Priority Registration for Student Parents and Caregivers

To support undergraduate students who are caring for either children or adult family members, UC Davis has a process for these students to apply to receive priority registration. Priority registration enables students to receive an earlier Pass time for course registration. The program is intended to alleviate complications related to scheduling conflicts between parental and caregiving responsibilities and UC Davis classes and course work.

Eligibility

  • Student parents: if you are responsible for (or imminently will be responsible for) providing for a child of any age. They may be a biological parent, stepparent, unmarried coparent, adoptive parent, foster parent, guardian, grandparent, extended family member or sibling caregiver. Eligibility is also open to students who are pregnant or have partners who are expecting, especially if the due date occurs before or during the next academic year.
  • Student caregivers: if you have adult family members (ages 18 and older) who receive more than half of their support/care from you due to disabilities and/or medical needs.
  • Approval is determined by responses to the questions included in the online application.
  • Please note that students across the immigration status spectrum are eligible to apply.

Application Process

Now accepting applications for students who do not currently have priority registration, but would like to request it for Spring 2024.  Application deadline: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Continuing students

Students apply annually, in the Spring quarter, to receive priority registration for the following academic year. Once approved, the priority status will be automatically assigned for the fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Important Dates - 2023-2024 

  • March 1, 2023: Fall 2023 course info available in schedule builder and class search tool
  • April 1, 2023: deadline for submission of online application for 2023-2024 priority registration
  • April 15, 2023: date by which students will be notified of approval
  • May 8, 2023: registration appointment times for Fall 2022 available on Schedule Builder and myucdavis

New students

For a student’s first year at UC Davis, students must apply in May/June to receive priority registration for the academic year. Once approved, the priority status will be automatically assigned for the fall, winter, and spring quarters. After the first year, students apply as a continuing student and follow those deadlines.

Important Dates - 2023-2024

  • June 30, 2023: deadline for submission of online application for 2023-2024 priority registration
  • July 14, 2023: date by which students will be notified of approval
  • Early-Mid August 2023: incoming transfer students register for classes
If you become a new parent in the middle of a quarter or find out about the program after the deadline, complete the application to be considered for the following quarter.  To learn about this program and your eligibility for priority registration, please contact Marissa Weiss at the Transfer and Reentry Center.

Applications