Dropping and withdrawing from classes
To drop a class, start by logging into Academica.
- If a student has a hold and needs help dropping a class, they should send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the appropriate course information.
- Students may drop a fifteen-week course through the end of the fourth week of class.
- Classes that are dropped do not appear on the transcript.
Beginning the fifth week of class, you are no longer allowed to drop classes. You must withdraw instead.
- You must obtain instructor approval to withdraw from a class
- It is your responsibility to request the withdrawal. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade.
- The withdrawal period for full-term classes ends at the end of the tenth week of the term. See the Academic Calendar for specific information on when the withdrawal period ends.
Consequences of withdrawing from a course
Before withdrawing from a class, beware of the consequences. Make sure you’ve spoken with your instructor and advisor before making your decisions. Your instructor can provide valuable counsel on what it would take for you to successfully complete the course, and your advisor can review the university’s course repeat policy to help you explore the benefits of completing the course.
Withdrawing does not cancel tuition or fees
- You are still charged for courses from which you withdraw.
Withdrawing will affect you academically
- Withdrawing increases the cost of your education, lengthens your time to obtaining a degree, and creates additional periods of income loss while you make up lost credits.
- Withdrawals result in one of the following on your academic record, as determined by your instructor:
- “WP” Withdrawal with a passing grade earned to date.
- “WF” Withdrawal with a failing grade earned to date.
- “WN” Withdrawal never attended or no graded work to date.
- Instructors can also deny the request, and you will still be registered for the course.
Withdrawing may affect your ability to participate in programs, activities or even stay in the U.S.
Many students — including student athletes, international students, scholarship recipients and others — must maintain full-time status.
Withdrawing may affect your financial aid
|S||SAP||Withdrawing will affect Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), jeopardizing financial aid in future terms.|
|M||Money||Withdrawing does not cancel tuition or fees. You are still charged for courses from which you withdraw.|
|A||Academic Record||Course withdrawals appear on your academic record and may affect graduate & career opportunities.|
|R||Repay||If you withdraw, you may be required to repay a portion of your aid back to the university.|
|T||Time to Degree||Withdrawing extends the time and cost of your degree.|
Complete a S.M.A.R.T. Check
We're here to help you graduate. Before you withdraw from a course, come to the Welcome Center to complete your S.M.A.R.T. Check.
- Completing a SMART Check will be mandatory if you intend to withdraw from a fall semester class.
- If you want to know how a course withdrawal might affect you academically and financially, you can complete a SMART Check at any time.
During your visit, you will meet with an enrollment management representative and learn about how withdrawing from a course will specifically impact you both academically and financially. You will receive personalized information to help you make an educated decision.
SMART Checks take place on a walk-in basis in the Welcome Center lobby Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. A session will take about 30 minutes.
Don't lose your aid
The best way to avoid losing part or all of your aid is to complete your classes.
Before the semester:
- Declaring a major is important to your academic success.
- Follow your graduation plan and register for the courses you need.
- Make all class changes.
During the semester:
- Check with your course instructor or advisor for alternatives to withdrawing.
- Understand the consequences of withdrawing from a class.
- Complete the SMART Check counseling process.
Repaying your loans
If you drop all of your courses or if you drop to less than half-time, your loans will be due. You must repay your loans even if you do not complete your program.
If you do not make payments, you will be ineligible for future aid.
Check your loan balance and status at nslds.ed.gov.