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Withdrawing from the University

Policy: If you withdraw after registering for classes, you must immediately file a Withdrawal form, bearing the appropriate signatures, at the Registrar’s Office of your school. Masters students outside of The Graduate School are required to submit this form to their program offices. If you leave the University without official notification of your intent to withdraw, the midpoint of the term will be recorded as the official withdrawal date.

Your account: You may receive refunds, in the form of adjustments to your account, for refundable fees and some of your tuition. Remember, tuition deposits are non-refundable.

Financial Aid: If you are a financial aid recipient, please also review Financial Aid & Withdrawals.

Refund schedules

The percentage of tuition refunded (minus the deposit) depends on your school or program as well as how long you were enrolled in the term.

Undergraduate and graduate students

This schedule applies to:

If 0 – 10% of the quarter has elapsed: 100% of tuition will be refunded
If 11 – 25% of the quarter has elapsed: 75% of tuition will be refunded
If 26 – 50% of the quarter has elapsed: 50% of tuition will be refunded
If 51 – 100% of the quarter has elapsed: 0% of tuition will be refunded

Use our Withdrawal Calculator to quickly determine refund amounts.

Kellogg School of Management EMBA

The Executive MBA Program Director must be notified in person and in writing of a student's withdrawal. The reason for withdrawal must be approved by the assistant dean, director or associate director. Simply ceasing to attend class does not constitute official withdrawal.

All tuition adjustments are computed as of the date on which the official withdrawal notice is received. Adjustments are not made on the basis of attendance in class. In all cases of withdrawal from the Kellogg School, after the beginning of a course, adjustments on tuition are made in accordance with the following schedule:

Deposits for confirmation of enrollment are nonrefundable.

Feinberg School of Medicine MD and Prosthetics-Orthotics

During the first four weeks of the year: 100% of tuition will be refunded
After week four and during the first half of the year: 50% of tuition will be refunded
After the first half of the year: 0% of tuition will be refunded

Feinberg School of Medicine Physical Therapy and Pritzker School of Law

If 0 - 25% of the term has elapsed: 75% of tuition will be refunded
If 26 - 50% of the term has elapsed: 50% of tuition will be refunded
If 51 - 100% of the term has elapsed: 0% of tuition will be refunded

School of Professional Studies Undergraduate and Summer Session

If 0% of the termhas  elapsed: 100% of tuition will be refunded
If 1 - 10% of the term has elapsed: 95% of tuition will be refunded
If 11 - 25% of the term has elapsed: 75% of tuition will be refunded
If 26 - 50% of the term has elapsed: 50% of tuition will be refunded
If 51 - 100% of the term has elapsed: 0% of tuition will be refunded

Use our Withdrawal Calculator to quickly determine refund amounts.

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