Hardship Withdrawal Petitions FAQ

Why would a Hardship Petition be denied?

Hardship Petitions are denied if they lack appropriate documentation or if the Committee does not feel the situation meets the criteria outlined for granting a Hardship Withdrawal. Some examples would include:

  • Petitions submitted outside of the 2-year filing deadline.
  • Petitions where the hardship did not arise after the second week of the quarter.
  • Petitions where official documentation of a death was not provided, or documentation of the relationship to the deceased was not clearly substantiated.
  • Petitions for situations that are actually academic issues, and therefore not under the jurisdiction of the Hardship Withdrawal Committee. (For academic issues, please see the Grade Appeal Procedure)
  • Petitions where third-party professional supporting documentation were not provided.
  • Petitions where the medical documents provided did not clearly show medical debilitation arising after the second week of the quarter under petition.
  • Petitions where the situation described was not considered a debilitating condition beyond the student's control.
  • Petitions where the student's degree has already been conferred.
  • Petitions where the documentation has not been translated into English by accredited translator or by third party professional with contact information.
NOTE: International students should meet with an adviser from the International Student Services (ISS) office to be apprised of any potential F1 Visa violation due to withdrawn courses.

What is the appeal process for a denied Hardship Petition?

The Hardship Withdrawal Committee will review an appeal of a denied petition if additional materials that were not previously submitted and are germane to the hardship and specific quarter under petition are provided within 90 days of the notification of the initial petition's denial.

Documents can be sent via email as attachments to: petition@uw.edu or faxed to 206-685-3660 or dropped off in Schmitz Hall 209.

If my Hardship Petition and appeal are denied, can I re-petition?

A Hardship Petition that has been denied may be appealed (see previous FAQ).

However, if a Hardship Petition was denied and the appeal was denied as well, the student may NOT re-petition for that quarter.

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More questions? Email petition@uw.edu