Withdrawing from Classes

Total withdrawal from the University means that the student drops all courses for that semester. Withdrawing from the university can cost you both time and money! Only withdrawals processed prior to the first day of class are eligible to receive a 100% refund of tuition and fees. Please refer to the registration guide for all deadlines associated with withdrawing. Carefully review the Drop/Withdrawal Fee Adjustment Information for guidance regarding calculating refunds or fee adjustments. 

A student who preregisters for classes and decides not to attend MTSU prior to be beginning of that term may access RaiderNet to withdraw from all classes selected during preregistration. Before you take this action, please make contact with your assigned Enrollment Counselor in the MT One Stop. We’ll want to talk with you regarding alternatives to withdrawing, or about your future academic plans and re-enrollment in an upcoming term. 

Once the semester or term begins, dropping courses or failing to attend courses may have additional serious consequences. Students who drop classes on or before the census date (the 14th calendar day of fall / spring semesters) may have their financial aid adjusted. In addition, faculty at MTSU are required to report student attendance by the census date, and may additionally report attendance beyond that date. If a student is reported as ‘Stopped Attending’ or ‘Never attended’ all enrolled courses within a semester, the student is considered to be “unofficially” withdrawn from the university. Unofficial withdrawals may have serious impact on the student’s financial aid status. 

Students who receive the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, or Federal Direct Loans must complete at least 60% of the semester to earn 100% of their aid. If you are unofficially withdrawn before completing 60% of the term, then MTSU must perform a Federal Return of Title IV Funds Calculation. The Return Calculation is based on the premise that students “earn” federal financial aid for each calendar day that they attend classes. This means that the University may be required to return all or part of your aid to the federal government if you withdraw before completing your classes. You will also still be responsible for paying any applicable tuition and fees for the courses you attempted but did not complete. Anytime a Return Calculation is performed, the student is likely to owe a balance to the University. It is very important that you attend your courses!

In addition, if you officially or unofficially drop below half-time status, MTSU must notify your loan servicer that you are no longer enrolled and your six month grace period for loan repayment will begin on the date of your withdrawal. You will be sent an email requesting that you complete Loan Exit Counseling and make preparations to begin repayment of your loan.

Finally, withdrawing from all your classes has a negative impact on your eligibility to receive financial aid in the future. The federal government requires that every student must maintain a certain standard of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress. In short, this means that a student is required to pass 67% of all attempted hours in order to remain eligible to receive financial aid. When a student drops courses after the census date, it results in their pass rate dropping

See the Withdrawal Calendar and the MTSU Withdrawal Policy for more information. Students finding it necessary to withdraw from the University after having selected classes for a future term should log into PipelineMT and use RaiderNet to drop all classes. Please talk to your Enrollment Counselor about alternatives to withdrawing.

Fee Adjustments

Please be aware that a fee adjustment at any stage of the withdrawal process does not guarantee that you will receive any refund to your student account. If you have received any financial aid, the federal government or your lenders may require that the University return all or part of your aid. Anytime a student withdraws from classes, it is possible that the student will owe a balance to MTSU. Students who drop or withdraw from classes will still have a balance due under the deferred payment plan. Fees are adjusted based on the drop or withdrawal date. The refund percentage is NOT applied to the amount of payment, but rather as a percentage of adjustment of total fees. A refund would only be issued to the student if the newly adjusted amount of fees is less than the amount that has been paid by the student. 

Other Withdrawal Tips...what else should I know?

If students have extenuating circumstances and need to withdraw due to extenuating circumstances, such as a medical emergency or death in family, appropriate documentation of the circumstances should be brought to their Enrollment Counselor at the MT One Stop. You may also email withdraw@mtsu.edu to inquire about the possibility of a withdrawal. 

If a student must withdraw from a course or courses during the semester, the student may contact each instructor to advise the instructor of the withdrawal. If a student withdraws after the last date to withdraw with a grade of “W.”, the instructor will have the option of assigning a grade of "W" or "F".

After the final exam period for the term, students are not allowed to drop/withdraw from classes unless they can provide documentation of extenuating circumstance. Student should take all documentation to the MT One Stop or email withdraw@mtsu.edu to inquire about the possibility of a withdrawal. 

Any student who leaves the University without officially withdrawing will receive a grade of F for all work attempted.