Adjustment of Academic Fees

Tuition, University Fees, and Health Fee for Students Withdrawing, Dropping to Part-Time, or Part-Time Students Dropping Credit Hours

  • Adjustment Policy

    Adjustment Policy for Tuition, University Fees, and Health Fee for Students Withdrawing, Dropping to Part-Time, or Part-Time Students Dropping Credit Hours

    Students who are admitted and register for courses at Clemson University are financially responsible for fees and charges associated with those courses. Therefore, students are encouraged to complete all courses for which they register. In the event it becomes necessary for a student to drop one or more courses or completely withdraw from the University, an adjustment may be made.

    Warning! Withdrawing from the University may be costly. It may affect the student's financial as well as academic status.

    No adjustments will be made on a semester's tuition and fees after four weeks from the last day to register. In the case of a withdrawal from the University, adjustments will be based on the date the student drops their course(s) using the online registration system. In the case of a dropped course, adjustments will be based on the date the student drops the course using the online registration system. To be eligible for an adjustment, the student's drop must post prior to the beginning of the next fall or spring semester or subsequent summer term. Beginning with the day following the last day to register, adjustments for periods of four weeks or less during fall/spring semester shall be made on the following basis. Students receiving Title IV Financial Aid follow a different policy.

    Fall/Spring Semester
    Period of Enrollment

    Adjustment Percentage
    For Liable Hours

    Registration day(s) in published academic calendar

    100%

    After the 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 the 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 adjustment 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.

    Adjustment of Financial Aid for Students Withdrawing from the University

    Adjustments of academic fees are made in accordance with semester and summer session adjustment 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 Student 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 Direct Loans–unsubsidized or subsidized) 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 which 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 Direct Loan
    • Subsidized Federal Direct Loan
    • Federal PLUS Loan
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal SEOG
    • Other Title IV Programs
    • Non-Title IV Program

    After the adjustment has been applied to the Title IV and non-Title IV programs, any remaining credit 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.

  • Fall 2019 Withdrawal/Drop Periods

    Fall 2019 Withdrawal/Drop Periods are as follows:

    Fall 2019
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register August 27
    Drop/Withdraw on or before August 27 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw August 28-September 3 20%
    Drop/Withdraw September 4-10 40%
    Drop/Withdraw September 11-17 60%
    Drop/Withdraw September 18-24 80%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after September 25 100%
    Last day to receive a lab fee adjustment September 3
    First Fall
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register August 26
    Drop/Withdraw on or before August 26 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw August 27-September 2 40%
    Drop/Withdraw September 3-9 60%
    Drop/Withdraw September 10-16 80%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after September 17 100%
    Last day to receive a lab fee adjustment September 2
    Second Fall
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register October 23
    Drop/Withdraw on or before October 23 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw October 24-30 40%
    Drop/Withdraw October 31-November 6 60%
    Drop/Withdraw November 7-13 80%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after November 14 100%
    Last day to receive a lab fee adjustment October 30
    Fall Mini A
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register August 21
    Drop/Withdraw on or before August 21 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw August 22-28 60%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after August 29 100%
    Fall Mini B
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register September 18
    Drop/Withdraw on or before September 18 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw September 19-25 60%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after September 26 100%
    Fall Mini C
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register October 16
    Drop/Withdraw on or before October 16 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw October 17-23 60%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after October 24 100%
    Fall Mini D
    Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
    Last day to register November 13
    Drop/Withdraw on or before November 13 No Charge
    Drop/Withdraw November 14-20 60%
    Drop/Withdraw on or after November 21 100%
  • How Adjustments are Calculated

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

    Adjustments

    Student Financial Services is responsible for processing academic and departmental tuition and fee adjustments. The following situations may result in an adjustment, 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 adjustment, the process may take 1-2 weeks to complete.

    How to Calculate Adjustments

    Adjustment 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 adjustments 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 adjustment amount is determined to be the difference between 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 adjustment 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% adjustment 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 student status and/or student enrollment.  Adjustments are calculated based on the student’s liable hours.