Cancellation & Withdrawal

Cancellation

If you are enrolled in classes and/or have paid fees and you do not plan on attending that term, you may cancel registration prior to the first day of instruction.

You may do so by dropping all of your classes, included waitlisted ones, via the My Academics section of CalCentral.

Impact on your records: There will be no notation of the cancellation on your transcript. 

New Undergraduates 

If this is your first semester at UC Berkeley, before canceling your registration, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions about the possibility of deferring your admission. If you cancel your registration, you will be required to submit a new admission application to attend a future semester.

Withdrawal

Starting the first day of instruction you may withdraw, but you will be billed for that semester's fees. Note: Once instruction for the semester has begun, you cannot cancel your registration. You must withdraw.

When you withdraw, any classes in which you are enrolled will be dropped from your schedule, and you will no longer be eligible to attend for that semester or any future semester until you are readmitted.

You may start the withdrawal process by submitting a Withdrawal Request Form in CalCentral. You should meet with your college adviser (undergraduates) or major adviser (graduate students) before initiating your request as your form will not be processed until approved by your college or school dean’s office (undergraduates) or major adviser (graduates).

Withdrawing also affects a semester of financial aid eligibility.

Note: If you have a student loan (Federal Direct, Health Professions, or Perkins), the process remains the same as any withdrawal, and you are required to complete an exit interview.

Impact on your records: No course work shown, but your transcripts will reflect a Withdraw

Refunds: Percentage of refunds depends on the effective date of your withdrawal. See Refunds After Withdrawal for more information. 

How Do I...?

Withdraw for Medical Reasons

If you are withdrawing for medical reasons, the process remains the same as any withdrawal, and you should also contact University Health Services at the Tang Center.

Withdraw if I am an International Student

If you are an international student (on an F-1 or J-1 visa), the process remains the same as any withdrawal, and you must also consult with an adviser at the Berkeley International Office to determine whether or not withdrawing will jeopardize your immigration status and your permission to be in the United States.

Withdraw if I Have a Student Loan

If you have a student loan (Federal Direct, Health Professions, or Perkins), the process remains the same as any withdrawal, and you are required to complete an exit interview.

Withdraw if I am a Student Athlete

If you are a student athlete, the process remains the same as any withdrawal, and you should discuss your plan with your coach and also with your adviser in the Athletic Study Center.

Withdraw Because I'm Called to Active Military Duty

If you are a Reserve or National Guard member of the U.S. Armed Forces and are called to active duty for service other than your training commitment; of if you are on active duty while attending UC Berkeley and are deployed elsewhere, the campus Veterans Benefits Unit will help you:

  • withdraw with a full refund of eligible tuition and fees paid out of pocket (funds paid by the VA need not be refunded)
  • obtain Incomplete grades that will not lapse to an F before you return to complete the work; and
  • apply for readmission without a fee