Important Information About Withdrawals

Withdrawing from a course is an important decision, one that should be considered as a last resort. Before submitting your request, take advantage of the following resources and understand the consequences if you do decide to withdraw.

Before you withdraw:

Check your total credits

  • If you need to be a full-time student (completing at LEAST 12 credits per fall/winter semester for undergraduate students, 8 minimum for graduate students), withdrawing from a course will reduce your number of enrolled credits and may reduce your award for the semester.
  • More information on enrollment status is available here: Retaining your financial aid
  • Many students  including student athletes, international students, scholarship recipients and others  must maintain full-time status.

Communicate with your instructor 

  • Your instructor can provide valuable feedback on your coursework and what it would take to successfully pass the class. Contact information for your instructors is included in your class schedule.

Meet with your advisor 

  • Your advisor can review how your current classes fit in your plan of work and discuss whether a withdrawal might change the order in which you take your future classes. They can also help you navigate university policy regarding how to repeat a class, which might require advisor approval. Reach out to your advisor by setting up an appointment or sending an email: Advising

Check-in with Financial Aid 

  • The best way to avoid losing part or all of your aid is to complete your classes. Meeting the minimum requirements to receive financial aid is referred to as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Withdrawing from a class:

Does not cancel tuition or fees

  • You are still charged for courses from which you withdraw.

May affect your ability to participate in programs, activities or even stay in the U.S.

  • International students, or students required to maintain full time enrollment, may not be able to withdraw from classes. International students should check with OISS before dropping/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.
  • The withdrawal mark "W" will be posted to your transcript.  This mark does not affect your grade point average.

May affect your financial aid

  • 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

Must be submitted by the end of the 10th week of classes

  • Classes meeting for shorter timeframes have adjusted deadlines. To view important deadlines associated with a specific class, go to the Registration Portal at and Browse for Classes or View Registration Information.  Clicking on the title of the course will display the Class Details panel.

How to withdraw from a course:

  • Log in to Academica < Student Resources < Registration < Course Withdrawal

  • A separate request must be submitted for each class

  • You will be asked to confirm your selection. Once the withdrawal has been processed, a confirmation message will be sent to your WSU email.


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