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Dropping Courses

Registration is a continuous process at Penn State, beginning with the student's first day to register and continuing until the first day of classes for the semester. Once the semester begins, the process of changing the student's course schedule is referred to as dropping/adding courses (policy 34-89). There are financial implications to consider when dropping courses. Tuition penalties may apply and financial aid may be impacted. Students who receive financial aid are strongly encouraged to consult with the Office of Student Aid.

Dropping a Course During Regular Drop Period
Late Dropping a Course

Dropping a Course During Regular Drop Period

The period of time at the start of each course when dropping a course can be made without receiving a $6 drop/add fee. Dropping a course during this time means that:

  • Length of drop period is ten days during fall/spring for full-semester courses and is a calculated proportional length for all other courses (see eLion "Course Drop Dates" application).
  • No signature(s) required.
  • No fee

Process:

  1. On eLion using the "Drop/Add" application
  2. In person using a Registration Drop/Add Form. Submit the form to the department offering the course, the advising center or the Registrar's office.

 

Late Dropping a Course

Dropping a course after the regular drop period and before the late drop deadline, (policy 34-89). A student can drop a course with certain restrictions and requirements. They are:

  • No signature(s) required
  • $6.00 fee for each transaction
  • Courses are recorded on the student record
  • Late drop credit limitations during academic career:
    • baccalaureate degree - 16 credits
    • associate degree - 10 credits
    • nondegree - 10 credits

Process:

  1. On eLion using the "Late Course Drop" application
  2. In person using a Registration Drop/Add Form. Submit the form to the department offering the course, the advising center or the Registrar's office.