Class Withdrawal Information


For a variety of reasons, students sometimes cannot complete their classes as they expected. Student Central provides the following information to help students, faculty, staff, and other advisors determine the best course of action related to withdrawing from a class or classes. Additional information about withdrawing from classes can be found on 2450P Official Withdrawal from a Course/s (Procedures).

Official Withdrawal

To receive an official withdrawal, students must withdraw themselves from a class or classes by the specific quarter deadline posted on the Academic Calendar.

  • Students can avoid receiving a W grade on their transcripts, which signifies an official withdrawal, by withdrawing prior to the tenth instructional day of the quarter (earlier for summer quarter), as indicated on the Academic Calendar.
  • An official withdrawal does not affect a student’s Bellevue College Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • By federal regulation, financial aid limits the number of times a student receiving financial aid may repeat a class with a W grade to two additional times.
  • Students receiving financial aid should check with Student Central before withdrawing from a class or classes to see how the withdrawal may impact their eligibility for aid. Also refer to Withdrawal, Refunds and Repayments related to financial aid eligibility.
  • International students should not withdraw themselves from their classes without first consulting with the Office for International Education. While in this country, the Department of Homeland Security requires international students to attend their classes for the entire term. A W grade indicates a student stopped attending prior to the end of the quarter.

Withdrawing after the Deadline

Students who miss the Official Withdrawal deadline may ask for an exception if they experienced a non-medical, unexpected, unusual, or extenuating circumstance, which prevented them from withdrawing by the posted deadline. This option does not allow for a refund of tuition and fees, but if approved, does result in changing the record to an official W grade for the class(es) requested. To request a withdrawal after the deadline, please refer to the Student Central Appeal Process for additional information.

Students who withdraw, or are unable to complete the quarter due to a medical situation or military deployment, may ask for a refund of tuition and fees. Refunds are governed by state law and are only permitted for medical and military deployment reasons. If approved, the student’s record is changed to an official W grade/s for the quarter requested. To request a medical or military deployment withdrawal, please refer to the Student Central Appeal Process for additional information.


Last Updated November 6, 2020