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Academic Advising


Withdrawing from Courses

If you find yourself in a situation where you are considering withdrawing from one or more courses during the semester, meet with your academic advisor beforehand to discuss the potential academic and financial consequences.

Withdrawal Grades

Grade Grade Description What is impacted
W

Any course withdrawal made after the Drop/Add Deadlineand prior to the WF Deadline

  • W will appear on permanent record
  • W grade not included in GPA calculation
Financial Aid – Satisfactory Academic Progress, certain scholarships, tuition refund, enrollment status
WF

Any course withdrawal made after the WF Deadline

  • WF will appear on permanent record
  • WF grade is calculated as an F in GPA
Financial Aid – Satisfactory Academic Progress, certain scholarships, tuition refund, enrollment status, GPA calculation

 

Important Dates and Deadlines

You should check the university’s official academic calendar for the important dates and deadlines for each semester. The academic calendar for each year includes the dates for tuition refunds for dropped courses based on the part of term (full-term, first-half, second-half) for the course.

Free Drop/Add Period

You are able to change your course schedule prior to the drop/add deadline at the beginning of the semester via Self Service Carolina. It is important to know when the last day is to add or drop a course for the semester.

Any courses dropped prior to the drop/add deadline will not be recorded on your permanent record. If you need assistance with your current course schedule prior to the drop/add deadline, please visit an advisor in the University Advising Center.

Withdrawal Period

You are able to drop courses after the drop/add period and before the WF deadline (first 7 weeks of the semester) to have a grade of W recorded on your transcript. A grade of W will not be calculated in your GPA, but will be recorded on your permanent record.

Withdrawal Fail Period

Courses dropped after the WF deadline will be recorded as a WF on your permanent record. The grade of WF is treated as an F in the calculation of your GPA. In summer sessions and other shortened sessions the WF deadline will be 50 percent of the total number of class hours instead of at the first 7 weeks.

 

Financial Considerations

If you receive any financial aid loans or scholarships, you should contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and speak with a counselor prior to withdrawing from courses.

Please note: Withdrawal from courses may result in additional charges on your bill. Please contact the Bursar's Office and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for additional information or questions. 

Tuition Refunds

You may be eligible to receive a refund for all, some, or none of the tuition costs for courses depending on when in the semester the course withdrawal took place. The University Registrar provides tools you need to calculate refunds. Most refunds are processed within 4-6 weeks. 

Loans

To receive any type of financial aid (except for the Pell Grant), you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours or half-time student status. If your tuition fee status changes due to withdrawal from courses, your financial aid loan amount may be reduced and you may be required to immediately repay the amount that is in excess of your revised loan amount.

Scholarships

Many scholarships require that students earn a certain number of credit hours each year to be eligible for funding for the following year. If you withdraw from a course, you will not earn the credit hours for that course. You have through the end of the summer academic term to earn the credit hours required for scholarship eligibility. Be sure that you are familiar with the requirements for credit hours earned for any scholarships you receive. Check the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships’ Website for more information about scholarship requirements.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who receive federal and/or state financial aid must make measurable progress toward the completion of a degree in a reasonable period of time. If you receive financial aid, you must earn 67% of all credit hours attempted at USC plus transfer hours accepted for credit at USC.

If you withdraw from a course, the credit hours from that course will count toward hours attempted but not as hours earned. If you do not meet the 67% course completion rate, you will lose your financial aid eligibility and will be required to submit an appeal to have your eligibility reinstated.