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.



  • 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.



  • 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)



  • 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 a student withdraws before the first day of instruction, all fees are de-assessed.
    • If a student withdraws on the first day of instruction, SHIP and Class Pass (and Doc Fee) are not de-assessed, but all other fees are.
    • If a student withdraws after the first day of instruction, SHIP and Class Pass (and Doc Fee) are not de-assessed and all other fees are pro-rated.
  • If you receive veterans educational benefits, contact Veteran Services at veteranservices@berkeley.edu or 510-642-1592.




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.



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.



  • 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.



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

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

University Health Services (Tang Center)
2222 Bancroft Way

Berkeley International Office
2299 Piedmont Avenue
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
Email: veteranservices@berkeley.edu


Student Advocate's Office
412B Eshleman Hall

Email: advocate@berkeleysao.org