Withdrawals & Refunds

Exceptions to Standard Schedules/Refund Rates

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

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 cancelled. 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:

Students may drop classes for a 90% cancellation of tuition charges through 11:59pm on Monday, September 4 for the Fall 2017 semester.

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

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. Students may withdraw using an RTF-EZ form through the end of the 10th week of classes. Withdrawals after the 10th week of classes require a petition to the student's Dean's Office.

Withdrawals After the 10th Week (Undergraduates)

Undergraduates seeking to petition to withdraw from any or all of their classes after the 10th week of the semester must review the following guidelines prior to submitting an exception request. Graduate students should contact their individual Advising or Program Offices for guidance.

Summer Sessions

On-campus courses dropped prior to the start of the summer session will have 100% of the tuition charges cancelled. Courses dropped during the first seven (7) calendar days of the session will have 85% of the tuition charges cancelled. 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.

Complete Withdrawal

A degree-seeking student who wishes 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.

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