Course Withdrawal

Graduate students are expected to follow University policy and procedures for withdrawal, both from individual classes and from the University. Non-attendance and/or non-payment of tuition do not constitute a withdrawal or absolve a student of academic or financial responsibility.

Withdrawal from Individual Classes

A tuition credit adjustment of 100 percent minus the non-refundable registration fee will be made for students who decrease their academic load before the published deadline. These dates are published each semester online by the Office of Records and Registration. No credit adjustments will be made after the published dates. NOTE: Students with financial holds should contact the Office of Records and Registration or a Service EMU location to process withdrawals. The dates below reflect deadlines for full-term (15 week) courses. Deadlines for shorter courses are available on the Registrar’s website.

First Eight Days

Any change in the student’s course registration occurring during this period may be processed through the registration system. Courses are recorded as drops and do not appear on the student’s academic transcript. No grades will be posted. Students receive a 100 percent tuition credit adjustment, less a drop transaction fee.

Ninth Day Through the Tenth Week

All student-initiated withdrawals are processed through their my.emich account and are accepted automatically and recorded on the student transcript with a “W” grade. Withdrawals initiated during this period will not result in tuition adjustment or reimbursement.


After the 10th Week, Until the Beginning of the Final Exam Period

Students must initiate a late withdrawal request [PDF] by completing and submitting the form.  A late withdrawal will be granted by the review committee only if the student provides documentation of extenuating circumstances resulting in an inability to complete the course (e.g., illness, family concerns, or an inability to withdraw from the course within university deadlines). These extenuating circumstances must not have been present before the deadline for withdrawal. Poor academic performance, dissatisfaction with instruction, and inability to pay financially are not valid reasons for withdrawal and such requests will be denied.

Students considering withdrawal should consult with their instructor(s) although instructor approval is not required. Students should not stop attending class after submitting a late withdrawal request before receiving official notification that their withdrawal has been approved. If a student stops attending class without officially withdrawing and does not take the final examination, University policy requires that the instructor assign a grade of F for the course. Students who believe they have received an unearned F grade and who wish to appeal must do so during the following semester through the University Grade Grievance process.

International students holding F-1 or J-1 visas must seek additional approval from the Office of International Students. Students who are on financial aid or who hold scholarships, fellowships, or graduate assistantships should consult the Graduate School before withdrawing from courses to fully understand the potential financial impact.

Policies governing the refund of tuition and fees are to be found in the Tuition and Fees section of the graduate catalog. The Student Guide, published each semester by the Office of Records and Registration, should be consulted for the calendar regulating withdrawals.


Withdrawal from All Classes

Students may withdraw from all classes before the first day of exams and receive a grade of W for all courses. This transaction is handled by the Office of Records and Registration or a Service EMU location. Such withdrawal may necessitate the updating of a student’s admission status, and students in their first semester must notify their academic department and the Office of Admissions before re-enrolling. The dates below reflect deadlines for full-term (15-week) courses. Deadlines for shorter courses are available on the Registrar’s website.

First Eight Days

Students receive a 100% tuition credit adjustment, less a drop transaction fee.

Ninth through the 19th Day

Students receive a 50% tuition credit adjustment, less a non-refundable registration fee. Grades of W will be posted.

Twentieth through the 38th Day

Students receive a 25% tuition credit adjustment, less a non-refundable registration fee. Grades of W will be posted.

Thirty-ninth Day through the Day Before Final Examinations

Students receive no tuition credit adjustment. Grades of W will be posted.

After the First Day of the Final Examination Period

No withdrawal will take place. 

Download the late withdrawal request form [PDF].

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