You have withdrawn from a Main Campus semester or special session if you:
Failing to attend classes you're enrolled in does not constitute a withdrawal. If you stop attending a class, you're still liable for all applicable tuition and fees, and you'll receive a failing grade.
If you want to stay enrolled in at least one Main Campus class in that semester or special session, then you're not withdrawing. Please see Drop a Class instead.
Refunds and assessments for withdrawals from Main Campus classes in fall or spring are determined based on the date when you withdraw. See the withdrawal information in the Resources sidebar or the calendar below for semester-specific dates and deadlines.
If you're withdrawing due to extenuating circumstances, please review the Bursar's Office's Tuition Dispute Information.
If you received financial aid through CU Boulder, please review the Office of Financial Aid's withdrawal policy. If you're going on a leave of absence for the fall and plan to return in the spring, contact Financial Aid to see if you can secure your aid package for the spring semester. Please contact their office directly with any financial aid-related questions (firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-492-5091).
If you are an in-state undergraduate student and you withdraw before the drop deadline (the third Wednesday after the first day of classes in fall or spring terms), your College Opportunity Fund (COF) authorized hours will not be deducted from your 145 lifetime hours. If you withdraw after the drop deadline, your COF authorized hours will be deducted.
If you have loans currently in deferment (i.e., you aren't making payments because you're attending college), withdrawing may cause those loans to go into repayment. Many loan providers require that a student remain enrolled in an institution of higher education at least half-time to keep their loans deferred. A leave of absence does not extend the loan deferral period. Consult your loan provider about policies regarding your enrollment status.
If you have Federal Perkins loans through CU Boulder, you must complete a loan exit interview before leaving the university. If you fail to complete the interview, a hold is placed on your record that prevents you from registering for classes, receiving a diploma or ordering a CU Boulder transcript. For more information, contact the Bursar's Office (email@example.com, 303-492-5571 or 800-925-9844).
CU Boulder employees using the tuition benefit have a different schedule and should refer to the Bursar's Office's Withdrawal & Dropping Classes page. Faculty and staff must contact the withdrawal coordinator in the Office of the Registrar to withdraw.
Dependents of CU Boulder employees are subject to the same withdrawal deadlines as students not using the tuition benefit.
If you have a contract to live in a residence hall, Bear Creek apartments or graduate & family housing, you will need to contact the respective office.
If withdrawing, please contact the office for move-out procedures within 48 hours. You may incur additional charges for each day you haven't completed the checkout procedure.
The University of Colorado does not have a special medical withdrawal process. Your reason for withdrawing is not indicated or differentiated on your transcript, and the university will not make exceptions to published deadlines or policies.
When you fill out the online withdrawal form, choose "Medical concerns" as your reason for withdrawing. Disability Services will be notified of your selection and may contact you. Do not submit documentation of your extenuating circumstance to the Office of the Registrar; such documentation be neither used nor retained.
After you complete your withdrawal, if you meet certain criteria, you may submit a Tuition Dispute Form to the Bursar's Office.
If this will be your first semester at CU Boulder and you've confirmed your intent to enroll, follow these steps to minimize your tuition and fee responsibilities:
If you defer your admission for between one and three semesters, you will remain in admitted student status until classes begin for the designated semester. If you were refunded your confirmation deposit or had your confirmation deposit credited toward the withdrawal fee, you must repay the confirmation deposit upon returning to the university.
If you cancel your application or withdraw before the third Wednesday of classes (i.e., you don't receive W grades on your transcript), you're no longer an active CU Boulder student, and you'll need to reapply through the Office of Admissions to come back.
If you've received grades (W grades count) for at least one semester at CU Boulder and the current semester's classes have started, follow these steps to minimize your tuition and fee responsibilities:
*Approvals required: NCAA athletes must receive approval from the Department of Athletics to withdraw and, after the tenth week of classes (or the equivalent in Summer Session), students in Environmental Design and Music programs must receive approval from their dean.
You may take off up to two consecutive semesters plus summer without having to reapply for admission. See the return chart for details. If you don't return to CU Boulder by the deadline, you'll no longer be an active CU Boulder student, and you'll need to reapply through the Office of Admissions to come back.
To remain active in your graduate, law or MBA program, you must receive a grade every fall and spring semester (W grades count) or apply for a leave of absence. If you don't, you'll be discontinued and must reapply to the university in order to return to CU Boulder.
*A leave of absence is not required for summer semester; graduate students not taking summer classes are considered active students.
If you haven't already done so:
If you're enrolled in classes through the Division of Continuing Education, you must withdraw through that division. See their Add, Drop & Withdrawal Info page for details.
International students on a F-1 or J-1 visa must receive approval from their international advisor to withdraw.
If you're a military member, fire fighter or police officer who has been called to active duty and/or to help with a disaster and you follow the steps below:
This policy complies with CCHE revisions to the Tuition and Fees Policy.
Students who are called to active duty as military personnel, or fire fighters and police officers called to help with disasters, may apply for a leave of absence as an active-duty exception.
Taking a leave of absence allows those who are serving to return to CU Boulder without having to reapply. For a full list of benefits, please see Benefits. Graduate students, as well as undergraduate students who will be serving longer than the allowed leave of absence period (up to two semesters off plus summer), should fill out this form.
There is no fee associated with this application, but you must submit a copy of your activation letter or orders before we can process it.
If the Office of the Registrar does not receive a copy of your active duty orders, we cannot make this exception.
If you selected a return term in your withdrawal application, the Office of the Registrar will automatically assign you enrollment dates for that term. You'll receive an email reminder in March for fall semester, October for spring semester and February for Summer Session. Holds may prevent you from registering; check your account before your enrollment dates begin.