Drops & Withdrawls

General Information

Students may drop a course any time by the Friday of the second week of a class.  If drops are done during the allotted time period, the class will be eliminated from the academic record completely.  Any money the student may have paid will be credited to their account or returned to the lender.  Students on financial aid/loans can specify the refund method through Higher One.  Drops may be processed over the phone through the Academic Advising Center or via email at onlineadvising@webster.edu. Students may notify the instructor of their intention to drop, but it is the student's responsibility to contact the Advising Center for processing.  Instructors do not have the capability to process this request.  All students should be familiar with the deadline dates as listed in the Academic Calendar. If a student fails to drop by the deadline then they will be responsible for any tuition owed for the course based on the refund schedule and will need to move on to the withdrawal process.

Students may withdraw from a course from the third through the sixth week of class for term classes (8 or 9 weeks in length) and through the twelfth week for semester classes (16 weeks in length). Withdrawals are subject to refunds as stated in the Undergraduate and Graduate Studies catalogs.  The student will receive a "W" on their official record but it will not affect their overall GPA. Withdrawals may be processed over the phone through the Academic Advising Center or via email at advising@webster.edu. Students may notify the instructor of their intention to withdraw, but it is the student's responsibility to contact the Advising Center for processing.  Instructors do not have the capability to process this request.  All students should be familiar with the deadline dates as listed in the Academic Calendar. If a student fails to withdraw by the deadline then they will remain in the course and receive the grade earned at the end of the session. 

Download the drop slip

Download the withdrawal petition

Undergraduate Drop and Withdrawal

Dropping or withdrawing from a course has the potential to impact a student's academic plan, graduation date and financial aid. When making a request to drop or withdraw students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor and financial aid counselor during their decision making process. It is the responsibility of the student to understand their academic plan and the potential consequences of their decision to drop or withdraw from a course.

Graduate Drop and Withdrawal

Most graduate courses are offered in a 9 week term format. Graduate students are expected to be aware of their degree plan and to understand the potential consequences of dropping or withdrawing from a course. Please be aware of the differences between dropping and withdrawing from a course and the process for each. If you have questions about how a withdrawal may affect your financial aid award, please contact your financial aid counselor before you withdraw. 

International Student Drop and Withdrawal

International students on F-1 and J-1 visas must maintain full time enrollment at all times. Students may drop during drop/add periods as long as they remain in the minimum credits required for full time status. As a rule, international student on F-1 and J-1 visas are not permitted to withdraw if such withdrawal reduces enrollment below full-time status.  Please see your academic advisor before considering a withdrawal. 

Refund Schedule

Term Classes-Per credit hour tuition:
Drop by Friday of Week 2    100%
Withdraw by Friday of Week 3    50%
Withdraw by Friday of Week 4    25%
Withdraw after Week 4        0%
After Week 6 no withdrawal is permitted

Semester Classes-Per credit hour tuition:
Drop by Friday of Week 2    100%
Withdraw by Friday of Weeks 3-4    50%
Withdraw by Friday of Weeks 5-8    25%
Withdraw after Week 8 of the semester    0%
After Week 12 no withdrawal is permitted