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How can I add, drop or withdraw from a course?

Drop / Add Policy

Fall & Spring Semester - Drop/Add period:  First 5 days of the semester.
Summer Sessions - Drop/Add period:  First 3 days of the summer session to add courses. 
                                                          First 5 days of the summer session to drop courses.

Students may drop or add courses through the fifth day of Fall and Spring Semester. For Summer Sessions, students may add courses through the third day of the session and drop courses during the fifth day of session.  Students may drop or add courses on-line or in person in the Student Service Centers. Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) students are required to obtain the signature of a college counselor in order to drop or add courses. PSEO students may add courses through the fifth day of Fall and Spring Semester and may drop courses through the tenth day of Fall and Spring semester.  Dropped courses do not appear on your transcript and do not impact academic standing.

For "short term" courses, students may drop or add courses one business day following the first class period.  Students who drop "short term" courses for which they received financial aid will be required to repay in accordance with federal and state repayment policies.

Withdrawing from a Course

For full-term courses, students may withdraw after the fifth day of the semester and through the 60th day of fall and spring semester.  "Short term" courses have an adjusted withdraw schedule. Students may withdraw from a course in person or online. Withdrawn courses will appear on the transcript with a grade of "W." The student is responsible for 100 percent of the tuition and fees for courses withdrawn from. Withdrawing from a course will not affect the student's GPA. However, it will affect their completion rate.

Faculty are required to submit a grade of "FW" for students that do not officially withdraw from the course but have stopped attending prior to the end of the term.  A grade of  "FW" will affect both the students' GPA and completion rate. 

Withdrawing from College 

Withdrawn courses will appear on the transcript with a grade of "W." According to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities guidelines, students enrolled at Riverland who totally withdraw from all courses during fall and spring semester are subject to the following refund policy:

During the first five class days of the semester there will be a 100 percent refund of tuition and fees.

Date of TOTAL Withdrawal Semester Refund Received
6th-10th day of term 75% refund
11th-15th day of term 50% refund
16th-20th day of term 25% refund
after the 20th day of term 0% refund

It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from college; the college does not assign a "W" grade for students who fail to officially withdraw.

If a student who receives Federal financial aid officially withdraws from all his/her courses or merely stops attending course before 60 percent of the term is completed, the student will be required to repay a portion of his/her financial aid. The student's last date of attendance is determined by the date on the drop/add/withdraw form. If a student stops attending classes and does not notify the college, the student will receive "FW" grades for all registered courses and the student's last date of attendance will be reported by the students' instructors.


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