Student Assistance Center
Resources for Students
Options for Students Who Cannot Complete the Semester
You may visit or call your college to discuss a withdrawal from the semester; the withdrawal form must be initiated by the student's college.
When a student notifies the college of their intent to withdraw from the University, the date of that notification will be the date designated as the withdrawal date. A student may be eligible for a prorated tuition refund, depending on the effective date of the withdrawal. Review the withdrawal/tuition refund schedule.
Recipients of financial aid should be aware that withdrawal may have implications for eligibility for future aid. You may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at (217) 333-0100 for questions.
If you need to withdraw for health reasons that can be documented by a licensed health care provider, you may petition for a medical withdrawal through McKinley Health Center (MHC). Medical withdrawals are notated on the student's transcript in the same way as a withdrawal through the college. Medical Withdrawal petitions are reviewed by the Director of MHC. The effective date of the withdrawal is the date when it is determined by MHC Director that the health condition first began to impede the studentís academic functioning.
Requests for petition paperwork and questions about the process should be directed to Kathie Pound, Administrative Nurse, McKinley Health Center, 1109 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL, 61801. (217) 333-2705. Students may also contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (217) 333-0050 for general inquiries about this process.
Students who successfully petition to medically withdraw:
- Will have holds placed on your student record (by McKinley Health Center, the Office of the Dean of Students and your College)
- These holds will prevent you from registering at any Illinois campus or obtaining your transcripts until you have successfully completed all of the steps required for medical re-entry at UIUC and had the holds associated with your medical withdrawal removed.
- May be advised by MHC Director to take a semester or two beyond the current semester off to prioritize and manage health issues
Recipients of financial aid should be aware that, depending on the effective date of the medical withdrawal, they may be required to pay back financial aid received in the current semester. And like withdrawal through the college, medical withdrawal may have implications for eligibility for future aid. You may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at (217) 333-0100 for questions.
Alternatives to Withdrawal
Incompletes: This option may be available toward the end of a semester when circumstances are such that a student is unable to complete the last few weeks of classes, including finals. In such cases, student may seek approval for incomplete ("I") grades in one or more classes. Incompletes require the approval of both the student's college and the professor of the course. Contact your college office for questions about this process. "I" grades are an option in cases in which the student has completed most of the work for the course and the student is passing and has been meeting the academic expectations for the course prior to the request. If approved, "I" grades will be assigned until the work of the course is completed. The student will be required to work with the professor of each course to determine a plan/timeline for completing the course. Students typically have 8 weeks into the subsequent semester to complete the work. It is up to the professor and college to determine if extensions will be granted. When the coursework is completed the "I" grade will be replaced with the letter grade the student earned in the course.
Late Drop Petition: Petition your college to late drop one or more courses due to extenuating circumstances. Contact your college office to inquire about this process.
Contact your college office to discuss these or other academic options your college may offer.