Course Changes 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 below before making changes.
Deadlines to make these course registration changes vary by session. See the calendar for your course or program and review the deadlines that apply to you.
If you register and pay in full by May 16, 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.
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 International Student Guidelines for more information on enrollment requirements.
Secondary School Program students
If you do not have an I-20 certificate from the Summer School, you can make course changes online through Friday, June 17. After June 17, 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.
Pre-College Program students
You can make course changes online through Monday, May 16. After May 16, all course changes, drops, and withdrawals must be approved by the Pre-College 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. 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 a 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.