Dropping Courses and Refunds

We are aware that circumstances may keep you from taking courses in our program. The iMBA and iMSM deadlines follow the Nonstandard University Schedule, because our course start/end dates vary from the rest of campus. iMSA deadlines will vary by the course and semester. There are strict policies in place for cancelling, dropping, and withdrawing from courses. These policies also affect the refund, if any, that you will receive.


A cancellation is when a student signs up for courses and decides to no longer attend the University that term. Students may cancel registration no later than one day before the course officially begins. No tuition fees are charged for students who choose this option.

How to cancel registration: The easiest way to cancel registration is via Student Self-Service > Cancel Registration. If you are unable to cancel through Student Self-Service, you may fill out the Cancellation Form and email it to i-support@illinois.edu.


A withdrawal means dropping all courses for the entire term after the first date of instruction. Once you have attended a class or used campus services, you may not cancel your registration. Refunds for withdrawals are provided on a prorated scale (see Course Refund Guide).

How to withdrawal: To withdraw from the semester, please fill out the Withdrawal Form and submit it to i-support@illinois.edu. Please note, there is no option to request a withdrawal in Student Self-Service. You must submit the Withdrawal Form.

Important note: If you have already taken courses in the 1st weeks of a Fall or Spring semester, you CANNOT withdraw in the 2nd 8 week session. Your only option is to drop a course(s) you are registered for at that time.


A drop means dropping one or more courses while remaining actively enrolled in at least one course that same semester. Students cannot drop their last course — they must follow the withdrawal procedures above.

How to drop a course: To drop a course, do so online via Student Self-Service. You will need to fill out a Late Course Change Form  if it past the halfway point of the course and email it to i-support@illinois.edu. If it is during the last week of courses, you must fill out a petition to drop a course indicating that this is a deadline exception and a Late Course Change Form. A justification must be provided, and it will be reviewed by your program and the Graduate College before a decision is made.


If you drop or withdraw, you may still owe tuition toward the classes you were signed up for. The iMSM and iMBA programs follow the Non-Standard Course Schedule, meaning we do not follow the rest of the campus for start/end dates of our courses. The non-standard deadlines are based on the number of calendar days, not weekdays. If you make no payment, and then withdraw from the university or drop courses, you are liable for the full amount of tuition and fees originally assessed less applicable refunds. It is important you pay attention to the start/end dates of your courses and know whether they are 4 or 8 weeks in length.


For your convenience, we have created a Course Refund Guide with specific cancellation, withdrawal, and drop dates so you know exactly what refund you can expect.


If you would like to know the policy in general, please visit the Nonstandard Guide for Dropping or Withdrawing through the Office of the Registrar. This document will outline the specific dates for which a course must be withdrawn or dropped in order to receive a refund. For the iMSA courses that follow the standard academic calendar, please visit the Office of the Registrar and review the Refunds or Withdrawal policies.