Withdrawing from the University

We understand that many unexpected events may cause you to withdraw from your courses at the University of Northern Colorado, but withdrawing has many important consequences, both academic and financial. To be sure you are making an informed decision, we urge you to read the Withdrawal FAQ's information before you decide to withdraw.

Withdrawal process

The process to withdraw from the University must begin in the Office of the Registrar. You may notify us by mail, email, or phone. The date you notify the Office of the Registrar of your intent to withdraw will be used as the official withdrawal date from UNC. For more information on your official notification of intent to withdraw, please see the UNC catalog.

Withdrawal deadlines

Withdrawals must be completed by the complete schedule withdrawal deadline of the semester. See the Short Course Calendar for withdrawal deadlines of courses that do not meet the entire semester.

Academic appeals

Withdrawal deadlines are strictly enforced and exceptions will be made only when there were extenuating circumstances beyond your control that kept you from meeting those deadlines. For more information, please see Academic Appeals.

Academic Impact

You will receive a grade of "W" on all courses not completed. The grade of "W" does not impact your GPA.

Financial Impact

Depending on the date you officially withdraw from the University, you may receive an adjustment to your tuition and fees. Withdrawing does not eliminate your financial obligation to the University. You are responsible for any charges owed to the University at the time you withdraw, based on the University's tuition and housing refund policies.

Short Term Courses

Short term courses do not run the entire semester and are subject to different add/drop/withdrawal deadlines.

If you are withdrawing from your entire schedule and you have a short-course on your schedule, you will be charged tuition based on the schedule below.

Spring 2017 Complete Schedule Withdrawal
Full semester courses
No withdrawals allowed after April 14th
If you do a complete withdrawal between:  
Your Tuition charged will be*
January 24th through February 2nd**  
February 3rd through March 6th**  
March 7th through March 23rd**  
March 24th through April 14th**  
*New Student Success Fee is non-refundable, other course fees may also be non-refundable. See Costs for detailed information.

**Must be completed in the Office of the Registrar by the end of the business day.
Please allow 7-10 business days for tuition adjustment processing.


Financial Aid

If you withdraw from school prior to completing 60% of a term, you may be required to repay a portion of the federal financial aid that you received for that term. Federal aid includes Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, National SMART Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Colorado Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program and Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program. You will also be placed on financial aid suspension—see “Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress”.

If you receive all F or UW grades, you will be classified as an “Unauthorized Withdrawal” and Financial Aid will use the 50% point of the semester for the Return of Title IV Fund Calculation. We recommend that you try to complete one class, if possible, to avoid any financial hardship imposed by this regulation. If you are planning to leave school, it is important that you follow the formal withdrawal procedures with the Office of the Registrar and you understand your financial obligations.

For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Students with Housing and Dining Contracts

Housing and Residential Education and Dining Services will follow the University rate schedule with the first ten days being charged at the daily rate up to the 25% withdrawal charge.

Student Health Insurance

If you are covered under the University student health insurance, please contact the office at 970-351-1915 to determine the effect of a University withdrawal on your insurance coverage.

Other considerations

If you are taking a science class with a lab, please check out with your lab instructor prior to leaving to avoid any additional charges.

If you have library books checked out, please return to avoid additional charges.

If you have a parking pass, please contact Parking Services at 970-351-1971.

Returning to the University

You will stay an active student for up to 2 semesters of no registration. If you wish to return during this time, please contact your advisor to be advised and receive your PIN number.

If you wish to return after that time period, please see Returning to the University or contact the Office of the Registrar at 970-351-2231.


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