If for any reason you need to leave a class you registered for, you can withdraw. However, there are certain deadlines that need to be met in order to receive a refund for the withdrawn class or classes.

Withdrawals cannot be done online after the withdrawal period has ended. Seek the counsel of your advisor before any withdrawal decisions are made.

During the course withdrawal period, you can withdraw from a course with no penalty by withdrawing through Self-Service Banner. A W will appear on your record for the course.

For more information on how withdrawing from a course will affect your billing, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 765-285-1643. Also, please note that withdrawals can affect your financial aid.

If there are verifiable extenuating circumstances that justify late withdrawal (after the course withdraw period has ended), see your academic advisor.

Withdraw from All Courses

Should you need to withdraw from all classes after the semester begins, you must report immediately to the Office of Retention and Graduation, Student Center L-20. You will need to complete a withdrawal form.

If a tuition refund is warranted, the amount will be determined by the effective date of withdrawal.

Also, if you have any type of financial aid and are withdrawing from all classes, you must visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in Lucina Hall, Room 245.

If you received any type of financial aid, you may be required to repay all or a portion of the financial aid you received for that academic period. You will be notified by mail of any repayment that must be made to the university. If you have financial aid (grants or loans), the withdrawal date will be forwarded to Financial Aid and Scholarships to process a federal return of funds. Federal aid return of funds is day sensitive and is not consistent with the university’s refund of tuition amounts.

For more information about withdrawing from all classes, contact the Office of Retention and Graduation at retention@bsu.edu or 765-285-3312.

Withdraw from All Online and Distance Education Courses

We want you to be successful and achieve your educational goals through Ball State's Online and Distance Education programs, but understand that sometime life's obstacles get in the way of achieving those goals.  If this occurs and you feel you need to withdraw from one or all of your online courses, we encourage you to first call the Online and Distance Education office at 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581 or email online@bsu.edu to explore your best options.  

If you need to withdraw from an individual online course (not your entire schedule), you may do so through myBSU (please refer to refund/adjustment schedule published on the Student Financial Services Holds and Withdrawal Credits site prior to acting.)  

 If you need to withdraw from your only or remaining online course, please complete our Course and Total Withdrawal form.  (please refer to the Cancellation and Complete Withdrawal refund schedule prior to acting).  This form will notify us of your intentions.

Withdraw Guidelines for Students Taking a Mix of Online and Main Campus Courses

Please contact the Director, Retention and Graduation at 765-285-3312. Staff in this office will explain the guidelines regarding withdrawal and assist you with the necessary paperwork.  They can help you understand how your decision effects your grades, tuition refund, your financial aid awards and student loans, housing contracts, and your potential reenrollment.