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Course Withdrawals

If you decide not to follow a course after the course change period, you must officially withdraw. Not attending classes or informing the instructor you will not attend classes does not constitute an official withdrawal and you will remain responsible for course fees.

How to Withdraw

The most convenient way to withdraw from a course is online using Minerva. Students can also withdraw from a course in person at Client Services.

Official withdrawal dates are published before the start of each term. There are two withdrawal periods for Fall and Winter terms: one with a refund and one without a refund. Please refer to the Important Dates Supplement for specific dates.

It is very important that you take note of the withdrawal deadlines in order to obtain a refund.

Students must withdraw by the first withdrawal deadline to obtain a refund. If you miss the deadline, you will be responsible for all course fees.

Refunds for Course Withdrawals

Withdrawals with refund and Grade of “W” – Fall and Winter

If you withdraw from a course during the first withdrawal period, you will receive a refund for the course, less a $20 administrative fee. You will receive a grade of “W”, which will not affect your CGPA. (Note: Tuition fees for courses dropped during the late registration and course change period [link to section 4.1.1 Add, Change or Drop a Course] will be refunded, less a $20 administrative fee per course, and the course will not appear on your transcript.)

Withdrawals without refund and Grade of “W” – Fall and Winter

If you withdraw from a course during the second withdrawal period, you will not receive a refund and will receive a grade of “W”, which will not affect you CGPA.

Withdrawal without refund and Grade of “W” – Spring/Summer

There is no Withdrawal period with a refund for Spring/Summer courses. Students withdrawing from Spring/Summer courses will not receive a refund and will receive a grade of “W”, which will not affect their CGPA. To obtain a refund for Spring/Summer courses, students must drop a course during the earlier course change period.

NOTE: If you do NOT withdraw officially during the course withdrawal period and do not complete the course, you will receive a grade of “J” (incomplete/failure), which counts as “0” in GPA calculations. No refund will be issued and you will be responsible for all course fees.

Effective date for refunds

The date on which you withdraw from a course using Minerva or hand in the Course Change Form to Client Services is the effective date used for determining refunds. Notifying your instructor is not sufficient.

Allowances cannot be made for a change of personal plans or any professional obligations that you may accept after registering.

You must specifically request a refund on Minerva, otherwise any amount owing to you will be credited to your fee account. See Refund request for further details.

Other Refund Regulations

Special rules for refunds may apply for courses of 10 sessions or less or for other specialized courses. For specific details, please inquire at Client Services at the time of registration.

In order to conform with regulations in other McGill faculties, daytime students registered in Continuing Studies evening courses who wish to withdraw must do so within the time period stipulated by their own Faculty. They should consult their Faculty calendar for refund charges and procedures. For students enrolled in McGill programs and taking a non-credit course for eventual recognition as a credit course in their Faculty, the refund and deadline regulations are the same as for Faculty credit courses.