Add/drop/withdrawal

A significant benefit of online courses is flexibility, and we understand that you may need to adjust your plans for any number of reasons.

Before you get started

Keep in mind that adding, dropping or withdrawing can have an impact on your degree path or your financial aid. Remember you can always talk to your academic adviser or your financial aid adviser if you aren’t sure about your next steps.

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Add

Your first step is to check university dates and deadlines to see if you are still able to add a course. In general, you have a larger window of time to add courses for self-paced courses than for semester-based courses.

Registration dates

If you are past those deadlines, you will need to fill out a form and get a signature to add, drop or withdraw from courses or the term.

When you’re ready, add your course by logging into myZou. First time using myZou? Learn more.

If a hold has been placed on your account

You may not be able to update your courses for financial or academic reasons. Within myZou, click on “Details” to find information on who to contact to have the hold removed. After taking care of that, you can add, drop or withdraw.

If your course is already full or restricted

For courses that are full or if students do not meet the prerequisites, we ask that students email mizzouonlinenondegree@missouri.edu for permission (for both degree-seeking and nondegree-seeking students).

You will not be able to enroll in the course until you receive a permission number via official Mizzou email. Then you can return to myZou and add the course.

Late registration

Keep in mind that, if you aren’t taking any other courses at the time of adding a course, you will need to pay a late registration fee. This only applies to semester-based courses.

More about late registration

Drop

The timing for dropping a course depends upon your type of course. If you drop the course within the following time frames, it will not appear on your official transcript:

  • 6-month max to finish: Within the first two months of enrolling
  • 16-week or 8-week session courses: Within the stated drop period set by the academic calendar

You may drop courses through myZou unless:

  • It is your last or only course (which means a withdrawal)
  • It is past the last day to drop without a grade
  • There is a hold on your account

If you can’t drop your course through myZou, use the course withdrawal form.

Withdraw

The main difference between withdrawing and dropping is that, if withdrawing, the course will appear on your transcript with either a grade of “W” or “F,” depending on your performance. If you leave the course or withdraw from the university after the following time frames, it will be counted as a withdrawal:

  • 6-month max to finish: After the first two months of enrolling
  • 16-week or 8-week session courses: After the stated drop period as set by the academic calendar

In both cases, you should inform the university of your withdrawal no later than one week (seven days) before the course ends.

To withdraw from a course, you’ll need to fill out the course withdrawal form and learn more about withdrawing from the university.

Financial implications of dropping or withdrawing

You are financially responsible for all course-related fees at the time of enrollment, and the longer you wait to drop or withdraw, the smaller your refund or fee assessment will be.

When you drop or withdraw, the amount of tuition refunded or the amount by which your bill is reduced will be based on the university's reassessment schedule, the date you officially begin the class and the date written notification is received by your university academic area. It will not be based on your last date of course attendance or participation. See the current fee reassessment schedule.

If you are taking a 6-month self-paced course, your fee reassessment will depend on the start date of the course, not the date you register or start taking the course. For a full refund, you also will need to drop your class within eight days of when you started the course. The Cashiers Office has prepared a spreadsheet that lets you enter the date you registered for the course and your drop date so you can estimate your refund or fee reassessment. Download the self-paced fee reassessment spreadsheet.

If you end up with a credit balance that you would like to save for future courses, you can complete a form with the Cashiers Office. Learn more about the refund and fee reassessment process for online students.

If you receive financial aid and are considering dropping a course, the Student Financial Aid office encourages you to contact them first so you can discuss how this will affect your financial aid package.

Add

Need to add a class to your schedule? You may add classes on your own through the “official last day to enroll.” Learn more about the process for adding a class.

Drop

UMSL provides the ability for you to drop classes within a few parameters. Learn more about the process for dropping a class.

Withdraw

If you wish to withdraw from all of your classes for a semester, you must complete the necessary procedures to officially withdraw from the university.

Financial implications of dropping or withdrawing

You are financially responsible for all course-related fees at the time of enrollment, and the longer you wait to drop or withdraw, the smaller your refund or fee assessment will be. Contact the Cashiers Office with any questions about your refund or fee assessment.

See more dates and deadlines on the UMSL academic calendar.

Add/drop/withdrawal policy

Learn more about the add/drop/withdraw policies for distance students.

See more dates and deadlines on the Missouri S&T academic calendar.

Add

Need to add a class to your schedule? You may add classes on your own through the first week of the semester. Learn more about the process for adding a class.

Drop

UMKC provides the ability for you to drop classes within a few parameters. Learn more about the process for dropping a class.

Withdraw

If you wish to withdraw from all of your classes for a semester, you must complete an Exit Interview Questionnaire.

Financial implications of dropping or withdrawing

You are financially responsible for all course-related fees at the time of enrollment, and the longer you wait to drop or withdraw, the smaller your refund or fee assessment will be. Contact the Cashiers Office with any questions about your refund or fee assessment.

See more dates and deadlines on the UMKC academic calendar.