You are in the home stretch in finishing up Fall 2020. For most of you, you did this entirely online, and you should be proud of your hard work. 

We are writing to remind you that the last date to drop a class with a W was permanently extended by the CUNY Board of Trustees to the last week of classes (before final exams begin). This term, you may drop a class through CUNYfirst until 11:59pm on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020: a step-by-step guide to the process is online. If you choose this option, a grade of W will appear on your transcript. While a W does not negatively impact your GPA (unlike an F or WU), there may be other academic or financial aid consequences.  

If you think that you may want to withdraw from a course, consultation with your instructor, an academic advisor, and (if you receive aid) a financial aid representative is crucial.  

It is your responsibility to understand the impact that changing your course registration may have on your enrollment status (full-time vs. part-time) and financial aid eligibility. Withdrawing from courses can have serious financial and academic implications, potentially affecting your future financial aid, VA benefits, eligibility to participate in NCAA athletic events and, for international students, visa status. Course withdrawal could also affect your progress through your academic program, prerequisite completion, and your ability to graduate on time.  

Please note: You remain responsible for your total tuition and fee charges, whether you withdraw from one or all of your courses at this time.

Again, we urge you to speak to an academic advisor and a financial aid representative prior to making this decision. To find your academic advisor, look in the student center of CUNYfirst, on the right side, under advisor. 

·           If you need help identifying/contacting your advisor, please email

  • If you need help in getting the drop to process in CUNYfirst, please email
  • As with any communications to College offices, please be sure to include your full name and EMPLID.

Be well.

By Kerri Gerson