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Our goal is to make the medical/compassionate withdrawal (MCW) process an understandable, manageable experience. To ensure a timely review, it’s important to review all information provided on this page. This page is intended to guide students of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences through the process of submitting a Medical/Compassionate Withdrawal. Please verify that your major is housed under The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. If your program is under a different college please contact your advisor to follow your college’s specific procedures.
Link to Medical Designees by College: https://students.asu.edu/forms/medical-compassionate-withdrawal-request
If you experience a serious illness, injury or other significant personal situation that prevents you from continuing your classes, you may request a medical/compassionate withdrawal from the college which houses your major.
Medical/compassionate withdrawals require relevant and detailed supporting documentation for consideration. Approval is at the discretion of the college and there is no guarantee a request will be approved.
Steps for submitting a Medical/Compassionate Withdrawal
Students considering a medical/compassionate withdrawal should first work with their academic advisor to explore regular withdrawal procedures, and also work with faculty to discuss alternative class arrangements or incomplete grades.
Students receiving financial assistance are strongly encouraged to consult with a Student Financial Assistance counselor to determine your financial obligation if you choose to complete the MCW process.
Tuition Refund and Medical/Compassionate Withdrawal (Medical Compassionate Tuition Reimbursement Policy)
Approved medical or compassionate withdrawals are eligible for up to an 80% refund of tuition if approved within two years of the end of the semester. No tuition refund is provided thereafter. Tuition Refund Policy
For specific semester or session deadlines, please refer to Tuition Dates and Deadlines.
Students requesting an MCW for multiple terms will need to submit a separate form for each term.
A request for an MCW must include official documentation in the form of an official letter from a health care provider. The letter must be on the health care provider’s letterhead stationery.
The official documentation should include a statement from the student explaining the circumstances or challenges they are facing. Students making a request for only some courses in a semester and not all courses, should provide a statement as to why they were successful in some courses, but not others. Documentation from the healthcare provider should include:
When requesting a compassionate withdrawal, documentation is required. The official documentation should include a statement from the student explaining the circumstances or challenges they are facing. These are guidelines, as the appropriate documentation will be specific to your situation. The documentation should corroborate your request by either strengthening the request or providing a timeline for event(s). For example: