How to Withdraw

At Kent State University, students can withdraw from any or all courses through the 10th week of the semester.

Students who are enrolled in flexibly scheduled sections can withdraw until that course’s prorated deadline. After that time, students are considered to be committed to all remaining courses and must complete them.

If students are unable to complete the semester due to extreme circumstances that first occur after the deadline, students should:

  • Consult with course faculty to determine if an incomplete mark is an option.
  • Consider completing a Petition for Exception to Registration for a late withdrawal request involving documented unusual or extenuating circumstances.
  • Discuss options with their Academic Advisor if additional assistance is needed to determine next steps.

You are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in your college office to discuss the impact of withdrawal on your academic progress. If this meeting occurs before the withdrawal deadline, the advisor will be able to help you assess your situation before you make your decision. However, failure to meet with an advisor before the deadline does not justify a late course withdrawal after the deadline.

How to Withdraw from a Course

How Can I Withdraw From a Course?

To withdraw from courses follow the steps below:

  • Log into FlashLine
  • Click Student / Resources / Courses and Registration
  • Click on Add or Drop a Course
    • Follow the prompts when on the Add/Drop page, choose the appropriate option from the Action drop-down box for the selected course(s)
  • Click Submit Changes


Do I Need to Obtain Approval to Withdraw From a Course?
  • No approval is required to withdraw from a course during the withdrawal period.
When Can I Withdraw From a Course?
  • Course withdrawal is permitted through the 10th week of the fall or spring semester (prorated deadline for summer or flexibly scheduled courses).
  • If class beginning and/or ending dates are other than the regular session dates for a term, course withdrawal deadlines may be different. For these flexibly scheduled classes, you may determine the course withdrawal deadlines by following the steps below:
    • Log into FlashLine
    • Click on Student Dashboard
    • Click “Printable Schedule and Text Books”
    • Select the correct term for your course
    • Click on the green clock icon in the “Registration & Tuition Deadlines” column


    • Access the Detailed Class Search from the Schedule of Classes.
    • After locating the course, click on the "Registration Deadlines" link to determine course-specific dates. 


Can I Withdraw from a Course After the Deadline?
  • Students who wish to withdraw from a course after the deadline should consider completing a Petition for Exception to Registration. This petition is to be used for requesting registration/schedule adjustment transactions to your class schedule due to documented unusual or extenuating circumstances.

Important Information About Withdrawing from a Course

Before withdrawing, check the impact a withdrawal may have on your:

  • Medical Insurance - individual or family policy.
  • Auto Insurance - individual or family policy.
  • Current and future financial aid, including loan repayment.
  • Scholarship eligibility.
  • Athletic eligibility.
  • International and immigration status.
  • On-campus housing.
  • Academic progress - students who repeatedly withdraw from one or more classes are less likely to complete their degrees.

NOTE: Withdrawing from one or more of your classes for this semester may have negative consequences.

Course Withdrawal Implications

How Will a Course Withdrawal Appear on My Transcript?
  • Any course withdrawal(s) processed after the second week of the full semester will appear on the student's academic record with a grade of "W."
How Does a Course Withdrawal Affect Financial Aid?
  • Financial aid recipients must be aware that repeating a course, dropping a course, or withdrawing from a course can adversely affect their financial aid eligibility in a given term or their eligibility to receive aid in the future.
  • Visit the Aid Recalculation Due to Enrollment Activities page for more information.
How Does a Course Withdrawal Affect Degree Progress?
  • Course withdrawal may impact degree progress. Therefore, consult with your advisor prior to processing your course withdrawal.
Does Withdrawing from a Course Affect My On-Campus Housing?
  • Students living in residence halls who have withdrawn from all classes are required to move out of their rooms as soon as they have completed the transaction resulting in zero hours for the semester.
Am I Eligible for a Refund After I Withdraw From a Course?
  • Any applicable refund will be based solely on the date the course withdrawal transaction is completed on the registration system.
  • Please refer to the Bursar's website for more information.