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Mt. SAC Emergency Alert

Alert: Mt. SAC has Transitioned to Online Classes and Services (see www.mtsac.edu/online). Learn more about our COVID-19 response at www.mtsac.edu/health.

Excused Withdrawals (EW) Continue in the Fall

This term, Mt. SAC will continue to allow students to drop with an “EW”—Excused Withdrawal.  This is an acceptable mark and does not count against the student’s GPA, academic standing or ability to repeat the course.

Additionally, courses dropped due to COVID-19 emergency will not be counted in the SAP completion percentage calculation for future financial aid disbursements.  Courses dropped due to COVID-19 are assigned the “FE” or “GW” status codes on your registration records.

Mt. SAC has a robust online program with many services available to assist students with online learning.  While we hope that you consider continuing your classes and studies, we understand there may be circumstances related to COVID-19 that may not allow you to continue this fall term.

Remember, the Financial Aid Office is open! You can connect with us by phone, email or Instagram. During the Summer term we will be open Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm at (909) 274-4450. You can also reach us by email at financialaid@mtsac.edu or during our Financial Aid Fridays drop-in Zoom sessions.

    • How to submit a request for an EW due to COVID-19

      Due to Title IV requirements, the Financial Aid Office requires students to provide a written email explaining why the withdrawal was the result of the COVID-19 emergency. Allowable circumstances for the attestation include, but are not limited to:

      • Illness of the student or family member;
      • Need to become a caregiver or first responder;
      • Loss of childcare;
      • Economic hardship;
      • Inability to access wi-fi due to closed facilities; or
      • An increase in work hours as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.


      IMPORTANT: Students can provide their written email directly to the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@mtsac.edu. Please email from your student email account and include your

      • Full name;
      • Student ID number;
      • Course name and CRN; and
      • Written explanation why the withdrawal was the result of the COVID-19 emergency.