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Take care: Withdrawing from class can affect your financial aid

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10/24/11 Students fill a hall for a Chemistry lecture during a "Day in the Life" of the University of Michigan on October 24, 2011.

Thinking about withdrawing from class? Be aware that this can affect your financial aid.

Withdrawing from class graphicDuring Fall Term, you must attend U-M at least half-time — six credit hours for undergraduates and four credit hours for graduate students — to receive most types of financial aid.

And, if you attend at least half-time but less than full-time (6-11 hours for undergraduates and 4-7 hours for graduate students) you might not be eligible for the full amount of financial aid you were originally offered.

Consider this:

  • If you do not enroll full-time or drop to less than full-time status (less than 12 credits) on or before Sept. 26, 2016, the Office of Financial Aid may decrease your previously awarded financial aid package.
  • If you drop to less than full-time after Sept. 26 and there is no adjustment to your tuition, your financial aid will not be adjusted.
  • If your scholarship requires full-time attendance throughout your academic career, you will lose the scholarship in future years even if your tuition is not adjusted. This includes students who receive the Jean Fairfax, HAIL, Michigan Experience, Wade McCree, Detroit Compact and Detroit Promise.
  • If you withdraw completely prior to Nov. 8, 2016, your aid will be prorated based on the length of time you were enrolled. If you need to repay any financial aid funds you received, your student account will be charged.
  • If you are wait-listed, financial aid will not pay until you are officially enrolled in the University.

For more information about withdrawing from classes, contact us or visit this information page on our website.

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