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Refund Schedule for Academic Fees

Refund of Academic Fees (Tuition, University Fee, and Health Fee) for Students Withdrawing, Dropping to Part Time, or Part-Time Students Dropping Credit Hours

  • Refund Policy

    Refund Policy for Academic Fees Refund of Academic Fees (Academic Fee, Activity Fee, Technology Fee) for Students Withdrawing, Dropping to Part Time, or Part-Time Students Dropping Credit Hours

    No refunds will be made on a semester’s tuition and fees after four weeks from the last day to register. In the case of a total withdrawal from the University, refunds will be based on the effective date of the withdrawal. In the case of a withdrawal from one or more courses (not a total withdrawal), refunds will be based on the date the student drops the course using the on-line registration system. To be eligible for a refund, the student’s request must be received from Registrar’s office prior to the beginning of the next fall/spring semester or subsequent summer term.

    Fall/Spring Semester
    Period of Enrollment

    Refund %
    For Liable Hours

    Registration day(s) in published academic calendar

    100%

    After last day to register: one week or less

    80%

    More than 1 but not more than 2 weeks

    60%

    More than 2 but not more than 3 weeks

    40%

    More than 3 but not more than 4 weeks

    20%

    More than 4 weeks

    0%

    Parts of Term
    Period of Enrollment

    Less than 3 weeks

    3 Weeks

    5 – 6 Weeks

    More than 6 weeks

    Registration day(s) in published academic calendar

    100%

    100%

    100%

    100%

    After last day to register: one week or less

    0%

    40%

    60%

    60%

    More than 1 but not more than 2 weeks

    0%

    0%

    20%

    40%

    More than 2 but not more than 3 weeks

    0%

    0%

    0%

    20%

    More than 3 weeks

    0%

    0%

    0%

    0%

    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.

    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. University housing refunds and policies may be found on the University Housing and Dining website. Meal plan refunds are made on a pro rata basis. Additional information can be obtained from the Office of Financial of Financial Aid.

    Since financial aid is expected to meet or help meet educational 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 over 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 educational 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 programs 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 Plus Loan
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal SEOG
    • Other Title IV Programs
    • Non-Title IV Program

    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 payments returned to us as unpaid, unpaid citations 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.

    Please click here for more information on withdrawing from the University.

  • Spring 2018 Withdrawal/Drop Periods

    Spring 2018 Withdrawal/Drop Periods are as follows:

    Spring 2018
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register Jan 17
    Drop/Withdraw on or before Jan 17 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw Jan 18-24 20%
    Drop/Withdraw Jan 25-31 40%
    Drop/Withdraw Feb 1-7 60%
    Drop/Withdraw Feb 8-14 80%
    Drop/Withdraw on or After Feb 15 100%
    Last day to receive a lab fee refund  Jan 24 No Charge
    Spring I
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register Jan 16
    Drop/Withdraw on or before Jan 16 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw Jan 17-23 40%
    Drop/Withdraw Jan 24-30 60%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after Jan 31-Feb 6 80%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after Feb 7 100%
    Last day to receive a lab fee refund  Jan 23 No Charge
    Spring II
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register Mar 12
    Drop/Withdraw on or before Mar 12 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw Mar 13-19 40%
    Drop/Withdraw Mar 20-26 60%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after Mar 27 - Apr 2 80%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after Apr 3 100%
    Last day to receive a lab fee refund  Mar 19 No Charge
    Spring Mini A
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register Jan 10
    Drop/Withdraw on or before Jan 10 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw Jan 11-17 60%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after Jan 18 100%
    Last day to receive a lab fee refund  Jan 18 No Charge
    Spring Mini B
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register Feb 5
    Drop/Withdraw on or before Feb 5 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw Feb 6-13 60%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after Feb 13 100%
    Last day to receive a lab fee refund  Feb 13 No Charge
    Spring Mini C
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register Mar 5
    Drop/Withdraw on or before Mar 5 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw Mar 6-12 60%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after Mar 13 100%
    Last day to receive a lab fee refund  Mar 12 No Charge
    Spring Mini D
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register Apr 9
    Drop/Withdraw on or before Apr 9 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw Apr 10-16 60%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after Apr 17 100%
    Last day to receive a lab fee refund  Apr 16 No Charge
  • How Refunds are Calculated

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    In-state Calculation (PDF)
    Out-of-state Calculation (PDF)
    Full- to Part-Time Calculation ( PDF)

    Refunds

    Student Financial Services is responsible for processing academic and departmental tuition and fee refunds. The following situations may result in a refund, pending the transaction occurs before the appropriate deadlines:

    • Change in a full-time student's schedule, which results in reclassification to part-time status
    • Change in a part-time student's schedule, which results in fewer credit hours
    • Withdrawal from the University
    • Cancellation of a class by the University

    Because several offices may be involved in finalizing your refund, the process may take 1-2 weeks to complete.

    How to Calculate Refunds
    Refund calculations are based on the date of the drop/withdrawal in the system. This date is not determined or controlled by Student Financial Services.

    • Student refunds for tuition, activity fee, and technology fee are calculated based on the student’s liable hours after the drop/withdrawal.
    • Liable hours are calculated as the total hours a student is still registered plus the liable portion of the dropped/withdrawn course(s). Students whose liable hours are 12 or more, no refunds are generated.
    • The liable portion is computed by taking the number of dropped credit hours times the liability rate (which is 100 percent minus the refund percentage).
    • The refund amount is determined to be the difference of the original assessment and the assessment based on the new liable hours. If the original assessment is less than or equal to the liable hour assessment, no refund is due.

    Notes on other fees:

    Some fees (health fee, career center fee, library fee, matriculation fee, transit fee, campus recreation fee) are not refundable after the 100% refund period.

    Housing and Meal Plans are refunded at a pro-rata rate. Additional information can be found on the University Housing and Dining website. Lab fees are non-refundable after the last day to drop without a ‘W.’ 

    Course and Major fees are assessed based on the student status and/or student enrollment.  Refunds are calculated based on the student’s liable hours.

  • Receiving Your Refund

    eRefunds!

    Students must sign up for eRefunds to receive your refund via direct deposit. Direct deposit information will not convert from SISWeb.

    Access and enroll in eRefund via iROAR

    • Login under "Current students, faculty and staff" link
    • Select the "Student Financial Services" tab
    • Select the "Touchnet" link
    • Select the eRefunds tab at top of page, then click on "Set up Account" as shown in screenshot below
    • Follow on-screen instructions to enter the account information

    eRefund

    If you do not sign up for eRefund:

    • Refunds for eligible students will be mailed in the form of a check to the home address on the first day of class.
    • Subsequent refunds will be mailed to the home address every Friday the week after classes begin.

    Please Remember:

    • If a payment by check creates a credit balance, the refund is held for seven days to allow for bank processing.
    • Any changes to your schedule and/or financial aid after you receive a refund may create a debt. All such debts are subject to collection and must be repaid immediately.
    • If you need to request a stop payment and re-issue of your refund check for any reason, please access this Stop Payment Request form.
    • Your home address is considered your permanent address. The University uses this address to mail information regarding updates and reminders.
    • Any indebtedness to Clemson University will be deducted from your refund before it is sent out.
    • In order to authorize Clemson University to use Title 4 Financial Aid Funds (Pell Grant, Direct Loans, etc) to cover miscellaneous student billing charges you must complete the Authorization for Non-Allowable Charges.