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Student Withdrawals and Drops
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a drop and a withdrawal?

A drop occurs when students are removed from a course between the start date and the first 10% of the course. A course that is dropped does not appear on the student’s transcript and is eligible for a 75% tuition refund.

A withdrawal occurs after the 10% point of the course and appears on the student’s transcript. Withdrawals are not eligible for tuition refunds.

Will I have a grade on my transcript for a withdrawn class?

Yes. For current students, course withdrawals will show on your transcript with a grade of “W” for withdraw. For previous students, course withdrawal grades may be W, WP, WF, or WU depending on the policy in place at the time of the withdrawal.

Can I withdraw at any point?

You can only withdrawal from a course prior to the 90% point in the section. The last date to withdraw is posted on the Academic Calendar for each section. 

Who should I contact if I am considering withdrawing or dropping a course?

You should first contact your advisor to see if withdrawing or dropping a course will negatively impact your education and career plan. If it is absolutely necessary to withdraw or drop a course and you receive Financial Aid, you must also speak with a Financial Aid advisor to determine if you will be required to repay the funding that you received. If you receive Veterans Education Benefits, you must speak with the Veterans’ Coordinator to determine if you will be required to repay those benefits.

What happens if my instructor withdraws me?

Individual instructors may have attendance requirements in their class. If you violate the course specific attendance policy, the instructor can withdraw you. You have the right to appeal an instructor-initiated withdrawal.

If you wish to appeal an instructor-initiated withdrawal, you must submit a written request of appeal to the instructor. This appeal must be received within one week of the withdrawal date and include documentation for each absence. You should continue to attend class, complete assignments, and take tests while the appeal is pending. If the instructor does not allow readmittance to the course, you can submit your appeal to the Department Chair and Vice President for Instruction. The decision of the Vice President for Instruction is final.

Always contact your advisor to update your education and career plan. If you receive Financial Aid, you must also speak with a Financial Aid advisor to determine if you will be required to repay funding you received. If you receive Veterans Education Benefits, you must speak with the Veterans’ Coordinator to determine if you will be required to repay those benefits.

How do I withdraw from a course?

In order to withdraw from a course, you must complete a Student Initiated Withdrawal Form. You are encouraged to thoroughly read the refund policies in the Student Handbook and discuss the impact of withdrawing from a class with your instructor, your advisor, a member of the financial aid staff, and the Veterans’ Coordinator (if applicable).

Can I drop or withdraw from a course online using WebAdvisor or Self-Service?

No. However, the Student Initiated Withdrawal Form may be completed online.

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Fax: (910) 582-7102
Mail: PO Box 1189
Hamlet, NC 28345
Email: jmmcdonald@richmondcc.edu or ccholmes@richmondcc.edu

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Student Initiated Withdrawal Form

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