Drop, Audit & Withdrawal FAQs
Q: What is the difference between drop and withdrawal?

To avoid owing a bill, students must drop classes before the semester begins. If a class is dropped during a partial refund period, the student will only owe a portion of the bill. A dropped class does NOT appear on the student’s transcript.

A withdrawal occurs after the refund period. Students are financially responsible for withdrawn classes. A withdrawal appears on the student’s transcript as a “W” grade.
Q: What is an audit?
A: An Audit will allow the student to continue in the class but student is subject to certain conditions specified by the instructor.  The student will receive a grade of “R” which will appear on the transcript but is not included in the GPA. Audited courses are not eligible for Financial Aid.
Q: What do I need to do if I want to drop a class?

To drop a class online, please following these instructions:

  1. Log in to the Portal (
  2. Click the “Academics” tab.
  3. Click “Add or Drop Classes” link under the “Registration Tools” heading.
Not all students are eligible to drop/add courses online. Students that are not permitted to drop/add courses online must pick up a Schedule Change form (DROP/ADD) at the Information Center in the Student Services Building.  Fill out the form, see an advisor for signature, and go to Student Records for processing.
Q: What do I need to do if I want to withdrawal from a class?

Students who wish to withdraw from a class must pick up a Withdrawal Form from the Information Center in the Student Services Building. Students who are receiving Financial Aid, EOF, or NJ Stars must have the form signed by the respective officials.  All Withdrawal Forms must be signed by an advisor.  Students may then hand the completed form in to the Student Records department.

Q: What is a Partial Withdrawal?
A: Withdrawing from some but not all classes of the semester.
Q: What is a Total Withdrawal?
A: Withdrawing from all classes of the semester.
Q: Does a withdrawal show up on my transcript?
A: Yes
Q: Does a drop show up on my transcript?
A: No
Q: If I drop a class will it affect my financial aid?
A: Yes, it may affect Financial Aid.
Q: If I Withdrawal from a class will it affect my financial aid?
A: Federal financial aid recipients are subject to a reduction of their financial aid if they completely withdraw or stop attending classes within the 60% period of any given semester. Aid recipients are responsible for costs related to tuition, fees, and books if their financial aid is revised or cancelled. For additional information please visit the Financial Aid Withdrawals page.