Course and Credit Status Changes, Drops, and Withdrawals

You may add courses, change your credit status, drop, or withdraw from courses via online services. Be sure to review the deadlines, note exceptions to making changes online, and learn about drops and withdrawals before making changes.

Deadlines

If you register and pay in full by May 18, you are charged no fees to make these changes, but you must pay any additional tuition that is due. E-mail requests to make these changes are not accepted. Stopping payment on checks or credit cards is not a valid method of dropping or withdrawing from courses.

Choose the session in which your course is offered to see the deadlines that apply to you.

  • Seven-week session deadlines
    Seven-week session  
    Course adds and credit status changes (no late fee for these transactions) Monday, March 2–Wednesday, June 24
    Drops:  
    100% tuition refund, course dropped from record Monday, March 2–Wednesday, June 24
    50% tuition refund, course dropped from record Thursday, June 25–Wednesday, July 1
    Withdrawals:  
    No tuition refund, course remains on record with WD/WN grade Thursday, July 2–Thursday, July 23
    No withdrawals, course remains on record, final grade assigned to students registered for undergraduate or graduate credit after Thursday, July 23
  • Three-week session I deadlines
    Three-week session I  
    Course and credit status changes (no late fee for these transactions) Monday, March 2–Wednesday, June 24
    Drops:  
    100% tuition refund, course dropped from record Monday, March 2–Wednesday, June 24
    Withdrawals:  
    No tuition refund, course remains on record with WD/WN grade Thursday, June 25–Thursday, July 2
    No withdrawals, course remains on record, final grade assigned to students registered for undergraduate or graduate credit after Thursday, July 2
  • Three-week session II deadlines
    Three-week session II  
    Course and credit status changes (no late fee for these transactions) Monday, March 2–Wednesday, July 15
    Drops:  
    100% tuition refund, course dropped from record Monday, March 2–Wednesday, July 15
    Withdrawals:    
    No tuition refund, course remains on record with WD/WN grade Thursday, July 2–Thursday, July 23
    No withdrawals, course remains on record, final grade assigned to students registered for undergraduate or graduate credit after Thursday, July 23

Exceptions to making changes online

International students with an I-20 certificate from Harvard Summer School

You can add courses online but you cannot change credit status, drop, or withdraw from courses online. All course drops and withdrawals, even those that are part of add/drop course changes, must be approved by the Registrar’s Office using the Course Registration Changes and Summer School Housing Cancellation form. See Visa and I-20 Guidelines for more information on enrollment requirements.

Secondary School Program students

If you do not have an I-20 from the Summer School, you can make course changes online through Friday, June 19. After June 19, all course changes, drops, and withdrawals must be approved by the Secondary School Program Office using the Course Registration Changes and Summer School Housing Cancellation form.

Drops and withdrawals

The amount of tuition refunded when you drop a course and how the course is reflected on your permanent record when you withdraw from a course depend on the date that your drop or withdrawal is submitted online or received at 51 Brattle Street, as described in the charts above. See Refunds for additional information.

If you are registered for credit and cannot complete the course, you will be assigned a letter grade reflecting your performance in the course if you do not drop or withdraw by the appropriate deadline or you do not request an extension-of-time (EXT) grade. 

Campus access after dropping or withdrawing from all courses

Dropping or withdrawing from all your courses constitutes official withdrawal from the Summer School, and you no longer have access to Harvard University housing, libraries, athletic facilities, computer services, or health services. On-campus housing must be canceled according to the housing cancellation procedures. If you drop or withdraw from all your courses after moving into housing, you must vacate your room within 24 hours of doing so.

International students with I-20s from Harvard Summer School

To withdraw completely from the Summer School after classes have started, you must consult in-person with the Harvard International Office advisor before submitting a Course Registration Changes and Summer School Housing Cancellation form to the Registrar’s Office. Withdrawing from the Summer School constitutes a violation of your student visa status. You will need to leave the United States or transfer to another school within the limited time period as advised by the Harvard International Office.

Can’t make registration changes online?

If you cannot make your course registration changes online, you must submit a Course Registration Changes and Summer School Housing Cancellation form by the appropriate course change, drop, or withdrawal deadline.