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Course Extension Versus Course Withdrawal: Which Is Preferable?

Course Extension Versus Course Withdrawal: Which Is Preferable?

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By Alex Torbert
Advising Team Manager, School of Business

The pace of an eight-week course gives you the opportunity to move quickly toward degree completion. While progress is nice, it can be a challenge to keep up with your course load when life’s demands get in your way unexpectedly.

However, your academic advising team is here to help you navigate the competing demands of education, career and family. Whether your situation is unforeseen required travel, professional or personal obligations, or an unfortunate health crisis, it is important to understand your options and make the best decision for your unique situation. Options that your academic advising team will suggest include course extensions or course withdrawals.

Course Extensions Offer More Time to Finish Assignments

A course extension allows you to extend the course end date, so you have additional time to complete assignments. A typical extension gives you an additional 30 days to complete the course assignments.

If you are granted an extension, you are required to complete the course and must comply with extension policies. You will receive a final grade after you finish your coursework.

Withdrawals Provide The Option of Retaking The Course Later

You can also choose to withdraw from a course. Withdrawing allows you to leave the course prior to the final week and retake the course at a later date.

While you will not receive a grade for the course and your GPA will not be affected by the withdrawal, it will count as an attempted course. This can be an option to consider if you have a lot of outstanding work or you have not done well on submitted assignments.

Depending on when you withdraw from a course, you may be eligible to receive a partial refund for the tuition. If a course withdrawal is an option you’d like to consider, please review information on the withdrawal policy and the course attempt policy.

Extensions and Withdrawals Need Careful Consideration

There are pros and cons to both options and the better option for you depends on your situation. Take some time to consider the remaining assignments for the course and your availability for the near future.

Also, consider your financial funding and talk to the appropriate resources to see how your funding might be affected by a specific decision. Your academic advising team is ready to help you consider the options. Please contact us at counseling@apus.edu or call 877-755-2787 to speak with a member of your academic advising team.

About the Author

Alex Torbert has worked in the Academic Advising Department for eight years, both as an Academic Advisor and as a Team Manager for the School of Business. He has a Master of Arts in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and he enjoys assisting students with their higher education goals.

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