Withdrawals & Refunds

Exceptions to Standard Schedules/Refund Rates

Select programs are offered on a different schedule with different refund rates for dropped classes. Please visit the Law School, Public Health Online, and SEAS Online & Off-Campus Doctoral and Masters Programs to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policies specific to those programs.

Fall, Spring, & Summer Semesters

Effective Spring 2021, courses dropped prior to the start of the semester (before the first day of classes) will have 100% of the tuition charges canceled. Courses dropped beginning the first day of classes are subject to the university refund schedule, which governs the prorated cancellation of semester tuition charges in cases of program adjustment or withdrawal. 

12-16 Week Session

Week

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Percent Returned

100%

100%

60%

40%

20%

0%

 

8-11 Week Session

Week

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

During Weeks 4 through 8

Percent Returned

100%

70%

50%

0%

 

4-7 Week Session

Days

1 through 5

6 through 10

11 through 14

15 through 35

Percent Returned

100%

70%

50%

0%


Different schools have different policies about when and if students can withdraw from classes after the 10th week, see the Bulletin for more information. Students seeking to withdraw from any or all of their classes after the 10th week of the semester should be aware of the possible implications of withdrawing from a course and contact their Advising or Program Offices for guidance. The forms below are not required in all circumstances, so contact your Advising or Program Office for more information. Beginning the first week of classes, students who wish to add a course(s) and drop a course(s) as an even exchange may do so without financial loss if these transaction requests are made during the same class week (by the drop date for a refund) for an equal number of credit hours. Please be advised that individual program adjustments may incur tuition charges and/or fees if they are not even exchanges, or involve courses other than those at the Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon campuses.

Students whose accounts reflect overpayments may request a refund beginning the first day of classes.

Regulations governing student withdrawals as they relate to residence halls and food service charges are contained in lease agreements and/or contracts and are not governed by the above tuition cancellation schedule.

Students may drop courses through the end of the 4th week of classes without academic penalty using an RTF-EZ form. After the 4th week of classes, it is considered a withdrawal and a grade of 'W' will appear on the transcript.

Withdrawals After the 10th Week

Undergraduate students in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the College of Professional Studies are permitted to withdraw from courses through the last day of classes. Students are not able to withdraw past the 10th week of classes through GWeb. This must be done on a Registration Transaction Form Classic (RTF) and submitted to their Advising Office. 

Late Withdrawal Request 

Undergraduate students in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Elliott School of International Affairs, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health seeking a late withdrawal should review the guidelines and complete the form below.

Complete Withdrawal

Undergraduate students in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Elliott School of International Affairs, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health should follow the Withdrawal Process.

All other degree-seeking students who wish to withdraw from ALL courses during a given semester or summer session must submit a Complete Withdrawal form. The deadline for complete withdrawal from all courses is the end of the 10th week of classes during the fall and spring semesters, and the end of the 4th week of classes for summer sessions. After the deadline, program changes are not possible unless the student presents a petition to their Advising Office and receives permission. 

Prior to Spring 2021

Fall & Spring Semesters

On-campus courses dropped prior to the start of the semester (before the first day of classes) will have 100% of the tuition charges canceled. Courses dropped beginning the first day of classes are subject to the university refund schedule, which governs the prorated cancellation of semester tuition charges in cases of program adjustment or withdrawal:

Before the end of the first week of the semester (by 11:59pm Sunday) 90%
Before the end of the second week of the semester (by 11:59pm Sunday) 60%
Before the end of the third week of the semester (by 11:59pm Sunday) 40%
Before the end of the fourth week of the semester (by 11:59pm Sunday) 25%
After the fourth week of classes None
 

Summer Sessions

On-campus courses dropped prior to the start of the summer session will have 100% of the tuition charges canceled. Courses dropped during the first seven (7) calendar days of the session will have 85% of the tuition charges canceled. No tuition adjustments will be made for courses dropped thereafter.

During the first week of classes, students who wish to add a course(s) and drop a course(s) as an even exchange may do so without financial loss if these transaction requests are for an equal number of credit hours. Please be advised that individual program adjustments may incur tuition charges and/or fees if they are not even exchanges, or involve courses other than those at the Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon campuses.

Note: University withdrawal and refund policies do not apply to Summer Abroad courses. Please check with the Office of Summer Sessions for specific policies associated with these programs.

Off-Campus and Online Classes

Off-Campus

From the day of the 1st class meeting until the day before the 3rd class meeting: 90%
From the day of the 3rd class meeting until the day before the 5th class meeting: 50%
On and after the day of the 5th class meeting: None

Online

Please note that "distance learning" or "on-campus via distance" courses are considered main campus courses and are subject to the standard university refund schedule noted above under "Fall & Spring Semesters" or "Summer Sessions".

From the first day of the academic semester or session until the end of the second week of the academic semester or session: 90%
From the first day of the third week of the academic semester or session until the end of the fourth week of the academic semester or session: 50%
On and after the first day of the 5th week of the academic semester: None