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Consider These Options Before You Decide to Drop a Course

The below article appeared in an October 2017 issue of the student newsletter.

Classes can get stressful, and it can seem easy to just drop a course and be done with it.

But don’t do that! At least, not just yet. Here are some options to consider before you decide to drop a course:

  • Talk to your instructor: They all care about your success, not only in their course, but in your overall education. Be upfront with them, and let them know if you’re struggling or need help. Your instructor can help by letting you know where you stand in the course and figure out if there’s any make-up work you can do.
  • Take advantage of DCCCD support services: Talk to an advisor. Spend a bit of extra time at your campus library. Check out the DCCCD Journey to Success program to improve your study habits. Participate in any different form of tutoring, including one-on-one tutoring and online tutoring.
All these resources can help you meet your educational goals without having to drop a course!

Effects of Dropping/Withdrawing

Something else to consider: Dropping too many classes without an acceptable reason could affect your GPA. When you drop a class, you get a grade of “W.” But once you get to your seventh drop, you will get a grade of “WF,” which is recorded on your GPA as an “F.”

Think about money, too. If you’re getting financial aid, remember if you withdraw from school during the semester, you may have to return some of the money you’ve received. Look over both the Return of Federal Title IV Funds Policy and our refund policy so you know when refund dates are coming up.

How to Drop or Withdraw

If you decide to drop and you have an acceptable reason, there’s good news! You can drop or withdraw from credit classes in three ways:

In person
By mail or fax

For more information, see Dropping or Withdrawing From Classes.