Withdrawal from Courses

You may withdraw from courses during the designated withdrawal period before the eighth week of the semester. A "W" is applied to the transcript when you drop a class after add/drop but before the final withdrawal period of the semester.  It does not go into the GPA.  

It is recommended that you consult with an SAS Academic advisor when contemplating withdrawal from a course. Terminating class attendance does not constitute withdrawal from a course. See the University Policies and Procedures section of the New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog for details of the add/drop policy; specific add/drop and withdrawal information for the current semester can be found on the on the website of the New Brunswick Registrar.

Withdrawal from Minicourses

Minicourses are courses that are worth 1, 1.5, or 2 credits that you may add after the semester has begun, but before the start date for each course. You may withdraw from a minicourse without a "W" anytime before the first class meeting.  After the class meets for the first time, you may withdraw with a "W" for 3 weeks.  After 3 weeks, you have committed to the course and may no longer withdraw from the course.  For assistance in adding or withdrawing from a minicourse, please connect with an academic advisor via Live Chat.

Semester Withdrawal

You may submit a withdrawal for a particular semester when a return date is not known or when there is not a plan to return to the School of Arts and Sciences. Failure to attend class is not equivalent to a withdrawal, and you will not receive an adjustment of charges or grades (see https://finance.rutgers.edu/student-abc/refunds/withdrawals-school) unless a formal withdrawal is filed with the SAS Office of Advising and Academic Services and approved prior to the 12th week of the semester.

Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Form

Tuition Refund Dates

  • Students who withdraw from their entire semester may be eligible for full or partial refunds, depending on the effective date of the withdrawal. For withdrawals after the semester has begun, the effective date is the date SAS receives the signed, completed Leave of Absence/Withdrawal form.
  • Students may use Webreg to drop courses or cancel their entire schedule prior to the beginning of a semester and receive a 100% refund. However, once the semester begins, the online registration system will not permit students to drop their final class. To withdraw completely, students must submit the Leave of Absence/Withdrawal form to SAS.
  • Failure to attend class is not equivalent to a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal, and students will not receive an adjustment of charges or grades unless a Leave of Absence/Withdrawal form is filed with SAS.
  • Refund deadlines are posted online at https://studentabc.rutgers.edu/withdrawals-school