A late drop is considered if you are unable to complete the semester due to a documented extenuating circumstance, such as the death of an immediate family member, involuntary call to military service, or a documented administrative error by the university. A late drop is usually for all classes taken in the term. A late drop petition must be submitted to Academic Services within six months of the end of the term for which the late drop is sought, as mandated by the Board of Governors policy. If approved, a late drop will result in a full refund of tuition fees and the complete removal of the course from your academic record.
A late withdrawal is considered if you can’t complete the semester because of a documented extenuating circumstance that occurs after the withdrawal deadline. For instance, being the primary caregiver of an immediate family member who becomes seriously ill or injured. A late withdrawal is usually for all classes taken in the term. A late withdrawal petition must be submitted to Academic Services within one year of the end of the term for which the late withdrawal is sought. A late withdrawal does not refund tuition fees or release financial liability. If a late withdrawal is approved by Academic Services, a grade of “WP” (Withdraw Passing) or “WF” (Withdraw Failing) will be assigned by the instructor according to your academic performance. A “WP” has no effect on your GPA and a “WF” is calculated as a failing grade in the GPA.
Talk to your professor before pursuing a late drop or late withdrawal petition. Your professor should be informed of your intent to change the registration status of your class(es). A late drop or late withdrawal may affect financial aid awards, student visa status, and on-campus housing accommodation.
A medical withdrawal is considered if you are unable to complete the semester due to a serious medical condition (physical or psychological). Your medical provider(s) will need (be asked) to provide appropriate medical documentation using the forms provided by our office. A medical withdrawal is usually for all classes taken in the term. The medical condition should have arisen during the given semester from which withdrawal is sought. If you were aware of the medical condition prior to the beginning of the semester, you must provide medical documentation demonstrating that there was a change in the condition during the semester that resulted in your inability to meet course requirements.
If approved, a grade of “WM” (withdrawal due to medical reason) will be recorded for each affected course. A “WM” grade has no effect on your Grade Point Average. An approved medical withdrawal will also include tuition refund only if the completed petition was submitted to Academic Services before the six-month submission deadline, as mandated by the Board of Governors policy. If an approved medical withdrawal is submitted past the six-month deadline but within one year of the end of the term for which the medical withdrawal is sought, a “WM” grade will be recorded for each affected course but no refund will be provided.
Medical Hold Removal
If you have been placed on medical hold and are ready to return to UCF to take classes, you must first apply for a medical hold removal.
How to file a medical hold removal application:
- Complete a Removal of Medical Hold form. You and your physician(s) will need to complete the form. Your physician(s) must forward/mail the original form to Academic Services at the address provided on the form. If more than one physician will complete the form, you may make a copy of the form or request one from Academic Services.
- Write a letter of progress addressed to the committee, indicating the following:
- How you have treated your medical condition, and your plans for continuing treatment when you return to classes, if applicable.
- Your future plans for returning to the university, including your intended course load for the semester and your plans for academic success in these classes.
You may email your letter of progress to firstname.lastname@example.org, submit the letter in-person to Millican Hall 210 with a photo id, or mail the letter to our mailing address (Academic Services, P.O. Box 160125, Orlando, FL 32816-0125). Both the Removal of Medical Hold form from your medical provider and your letter of progress to the committee must be submitted within the application window. The application window dates are located under “Medical Hold Removal Applications” toward the bottom of our website.
Once Academic Services receives your completed Removal of Medical Hold form(s) and your letter of progress, the committee will review it on a first-come, first-serve basis. Submitting incomplete information and not providing all required documentation will delay the review of your application.
If you need the Removal of Medical Hold form, please email email@example.com with your name, UCF ID and the semester you are applying to have your medical hold lifted.
What is the difference between a Late Drop and a Late Withdrawal?
A Late Drop and a Late Withdrawal are the same as a Drop or Withdrawal except that they are petitioned after their respective deadlines (Please check the Academic Calendar for dates). If approved, a Late Drop results in a full refund of tuition fees and the complete removal of the course from the student’s academic record. If approved, a Late Withdrawal does not refund tuition fees and a grade of “Withdraw Passing” (WP) or “Withdraw Failing” (WF) will be assigned by the instructor according to the student’s academic performance.
What is the difference between a “Withdraw Passing” (WP) and a “Withdraw Failing” (WF)?
A “WP” has no effect on the GPA whereas a “WF” is the same as a F and is calculated as a failing grade in the GPA. If your petition for a Late Withdrawal is approved, each course of the petition is assigned a “WP” or “WF” based on the professor(s) input. Talk to your professor before pursuing a Late Withdrawal petition.
Can my professor withdraw me from his/her course?
No. Your professor can support your decision to petition but does not have the authority to approve your petition. If your petition is approved your professor’s input will determine if you receive a “Withdraw Passing” (WP) or a “Withdraw Failing” (WF) for the course. Talk to your professor before pursuing a Late Withdrawal petition.