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Withdrawal Policies

General Withdrawal Information

  • A student may withdraw from a course, or the University, after the administrative drop for non-payment until the withdrawal deadline listed in the Academic Calendar.
  • Course withdrawal should not be confused with a course drop; course drop (with full refund) is only available during designated add/drop registration periods.
  • After the close of the add/drop period through the 25 percent refund deadline, students who completely withdraw from all courses for the semester and have paid tuition in full will receive a 25 percent refund (less repeat assessment, excess hour assessment, and capital and improvement fees). This refund is dependent upon meeting the deadline date indicated in the Academic Calendar as the last day to receive a 25 percent refund, approximately four weeks into the term. The 25 percent refund applies only to fall, spring, and cross-term summer classes - summer A, B, 8-week, and 10-week classes are not eligible for a 25 percent refund.
  • Withdrawing from class(es) does not relieve the student from financial liability. Please refer to the refund policy to determine your eligibility for a refund.
  • Any courses from which a student withdraws will be assigned a grade of "W." If a student stops attending class and does not officially withdraw, a final grade of "F" will be assigned. Once grades for a semester have been posted, withdrawals will not be permitted.

Withdrawal Limitation

As of 2024-2025, undergraduate students are limited to a total of six UNF course withdrawals regardless of the number of credit hours per course or the course level. Courses with a grade of "WM" (medical withdrawal), "WS" (withdrawal for military service), "WR" (withdrawn refund), and "WA" (administrative withdrawal) are not counted in the limitation. Any undergraduate course withdrawals that took place prior to fall 2013 and those that occurred during the spring 2020 (COVID) term do not count toward the limit but will continue to be reflected on the student's transcript. 

After the withdrawal limit is reached, students will be blocked from further course withdrawals by the University's registration system. A student who has exceeded their withdrawal limit as a result of extraordinary, documented circumstances may appeal for exceeding the withdrawal limit to the Student Petition of Academic Policy (SPAP) Committee prior to the end of classes of the term in which the student is enrolled. Learn more about the SPAP process.

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor or program director prior to withdrawing to discuss how it might impact academic progress, future coursework options, and/or graduation. Any student receiving financial aid should inquire about federal aid and scholarship award consequences and obligations. Student receiving VA benefit should contact the Military and Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) prior to withdrawing.

Please Note: The University does not have a withdrawal limit policy for graduate students. However, graduate programs may have their own requirements. Therefore, students are advised to first consult with their graduate program director before withdrawing from any course.

Instructions for Withdrawing

  • Log in to myWings
  • Select Student under the left "My Resources" menu
    • If you are on a mobile device, select the Student tile
  • Select the Registration tab
    • If you are on a mobile device, select the Register tab
  • Select Course Withdrawal under "Registration Links"
  • Select the Term and click Submit
  • Select the Withdraw drop-down option for the class(es) you would like to process and click the Withdraw Courses button

The Current Registration Status will change to "Withdrawn" if the submission is successful. Please confirm the Current Registration Status has changed to "Withdrawn" before leaving the page.

Withdrawal After the Deadline

If an unusual circumstance prevented you from withdrawing prior to the deadline, you may be able to petition. 

You may submit a Student Petition of Academic Policy to petition for late withdrawal if there are extenuating circumstances clearly beyond your control. Documentation of the circumstances must be attached to all petitions. View the University's current official Withdrawal policy

The Process

  • Complete the online form by logging in to myWings
    • Select Student under the left "My Resources" menu
      • If you are on a mobile device, select the Student tile
    • Select the Banner Self Service button
    • Select Online Forms
    • Under the "Records & Registration" section, select Student Petition of Academic Policy
  • In the Supporting Documentation section, enter a detailed statement explaining the extenuating circumstances which prevented you from withdrawing by the deadline
  • Attach documentation that supports the statement of extenuating circumstances
  • If you currently receive financial aid, contact One-Stop Student Services
  • The Student Petition of Academic Policy will be electronically routed to your academic advisor, instructor and the chairperson of the department offering the course for review and recommended decision
  • Once all recommended decisions are entered, the request will be reviewed by the Student Petition of Academic Policy (SPAP) Committee
  • You will receive notification of the final outcome via your official UNF email in myWings
  • To monitor the status of your petition, or to see comments related to the final outcome of your petition:
    • Log in to myWings
      • Select Student under the left "My Resources" menu
        • If you are on a mobile device, select the Student tile
      • Select the Banner Self Service button
      • Select Online Forms Status

Required Recommendations for Committee Review

  • Academic advisor
  • Instructor of the course(s)
  • Chairperson of the department offering the course

Possible Outcomes

Please Note:

  • Having a passing grade in a class at the time of petition DOES NOT guarantee the right to withdraw after the deadline.
  • The University Registrar, via the Student Petition of Academic Policy (SPAP) Committee, or Graduate Dean has final approval/disapproval authority.
  • The instructor, department chair, or academic advisor may recommend an action or write an explanation of the applicable circumstances but does not have final approval/disapproval authority. Final decisions rest with the Student Petition of Academic Policy (SPAP) Committee. 

Complete Withdrawal

Complete Withdrawal is the formal process of leaving the University. Dropping all classes or withdrawing from all classes in a term is not the same as a Complete Withdrawal from the University. Once the Complete Withdrawal process has been completed, the student's academic responsibility with the University will be discontinued, though a Complete Withdrawal does not excuse the student from any financial responsibilities the student may have incurred with the University. A Complete Withdrawal must be initiated by a student's academic advisor, and a student wishing to completely withdraw must meet with an academic advisor in person or through a mutually agreed upon meeting format. A student who receives a Complete Withdrawal may not continue to attend or participate in class(es).

Students who completely withdraw from the University will receive a grade of WC (Complete Withdrawal) in each course. Terms in which grades have already rolled to academic history are ineligible for a complete withdrawal and "WC" grades. The assigned "WC" grade will count toward the total withdrawals allowed and will remain on the academic transcript. A student who completely withdraws from the University may not continue to attend class. Complete withdrawal from all courses will result in a registration hold being placed on the student in future terms. Students who want to enroll in a future term must meet with their advisor. A student who breaks continuous enrollment after a Complete Withdrawal must re-apply for admission and is subject to all admission and academic program requirements at the time of re-application. 

This policy is not to be confused with withdrawing from all courses in a term to receive a 25 percent refund of tuition and fees. Students who withdraw from all courses (excluding summer A, B, 8- and 10-week courses) by the deadline posted on the Academic Calendar and receive the refund, but intend to re-enroll at the University would not be covered under the "Complete Withdrawal" section of the University's official policy.

View the University's current official policy.