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Course Drop and Withdrawal Information

If you are planning to drop or withdraw from a CMU Online course, please carefully read the following important information about the correct required procedures and the potential impact on your academic history and financial aid.

Definitions:

Drop: Students must drop a course if they plan to stop attending before the course starts or prior to the 2nd meeting time for face-to-face courses or prior to the 2nd week of classes for a CMU Online course.

Withdrawal: Students must withdraw from a course they plan to stop attending if it is after the drop period and up to the mid-point of the course.

Drop/Withdrawal process: 

  • Verbal requests to be dropped or withdrawn from a class are NOT accepted
  • Students should drop or withdraw from a course through the Course Search & Registration System
  • Written requests to be dropped or withdrawn can be sent via e-mail to the CMU Center where the course is being offered
  • Drops and withdrawals must be processed within the timeframe allotted according to the Drop and Withdrawal Chart

Note: If you do not DROP or WITHDRAW from a course and simply stop attending (virtually or in person) you will receive a grade of “E” for the course. You ​may be charged back for financial aid based on your last date of attendance.

For information on fees and the amount refunded for drops and withdrawals, see Drop and Withdrawal Schedule.

Dropping a course

A drop removes the course from your record. If you drop the course before the course begins, you will receive a refund of 100% of the tuition. If you drop a class after the course has started and prior to the 2nd meeting time for face-to-face courses or prior to the 2nd week of classes for a CMU Online course, you will be charged a $50 drop fee. Tuition will be refunded less that $50 fee.

Use the CentralLink Course Search and Registration system to drop your course prior to it starting or prior to the 2nd meeting time for the face-to-face class or prior to the 2nd week of an online class.

Withdrawing from a course

All students withdrawing from a course are assessed a fee of $50 in addition to the refund percentage outlined on the Drop and Withdrawal Schedule. A grade of “W” is permanently displayed on the​ student’s academic record.

Use the CentralLink Course Search and Registration system to withdraw from your course after the 2nd meeting time for the face-to-face class or after the 1st week of an online class up to the mid-point of the course.

ArmyIgnitEd students

Active duty Army students using tuition assistance must withdraw from a course in CentralLink and then must also withdraw from the course in ArmyIgnitEd.

Impact on financial aid

To be eligible to receive federal financial aid, you must be enrolled at least half-time status (6 credits per semester for undergraduate students; 5 credits per semester for graduate students).

Dropping a course that results in being below the minimum number of credits required, results in no longer being eligible to receive financial aid. Any financial aid awards that have been disbursed must be returned to CMU and any course (s) in which you remain enrolled would be paid for directly by the student.

Failure to complete 67% of attempted courses within an academic year will result in being placed on financial aid warning status. Grades of NC (No Credit), I (Incomplete), W (Withdrawal), X (audit), and Z (Deferred) are not counted as earned credit and are considered a “Failure to complete.”

Students who cease/fail to attend (virtual or otherwise) and have not formally withdrawn from the course will receive a grade of “E.” A chargeback for financial aid received may be incurred based on the student’s last day of attendance.

Full withdrawal from the semester may require a recalculation of financial aid eligibility and can impact funding received.

Prior to requesting a drop or withdrawal from any course or courses, students using financial aid are advised to contact their Program Administrator or the Financial Aid Office to determine the impact on financial aid. You can reach a Financial Aid Advisor at 989-774-3674 or by e-mail at financialAid@cmich.edu.

Extenuating Circumstances: Under unusual circumstances, a student may submit an appeal to the Registrar. The circumstances must have prevented the student from dropping/withdrawing prior to the published deadline of the course.