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Withdrawing vs Discontinuing

Withdrawing is dropping some classes. Discontinuing is dropping all of your classes.
  Withdrawing Discontinuing
What is it? Dropping some individual classes (not all). Dropping ALL classes. You will no longer be enrolled for current semester. (If you are only enrolled in one course and need to withdraw from that course, it is a discontinuance.)
Discontinuing is considered a leave of absence for continuing students.
How do I do it? After the add/drop deadline, withdraw online through MyMAP. After the add/drop deadline, you must submit the online discontinuance form.
When is the deadline? The 10th Week of the semester or 6th week of a term. See the current deadline here.

Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for an exception to the deadline, please contact the Registrar’s Office with questions. 

The 12th Week of the semester or 6th week of a term. See the current deadline here.
Instructors’ signatures required after the withdraw deadline.

Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for an exception to the deadline, please contact the Registrar’s Office with questions. 

What will it show on my transcript? A “W” grade. (W’s are a neutral grade that does not calculate into the GPA.) You receive “W” grades  and a discontinuance date after the add/drop deadline through the withdraw deadline. (W’s are a neutral grade that does not calculate into the GPA.)
Your instructors may assign a W or WE grade (a failing grade) and a discontinuance date if you discontinue after the withdraw deadline.
Are there any fees or refunds? $10 fee per class. Pro-rated tuition charges may apply according to the Tuition Refund Schedule. No charge. Pro-rated tuition charges will apply, according to the Tuition Refund Schedule.
What happens to my federal financial aid? (Pell, Direct Loans) There may be some impact You may have to pay back federal aid. See an Enrollment Services Counselor to discuss your situation (801-422-7075).
What happens to my scholarship(s)? If you withdraw below your scholarship credit requirement you will lose your scholarship for the semester/term, and may need to pay pro-rated tuition charges. See Scholarship Eligibility for more information. You will lose the scholarship for the semester/term, and will have to pay pro-rated tuition charges. See Scholarship Eligibility for more information.
Does it affect my future ability to get financial aid or scholarships? It could affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress completion percentage
Doesn’t affect future scholarships.
It could affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress completion percentage
Doesn’t affect future scholarships.
Can the pro-rated tuition charges be petitioned? Yes, if there are extenuating circumstances you can file a Pro-Rated Tuition Exception petition with Financial Services. Yes, if there are extenuating circumstances you can file a Pro-Rated Tuition Exception petition with 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). It depends on your situation. Meet with an Enrollment Services 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 before the add/drop deadline of your first semester at BYU or from your first semester back from a mission, you will need to reapply for admission.

Does it affect on-campus housing? Yes, if you withdraw below 9 hours (undergraduates). 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 undergraduates). Yes, you will be terminated after you discontinue.