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Course Drop, Withdrawal, Refunds, Class Changes, and Adjustments

Students who wish to drop or withdraw from either a course or the College must receive official authorization from the Records Office. Failure to drop or withdraw officially may result in the recording of an F grade. A student who is asked to leave the College for misconduct or delinquent attendance will receive no refund of tuition or fees.

Students who drop with the approval of the Records office prior to the beginning of a semester and the date specified in the College Calendar, will be entitled to a 100 percent refund (or adjustment) of tuition and fees charged, less the non-refundable admissions deposit and any amounts owed to the College for fines, returned checks and other charges and fees.

In addition, a student who drops during the following specified periods will be entitled to the applicable refund (or adjustment) of tuition and fees, less the admissions deposit, student fees, and any amounts owed to the College per the schedule below. Specified dates for each semester are listed in the College Calendar.

All refund payments will be made payable to the student except for a) contractual third party payments - refund payable to the third party named, and b) excess parents plus loan funds - refund payable to the parent named

Refund Rates

  • 75% - First week of class or equivalent for non-standard session
  • 50% - Second week of class or equivalent for non-standard session
  • 25% - Third week of class or equivalent for non-standard session
    * A standard session is considered as 15 weeks.
  • No refund is given after the third week of class

* Beginning with the Fall 2013 Semester, full-time tuition and fees are not refundable for students who drop  but still remain registered within the 12 - 18 full-time credit hour block  

Room and Board: A separate refund schedule applies to housing and meal plan charges. This schedule is published in the Residence Life Handbook and made available to students in the Office of Student Activities and Housing.

Please note that a drop or withdrawal does not absolve a student's financial responsibility for his/her educational expenses. The student is responsible for payment of charges outstanding after the drop or withdrawal is processed and charges are adjusted.

Special Note to Financial Aid Recipients:
In accordance with federal and state guidelines, a drop or withdrawal may reduce a student's financial aid award. As a result, the student may owe a balance to the College. Any amounts owed after adjustment of the financial aid award is billed to the student.

In the event of serious injury or illness which is certified by a physician, the student will be granted a full tuition credit, if that documentation is received at the time the student withdraws from the College. Such credit may be applied toward tuition costs only upon his or her return to the College. This credit will be cancelled if it is not used within a one-year period after the student has taken leave from the institution. Tuition credit will not be granted if a student received academic credit from courses in which he or she is enrolled.

Students called to involuntary active military duty may be eligible for a full tuition credit or full tuition refund upon receipt of the appropriate application and supporting documentation as specified at the time of withdrawal. Tuition refunds are subject to financial aid regulations.

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