Withdrawals

Withdrawal is the act of formally giving notice that one is leaving the university without intending to return at a future time. Students who intend to withdraw from the university must submit a Request for Withdrawal to gsas-studentaffairs [at] columbia.edu. Until students are notified by GSAS that the withdrawal has been approved, they should assume that they are registered and expected to fulfill their academic and/or financial responsibilities, including completing course work.

Refund of Tuition and Fees

All students who withdraw during a semester in which they are registered are charged a $75 withdrawal fee. Tuition is refunded on a prorated basis, ordinarily calculated from the date on which GSAS receives the request for a withdrawal. No fees are refunded after the second week of the semester. The Registrar's office publishes a schedule of refunds for tuition and fees based on the week in the semester during which the withdrawal is approved.

Transcript and Registration

Withdrawals may be approved at any point in a given semester before 5:00 p.m. on the final day of classes for that semester. (Please consult the GSAS Academic Calendar to determine the date of the final day of classes.) Once a withdrawal is approved, courses and grades for the semester in progress are expunged from the student’s record. Students who submit withdrawal paperwork after 5:00 p.m. on the final day of classes will be withdrawn from the subsequent semester, and the courses and grades for the semester in progress will be preserved on the transcript.

Loans, Fellowships, and Other Financial Aid

Students should contact the GSAS Office of Financial Aid for information about the effect of taking a withdrawal on loans and fellowships. Most University and government loan programs do not permit the deferment of loan repayment after a student has withdrawn.

Use of Facilities and Services

A student who has withdrawn may not use university facilities. Email accounts are normally suspended within six to nine months after approval of the leave.

Please note that students who have withdrawn but have previously been awarded a Columbia degree may, as alumni, retain access to their LionMail email account and use facilities such as the libraries. See the Columbia Alumni Association website for more information.

University Housing

Students must be registered to remain in Columbia Housing. Students who plan to withdraw should contact University Apartment Housing regarding the date by which they will be expected to vacate.

Health Insurance

Once withdrawn, students are not eligible to remain on the Columbia Health Insurance plan, nor do they retain access to Columbia Health Services. Enrollment in the Columbia Health Insurance plan will be terminated on the last day of the month in which the student withdraws or is withdrawn. For questions regarding refunds, students should contact the Health Insurance Office.

Visa Issues

Students on a J1 or F1 visa who intend to withdraw must contact the International Students and Scholars Office as soon as possible.