Graduate Course Drop/Withdrawal Information

Prior to dropping or withdrawing from graduate coursework, individuals should consider the impact a course drop/withdrawal will have on grades, tuition & fees, and federal financial aid. Students considering dropping courses and/or withdrawing from a graduate program are encouraged to review the information here in order to make a well-informed decision. If a registered student elects to drop a course or withdrawal from a program, the student must follow the proper drop/withdrawal procedures (see FAQ below).

Drop/Withdrawal Impact on GRADES:

The timing of a course drop/withdrawal will determine whether the course appears on the Adams State transcript. The enrollment record and grades are determined based on the following guidelines:

  • Student withdraws prior to the official start date:
    No grade received

  • Student withdraws prior to the drop/add date (15% of course):
    No grade received

  • Student withdraws prior to the first 50% of the course:
    “W” or earned grade

  • Student withdraws after 50% of the course:
    “F” or earned grade

  • Student does not officially withdraw:
    “F” or earned grade

More information about drop/withdrawal guidelines is online at:

Records Withdraw/Drop Deadlines

Drop/Withdrawal Impact on TUITION & FEES:

By registering for a course(s), the student accepts responsibility for tuition, fees, and other costs associated with enrolling in graduate coursework. The timing of a course drop/withdrawal will determine the amount of tuition & fees in which the student is responsible for. In order to avoid all charges, students must drop prior to the official start date. Students who choose to drop a course on or after the official start date will be responsible for tuition and fees based on the following guidelines:

  • Student withdraws prior to the drop/add date (15% of course):
    Student responsible for 10% of charges

  • Student withdraws prior to first 25% of the course:
    Student responsible for 25% of charge

  • Student withdraws prior to first 50% of the course:
    Student responsible for 50% of charges

  • Student withdraws after 50% of the course:
    Student responsible for 100% of charges

  • Student does not officially withdraw:
    Student responsible for 100% of charges

More information about the ASU Financial Obligation Policy is online at:

Business Office Withdraw/Drop Information

Drop/Withdrawal Impact on FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID:

Students who drop/withdraw all courses prior to completing 60% of the enrollment period (semester) may be required to return a prorated portion of their financial aid based on federal financial aid guidelines.

More information regarding return of Title IV funds is online at:

Financial Aid Withdraw/Drop Information

Complete Withdrawal from All Courses Procedure:

To request to be completely withdrawn from all courses registered in an active semester after the start date of courses, please proceed to your:

After logging-in, click on 'Registration'. Then, click on 'Complete Withdrawal from All Courses'. Complete the online form provided at this link. If you have not discussed your complete withdrawal with your advisor prior to the completion of this form, you may be contacted. This process is the official mode of communication to the University on your request to be completely withdrawn from all courses registered in the active semester. 

To request to be completely withdrawn from all courses before the semester has begun, please be in touch with your assigned advisor on this decision and notify the Office of Graduate Studies in writing via email of your request to: graduatestudies@adams.edu