Withdrawing from a college is known as unenrolling. Once a student has made the mind for unenrolling or withdrawing from college, it is very difficult to change the mind. A student unenrolls or withdraws from college due to many reasons, a few of which are stated below :
- Students with low academic performance can opt for a withdrawal from the college.
- Students who want to take a transfer can opt for a withdrawal from the college.
- Students who want to change their field of study can opt for a withdrawal from the college.
- Due to any physical injuries or diseases a student can opt for a break or a withdrawal from the college.
- Due to any medical emergencies a student can opt for a withdrawal from the college.
- If a student is unable to pass the semester or get continuuous backlogs then a student can opt for a withdrawal from the college.
Students go through many stages to get college admission. The admission process includes applying, enrollment, and registration. At any stage, a student is allowed to discontinue this process which is called withdrawal. For the withdrawal process, there are various steps as an admission process that a student has to go through.
Withdrawal or unenrollment means the course is left from in between and a student gets a “W” as a grade on the transcript. Dropping a class is better than withdrawing, but withdrawing is much better than failing or just leaving the studies completely. Withdrawing or unenrolling is not leaving studies permanently but just taking a break from studies. A failing grade may affect the GPA (Grade Point Average) but a withdrawal may not affect the GPA.
Approaching the decision of withdrawal or unenrolling should be approached with a complete understanding and step-by-step follow-up of the withdrawal process. Following the proper process of unenrollment makes it easier for the student. Hereunder are a few steps to follow before withdrawing or unenrolling :
- Having a conversation with the Academic Adviser
The first step after applying for unenrollment or withdrawal is to meet the Academic Adviser in person. Discussing the decision of withdrawal and seeking the correct way of withdrawal for the particular institution in which the student is enrolled, is the foremost step. A student can know about the withdrawal process from the internet also but seeking face-to-face advice and learning the process thoroughly is the very important step of withdrawal from the college.
- Discussing it with the Financial Aid Office
The withdrawal process and the withdrawal date have a major impact on the finances. If the withdrawal date is early in the semester just after enrolling, a student might need to pay back all or part of any taken student loans which support the school expenses. A student also needs to repay any scholarship funds, grants, or any other financial aid. If a student decides to withdraw later in the semester then the scenario changes. Thus discussing the unenrollment or withdrawal with any person in the financial aid office may be a money-saving and smart decision.
- Talking and Informing about the unenrollment or withdrawal to the Registrar Office’s Officer
The withdrawal process requires the submission of a few documents and forms. A student needs to submit in writing the reason for withdrawal and the official date of unenrollment and withdrawal to the school administrators or the college administrators and also complete a few paperwork to the registrar’s office to make the withdrawal or unenrollment process official. The registrar’s office usually handles the transcripts, a student needs to make sure about the transcript record. Transcript records should not be indicating failure, which creates a wrong impression while seeking a job or transferring to a new school.
- Informing the Administrations department which includes the Admissions office of the school or college
The withdrawal process requires the submission of a few documents and forms. A student needs to submit in writing the reason for withdrawal and the official date of unenrollment and withdrawal to the school administrators or college administrators. School administration or the college administration makes sure that the student is allowed to unenroll or withdraw with a complete procedure providing all the required forms and documents for the process.
- Informing the Housing Office
If a student who wants to withdraw or unenroll from the course or college, is staying on campus in dorms then a student needs to inform and submit a few documents to the Housing Office as well. A student also needs to pay certain fees for the cleaning and preparation of the dorm room for other students to occupy. The housing department also provides the deadline to remove the belongings.
- Talking to the Alumni Office
Informing the Alumni Office about the withdrawal or unenrollment makes sure and confirms the alumni benefits which include job placements or any other future endeavors. The Alumni office ensures the students’ position in the community.
- Informing the other institution and submitting the transcript records before hand.
While changing school or getting transferred from one school to another, transcript records or TR is a very essential document that is a must. Transcript records are supposed to be submitted upon enrollment to a new college or school, because it decides the basic academic qualification of a student, whether the student is eligible to enroll for a particular desired course, or how many units a student still needs to acquire to enroll or finish a particular desired course in a college or a University.