Refund Policies

Full Time degree seeking Undergraduate and Graduate

It is the student's responsibility, not the instructor's, to assure that the "Institute Withdrawal or Leave of Absence Form" has been completed and submitted to the home academic department.

Acceptable reasons for withdrawal with refund during the term:

Full Tuition Refund

  • Active military service: A student called to active military service during the first eight weeks of the term may receive a full tuition refund. If called after the eighth week, he may elect to complete the course by making special arrangements with both his instructor and department, or to withdraw and receive a full tuition refund. If the student withdraws, he/she will have to repeat the course at a later date.
  • Academic reasons: Students sometime register before grades from the previous term are available. If such a student later finds that he/she is subject to academic suspension, or has failed prerequisites, the student will be given a full refund upon withdrawal.

Partial Tuition Refund

The student must Officially Withdraw from all courses or take a leave of absence from the Institute, in order to be eligible for a partial tuition refund. A partial refund will be made during a term, in accordance with the schedule shown below, if withdrawal/leave of absence is necessitated for one of the following reasons:

  • illness, certified by the attending physician, causing excessive absence from classes;
  • withdrawal for academic reasons at the request of the Institute during a term;
  • transfer by employer, making class attendance impossible;
  • withdrawal for academic or personal reasons at the request of the student, approved by the student's advisor or department representative, and Student Financial Services.

NOTE: Non-attendance does not constitute an official withdrawal. Official withdrawal from courses is required even if the student is not eligible for a tuition refund. The final grade is determined by the official withdrawal documentation.

Part Time Programs

The student must arrange to drop or drop with penalty from courses; otherwise, he/she will not receive a tuition refund. It is the student's responsibility (not the instructor's) to ensure the course drop with penalty paperwork is properly processed. The official drop period is the first six class days of the specific term. Please note that the official withdrawal from courses is required even if the student is not eligible for a tuition refund. The final grade is determined by the official withdrawal documentation.

NOTE: Non-attendance does not constitute an official withdrawl. Should the student find it necessary to drop or drop with penalty from a course, the net refund will be calculated in accordance with the term payment received, the tuition charged as outlined in the schedule below, any current term fees and any balance remaining from the previous term.

If institutional charges are reduced due to withdrawal, Financial aid programs are reimbursed before a cash refund is issued to the student. The student is responsible for any unpaid balance at the time of withdrawal. Aid programs are reimbursed in the following sequence: Federal Direct Loans, Perkins Loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal SEOG, other federal aid, state aid, and institutional aid. If a credit balance still remains, the student is then issued a refund.

Questions or comments regarding institutional charge and refund structures are welcome to be submitted to Student Financial Services.

Summer 2138 Term Refund Schedule

Official Withdrawal DateReduction of Institutional Charges
Prior to the start of classes through the June 2100%
June 3 - June 950%
June 10 - June 1625%
After June 160%

 

Fall 2141 Term Refund Schedule

Official Withdrawal DateReduction of Institutional Charges
Prior to the start of classes100%
August 25 - September 290%
September 3 - September 975%
September 10 - September 1650%
September 17 - September 2325%
After September 230%


Spring 2145 Term Refund Schedule

Official Withdrawal DateReduction of Institutional Charges
Prior to the start of classes100%
January 26 - February 290%
February 3 - February 975%
February 10 - February 1650%
February 17 - February 2325%
After February 230%

 

Intersession

Intersession classes begin January 5th and end January 22nd.  Add/drop is January 5th through January 7th.  If a student drops his/her courses prior to January 5th, 100% refund will be issued.  There are no refunds for courses dropped between January 5th and January 7th. 

 

RIT Online

Add/drop for RIT Online programs runs through the 3rd day of classes.  If a student drops his/her courses during the first three days of classes, 100% refund will be issued.  Any student who has not paid in full by the 3rd day of classes will be dropped from his/her courses by the institute for non-payment.  No partial refunds will be given for course withdrawals.

RIT Online students from the State of Maryland
 

Enrollment deposits are non-refundable.
Any student who intentionally defrauds or attempts to defraud the Institute of tuition, fees, or other charges; or who gives false information in order to obtain financial aid is subject to legal liability, prosecution and Institute disciplinary action.