Schedule Adjustment

Schedule Adjustment Period

The Schedule Adjustment period is the first ten business days of classes during the Fall or Spring semester. A similar period of time is designated for Summer and Winter Terms. Check the corresponding academic calendar for exact dates.

Drop Policy

Undergraduate students can adjust their schedule (add, drop, etc.) until the close of business on the last day of the Schedule Adjustment Period. After the end of Schedule Adjustment, students are limited to dropping a maximum of 4 credits during the Drop Period. The Drop Period for undergraduate students will begin at the close of the schedule adjustment period and terminate at the end of the tenth week of classes during the Fall and Spring semesters and at a corresponding time for Summer sessions. See academic deadlines for end of schedule adjustment and last day to drop dates. A mark of "W" (withdrawal) is recorded for credits dropped during the Drop Period.

Add and Drop Classes

Students can add, drop or change course sections during the schedule adjustment period. Courses added prior to and during the schedule adjustment period will appear on students' permanent records. Courses dropped prior to or during the schedule adjustment period will not appear on the student record, nor will they count towards the number of attempts a student has for any given course.

Notes: During the first ten days of classes students will not be charged to drop and add a course if they are of equal credit value, for example dropping CHEM 678 and adding CHEM 691 (both three credit courses), and if they are processed on the same day. This is considered an even exchange. Remember, to avoid additional charges when dropping and adding, BOTH the drop and the add must be done during the same day. Courses taken at Shady Grove and other campuses are not considered in even exchange calculations.

After the first ten days of classes even exchanges of dropped and added credits will not be accepted. Courses added and dropped after the 10th day of classes will be charged as follows: 0% refund for the drop, and 100% charge per credit for any adds.

Please read the important information on refund and penalty explanations below.

Penalties for Drops During Schedule Adjustment (Refund Schedules)

For a complete explanation of refunds and refund schedules see the Office of the Bursar.

Full-time Undergraduates - Refund Schedule for Drops
Full-time undergraduate students do not receive a refund for courses dropped if the total number of credits for which they are registered remains 12 or more.

Prior to the first day of classes or earlier - if a full-time undergraduate student drops a course or courses, thereby changing the total number of credits for which the student is registered to 11 or less, charges for the semester will be assessed on the basis of the per credit hour fee for part-time students. However, if the student later adds a course or courses, thereby changing the total number of credits for which the student is registered to 12 or more, the student will be charged for the difference between per credit hour fees paid and the general fees for full-time undergraduates.

If during the first five days of classes a full-time undergraduate drops a course or courses thereby changing the total number of credits for which he/she is registered to 11 or less, charges for the semester will be assessed on the basis of part-time charges plus 20% of the difference between the full-time tuition and fees and appropriate part-time charges. After the first five days of classes, there is no refund for changing from full-time to part-time status.

Part-Time Undergraduates - Refund Schedule for Drops

Part-time undergraduates are charged for courses by the credit hour. If the course is dropped the first day of classes and later, a percentage charge and/or complete charge for the course will be imposed.

  • Prior to the first day of classes: 100% refund. There will be no charge for courses dropped prior to this date.
  • During the first five days of classes: 80% refund. There will be a 20% charge imposed for courses dropped during this period.
  • Anytime after the first five days of classes: 0% refund. There will be no refund; students incur the full charge for courses dropped during this period.

Graduate Students - Refund Schedule for Drops

Graduate students may obtain refunds for courses that are dropped (if dropping a course results in the overall number of registered credits ) during the first ten days of classes . Students may drop and add courses without penalty provided that the changes are made on the same day and that the total number of credits does not change. Graduate students are charged by the credit hour. A percentage charge and/or complete charge will be imposed according to the schedule below:

  • Prior to the first day of classes: 100% refund. There will be no charge for courses dropped prior to this date.
  • During the first ten days of classes: 80% refund. There will be a 20% charge imposed for courses dropped during this period.
  • Anytime after the first ten days of classes: 0% refund. There will be no refund; students incur the full charge for courses dropped during this period.