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Before You Drop

If you are considering making changes to your enrollment with Columbia College Chicago, it is important to contact College Advising Center and, if you were awarded federal financial aid funds, Student Financial Services.

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Course Drops

Within the first 2 weeks of semester  Full Refund of Tuition and Fees of Coursework Dropped

Students may drop courses during the first two weeks of the semester and receive a full refund of tuition and fees for coursework dropped. Dropped coursework is not included on your academic record and is not considered when determining your financial aid eligibility.

Course Withdrawals

After the first 2 weeks of semester through the 8th week  No change in Financial Aid                                                  

Students do not receive any refunds for tuition and fees associated with course withdrawals. Course withdrawal refers to students who withdraw from one or more courses, but not all courses.  These courses are included in the calculation of a student’s financial aid eligibility and will show up on a student’s academic record as a ‘W’.

In particular circumstances, a student’s course withdrawal may have an impact on federal financial aid. Please be sure to contact Student Financial Services with questions about this. 

Complete Official Withdrawals

After the first 2 weeks of semester through the 8th week  Subject to Financial Aid Reduction 

Students receiving federal financial aid who completely withdraw from all of their coursework during a semester are subject to a reduction to their financial aid award. The date of a student’s withdrawal generally determines the amount of the reduction.

Complete Unofficial Withdrawals

After the first 2 weeks of semester through the 8th week → Subject to Financial Aid Reduction

Students receiving federal financial aid who do not earn any credits (earn passing grades) at the end of a semester are also subject to a reduction to their financial aid award. The last date of attendance or academic activity for each course that the student received a failing grade generally determines the amount of the reduction.

Other Considerations

There are other areas that may be impacted if you drop or withdraw from some or all of your coursework for the semester. It is important to consider these when making your decision:

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP)

It is important that while you are making changes to your enrollment with Columbia College Chicago, this could potentially impact your SAP status.

For more information on the academic statuses click here.

LOANS

If you have borrowed federal loans…

If you drop below 6 credit hours or completely withdraw from the semester, it will affect your federal loan deferment status. If you currently have loans, your loans will lose their in-school deferment status after you drop/withdraw and you may need to start repaying your loans. If you have questions about your loan repayment obligations, contact your Loan Servicer.

If you have borrowed private educational loans…

If you drop below 6 credit hours or completely withdraw from the semester, it may impact the terms of repayment on your private educational loan(s). In some cases, your lender may require you to begin repayment immediately. In other cases, a lender might also require you to continue making payments even if you enroll next semester. If you are considering dropping below 6 credits or withdrawing from the semester, you should contact your lender.

CAMPUS HOUSING

If you are living on-campus…

Contact Residence Life if you are considering withdrawing from the semester. Students are required to be actively enrolled in order to remain in campus housing.

HEALTH INSURANCE

If you receive insurance or benefits…

Many insurance (health, auto, etc.) or benefit policies require active full-time enrollment. Check with your or your parent’s insurance or benefit provider(s) before you decide to drop or withdraw.