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Drop/Add Information

Graduate and undergraduate students who want to drop/add a course must contact their Advisor in the Financial Aid/Advisement Office for assistance.


Students dropping or adding graduate or undergraduate seven-week courses, eight-week courses, fifteen-week undergraduate day courses, or one-week seminars must do so during the College's official Drop/Add periods. Those Drop/Add periods are:

  • Seven-week Session I or Session II courses: first week of each session
  • Eight-week Session I or Session II courses: first week of each session
  • Fifteen-week day courses: first two weeks of each semester
  • One-week seminars: before the second scheduled day/night of class (The adding of seminars after the first class meeting has begun is not permitted.)
  • Saturday classes: before the second scheduled day of class (The adding of Saturday classes after the first class meeting has begun is not permitted.)
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT): within 30 days of the start date listed on the Form I20, a student may request a non-refundable credit on account for the amount of the tuition charge less any applied scholarships. Student must submit to the Advisor (1) a written request for the non-refundable credit, and (2) a letter of separation from the employer.

Students who drop a course during the Drop/Add periods are charged 20% of the tuition charges, except for CPT courses. For details on tuition charge or refund information, please contact the College's Business Office. The College reserves the right to drop a student's course(s) if the student has not attended the course(s) and the schedule has not been secured for the semester/session in which the course(s) is(are) scheduled.

Drop Period

Enrolled students who choose to drop a fifteen-week course during the Drop Period, third week of the semester, are charged 50% of the total tuition charges. Students can only drop courses during this period, not add, by contacting their Advisor.

Academic Drop Period

Students may drop graduate or undergraduate courses without academic penalty during the Session I, Session II or fifteen-week semester Academic Drop periods. Students will receive a grade of "W" instead of a final grade. The "W" does not affect the student's cumulative grade point average; the student will not earn credits for the course. In addition, students who drop courses during the following Academic Drop periods will be charged 100% of the total tuition charges. Students must contact their Advisor to drop a course.

  • Seven-week Session I or II courses: second week to the end of the fourth week of the session
  • Eight-week Session I or II courses: second week to the end of the fifth week of the session
  • Fifteen-week undergraduate day courses: fourth week to the end of the tenth week of the semester
  • One-week seminars: prior to the fourth class meeting
  • Saturday classes: prior to the third class meeting
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT): after first 30 days of the CPT start date

After the Academic Drop Period

A student or parent may not request a course schedule drop/add after the academic drop period has ended for a particular semester/session. Once a schedule is secured, it is the student's responsibility to make changes to the course schedule within the drop/add timeframe for that semester/session. A student who contacts the Advisor after the academic drop period has ended will not be considered for a semester charge reduction regardless of class attendance, how payment was made, or if an outstanding balance is presently owed. The student will be charged 100% of the total tuition charges.

Drops for Medical/Work-Related Reasons

For students who find it necessary to drop courses due to medical or work-related reasons, please review the following tuition credit descriptions to see if you may be eligible for a tuition credit.

Description of Tuition Credit

Medical Tuition Credit - A medical tuition credit will be considered if the student's medical condition has caused the student to miss two consecutive weeks of classes.

Work-Related Tuition Credit - A work-related tuition credit will be considered for any student whose supervisor has required/requested them to change work hours and the new hours are during the class hours.

Medical and work-related tuition credits are non-refundable.

Prior to consideration being granted for a possible tuition credit, the student must:

  • Speak to the professor to see if it is possible to make up the work missed, even if it means taking an incomplete for the course and completing the work beyond the semester/session.
  • Contact the student's advisor if he or she is unable to complete the required course work to officially drop the course(s) at the current refund percentage. The charge will be corrected if necessary when the tuition credit is approved.

Complete the Goldey-Beacom College Medical and Work-Related Tuition Credit Request form and submit it with the required documentation to the Executive Director of Finance & Human Resources. See part three for the required documentation.

All medical and work-related tuition credit documentation must be submitted within 30 days of the incident, in order for the tuition credit to be considered. Listed below is the medical and work-related documentation that would need to be provided to the Executive Director of Finance & Human Resources, Susan M. Mannering.

Documentation Required

Medical Tuition Credit - supporting documentation from the doctor and/or hospital that includes the dates for which the student was being treated and a brief explanation for why the student was not able to attend and/or complete the class.

Work-Related Tuition Credit - supporting documentation from the student's supervisor explaining that the student requested/required the student to change their work hours and list the hours that the student is now required to work.

The documentation may be mailed to Susan M. Mannering, Goldey-Beacom College, 4701 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808, or sent by email to manners@gbc.edu.

Listener Status

Students can change to Listener Status during the College's official Drop/Add periods by notifying their Advisor. Students will be charged full tuition; a grade of "L" will be assigned.

SAM 2016 License & Certification Program

Once a student activates the SAM 2016 license in the SAM 2016 License & Certification Program, the activation cannot be reversed and the charge of $75 will apply. At that point, there is no refund of the Program charge.

Appeal Process

If the student would like to appeal the decision regarding the tuition charge, the student should submit an appeal request to the Executive Vice President within 30 days of receiving the decision. At this time, the student should present any and all documentation that fully describes the circumstances that would warrant a change in decision. The Executive Vice President will respond within ten working days. The decision of the Executive Vice President will be final.