Here’s how to do it right.
Drop Deadline April 11th
Withdrawal with 25% Refund (W assigned to all Spring courses) is January 31st.
Dropping the Subject– The Financial and Grade Repercussions of dropping a class:
When my daughter was a junior, she decided to take a very heavy class load which included Beginning Chinese. We discussed whether she should take this class (which had nothing to do with her major) in conjunction with her other classes. However, my daughter believed it would be an enjoyable challenge. Four weeks into the class, she called me feeling extremely stressed and anxious. It was heartbreaking to see my overachiever feeling so defeated and in over her head — as much as she wanted to succeed, it was taking its toll on her and the rest of her semester’s obligations. While the ultimate decision was, of course, hers to drop the class, I believe she wanted my support and blessing on her difficult decision. For me, her mental health was more important, and worth a cost much higher than letting go of a class. I’ve found that when discussing schedules and other similarly big decisions, reminding my student of that value and a healthy overall perspective is an important part of my job as the parent of a young adult.
The University has an article that discusses the positives and negatives of dropping a class.
As I noted earlier, there are also financial repercussions when your student drops a class. Your student will still be fee liable for dropped courses, and it is THEIR/YOUR responsibility to know the requirements for any scholarships they have, including Bright Futures. Most course drops require repayment to Bright Futures and may require repayment to other programs. Read here for further details.
Please check with Financial Aid if there are concerns. Your student’s academic advisor may be able to assist with some financial issues, but Financial Aid is generally an obligation between your student and Student Financial Affairs.
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