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Adding and Withdrawing from Classes

Adding and Withdrawing from Classes


Adding a Class

You may add classes through the third day of instruction. From the fourth through the 10th day of instruction, the instructor’s written permission is required. Restrictions may apply; be sure to check with the instructor.


Withdrawing from a Class

Last Day to Withdraw from Class

Students may withdraw from a class and not have a 'W' appear on their transcript if submitted prior to the 10th instructional day of the quarter. The last day to withdraw from a class is generally the last day of the eighth week of instruction. Students withdrawing from courses after the 10th day will receive a 'W' on their transcript. Please see the academic calendar located at lowercolumbia.edu/calendar/academic for exact dates.

Note that refunds for federal financial aid recipients are calculated according to federal regulations. Any student receiving financial aid is advised to speak with Financial Aid staff prior to withdrawing from a class as there may be a negative impact on a student's ability to receive financial aid in the future and the student may owe a return of funds. Students should review the Financial Aid Handbook located at lowercolumbia.edu/financial-aid/forms or consult the Financial Aid Office.

Students are encouraged to meet with their counselor or advisor and instructor prior to withdrawing from a class or from college. The counselor or advisor will review with the student the implications of withdrawing and other possible options.

Withdrawal Dates to Avoid a ‘W’ on Your Transcript:

Summer Quarter 2018—July 16

Fall Quarter 2018—September 28

Winter Quarter 2019—January 18

Spring Quarter 2019—April 19

For a full tuition refund, you must withdraw prior to the sixth instructional day of the quarter; for a 50% refund, you must withdraw prior to the 20th calendar day of the quarter.

100% Refund Dates:

Summer Quarter 2018—July 10

Fall Quarter 2018—September 21

Winter Quarter 2019—January 11

Spring Quarter 2019—April 12

50% Refund Dates:

Summer Quarter 2018—July 19

Fall Quarter 2018—October 5

Winter Quarter 2019—January 25

Spring Quarter 2019—April 26

Withdrawal from a course must be officially processed through the Registrar's office by 5:00 pm on the final withdrawal day. The last day to withdraw from a class is the last day of the eighth week of instruction (LCC policy 468).


Instructor Initiated Withdrawal

Students should attend scheduled class sessions. Non-attending students should contact their instructor in person, by phone, or by email and notify them of their intention to remain enrolled or they will be administratively withdrawn by the instructor during the first five instructional days of the quarter. An instructor will initiate a withdrawal for a non-attending student at any point during the first five instructional days of the quarter if the student does not attend class and fails to contact the instructor to indicate their intention to remain enrolled. 

Types of withdrawals

  • Student withdrawal: initiated by the sutdent. Students may withdraw from a class and not have a 'W' appear on their transcript if submitted prior to the 10th instructional day of the quarter. The last day to withdraw from a class is generally the last day of the eighth week of instruction. Students withdrawing from courses after the 10th day will receive a 'W' on their transcript. A Petition for Late Withdrawal and Refund may be submitted by the student requesting an official withdrawal and/or refund after the withdrawal dealines. Circumstances for the request need to be documented. If approved, a 'W' will be recorded on the transcript.
  • Faculty withdrawal: initiated by the instructor. Withdrawal will be initiated for a non-attending student at any point during the first five instructional days of the quarter if the student does not contact the instructor to indicate their intention to remain enrolled.
  • Administrative withdrawal: initiated by senior college administrators (e.g., VP of Student Services, VP for Instruction, VP for Administrative Services, Registrar) for disciplinary actions, academic performances decisions, and health or safety issues. If approved, a 'W' will be recorded on the transcript.
  • Emergency Medical Withdrawl: Students requesting an emergency withdrawal and/or reinstatement for health or medical reasons need to provide appropriate medical documentation from a physician, licensed mental health provider, or other qualified healthcare provider. Submit an online Petition for a Medical Withdrawal located at forms.lowercolumbia.edu/forms/medical-withdrawal-form or contact Jennifer Houge at jhouge@lowercolumbia.edu or (360) 442-2343
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