Withdrawal from the University

Important message from the Records & Registration Office

Due to the ongoing public health situation, some changes have taken place to Fall registration, transcripts ordering, and office procedures:

  1. Registration for Fall 2020 will be closed for longer than normal so that departments can adjust their Fall schedules to fit into the new social distancing and health safety guidelines. Students will be able to adjust their schedules and continue registering starting July 27th. Non-degree seeking special students will be able to start registering August 10th.
  2. Most staff in the Records and Registration Office are working remotely during normal business hours. Please contact us using our email at records@uwlax.edu. If you do call our number and no one answers, please leave a message and your call will be returned either by email or phone as soon as possible.
  3. In addition, we cannot take transcript requests in person. Please order electronically. Current students may use the Official Transcript link in their WINGS Student Center. Former students may use the "Order a Transcript Now" link on our Transcript page. The link to the Transcript page is below this message. 
  4. There may be a delay in processing the transcript requests for students who attended UWL prior to 1991, transcript requests sent in the mail, or requests for transcripts to be sent through regular postal mail. If the health situation requires our minimal office staff to return to working from home, the delay could add 1-2 weeks of processing time.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the temporary undergraduate S/U Grading Policy for Spring 2020

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.