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Cancellations, Drops, Withdrawals & Tuition Appeals


Students who notify the university they will not be attending prior to the start of the semester will be considered a cancellation.  

If you notify the university after the start of the semester that you will not be attending UWSP, you will be considered a withdrawal. See the additional information under WITHDRAWALS below.

Course Drops

The refund schedule below applies to course drops. Keep in mind, however, that any refund or assessment of additional fees will be based on the net result of the credits you add and/or drop in relation to the appropriate refund period. In other words, whether you are entitled to a refund or will be billed for additional fees will depend on the date you drop credits as well as the "begin and end" dates of the course.

WARNING!! Dropping and adding courses may increase your fees.  After the 100% refund period, the credits for dropped courses remain in the total number of credits used to calculate your fees. Courses dropped and added after this period do not offset each other for cost purposes; therefore, your semester cost may increase.

Special Course fees: Some courses require additional fees to cover the cost of materials and services beyond those usually provided. These fees are charged in addition to the tuition cost. Special course fees are non-refundable after the first week of class.


To withdraw from the university, a student must complete the process described in Withdrawal from the University .

Charge reductions for a complete official withdrawal from the university will be made according to the following percentages:

Withdrawal During (Week #)*

Session Length (weeks)
​Week 1
​Week 2
​Week 3
​Week 4
​Week 5
12 or more​​100%
8 through 11​100%​​50%
5 through 7​100%​50%​0%​0%​0%​
3 through 4​100%​25%​0%​0%​0%​

* Weeks run from Session start date for class drops and withdrawal calculations. 

SPECIAL NOTE TO FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS WHO WITHDRAW: You may be required to repay all or a portion of the aid received and/or forfeit your financial aid eligibility. Contact the Financial Aid and Veteran Services Office for details.

MEDICAL WITHDRAWAL POLICY: A medical withdrawal may be granted in instances where a student is faced with a serious or unexpected condition that completely precludes the student from being able to function as a student and in which the regular university withdrawal process and refund schedule is not appropriate.  Students seeking a medical withdrawal should complete a Tuition Appeal (see below) after they have withdrawn from the University.

Tuition Appeals

Requests for a reduction of all or a portion of tuition charges due to extremely extenuating and unexpected circumstances may be submitted in writing to the Tuition Appeals Committee through Student Financial Services on the Tuition Appeals form. Supporting documentation and justification must accompany the form. This process is a separate process from an academic appeal. A student’s right to file an appeal ends at one year after the end of the term in question, or when a student’s billing account has been sent to a collection agency, whichever is first.   Questions regarding Tuition Appeals should be direct to Student Financial Services, or 715-346-2118.

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