Financial Aid Refunds
When does the University send disbursement refund checks?
The University disburses these funds when they are received for the student’s account (not in anticipation of aid being received). You do not need to request the disbursement of a financial aid refund, if your balance is less than the disbursement (with no prior balances) a disbursement check will be issued to the student. Student financial aid refund checks are available no earlier than the first day of classes.
When a refund check is available to be picked up, the student is notified by email. Refund checks that are not picked up within seven business days of the email are mailed to the student’s address on file. Please confirm your address, phone number and any demographic information on your account before to the start of the term. Refunds will not be provided to students with a financial hold of any kind on their record or with an open balance that needs to be paid.
What if I drop a class? Will I receive a refund?
If a class is dropped during the semester, after already receiving a financial aid disbursement, a refund will not be issued for any resulting credit balance during the same semester. If a course has not already been paid for and is dropped, a refund will not be issued. A course being dropped is not guaranteed to result in a refund.
The removal of tuition and fees associated with a dropped class from a student’s account will generally not take effect until after the Add/Drop period for that course. If you wish to expedite this process, please contact Student Accounts and the Registrar’s office.
If you drop a course after classes have begun, it may be subject to partial tuition fees, based on when it was dropped. To learn about the drop/withdraw refund policies and deadlines, see the student handbook for your program. This can be found on the enrollment services page under “Academic Catalog/Policies.” It is the responsibility of the student to know dates, guidelines, and policies regarding the schools disbursement policies.
The Student Accounts Office
+1 (703) 416-1441, ext. 105