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Read through this checklist for instructions on discontinuing from the University. If you have further questions, read through the Discontinuance FAQs.

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What is Discontinuance?

Discontinuance means withdrawing from ALL classes for a semester/term.

  • If you choose to discontinue (withdraw from ALL classes), read through each tab in this checklist for further instructions.
  • If you want to withdraw from some classes, but not all, you can do so in MyMAP until the withdraw deadline (click the Do It link on the 'Login to MyMAP' task below). Click the Do It link on the 'View Academic Calendar' task below to see upcoming deadlines.
  • For more information about deciding between withdrawing from some classes or discontinuing from all classes, click here.
     

Important Note:

  • Newly admitted students (new freshman, transfer, former students)
    • If you discontinue from the first semester or term to which you were admitted, you will lose your admission status. In order to attend future semesters at BYU you will need to reapply. Schedule an appointment with a BYU OneStop Counselor (D-148 ASB, 801-422-4104) to discuss reapplying.
  • Continuing Students
    • Continuing students who discontinue from a major semester (fall or winter) will have that semester count as a leave of absence.  Students are allowed only one leave of absence per academic year. Read through the OneStop Leave of Absence checklist for more information. 
    • Discontinuing from a spring/summer term does not affect your status for fall semester unless spring/summer was the first semester to which you were admitted.
  • Missionaries
    • Students who discontinue and then leave on a mission should meet with a BYU OneStop  Counselor to discuss the situation. You should also review the OneStop Missionary Checklist to make sure everything is in order at BYU before you leave.
  • International Students
    • International students are generally not allowed to withdraw below 12 credits during a semester. Contact the International Student Services Office (801-422-2695) to make sure you are eligible to discontinue.

Instructions for Discontinuing

Winter 2017 Dates and Deadlines

January 9 - First day of class

January 17 - Add/drop deadline

March 21 - Withdraw deadline

April 5 - Discontinuance deadline

Instructions for discontinuing are different depending on the time in the semester that you discontinue. Please click one of the options below for more information (refer to the list of dates and deadlines above):

  1. I am discontinuing before the first day of classes.
  2. I am discontinuing after classes start, but on or before the add/drop deadline.
  3. I am discontinuing after the add/drop deadline, but on or before the withdraw deadline.
  4. I am discontinuing after the withdraw deadline.
  5. I am discontinuing after the discontinuance deadline.

1.  Discontinuance before the first day of classes

  • You can discontinue before classes start by clicking the "Drop All Classes" link on the Register page in MyMAP.
  • You are not charged tuition if you discontinue by the add/drop deadline.
  • Consequence to transcript:
    • No withdraw date is posted on the transcript if all classes are dropped before the first day of the semester or term.
  • If you discontinue from the first semester or term you were admitted you will lose your admission status, and should contact a BYU OneStop Counselor (801-422-4104) about reapplying.

2. Discontinuance on or before the add/drop deadline

  • You can discontinue until the add/drop deadline by clicking the “Drop All Classes” link on the Register page in MyMAP.
  • You are not charged tuition if you discontinue by the add/drop deadline. If you have already paid tuition you will be refunded.
  • Consequence to transcript:
    • If you discontinue on or after the first day of the semester or term there will be a withdraw date shown on the transcript. (Only a withdraw date will be recorded on the transcript; no courses or official W's will show if classes are dropped by the add/drop deadline.)
  • If you discontinue from the first semester or term you were admitted you will lose your admission status, and should contact a BYU OneStop Counselor (801-422-4104) about reapplying.

3. Discontinuance on or before the withdraw deadline

  • If you discontinue after the add/drop deadline but on or before the withdraw deadline, you are required to submit a Request for Discontinuance Form. (*If you're using Mozilla Firefox, download the form first to enable the interactive form features.)
  • Tuition charges/refunds are pro-rated according to the date you discontinue and the percentage outlined by the Tuition Refund Chart. If you received scholarships or financial aid, you may be required to pay some or all of the aid back. Click here to read more about discontinuing with aid.
  • Consequences to transcript:
    • Discontinuance after the add/drop deadline will show as a 'W' for each course on the transcript.
  • If you discontinue from the first semester or term you were admitted you will lose your admission status, and should contact a BYU OneStop Counselor (801-422-4104) about reapplying.

