If you are considering withdrawing from the university or dropping courses, please select the appropriate link below to determine how this decision will impact your financial aid award. Please contact the Registrar's office for more information on officially withdrawing from the university.
Dropping to Zero Hours
If you withdraw from the University, you must contact the Registrar's Office to begin the official withdrawal process and establish your withdrawal date. If you stop attending all of your classes, you are required to officially withdraw from the University. If you stop attending all of your classes but fail to complete the official withdrawal process, you will be considered as an unofficial withdrawal.
Please note that you may be considered a withdrawn student for financial aid purposes if:
- You enroll in one or more courses that do not span the entire length of the semester; and
- You enroll in one or more courses that do last the entire semester; and
- You drop the course(s) that lasts the entire semester after you have completed the course(s) that does not span the entire semester.
The Financial Aid Office will be notified when you drop courses and are no longer enrolled in any other courses. Based on the Return of Title IV funds calculation, you may be required to repay all or a portion of the financial aid you received.
Dropping Hours Before or During the Drop/Add Period:
If you are an undergraduate student, your financial aid is based on an enrollment status of 12+ credit hours per semester during the academic year (6+ credit hours for summer terms). If you are a graduate student, your financial aid is based on an enrollment status of 9+ credit hours per semester during the academic year (5+ credit hours for summer terms). If you drop below your respective enrollment status during a drop/add period, your financial aid will be adjusted based on the number of credit hours you are enrolled in at end of the drop/add period.
Dropping Hours After the Drop/Add Period:
If you drop one or more classes after the drop/add window closes but are still enrolled and attending your other courses, your financial aid will typically not be adjusted. Because certain circumstances do result in an adjustment, please contact our office to review your award package before making changes to your enrollment.
Be advised, if you have utilized federal student loan funding at any point during your academic career, dropping below half-time enrollment* will cause you to enter your 6-month loan repayment grace period.
*(6 credit hours for undergraduates or 5 credit hours for graduate students)
A student is considered to have unofficially withdrawn if they do not successfully complete any of their courses (receives all F grades or U grades), stopped attending classes, and did not complete any coursework as of the 60% point of the semester (or summer term) without filing to officially withdraw from the University, as required. A student who unofficially withdraws may be required to repay up to 50% of the financial aid received for the term.
Students who never attended any of their classes and did not complete any coursework are required to repay 100% of the financial aid received for the semester or summer term.
Students who stop attending all of their classes are required to officially withdraw from the University.
Be sure to review Appalachian's Withdrawal Policy.