Your college student headed off to college with high hopes and aspirations. They may have given it their best effort and something interfered, or they may not have understood what was going to be required. Or it is possible that something totally unexpected has interrupted your student’s momentum. Whatever the reason, it is possible that your student is now struggling and wondering what to do next.
Your student may be considering withdrawing from college — not at the end of a semester, but now, part way into a term. You may be wondering whether they have options, and whether the choice to withdraw is the best decision. It is not an easy question to answer. You and your student should have some frank talk about their reasons and about the implications of their decisions. We’d like to give you some food for thought — and for discussion. You and your student will need to consider your student’s reasons for wanting to withdraw (or your reasons for wanting them to withdraw), some pros and some cons, and finally, some important things you’ll need to investigate and consider.