What is a withdrawal?
Withdrawal, often referred to as “Dropping-out” is taking a temporary or permanent leave from your studies at the University.
- Temporary Withdrawal – Taking a break from your studies for up to 12 months. If you need to interrupt your studies for longer than this then you should withdraw permanently.
- Permanent Withdrawal – Full withdrawing from your studies with no intention to return. If you change your mind, the University does not have to let you re-join your course later.
If you’re seriously considering withdrawing, it’s important to get advice on the impact it might have on your finances, qualifications, and housing so you can make the right decision for you.
We want to make sure that you have as much information as possible to support you with making the right decision. There are a lot of services and support available at the University who can support you through this and answer any questions which you might have. Please find a list of support that we would recommend that you reach out to before deciding whether to withdraw from University.
Where can I get support before making my decision?
Your Students’ Union Advice Service:
Your Students’ Union Advice Service can discuss with you the implications of a withdrawal (temporary or permanent) and the effect that it might have on your finance and housing. To do this, we would recommend booking an appointment with one of our Advice Caseworkers. You can book an appointment for a date and time that suits you here.
We will also be running a series of Don’t Drop Out Drop-In pop-ups in Coventry where you can come talk to us, the University’s Health and Wellbeing services, Student Success Coaches and more if you are considering withdrawing from the University. Here you can have a totally non-judgmental to have a conversation about whether this is the right decision for you. You can find these here.
Remember- you are not alone. Your Advice Service and the University have supported many students in similar situations, no matter how unusual your situation may feel.
Health and Wellbeing Services:
The Wellbeing Team can support you with personal issues, such as pregnancy, caring responsibilities, health problems or problems caused by a disability. Don’t feel that you have no support at University, or that you can’t speak to anyone about personal problems. You can find their contact details and book an appointment here for Coventry University campus, here for Coventry University London and here for CU group students.
If you want support from non-University services, you can use the Support Hub to search for services best suited to support your specific needs.
If you find that you are struggling with a particular aspect of your course, there are teams at the University dedicated to providing academic support.
Talk to your personal tutor, course team, trusted lecturer or anyone else in your Faculty if you are struggling to cope with your course.
All students enrolling on an undergraduate course will be assigned a Success Coach and Postgraduate students can get support by booking a meeting. They are there to help you make the most of your course and what University life offers. If you feel that you haven’t been able to integrate within the University community, they’re the best people to help!
Your Registry team process your withdrawal form and Academic Registry can give you more information about the credits which you have gained from the University to date. You can find their contact details and a lot of other information here if you are at Coventry University, here if you study at Coventry University London and here if you study at any CU Group campus.
Employability Support - The Talent Team:
The Talent Team are the University’s employability service and can support you with your career throughout your time as a student and after graduation. They can work with you to build your CV, how to write cover letters and job applications, identify potential job opportunities for you and more.
The University Visa Team:
The Visa Team can tell you what implications withdrawing or changing your course might have on your visa.
Student Finance England:
If you are being funded by Student Finance England, you should speak to them before you decide to withdraw as it can affect your future entitlement to support. You may also wish to establish how much of your loan you will owe and if you will need to pay any money back sooner if you are withdrawing mid-year.
If you’re receiving funding through NHS funding such as a bursary or the Learning Support Fund, it is your responsibility to let them know that you are leaving so that you do not receive overpayments and end up in debt. You may also wish to contact them to discuss if it will affect any future entitlement.