Drop vs. Withdrawal

There is a distinct difference between dropping a class for a refund and dropping a class during the withdraw period.

Dropping a Class

Dropping a class during the refund/schedule adjustment period means the student no longer wishes to attend the class and wishes to receive a refund. Dropped courses do not appear on the official college transcript, and no grade is issued for dropped courses.

Should you wish to adjust your schedule prior to the start of the semester or during the published schedule adjustment period found in Important Dates, you may drop your class for a refund through WebAdvisor.

Credit card payments made online through WebAdvisor will be credited to the account used for payment. All other refunds will be issued to the student by check or direct deposit.

Withdrawing from a Class

Withdrawing from a class means the student no longer wishes to attend the class but will not receive a refund because the refund/schedule adjustment period has ended. Students can officially withdraw from classes in WebAdvisor after the refund/schedule adjustment period through the last date for a W grade as posted in Important Academic Dates listing on the left.

Withdrawing from a class will result in a W grade on the official college transcript. W grades are not considered when calculating the grade-point average, but may impact a student’s satisfactory academic progress as it relates to financial aid, therefore it is highly recommended you contact Financial Aid prior to withdrawing from any classes.

Refund and withdraw timeframes vary depending on the length of the course. Typically, there are no exceptions to the refund/schedule adjustment or withdraw deadlines, however, students can request exceptions due to extenuating circumstances such as military service or unforeseen serious illness with doctor’s documentation, by submitting a request via the online reporting system, SC aware.