During the first 5 days of the fall and spring semesters and the first 5 days of the first summer session, a student may drop a class (remove it from his or her academic record).

For late-starting classes, weekend classes and other classes that do not meet the full length of the term (including classes that begin after the 5th day of the first summer session), students can drop through the end of the business day following the official course begin date.

After the drop period, a student may withdraw from any course prior to the withdrawal deadline (approximately 80% of the length of the course). Withdrawal deadlines are published in the registration guide each term for full-term classes; students should consult individual course section notes by logging into eServices for withdrawal deadlines for classes that do not meet for the full term.

When a student withdraws from a class, a grade of W is recorded on the student's academic record. A grade of W does not count as credits attempted or earned for calculating a student's GPA, but it is considered for the purpose of satisfactory academic progress for enrollment and financial aid. A student who drops or withdraws from a course is no longer allowed to attend or participate in that course.

Students are encouraged to confer with their instructors and an advisor or counselor as part of the official withdrawal process.

Students must drop and withdraw from their classes using eServices. 

Students who drop or withdraw from all classes during a term may be entitled to a full or partial refund. Students are responsible for understanding the impact of such action on their student account and financial aid status.

See the Refund Policy page for complete information.

Financial aid recipients are strongly encouraged to consult the Refunds and Return of Title IV page and a financial aid advisor before withdrawing since you may lose your financial aid if your credits drop below the minimum level in a semester.

See also Procedure 3.20.1 and Policy 3.20

A student who was unable to drop or withdraw from classes by the drop or withdrawal deadline due to extenuating circumstances may submit an appeal for a late drop or withdrawal. Certain criteria must be met to qualify. For more information, review the Refund, Drop or Withdrawal Appeal Guide under "Petitions and Appeals" on the Records Office's Official Forms page.

College-Initiated Drop or Withdrawal from a Course

College administration may initiate a course drop or withdrawal according to policies established by the College and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. A drop or withdrawal may be initiated as a result of the student's failure to pay tuition, failure to attend classes, failure to meet course prerequisites, failure to meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress, violations of the code of conduct and other situations.

Once College administration initiates a course drop or withdrawal, the student is no longer allowed to attend or participate in that course.