Withdrawal from the University

Withdrawal from the university is a matter of major importance. Students considering withdrawal from school should discuss the matter with an academic advisor, program director, and/or dean prior to initiating action. The official date of withdrawal from all classes will be recorded on the permanent academic record if the student withdraws after classes begin.

UWL uses the term withdraw to formally indicate that a student has dropped or will drop all courses for a given term.  Withdrawing from the university differs from dropping one or several classes within a given term, because as long as a student retains at least one class, the student is still considered to be registered for that semester.

Specific dates and deadlines for each term can be found on the Records and Registration website.

Getting started with the withdrawal process

Please consult the Student Life Office (149 Graff Main Hall) to start the withdrawal process or with questions about withdrawing.

Registration fees & refund information

Withdrawal procedures must be fully completed before a withdrawal becomes official.  An official withdrawal entitles a student to a refund of fees when the withdrawal date falls within a refund period.  The official date of withdrawal is the date the withdrawal form is received in the Records and Registration Office.  If you withdraw from the university within 10 business days from the start of your classes, you will incur a $75.00 charge ($25.00 registration if applicable, + $50.00 withdrawal fee).  The withdrawal fee will be added to your WINGS account and reflected on the next billing statement. After the first 10 days, the date of your withdrawal will affect your refund. Please refer to the Cashier's site for exact refund deadlines.

Note:  Most 3rd party providers do not pay a withdrawal fee.

Final steps

Once your Withdrawal process is underway, please take some time to fill out the Withdrawal Survey so the University may learn about why you're withdrawing and if there is anything the University can do better.