Finance Division

Refund Policy for Financial Aid

Refunds of Financial Aid for Students Withdrawing from the University

Refunds of academic fees are made in accordance with semester and summer session refund policies. First semester freshmen and first semester transfers receiving Title IV financial aid are under a different policy based on federal guidelines. Details are available in G-08 Sikes Hall. University housing refunds are made according to the policy above. Meal plan refunds are made on a pro rata basis.

Since financial aid is expected to meet or help meet education costs, any academic fee, housing, or meal plan fee for students withdrawing from the University up to the amount of financial aid received for that semester or summer session, will be refunded to the Financial Aid Program(s) from which the student received assistance.

Students receiving Title IV Funds (Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford Loans- unsub or sub) or Federal Plus Loans who withdraw from the University are subject to the Return of Title IV Funds regulations. Students with funds from any of these programs earn their financial aid dollars while enrolled. If a student withdraws prior to completing 60% of a term, a prorated portion of the federal financial aid dollars must be considered unearned and returned to the federal programs and could cause students to owe the University a significant amount upon withdrawal.

In addition to the amount of federal aid that Clemson must return, students who received financial aid for other education costs, including off-campus living expenses, may be required to repay a portion of those funds to the federal programs. Failure to return aid owed to the federal aid program may result in loss of eligibility for federal aid assistance.

Federal aid funds to be returned are distributed to the programs in the following order:

  • Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan
  • Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Grad Plus
  • Federal Plus Loan
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Academic Competitiveness Grant
  • National Smart Grant
  • Federal SEOG
  • Other Title IV Programs
  • Non-Title IV Programs

After the refund has been applied to the Title IV and non- Title IV programs, any refund balance will be refunded to the student.

If debts were incurred before withdrawing, such as bad checks, unpaid traffic or library fines, etc., the refund will cover these obligations first. Academic fees, housing, and meal plan refunds for students withdrawing will be paid to the student.

In the event the University must suspend or close due to force majeure, no refunds of tuition or fees and/or financial aid shall be made. "Force majeure" shall mean any cause or event which is outside the control of the University and may include war, flood, storm, epidemic or financial exigency.