Refunds for Course Drops and Withdrawals

Course Drops

Students who reduce their course load (except for full-time undergraduates maintaining 12 credit hours or more) by dropping courses during the refund period of the semester will have the course tuition cancellation calculated as of the date of the course drop. The student’s account must show a credit balance before a refund will be processed.

MBA modules and other courses on nonstandard schedules have different refund policies, percentages, and dates. In addition, tuition and fee refund policies and deadlines for study abroad programs may differ by program and location. Students should check with the appropriate office or program webpage for specific guidelines.

Discontinuing attendance from class or notifying an instructor does not constitute an official course drop. Without an official course drop, students still will be responsible for all tuition and related fees.

Students who are enrolled in the University's online degree programs and are residents in the states listed below will receive tuition refunds in accordance with the state's regulations.

(1) Maryland

(2) Wisconsin

Please see required state disclosures for more information.

Cancellation Schedule

When students withdraw from courses with a standard face to face schedule during a regular semester (fall/spring), refunds will be based on the published dates in the Academic Calendar and Catalog. The cancellation percentage is based on the date of the course drop or withdrawal:

  • 100 percent tuition refund for course drop/withdrawal through the second calendar week of classes
  • 50 percent tuition refund for course drop/withdrawal through the third calendar week of classes
  • 25 percent tuition refund for course drop/withdrawal through the fourth calendar week of classes
  • NO REFUNDS – Course drop/withdrawal after the fourth calendar week of classes

Refunds for face to face courses for summers sessions and courses with non-standard meeting times are calculated proportionately, based on the percentage of the course meeting times completed.

Online course refunds are calculated proportionately using percentage of days elapsed from the first day of class until the last day of class. 

  • If an online course falls within the regular term, the published dates and refund percentages in the Academic Calendar and Catalog (100 percent through the second week, 50 percent through the third week, and 25 percent through the fourth week) for the regular term will be used. 
  • If an online course has a non-standard beginning and ending date, the 100 percent, 50 percent, and 25 percent refunds will be based on the percentage of days elapsed from the first day of the class until the last day of the class.

Note: The calendar week for cancellation of tuition ends on Friday (adjustments are made for legal holidays that fall within the first four weeks of the semester). Students should check the Academic Calendar for specific dates for each semester.

Housing

Requests for cancellation of room charges must be initiated by the student in writing to Housing and Dining Programs, by the withdrawal deadlines. The student then must request any applicable refund through Student Accounts.

The cancellation percentage is based on the date of withdrawal. More information regarding policies and procedures for campus housing can be obtained at the Housing and Dinning page by reviewing the Housing License Agreement.

Note: Academic dismissal will result in a prorated charge for the weeks the student resided in university housing.

Meal Plan

Students only will be permitted to decrease or drop their meal plan during the first 10 days of the semester. Meal plan adjustments are made on a daily prorated basis – not by the number of meals used. Requests for meal plan cancellations must be initiated by the student through Housing and Dining Programs. Students then would request any applicable refund through Student Accounts. Meal plan increases or sign-ups may be done at any time during the semester through Housing and Dining Programs.More information regarding policies and procedures for campus dining can be obtained at Housing and Dining page.

Federal (Title IV) Financial Aid Recipients Return of Title IV Funds Policy

To obtain additional information regarding the Title IV Funds Policy, visit the Financial Aid Polices page.