Planning Your Registration

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For additional information, please contact the Office of the Registrar. New students should contact the Office of Admissions. Students with questions concerning fees or tuition should contact the Office of Student Accounting. 

Planning Your Registration

▼   Academic Advising

Advising procedures vary by college and major. Check with your department to determine your advising requirements. Official Advising deadlines are in place for each semester, students should discuss course selections with advisors prior to that published deadline and should clear holds/blocks.

See the Important Dates page for advising week.

▼   Check Eligibility/Status

To Register for classes each semester, students:

  • Must be academically eligible (not suspended or dismissed),
  • Must have an eligible student status (admitted, readmitted or continuing),
  • Must not have any holds that would prevent registration, and
  • Must have a time ticket specifying when to register for the upcoming semester. This information is available on PAWS.

To Register for classes each semester, students:

  • Login to your PAWS account
  • Click Student Services and Financial Aid.
  • Click Registration.
  • Click Check Your Registration Status.
  • Select the appropriate term (semester), and click the Submit button.
  • Your Time Ticket. Look for the message "You may register during the following times." If you have not been assigned a time ticket, you will see the message: "As of this time, your Registration Time Ticket has not been assigned." Students without a time ticket should contact the Registrar's Office for assistance.

    Note: You will notice that your time ticket does not tell you what part of Registration your time frames are for. To see if your time frames refer to Continuing/Readmitted Student or New Student Registration, or Late Registration, Drop/Add, or the Drop Period, compare them to the dates listed on the University Calendar.

  • Your Holds Status. You will either see a check mark with the message: "You have no Holds which prevent registration," or you will see a caution symbol with the message: "You have Holds which prevent your registration." If you have holds, click the 'View Holds' link at the bottom of the page to see the holds on your file. You must clear the holds before you can register.
  • Your Academic Standing. You will either see a check mark with the message: "Your Academic Standing permits registration," or you will see a caution symbol with the message: "Your Academic Standing prevents registration." Contact the Registrar's Office if you have questions regarding your academic standing.
  • Your Student Status. You will either see a check mark with the message: "Your Student Status permits registration," or you will see a caution symbol with the message: "Your Student Status prevents registration." Contact the Registrar's Office for assistance if your student status prevents registration.
  • If these four items permit registration and if you have met your advising requirements, you are eligible to register.
▼   South Scheduler In PAWS

South Scheduler (also called Visual Schedule Builder) is a tool to assist students in planning their academic schedule. South Scheduler allows you to graphically view schedule options based on the courses and offering times that works best for you.  Plug in your desired courses and let South Scheduler do the rest. See all of your options at a glance, and customize your schedule in just a few clicks. No more Excel, no more trial and error.

Demonstration Video

The following instructional video will show the basic operation of the program in PAWS.

▼   Class Schedule Planner

Summer Course Registration Planner

Class Periods Full Term Short Term
  Monday - Friday Monday - Friday
Period 1 8:00 - 8:55 8:00 - 9:55
Period 2 9:10 - 10:05 10:20 - 12:15
Period 3 10:20 - 11:15 12:40 - 2:35
Period 4 11:30 - 12:25 3:00 - 4:55
Period 5 12:40 - 1:35  
Period 6 1:50 - 2:45  
Period 7 3:00 - 3:55  
Period 8 4:10 - 5:05  

Fall Course Registration Planner

Class Periods Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 1 7:00 8:00 7:00 8:00 7:00
Period 2 8:00   8:00   8:00
Period 3 9:05 9:30 9:05 9:30 9:05
Period 4 10:10   10:10   10:10
Period 5 11:15 11:00 11:15 11:00 11:15
Period 6 12:20 12:30 12:20 12:30 12:20
Period 7 1:25 2:00 1:25 2:00 1:25
Period 8 2:30   2:30   2:30
Period 9 3:35 3:30 3:35 3:30 3:35
Period 10 4:40   4:40   4:40
▼   Check for Holds

Holds are placed on student accounts and are cleared by various University offices. Some holds will prevent registration and must be cleared by the sponsoring office or department before the student will be permitted to register. Students who are changing their major should request their new major department to remove any advising block placed on their account by the prior department.

Holds that prevent registration will also prevent dropping courses. Students with registration holds will need to come to the Registrar's Office for assistance with dropping a course.

Click here to view a list of possible holds and whom to contact for assistance.

▼   What is a Registration Time Ticket?

Each semester, you will be assigned a personal time ticket that specifies when you can access PAWS to register for the approaching semester. You must have a time ticket to register or to drop classes. Refer to the Time Tickets section on the Important Dates page to find out when time tickets will be posted to students' PAWS accounts. If you do not receive a time ticket, contact Registration, (251) 460-6251. During the Drop Period, you cannot add classes, you can only drop. Note: Some students will not automatically receive a time ticket.

Candidates for graduation: If you applied for graduation, you will not receive a time ticket for the semester after your anticipated graduation. If you are a candidate for graduation and need to register for classes for the semester after your anticipated graduation, contact a graduation specialist in the Office of the Registrar for assistance.

Transient students: If you are attending USA as a transient student, you will not receive a time ticket for the next semester unless you are accepted for readmission for that semester. This requires that you submit an application for readmission to the Office of Admissions. See Readmission for more details.

Inactive students: If you were suspended or dismissed from the University, or if you have not attended for three or more consecutive semesters, you will not receive a time ticket for the next semester unless you are accepted for readmission for that semester. This requires that you submit an application for readmission to the Office of Admissions. See Readmission for more details.

New students who have not been formally admitted: If you are a new student, you will not be assigned a time ticket until after you have been formally admitted to the University by the Office of Admissions. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

To find your time ticket:

  • Login to your PAWS account
  • Select "Student Services & Financial Aid."
  • Select "Registration."
  • Select "Check Your Registration Status."
  • Select the semester you want to view then click the "Submit" button.
  • Look for the words "You may register during the following times." Your time ticket will be listed just below those words.

Each line is a separate time frame with specific beginning and ending dates and times. Registration transactions (adds, drops, etc.) must be completed before the end time for each time frame, or the transaction will be lost.

▼   When Do I Register?

Registration Dates and Times for Spring 2020

Registration time tickets are determined based upon the University of South Alabama Registration Policy. 

Date Time Group
October 21 9:00 am Graduate Students
October 22 9:00 am Seniors enrolled in the Honors College
October 22 1:00 pm Seniors with  greater than 121 hours
October 22 3:00 pm Seniors with greater than 90 hours
October 24 9:00 am Juniors enrolled in the Honors College
October 24 1:00 pm Juniors
October 28 9:00 am Sophomores enrolled in the Honors College
October 28 1:00 pm Sophomores
October 30 9:00 am Freshman enrolled in the Honors College
October 30 1:00 pm Freshman
November 1 9:00 am Pathway Students
November 1 1:00 pm Non Degree Students
December 2 9:00 am New Graduate Students 
January 9 9:00 am New Freshman Students (includes ACEP)
January 9 9:00 am New Transfer Students (A-K)
January 10 9:00 am New Transfer Students (L-Z)
January 10 1:00 pm New Non Degree Students

   Time tickets will remain open from the first day of registration until 23:59 p.m. on the last day of registration.