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Consequences of Withdrawing






Make a Smart Choice


SAP Withdrawing will affect Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), jeopardizing financial aid in future terms.


Money Withdrawing does not cancel tuition or fees. You are still charged for courses from which you withdraw.


Academic  Record Course withdrawals appear on your academic record and may affect graduate & career opportunities.


Repay If you withdraw, you may be required to repay a portion of your aid back to the university.


Time to  Degree Withdrawing extends the time and cost of your degree.


Complete a S.M.A.R.T. Check

We're here to help you graduate. Before you withdraw from a course, come to the Welcome Center to complete your S.M.A.R.T. Check.

Completing a SMART Check is mandatory if you are intending to withdraw from a class. However, if you want to know how a course withdrawal might affect you academically and financially, you can complete a SMART Check at any time.

During your visit, you will meet with an enrollment management representative and learn about how withdrawing from a course will specifically impact you, both academically and financially. You will receive personalized information to help you make an educated decision.

SMART Checks take place on a walk-in basis in the Welcome Center lobby, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. A session will take 30 minutes. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Student Service Center at (313) 577-2100 or studentservice@wayne.edu.

Get a head start with SMART Check - paper form

Get a head start with SMART Check - online form

Don't lose your aid

The best way to avoid losing part or all of your aid is to complete your classes.

Before the semester begins:

  • Declaring a major is important to your academic success.

  • Follow your graduation plan and register for the courses you need.

  • Make all class changes before the semester starts.

After the semester has begun:

Limits on your aid

Having a good graduation plan includes calculating how much financial aid will be available to you.

Federal Pell Grant Limits - keep in mind that the Pell grant is limited to 12 semesters of awards for full-time enrollment.

Federal Loan Limits - Subsidized loans also are limited to 12 semesters of full-time enrollment.

Scholarship & WSU Grant Limits - Most WSU scholarships will only be awarded for four years.

If your degree requires 120 credits, you will need to enroll in 15 credits each semester in order to graduate in four years.

Repaying your loans

If you drop all of your courses or if you drop to less than half-time, your loans will become due. You must repay your loans even if you do not complete your program.

If you do not make payments, you will be ineligible for future aid.

Check your loan balance and status at nslds.ed.gov.