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Withdrawing from a Course

If a student drops a course after the last day to drop a course without a grade, the process is referred to as withdrawing from a course. To withdraw from a course, a student must begin in his or her academic advising unit by completing the Course Withdrawal Form.

Before dropping or withdrawing from a class, check the Cashier’s adjustment schedule to understand how changes will impact your tuition and fee assessment. Also, please consult your financial aid advisor if you receive financial aid of any type.

Students must check with their academic areas to:

  • obtain approval and signatures
  • determine whether additional forms are required

The form must include all signatures to be accepted by the Office of the University Registrar. The registration changes are not considered complete until the Office of the University Registrar has processed the form.

Follow all instructions for completing the required forms


Effective summer 2021, faculty will assign a grade of W (withdrew) for students who withdraw from a course.

Review the grading policy

Dropping All Classes

Dropping all classes is considered a withdrawal from the university.

This process must be initiated in the academic advising units and completed:

  • no later than 5 p.m. on the first day (typically a Monday) of the last week of classes
  • before completion of the final in self-paced classes

Finals are not included as part of the term for this purpose.

Students may not withdraw from all courses or their last course via myZou. Withdrawal from the university must be done through the academic advising unit to which the student is assigned.

If it is more than 10 days prior to the start of the term, the student may withdraw (drop last class) him or herself through myZou. To withdraw within 10 days of the prior to the start of the term submit the Early Cancellation form.

Note: Students who are entering Mizzou for their first term and decide to cancel should use this link:

The date a student withdraws affects whether the student receives a grade. Learn about grades for withdrawn students

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