Dropping Courses & Withdrawing

See the Course Deadlines page on the Registrar's website to see important deadlines for courses.

Meet with your advisor to discuss the impact of adds and drops on your academic progress.

Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid in Jessup Hall to find out.

  • Dropping or withdrawing can usually affect your tuition only if you do it in the first two weeks of a fall or spring semester.
  • If you drop below full time and do so before the end of the second week of the semester, you will be charged only for the hours you are registered for after that deadline.
  • Dropping after the end of the second week of a regular semester or dropping if you still end up with 12 sh does not affect tuition.
  • If you withdraw your entire registration before the end of the second week of classes, tuition charges will be on a sliding scale determined by the date when you withdraw.
  • After the end of the third week of class, full tuition is charged.
  • See the Deadline Dates list on your MyUI Enrollment Summary for specific dates for each semester.
  • Check the Registrar's website for deadlines that affect tuition for courses or sessions that last less than the length of a full spring or fall semester.

  • Full time status is 12 sh for undergraduates during the fall and spring semesters. Consult the Financial Aid office about full time status for any other session.
  • Financial aid/Scholarships If you have financial aid, a scholarship, or a loan, find out how dropping to part time status would affect them. Regulations are varied and complex, so visit the Student Financial Aid Office in 208 Calvin Hall for more information about your specific situation.
  • Greek eligibility may be jeopardized if you drop below full time status. If you are a member of a Greek organization, check with your house about how dropping below full time might affect you.
  • Athletic eligibility may be jeopardized if you drop below full time status. If you are an intercollegiate athlete, you must discuss your plans to drop or add with your Athletic Counselor. If you are not sure who that is, call 335-9384 to find out. You will need their signature on your drop/add slip to process it.
  • Income tax If your parents claim you as a dependent on their income tax return, you must be a full time student for some part of each of five months during a calendar year. Consult the IRS for further details.
  • Residence halls You may live in the residence halls even if you are not a full time student, provided you remain registered for at least seven semester hours.

Check with the International Student & Scholar Services Office about the enrollment requirements of your visa.

  • Using your instructor’s office hours, help labs, review sessions, and tutors could help you raise your grade in the course.
  • Talk with your advisor for other ideas.
  • See what help is available; check out tutoring.
  • If extenuating circumstances have kept you from completing the work in the course by the deadline, see your instructor to discuss the possibility of taking an incomplete. Talk with your academic advisor to see what kind of documentation of your circumstances you might need to offer your instructor and what an incomplete means.
  • Using a Second Grade Only option might be an alternative to dropping.  Discuss the pros and cons of this option with your academic advisor.

  • If you drop after the end of the second week of class, the course appears on your transcript with a mark of W. This mark indicates that you withdrew from the class after the initial drop deadline but before you earned a final grade in the class.
  • A mark is not a grade and that means W's are not included in the calculations of your GPA. .
  • If you withdraw your entire registration, your transcript will not list the individual courses you were enrolled in for the semester. You will not receive W’s for these courses.

  • If you have multiple or serious concerns about your academics, you might consider withdrawing from the semester.  Withdrawing means dropping all of your classes at once.
  • It is best to contact your advisor to begin the process.
  • The deadline to withdraw your registration is usually two weeks later than the deadline to drop individual semester length courses.
  • You may not continue to live in the residence halls after you have withdrawn your registration.
  • If you withdraw your entire registration, your transcript will not list the individual courses you were enrolled in for the semester. You will not receive W’s for these courses.

Adding Courses & Changing Course Times

  • The add deadline to add individual courses is on the Course Deadlines calendar.
  • Students who have not attended class until late in the second week may find the instructor is concerned about adding them.

Student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences should carefully read the information on the CLAS website about requesting excess hours and follow the instructions there.

Submit any approved add forms to UI Service Center (registrar@uiowa.edu, 319 384-4300)

  • The advisor’s signature is not required.
  • The instructors’ signature is required for the time you want.
  • Begin by contacting the instructor of the course you want to change to.