Breaks in Enrollment (Withdrawing)

Sometimes it is in a student’s best interest to withdraw from the university.  If you are considering withdrawing from the university for one-or-more quarters, we suggest that you meet with a College of Letters and Science advisor as well as your major advisor to discuss the implications.  In most cases, students can withdraw and expect to make reasonable progress toward completing their degrees when they return. 

Withdrawing from the Current Quarter

A student enrolled currently in a quarter may petition to withdraw from that quarter by completing the Undergraduate Withdrawal Petition and submitting the petition to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day of instruction that quarter.  If the petition is filed prior to or on the first day of the quarter, the student’s fees for the quarter are cancelled.  If the completed petition is submitted in the early days of the quarter, the student may be eligible for a partial refund of fees.  See the fee refund schedule for details.

For more details about withdrawing please see the Registrar’s “Withdraw from the University.” 

Assisted Withdrawals

If a student is incapacitated or unable to complete the withdrawal process because of a serious illness or injury, the Office of Student Life can provide assistance with a current quarter withdrawal petition.  The emergency situation must reasonably prevent the student from completing the forms and securing the necessary signatures in person, by email, by fax, or by mail.  For assistance, students or their families may call (805) 893-4521 or email danna.sandor@sa.ucsb.edu.  Final approval of the withdrawal request is granted by the student’s college.

Cancelling (Withdrawing from) a Future Quarter

A student can cancel (withdraw from) a quarter that has not yet begun by logging into GOLD and clicking on “Petitions.”  Under the “Initiate New Petition” tab, a student can click on “Initiate Quarter Cancellation Petition.”

 Non-UC Sponsored Study Abroad Leave Request

Students studying abroad through a non-UC program should follow the directions on the Registrar’s “Non-UC Sponsored Study Abroad Leave Request” website including completing the "Non-UC Sponsored Study Abroad Leave & Return Form.” By following this process, students will have registration pass times for the quarter they plan to return to UCSB and may continue to be eligible for financial aid.