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Older Adult Audit Program

New York state law permits residents 60 years or older to audit credit-bearing classes at state-affiliated campuses free of charge. Auditors participate fully in classes, but there is no college credit, nor are any formal records kept of involvement.

Space Available:

Participants identify courses of interest and contact the instructor to determine openings for auditor participation. Auditors participate in class activities at the discretion of the instructor and on a space-available basis. If course space is limited, instructors can wait until the add/drop deadline before approving the request. Auditors are expected to comply with instructor requirements; consent for participation in the program can be withdrawn if circumstances warrant.


  • Individual lessons on musical instruments are not available through this program
  • Due to space limitations in the School of Nursing and Studio Art courses auditors often cannot be accommodated
  • All requests for audits in the School of Management must be approved in the school office and not by individual instructors
  • Distance-education courses are not available through this program


  • Some courses, such as Studio Art, may have fees for supplies or materials. If you voluntarily choose to purchase materials associated with the course, the fees are collected by the department.

To participate in the Older Adult Audit program...

  1. Select a course from our online catalog of courses
    1. You'll be able to search for courses by subject, keywords, course level, etc.
    2. Make note of the subject, course number, section CRN and course name for the approval form as well as the instructor's name
  2. Complete and submit the Instructor Approval Form
    1. Print and complete the auditor portion of the form, including the course information
    2. Contact the instructor to obtain approval (signature)
    3. Submit the signed form to Harpur Academic Advising, Old Champlain, Room 110

Health Forms

If this is your first time participating in the Older Adult program, complete the following health forms:

All completed health forms should be submitted to Decker Student Health Services.

Once a signed Instructor Approval Form is received by Harpur Academic Advising, please allow 2 – 3 weeks for processing.

You will receive an email from Harpur Academic Advising notifying you of your enrollment in the program. This email will include your B-Number, instructions on how to obtain an ID card, a parking permit and a Binghamton University user account and email address.


Last Updated: 11/13/17