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Refund Policies

Full Time degree seeking Undergraduate and Graduate

It is the student's responsibility, not the instructor's, to assure that the University 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: Students who withdraw to enter military service prior to the end of the term are eligible for a 100% refund of tuition and refundable fees for courses not completed.  Documentation of such military services must be provided from the appropriate military official.
  • 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 University, 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 University 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. 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 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 tuition and required fee charge and refund structures are welcome to be submitted to Student Financial Services.

Full Fall 2161 Term Refund Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment
Prior to the start of classes 100%
Week 1 (August 22 - August 29) 90%
Week 2 (August 30 - September 5) 75%
Week 3 (September 6 - September 12) 50%
Week 4 (September 13 - September 19) 25%
After week 4 (after September 19) 0%

 

8 Week Session I Fall 2161 Term Refund Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment
Prior to the start of classes 100%
Week 1 (August 22 - August 29) 75%
Week 2 (August 30 - September 5) 50%
Week 3 (September 6 - September 12) 25%
After week 3 (after September 12) 0%

 

8 Week Session II Fall 2161 Term Refund Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment
Prior to the start of classes 100%
Week 1 (October 17 - October 24) 75%
Week 2 (October 25 - October 31) 50%
Week 3 (November 1 - November 7) 25%
After week 3 (after November 7) 0%

 

Full Spring 2165 Term Refund Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment
Prior to the start of classes 100%
Week 1 (January 23 - January 30) 90%
Week 2 (January 31 - February 6) 75%
Week 3 (February 7 - February 13) 50%
Week 4 (February 14 - February 20) 25%
After week 4 (after February 20) 0%

 

8 Week Session I Spring 2165 Term Refund Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment
Prior to the start of classes 100%
Week 1 (January 23 - January 30) 75%
Week 2 (January 31 - February 6) 50%
Week 3 (February 7 - February 13) 25%
After week 3 (after February 13) 0%

 

8 Week Session II Spring 2165 Term Refund Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment
Prior to the start of classes 100%
Week 1 (March 27 - April 3) 75%
Week 2 (April 4 - April 10) 50%
Week 3 (April 11 - April 17) 25%
After week 3 (after April 17) 0%

Intersession

Intersession classes begin January 3rd and end January 20th.  Add/drop is January 3rd through January 5th.  If a student drops his/her courses prior to January 3rd, 100% refund will be issued.  There are no refunds for courses dropped between January 3rd and January 5th. 

 

Exceptions to the above refund schedule

RIT Online students from the State of Maryland
 

Military Tuition Assistance

RIT administers Military Tuition Assistance in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the DoD TA Program MOU.  Unearned tuition assistance (TA) funds are returned on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided.  When a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, RIT will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion.

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