Withdrawing

Exit prior to the semester start through the first week of classes

Students who need to exit the university prior to classes starting or during the first week of a fall/spring semester should submit the Enrollment Notification Form.

When a student exits, there will be no record of the course on the academic transcript (no ‘W’ grade). A readmission application will be required to return.

Withdrawing During the Withdrawal Period

Students who find that they must withdraw from the University after the drop/add week:

For one or more courses, but not all, please submit the Single Course Withdrawal form

For all courses, please submit the Complete Withdrawal form

A withdrawal results in a ‘W’ grade on the academic transcript. While a withdrawal does not impact GPA, there may be an impact on your Academic Standing or financial aid eligibility.

Failure to submit the form and “officially” withdraw may affect the student’s academic record, financial aid award, and student account balance.

Students who wish to discuss the academic consequence of a withdrawal should contact the Academic Success Center.

For information on the financial impact of withdrawing, including the refund schedule, please visit the Student Accounts website.

Withdrawing After the Withdrawal Period

The Hardship Withdrawal policy exists for students who encounter an unforeseen extraordinary situation such as a serious illness or injury or some other significant personal situation after the withdrawal deadline, which prevents the student from being able to successfully continue in their classes.

For details on the Hardship Withdrawal procedure, including the required forms and documentation, please visit the Hardship Withdrawal website.

How does withdrawing from a class affect my standing?

Students may withdraw from a maximum of three (3) classes during their entire time at UNC Asheville so be sure to use them wisely. During the fall or spring semester, students may withdrawal from a class between the 2nd to 8th week. Please see the academic calendar for the deadlines of a specific semester. After the withdrawal period ends, students must petition to be granted a hardship withdrawal and these petitions are only granted in cases of unforeseen extenuating circumstances such as a student’s hospitalization or a death in the immediate family.

Another important consideration is reviewing your academic history, particularly the number of withdrawals you have accrued. Withdrawals count towards attempted hours, which are included in calculating academic standing and financial aid eligibility.

While a withdrawal is not automatically assumed to blemish a student’s academic record, the frequency of withdrawals is a concern. For instance, a student who opts to withdraw from a course every semester may attract further scrutiny of their transcripts since such activity may indicate a problem in gauging their ability to handle their academic load.

Withdrawing from a course may also affect other aspects of academic standing, such as your enrollment as a full-time student; this could affect your ability to live on campus, as well as your financial aid.

If withdrawing from a course will put you below 12 credit hours (which is the minimum to be considered a full-time student), you will be required to do the following before your withdrawal can be processed:

  1. If you live on campus, you will need to meet with the Dean of Students.
  2. If you receive Financial Aid, you will need to acknowledge the feedback sent to you by a representative from the Financial Aid Office via the online withdrawal form.

All withdrawal forms can be found on the Registrar’s Forms page.