Office of the University Registrar

Current Quarter Drop

The Current Quarter Drop process replaces the Annual Drop process as of Autumn quarter 2020.

Overview and Timeline

Several UW policies affect when and how you can drop classes. Each quarter, you may add and drop classes with no restrictions until the end of the second week of the quarter (the Unrestricted Drop period). After that, you may drop one class between the 3rd to 7th weeks (the Late Course Drop period) using MyUW. To drop more than one class during the Late Course Drop period, you may use the Adviser-Assisted Drop Process. Review the tuition forfeiture policy when considering dropping — you may not get all your tuition back.

Current Quarter Drop timeline graphic

Current Quarter Drop Timeline

  Unrestricted Drop Period Late Course Drop Period
Autumn 2020 Wednesday, October 7
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Wednesday, October 14
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Winter 2021 Monday, January 11
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Monday, January 17
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Spring 2021 Monday, April 5
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Monday, April 12
Sunday, May 16, 2021

Unrestricted Drop Period

Through the second week of the quarter, you can add and drop freely starting from MyUW. These drops will not show up on your transcript. You will be charged a $20 Change of Registration Fee for all registration changes made on a single day during this period. Review the tuition forfeiture policy when considering dropping — you may not get all your tuition back.

Late Course Drop Period

Between weeks 3 and 7, you have two options for dropping classes.

How to Use Your Quarterly Drop

You may drop one course per quarter using your self-serve Quarterly Drop via MyUW. The Quarterly Drop replaced the Annual Drop in Autumn 2020. To use your self-serve Quarterly Drop, follow the same instructions as for the Unrestricted Drop Period.

How to Use the Adviser-Assisted Drop Request Process

If you have already used your self-serve Quarterly Drop, or if you know you want to drop more than one course, you will use the Adviser-Assisted Drop process.

NOTE: You must submit the Adviser-Assisted Drop Request to begin the process before the end of week 7.
Autumn Quarter: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Winter Quarter: Friday, February 19, 2021
Spring Quarter: Friday, May 14, 2021

With the Adviser-Assisted Drop Request Process, you will submit a form that sends an email to your adviser(s), as well as a copy for you. You will connect with your adviser(s) to discuss what you want to do, and the adviser(s) will then communicate with the registration team on your campus to drop the classes. Submitting the form does not automatically drop your courses. You must connect and communicate with your adviser(s).

Current Quarter Drop student workflow graphic

Current Quarter Drop student workflow

Before You Start the Adviser-Assisted Drop Request Process

  • Review the tuition forfeiture policy when considering dropping — you may not get all your tuition back.
  • Decide which classes you want to drop, and get their SLNs (5-digit code) from the Registration page.
  • See below to review the conditions and provisions that you must agree to as part of this process.
  • For F-1 or J-1 international students with an I-20 or DS-2019 form, your international student advising office will also receive a copy of your Adviser-Assisted Drop Request. You will work with them to get advice on the impact of your drop request on your F-1 or J-1 status.
  • For NCAA athletes, Student Athlete Advising Services will also receive a copy of your Adviser-Assisted Drop Request. You will work with them to ensure that your drop request complies with NCAA academic requirements.

Start a Late Course Drop Process

Use either of these processes if you need to drop classes after Week 2 of the quarter.

Current Quarter Drop Conditions and Provisions

If you intend to drop courses, you must read, understand, and acknowledge the following provisions of the Current Quarter Drop policy. These provisions will be included in the Adviser-Assisted Drop Request form.

  • Agency: Students take full responsibility for any ramifications from choosing to drop classes.
  • Funding Status: Changing your registration can have a negative impact on funding status depending on the student’s personal circumstances.
  • Timeline: The Current Quarter Drop (self-serve Quarterly Drop via MyUW and Adviser-Assisted Drop Request) may be used during Weeks 3-7 of the current quarter.
  • CQD Step 1: The student may use the self-serve Quarterly Drop for (1) one class for the current quarter via MyUW prior to submitting a request for additional drops.
  • Deadline: The student must submit the request form by the established deadline in order to be considered and processed by the campus registration team by the last date of instruction of the given quarter.
  • Advising Discussion: When contacted, students are responsible for discussing with their academic, program, degree adviser(s) and/or advising team to proceed with the drop process.
  • Advising: The adviser reviewing the drop request does not decide on the ability to drop the class(es). Rather, they advise the student on academic history and make sure the student has evaluated the risks and consequences associated with dropping classes during the current quarter.
  • Approval to Drop: When advising steps are completed and the adviser(s) forward the request to the registration team, the student is authorizing the respective campus registration team to drop the identified classes.
  • Drops are Final: Classes dropped from a student’s schedule may not be reversed.
  • Change of Registration Fee: The $20 fee will be assessed for any Drop (and Add) changes in a given day.
  • Tuition Refunds: The timing of when classes are dropped will determine whether different tuition refund policies will be applicable. The student is responsible for reviewing all of Student Fiscal Services’ deadlines and policies, and following the separate procedures related to the tuition refund processes.
  • Transcript Notation: Dropped classes will carry an annotation of RD for Registrar Drop on the academic transcript. The credits and GPA points associated with the RD dropped class(es) will not appear on the academic transcript, but the class abbreviation, class number, and the annotation RD will appear. The RD annotation cannot be removed.

The student is responsible for any consequences from class(es) being dropped including any impact on financial aid status/eligibility, international visa status/eligibility, intercollegiate status/eligibility, degree progress, paying any remaining tuition forfeiture balances, employment status, and any other status impacted by enrollment levels.