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Administration: The Office of Financial Operations - Bursar Office

Refund Policy for Dropped Classes

Tuition refunds are calculated in accordance with the Tuition Refund Policy for those students who officially drop a class or classes during the first three weeks of the semester.  Fees are not refundable.

For summer and winter session(s), the refund period is the first 20% of the total days (including Saturday, Sunday & Holidays) in the session. The refund period is divided into two equal segments corresponding to a 50% and 25% refund period. For example:

Refund Schedule for Fall and Spring Semesters

Tuition Refund

Tuition Obligation

Drop course(s) before 1st Official Day of the Semester 100% -0-
Drop course(s) within 6 calendar days of opening date 75% 25%
Drop course(s) between 7 & 12 calendar days of opening date 50% 50%
Drop course(s) between 13 & 17 calendar days of opening date 25% 75%
Drop course(s) beyond 17th calendar days after opening date None 100%

For summer and winter session(s), the refund period is the first 20% of the total days (including Saturday, Sunday & Holidays) in the session.  The refund period is divided into two equal segments corresponding to a 50% and 25% refund period.  For example:

Days in the Session

* Rounding Up Is Used

First Refund Period

Second Refund Period

After Computed Days

Six Weeks
6 weeks X 7 Days = 42 Days 5 Days 4 Days 33 Days
20% of 42 Days = 9* 50% 25% 0%
Percentage of Refund 50% 75% 100%
Percentage of Liability      
Four Weeks
4 weeks X 7 Days = 28 Days 3 Days 3 Days 22 Days
20% of 28 Days = 6* Days 50% 25% 0%
Percentage of Refund 50% 75% 100%
Percentage of Liability      

  • The refund period is the first 20% of the total days (including Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays) in the term/session.   The last day of this period coincides with the census (Form "A") date.
  • The 20% represents the traditional semester's census date; for example: 7 days in a week X 15 weeks in a term/session 105 days X 20% = 21 days (the census date is the 21st day) The refund period should be divided into three equal segments corresponding to the three refund percentages (75%, 50% & 25%) as shown above.  
  • The refund period corresponds to the 21-day period noted above.  Thus, 21/3 = 7 day segments in which, withdrawal during the first 7 days would allow for a 75% refund, withdrawal during the second 7 days would allow for a 50% refund and, withdrawal during the third 7 days would allow for a 25% refund. 
  • In those instances where the traditional 15-week session does not exist, the census date and therefore the determination of the refund period may result in less than a complete day. In those cases, the college should round to the nearest full day, for example: 7 days in a week X 10 weeks in a term/session 70 days X 20% = 14 days (the census date is the 14th day) Therefore, under these circumstances, the refund period corresponds to the 14 day period noted above.  

Thus, 14/3 = 4.667 which should be rounded to 5 day segments in which, withdrawal during the first 5 days would allow for a 75% refund, withdrawal during the second 5 days would allow for a 50% refund and, withdrawal after the second 5 day segment and prior to and including the census date (14th day) would allow for a 25% refund. Thus, the last period would contain only 4 days, even though the first and second periods each contain 5 days.