University Refund Policy


Refunds for Dropping Individual Classes

The University refunds tuition for classes dropped by the last day of the Change of Program period. There is no refund of tuition for individual courses dropped after the Change of Program period. The Change of Program period is usually the first two weeks of the fall or spring semesters.

Refunds for Withdrawing from Registration

Withdrawal is defined as the dropping of one’s entire program in a given term as differentiated from dropping some, but not all, of one’s courses.  Students who withdraw from a term are charged a $75 withdrawal fee and tuition and fees are charged according a schedule set by the Office of the University Registrar.  The health service fee, health insurance premium, application fees, late fees, and special fees are not refundable.  The GSAS policy regarding withdrawals can be found here.

A student is considered registered until the date on which written notice of withdrawal is received by the Office of the Dean. A student’s financial assistance is adjusted to reflect reductions in the student’s overall budget. Excess financial aid is restored proportionately to the funds from which it was drawn before a refund is given.

Impact on Federal Student Aid

Refunds for students receiving federal student aid will be made to the federal aid programs in accordance with Department of Education regulations. Refunds will be credited in the following order:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal PLUS Loans (when disbursed through the University)

Withdrawing students should be aware that they will not be entitled to any portion of a refund until all federal aid programs are credited and all outstanding charges have been paid.