I'm getting my degree under what is called the GSU 62 program. As long as I'm willing to sign up for classes on the first day of a semester, during late registration, tuition is waived. It's a program available to people age 62 and older, and fills classes which would otherwise not be filled to capacity.
It's a great program, except for a couple of related Catch-22s.
The first is that classes tend to fill up before the first day of a given semester, leaving you with slim pickings. This isn't a problem when you're starting the program, because the pool of classes you have remaining in your degree program is larger. But when you only have 10 classes left before graduation, it narrows your options considerably. I call it the "class availability lottery".
The second challenge is that it creates a very frantic first day of the semester. At 7 AM (approximately a half hour from now), I'll sign up for classes online. Depending on what classes I get, I may have to immediately drive downtown and attend a class I didn't even know I would be taking an hour or two previously.
That said, it's a fantastic program for older people who are at the end of one career, but not interested in settling into a life of fishing or golf (neither of which I do).
For the fee waiver I can live with uncertainty. I don't have any complaints with the program itself. It's mutually beneficial to the people in the program and the university. We get a tuition waiver, and the university fills classes which otherwise would not be filled. So in fifteen minutes I'll get to discover what I'll be doing for the next few months.