Arranging a Permanent Withdrawal
Undergraduate students who decide to permanently discontinue their degree studies at the University must arrange a permanent withdrawal through the USC. Withdrawal is a permanent action. (If you’d like to step away from your BU studies for a short period, while holding a spot in your degree program for return, a leave of absence might be the better option; contact the USC staff to discuss.)
We’ve compiled useful information below about withdrawal implications, BU wrap up details, and steps to complete your withdrawal.
Withdrawal Implications and Wrap-up Details
The information below addresses commonly asked questions about the undergraduate withdrawal process. As it is general in nature, you should always discuss your specific situation with an associate director before finalizing a withdrawal.
Notify your academic advisor of your intention to withdraw. Be sure you have gathered any necessary information about the courses you’ve taken (description, syllabus, etc) to facilitate transferring of credits.
The notation “withdrew” will be listed on your transcript for the appropriate semester.
When your withdrawal request is approved and updated, your course registration will be cancelled for the upcoming term and your name removed from class lists.
Financial Implications / Tuition Cancellation Schedule
Semester tuition and fees are adjusted based on the effective date of the withdrawal, in accordance with the published tuition refund schedule. This schedule provides for the full cancellation of tuition and fees for students who withdraw prior to the first day of the semester, so please work with the USC early to confirm your plans and update your records. If your plans aren’t definite as the start of the semester approaches, or if you are considering a permanent withdrawal once the semester has started, please contact the USC associate directors (617-358-1818; firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss best next steps.
International Students / Visa Status
International students on a student visa may not remain in the U.S. following withdrawal. Please discuss your plans with your assigned advisor in the International Students and Scholars Office.
Your on-campus housing assignment will be cancelled and the space reassigned. Please reference BU Housing’s Withdrawals and Leave of Absence policy and speak with a USC associate director if you have questions about your specific situation. Residence and dining charges are adjusted in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the Residence License Agreement.
Need-based financial aid, loans, and BU scholarships will be cancelled. For more information, visit BU Financial Assistance. Any award offered by a private donor will be adjusted according to the terms stipulated by the donor.
Allow two to three business days for account adjustments to be reflected in your online invoice; adjustment of financial aid funds may take up to thirty days. If these adjustments result in a credit balance (over-payment) on your account, the credit may be refunded upon your request to Student Accounts.
Student and parent educational loans will go into repayment status when you are no longer enrolled. Information on payment amounts, grace periods, etc., can be obtained from your lender(s); you may also find it useful to browse the links provided by the Office of Financial Assistance.
The Boston University Student Medical Insurance Plan coverage is yearlong and begins each August.
Undergraduate students who withdraw from the University by the beginning of August will have the SHIP coverage for the upcoming academic year canceled, and the charge removed.
Students who are enrolled in the Boston University Student Medical Insurance Plan for the academic year, and then withdraw effective the spring semester will retain the coverage through the remainder of the policy period.
For more information about SHIP, please visit the Student Health Services resource page.
Student Employment/Work Study
Alert your employer that you will not be returning to your position.
Access to Services
Access to BU services (FitRec membership, library borrowing privileges, etc.) ceases upon withdrawal.
BU Email and Student Link Access
Your BU Google Apps account (including email) will remain active for three years after withdrawal. Student Link access is retained. It is your responsibility to remember your BU login and Kerberos password to easily access your Link records.
How Do I Officially Request A Permanent Withdrawal?
For information on the process for requesting a permanent withdrawal, see here.