Dropping Courses

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It is recognized that dropping courses is necessary in order to avoid academic standing issues but please note that if you are receiving student aid, dropping courses could have financial implications.  Before dropping a course or courses, please ensure that you understand how it could impact you.

The following guide should be used when making a decision to drop a course or courses:

Government Student Loans (OSAP, US, Out of Province)*

Dropping From # of courses: 6 or 5
To # of  courses: 4
% Course Load: 100%
Implications: None

Dropping From # of courses: 5
To # of  courses: 3
% Course Load: 60%
Implications: Maintain eligibility but a tuition fee adjustment calculation may result in an overpayment.  Where an overpayment exists, any tuition refund will be sent back to the National Student Loan Service Centre to pay down all or a portion of the overpayment.

Dropping From # of courses: 6 (where 6 courses is considered a full-time course load in your program)
To # of  courses: 3 or less
% Course Load: 50% or less
Implications: Loss of eligibility and an overpayment will be calculated.

Dropping From # of courses: 5
To # of  courses: 2 or less
% Course Load: 40% or less
Implications: Loss of eligibility and an overpayment will be calculated.

Dropping From # of courses: Full withdrawal
Implications: Loss of eligibility and an overpayment will be calculated

Students are encouraged to contact the National Student Loan Service Centre to discuss repayment options and to ensure their loans are maintained in good standing.

* With the exception of US Federal Student Aid, students with a documented permanent disability for government student aid (Ontario and other Canadian provinces only) may reduce their course load to 40% of a full course load and still maintain full-time eligibility with a tuition adjustment only.

Most scholarships, specifically the UWindsor Open Entrance Scholarships require that a student maintain full-time status at all times for continued eligibility unless otherwise indicated as per your letter or the scholarship regulations established for the academic year in which you were eligible for the award.

Most need-based bursaries require that a student maintain a minimum of 60% of a full course load unless otherwise indicated as per your letter.

Exceptions exist for students with a documented permanent disability similar to the exceptions that exist for government student aid purposes.

Where it has been determined that dropping a course or courses was necessary, where extenuating circumstances have occurred and where this decision has impacted your future financial aid eligibility, an appeal may be possible.  Please contact Student Awards & Financial Aid to discuss your appeal options.  Not all situations can be appealed so please be aware of the consequences prior to making a decision to drop a course where loss of eligibility is the outcome.

 

SERVICES AVAILABLE:

Students may connect with the Student Awards & Financial Aid staff using the following options:

  • Phone: (519) 253-3000 Ext. 3300
    Phones are answered daily Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

  • Email: award1@uwindsor.ca 
    In order to better assist you, please include your UWindsor Student Number in your email.  Students experiencing financial hardship should email award1@uwindsor.ca with a brief explanation of their situation and their request will be triaged appropriately.

  • Fax: (519) 973-7087 (Documents: Fax, Email, Drop-box, Mail)
    Documents may be faxed, emailed, placed in our drop-box located in the lobby of CHT or mailed to:
         Student Awards & Financial Aid
         University of Windsor
         401 Sunset Ave. CHT Room 102
         Windsor, ON N9H 1G3

VISIT US:

A scheduled appointment is required to visit us in person.  In-person appointments for business related to your government financial aid file, scholarships or bursaries are available during the following hours.

Proceed to campus only if you have completed the Safe Lancer App and have an APPROVED badge.  Access to Chrysler Hall Tower is available by entering through the north doors of Chyrsler Hall North, next to the Leddy Library parking lot.

Students may drop off documents in our drop-box located in the lobby of Chrylser Hall Tower

Information on the 'Return to Campus' procedures and 'Vaccination Policy' can be found on the University of Windsor website https://www.uwindsor.ca/returntocampus/

Be sure that you have government issued photo ID or your UWIN ID card.  We will not be able to serve you in person if you don't have proper identification.

IN-PERSON SERVICE HOURS by APPOINTMENT

Day

Open

Close

Service

Monday

1:00 PM

3:45 PM

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Booked every 10 min.

Tuesday

1:00 PM

3:45 PM

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Booked every 10 min.

Wednesday

9:00 AM

11:45 AM

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Booked every 10 min.

Thursday

9:00 AM

11:45 AM

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Booked every 10 minutes

Friday

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Remote services are available.

Important Notes:

  • We will attempt to return messages and emails within 2 business days where possible.  In September, January & May however, our response time may be closer to 7-10 business days.

  • Please do not leave/send multiple messages/emails as this will delay our response time.