When you no longer plan to complete a class that you are enrolled in, you must drop or request to withdraw from the class. It is your responsibility to drop or to request to withdraw by the deadline to be eligible for a full or prorated refund. If you will not be attending, you must drop all classes prior to the first day of classes to avoid any charges being due. Do not assume the university will remove you from a class for non-payment of fees or that the instructor will remove you for non-attendance.
You can find the deadlines for adding, dropping, and withdrawing on the registrar's website.
Current Semester Withdrawal
During the fourth through twelfth week of instruction, students may request to withdraw from courses for serious and compelling reasons, as specified by the student. Such withdrawals require approval from the instructor and the chairperson of the department offering the class. If your request is approved, you will receive a W on your transcript for the class, indicating that you attempted the class but withdrew before completing it for a letter grade. W grades are not included in your GPA.
The Academic Senate Policy on Withdrawal from Courses states that students may withdraw from a course a maximum of two times and from no more than 18 semester-units of course work. Be aware that withdrawing from one or more classes may negatively affect your financial aid (your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and your financial aid eligibility).
For more information about how to request a withdrawal go to the registrar's website.