There are many reasons why a student may need or wish to take time away from WPI. There may be personal or medical issues interfering with their academics; opportunities for professional experience; family or community commitments; or the desire to just take a break.
Prior to making this decision, we advise you to review the Registrar’s Withdrawal or Leave of Absence page to learn about the types of leaves and the steps for this process – including required forms.
Students should inform themselves about the consequences to the following, if applicable:
- Financial Aid
- Visa Status
- Billing, including potential tuition adjustments
- Health insurance: If insured by student health insurance please check for coverage options.
- Undergraduate students schedule an appointment with Academic Advising
The recalculation of each student’s financial aid package will be unique and is dependent on many factors (e.g., time of withdrawal, charges incurred, and financial aid package components).
Leaving WPI because of an approved official or unofficial withdrawal, leave of absence or suspension may have an impact on your financial aid package. Early notification to the WPI Registrar’s Office will help ensure that your financial aid is appropriately recalculated, and that any required adjustments are made to your student account as soon as possible.
No classes passed in a term:
If a student who receives federal financial aid fails to earn a passing grade in at least one course during a term (and does not officially withdraw from the institution), federal regulations require WPI to assume that the student has unofficially withdrawn from the institution. WPI must recalculate the student’s federal aid eligibility for the semester unless the student can provide documentation from their professors that they completed the term but simply failed to earn a passing grade.