Students should always consult their academic advisor or major professor before making any schedule change requests. Adding/dropping courses or changing a course from graded to audit or Pass/Not Pass can have serious implications on your academic success. Making any change to a schedule could impact your ability to graduate on time and may also have financial implications.
Adding A Course
Students can easily add an online course via Accessplus up to the first day of the academic term. Once an academic semester has started students will have limited access to add courses via Accessplus. If a course is full or is now in Period 2 students will need to obtain permission from the instructor to add a class. Initiating a course add can be completed with the schedule change form. The schedule change form can be found in Accessplus under Registrar Forms.
It is important to note the risk in adding a course after it has already started. Work with your instructor to create a plan on how to get caught up on missed coursework. If you later find that you cannot get caught up and need to drop the course, you may not receive a refund on tuition and fees for the course.
Dropping A Course
If your online course has not started yet, you can drop the course in Accessplus without being required to complete the schedule change form.
If your online course has already started please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss which online course you want to drop. Iowa State Online staff can provide guidance on the potential financial impact of your course drop. If you decide to proceed with your drop, you can start the process by initiating the university’s schedule change form. It will be important to check in with your academic adviser or major professor to discuss the impact your course drop may have on your degree plan.
Military-affiliated Students: Making schedule changes may affect your military education benefits. Before making schedule changes, please check with a V.A. certifying official.