Liberty University Online Programs Withdrawl Info 2

Academic Activity

After a course begins, if a student participates in the course through any kind of Academic Activity, the student will not be able to drop the course. Academic Activity includes any of the following:

  • Submitting the Course Requirements Checklist
  • Posting to the course’s Discussion Board
  • Submitting an assignment, whether graded or ungraded
  • Emailing or contacting the faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course

Total Withdrawal vs. Partial Withdrawal

  • Any time a student ceases active enrollment in a semester, it is considered to be a Total Withdrawal.
  • If a student has active enrollment remaining in the semester of the withdrawal, it is considered to be a Partial Withdrawal.

Total Withdrawal

  • Any time a student ceases active enrollment in a semester, it is considered to be a Total Withdrawal.
  • Students completing a Total Withdrawal will be charged a $50 fee for ceasing enrollment in the semester.
  • Depending on the student’s overall enrollment for the semester, the student’s federal financial aid may be recalculated (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Student Loans, etc.).

Letter of Intent (For Total Withdrawals)

  • If a student completes a total withdrawal and is registered for future courses in a later sub-term/semester, the student must submit a Letter of Intent in order to remain in the future courses.
  • If the Letter of Intent is not submitted at the same time as the withdrawal, then the future courses will be dropped.
  • The Letter of Intent may be sent through the Intent to Withdraw Form or through the prompt provided by your Academic Advisor.


Consequences of Withdrawing

  • A withdrawal does not affect a student’s GPA, but it will result in a permanent “W” on the student’s transcript.
  • Loss of tuition and possible tuition rate change. Please email the Student Accounts Office at StudentAccounts@liberty.edu for a calculation.
  • Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress: To use Financial Aid, students must maintain a 67% completion rate. This means students must complete 67% of the credit hours they attempt. Please note: completion rates are not rounded up to meet progress. For example, if a student has a completion rate of 66.666%, they are not meeting the minimum 67% federal requirement.
  • When a student withdraws from a course, he or she has attempted to earn credit hours, but has earned 0. Therefore, withdrawals negatively affect a student’s completion rate and Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Withdrawal fee – A total withdrawal carries a $50 processing fee.

R2T4 (Return of Title IV Financial Aid)

  • If a student completes a total withdrawal, the Financial Aid Office will complete a calculation to determine if some or all of the student’s financial aid must be returned (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Student Loans, etc.).
  • If a student completes a total withdrawal prior to the loan disbursement, or if the student withdraws below half-time (6 credit hours is half-time for undergraduate and graduate, three credit hours is half-time for post-graduate and doctoral programs), then the loan disbursement will be canceled.

Contact Us

If you have immediate questions, please contact LUO Academic Advising by emailing LUWithdrawal@liberty.edu, or calling (800) 424-9595.