How to withdraw 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.
  • If approved, 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, at which point you will remain registered for the course and will receive a final grade.

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.

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.

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

To withdraw from a class:

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

  • A separate request must be submitted for each class

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.


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