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Late Drop

What is a late drop?
A late drop happens when a student is unable to drop a course(s) by the drop deadline (typically the first week of classes).   A late drop can be requested by either a student or a college representative on behalf of a student.  If you believe there has been an administrative error on your enrollment record, please contact your program.   

When do I request a late drop?
Late drops should only be requested due to extraordinary circumstances or when an administrative error occurred which caused the student to be unable to drop the class(s) by the drop deadline.   A common reason to pursue a late drop is if there was a death of an immediate family member, the student is called to active duty, or there is a documented university error. A late drop request is not appropriate for students suffering from a medical condition (see medical withdrawal section for more information).  Dissatisfaction with a course or change of program is not sufficient grounds for a late drop.  Late drops are typically not approved when university resources have been used by the student and the student has received instruction.  Talk to your professor before pursuing a late drop request. Your professor should be informed of your intent to change the registration status of your class(s).  

How will it affect my student record?
A late drop will result in a full refund of tuition fees if processed within six (6) months of the term affected.  The course(s) is removed from the student's academic record.

What should I submit for a late drop request?
To obtain a student request for a late drop, please contact the Student Services office at the e-mail listed below.  Be sure to read the instructions on the form.  Complete the request form and write a separate statement explaining why the student was not able to drop the class by the deadline. Include dates, details, and any documentation that supports your explanation.  Obtain a copy of your registration schedule from the Registrar's Office or print a copy from myUCF website -- NOT a fee invoice.  Attach copy to your petition.   If you have any type of financial assistance from the Office of Financial Assistance, you must have them sign off on the petition form before you turn it in.  If you are an international student with F1/J1 visa, you must have the Office of International Student and Scholar Services sign off on the petition form before you turn it in.  All copies of the request forms must be legible and with complete information. Any documentation not in the English language must be translated by proper authority before submitting with the petition forms.  Return the completed form to the College of Graduate Studies at: Millican Hall room 230.

How long will a late drop request take to process?
A late drop may take between 2-4 weeks for approval and processing.  If a late drop is not approved, students will be responsible for all course requirements including grades earned.

Who can I contact for help?
If you have questions regarding late drops, please contact Lorie Elrod in the College of Graduate Studies at 407-823-2766 or at:


  • Lorie Elrod
    Student Services and Graduation, College of Graduate Studies


  • Can I drop a class after the late drop registration has ended?

    A late drop can be requested by either a graduate student or a program representative on behalf of a graduate student due to extraordinary circumstances or when a documented administrative error occurred which prevented the graduate student from dropping the class(es) during regular or late registration. For more information, click here.

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