Complete Session Withdrawal Information – Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Because a complete session withdrawal from the university can be a difficult decision and could result in serious academic and financial consequences, you are strongly encouraged to visit with your academic adviser prior to initiating the process.

Once a new semester has begun, undergraduate students must take the following steps to facilitate a complete session withdrawal:

  1. Review the Academic Calendar for complete session withdrawal and tuition refund deadlines.
  2. Log into MyASU.
  3. Under your My Classes section, select Registration, followed by Drop/Withdrawal.
  4. Indicate all classes and/or sessions for the withdrawal, answer the required questions, and select Submit Withdrawal Request.

ASU Online students: your requests do not require any additional approval; however, as indicated above, it is strongly recommended you speak with an Academic Adviser prior to your withdrawal.

Immersion students: your requests will be reviewed by your academic adviser and/or the dean’s office. If approved, it will be sent to the University Registrar’s Office for processing.

Again, we encourage you to discuss a potential complete session withdrawal with an academic adviser by scheduling an academic advising appointment.


Withdrawal Resources

Withdrawing from Just One or Two Classes (Course Withdrawal)

After the drop/add deadline through the course withdrawal deadline for a class, students can withdraw from the class while remaining enrolled in other classes. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor to discuss the impact this may have on meeting critical requirements.

Requesting a Medical/Compassionate Withdrawal

Medical/Compassionate withdrawals are available for students needing to withdraw from one or more classes due to a personal mental/physical health condition or the death or serious illness of a family member/close friend. 

Seeking Tutoring or Academic Support Services

Tutoring centers provides a variety of services to help students become better learners and gain the confidence and skills to achieve their academic goals. services include: writing centers, math tutoring, subject area tutoring, and supplemental instruction. 

Making an Appointment with ASU’s Counseling Services

Counseling and mental health services are provided at each of the four ASU campuses.  ASU students may seek services at any of the campus counseling centers, regardless of their college affiliation. 

Exploring the Possibility of an “I” (Incomplete) Grade

A mark of "I" (incomplete) may be given by the instructor when students are otherwise doing acceptable work but are unable to complete the class because of illness or other conditions beyond their control, if approved. Students interested in incompletes should discuss this option with their instructors and arrange for the completion of the class requirements.

Potential Consequences of a Complete Session Withdrawal

Financial Aid

Financial aid recipients who completely withdraw from the university may be responsible for immediate repayment of funds. The effect of a complete withdrawal on financial aid depends on when the withdrawal is dated and the type of financial aid.


The date of a complete withdrawal will determine whether or not a tuition refund will be generated. Please review the tuition refund policy for more information.

Health Insurance

Students should contact their health insurance company to determine whether or not withdrawing from the university affects their coverage.

Residential Life

Students who live on campus should contact their residential hall community staff to determine what impact withdrawing will have on their eligibility to live on campus, to complete a License Agreement Release (LAR) form, and to arrange an appointment to officially check out. More information concerning housing cancellations is available here.

Veteran Benefits & Certifications

Students should contact the appropriate Veteran Benefits & Certifications office to discuss information regarding veterans’ educational benefits and/or military activation.