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Withdrawals from courses are subject to the following rules:

Early Withdrawal (Within 30 Days of Course Start Date)

Students may withdraw within 30 days of their course start date for a refund of the full course fee less the withdrawal processing fee. The registration will not appear on the transcript and will be deleted from the official record. Please refer to the Refund Policy below for further details. Learning resources should not be returned to Athabasca University.

Withdrawal (After 30 Days of the Course Start Date)

Students may withdraw from a course prior to the end of the course end date without academic penalty. A "W" will appear on the transcript which means a student has withdrawn without credit and without penalty. There is no refund, and learning resources should not be returned to Athabasca University.  Students will not be able to withdraw from a course without academic penalty in any of the following cases:

  • The course has no final exam and all coursework is deemed to have been submitted for marking.
  • The course has a final exam and the student has written the final exam.

Late Withdrawal (Less than 30 Days Before the Course End Date)

If a student formally withdraw prior to the course end date, and does not complete the course, the official record will reflect an "F" (Failure).  A grade will be assigned and calculated in the cumulative average.  There is no refund and learning resources should not be returned to Athabasca University.

The course end date is the scheduled end of an independent paced session for grouped study courses and the expiry date of the course contract period for individualized study courses.

We do not automatically withdraw students and we handle re-enrolment on a case-by-case basis.


Students will receive a refund of the full course fees less the course withdrawal processing fee (refer to MSc IS Fees) if they withdraw from the course within the first 30 days.  Students should not return their learning resources.  Students wishing to withdraw from a course(s) before the first day of class will receive a full refund providing all materials are returned completely unmarked and able to be reissued to another student.

Updated October 13 2015 by PBC ITM Administrative Staff

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