4. Discontinuance after the withdraw deadline

  • If you discontinue after the withdraw deadline, you are required to:
    1. Submit the Request for Discontinuance Form. (*If you're using Mozilla Firefox, download the form first to enable the interactive form features.)
    2. Obtain signatures from the instructor of each class you were enrolled in. There is a place on the back of the Request for Discontinuance form where you should obtain these signatures.
  • Tuition charges/refunds are pro-rated according to the date you discontinue and the percentage outlined by the Tuition Refund Chart. If you received scholarships or financial aid, you may be required to pay some or all of the aid back. Click here to read more about discontinuing with aid.
  • Consequences to transcript:
    • At this point you (the student) are responsible for the grades earned. Each instructor will indicate an official withdrawal passing (W) or an official withdrawal failing (WE).
  • If you discontinue from the first semester or term you were admitted you will lose your admission status, and should contact a BYU OneStop Counselor (801-422-4104) about reapplying.

5. Discontinuance AFTER the discontinuance deadline.

After the discontinuance deadline if non-academic circumstances arise, students can work with their instructors to get an Incomplete contract or students can submit a petition to the Petition Services Office (B-150 ASB).

*If you discontinue from the first semester or term you were admitted you will lose your admission status, and should contact a BYU OneStop Counselor (801-422-4104) about reapplying

Winter 2017 Tuition Refund Chart

Discontinuance DateTuition ChargedTuition Refunded
Through January 17
0%100%
January 18 - 29
15%85%
Jan 30 - March 5
25%75%
March 6 - 21
50%50%
Starting March 22
100%0%

How Discontinuing affects Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are a number of ways in which discontinuance may affect your financial aid and scholarships, mostly depending on the kind of aid you have and the date you discontinue.

Click the links below for more information about discontinuing with financial aid.

If you have further questions, contact the OneStop Counseling Center, 801-422-7075, D-148 ASB.

Tuition Refund Chart

Tuition charges/refunds are pro-rated according to the date you discontinue and the percentage outlined by the Tuition Refund Chart.

Winter 2017 Tuition Refund Chart

Discontinuance DateTuition ChargedTuition Refunded
Through January 17
0%100%
January 18 - 29
15%85%
Jan 30 - March 5
25%75%
March 6 - 21
50%50%
Starting March 22
100%0%


The process of calculating and adjusting tuition takes approximately 2-3 weeks. If it has been longer than 2-3 weeks and you still haven't heard about a refund, contact OneStop Student Services (801-422-4104, D-155 ASB). 

NOTE: If you have a scholarship or financial aid, the tuition will be refunded to those programs, and you may not personally receive any refund. If discontinuance causes you to become ineligible for the aid, you will be responsible for any pro-rated tuition charges according to the date of your discontinuance.

Medical Withdrawal

There are different reasons why you may need to drop your classes. If you have an extenuating circumstances, such as medical reasons, you can fill out the Pro-Rated Tuition Exception form.* You must include any relevant documentation, such as a doctor’s note, with your petition. The committee rarely removes the charges entirely, however they may reduce them.

If your medical petition is approved you typically receive an 85% reduction in the original tuition charge. Students who withdraw from Spring 2017 classes before May 13th are already receiving an 85% reduction in tuition; therefore, submitting a medical petition is not necessary.

Please be aware that if you fail to include a doctor’s note for a medical petition it will result in a denial of the petition.

*If you're using Mozilla Firefox, download the form first to enable the interactive form features.

Click the Do It link on the 'Pro-Rated Tuition Exception Form' task below to access the form. Submit the form to Student Financial Services in A-153 ASB, or through YMessage, or email it to financialservices@byu.edu (scanned with supporting documents).

Housing

On-Campus Housing

  • To be eligible for on-campus housing as an undergrad, you have to be registered in at least 9 credits per semester (fall and winter), and at least 4 credits per term (spring and summer).
  • Graduate students have to be enrolled in at least 2 credits per semester or term

If you discontinue or drop below the required credits, you will need to contact your hall advisor for information about canceling your contract.

 Visit the On-Campus Housing website for the official policy.

Off-Campus Housing

Discontinuing may affect your eligibility to live in BYU contracted housing.  Contact the Off-Campus Housing Office (801-422-1513, C-141 ASB) to discuss your situation.  

Health Plan

If you are enrolled in the Student Health Plan, discontinuance could affect your eligibility to receive coverage.  You may even end up having to pay private rates for past services received from the Health Center (depending on the timing of when you discontinue during the semester).

It is important that you understand the consequences (if any) before you discontinue, so contact the Health Plan Office directly (801-422-2611) to find out more.

Student Employment

In order to work on campus during Fall and Winter, undergraduate students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester. If you drop below the required credits, you are not eligible for student employment, and will be terminated.

  • The minimum credit requirements for graduate students and international students are different. Click here, and scroll to the Fall/Winter Student Employment Guidelines section to see the credit requirements for each student type.

Contact Student Employment (801-422-3562) for additional information regarding employment eligibility.

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