Drop versus Withdraw
There are important differences between dropping and withdrawing from one or more classes. These include:
Specific processes are involved to officially drop or withdraw. Consequences exist if these are not followed.
*Whether you are dropping or withdrawing is based on when the action is taken.
What Students Need to Know
All students: Consult with an advisor before making any changes to your course schedule. Bills for added classes must be paid based on when the class was added and the applicable payment date in place at that time. If you register, do not attend class, and do not officially drop the class, you will be given a grade of “NA” (Never Attended). If you officially withdraw you will receive a grade of “W”. The “W” grade will appear on the transcript along with credit hours attempted, but will not be calculated into the GPA. However, there can be consequences to your academic standing if you withdraw from too many classes. If you do not officially withdraw (unofficial withdrawal) by the deadline, you must accept the final grade earned you for the course. Please consult the catalogue for more information.
Financial aid students: Meet with a financial aid counselor before dropping or withdrawing from classes. A drop in credits often results in a balance owed to the college. Withdrawal forms must be signed by a financial aid counselor.
International (F1) Students: F1 students must receive consent from an international student advisor prior to dropping or withdrawing from a course. Students who do not meet with their international advisor first could seriously jeopardize their F1 status.
Veterans using the GI Bill: Veterans using the GI Bill must notify HCC’s VA certifying official when dropping or withdrawing from classes. Contact VeteransAffairs@howardcc.edu or visit the Office of Records, Registration & Veterans’ Affairs during VA counseling hours. A drop in credits often results in repayment to the VA or in a decrease in your monthly rate.