Withdrawal & Tuition Refund

The University uses the term withdraw to formally indicate that a student has dropped or will drop all courses for a given term. Withdrawing from the university differs from dropping one or several classes within a given term, because as long as a student retains at least one class, he or she is still considered to be registered for that term.

Students who plan to withdraw from any of the summer sessions should carefully read all of the information below concerning financial considerations, the withdrawal procedure, and tuition refunds.

Financial Considerations

Withdrawal Fee
Students who drop their entire academic program during and after the change of program period will be charged a $75.00 withdrawal fee. The $75 withdrawal fee is not applied to students withdrawing prior to the start of each session.

Tuition Refunds
Tuition for courses dropped during the change-of-program period is refunded in full. After the last day of the change-of-program period, refunds are granted only when students withdraw by dropping all of their courses in a given session. When a student withdraws from all of their courses after the change-of-program period, the University retains a percentage of the remaining tuition (as indicated in the withdrawal schedules below) for each week, or part of a week, that the student remains registered. See the Calendar for the change-of-program periods for each session.

Any adjustment of the tuition that the student has paid or still owes is reckoned from the date on which the Office of Student Life and Alumni Relations, 203 Lewisohn, receives the student's written notification (see How to Withdraw, below). Failure to attend classes or notification submitted only to instructors does not constitute formal withdrawal and may result in the student receiving a grade of F.

Fee Refunds
Fees such as the Health Service fee, the Student Medical Insurance premium, the University facilities fee, course fees, and late fees are not refundable if the withdrawal takes place after the change-of-program period. If the withdrawal takes place before or during the change-of-program period, these fees are refunded in full. The one-time transcript fee and application fee are not refundable.

Special Note for GSAS Students Taking Summer Sessions Courses
Students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences who are recipients of Columbia University fellowships are advised that if they drop any Summer course or withdraw from a session, fellowship funds covering the tuition for that course or courses will be canceled, and the student will be responsible for payment of tuition charges incurred, as indicated in the schedules below.

Withdrawal Statement on Transcript

A statement will be added to your transcript indicating that you have withdrawn from the University if the withdrawal occurs after the change of program period.

How to Withdraw

A student in good academic standing who is not subject to disciplinary action may be permitted to withdraw at any time during the session up until the last day of classes (see Calendar), by doing the following:

General Studies Students

  1. Consult with the appropriate dean of students or class dean. A student on academic probation who does not consult with his or her dean of students or class dean before withdrawing may be subject to expulsion.

  2. Complete the withdrawal process with the Dean of Students Office (408 Lewisohn Hall).

Columbia College, SEAS, GSAS

  1. Consult with the appropriate dean of students or class dean. A student on academic probation who does not consult with his or her dean of students or class dean before withdrawing may be subject to expulsion.

  2. Fill out a Notice of Withdrawal form.

  3. Receive confirmation email from sce-studentwithdrawals@columbia.edu.

All Other Students

  1. Fill out a Notice of Withdrawal form.

  2. Receive confirmation email from sce-studentwithdrawals@columbia.edu.

Tuition Refunds

Students must elect to participate to receive automatic refunds. Default participation status depends on a student's school. To opt into or out of automatic refunds, a student should log in to Student Services Online (SSOL) and select "Refunds" from the menu and follow the instructions. General Studies and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students are not currently eligible for automatic refunds. These students should refer to the "Automatic Refund Options" page of Student Services Online.

The University's preferred method of refund distribution is through direct deposit. Students can log into SSOL and click on "Direct Deposit" to set up transfer of funds to a U.S. checking or savings account. Click here for more guidance on how to do this. Refund checks for students who have not signed up for direct deposit are sent to the student's local address.

To check their student account balance, students can log into Student Services Online (SSOL) and click on "Account Detail and E-Billing" and then "View Student Account Detail." If there is a valid credit on the account that is not based on anticipated credits, the refund will generally be processed within 48 hours of the credit appearing. If the credit is based on anticipated credits for financial aid, scholarships, or the payment plan, a refund will not be processed until the funds have actually arrived and been posted to the student account.

For additional details regarding refunds please see Policy on Student Account Credit Balances and Refunds.

Summer 2014

12-Week Sessions

Withdrawals received

will be refunded

First Week

100%

Second Week

90%

Third Week

80%

Fourth Week

70%

Fifth Week

60%

Sixth Week

50%

Seventh Week

40%

After Seventh Week

0%

9-Week Sessions

Withdrawals received

will be refunded

First Week

100%

Second Week

80%

Third Week

70%

Fourth Week

60%

Fifth Week

50%

Sixth Week

40%

After Sixth Week

0%

 5-Week and 6-Week Sessions

Withdrawals received

will be refunded

First Week

100%

Second Week

60%

Third Week

50%

After Third Week

0%

4-Week Sessions

Withdrawals received

will be refunded

First Week

100%

Second Week

50%

After Second Week

0%

Refund schedule for courses that are less than four weeks

In order to receive a full tuition refund, students must notify the Summer Sessions Office of their intention to withdraw by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the second class meeting. Students who withdraw after the second class meeting are not eligible for a refund and will be responsible for full tuition and fees.

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