Change Your Registration

Drop or Add a Class
Drop or Add a Class
Before You Drop/Add

Thinking about dropping or adding a class? There are some things you should consider before you take action. Read through this section thoroughly to avoid as many late schedule adjustment fees as possible.

Review your financial situation. You have two business days after your initial registration—starting from the first time you put any classess into your enrollment shopping cart and commit to attending—to adjust your schedule without being charged a schedule adjustment fee.

After the first two business days of your initial registration to the Friday of the first week of classes, a Drop/Add access fee will be assessed each day you drop or add a class. These fees are significant, so make sure you feel good about the classes you register for initially! More important, dropping or adding classes can also affect your financial aid, scholarship status, or tuition costs. If you do decide you want to drop or add a class, we highly recommend talking with your advisor about it.

Learn more about tuition and fee rates »

Protect your GPA. The longer you wait to drop a class, the more damage you can do. During the first week of the semester, dropped classes will not show on your transcripts or grade reports. After the first week of class, any dropped class will receive an automatic “W” (Withdrawn).

The automatic W deadline is the last day to withdraw with an automatic W. After the automatic W deadline, eDrop/eAdd will no longer be available on OneStart. Dropped classes will require permission from your school dean and your instructor. It will be up to your instructor or dean’s discretion to give you either a W or an F.

After the last day to drop courses, you will not be able to drop a class except in exceptional circumstances, such as extended illness or equivalent distress.

Understand the consequences. If you’re worried about your finances, talk to Student Central first. If you’re worried about your grade, talk with your instructor to see if there are better options available.

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You’re ready to drop or add a class. Now choose your time frame »

Choose Your Time Frame

See below the different windows of time you can drop or add a class, as well as how to do it, and what the financial consequence may be. You can learn specific dates and deadlines by following the imbedded links, which will take you to the Official Calendar.

Remember that the earlier in the semester you decide to adjust your schedule, the more money you'll save.

  • Before Classes Start to the Friday of the First Week of Classes

    What to Expect

    • You will be charged a drop/add access fee if you make changes two or more business days after you first register. The fee is assessed each day you make changes, not per drop or add.
    • Classes dropped by Friday of the first week will not show on your transcript or grade reports. If you want to avoid a W, drop by the Friday of the first week.
    • For Summer term Four-Week classes, you only have two days to drop a class without receiving an automatic W grade. See the Official Calendar for deadlines.

    You’re ready. Learn how to Drop/Add in OneStart »

  • Second Week of Class to the Automatic W Deadline

    What to Expect

    • Late add requests must be approved by the instructor as well as the department.
    • Late drop requests up to the Auto-W Deadline require departmental approval only. It may take a day or two before you learn if these requests are approved or not.
    • If you drop a class before the Last Day to Withdraw with an automatic W (auto-W deadline), you can ensure a grade of a “W” (“Withdrawn”) on your Grade Report and on your IU transcript.
    • You’ll be charged a late schedule change fee. You may also be charged for additional course fees, tuition, and/or penalties.

    Steps for Late Drop/Add

    1. There are financial consequences to late drop/add, and some are very costly. See an advisor if you have questions. You may need to consult with the bursar or with a financial aid specialist.
    2. If you need to add a class, you might want to search for second eight-week classes and other classes that have not yet started. Instructors may not approve your add if you have missed too much.
    3. Auto-W deadlines differ for first-eight-week, full-term, and second-eight-week classes. Check the Official Calendar to verify dates.

    You’re ready. Late Drop/Add in OneStart »

  • After the Auto-W Deadline

    What to Expect

    • You’ll need the permission from both the dean and the instructor to drop at this point in the semester. If the dean approves a late drop, the instructor still has the choice of giving you a W or an F.

    To Drop After the Auto-W Deadline

    • Contact your advisor and instructor(s) to discuss the circumstances that have led you to consider a late drop. Each school and degree program has its own rules and policies regarding late withdrawals, so your advisor will be the best resources to help you understand which guidelines and options apply to your situation.
  • After the Last Day to Drop a Course

    What to Expect

    • Approval for a drop after the last day to drop a course is reserved for exceptional circumstances due to extended illness or equivalent distress. Please contact your instructors and advisor as soon as possible if something happens in your life that could keep you from successfully completing your courses late in the term. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
    • To drop a course after the last drop deadline, you’ll need the approval of both the dean (or, if you're a University Division student, the director of University Division) and the instructor. Even if the dean approves a late drop, the instructor still has the option of giving you a W or an F.

    To Drop after the Last Drop Deadline

    • Contact your advisor and instructor(s) to discuss the circumstances that have led you to consider asking for a drop after the Last Day to Drop/Dean's Deadline. Each school and degree program has its own rules and policies regarding late withdrawals, so your advisor will be the best resources to help you understand which guidelines and options apply to your situation.

    Other Options to Consider

    • Review the syllabus for the class to determine what final grade is possible for you.
    • Meet with your instructor to learn what you can do to improve your grade.
    • Manage your time to focus on the classes and assignments and exams that will contribute most to your progress and success. Ask your instructors and advisor for help setting priorities.
    • Discuss the possibility of an Incomplete with your instructor. Be aware that an Incomplete is almost never possible if the student has taken the final exam.
    • Repeat the course, if necessary or if it’s a good idea, in a future term. If you repeat, consider applying for the Extended-X Retake policy.
    • Consider the option to drop all classes, which is possible through the last day of final exam week.
  • After the End of Term

    After the end of the term (last day of final exam week), students should contact the Student Advocates Office to discuss if and how it might be possible to drop classes.

Drop/Add in OneStart

If you decide to drop or add a class before the automatic W deadline, you can do so through OneStart.

Add/Drop Before the End of the First Week

  1. Go to Services tab in OneStart.
  2. Choose Student Services, and go to the Student Center.
  3. Choose Registration & Drop/Add. Follow the steps to enroll for the semester and drop/add.

Add/Drop Before the Auto-W Deadline

  1. Go to Services tab in OneStart.
  2. Choose Student Services, and go to the Student Center.
  3. Choose Late Drop/Add Classes.
  4. This will take you to the eDrop/eAdd (electronic Drop/Add). Follow the steps in the system to:
    • Drop/add together (If add is not approved, drop won’t be approved. It’s designed this way to make sure you stay in full-time status.)
    • Drop only
    • Add only
  5. It can take a day or more for your request to be processed. You can track the progress of your drop and/or add requests using Track My eDocs found on the eDrop/eAdd tab.

Quick Help

We've put together a couple of help sheets to help you navigate the online Drop/Add application.

Contact Student Central if you have questions.