How does this change apply to classes that meet for less than a full semester?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm

The 22-day drop period applies only for classes that meet the full 15-week semester.  Deadlines for the last day to drop are listed in the semester calendar on the Student Accounts Office website.

Are there tuition exceptions?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 4:59 pm

Except in specially-defined circumstances, such as military deployment or a new prolonged illness, students will not receive a refund after the 15th day of the term, excluding holidays.  A full copy of this policy can be found here.

How might this change affect a student’s financial aid?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 4:58 pm

Financial aid is based on student enrollment at midnight on the 22nd day of the semester. Students need to register for all courses by this date, even those with a late start. If a student withdraws from a course on day 23 or later, the W grade will appear on the transcript and it will […]

What are the implications of withdrawing from a class?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 4:58 pm, Last Updated: November 1, 2019 at 9:07 am

Grades of ‘W’ (Withdraw) are considered attempted hours, which means they are used to determine academic progress. Both the university’s standards for academic standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid are affected by these attempted hours. ‘W’ grades do not affect GPA and is not considered an attempt under the university’s course repeat policy […]

When can students withdraw from courses?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 4:57 pm, Last Updated: November 1, 2019 at 9:37 am

Beginning the 23rd day after and including the first day of classes of the semester, students may self-withdraw using Patriot Web. This unrestricted withdrawal period extends through the 5th week of classes, the beginning of the selective withdrawal period. Each withdrawn course regardless of the effective date will have a ‘W’ grade posted on the […]

What’s the deadline to drop a class?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Students will have 22 calendar days after and including the first day of classes to drop a class without the class appearing on their transcript. To give students more time to evaluate and drop classes, the university also is lengthening the drop period through day 22 of the semester. As Mason students are more likely to be successful […]

Why the new Add/Drop policy? What is it?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 4:56 pm, Last Updated: October 31, 2019 at 4:57 pm

Mason is adjusting the deadline for dropping a full semester, 15-week course beginning fall 2018. The deadline for adding courses is not changing (8 days after semester start, excluding holidays). Dropped courses will disappear from a student’s academic record; as is the case now, withdrawn courses will be recorded with a “W” on the transcript.