Mental Health & Academic Support

Hardship Withdrawal Information

Are you struggling academically and considering dropping your classes or withdrawing from the quarter?

If you are struggling in the current quarter, you can drop your classes up to the last day of instruction, that is the Friday before finals begin. You don’t need to go through the hardship withdrawal petition. Please visit the Registrar's Office webpage for more details and deadlines for dropping courses.

If you are hoping to withdraw from one of the past quarters due to mental health reasons, you would need to do a hardship withdrawal. You can do a hardship withdrawal retroactively up to a year. Example: If you are requesting a Hardship Withdrawal for fall 2018 you would be able to submit your Hardship Withdrawal petition up to the last day of instruction for fall 2019, the Friday before finals. See the guidelines below.

Hardship Withdrawal Petition

The Hardship Withdrawal process is completed through the registrar’s office. To read about the process criteria, petition, and supporting documentation we refer you to the Registrar’s webpage regarding hardship withdrawal.

The UWB Counseling Center will provide supporting documents, the Healthcare Provider Form, when the following four (4) criteria have been met:

  1. You already have an established theraputic relationship with one of the counselors.
  2. You received counseling at the UWB Counseling Center and met with the same counselor for at least three (3) sessions for ongoing counseling. Counseling appointments that were sporadic or infrequent usually are not sufficient to meet this criteria.
  3. You were seen by the counselor during the quarter you are petitioning to withdraw.
  4. The counselor determines that you mental health concerns meet criteria for a mental health diagnosis which was impeding your daily functioning and academic performance.

If all four (4) criteria are met, please contact the Counseling Center by visiting us in UW1 - 080 or calling 425-352-3183 and request to speak with your current or previous counselor. If these criteria are not met, the Counseling Center staff will not be able to provide supporting documentation.

If you are unsure how to gather other supporting documents for your petition, you may schedule an appointment with a staff member at the Office of the Registrar. You can schedule an appointment on their website.

Request to Cancel Tuition Forfeiture

If you withdraw from a quarter due to hardship or mental health reasons, you may be eligible to Request to Cancel Tuition Forfeiture/Registration Fees. Please read more at the Registrars Office webpage.

The request to cancel tuition forfeiture is separate from the hardship withdrawal. Even though the process is similar, they have different deadlines. You can submit one petition without the other. It is important to note that you will need to submit the request to cancel tuition forfeiture before the last day of instruction for the current quarter (i.e., the Friday before finals week). The UWB Counseling Center will provide supporting documents, the Healthcare Provider Form, when the following four (4) criteria have been met:

  1. You already have an established therapeutic relationship with one of the counselors.
  2. You received counseling at the UWB counseling center and met with the same counselor for at least 3 sessions for ongoing counseling. Counseling appointments that are sporadic or infrequent usually are not sufficient to meet this criterion.
  3. You are seeing the counselor this quarter, the quarter you are petitioning for cancellation of tuition forfeiture.
  4. The counselor determines that your mental health concerns meet criteria for a mental health diagnosis which was impeding your daily functioning and academic performance.

If all four (4) criteria are met, please contact the Counseling Center by visiting us in UW1 - 080 or calling 425-352-3183 and request to speak with your current or previous counselor. If these criteria are not met, the Counseling Center staff will not be able to provide supporting documentation.

Documentation for Disability Resources for Students (DRS)

If you are struggling academically due to mental health concerns and think you may qualify for academic accommodations, you can contact Disability Resources for Students (DRS) in UW1 - 080 or through their webpage. DRS will determine your eligibility for accommodation. You will need documentation from your medical provider or a psychological assessment report that specifies your disability.

The UWB Counseling Center will provide supporting documents, the Healthcare Provider Form, when the following criteria have been met:

  1. You already have an established therapeutic relationship with one of the counselors.
  2. You received counseling at the UWB counseling center and met with the same counselor for at least 3 sessions for ongoing counseling. Counseling appointments that are sporadic or infrequent usually are not sufficient to meet this criterion.
  3. The counselor determines that your mental health concerns meet criteria for a mental health diagnosis which is impeding your daily functioning and academic performance.

We are unable to provide supporting documentation for DRS unless all of the circumstances above have been met. The UWB Counseling Center staff also cannot provide documentation for the following diagnoses:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Learning Disabilities

If you do not meet the criteria for documentation at the Counseling Center, you are encouraged to contact off-campus providers who can complete a psychological assessment battery of tests and provide you with a full report documenting your disability. To find off-campus providers for psychological assessment, visit the community resources webpage.