Hardship Withdrawal Petition for Courses

Students may petition the Registrar for a hardship withdrawal (HW) if the following apply:

  • You are unable to complete the course in question because of a physical and/or mental debilitation, or unusual/extenuating circumstance beyond your control;
  • The debilitation or extenuating circumstance arose and/or was diagnosed after the 14th calendar day of the quarter;
  • The debilitation or extenuating circumstance prevented you from dropping the course by the published course drop deadline for the quarter (see the Academic Calendar).

Hardship Withdrawals will not be granted for course work that has already been applied to a completed degree. Petitions must be filed within two years of the quarter being petitioned. Petitions outside the two year time line will not be reviewed without documentation of physical inability to file within guidelines. Grades cannot be changed after a degree has been granted. Grades cannot be restored once a Hardship Withdrawal has been granted.

Effective Autumn 2016, the timeline to file an HW petition will be changed to within one year of the quarter being petitioned.

Hardship Withdrawal Submission

This website and submission forms are for Seattle-campus students who are not registered via Professional and Continuing Education (PCE). If you are a student at UW Bothell, UW Tacoma, or are taking a course through PCE, please visit the appropriate website for relevant information and forms.

Note – a hardship withdrawal petition is not a petition for a tuition refund. Tuition Forfeiture Petitions must be submitted to Student Fiscal Services.

Questions regarding a denied petition?

For questions regarding a denied petition, please read the Hardship Withdrawal Petition FAQ or email petition@uw.edu.