Eastern Michigan University

University Advising and Career Development Center

The difference between withdrawing and dropping a class

Individual withdrawal
After the 100% drop deadline, there is a period for individual withdrawal from classes. Withdrawal results in a "W" on your academic record. Individual course withdrawal will produce no tuition credit or refund. Students may withdraw from individual classes by accessing the Registration menu from their my.emich account.

Students who have a financial or other hold that prevents registration may withdraw in person at either of the Service EMU locations, McKenny or The Student Center, by calling the Registration office at 734.487.4111, or via their my.emich email account to registrar@emich.edu. Automatic withdrawal is permitted through two-thirds of the semester/subterm. See calendars in the EMU Student Guide, for specific deadlines.

Late Withdrawal
EMU policy provides students an opportunity to withdraw after the official deadline from individual class or the entire semester/term, if they have extenuating circumstances of recent occurrence, that clearly prevent them from completing the course or courses in question.

Both undergraduate and graduate students who would like to petition for a late withdrawal may do so by completing and dropping-off the Late Withdrawal/Tuition Appeal Request form at the Office of Records and Registration drop box in the hallway directly outside of 303 Pierce Hall. Students must provide evidence of extenuating circumstances and withdrawals are not automatic.

**If you have questions regarding your Late Withdrawal/Tuition Appeal, please send an email via your my.emich email account to: Late_Withdrawal_Tuition_Appeal_Requests@emich.edu

Complete Cancellation Of All Your Classes For The Semester
If you decide not to attend a semester for which you have registered, you must cancel your entire class schedule or be subject to financial and/or academic penalties. If you neglect to notify the Office of Records and Registration, the University has no way to know that you do not plan to attend and will continue to reserve your space in the class. Non-attendance and non-payment of bills will not result in any class being dropped.

You may cancel all classes by doing one of the following:

  • Come in person to either of the Service EMU locations, McKenny or The Student Center; or
  • Mail or fax the cancellation form or a letter, including your student number, term, year, and main reason for withdrawal, to the Office of Records and Registration, 303 Pierce Hall, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. fax:734.487.6808. *Certified mail recommended
  • Call Registration @ 734.487.4111

Through the 100% deadline, a total withdrawal will result in a refund of 100% of tuition and *fees. Through the 50% deadline, total withdrawal will result in a 50% refund of tuition and *fees and "W" grades. Through the 25% deadline, total withdrawal will result in a 25% refund of tuition and *fees and "W" grades.

*Excludes the non-refundable registration fee

Click here for the Cancellation/Withdrawal Request form.

Dropping a Class

Within the 100% drop period, you can drop a class from your schedule at any time. Dropping a class removes it from your class schedule without any notation on your permanent record. Should you need to drop your last remaining class, however, you will need to contact Records and Registration (see above) for assistance; you cannot drop your last class via the Web. Once the 100% drop period has ended, you can no longer drop a class from your schedule; instead, you must withdraw. Although withdrawing removes you from the class, it is recorded as a 'W' grade on your permanent record.

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