Withdrawing from Classes

During the initial two weeks of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters and the initial six instructional days for the summer and 1st and 2nd 7-week semesters, a student can drop courses online at the SOWELA website. Dropped courses are removed from the student's academic schedule for that semester and will not appear on the student's transcript. Refunds for dropped courses are based on the school's current refund policy; refer to the Academic Calendar for dates and refund percentages. Students can withdraw from a course before the deadline published in the Academic Calendar for that semester after the refund period has ended. However, courses that are shorter than the full semester will have different deadlines. Students in these courses will need to check with the instructor or the Registrar’s office for the withdrawal deadline. Successful withdrawal from a class results in a letter grade of "W” for that course, which is the grade that appears on the student’s transcript. Students who do not attend a class during the first fourteen (14) days of the semester may be dropped or withdrawn from the course. Failure to properly drop or withdraw may result in a grade of "F” being assigned for the semester. If a student who is dropping a class or classes or who is withdrawing from the college is receiving any type of financial aid, he/she must notify the Office of Financial Aid, the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Office, and/or any other source of funding. Failure to do so may jeopardize any future financial aid and may result in the student owing a repayment of funds.

Withdrawing from SOWELA

Students are encouraged to notify their advisor or School Dean if they are withdrawing from the college. In addition, students should notify the Office of Financial Aid if they are receiving any type of financial aid. Equipment, books or any other items belonging to the college or instructor must be returned. The college is not responsible for any items left on campus. Failure to properly withdraw may jeopardize a student's financial aid and will result in a grade of "F” being assigned. Employment information should be given to the School Dean or advisor when students withdraw from the college or if the students secure employment after withdrawal.

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SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Officer

Candy Parker


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3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis


(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

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