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Dropping Courses Info

It is recognized that dropping courses is necessary in order to avoid academic standing issues but please note that if you are receiving student aid, dropping courses could have financial implications.  Before dropping a course or courses, please ensure that you understand how it could impact you.

The following guide should be used when making a decision to drop a course or courses:

Government Student Loans (OSAP, US, Out of Province)*
Dropping From # of courses To # of courses % Course Load Implications
6 or 5 4 80% None
5 3 60% Maintain eligibility but a tuition fee adjustment calculation may result in an overpayment.  Where an overpayment exists, any tuition refund will be sent back to the National Student Loan Service Centre to pay down all or a portion of the overpayment.
6 (where 6 courses is considered a full-time course load in your program) 3 or less 50% or less  Loss of eligibility and an overpayment will be calculated.
5 2 or less 40% or less Loss of eligibility and an overpayment will be calculated.
Full withdrawal     Loss of eligibility and an overpayment will be calculated

 * With the exception of US Federal Student Aid, students with a documented permanent disability for government student aid (Ontario and other Canadian provinces only) may reduce their course load to 40% of a full course load and still maintain full-time eligibility with a tuition adjustment only.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Most scholarships, specifically the UWindsor Open Entrance Scholarships require that a student maintain full-time status at all times for continued eligibility unless otherwise indicated as per your letter or the scholarship regulations established for the academic year in which you were eligible for the award.

Most need-based bursaries require that a student maintain a minimum of 60% of a full course load unless otherwise indicated as per your letter.

Exceptions exist for students with a documented permanent disability similar to the exceptions that exist for government student aid purposes.

Questions

If you are unsure or if you have any questions as to the implications of dropping a course that may not be outlined above, please visit or email the Student Awards & Financial Aid Office.

Appeals

Where is has been determined that dropping a course or courses was necessary, where extenuating circumstances have occurred and where this decision has impacted your future financial aid eligibility, an appeal may be possible.  Please contact Student Awards & Financial Aid to discuss your appeal options.  Not all situations can be appealed so please be sure that you are aware of the consequences prior to making a decision to drop a course where loss of eligibility is the outcome.

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