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Registration and Refunds

You may be charged tuition and fees when you make changes to your course registration. This section explains the University refund policy for: Canceling a registered course
  • Policy: If you complete advance registration for a quarter and later decide not to attend the class, communicate with the dean’s office or academic advisor in your school who will help you to notify the Registrar's Office in writing before the first day of the quarter's classes.
  • Charge: You will not be charged the applicable tuition and fees.
Dropping a course
  • Policy: If you officially drop a course, you must complete the drop in CAESAR or file a completed Change of Registration Form with the Registrar's Office within the first five days of the quarter.
  • Charge: You will not be charged for any tuition or fees for courses dropped within the first five days of the quarter. However, the University cannot give refunds or reduce tuition bills for any course dropped after the fifth day of classes.
Changing your registration status (School of Professional Studies Undergraduates)
  • Policy: If you change your registration status from audit to credit, the additional tuition will be due at the time of the change; if you change your registration from credit to audit, you will be charged the normal auditor's fee.
  • Charge: The Auditor's Fee is $600/course rather than the regular tuition rate per credit hour. These charges will be made to your financial account.
Leaving school due to military service
  • Policy: If you are ordered to report for active duty in a military service during an academic term and are unable to complete course work, you must present proof of induction or recall to active duty to the Office of Student Accounts.
  • Charge: You will receive a full refund of tuition and fees for the term. However, if you make arrangements with the instructor and school to receive credit for one or more courses, the refund will be prorated according to the credit received.
Withdrawal from the University
  • Policy: Immediately upon withdrawal, obtain a Withdrawal Form from the Registrar's Office and get all required signatures. Masters students are required to submit their forms to their program office before filing it at the Registrar's Office.

    The Offices of Student Accounts and Financial Aid consider the date the completed form is received at the Registrar's Office as the official date governing financial adjustments. If you leave the University without official notification of your intent to withdraw, the midpoint of the quarter will be recorded as the official withdrawal date.
  • Charge: You will not receive a refund for your tuition deposit or non-refundable fees. You may receive refunds, in the form of adjustments to your account, for refundable fees and some of your tuition.

    The percentage of tuition (minus the deposit) refunded depends on your school or program, as well as the percentage of the term that had elapsed by your official withdrawal date.

    Refund schedule for all Undergraduate students (except School of Professional Studies), Graduate program students (including Communication, Education, McCormick - Engineering, The Graduate School, Medill - Journalism, Music, School of Professional Studies), and professional students in Kellogg (except EMBA) or Physician's Assistant:

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

    Refund schedule for Online students residing in Maryland:
    Maryland Refund Schedule
    Proportion of Total Term Completed as of
    Date of Withdrawal or Termination
    Tuition
    Refund
    Less than 10% 90% refund
    10% up to but not including 20% 80% refund
    20% up to but not including 30% 60% refund
    30% up to but not including 40% 40% refund
    40% up to but not including 60% 20% refund
    More than 60% No refund

    If an online Maryland student withdraws or is terminated after completing only a portion of a course, program, or term within the applicable billing period, that student is entitled to either the refund prescribed by the School of Professional Studies Graduate refund schedule or the Maryland refund schedule above, whichever is more beneficial to the student.

    The more beneficial refund to online Maryland students (comparing the two schedules), to be paid within 60 days from the date of withdrawal or termination, is shown below:

    If 0 - 10% of the term elapsed: 100% of tuition will be refunded
    If 11 - 19% of the term elapsed: 80% of tuition will be refunded
    If 20 - 25% of the term elapsed: 75% of tuition will be refunded
    If 26 - 29% of the term elapsed: 60% of tuition will be refunded
    If 30 - 50% of the term elapsed: 50% of tuition will be refunded
    If 51 - 59% of the term elapsed: 20% of tuition will be refunded
    If 60 - 100% of the term elapsed: 0% of tuition will be refunded

    Refund schedule for professional students in Kellogg 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:
    • Students whose withdrawal notices are filed before classes begin each quarter will be refunded their full tuition for the quarter minus the nonrefundable tuition deposit (first academic quarter only).
    • Students who withdraw after classes have begun but before the end of the second week of classes will be refunded 50% of tuition.
    • Students who withdraw after the second week of classes are not entitled to a refund.
    Deposits for confirmation of enrollment are nonrefundable.

    Refund schedule for Feinberg School of Medicine - MD program and Prosthetics-Orthotics program students:
    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

    Refund schedule for Physical Therapy students and School of Law students:
    If 0 - 25% of the term elapsed: 75% of tuition will be refunded
    If 26 - 50% of the term elapsed: 50% of tuition will be refunded
    If 51 - 100% of the term elapsed: 0% of tuition will be refunded

    Refund schedule for School of Professional Studies Undergraduate students and Summer Session students:
    If 0% of the term elapsed: 100% of tuition will be refunded
    If 1 - 10% of the term elapsed: 95% of tuition will be refunded
    If 11 - 25% of the term elapsed: 75% of tuition will be refunded
    If 26 - 50% of the term elapsed: 50% of tuition will be refunded
    If 51 - 100% of the term elapsed: 0% of tuition will be refunded