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Withdrawal from Classes

Withdrawing from classes may have serious consequences for your current financial aid awards as well as your future financial aid eligibility. Withdrawal also may have far-reaching effects in other areas of student life. If you are considering withdrawing from your courses, or leaving the university, review our Withdrawal Checklist to understand the possible consequences of withdrawal.

Consider the cost of withdrawal

The total cost of your educational program will escalate as a result of lost time, unearned coursework, delayed graduation and increased educational debt if you are borrowing to attend school. If you need to withdraw, work with your financial aid and academic counselors to find strategies to minimize this cost.

Listed below are some possible effects of withdrawal. If you are...

  • Federal financial aid: 
    Withdrawal can affect your current-term federal student aid eligibility and result in a balance owed to DePaul. Go to the federal Return of Title IV Aid policy to see how your loans and grants may be recalculated and returned based upon your last date of attendance.
  • Institutional aid (including scholarships): 
    Withdrawal can affect your current-term and/or future eligibility for any institutional scholarship and grant funds. Many DePaul University merit scholarships require continuous enrollment and a minimum grade point average for renewal.
  • Your overall financial aid eligibility 
    Repeated withdrawals could compromise your future eligibility for financial aid because you may not be meeting the financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy
  • Your loan deferments: 
    If you have student loans, your loans will lose in-school deferment status after you withdraw, and you may need to start repaying your loans.

Withdrawal will affect your on-campus housing. If you live in campus housing, you should check with the Department of Housing before withdrawing, as you need to be enrolled in school to stay in campus housing.

Withdrawal may affect your insurance or benefits. Many insurance policies (health, auto, etc.) or benefit policies require active enrollment. Check your policy before deciding to withdraw.

Required Exit Counseling

If you borrowed a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, or received the Federal TEACH Grant and you withdraw from the university (even if your withdrawal is temporary), you will need to complete the exit counseling. Completing exit counseling will not have any negative impact on your account or prevent you from receiving financial aid in the future.​