collection of the NSEOF, the class registration playing field was actually leveled, as students were able to sign up for orientation on a first-come first-serve basis and register for classes while on campus for their orientation. In addition, because the NSEOF was required for all students, financial aid could build it into a student’s aid package.
The NSEOF funds the office of First Year Programs, which is responsible for A&O, Dawg Daze, Commuter and Transfer Commons, and First-year Interest Groups. The NSEOF also funds the wages of the student employees within FYP, including the positions of the Commuter and Transfer Associates, Student Coordinators, Orientation Leaders, and the First-year Interest Group leaders, who work within the office and dedicate their time and energy to the FYP mission. A portion of the NSEOF also funds Academic Support Programs (ASP). ASP is responsible for facilitating academic achievement courses, tutor/mentorship and the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE).
The NSEOF can only be increased through approval by the regents and has only seen minimal increases in the last thirteen years. FYP does not receive state funding from the University but does operate other programs and services for students and families, including a comprehensive Parent Orientation program, that has optional fees.
The NSEOF was recently increased from $310-$338 through a processs facilitated by the First Year Experience Student Advisory Council and then approved by the Board of Regents. The increase funds the following initiatives:
- Online writing support
- Expanded services for CLUE
- OMA&D and UAA Advising Peer Support
- Staff and Student Wages and Salaries
Allocation of $338 by Department
- First Year Programs (FYP) (58% or $196)
- Academic Support Programs (24% or $81)
- Undergraduate Academic Affairs Administration (6% or $21)
- UAA Academic Advising (5% or $17)
- Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (5% or $17)
- Credit Card Fees (2% or $6)
Allocation of $338 byType
- Programming Cost (27% or $91)
- Prof. and Classified Staff (43% or $146)
- Student Wages (30% or $101)
Whole or partial funding of the following programs for all new students is provided by the NSEOF including:
Programs for First Year Students
- First Year Programs
- Advising & Orientation
- First-year Interest Groups (FIGs)
- Dawg Daze
- University & Collegium Seminars
- Commuter and Transfer Commons
- OMA&D Welcome Daze
Programs for Academic Success
- Academic Support Programs
- Center for Learning & Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE)
- Writing Center (includes online writing support)
- Success Coaching
- Tutoring/Mentorship Program
- Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D)
- Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) Advising
NSEOF recommendations and activities are reviewed by the NSEOF Advisory Board. The board provides recommendations to Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) Dean, Ed Taylor, for final approval.
The current advisory board members include:
- Adiam Tesfay, Director, Academic Support Programs
- Jason Johnson, Associate Dean, UAA
- LeAnne Jones Wiles, Director, First Year Programs
- Michaelann Jundt, Associate Dean, UAA
- Nanette Rosenthal, Administrator, UAA
Current Students have the opportunity to serve on the First Year Experience (FYE) Student Advisory Council.
Can I defer the New Student Enrollment & Orientation Fee (NSEOF)?
If you are unable to pay the NSEOF, you may request to defer the cost if you’ve submitted a FAFSA or WASFA and you are eligible for the Pell Grant program or you have an extenuating circumstance that prevents you from paying at this time. Requests are evaluated individually. Please note, GET funds may not be used to pay the NSEOF so we encourage you to plan accordingly. Veterans wishing to defer the NSEOF should contact the Veterans Educational Benefits Office for more information.
- If your NSEOF deferral is approved, the fee will be due with tuition on the third Friday of the quarter.
- If your NSEOF deferral request is approved but you do not enroll, your payment is still an obligation and due by these dates.
- If your NSEOF deferral request is denied, you will be notified via your UW email and instructed to pay. Your admission to the UW is not confirmed until payment is received and accepted.
- International students are not eligible for an NSEOF deferral.
What if I am not coming to the UW due to Finances?
The NSEOF is neither refundable nor transferable to another quarter or another student. If you are no longer attending the UW due to financial hardship and would like to appeal this policy please complete the following form
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First Year Programs fosters a successful undergraduate student experience through strategic programming that focuses on positive academic transitions and the development of learning communities. Through partnerships with faculty, staff, alumni, and student leaders our programs create the space for students to define how they will engage, learn, and thrive at the University of Washington.