Adding, dropping or withdrawing from a course
Adding a course
Online students may add courses using the following methods: eRegistration or Assisted Registration. You will receive a registration confirmation email sent to your Cougar email as notification that your enrollment is complete. (To view or print your class schedule, login to CougarTrack. Under the heading Academics, click on registrationthe and choose the link Class Schedule.)
Dropping a course
Once enrolled in a class, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws. An Online student may drop a course for any reason after enrollment through the first business day of the second week of the session (refer to the Academic Calendar each session for these dates). No punitive grade or financial liability will be issued. Students may drop from a course by logging into CougarTrack and completing the drop process in Register and Drop Sections. A Drop Confirmation will be sent to your Cougar email within 24 hours of your submission.
Withdrawing from a course
A student may withdraw from a course after the add/drop period and prior to the end of the sixth week of a session. A withdrawal from a course does not eliminate academic or financial liability. Your course(s) will be listed on your official transcript with a grade of W and you are responsible for the full cost of the course(s). Students may withdraw from a course by submitting a Course Withdrawal form in CougarTrack. A Withdrawal Confirmation will be sent to your Cougar email once your submission has been processed. You may confirm your drop or withdrawal by checking under Class Schedule in CougarTrack; the course will no longer be listed.
Financial aid impact of withdrawing from courses
Withdrawals may affect your financial aid situation and may result in some or all of your federal aid being returned to the federal government. For more in-depth information, you can see the Return of Title IV Funds (Federal Aid) Policy.
Please note: All students applying for federal and/or state financial assistance must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress in a degree program to receive funding. Satisfactory progress is measured in terms of qualitative, quantitative, and maximum time standards. All coursework at Columbia College is applied to these standards. The quality of a student's progress is measured by grade point average (cumulative GPA). The minimum GPA for Financial Aid recipients is the same as the academic standard for Columbia College. The quantity of a student's progress is measured by the Cumulative Completion Rate (hours earned divided by hours attempted). Students are required to complete 2/3 of attempted hours while at Columbia College. Financial Aid recipients must complete an educational program within a time frame no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program.
For more in-depth information about adding, dropping or withdrawing from courses, see the undergraduate or graduate catalog, or call the Online program office at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7246.