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Drop and Withdrawal Information

Dropping Courses

Dropping or withdrawing from a course could have a major impact. Before deciding, we strongly advise you to contact the appropriate departments to assist you in making the best decision for your individual circumstances.

  • Financial Aid - One Central 989-774-3618
  • Military Benefits - Veteran Resource Center 989-774-7991
  • Athletic Eligibility - Contact Athletic Advisor
  • Academic Advising - 989-774-7506

You must drop a course prior to the drop deadline. Courses dropped will be removed from your academic history and tuition will be adjusted to reflect a 100% cancelation of tuition charges.

For Global Campus courses, you must DROP a course if you 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 an online course.

Individual Course Withdrawal

After the drop deadline has passed, you may still withdraw from a course. To withdraw means the course will be graded with a "W." A course with a grade of "W" does not factor into your GPA. There may or may not be a cancelation of tuition charges as noted below.

Instructors will be notified of the course withdrawal. In cases involving academic dishonesty, the instructor will modify the Registrar's Office to reinstate the course and the instructor will submit the final grade.

Refunds

  • Main Campus Courses - There are no refunds for individual course withdrawals.
  • Global Campus Courses - Depending on the deadlines, individual course withdrawal may receive a percentage refund, excluding the $50 course fee. 

Complete Semester Withdrawal

Withdraw from all full-term main campus courses for the same semester using the Course Search and Registration tool.

For short-term courses, Global courses or if you have already withdrawn from an individual course, contact:

No student may withdraw from all classes during the week preceding final exam week. Instructors will be notified of the course withdrawal. In cases involving academic dishonesty, the instructor will notify the Registrar's Office to reinstate the course and the instructor will submit the final grade.

Spring 2022 Main Campus Drop/Withdrawal Deadline

  • January 14, 2022The deadline for dropping classes with refund ends at 11:59 p.m. for courses that have  already started.

  • March 28 — April 22, 2022 ​Complete semester withdrawal deadline (all classes). Any semester withdrawal during these dates will receive a grade of "W' for passing work (D- or better) and an "E" for failing work.

Extenuating Circumstances

Under unusual circumstances, you may submit an appeal to the Registrar's Office. The unforeseen circumstances MUST have prevented you from dropping or withdrawing BEFORE the published deadline of the course.

Supporting documentation for any exception to the drop/withdrawal deadline MUST be included with the exception form below. The documentation MUST identify dates of occurrence to support your request for an exception.

Exception MAY be approved with supporting documentation for:

  • Doctor or Hospital statement showing dates and circumstances.
  • Obituary or death notice.
  • Email from Staff or Faculty if the error was caused by CMU.

Circumstances in which an exception MAY NOT be approved:

  • Lack of awareness regarding the deadline to drop/withdrawal.
  • Poor academic performance.
  • Dissatisfaction with an instructor.
  • Academic or work overload.
  • Changing a major or minor.
  • Inability to pay for a course.

The $50 Online Campus Course Drop Fees are non-refundable and do not qualify for an exception request.

Once you submit an Exception to the Drop/Withdrawal Form, it may take up to 3-4 weeks for the final review and determination to be processed. You will then be notified via your CMU email.