Dropping | Adding | Withdrawing from classes


Please visit colum.edu/records for specific registration deadlines. Students will have a limited time to add and drop classes. Registration deadlines may vary depending on the duration and start date of the specific course. Students may make changes to their class schedules (i.e., add or drop classes) at any time prior to the end of the official revision period. Students should be aware of the difference between dropping and withdrawing from a class and the impact it may have on their balance and financial aid.

If a student drops a course before the posted deadline, the course will not appear on the student’s academic record and charges will not appear on the student account. Course withdrawals will appear on the record as W (withdrawal), and it will impact a student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Students are required to attend their classes during the program revision period, and failure to attend a class will result in a “No Show” (NS) grade which is equivalent to a course withdrawal. Students are strongly advised to consult with a academic advisor in the College Advising Center before deciding to withdraw from a class. 

Late Withdrawals

Columbia College Chicago recognizes there may be significant extenuating and mitigating circumstances affecting students (death of a relative, significant change in personal circumstances, etc.). A student may petition for an administrative withdrawal from classes after the end of the official withdrawal period by submitting a petition supported by appropriate documentation. An administrative withdrawal after the end of the semester will not be permitted if the petition is submitted later than two consecutive semesters (including the summer semester) following the semester in question. Petitions for administrative withdrawals are evaluated and approved or denied by the College Advising Center and Student Financial Services. Students may appeal a denied petition to the Assistant Vice President of SFS and the Assistant Provost for Academic Services. Their joint decision will be final. 

Tuition Refund Schedule

Columbia College Chicago processes refunds for over payments on charges. 100% of the charges from courses dropped by the college’s published drop date may be refunded if this causes a credit balance. A withdrawal from a course (see above) is charged at 100%. Visit colum.edu/refunds to learn how refunds are issued.