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Important Information About Dropping a Class

Last updated on September 26, 2019

The Spring 2019 semester is quickly coming to a close and there are a couple of important dates we want to remind you about.

  • Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of “W” is Wednesday, April 17.
  • Final exams are Monday, May 13, through Thursday, May 16.

With the drop date around the corner, allow us to give you some things to think about before you drop a class. We know that you have a lot going on and sometimes the class workload is too much or you have personal reasons for dropping a class. Know before you drop that there may be some challenges down the road, here are some things to keep in mind.

Three Reasons to Stop Before You Drop:

  • Graduation requirements. If you need a class to graduate, dropping it may delay your graduation date. If you have to drop, it’s important to consider whether you will be able to take the class again in the future and if you can make it up in time.
  • Impact on financial aid. Before you drop a class, be sure to double-check a few things with the Financial Aid Office. You will want to check on the number of credits required for you to keep your scholarships, grants or loans.
  • Impact on transcript. When dropping a class after the drop deadline, you will receive a grade of “W” for that class on your transcript. Keep in mind that any dropped classes will be reflected on your transcript even after graduation.

Are you still considering dropping a class? If so, that’s perfectly normal and we get it—things come up. Here’s what you need to know about dropping a class at Dallas Community Colleges. If you are taking credit classes, you are responsible for withdrawing formally from the class or classes. You can drop or withdraw from credit classes in three ways:

  1. In person—Be sure to visit the Admissions/Registrar’s Office and complete a drop/withdrawal form.
  2. Online—You can drop classes through eConnect. Check out requirements to see if you are eligible for online registration to drop or withdraw online.
  3. By mail or fax—You will need to print the drop form and fill it out. Once your form is complete, you can mail or fax it to the Admissions/Registrar’s Office. Be aware that you must give at least one reason why you are dropping each class. Your form must be postmarked or date-stamped on a date prior to or on the last day to drop the class. Be sure to include your photo ID with your form.

Dropping Classes and State Law

Please note that under Texas law (TEC Section 51.907), there is a limit to dropping classes. You cannot drop more than six classes without an acceptable reason during your undergraduate years without penalty. Need more information? Check out our catalog or read Facts About Dropping Classes. It’s also important to note if you drop or withdraw before the official drop deadline, you will receive a grade of “W” in each class dropped until the seventh unacceptable drop. At the seventh drop, you will receive a grade of “WF” and each unacceptable drop after that. A grade of “WF” will be calculated into your GPA as an “F.”

Financial Aid and Dropping Classes

If you’re receiving financial aid and completely withdraw during the semester, or quit attending, but fail to officially withdraw, you may be required to return a portion of the financial aid money that you received.

Still Have Questions?

If you still have questions about dropping a class or need assistance, please contact your Admissions/Registrar’s Office.


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