Course Drop Policy

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Students may make changes to their schedules or drop courses without restriction from the first day of Registration Period I through the 7th calendar day of the quarter, Period III. No record of the changes or dropped course(s) will be recorded on the transcript; however, a quarter withdrawal statement will appear.

Unrestricted Drop Period

This period is from the 8th calendar day of the quarter through the 14th calendar day of the quarter. Courses may be dropped without restriction during this period. Students dropping any course(s) during the first two weeks of a quarter shall have no entry on their permanent academic transcript unless they do a complete withdrawal from the university. If a student drops all his or her courses, a complete withdrawal date is recorded on the transcript. There is a $20 Change of Registration Fee charged for all registration changes made on a single day during this period. A tuition forfeiture may be charged.

Late Course Drop Period

  • Using Your Annual Drop

Each Academic year, starting autumn quarter through summer quarter (September through August), you are allowed to drop one course a year.  This is referred to as the “annual drop. ”   Students may drop only one course each academic year (autumn through summer quarters) from the third through the seventh week of the quarter. Once this Annual Drop is used, no additional drops will be permitted for the academic year after the 14th calendar day of the quarter until the next autumn quarter.

A course drop made during the third through the seventh week of the quarter will be recorded on an undergraduate student’s transcript with a W grade and a number designating the week (W3 through W7) of the quarter in which the course was dropped.

Please Note: During summer quarter, the timeline for dropping a course is abbreviated due to the shortened session. Please consult the Academic Calendar for specific dates.

How to Drop a Course

To drop a course officially, a student must complete the transaction electronically using MyUW or submit a Registration Transaction form to the Office of the Registrar. A student who drops a course unofficially (only through the instructor or advisor, for example) is given a grade of 0.0. Students receiving financial aid or veterans benefits should check with those offices before dropping a class because it may affect financial aid eligibility and future funding. Students should be aware that dropping a course may affect their student account.

Annual Drop Restored

You may petition for a Hardship Withdrawal following the 14th calendar day of a quarter if you are unable to complete some of your course(s) due to physical and/or mental debilitation or unusual or extenuating circumstances beyond your control. If you used your one "annual drop" for a course prior to submission of your Hardship Withdrawal petition that you now wish be considered and your petition is granted, your one "annual drop" will be restored.

If you use your one "annual drop" and then decide to withdraw completely from the quarter, your one "annual drop" will be restored. Please note: If you are completely withdrawing from a quarter, you would complete an Official Withdrawal form.

Courses Dropped in Error

Courses dropped in error before the third week of the quarter must be re-added on MyUW. If a course is dropped in error after the beginning of the third week of the quarter, you may request to have the course re-added and the “W” removed from your record. This request must be received by the Office of the Registrar WITHIN THREE (3) WORKING DAYS FROM THE DROP DATE. You will be charged the original $20 change fee for the drop, but will not be charged an additional $20 change fee to have the course re-added. You will need to complete a Registration Transaction Form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar, if you are unable to re-register for the course on MyUW.