You may find it necessary to withdraw from classes during a semester. If you withdraw, you may be eligible to receive a refund of tuition and course fees depending upon when you withdrew.
If your circumstances require you to withdraw from classes, we encourage you to contact your academic advisor and One Stop Student Services. They can help you make decisions so that you will have a clear understanding of any consequences of withdrawing.
All refunds of these fees are based on the date that the cancellation is processed and are not affected by retroactive cancellation.
If your enrollment drops below 6 credits, you must accept a refund of the University-sponsored health plan fee, though you may keep the student services fee. If you receive a refund of the student services fee, you may no longer use the services provided by the fee.
If you cancel all courses and qualify for a tuition refund, you must also accept a prorated refund of the student services fee and the University-sponsored health plan fee.
The orientation fee and late registration fee, for example, are generally not refunded. All other special fees assessed at registration are refunded at the same rate as tuition and course fees. No special fees are refunded after the refund period has ended, even if a retroactive cancellation is authorized.
Cancellations are effective the day they are processed.
Your refund amount will be based on the date you officially cancel, not on the date you stopped attending class. Cancel immediately if you stop attending class for any reason.
If your tuition and fees are not paid in full, any refund you receive will be a monetary credit applied to your unpaid balance.
Eligibility for tuition refund appeal
In rare or extreme circumstances, the University may be able to refund tuition through a tuition refund appeal process. You must have withdrawn from the classes for the term you want a refund. You may withdraw for medical, military, or academic reasons. We cannot refund tuition if you are still enrolled or did not go to class.
Before you submit an appeal, talk with your advisor and One Stop Student Services about whether a tuition refund is an option for you.
Prove why you withdrew
When you submit a tuition refund appeal, you must provide documentation to show why you withdrew from your classes. The type of documentation you provide will depend on your situation. Here are some examples:
- Medical (use the Medical Supplement form)
- Proof of military activation
- Death certificate
- An official letter from your college or advisor
In addition, you will need to provide a personal statement.
When to submit an appeal
Submit a tuition refund appeal after you withdraw from any classes. You can submit an appeal up to one calendar year from the term you withdrew.
We base tuition refunds on the date you withdrew from your classes, not on the date you stopped attending. There are special circumstances (such as medical or military) when we may be able to make an exception.
How to submit an appeal
- First, withdraw from classes. If the term is already over and you did not withdraw, contact your college for help.
- Next, set up direct deposit for your student account if you haven't already. It is the fastest, most secure way to receive refunds.
- Update your mailing address in MyU.
- Submit a Tuition Refund Appeal form online.
- Get your personal statement ready that tells us why you withdrew. You will be able to copy/paste a personal statement into the form or upload a file.
- Prepare your other documentation such as medical, death certificate, military activation orders, a letter from your advisor, etc. If medical, complete a Medical Supplement form and upload it to the appeal form.
Once you submit a Tuition Refund Appeal form, you'll get an email confirmation. We'll make a decision on your appeal within 2 to 3 weeks.
Effects of a tuition refund appeal
There may be other things that happen when you submit a tuition refund appeal that you should know about:
- Financial aid - You may be responsible to repay financial aid that was already given to you. Financial aid includes loans, grants, scholarships, and fellowships.
- Academic record - You will have a grade of “W” for withdrawal on your academic record for each class withdrawn after the deadline for withdrawal.
- Health insurance coverage - If you have health insurance through the Student Health Benefit Plan or get services at Boynton Health Service, you may lose your coverage. You may also be responsible for services paid by health plans. Contact the Office of Student Health Benefits for more information.
A tuition refund does not apply to charges from services like University Dining, the bookstore, or housing.
For questions, contact One Stop Student Services. More information about withdrawing from classes is available.
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