Academic Withdrawal Policy


Park University has two types of withdrawal from courses. An administrative withdrawal is initiated by the institution. An academic withdrawal is initiated by the student. If you have financial aid, administrative withdrawals and/or student-initiated withdrawals may affect that assistance. If you are an international nonimmigrant student, either type of withdrawal may result in a loss of your lawful nonimmigrant status.

Park University reserves the right to administratively withdraw a student from class(es) for failure to meet financial obligations or failure to attend classes during the first two weeks of the semester/term without an approved excuse. Excused absences may be granted at the discretion of the instructor.

In the case of an administrative withdrawal for failure to meet financial obligations, the University will use the date of registration as the effective date of the withdrawal if the student has not participated in academically- related activity. In the event that the student has participated in academically- related activity, the effective date of the withdrawal will be the last day to drop a course, day 8 of term, as outlined in the Park University catalog.

If a student fails to initiate the academic withdrawal process and has never attended the class during the first two weeks of the semester or term, the University will initiate an administrative withdrawal for non-attendance with no permanent notation to your academic record. In this case, the refund calculation will be based on the day prior to the start of the term/semester or registration date if registered after the start of the semester/term.

Students are able to initiate an academic withdrawal no later than two-thirds of the way through the semester/term and receive a W. Refund of tuition charges is based on the date the student requested to be withdrawn (effective date). Students must officially withdraw by completing the Enrollment Adjustment Form or e-mail to from their Park University e-mail account.


When a student withdraws from all classes in an enrollment period, and that student has received federal financial assistance, federal regulations require that calculation be performed to determine if any federal funds must be returned. This is referred to as a Returned to Title IV calculation. If it is determined that funds need to be returned, they will be returned in the following order:

A school must return Title IV funds to the programs from which the student received aid during the payment period or period of enrollment as applicable, in the following order, up to the net amount disbursed from each source:

  • Unsubsidized Direct Stafford loans (other than PLUS loans
  • Subsidized Direct Stafford loans
  • Federal Perkins loans
  • Federal PLUS loans
  • Direct PLUS loans
  • Federal Pell Grants for which a Return is required
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) for which a return of funds is required
  • Federal TEACH Grants for which a Return is required
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant for which a Return is required.

A student’s withdrawal date is:

  • the date the student began the institution’s withdrawal process (as described in the University catalog) or officially notified the institution of intent to withdraw; or
  • the midpoint of the period for a student who leaves without notifying the institution; or
  • the student’s last date of attendance at a documented academically related activity


This form is to be used when you can no longer make adjustments to your schedule through online registration. Until that time, you should access MyPark to Add/Drop courses.

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