Here are some things you need to know about adding classes, dropping classes and dropping with a grade of "W."

How to Add a Class

Find an open class

  1. Log in to myportal.fhda.edu
  2. Open the Apps page and click on "Student Registration"
  3. Use the "Open Class Finder" to select your search criteria

Add the class

Note: If an instructor gives you an Add Code before classes start, the Add Code will not work until the date the class officially begins. You will need to wait until that date to add the class in the MyPortal registration system.

  1. Email the instructor to get an Add Code if space is available
  2. Log in to myportal.fhda.edu to use the add code – either on or after the first day the class is scheduled to begin
  3. When you are in MyPortal, open the Apps page and click on "Student Registration," then look under "Registration Tools" and select "Add or Drop Classes"
  4. Select the current term and campus, then click "Submit"
  5. Enter the 5-digit CRN for the class. (Don't use the Add Code yet.)
  6. Click on "Submit Changes" and a screen to enter the Add Code will pop up
  7. Follow the prompts from there

What if I'm on a waitlist?

  • If you were on a waitlist and received an Add Code, see the instructions for “Adding a Class with an Add Code” in the MyPortal Registration Guide.
  • Waitlisted students get first consideration for available seats in classes, but it is still possible for other students to try to add courses once school begins.
  • See the Waitlists webpage for more information.

When is the last day I can add?

  • Check the Academic Calendar for the last day to add classes in each quarter.
  • During fall, winter and spring, the Add Code will work one time only and will be valid for the first two weeks of the quarter.
  • For summer session (and non-standard classes during 12-week quarters), you’ll find the deadlines for adding in MyPortal: Look under “View Your Class Schedule.” It’s best to add the class in MyPortal with the Add Code on the same day that you receive it.

What if I don't have a computer?

If you don't have personal access to the Internet, you can use campus computers in any of the following locations

  • Registration & Student Services Building
  • Open Media Lab, Learning Center West (only during first two weeks of school)
  • The Internet Lab, second floor of the Learning Center (Library)

Remember to Pay Your Fees!



How to Drop a Class

Students are responsible for dropping classes. Contact the Admissions and Records Office if you are unable to drop online.

Note: The standard rules and deadlines for dropping a class, as described on this webpage, have resumed for the 2020-2021 academic year. Temporary rules and deadlines that were announced for winter, spring and summer of 2020 are no longer in effect. 


If You Drop

During the first two weeks of the quarter

  • You may drop classes online by logging in to MyPortal: Open the "Apps" page and click on the "Student Registration" tile, then click on the “Add or Drop Classes” link. (For detailed instructions, see the MyPortal Registration Guide.) There will be no grade recorded if you drop before the deadline. You may also be eligible for a refund, but students must submit their refund request from MyPortal.
  • If you don’t show up for the first day of class, the instructor has the option to drop you from the class. If you are unable to attend for a legitimate reason, you should notify your instructor before the class meets. You can request that your place be held, although it is instructor’s option.

During the third through eighth week of the quarter

  • You may drop classes online by logging in to MyPortal: Open the "Apps" page and click on the "Student Registration" tile, then click on the “Add or Drop Classes” link. (For detailed instructions, see the MyPortal Registration Guide.)
  • If you drop after the second week of the quarter, you will be assigned a grade of W. (This also applies to courses dropped after 20% of the duration of a class that lasts less than 12 weeks.) A W does not count against your GPA but will be counted in calculating academic progress and may be a factor in probation or dismissal. 

After the eighth week of the quarter

  • You may drop classes online by logging in to MyPortal: Open the "Apps" page and click on the "Student Registration" tile, then click on the “Add or Drop Classes” link. (For detailed instructions, see the MyPortal Registration Guide.)
  • If you withdraw after the eighth week of the quarter (or after 75% of the duration of a course that is less than 12 weeks), you will receive an appropriate grade for whatever work you completed. Classes may not be dropped at the end of the term, without documented extenuating circumstances.
  • If you are receiving financial aid or veterans’ benefits, or if you are an international student or a student athlete, you may not petition to drop after the deadline except in extreme circumstances. You must submit an Extenuating Circumstances Petition, which you will find on our Admissions and Registration Student Forms webpage.

During a summer session

  • If you decide to drop classes before classes begin, use the online registration system. Log in to MyPortal, open the "Apps" page and click on the "Student Registration" tile, then click on the “Add or Drop Classes” link. (For detailed instructions, see the MyPortal Registration Guide.)
  • If you drop after the refund period, you will receive a grade of W. Summer classes have unique deadlines and very short periods of eligibility for refunds or Ws. Please check with your instructor or the Admissions Office for class drop dates during summer session. 



Important 

  • Be sure to check the Academic Calendar for important deadlines.
  • If you withdraw with a "W," that may count toward the maximum of three times that you are generally allowed to enroll in a particular course. Learn more on our Course Repeatability webpage.
  • If you drop a Creative Arts or Chemistry course, you may still owe fees for materials or equipment. A "hold" will be placed on your college records and a collection agency may be notified if the balance isn't paid or the items are not returned.
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