Don’t just give up in case you're considering dropping out of your online program. Make an informed decision and take the actions necessary to ensure that your choice doesn't come back to haunt you. Don’t just stop logging in. One of the most tempting possibilities is to just stop logging in. It is easy to ignore your online class for a day, a week, or a month without a face-to-face group that is looking for your name on a roll. Don’t give in and then panic when it’s too late. Keep logging in, communicating with your instructors, and completing your assignments until you come up with a solution. Consider alternatives. Before you decide to drop out, consider the other options that might be available to you. Your instructors may be willing to cut you some slack and provide you time to catch up on assignments. You may be able to finish out this semester and then apply for a leave of absence – giving you the choice to return to the program at a later date. If you are in a particular class that just isn’t working for you, a counselor may be able to help you switch instructors.

Tips for quitting an online college

Talk to a college counselor as soon as possible. Speaking with a counselor is the most important thing you can do. He or she will fill you in on the details and paperwork needed for whatever option you decide to go with. Most online colleges do have counselors you can speak with over the phone. You will talk to an academic counselor (someone that is hired to help students with academic challenges) rather than an admissions counselor (the person that likely helped you enroll in the school) in most cases. Be sure to ask your counselor how dropping out at this point will affect your financial aid status and whether or not you will need to pay back any grants or loans. Make a conscious decision.  It’s time to make a choice once you’ve spoken with a counselor and carefully considered all options. Make a solid plan of action and follow through with the help of your academic counselor. Withdraw before the drop deadline. Most colleges allow students to drop any classes before a certain deadline (usually a couple weeks into the semester). This is by far the best time to do it in case you are thinking about quitting. You shouldn’t be charged for the courses or have any record of them on your transcripts. f the drop deadline has passed, withdraw before the withdrawal deadline. Almost all colleges have a second withdrawal deadline. If you drop a class before this time you may have a “W” or similar marking on your transcript to indicate that you withdrew.  You will probably not receive a grade for the course. You may or may not still have to pay for taking the course, however. If you have extenuating circumstances, speak up.