You are in the home stretch. For most of you, you did this entirely online (again) in Spring 2021. We are proud of your persistence and resilience. You should be proud of your hard work as well.

While the CUNY Board of Trustees has not extended the Flexible Grading Policy (CR/NC), we write to remind you that the last date to drop a class with a grade of W was permanently extended to the last week of classes (before final exams begin). 

This term, you may drop a class through CUNYfirst until 11:59pm on Monday, May 17, 2021; a step-by-step guide to the process is online.  If you withdraw by May 17, 2021, a grade of W will appear on your transcript. While a W does not negatively affect your GPA (unlike an F or WU), there may be other academic or financial aid consequences.  Please consult your instructor, academic advisor, and a financial aid representative (if in receipt of financial aid) to understand the potential academic and financial aid implications and make an informed decision.

It is important for you to fully understand that any change to your enrollment status (full-time vs. part-time) may affect 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 degree completion timeline.  

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 your instructor, academic advisor, or a financial aid representative prior to making this decision. Do not wait until the last day—Contact them now.

  • To identify 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
  • To see how withdrawing from a class now could affect your financial aid, please email
  • If you need help with getting the drop to process in CUNYfirst, please email or visit us in our virtual office by clicking on either of the following links:

o   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00am to 1:00pm

o   Thursday, Friday 1:00pm to 5:00pm

  • As with any communications to College offices, please be sure to include your full name and EMPLID.

Be well.

By Kerri Gerson