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Drop and Withdrawal FAQs

Each course has two associated deadlines: a drop deadline and a withdrawal deadline. When considering dropping or withdrawing, first confirm the deadlines associated with your course(s) to determine which of the following policies apply to you for:

  • Dropping a Credit Course
  • Withdrawing from a Credit Course
  • University Withdrawal

What should be considered before dropping a credit course?

  • Non-attendance (not participating in a course) does not automatically drop you from the course and it does not relieve you of the academic consequences or the cost of tuition and fees.
  • Changes made to your class schedule may impact your financial obligation to the University and your eligibility for financial aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss the impact to your financial aid.
  • If you are dropping your last or only course of the fall or spring term, review the University Withdrawal considerations below.
  • Add, drop, and withdraw are available on your Full My Weekly Schedule, Registered Courses, via RAMweb.

Courses may be dropped on RAMweb.

Refund Eligibility

Course drops made prior to the deadline specific to your course will result in a refund of tuition.

What should be considered before withdrawing from a credit course?

  • When you withdraw from a course, the course and a grade of ‘W’ will appear on your transcript – this has no effect on GPA.
  • Non-attendance (not participating in a course) does not automatically withdraw you from the course and it does not relieve you of the academic consequences or the cost of tuition and fees.
  • Any changes made to your class schedule may impact your financial obligation to the University and your eligibility for financial aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss the impact to your financial aid.
  • If you are withdrawing from your last or only course of the fall or spring term, review the University Withdrawal considerations below.
  • Add, drop, and withdraw dates are available on your My Weekly Schedule under Registered Courses, via RAMweb.

Withdraw from courses on RAMweb.

Refund Eligibility

There is no refund of charges associated with the course in the case of a withdrawal for an on-campus course. For charges associated with withdrawing from a Continuing Education online course, please go to CSU Online.

How are course drops and withdrawals different?

Dropping courses

Dropping a course means that it will not appear on the transcript.

  • You can request a late drop if you did not attend the course beyond the drop deadline or if extenuating circumstances interfered in your ability to meet the deadline. Extenuating circumstances are described in the Petitions and Policies Due to Extenuating Circumstances section of the Petitions to the Graduate School webpage. Your instructor must provide written documentation that you did not attend class beyond the drop deadline. If the extenuating circumstances occurred after the drop deadline, then you should request a late withdrawal.
  • Students may drop courses online without penalty during the Add/Drop period.
  • Dropping a course within the Add/Drop period will result in a full refund of tuition and fees.
  • Failure to attend class does not qualify as a drop.
  • Unless you officially drop a course, you are responsible for full tuition and fees.
Withdrawing from courses
Withdrawing from a course occurs after the Add/Drop period has ended. Withdrawing is the official notification to the college that you will no longer be attending the course. The course will remain on the transcript, and a W will appear on the transcript in place of a grade. A W does not affect a student’s GPA, but it can affect academic standing.
 
  • You can request a late course withdrawal if you experienced extenuating circumstances that did not allow you to withdraw by the deadline. Extenuating circumstances are described in the Petitions and Policies Due to Extenuating Circumstances section of the Petitions to the Graduate School webpage. These extenuating circumstances may have directly interfered in your ability to meet the deadline or were unanticipated and occurred after the deadline and interfered with your ability to complete the course.  
  • The extenuating circumstances must be documented. Appropriate documentation includes a letter from a medical provider, Student Case Management, or other authority (e.g., Women and Gender Advocacy Center) with knowledge of the extenuating circumstances. Please do not provide medical records or other protected information.
  • Failure to attend class does not qualify as a withdrawal.
  • Withdrawing from a course does not result in a refund. CSU online courses differ in tuition refunds. Please check the CSU Online website for withdrawal details.

What should be considered before a University Withdrawal?

If you wish to withdraw from all courses in fall or spring term, you must complete a University Withdrawal Application in RAMweb.

Consider the following before withdrawing from your course(s):

  • By completing a University Withdrawal, you will be removed from your degree program. It is important that you speak with your department advisor about the impact a University Withdrawal to your degree and academic requirements.
  • Students who withdraw from all courses in a fall or spring semester must be readmitted before enrolling in the future.
  • Withdrawing from the University does not eliminate your financial obligations to CSU. You are responsible for any charges owed to the University at the time you withdraw. Withdrawing from the University will impact your financial aid.
  • Add, drop and withdraw dates are available on your My Weekly Schedule under Registered Courses, via RAMweb.

The University Withdrawal deadline is the Friday of the last day of classes (before Final Exams week).

If you wish to withdraw from the University, visit RAMweb.