Academic Catalog

Senior Citizen Program

In keeping with the goal of service, Seattle Pacific has a program that offers tuition-free courses to persons 65 years of age or older. Senior adults of this age bracket may attend on-campus undergraduate classes as auditors or for academic credit. They may take courses in special interest areas and/or complete one bachelor’s degree. Technology fees are covered by the program as well as tuition, though fees charged to all students in a particular course are not covered by the Senior Citizen Program.

Option 1

If you wish to pursue an undergraduate bachelor’s degree:

  • You must formally apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Senior citizen students may pursue only one bachelor’s degree under this SPU program.
  • Once admitted, you will receive information about advising and registration for classes.

Option 2

If you are not pursuing a bachelor’s degree:

  • There is no application fee to become a non-matriculated student.
  • Senior citizen students can take as many courses as they please (subject to the notes below) as long as they are not pursuing a degree.
  • A senior citizen, non-matriculated student may not register until the second day of each quarter, which allows all matriculated students to register first. The last day to register is the fifth day of the quarter. Course registration will be on a space-available basis.
  • If also a veteran student, non-matriculated students cannot receive benefits through the G.I. Bill®.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at


By enrolling in undergraduate courses at SPU, students agree to comply with the expectations, policies, and procedures in the Student Handbook that govern all students, including the Student Standards of Conduct.

To register as a senior citizen, non-matriculated student, you must complete a Registration Form for Non-matriculated Students and submit it to the Office of the Registrar in Demaray Hall 151 for processing. It is important to indicate all current contact information so that you may receive information from our university’s departments.

Course selection can be found in the online Time Schedule.


  • Some courses may not be available to non-matriculated students and/or some courses may have registration restrictions or required course prerequisites.
  • Non-matriculated students are not eligible to participate in clubs or student government organizations.