Need to Withdraw from a Course?
Withdrawal is an option that allows you to withdraw from a course after the add/drop period without impacting your GPA. If you’re considering withdrawing from a course, get advice before making a decision. Talk to the following to get information:
- Your professor, to understand your grade and see if it is feasible to pass
- Your academic advisor, to see how withdrawal will impact your degree plan
- The Office of Financial Aid, to see how withdrawal will impact your financial aid
- The Office of the Bursar, to see if you owe (or will owe) any money to the university
If you decide withdrawal is your best option, you’ll need to understand the process.
Withdrawal before the Withdrawal Deadline
Subject to the time limits specified in the Purdue University Fort Wayne Master Detail Calendar and the published Fee Refund Schedule—and in the absence of any allegation of academic dishonesty in the course and any pertinent hold or encumbrance—you may officially withdraw from a course by completing the Course Withdrawal (after Full Refund Period) Form found on goPFW.
For Regular, 16-Week Courses
First week of classes: This is the add/drop period, and you may drop courses on goPFW. The course will not be recorded on your record.
Weeks two through nine: Submit the Course Withdrawal (after Full Refund Period) Form found on goPFW. The course will be recorded with a grade of W on your student record. Please refer to the Fee Refund Schedule for refund information.
Weeks 10 through 16: Courses may not be withdrawn during this period except for extenuating circumstances outside your control. Such withdrawals will not be approved if they are sought because of poor performance in the course. If a late withdrawal is approved, the course is recorded with a grade of W on your student record.
After the end of the Week 16: A course grade may be changed only by following the grade-appeal procedure.
All deadlines and time periods will be prorated for courses offered during a period of time that differs from a regular 16-week semester.
Withdrawal after the Withdrawal Deadline
A late withdrawal is defined as a withdrawal due to circumstances reasonably beyond the control of the student from any or all classes, after the deadline for the last day to withdraw. Specific deadlines for the last day to withdraw for a term are published in the Fee Refund Schedule.
A Petition for Late Withdrawal will be considered only for nonacademic reasons and will be treated with the greatest degree of confidentiality possible. Once final grades have been submitted, you will be ineligible for a late withdrawal except for extreme and well-documented circumstances.
If a Petition for Late Withdrawal is granted, the Office of the Registrar will notify the professors of the withdrawn courses, and Student Success and Transitions will notify you. There may be financial and academic consequences related to withdrawal. If a Petition for Late Withdrawal is granted, you may then submit an application for an appeal of fees through the Office of the Registrar.