Withdrawal Policies

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Withdrawal Policies for Autumn, Winter, or Spring Quarters

It is your responsibility to withdraw from your courses if you are unable to attend for the quarter. Through the 7th week of the quarter, you must withdraw on MyUW by dropping all your classes following the Current Quarter Drop processes listed on the Current Quarter Drop webpage. 

Beginning the eighth week of the quarter, you must complete a Official Wthdrawal form upload it to our Secure Documents Upload Portal. Emails and forms will be effective based on the original email.

If you drop your last course using the Current Quarter Drop process on MyUW and do not add another course you will be considered withdrawn for the quarter. Beginning the eighth calendar day of the quarter, if you drop your last course you will be charged a Change of Registration Service fee plus any tuition forfeiture.

No withdrawals are accepted after the last day of instruction. After the last day of instruction, you may request to have courses removed through the Former Quarter Drop Petition process.

Please Note: Military and Veterans will need to meet with a Veterans Coordinator in the Veteran and Military Resource Center prior to submitting your Withdrawal form.

Withdrawal Policies for Summer Quarter

Summer quarter at the University of Washington Tacoma is scheduled for nine weeks each summer. Students may register for A-term, B-term, Full-term or a combination of the three.

Full-term courses are held during the entire nine weeks. Courses held during the first four and a half weeks are considered "A-term." Courses held during the second four and a half weeks are considered "B-term." Withdrawal deadlines depend on whether the course is identified as an A, B or full term course and whether you are registered for only A-term, B-term or Full-term of the three course types.

Summer Full-Term Course Withdrawals

The last day to withdraw from Full-term courses is on the Friday of the eighth week of the quarter. No withdrawals will be accepted after this date.

Summer A-Term Course Withdrawals

A-term courses begin the same day as Full-term courses. No withdrawals are accepted twenty-four calendar days after the beginning of A-term courses. (The last day you may drop an A-term course if you are also enrolled in B-term courses is twenty-one calendar days after the beginning of A-term.) 

Summer B-Term Course Withdrawals

B-term courses begin the day after A-term ends. The last day to withdraw (dropping all courses) from B-term is on the Friday of the eighth week of the quarter. No withdrawals will be accepted after this date. (The last day you may drop a B-term course if you are also enrolled in Full-term courses is twenty-one calendar days after the beginning of B-term.)

Transcript Entries

If you totally withdraw from a quarter during the first two weeks, the courses for that quarter are not recorded on your UW transcript; however, the date of the withdrawal is recorded and posted to the transcript. After this deadline, each course will be listed on an undergraduate’s transcript with a “RD” for Registrar Drop grade.

Summer Term Transcript Entries

During summer quarter, withdrawals shall be entered on your permanent record as follows:

  • For Full-term courses, during the first fourteen calendar days of the quarter only the date of withdrawal is recorded.
  • For A-term courses, during the first seven calendar days of the quarter only the date of the withdrawal is recorded.
  • For B-term courses, during the first seven calendar days of B-term only the date of withdrawal is recorded.

After these deadlines, the courses will be listed on an undergraduate's transcript with a "RD" grade. Courses will be listed on a graduate or professional student transcript with only a "RD" grade.

Tuition

Students who withdraw may be entitled to a refund of all or a portion of the tuition and fees for a given quarter depending on the time of the quarter the withdrawal is completed. If you drop all of your courses, you will be charged a Change of Registration Service fee beginning the eighth calendar day of the term or quarter.

Tuition owed will be based upon the date the complete withdrawal is recorded at the Office of the Registrar, (i.e. the date the Official Withdrawal form is received in-person), the date the last course is dropped, or the postmark date for withdrawals received by mail. If you withdraw, the amount of the U-PASS fee to be refunded is based on the date of withdrawal and follows the tuition forfeiture schedule.

Withdrawal by International Students

MyUW will not allow F-1 or J-1 international students to drop courses/withdraw online after the 7th calendar day of the quarter. Starting day 8, all course drop and withdrawal processing requires ISSS’s assistance.
In general, U.S. law requires F-1 and J-1 students to be registered full-time. This is defined as at least:

  • 12 credits each quarter for undergraduate students
  • 10 credits each quarter for graduate students

To make these requests, students must receive permission from an International Student Advisor in order drop class(es) from the quarter. Please see the International Student and Scholar Services website for more information about possible legal exceptions to this requirement.

Withdrawal by Newly Admitted Students

Withdrawal from any quarter prior to the first day of the quarter for a newly admitted student invalidates your status as a continuing student. You must submit a new admission application by the published closing date for each quarter depending on your admission type (freshman, transfer, postbaccalaureate, graduate, international). Review the Registration Eligibility section of the Time Schedule if you are withdrawing before the first course day of the quarter.

Withdrawals for Two Consecutive Quarters

Both undergraduates and graduate students who withdraw during the first week of two consecutive quarters (with the exception ofsummer quarter) will not be eligible to register as a continuing student for the third quarter. For example, if you withdraw during the first week of winter quarter and spring quarter, you must follow the returning former student process in order to register for autumn quarter. To re-enroll at the University, undergraduates will be required to submit a Returning Student Application to the University and will be required to pay all applicable admission fees.

