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Drop/Add Policy

Adding Courses

Also called Schedule Revision, the Drop/Add Policy is published in the GVSU Catalog. "Schedule revision, or drop/add is held concurrently with all registrations. A student may drop or add any course for which prerequisites have been met and capacity permits. Additional tuition charges are due when a student adds a credit. Under exceptional circumstances a student may be allowed to add a course after the add deadline. Students are able to register for courses through the first week of each semester, with registration closing at 5 pm on the Friday of the first week of classes. If adding a course late, the completed transaction, accompanied by support from the instructor, department chair, and college dean, must include a $25 late add fee and any additional tuition.

Late Add of a Course Offered within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Instructions on how to request permission to add a course after the drop/add deadline.

Dropping/Withdrawing from Course(s)

During open course enrollment students are able to drop a course at anytime. Once the first week of the semester is completed, students are no longer able to drop a course without receiving a W on their transcript. It is possible to withdraw from a course up until mid-term time. To see the specific deadline date, please view important dates and deadlines.

Dropping a course, especially if doing so reduces your credit hours for a semester below 12 credit hours (full-time status), can significantly affect eligibility for financial aid, athletics, Greek life housing, etc. Before dropping a course, be sure to:

  • Check with the Financial Aid Office at (616) 331-3234 if you receive any type of financial aid
  • Talk to your course instructor
  • Consult an academic advisor
  • Refer to our decision tree which lists the many factors to take into serious consideration when deciding whether or not to drop a course

A course withdrawal after the late withdrawal deadline may be possible under truly extenuating and unusual circumstances. Late withdrawals are NEVER granted due to poor performance in a course. If you think that your situation warrants a late withdrawal, discuss it with your instructor, faculty advisor or professional advisor as soon as the situation becomes apparent.

Complete Withdrawal from Courses

Before electing to do a complete withdrawal from courses, please consult with your faculty or a CLAS academic advisor. A complete withdrawal may be completed up until the Friday (at 5 pm) before final exams. Complete withdrawals are for truly exceptional circumstances.