Hardship Withdrawal Process
The process for requesting hardship withdrawals for college may vary from school to school, but it usually follows the process outlined here. Typically, the withdrawal request must be submitted to the office of the Dean of Students. The generally required documents are a form requesting a hardship withdrawal status, a personal statement of hardship, and any supporting documents. Of course, you should contact your school to find out its particular requirements for withdrawing before submitting your application.
The supporting documents required will vary depending on the reason for the hardship request. Medical withdrawals, which can include either physical or psychological issues, require signed letters from the physicians providing care. These letters must specifically state the dates of office visits, the way in which the illness impacted your ability to complete your studies, and a name and phone number at which the doctor can be reached.
Personal Emergency Documentation
Any personal emergency hardship withdrawal request should include official forms from state agencies or businesses. If, for example, a family member passes away, the request should include a death certificate or obituary showing the name of the person who died.
If the reason for withdrawal is financial, a signed statement from the student's employer (or parent's employer, as the case may be) is required. Valid reasons for financial hardship withdrawal include the loss of a job and mandatory cuts in hours. The statement must include a summary of the change, the date on which the change occurred, and the contact information of an employee who can verify the information.
There are some restrictions on hardship withdrawals for college, however. If you have already taken the final exam or turned in the final paper, you may not request a withdrawal. There is also a time limit; most colleges require students to submit hardship requests within one academic year of the semester from which they wish to withdraw.