This is a list of common questions about discontinuance. For more information about discontinuing, read through the OneStop Discontinuance Checklist, or call OneStop Student Services (contact information is on the left side of this page).

  1. How do I discontinue?
  2. What is the difference between withdrawing and discontinuing?
  3. Are instructor's signatures required?
  4. What if I am going on a mission?
  5. How will discontinuing affect my Financial Aid & Scholarships?
  6. Will I get a tuition refund if I discontinue?
  7. When do official withdrawals, "W's" show on the transcript?
  8. How does discontinuance affect my eligibility for future enrollment?
  9. What about discontinuing during spring or summer term?
  10. What is the effective date of my discontinuance?
  11. What happens to extra money on my signature card?
  12. Can I sell my books back?
  13. What happens to my academic standing if I am not passing my classes when I discontinue?
  14. Can I discontinue if I am an international student or if I am receiving multicultural financial aid?
  15. If I leave the university under emergency conditions, do I still have to discontinue?
  16. How do I discontinue if I am not a BYU day-continuing student?
  17. Does it affect student employment?


How do I discontinue?

Please read through the OneStop Discontinuance Checklist for instructions on discontinuing.

What is the difference between withdrawing and discontinuing?

Withdrawing means dropping one or more classes, but not all classes. Students can withdraw from some courses until the withdraw deadline by using MyMAP (more information).

Discontinuing means withdrawing from all classes for the current semester or term.

Look at more information to help you decide whether to withdraw from some classes or discontinue from all your classes.

Note: Students who have future semester/term enrollments can withdraw from those courses before the first day of class by dropping the courses online in MyMAP.

Are instructor's signatures required?

If you discontinue after the withdraw deadline for fall, winter, and spring-summer classes, you are required to obtain instructor signatures. Your instructors will need to sign the back of the Request for Discontinuance form*, and indicate if you were passing (W) or failing (WE) as of the last day of attendance.

No signatures are necessary for spring and summer terms as the withdraw date and the discontinuance date are the same.

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

What if I am going on a mission?

Students who discontinue and then leave on a mission should meet with a BYU OneStop Counselor to discuss the situation.  (D-148 ASB, 801-422-7075)

How will discontinuing affect my Financial Aid & Scholarships?

For answers to the following questions, refer to the FAQ's for Students who Withdraw or Discontinue.

  • What happens to my federal financial aid if I discontinue on or before the add/drop deadline?
  • What happens to my federal financial aid if I discontinue after the add/drop deadline?
  • What happens to my scholarship if I withdraw or discontinue?
  • Will discontinuing affect my ability to get scholarships or federal aid in the future?
  • What happens to my federal aid if I simply quit attending classes and don't withdraw or discontinue? 

Will I get a tuition refund if I discontinue?

After submitting the Request for Discontinuance form, your tuition charge will be calculated and adjusted according to the Tuition Refund Schedule. If you had scholarships or financial aid you might not be eligible to receive a refund. If you have questions regarding other forms of tuition payment, benefits, etc., schedule an appointment with a BYU OneStop counselor (801-422-7075, D-148 ASB).

  • Note: 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). 

Getting the Refund

  • If you are eligible to receive a refund and you paid with a credit/debit card, the refund will be applied to that card.
  • If you paid with cash or e-check, the refund will be sent through direct deposit if you have it set up (click here to set-up direct deposit), or mailed to the mailing address listed in myBYU (allow 10 business days for the refund to arrive if sent by mail).  Click here to update your mailing address.

When do official withdrawals (W's) show on the transcript?

If you withdraw from all courses (discontinuance) on, or before the add/drop deadline, a withdraw date will be recorded on the student transcript but it is not recorded as a "W" (official withdrawal).

If you withdraw from courses after the add/drop deadline they will show on your transcript as "W's" (official withdrawals).

Note: A "W" is not a grade and does not affect the GPA. It is used to accurately show the enrollment history on the student record: that the student was "officially enrolled" in a course, but then "officially withdrew" from the course. 

A "WE" is counted as a failing grade and will be calculated into your GPA. Remember that "WE" grades are given if you discontinue from a class that you are failing after the withdraw deadline.

Having too many "W's" could affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) which affects eligibility for future financial aid. Click here to read more about how SAP is calculated.

How does discontinuance affect my eligibility for future enrollment?

Continuing Students

  • If you are a continuing student and you discontinue from a major semester (fall or winter) it will count as a leave of absence. Students are allowed one major semester of leave of absence per academic year.
  • You will be required to enroll in the next major semester following your leave of absence in order to keep your student status. Read through the OneStop Leave of Absence checklist for more information.
  • If you have a mission call during a semester and need to discontinue from that semester you should submit the mission deferment form before the end of semester from which you discontinued.
  • If you are a returned missionary and need to discontinue from your first semester back you should contact a BYU OneStop Counselor (801-422-7075).

New Students

  • 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.

What about discontinuing during spring or summer term?

Discontinuance during spring or summer terms does not change the students admission status, unless the student was admitted to spring or summer term as a new freshman, transfer student, or former student.

Newly admitted students to spring or summer term who discontinue from the term they were admitted will have to reapply for admission. Contact the OneStop Counseling Center (801-422-7075, D-148 ASB) to speak with a counselor about reapplying.

What is the effective date of my discontinuance?

The date you submit the Request for Discontinuance form is counted as the effective date of discontinuance. If the form is submitted on weekends or holidays, discontinuance will be effective the next business day.

What happens to extra money on my signature card?

Nothing. It will remain on your card for your use. Contact the Signature Card Office (801-422-3866) if you have additional questions.

Can I sell my books back?

If you'd like to try to sell your books back, turn in your Request for Discontinuance form to the OneStop Counseling Center (D-148 ASB), and they will provide you with a card to take to the BYU Store to check for sell-back eligibility.

What happens to my academic standing if I am not passing my classes when I discontinue?

For questions about your academic standing, please contact the Academic Support Office (2500 WSC, 801-422-2723.)

Can I discontinue if I am an international student or if I am receiving multicultural financial aid?

  • International students are required to receive approval from the International Student Services Office (1351 WSC, 801-422-2695) before discontinuing.
  • Students receiving multicultural financial aid are required to receive approval from the Multicultural Office (1320 WSC, 801-422-3065) before discontinuing.

There is a place on the Request for Discontinuance form where you will obtain the required signatures.

If I leave the university under emergency conditions, do I still have to discontinue?

Students who leave the university under emergency conditions still have the responsibility to discontinue before the discontinuance deadline. If circumstances beyond your control hinder discontinuance by the deadline, please contact the Petitions Services Office.

How do I discontinue if I am not a BYU day-continuing student?

Students admitted through one of the following offices should contact that office directly to discontinue.

Office Classification
Evening School Office, 105 HCEB, 422-2872 All students, faculty, and staff who were admitted only for evening school classes. 
Salt Lake Center, (801) 933-9400 All students who were admitted through the Salt Lake Center.
Continuing Education, 399 HCEB, 422-4146 All students, faculty, and staff who were admitted only for Continuing Education or Study Abroad classes.
Law School, 240 JRCB, 422-4275 Students admitted to the J. Reuben Clark Law School.
Independent Study, 206 HCEB, 422-2868 All students who wish to withdraw from Independent Study classes.


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