Topeka, Kan. – In one sure sign that things are returning to normal on the Washburn University campus, the popular 60+ Audit Program is resuming this fall. The program, which allows those over 60 to audit classes tuition-free, was paused in 2020 when the pandemic forced a reduction in classroom capacities.

            “Our past participants have been asking about the resumption of the program. We’re pleased that conditions have now improved so that we can offer it once again,” said Stephanie Lanning, university registrar.

            Registration for this fall’s program will take place on Friday, August 20, 2021 in Room 100 of Morgan Hall. Registration times will be offered by the first letter of the auditor’s last name on the following schedule:

  • A-G --    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • H-Q –   11:00 a.m. – Noon
  • R-Z  --   2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

     “Courses for the program are offered on a space-available basis and are subject to a specified minimum number of fee-paying students,” Lanning said. “And, while auditors are not charged tuition, the costs of materials and/or textbooks are the responsibility of the auditor.”

     Lanning also noted that those who participate are not required to prepare homework assignments or take examinations but can participate fully in classroom discussion and laboratory and field work. Auditors do not receive college credit but those auditing a course are expected to follow university rules and regulations regarding parking, library privileges, the student code of conduct and other appropriate regulations.

     “All auditors must be at least 60 years old on or before the first day of the semester/term in which the class is taught and should be prepared to verify their birth date, either with a driver's license or other government-issued id or birth certificate at registration,” Lanning said. 

     Lanning also said that first-time participants will need to complete the program’s application no later than August 10, 2021. That application is available on the university’s website at


For further information: For further information, contact: Patrick M. Early, APR Director of Public Relations Telephone: (785) 670-1711 Cell: (717) 385-1119 Email:
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