Withdrawing from Courses

After the deadline to drop a course has passed, students may withdraw from a course by submitting a Student Initiated Withdrawal from a Class form at the Office of the Registrar. A withdrawn course will remain on a transcript with a grade of “W” (Withdrawn) and is not eligible for a tuition refund or a replacement course.  

Please note: Withdrawn courses are considered attempted courses and, as such, may affect a student’s satisfactory academic progress. Withdrawn courses are not considered when calculating a student’s GPA. If you receive financial aid or veterans’ benefits, withdrawal from a course(s) may reduce your eligibility for aid. If you are an international student, withdrawal from a course(s) may jeopardize your F-1 Visa status. 

The deadline for withdrawing from a spring 2019 course is April 5.

Withdrawing from the College

Students who wish to withdraw from the college anytime after completing the check-in process are required to complete a Withdrawal from the College form in order to be officially withdrawn from the term. There are three locations to do this:

  1. U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) who are withdrawing from the college for any nonmedical reason must schedule an appointment with the Retention and Student Success Office at success@berklee.edu or with an academic advisor.
  2. U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) who are withdrawing from the college for any medical reason must obtain medical documentation and schedule an appointment with a designated Health and Wellness staff member by calling 617-747-2310.
  3. International students withdrawing from the college for either medical or nonmedical reasons must schedule an appointment with their international advisor. Please note that international students in F-1 status will affect their immigration status by withdrawing from the college.

Students withdrawing before the end of the fourth week of either the fall or spring semesters are entitled to a credit of part of their tuition: 80 percent if withdrawing during the first week, 60 percent if withdrawing during the second week, 40 percent if withdrawing during the third week, and 20 percent if withdrawing during the fourth week. After the fourth week, no credit will be made. No deduction is made for temporary absence, nor is any credit granted if students are suspended, dismissed, or leave the college without officially withdrawing. 

Students also have the option to sign up for an additional tuition insurance program provided through Liberty Mutual Insurance. This coverage supplements Berklee College of Music’s student refund policy. More information can be found at berklee.edu/bursar/tuition-insurance.

Financial aid awards may be prorated upon withdrawal from the college. Contact the Office of Student Financial Services for more information.

Students are encouraged to communicate with the Office of Retention and Student Success regarding their academic standing as it relates to their withdrawal from the college (medical or nonmedical).