Withdrawing vs. Discontinuing

  Withdrawing Discontinuing
What is it? Withdraw from some
individual classes (not all).

Withdraw from ALL classes. You
will no longer be enrolled for
current semester. (Even if you’re
only enrolled in one course and
need to withdraw from that
course, it is called discontinuance.)

Discontinuing is considered a
leave of absence for continuing
students.

Are there any fees
or refunds?
$10 fee per class. Pro-rated
tuition charges may apply.
No charge. Pro-rated tuition
charges will apply.
What is the tuition
refund schedule?
See: Discontinuance Checklist See: Discontinuance Checklist
What happens to
my federal
financial aid?
(Pell, Direct Loans)
There may be some impact.
See Withdrawals.
You may have to pay back federal
aid. See a OneStop Counselor to
discuss your situation
(801-422-7075).
What happens to
my scholarship(s)?
If withdrawing makes you fall
below your scholarship credit
requirement, then you’ll lose
the scholarship for the
semester/term, and may need
to pay pro-rated tuition charges.
You will lose the scholarship for
the semester/term, and will have
to pay pro-rated tuition charges. 
Does it affect my
future ability to
get financial aid
or scholarships?

It could affect your completion
percentage. See SAP.

Doesn’t affect future scholarships.

It could affect your completion
percentage. See SAP.

Doesn’t affect future scholarships.

When is the
deadline?

Withdraw deadline

Petition required after withdraw
deadline.

Discontinuance deadline
(discontinuance.byu.edu)

Instructors’ signatures required
after the withdraw deadline.

Petition required after
discontinuance deadline.

How do I do it?
Can it be done
online?
After the add/drop deadline,
withdraw online through
MyMAP
After the add/drop deadline,
you must submit a discontinuance
form (discontinuance.byu.edu).
Can the pro-rated
tuition charges
be petitioned?
Yes, if there are extenuating
circumstances you can petition
Financial Services.
Yes, if there are extenuating
circumstances you can petition
Financial Services.
Does it affect my
admission status? 
No, unless you are required to
be enrolled full-time and you
withdraw below full-time
(e.g. International students).

Depends on your situation. Meet
with a OneStop Counselor
(801-422-7075).

-Yes, if you miss two consecutive
major semesters (e.g.
discontinuing 2 semesters in a row,
or taking a leave of absence 
before or after discontinuing.)

-Yes, if you discontinue from your
first semester at BYU or your first
semester back from a mission, you
ill need to reapply for admission.

What will it show
on my transcript?
A “W” grade. (W’s are a
neutral grade that doesn’t
calculate into the GPA.)

Nothing shown on transcript if you
discontinue between the first day
of the semester/term and the
add/drop deadline.

“W” grades will be given after the
add/drop deadline through the
withdraw deadline. (W’s are a
neutral grade that doesn’t
calculate into the GPA.)

Instructors may assign a W or WE
grade (a failing grade) if you
discontinue after the withdraw
deadline.

Does it affect
on-campus
housing?
Yes, if you withdraw below
9 hours (undergrads).
Yes, you will have to cancel your
contract, and petition for any
refunds.
Does it affect my
on-campus
employment?
Yes, if you withdraw below
6 hours (day-continuing
undergrads).
Yes, you will be terminated after
you discontinue.

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