Online Hardship Withdrawal Petition Instructions - Seattle Campus


  • If you are filing this petition within two weeks of the close of the quarter, you should first consider requesting an "I" (Incomplete) from your instructor.
  • Petitions for hardships over two years prior to current quarter are ineligible for review, unless accompanied with documentation of inability to file within the guidelines
  • Hardship Withdrawal petitions will not be processed once a degree has been conferred.
  • For more information, see the University's legislative policy regarding Dropping a Course.


  • You will need to file a separate Hardship Withdrawal (HW) Petition and documentation for each quarter being petitioned.
  • Submission of a Hardship Withdrawal Petition does not guarantee it will be approved.
  • If you are petitioning for a complete HW of the current quarter, it is recommended you withdraw yourself from the quarter. See Academic Calendar for timeline.
  • A UWNetID is required to file a Hardship Withdrawal Petition online.
  • Students with F1 Visa status need to meet with an International Student Services adviser to be apprised of any Visa status changes due to hardship withdrawal approval.


  1. Hardship statements are required
    1. Submit a brief, to-the-point statement clearly outlining the circumstances under which you are petitioning (e.g., the physical debilitation, or the extenuating circumstance beyond your control), and how these circumstances affected your ability to complete coursework for the course(s) being petitioned, and prevented you from otherwise dropping the course(s) by the drop deadline.
    2. Petitions submitted without a statement are incomplete, and will not be reviewed.
  2. Appropriate Supporting Documentation is required
    1. Documentation policies
      1. You will be required to upload your supporting documentation when filing this petition. Electronic copies of your documents can be in any format, including photos and PDFs.
      2. Petitions lacking appropriate documentation are incomplete, and will not be reviewed.
      3. All documentation must be provided in English. Documents not originally written in English must be translated by an accredited translator or a third party professional. Translator contact information must be included. 
      4. It is the student's responsibility to supply sufficient documentation.
    2. Hardship due to physical and/or mental debilitation (Medical HW)
      1. Either have your health care provider complete the UW Seattle HW Healthcare Provider Form, or submit a signed document on official letterhead that provides all information requested on the form. No other forms of documentation (e.g., medical bills, prescription lists, test results) will be reviewed.
      2. A Health Care provider form or letter specific to the quarter must be provided for each quarter being petitioned.
      3. Documentation may be verified directly with the provider at the discretion of the HW committee.
    3. Hardship due to death of a family member
      1. Documentation of both the death and your relationship to the deceased must be provided.
      2. Examples of documentation would include a death certificate, a copy of a remembrance from a service, a funeral notice, etc.


  • You will be notified by email of the Hardship Withdrawal Committee’s decision. This will typically occur within three weeks after your petition is submitted, but may take longer.
  • If your petition is approved, your transcript will show the petitioned course(s) with a grade of "HW".
  • Grades cannot be restored once a Hardship Withdrawal petition has been granted.
  • No details of your hardship will be shared with anyone outside the Hardship Withdrawal Board.
  • If your petition was denied, please review the Hardship Withdrawal Petition FAQ for information.