Dropping Classes or Withdrawing from the University

After registering for classes, students may decide to change their schedules.  That’s ok!  However, when making these updates it’s important to follow the proper procedure and to do so before the published deadline.  Prior to modifying your class registration, please review the information below and reach out to NDSU One Stop or your Academic Advisor with any questions.

Definitions of Dropping or Withdrawing

MATH101   MATH101
COMM110   COMM110
UNIV189  UNIV189


Please note: **Dropping is for single classes and the student remains enrolled at NDSU. Withdrawals indicate that the student is discontinuing their studies and will not be enrolled in any classes


Dates and Deadlines

Students are responsible for reviewing deadlines associated with withdrawing.

How to Drop a Class

This task may be completed online by the student via Campus Connection. 
Instructions: Dropping Classes Individually

Refund Reminder! Drops result in either a 100% or 0% refund of tuition/fees. There are no partial refunds for dropped classes. 

How to Withdraw from the University

Withdrawing From ALL Classes requires an electronic form which prompts NDSU staff to withdraw the student from all classes and notifies a variety of departments on campus (e.g. Residence Life, Financial Aid, etc.).  
Instructions: Withdrawing From ALL Classes

Refund Reminder! Withdrawals result in a 100%, 75%, 50% or 0% refund of tuition/fees, depending on the date of submission. 

NDSU Tuition and Fee Refund Schedule

NDSU adheres to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Refund Policy 830.2 and the North Dakota University System Refund Procedure 830.2 when reducing student account tuition/fee charges resulting from drops and withdrawals.

NDSU Tuition and Fee Refund Schedule



Percent of Course Completed *

Tuition and Fees Refunded
Dropping a Class ** Withdrawing ***
0.000% - 8.999% 100% 100%
9.000% - 34.999% 0% 75%
35.000% - 59.999% 0% 50%
60.000% - 100.000% 0% 0%

When eligibility for a refund is calculated NDSU takes the number of calendar days that have elapsed since the class has started and divides that by the number of calendar days in the class. As a result, a class with fewer calendar days will have a shorter deadline to receive a refund.  Academic credits subject to the NDSU tuition and fee cap for full-time tuition are not eligible for a refund.

Financial Aid Implications

Withdrawing from a term may require the return of Federal Financial Aid (Title IV) Funds.  At the start of the semester, students are provided with financial aid under the assumption that the student will complete the semester.  If a student withdraws mid-semester, a calculation of "earned" aid is completed by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.  This calculation will take multiple factors in to consideration, including the student’s last date of attendance.  "Unearned" aid is returned to the Department of Education and/or the loan lender and may result in a balance due to NDSU, which must be paid by the student.  

Dropping a course or withdrawing from a term can also affect future financial aid eligibility. Pursuant to Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress students must complete 67% of attempted credits. Dropping a course or withdrawing from a term can result in a student failing to meet the requirement.

Official vs. Unofficial Withdrawals

Official Withdrawal: The date that the student officially notified the school of their intent to withdraw through either written signature or an online form.
Unofficial Withdrawal: The date that the school became aware the student ceased attendance/participation.  Unofficial withdrawals may result in the recalculation and return of financial aid funds to the US Department of Education.  

Returning to NDSU and Outgoing Transfers

You are always welcome to return to NDSU!  Further information and reminders about this process may be found here:  Returning Students – Transfers (in/out).