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Drops and Withdrawals

What is the difference between a drop and a withdrawal?

A course drop happens when you drop your class before the census date (the official day of record). A course withdrawal happens when you drop your class after the census date.

How will this show up on my transcript?

If you drop your class before the census date, neither the class nor a grade will show up on your transcript.

If you drop your class after the census date (otherwise known as a withdrawal), the class and a grade of "W" will show up on your transcript.

How do I know the census dates for my semester?

The census date for undergraduate classes is the 12th day of class. Check our academic calendar to find the official day of record for your current semester.

What if I'm taking a CIE class?

Depending on the course length of your non-credit course, the census date is the third class day. If your class is less than 3 days, then the census date is the last day of class.

Will dropping a class affect my financial aid?

Yes, dropping a class may affect your financial aid or veteran's benefits. We recommend meeting with an academic advisor before dropping your class to find exactly how this will affect your financial aid.

Is there a max number of classes I can drop?

If you are a first-time student of Fall 2007 or later, you may not drop more than 6 courses, including those taken at another college or university, according to the Texas Education Code, Section 51.907.

Find more information about the Drop 6 rule, and how, in special cases, you can request an exception.

What if something happens, and I'm not able to drop the class myself, but need to?

The College can invoke an administrative withdrawal, in this case. The College reserves the right to withdraw you from class if, in the judgment of College officials, such withdrawal is in the best interest of you or the student body at large.

What are the steps for dropping a class?

  1. Log in to WebAdvisor
  2. Click Students
  3. Click Register and Drop Sections, under the Register for Classes heading
  4. Click Drop sections
  5. Click the check box under the Drop heading, next to the class you'd like to drop
  6. Click Submit

Updated August 04, 2016