Deadline to change classes extended

Students can drop classes for another week with a full tuition refund.

Mitchell Yurkowitz

The University of Minnesota is extending the deadline to receive a full refund for dropped classes this semester.

Because Monday classes haven’t happened yet due to a holiday and University-wide cancellation, students will have an extra week to drop a class without risking financial penalties.

Before, students had to drop a class before Jan. 29 to be guaranteed a full refund. But administrators have extended the deadline to Feb. 3 for this semester.

Students who already dropped a class before the policy changed will still receive a full refund within a few days, One Stop director Julie Selander said.

One Stop made the change so students who haven’t yet attended a class are able to try it and drop it without risking only a 75 percent tuition refund, Selander said.

Joelle Stangler presented the Minnesota Student Association’s position statement asking for a deadline extension to administrators Tuesday night.

“Moving the deadline whatsoever is obviously a step in the right direction,” she said.

Some students were confused by the deadline, she said, so she’s pleased the University changed its policy.

Deadlines to add and drop classes will return to normal Feb 4. The period for a 75 percent tuition refund will be eliminated, and students will be guaranteed only a 50 percent refund for classes dropped after Feb. 4. Students will also receive a “W” on their transcripts for dropped classes after that date.

If students add a class this week, they’re required to get instructor approval. Selander said this policy won’t change.

“We still want students to check in with instructors and academic advisors if they want to add any time this week,” she said.

Students in Monday classes are still required to attend the first class period Feb. 3 in order to confirm their enrollment, she said.