Late Drop/Add

Dropping or adding classes after the first week of the semester

The late drop/add period starts after the first week of classes and lasts through the automatic withdrawal (automatic W) period. To make a change to your enrollment, you'll need to complete a Drop/Add form—available from your academic advisor or at Student Central (Neff Hall Room 110).

All late add requests require the approval of an academic advisor. If the class has already started, the instructor’s approval is also required.

Purdue taught classes will require an additional level of analysis to ensure that these co-taught classes do not exceed maximum classroom capacity in accordance with fire marshal code/compliance. If a submitted form result in an exceeded capacity, the student and advisor will be notified by the Office of the Registrar.

All drop requests require the approval of an academic advisor.

If your request is approved, your class schedule will be updated. You’ll get a W (withdrawn) on your transcript for any class you drop. While a grade of W doesn’t affect your GPA, be aware that a pattern of withdrawals may raise concerns about a lack of satisfactory progress toward your degree. If such a determination is made, your school may prevent you from registering and you may risk restrictions or loss of financial aid.

After the automatic W deadline, you’ll need approval from your advisor, instructor, and school’s dean.

Many schools require additional information before they’ll consider a drop this late in the semester. These requests are considered only in extraordinary circumstances beyond your control and are rarely granted.

Poor performance in a course is not considered grounds for a late drop. If a late withdrawal is granted, you’ll receive a grade of W if your work is of passing quality at the time of your withdrawal or an F if it isn’t.

If you’re worried about your GPA, talk with your instructor to see if there are better options available, such as seeking an Incomplete.

No drop requests will be processed once grade rosters are open for a term. You may need to pursue a retroactive withdrawal request by following the grade change appeal process.

If a certain enrollment status (e.g., full- or part-time) is required for reasons such as visa status or to receive VA benefits, make sure you know how a drop might affect your eligibility.

Know how your student account will be affected

Additional tuition charges may apply when you change your schedule. Be sure to talk to the Office of Student Financial Services and the Office of the Bursar to understand any effects on your financial aid or fees.

Dropping classes that put you below 12 credit hours or adding classes that put you above 18 credit hours can have a major effect on the amount you pay for the semester.

In extenuating circumstances, you may wish to pursue a tuition dispute. Contact the Office of the Bursar for more details.

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