Withdrawing from UC Berkeley

Withdrawing from UC Berkeley: What to Know


 

 

Occasionally students decide to discontinue their studies at Berkeley for a period of time after beginning a semester. This is called a withdrawal. Students withdraw for many reasons: to work, recover from an illness, attend to personal business, or find their true academic direction. Because a withdrawal affects your student status, as well as various student services, here is what you need to know to ensure that you are following official withdrawal procedures and gathering information about your eventual return to campus via readmission. Please note - Cancellation or withdrawal in summer term is different from fall and spring. For more information, see the Summer Sessions website.

 

QUICK GLOSSARY:

  • Withdrawal: Discontinuing studies after instruction has begun for the semester.

  • Cancellation: Terminating your registration before instruction has begun for the semester.

  • "Semester out" policy: Depending on your College's policies, if you withdraw after the eighth week of classes, you may be required to stay out the following semester. Please talk with your College adviser about this.

 
 

WITHDRAWAL AFFECTS THE FOLLOWING

  • Financial aid and scholarships, including Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

  • Tuition and fees

  • Housing (either on or off campus)

  • International student F-1 or J-1 visa status

  • Veterans’ benefits

  • Readmission

  • Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

 

BEFORE YOU WITHDRAW

  • Meet with your College adviser to discuss your options, including a possible withdrawal.

  • Visit Cal Student Central to discuss:

  • If you are an international student in F-1 or J-1 visa status, consult the Berkeley International Office.

  • Consult the Housing office to discuss your housing contract and obligations.

  • Update your contact information in CalCentral.

  • If you are withdrawing for medical reasons, consult University Health Services (Tang Center).

  • Withdrawing affects your Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) options:

    • If you withdraw after the first day of instruction and have not paid any SHIP fees, you will not be able to enroll in SHIP.
    • If you withdraw on the first day of instruction or later and paid for SHIP, you will remain on SHIP for that SHIP term (8/15-1/14 or 1/15-8/14) and will not be refunded.
    • If you pay your SHIP fee and cancel registration before classes begin, you are no longer eligible for SHIP and will be refunded.
  • If you receive veterans educational benefits, contact Veteran Services at veteranservices@berkeley.edu or 510-642-1592.

 

 


CANCELLATION

Before the Semester Starts

If you have registered, contact the Office of the Registrar before the first day of classes to cancel your registration. You can do this through CalCentral. If this is your first semester at UC Berkeley, before cancelling your registration, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions about the possibility of deferring your admission: admissions@berkeley.edu

 

After Completing the Semester

Do not enroll in classes for next semester. Pay no fees. Notify the Office of the Registrar that you will not return next semester. You can do this through CalCentral. Apply for readmission when ready.
 

 

HOW TO WITHDRAW

Under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the student, not a parent or guardian, must complete the process, unless you have granted parental access to your financial aid and other records.
 

Between the First Day of Classes and Eighth Week of Classes

Meet with your College adviser and consult with Cal Student Central. Tuition and fees are reduced to the eighth week of classes on a prorated basis.

 

After Eighth Week of Classes

Meet with your College adviser and consult with Cal Student Central. The “semester out” policy applies for the semester following the one in which you withdraw unless waived by a College adviser (please check with your College to determine if the "semester out" policy applies). The deadline for withdrawing is the last day of instruction.

 
 
 

AFTER YOU WITHDRAW

  • Monitor your balances in CalCentral for new invoices that result from your withdrawal. You are responsible for all outstanding invoices.

  • Notify the Housing office and complete its move-out checklist to avoid additional fees.

  • Keep in mind that your CalNet ID is only active for one semester after you withdraw. If you lose access, please contact Cal Student Central for assistance.

  • Your transcript will note that you withdrew from a particular semester. A withdrawal does not affect your GPA.

 
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

About tuition and fees, financial aid and scholarships, SAP, readmission, and general questions
Cal Student Central
120 Sproul Hall
510-664-9181
 

Housing office
2610 Channing Way
510-642-4108
Walk-in Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday
 

University Health Services (Tang Center)
2222 Bancroft Way
510-642-6074
 

Berkeley International Office
2299 Piedmont Avenue
510-642-2818
Drop-in Advising Hours: 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday
 

Veteran Services
Office of the Registrar
123 Sproul Hall
510-642-1592
Email: veteranservices@berkeley.edu

 

Student Advocate's Office
114B Hearst Gym
510-642-6912

Email: advocate@berkeleysao.org