What information can you find on this page?

  1. Registration Instructions
  2. Tuition and Payment
  3. Withdrawals and Refunds
  4. Policies for In-Person Classes
  5. UNC Asheville Degree-Seeking Student Policy

Registration Instructions

Registration for the Spring 2024 semester will open on Monday, November 6. If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact Lilly Danzis:

Continuing Students

If you took a class in Fall 2023, you are considered a continuing student. Continuing students do not need to redo RDS. Register as a Continuing Student

New Students

If you did not take a class in Fall 2023, you are considered a new student. Complete the following steps to register:

  1. Residency Verification with RDS

    Complete the online residency verification process to qualify for in-state tuition. This process must be repeated every year. Students who do not complete or update this verification will be billed the out-of-state tuition rate. If you have any questions about the residency process, please call College Foundation of North Carolina: 866.866.2362. Complete residency verification
  2. New Student Application

    Complete a UNCA Non-Degree Application. Full-time UNCA Faculty and Staff members using tuition waivers must do this too. Be sure to select Student Type: Distance Education when you see that question on the application and select Spring 2024 for the semester. Please be advised there is a non-refundable $35 application fee. Register as a New Student

If you forgot your username and/or password for RDS and CFNC, click here to retrieve that information. If you run into any problems completing the RDS or CFNC, check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition and Payment

If you are a UNCA full-time faculty/staff member using a tuition waiver, complete the tuition waiver application.

Tuition for in-state students:

  • 5-week (1 credit hour) classes: $198.50
  • 10-week (2 credit hour) classes: $397.00
  • 15-week (3 credit hour) classes: $595.50

Tuition for out-of-state students:

  • 5-week (1 credit hour) classes: $921.33
  • 10-week (2 credit hour) classes: $1,842.66
  • 15-week (3 credit hour) classes: $2,763.99

More information on tuition can be found on Student Accounts’ “Tuition & Fees – Graduate & Distance Learning” page. If you have questions about residency, please contact Administrative Assistant Lilly Danzis at If you have questions about your bill, please contact Student Accounts.

Paying Tuition Online

Once you're enrolled, you'll receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to pay your tuition online with a credit card. Please be advised that there is a transaction fee. Pay My Tuition Online

Paying by Check

If you cannot pay by credit card, please send a check made out to “The Great Smokies Writing Program” to the GSWP Office:

Great Smokies Writing Program, c/o Lilly Danzis
UNC Asheville, CPO 1950
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804


Withdrawals and Refunds

Please note that refunds will only be given for cancellations received more than two weeks prior to the first class meeting. Refunds for the $35 CFNC application fee will only be given if the class has been cancelled. 

Students who decide to withdraw from a class after it has begun should contact our office immediately by email to Failure to attend class without completing the official withdrawal paperwork before the end of the withdrawal period will result in an F as a final grade.


Policies for In-Person Classes

COVID Policy for In-Person Classes

We are thankful to our community partners at UNC Asheville, Story Parlor, and First Baptist Church for providing space for our in-person Spring classes! As we are their guests, please follow the guidelines below surrounding masking, social distancing, and other health and safety precautions while you are on their premises: 

  • We request and encourage all of our students to be fully vaccinated and have a booster.
  • We discourage anyone from attending in-person classes if they have any symptoms of illness and encourage anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested.
  • We encourage maintaining social distance and frequent hand washing. 


In-person Spring classes will be held in several locations: Karpen Hall on UNC Asheville campus, Story Parlor, and First Baptist Church of Asheville. Please read all course descriptions carefully to make sure you know where your class is located. 

  • Karpen Hall, UNC Asheville: If you are parking after 5:00pm or on weekends, you may park in Visitor, Faculty/Staff, and Non-Resident Student Lots without a permit. The closest parking lots to access Karpen Hall are P16 and P17 on the campus map. More information can be found on the Transportation website. Please direct any questions to Trevor Goldsmith at



UNC Asheville Degree-Seeking Student Policy

If you are a UNC Asheville degree-seeking student (undergraduate or post-bac) and you would like to take a class with Great Smokies, please email and note the following policies.

Note: The following policies have been updated and will take effect starting with Spring 2024 classes.

  • Students must have successfully completed LANG 260 or an equivalent course.
  • Students must have the approval of the Program Coordinator and/or at least one recommendation from an English faculty member.
  • Students may not take more than one GSWP course per term.
  • Credit hours earned will count towards your elective credits.
  • Credit hours earned do not count towards English major/minor requirements.
  • Your grade for the course will count towards your GPA.
  • Students may register one week before the first class session of the course they want to attend.
  • Students receiving financial aid must consult with the Office of Financial Aid before registering for GSWP classes.