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Tuition and Fee Refund Policy

All students are held to the publish rules and procedures printed in the Code of Student Life, specifically item 2, in Students' Responsibilities, "Students have the responsibility to be fully acquainted with the published University rules and procedures and to comply with them and the laws of the land."

Students may choose to drop a course, or withdraw for the semester, however there are specific dates for reversal of charges for each semester, which are set forth by the Education Code. Dates for both drops and withdrawals are found on the University Calendar.

Dropping a Class
Students that choose not to complete a class for the semester, but intend to remain enrolled in other courses for the remainder of the semester should follow the procedure to drop the class. Dropping a course is NOT appropriate for students enrolled in only one course for the semester. If the student is enrolled in one course and does not wish to complete it, the student should follow the withdrawal process.

Students will have 100% of the charges associated with a dropped course reversed from their University balance only if the course is dropped by midnight of the census date for the semester. Courses dropped after the census date will be due in full:

  • 12th class day for Fall or Spring, (Wednesday, February 3rd for Spring 2016)
  • 4th class day for Summer 1, (Thursday, June 9th for Summer 1 2016)
  • 4th class day for Summer 2, (Tuesday, July 19th for Summer 2 2016)
  • 2nd class day for Winter Intersession, (Tuesday, December 15th for January 2016)
  • 2nd class day for Spring Intersession, (Tuesday, May 17th for May 2016)

Dropping a course (not withdrawing) by the deadline can be done through:

  • Buff Advisor
  • In person at the Office of the Registrar
  • By fax or letter including signature, student ID, course number, section number, and term
  • Send a request via Buff email and include student Id, course number, section number and term

Withdrawing for the Semester
Students that do not wish to complete their semester, regardless of the number of hours enrolled for the semester should file a withdrawal with the Office of the Registrar, cancel their housing and meal plan contract with Residential Living, (where applicable), and contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Services offices, (when student has applied for financial aid and/or been awarded scholarships). Students enrolled in only one course that drop the course online have not completed the withdrawal process and the result will be a delayed refund, or notice of balance due, if any, due to lack of notification of withdrawal in the Office of the Registrar.

Withdrawals can be filed the following ways:

  • Completing the withdrawal form
  • Completing a withdrawal form in the Office of the Registrar

As of Fall 2015, emailed requests will no longer be honored; students must use one of the two options listed above.

Withdrawals cannot begin to be processed for refund or notification of balance due until after the census date for the semester has passed. Intersession semesters cannot be processed until the following semester census date has passed, (12th class day of Spring for Winter Intersession, and 4th class day of Summer 1 for Spring Intersession).

If a student follows the proper withdrawal procedure, they may be granted a full or partial reversal of charges due and possible refund of payment depending on the date they filed their withdrawal set forth by section 54.006 of the Education Code, which sets the policy for refund of tuition and mandatory fees billed to the student, (non-mandatory fees are fees such as New Student Orientation, Buff Branding, payment plan fees, late fees, housing, or meal plans), to students who withdraw from the University. The policy for withdrawals is as follows:

If a student withdraws during a fall or spring semester, or a summer term of 10 weeks or longer, the reversal of mandatory tuition and fee charges from the student bill are as follows:
 

(A) prior to the first class day 100 percent (less $15.00 matriculation fee)
(B) during the first five class days 80 percent
(C) during the second five class days 70 percent
(D) during the third five class days 50 percent
(E) during the fourth five class days 25 percent
(F) after the fourth five class days None


If a student withdraws during a term or session of more than five weeks but less than 10 weeks, the reversal of mandatory tuition and fee charges from the student bill are as follows:

(A) prior to the first class day 100 percent (less $15.00 matriculation fee)
(B) during the first, second, or third class day 80 percent
(C) during the fourth, fifth, or sixth class day 50 percent
(D) seventh day of class and thereafter None

If a student withdraws from a term or session of five weeks or less, the reversal of mandatory tuition and fee charges from the student bill are as follows:

(A) prior to the first class day 100 percent (less $15.00 matriculation fee)
(B) during the first class day 80 percent
(C) during the second class day 50 percent
(D) during the third class day and thereafter None

The refund is calculated on the total cost of tuition and mandatory fees charged for the courses in which the student was enrolled prior to withdrawal.

Section 54.006 (b-1) states:  If a student has not paid the total amount of the tuition and mandatory fees charged to the student by the institution or unit for the courses in which the student is enrolled by the date the student withdraws from the institution or unit, instead of issuing the student a refund in the amount required under Subsection (b), the institution or unit may credit the amount to be refunded toward the payment of the outstanding tuition and mandatory fees owed by the student.  The institution or unit shall issue a refund to the student if any portion of the amount to be refunded remains after the outstanding tuition and mandatory fees have been paid.
 

All questions regarding the drop or withdrawal process can be addressed in the Office of the Registrar, Old Main 103, 806-651-4911, or via email.