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Impacts of Dropping or Withdrawing from Classes

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When you drop one or more classes with a “W” on your record, there may be short-term and long-term consequences.

Actions that may impact your financial aid:


  • Dropping a class or classes
  • Completely withdrawing from classes
  • The number of remaining credits you have for the semester
  • The type of financial aid you have received
  • Your class attendance and participation
  • Your record of attempted and completed credits (Satisfactory Academic Progress)
  • Holds in your Student Center

The immediate impact may include repaying some or all of your grants and loans, becoming ineligible for your work-study position, and having your student loans go into “repayment” or to begin the grace period.

Your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is also impacted and you may find that you are ineligible for future semesters of federal financial aid. Read the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for more details.

Many scholarships and grants have renewal criteria based on the number of credits you have completed. Be sure to take this into consideration before you withdraw from one or more classes.

If you receive a grade of “F” in one or more classes, it’s treated the same as withdrawing based on reports from professors.

Before you completely withdraw from your classes, read the Complete Withdrawal Policy.

10.4.2015