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What is the difference between dropping a course and withdrawing?


When you drop a class, it must be done by the add/drop deadline that is published in the Academic Calendar for that semester. The add/drop deadline for a 15-week course is the first three days of a major semester (Fall or Spring) or, the first two days of a 7-week A or B-term session or any of Summer session. Dropping courses can be done in most cases via your MyDaytonaState student portal. In certain instances, you will need permission to drop from a class (i.e. if the course is a pre-requisite to other courses you have scheduled, if it is a required college developmental course, etc.).

If you follow the drop process appropriately, the course will be removed from your schedule and your tuition will be adjusted. Cash paying students will receive a full refund for the course approximately 14 days after the drop. If you add another course at the time of the drop and it is equal value in credits (i.e. dropping a 3-credit course and adding a different 3-credit course), no refund will take place. The credit will be applied towards the new course you added to your schedule. You are responsible for any additional costs, such as Lab fees and Distance Learning (online course) fees, if the new course add charges to the original tuition amount. Failure to pay for additional fees may result in being purged/dropped from all courses you're registered in that semester.

Dropping a class after the drop/add period has ended is considered a Withdrawal. You may withdraw from a course after the add/drop period has ended with no grade penalty, however, you will not be eligible for a tuition refund and must still pay any outstanding balances owed to the college. You will receive a "W" grade for the course when you withdraw. If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must do so by the withdraw deadline that is published in the college Academic Calendar for that semester. This can be done via your MyDaytonaState student portal. Withdrawals are counted as an attempt for a course, please refer to information below regarding maximum attempts.  Students who remain enrolled in courses after the withdrawal deadline has ended will be assigned a final grade in the course from the faculty member.

To All Financial Aid Recipients: Financial Aid Recipients are encouraged to speak with the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a class as this can effect current and/or future financial aid eligibility. 

Students who no longer want to attend class:
  • Must drop or withdraw by the published deadline for the semester on the Academic Calendar.
  • Students are permitted a maximum of three attempts per course (withdraws are counted as an attempt).
    • Students wishing to register for a class for the 3rd attempt must visit or email the Question & Answer Center in order to register. Upon the third attempt, students will be assessed 100 percent of the full cost of instruction (equivalent to out-of-state tuition) unless a Request for In-State Tuition for 3rd Attempt appeal is approved, which grants a one-time exception to the student due to extenuating circumstances or financial hardship. Appeal application forms are available online or at the Question & Answer Center/Enrollment Services department on any campus location. Students will not be permitted to withdraw upon their third attempt under any circumstances and will be assigned a final grade in the course from the faculty member.
    • If major extenuating circumstances occurred during the third attempt, students are permitted to appeal to take a course a fourth time by submitting a Request for 4th (Final) Attempt. Students will be assessed the full cost of instruction on the fourth attempt and will not be permitted to withdraw. There is no appeal to reduce the full-cost assessment on the fourth attempt. All grades from the third and subsequent attempts will be calculated in the student's grade point average. A fifth attempt is not allowed under any circumstances. You can click here to learn more about state regulations associated with withdrawals, grade forgiveness, and the repeat of a course.

For more information, email the Question & Answer Center

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Last updated: 2018-08-07T19:36:52.083Z