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Refund/Tuition Adjustment Policies

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.

The modality of instruction, and the start and end dates for academic term instruction, on-campus housing and dining services, may vary from year to year.
 

Enrollment deposits are non-refundable.

 

 

Full Time degree seeking Undergraduate and Graduate

It is the student's responsibility, not the instructor's, to ensure 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/tuition adjustment during the term:

Full Tuition Refund/Adjustment

  • Active military service: Students who withdraw to enter military service prior to the end of the term are eligible for a 100% adjustment of tuition and adjustable 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 tuition adjustment upon withdrawal.

Partial Tuition Refund/Adjustment

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 adjustment. A partial tuition adjustment 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.

 

Part Time degree seeking Undergraduate/Graduate and non-degree students

The student must arrange to drop or withdraw from courses. It is the student's responsibility (not the instructor's) to ensure the course drop or withdrawal paperwork is properly processed. A partial tuition adjustment will be made during the term, based on the date of withdrawal, in accordance with the schedule shown below. 

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.

Tuition Protection Plan

RIT has partnered with GradGuard to make the Tuition Protection Plan available to our students and families.  Each year, thousands of students nationwide face the difficult decision of whether to withdraw when something unexpected happens.  Depending upon the time of withdrawal, many may only receive a partial refund.  The GradGuard Tuition Protection Plan enhances RIT's existing refund policy. 

The Tuition Protection Plan was designed with students and parents in mind.  The Plan can reimburse tuition payments, room and board, fees, and other non-refundable college expenses if a student needs to withdraw any time during the semester for any covered reason such as illness, injury or psychological condition.

Learn more at GradGuard.com/Tuition/RIT

 

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

Full Spring 2205 Term Tuition Refund/Adjustment Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment Housing* Dining**
Prior to the start of classes 100% 100% 100%
Week 1 (January 25 - February 1) 100% 100% 100%
Week 2 (February 2 - February 8) 75% 75% 75%
Week 3 (February 9 - February 15) 50% 50% 50%
Week 4 (February 16 - February 22) 25% 25% 25%
After week 4 (after February 22) 0% 0% 0%

*Housing refund is based on check-out/key return date.  Cancellation or termination fee may also apply.  See RIT Housing 2020-2021 terms and conditions
**Dining refund is adjusted based on meal plan usage and dining dollars spent.  Purchases my be subject to additional New York State tax charges.  See RIT Dining terms and conditions

7 Week Session I Spring 2205 Term Tuition Refund/Adjustment Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment
Prior to the start of classes 100%
January 25 - January 27 100%
January 28 - February 3 75%
February 4 - February 10 50%
February 11 - February 17 25%
After February 17 0%

 

7 Week Session II Spring 2205 Term Tuition Refund/Adjustment Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment
Prior to the start of classes 100%
March 15 - March 17 100%
March 18 - March 24 75%
March 25 - March 31 50%
April 1 - April 7 25%
After April 7 0%

 

 

 

Full Fall 2201 Term Tuition Refund/Adjustment Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment Housing* Dining**
Prior to the start of classes 100% 100% 100%
Week 1 (August 19 - August 26) 100% 100% 100%
Week 2 (August 27 - September 2) 75% 75% 75%
Week 3 (September 3 - September 9) 50% 50% 50%
Week 4 (September 10 - September 16) 25% 25% 25%
After week 4 (after September 16) 0% 0% 0%

*Housing refund is based on check-out/key return date.  Cancellation or termination fee may also apply.  See RIT Housing 2020-2021 terms and conditions
**Dining refund is adjusted based on meal plan usage and dining dollars spent.  Purchases my be subject to additional New York State tax charges.  See RIT Dining terms and conditions

7 Week Session I Fall 2201 Term Tuition Refund/Adjustment Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment
Prior to the start of classes 100%
August 19 - August 21 100%
August 22 - August 28 75%
August 29 - September 4 50%
September 5 - September 11 25%
After September 11 0%

 

7 Week Session II Fall 2201 Term Tuition Refund/Adjustment Schedule

Last Date of Attendance Tuition and Required Fees Adjustment
Prior to the start of classes 100%
October 13 - October 15 100%
October 16 - October 22 75%
October 23 - October 29 50%
October 30 - November 5 25%
After November 5 0%

 

 

Exceptions to the above tuition refund/adjustment schedule

RIT Online students from the State of Maryland
Military Tuition Assistance

 

 

 


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.