Need to Know

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Dropping and/or adding classes after the beginning of the term may have consequences you did not expect. The costs can be high. You want to do what is best for you and your education.

Before you decide to drop and/or add, we advise you to follow these steps.

  1. Contact the instructor of the class you might drop to discuss your concerns. Questions to consider:
    • How can you best study for the class and improve your performance?
    • If you missed something, can you make it up?
    • What other academic supports would help?
  2. Contact the instructor of the class you would like to add. Go to the class to find out more. Make sure the Institution is Bloomington, the Term (semester) is set for the current term, and the Course Career is set to Undergraduate. Questions to consider:
    • Is the class the right fit for you? Even if there are no prerequisites for the class, what sort of background might the instructor expect of the students in the class?
    • If the class has started, the professor must approve your late add request (eAdd). Is the professor willing to let you add late?
    • Can you “catch-up” and make-up any assignments and quizzes you may have missed?
  3. Contact your academic advisor to talk over the pros and cons of changing your class schedule. Questions to consider:
    • Is there anything you can do to increase the chances your late drop/add requests will be approved by the deadline to drop a class and/or by the first day of the added class?
    • What is the most efficient way to find a class to add that has not started yet, such as in the second eight weeks?
    • If you drop, will it set you back in your degree progress? Is the class a prerequisite for another?
    • If you add, does the class fulfill any requirements or would it be an unnecessary burden?
  4. Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance to learn how changing your class schedule could affect your current financial aid status and your eligibility for future aid. A “W” on your transcript (indicating you withdrew from a class ) and/ or dropping to part-time status (less than 12 credit hours) could make you ineligible for:
    • Financial assistance (of some types, or at certain levels)
    • Insurance coverage under a parent's car, life, or health plan
    • IRS dependent status
    • Veteran’s benefits
  5. Contact the Office of the Bursar to find out what charges you will see on your Bursar bill if you drop and/or add. Some changes can be very costly. Questions to consider:
    • Do you need to add a class before you drop a class (or do the “Drop & Add together”) to stay in the flat fee tuition range (the tuition rate is the same for 12-18 credit hours). Even a temporary change to less than 12 credits can result in extra fees.
    • What is the extra tuition for taking more than 18 credit hours? The tuition rate is the same for 12-18 credit hours (the flat-fee), but it increases with credit hours over 18.
    • Is there a “course-related fee” for the class you want to add? To look up fees for specific courses, select the term you want and the category: “Course Related” on the Bursar’s Tuition and Fee Rates page.
    • At the least, a late schedule change fee is charged for each dropped course.   Select the term you want and the category: “Miscellaneous” on the Bursar’s Tuition and Fee Rates page. 
  6. Consider these additional consequences before dropping into part-time status (fewer than 12 credit hours). Part-time students may become ineligible for:
    • Athletic practice, competition, and/or scholarship
    • F-1 or J-1 Visa
    • Founder's Day (Dean’s List) Honors
    • Freshman Honorary Societies (Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma)
    • Hutton Honors College
    • Student activities, organizations, clubs, and/or events
  7. Consider the possible risks of using the contingent “Drop & Add together” request (also called eDrop/eAdd as a pair):
    • If your eAdd request is disapproved, your eDrop request will also be disapproved. Days or weeks could pass before your drop and add request(s) will be approved or disapproved. It is difficult to determine how many seats (if any) are available when you make an eAdd request.
    • If your requests are disapproved, you may have little or no time to complete another request before a deadline to drop and/or before classes begin.