Withdrawing from Classes

There are many things to consider if you plan to withdraw from the University.

Withdrawing with extenuating circumstances

There are four main reasons that are considered “extenuating circumstances.”

View the Four Reasons for Extenuating Circumstances
  • Personal/Family Emergency: Death in the family to include significant other, child, sibling, parent, grandparent(s) and/or request to care for a seriously ill child or other immediate family member.
  • Personal Hardship: Homelessness, divorce, fire and/or flooding of residence.
  • Medical/Mental Health Emergency: Situations due to medical and/or psychological circumstances. 
  • Military Orders: For students who are ordered to report for military duty (active duty, training etc.).

If you are considering a full or partial withdrawal from UNC Charlotte because of any of these circumstances, please review this withdrawal website for more information about your next steps.

Withdrawing without extenuating circumstances

If you are withdrawing from the university for a reason not listed above

Other Considerations

Financial Aid
Tuition & Fees
  • Students who fail to properly withdraw may be held liable for the charges on their account, including tuition, fees, housing and/or dining.
  • A refund, if any, is subject to the Withdrawal Tuition & Fees Adjustment Schedule.
On-Campus Housing

To request cancellation of your housing contract, view this page and submit a Housing Cancellation Request.

Health Insurance

You may lose your university health insurance. View this page for details.

Students with Internships/Co-ops

If you are enrolled in the University Career Center Experiential Learning 3500/6500 internship courses or working as a Co-op as a part of the Experiential Learning Program, contact the Career Center.

  • Once withdrawn from all classes, you will not be able to register for another class in the current term.
  • Withdrawing may affect your ability to register for future terms if you will owe a balance for return of financial aid. Refer to the “Financial Aid” section for additional information.

IMPORTANT NOTE – You are academically and financially responsible for the courses you enrolled in and are relieved of these responsibilities only by formally terminating enrollment.

Additional Resources

Counseling and Health Services

For students who are experiencing health or personal issues that are affecting their ability to stay in school, the University offers free and confidential counseling services and comprehensive health care services. More information on counseling is available at the Counseling Center’s website and health care services at the Student Health Center website.

Veteran Students

Contact Veteran Services to see how withdrawing may affect your benefits.

Graduate Students

Notify the Graduate Coordinator/Director of your program and your academic advisor in writing of your decision to withdraw. You are also encouraged to meet with the Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs in the Graduate School regarding your intent to withdraw. Withdrawal from the University may have financial consequences for students with tuition awards and/or graduate assistantships.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students Office works with students who experience a personal or medical crisis which prevents them from attending class for extended periods of time.

International Students

For information regarding International student implications, please visit the ISSO website.

Student Athletes and NCAA

If a student-athlete withdraws from the University they will be immediately ineligible and will be unable to meet NCAA continuing eligibility requirements for the next semester. Send an email to the Athletic Academic Center before withdrawing.