Adding & Dropping Courses

GW bills according to a student’s registration. Whenever a student adds a course, another tuition charge and student association fee will be added to the bill. Main campus undergraduates who add courses will see tuition added until they reach full time status (12 credit hours). At that time, the account will reflect their fixed-tuition rate. If a main campus undergraduate student adds courses and their registration is for more than 18 credit hours (as of Fall 2019), additional tuition is applied at the current undergraduate per credit hour rate.

If courses are added after the start of the semester, students should remit payment for those courses immediately.

Courses dropped prior to the first day of the semester will result in a 100% refund. Courses dropped on or after the first day are subject to the refund schedule. The schedule details the way in which the tuition and fees will be prorated should a student drop courses or withdraw completely. Drop penalties are non-refundable.

Please note: Some programs have special refund schedules. Students are encouraged to consult with their program to determine if a special schedule applies.

After the semester begins students who wish to add a course and drop a course as an even exchange may do so without penalty. The courses must be of equal number of credits and the transactions must be made during the same calendar week. A program adjustment may incur tuition charges and fees if the adjustment is not an even exchange.

A student who wishes to withdraw from all courses during a given semester or summer session must submit a request for a complete withdrawal to the Registrar's Office. The deadline for a complete withdrawal is the end of the eighth week of classes during the fall and spring semesters and the end of the fourth week of classes for summer sessions.

Although a student may completely withdraw up until the end of the eighth week of classes, the student may not be eligible for a refund of their tuition. Students who are granted a complete withdrawal within the first four weeks of classes are subject to the university refund schedule. The student will receive a percentage of their tuition refunded based on the date their complete withdrawal was processed. After the fourth week of classes, students will not receive any refund of their tuition, unless they are enrolled in a tuition insurance plan and are withdrawing due to a covered reason. Drop penalties are non-refundable.

When a student withdraws, drops out, is dismissed, or takes a leave of absence from the University, we are required to recalculate the student's Title IV eligibility. For more information on the recalculation of Title IV funds, please review our Return of Title IV Funds Policy (PDF).