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Northwestern Undergraduate Students

Changes in Registration

Students who have registered for a course are considered enrolled for the duration, and are expected to attend all sessions of the courses for which they are registered. Excessive absences do not signal a student's intent to drop or withdraw, and is cause for failure in the course. The student is also responsible to pay any tuition balance remaining on their account. Therefore, students wishing to change their registration in any way — by adding or dropping a course — must do so in CAESAR or through the Office of the Registrar, if unable to do so in CAESAR. Do not send correspondence regarding adds, drops and withdrawals to the course instructor or to the Office of Student Accounts.


All changes in registration must be made through CAESAR or in the Office of the Registrar, Rebecca Crown Center, 633 Clark Street, Evanston, Illinois 60208.


The following policies apply to all changes in registration:

  • You may add a course through the first five business days of the summer term. Any difference in tuition will be billed to your account.
  • Because of the various start and end dates for summer classes, the drop deadline is determined by the number of class meetings that have elapsed – you may drop a class through the 60% point in time of each course.
  • Failure to attend a course does not, in itself, constitute a drop or withdrawal under any circumstances and incurs a failing grade (F) on official transcripts.
  • You may withdraw entirely from the Summer Session by filling out a Cancellation/Withdrawal Form available in the Office of the Registrar.
  • Failure to drop a course within the time allowed is regarded as a failure and is recorded with a grade of F.
  • You may withdraw entirely from Summer Session by filling out the Cancellation/Withdrawal Form available in the Office of the Registrar. If 60% of the course has elapsed on the date of withdrawal, the course remains on your transcript with a grade of W.
  • Students who drop courses or withdraw from Summer Session may be eligible for a tuition refund, less any non-refundable fees and deposits. Please see the Refund Policy and Schedule below.

Refund Policy and Schedule

Students may be eligible to receive a full or partial tuition refund, less any non-refundable fees and deposits. Northwestern University's refund policy is based on the percentage of time (number of days in the session, including weekends and holidays) that you were enrolled as a student in your class. The Office of Student Accounts considers the effective date in making financial adjustments the date of the drop in CAESAR or the date the completed Change of Registration form is received at the Office of the Registrar.

In general, if you drop or withdraw:

  • Before the course begins, 100% of the tuition is refunded.*
  • When or before 10% of the course has elapsed, 95% of the tuition is refunded.*
  • After 10% and when or before 25% of the course has elapsed, 75% of the tuition is refunded.*
  • After 25% and when or before 50% of the course has elapsed, 50% of the tuition is refunded.*
  • After 50% of the course has elapsed, no refunds are given.

* less any non-refundable fees and tuition deposits

During the Summer Session, classes meet for various durations and have start and end dates throughout the summer. Please visit the Student Financial Services website to calculate any potential refund due.

Office of Student Accounts
555 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208
847-491-5224