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Withdrawing

After the Add/Drop period ends, students have the option to withdraw from courses, until the Withdraw Deadlines listed in the Academic Calendar. Please note full-term (15 weeks) & part-of-term (8 weeks) have different deadlines.

Withdrawing vs. Dropping

  • Withdrawals appear on transcripts as a “W” and count towards full‑time status for the purposes of financial aid or residency.
  • Dropped courses, however, do not appear on transcripts, and do not count toward full‑time status.
  • Neither withdrawn nor dropped courses count toward GPA.

Before You Withdraw from a Course:

  1. Consider how withdrawing will impact plans for graduation and beyond.
    • Some required courses are not offered on a regular basis.
    • Having one or two withdrawals on a transcript isn’t a terrible thing, but having a lot can negatively impact career or graduate/professional school opportunities.
  2. Remember financial aid status.
    • Students must earn a certain GPA and successfully complete 67% of all attempted classes.
    • Not doing so impacts federal/state/Cabrini financial aid.
    • Don’t guess. If you have questions, talk to someone in the Financial Aid Office.
  3. Know that dropping below 12 credits could impact status for housing or as a student-athlete.
  4. Consider the additional costs to enroll in classes during the summer or for an extra semester.
  5. Extra help from your professor or the Center for Student Success could help you improve your grade.
  6. Talk to your professor. Ask to meet so you can discuss your grades and determine whether or not you have a possibility of passing the course.
  7. Meet with your academic advisor.
    • Discuss options and how a withdrawal will impact your progress.
    • Jointly make a plan for how you will make up credits.
    • Consider taking a late-start class this semester or take Winterim or Summer classes.

How to Withdraw

  1. Complete a course withdrawal form on the Registrar Forms page
  2. Obtain approval from their Academic Advisor and others as needed (outlined on form)
  3. Forward form to Registrar with approval emails from the advisor to registrar@cabrini.edu

Important: Do not stop attending and participating in class until your withdrawal is approved.

Students who need to leave Cabrini for extended periods of time may be eligible for withdrawal from all courses. Please contact your academic advisor or Center for Student Success for more information.