New Law: Number of Class Drops Limited

Published on: September 20, 2007

Important Notice
New Law Limits Students to the Number of Courses They May Drop without Penalty
SB1231 took affect this Fall 2007

If you are considered a first-time in college student, a new law has been passed that limits to six the number of courses you may drop (withdraw with a grade of "W") while enrolled at any Texas public institution of higher education. A first time in college student is a student not currently enrolled in high school and who has never taken a college or university course anywhere at any time.

Under section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code, "an institution of higher education may not permit a student to drop (withdraw with a grade of "W") more than six courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another Texas public institution of higher education."

This statute was enacted by the State of Texas in Spring 2007 and applies to students who enroll in a public institution of higher education as first-time freshmen in Fall 2007 or later.  Students enrolled prior to Fall 2007 are not subject to the law. Any course that a student drops is counted toward the six-course limit unless the student is completely withdrawing from the institution or meets one of the eligible criteria for a waiver.

Students should fully understand this new drop limit before they drop any course. Please visit the Counseling/Advising Center at your college if you need additional information or assistance.