FAQ's

How do I withdraw from my classes during the semester?

If it is during the first 4 weeks of the semester, you can use the RTF-EZ form to withdraw from your classes.

If it is between the 5th-8th weeks of the semester, you can use the RTF form to withdraw from your classes.

After the 8th week of classes, you will need to petition to be released from your classes for the semester.  This can be done by completing the Exception Request form, writing a personal statement, and providing additional documentation to support your request.  While you are completing the petition be sure to continue to attend classes and complete requirements until you find out if your petition has been approved.

Each of these options carries consequences related to housing, financial aid, veteran’s benefits, and academic standing.  Our team in Student Support and Family Engagement (SSFE) can help guide you through the process and provide a central point of contact for you to ask questions and make the best decision possible for yourself. 

How I obtain supporting documentation for my withdrawal petition?

If your withdrawal petition is on the grounds of physical health reasons or for mental health concerns, you will need to contact either Medical Services or Mental Health Services in the Colonial Health Center (as appropriate) to schedule an assessment.  To that appointment, you will need to bring any documentation from an outside treatment provider, hospital, etc. and also sign a release of information so that GW clinical staff can communicate with others as necessary.  The GW clinical provider will then communicate with the Director of Academic Advising for your school.

You may call the Office of Student Support & Family Engagement for guidance or more complex questions about the medical/mental health withdrawal procedures.

What happens if my withdrawal petition is denied?

If your petition is denied, you should continue to go to classes and work with your professors/ academic advisor to make up any missed work and to develop an appropriate plan to move forward with your classes.

What happens if my withdrawal petition is approved?

If your petition is approved, you will be withdrawn from your classes for the current semester.  You will need to contact Housing to let them know that you are leaving GW; you have 5 business days to leave campus once your withdrawal petition has been approved.  A hold will be placed on your account preventing future registration until you have spoken to the appropriate departments (more information below). 

You will also be assigned a liaison in the Office of Student Support and Family Engagement (SSFE).  This professional staff member is your point of contact to ensure that you are able to transition smoothly out of campus living, and will periodically contact you to check in while you are away from the university.  When you believe you are ready to return to campus, please contact your SSFE liaison to begin the return process.

Will I get a refund if I take a withdrawal?

Refunds are granted based on the scale posted by the Office of the Registrar. Generally, refunds are not granted after the end of the fourth week of classes. Requests for refunds after that time can only be granted by the University Committee on Tuition Refunds.  Tuition refund request inquiries should be directed to the Director of Academic Advising for your academic school.   

Is there a Tuition Refund Plan (insurance)?

An elective tuition refund insurance plan is available through the Student Accounts Office. The Tuition Refund Plan is administered and underwritten by A.W.G Dewar, Inc., 4 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169. You may call A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. at (617) 774-1555 for more information or contact them via email at trp@dewarinsurance.com. To participate, you must complete an application and payment of premium prior to the first day of class of the semester. Information about the plan, brochures, and application mailers are sent to all students from the Student Accounts Office each summer.

How do I return to GW if I use an RTF-EZ or RTF to withdraw from classes?

If you withdraw using an RTF-EZ or and RTF (i.e., before the 8th week of classes), you should contact your academic advisor directly about registering for classes in the following semester. 

 How do I return to GW if my withdrawal petition was approved?

When you believe you are ready to return to campus, you should contact your SSFE liaison. Our team will work with you to review the steps necessary.  If your withdrawal petition was granted on the grounds of physical or mental health, you will need to complete a re-entry meeting with Mental Health or Medical Services in the Colonial Health Center (as appropriate).  You will then work with your SSFE liaison to address your class registration, housing, and financial aid for the following semester.