The Catholic University of America
TUITION REFUND POLICY

Tuition refunds apply to dropping classes and when a student withdraws completely from the University. Tuition refunds are based on total charges billed, not on payments made. A week of classes is defined as Monday through Saturday. Application fees and registration deposits are nonrefundable. Other fees, except mandatory fees and room and board as described below, are refunded only if a student withdraws completely from the University prior to the end of the drop/add period.
 
Registered students who cancel their registration after the end of the drop/add period or who have their registration cancelled because of nonpayment are subject to a registration cancellation fee.
 
Some classes are “dynamically dated,” meaning the begin and end dates are within, but differ from the begin and end dates of the regular semester. Appropriate notations about the relevance of “dynamic dates” are included below.
 
Tuition refunds for full-time and part-time students who withdraw completely from the University shall be as follows: 
 
  • Before classes officially begin, 100 percent of tuition and mandatory fees will be refunded. As of the first day of classes, mandatory fees are nonrefundable.
  • 100 percent of tuition only will be refunded prior to the end of the drop/add period as published in the Academic Calendar.
  • 80 percent of tuition only will be refunded after the last day of the drop/add period but prior to the end of the third week after the official beginning of classes or corresponding percentage of class meetings in a dynamically dated class.
  • 50 percent of tuition only will be refunded after the end of the third week of classes but prior to the end of the fourth week after the official beginning of classes or corresponding percentage of class meetings in a dynamically dated class.
  • No tuition or fees will be refunded after the fourth week of classes or the corresponding percentage of class meetings in a dynamically dated class.
Tuition refunds for students changing from full-time to part-time status and part-time students reducing their hours will be as follows: 
 
  • 100 percent of tuition will be refunded up to the last day of the drop/add period as published in the Academic Calendar or corresponding percentage of class meetings in a dynamically dated class. Fees will not be refunded.
  • 80 percent of tuition will be refunded only after the last day of the add/drop period but prior to the end of the third week of classes or corresponding percentage of class meetings in a dynamically dated class.
  • No tuition or fees will be refunded after the third week of classes or the corresponding percentage of class meetings in a dynamically dated class.
Refunding of Room and Board Charges

  • Room and board refunds for full-time and part-time students shall be as follows: Fees are refunded on a per diem basis prior to the end of the drop/add period, and thereafter are reduced at the tuition rates detailed for students who withdraw completely from the University.
  • Students who have signed a Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreement for the upcoming academic year and whose housing cancellation is approved will be charged the housing cancellation fee.
  • If the dining plan is cancelled separate from a housing assignment, the dining cancellation fee will be assessed. 
 
Adjustments to University Grants and Scholarships if a Student Withdraws

Adjustments to the University grants and scholarships to law students are at the discretion of the financial aid office for the law school and determined after consultation with the associate dean for student and external affairs.
 
Exceptions

Exceptions to policies regarding tuition refunds and adjustments may be made based on extraordinary circumstances. A student seeking an exception to the published tuition refund policy should immediately submit a written letter of appeal detailing the reason for the request. The letter and appropriate supporting documentation should be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services for review by the Appeals Committee. No request will be considered after mid-semester of the succeeding term.
 
Note: Refunds are calculated on the total amount billed and not on amounts already paid.  

Federal regulations governing the return of federal funds apply to students who are recipients of federal Title IV funds. A description of the Title IV Refund policy and procedures appears in a separate section. Additional information is available in the Office of Financial Aid for the law school.

 
SUMMER TUITION REFUND POLICY

Students may add or drop a course of a given session within the first four days without financial penalty by using the Cardinal Station system on the Web at http://cardinalstation.cua.edu.
 
Tuition refunds for full-time and part-time students who withdraw completely from the University shall be as follows:

  • If notification of intent to withdraw is received by the law school registrar and classes are withdrawn in Cardinal Station before the end of the fourth day of the session, 100 percent of tuition will be refunded.
  • No tuition will be refunded if notification of intent to withdraw is received after the end of the fourth day of the session.
Students enrolled in the LL.M. Program offered by CUA in cooperation with Jagiellonian University (Poland), are subject to a tuition refund policy that may differ from the refund policy that applies to Juris Doctor (J.D.) candidates. Please contact the Office of Special Programs for details.

 

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