Simply informing an instructor or not attending class will not protect you from consequences to your grade or your financial responsibilities.

In some circumstances, dropping a class can be the right decision, but can sometimes create obstacles to starting back up later. Before you make this choice, we recommend that you connect with your academic advisor to clarify questions and concerns and plan a way to move forward.

Before You Drop a Class

How to Drop a Class

  • Log into the portal at
  • Click on the Registration tile
  • Click on Drop/Withdraw from a Class
  • Navigate to your term
  • Click drop

If you want to withdraw from ALL of your courses, you must use the drop form or contact any CCV academic center. Please download and save the form to your computer before entering your information.

What Happens When You Drop a Class?

  • Deadlines for dropping without a grade or withdrawing (W grade) vary by course. To find this information, review the course description in your Canvas course site or on the Course Schedule.
  • A course dropped during the official Drop Period (normally through the third week of a semester for non-accelerated courses) will not appear on a student’s academic transcript. Precise dates for each section are listed in the course description.
  • If a course is dropped and a similar course is added at the same time, within the official add/drop period, there is no financial penalty.
  • After the official Add/Drop Period, and through 60% of the duration of the course (normally the 9th week in a 15-week semester), the course is listed with a grade of W on the official transcript.
  • After 60% of the duration of a class, the student receives the grade earned at the end of the semester unless a special withdrawal is granted with approval of the academic dean or designee.

How Dropping a Class Affects Financial Aid

  • If you drop a course by the day before the 3rd class meeting, you will not receive federal and state grants for that class and may be subject to a bill.
  • If you have a loan and you drop below six credits, you will lose your loan if it has not been disbursed to CCV.
  • If you stop attending all of your classes or drop all of them, your federal financial aid (Direct Stafford loans and Pell, and SEOG grants) will be prorated to the last date of attendance. This will most likely result in owing a balance to CCV.
  • If you drop in the first three weeks but stay enrolled in and attend at least three credits, you will not be eligible for aid for the dropped courses and your federal financial aid will be adjusted. Pell, VSAC, SEOG grants, Direct Stafford loans, and work-study ALL are affected by dropping a class.
  • Scholarships may be withdrawn or reduced.
  • Veteran’s benefits may also be reduced or cancelled. Check with the VA office handling your claim.
  • One day can make a difference.

Your academic standing and future financial aid eligibility could be jeopardized if you drop a class.

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