Note that withdrawing from one quarter and not attending/not registering for classes the subsequent quarter constitutes an absence of two consecutive quarters, which triggers the need for a Returning Student Application for undergraduate students.

Complete Withdrawal/dropping ALL courses

Official Withdrawal Form

Complete withdrawal from the University for a registered quarter (dropping all courses for the quarter) It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from all courses if he or she is unable to attend. Students may withdraw on MyUW through the unrestricted drop period. Beginning with the second week of the quarter, official withdrawals must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. An official withdrawal is effective the date of the last drop made electronically, the date it is received in the Office of the Registrar, or if submitted by mail, the date of the postmark.

Former Quarter Drop Policy

Former Quarter Drop petitions may be submitted for dropping individual courses after the 14th calendar day of the quarter or after the drop deadline for A- or B-terms during Summer quarter.

Students may petition the Registrar for a Former Quarter Drop if circumstances beyond the student’s control prevented them from dropping the course by the drop deadline (the last day to drop an individual course for the quarter).

Former Quarter Drops will not be granted for course work that has already been applied to a completed degree. Petitions must be submitted within one year of the quarter being petitioned or have support for an extension from the student’s advisor.

Grades cannot be changed after a degree has been granted.

Petitions are reviewed and decided upon by a committee of representatives from the academic advising community, Office of Financial Aid, Disability Resource Center, Veteran & Military Resource Center & Office of the Registrar. All dates and deadlines referenced are based on the UW Academic Calendar and more specifically Course Drop Policy/Periods.

Please review the Former Quarter Drop webpage for more information.

Military Withdrawal Policy

If you are conscripted into the Armed Forces or called to active military duty during a quarter in which you are registered, you may either request to be withdrawn or request to receive credit or grades. Note: The Military Withdrawal Policy does not apply to students who voluntarily enlist.

Military Withdrawal Guidelines:

If you withdraw before the end of the 7th week of the quarter

If you request to be withdrawn before the end of the 7th week of the quarter you may receive a full refund, if tuition and fees have been paid. You do not have the option of receiving credit or grades when withdrawing before the end of the 7th week of the quarter. You may follow the drop procedures during the Unrestricted Drop Period or Late Drop Period (Current Drop Period) to withdraw from your courses or you may email reguwt@uw.edu to request a full withdrawal. A copy of your military orders must accompany any withdrawal for reason of military duty.

If you withdraw after the end of the 7th week of the quarter

If you withdraw after the end of the 7th week of the quarter, you may elect to use the above procedure and withdraw without earning credit but receive a full refund, or you may elect to receive credit and grades. If you choose to receive credit you may not receive a refund.

If you elect to receive credit or grades, you must send a letter requesting a military withdrawal or fill out an Official Withdrawal form. In either instance, you must attach a copy of your military orders. The Graduation and Academic Records Office will contact each of your instructors requesting grades. You may elect to have numeric grades recorded as by the instructor, or to have them recorded as CR/NC (credit or no credit).

You may follow the drop procedures during the Unrestricted Drop Period or Late Drop Period (Current Drop Period) to withdraw from your courses or you may email reguwt@uw.edu to request a full withdrawal.

If you are using any VA education benefits, please make sure to contact your VA certifying official at uwtva@uw.edu when you withdraw to make sure your benefits are handled correctly.

Returning from Military leave

You may apply to return using the Returning Student Application.

Withdrawing from the University

As long as you are not registered for any courses for upcoming quarters that you are not planning to attend. there is no paperwork that you need to formally complete through the Office of the Registrar. Some things to keep in mind, however, depending on your situation:

  • Make sure you have paid any tuition or fees you owe the University. If there are outstanding fees, this could result in holds placed on your records, preventing you from ordering transcripts.
  • If you are in a major or graduate program, please let them know your intentions of leaving and/or planned time to return.
  • If you are in University housing or planned to be in for a future quarter, be sure to contact Housing and Residence Life at court17@uw.edu or 253-274-9000.
  • If you are receiving financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office (uwtfa@uw.edu or 253-692-4374) for assistance with any paperwork you may need to do.
  • If you are an international student, please contact your advisor in the International Student and Scholar Services Office (uwtiss@uw.edu or 253-692-4762) to make sure there is nothing you need to do through their office or issues involving your visa and requirements.
  • Please be aware that the UW G Suite and/or UW Office 365 email & productivity platform account(s) and data that you create with your UW email address are temporary and will expire when you graduate and/or separate from the University. However, you will have access to MyUW for viewing your unofficial transcripts and ordering official transcripts and you do have the ability to forward your UW email to a personal, non-UW email address as a student and upon separation from the University.

Tuition Forfeiture and Other Fees

Students who drop or withdraw from classes after the first day of the quarter may be subject to a change of registration fee and may or may not be eligible for a complete refund of tuition. For more information, see tuition forfeiture policies page.