The Catholic University of America

Tuition Adjustment Schedule

Archived 10/17/07

I. Introduction
Refunds are based on total charges billed, not on payments made. A week of classes is defined as Monday through Saturday. Application fees and registration deposits are non-refundable. Other fees, except mandatory fees and room and board as described below, are refunded only if a student withdraws completely from the university prior to the end of the drop/add period.*

II. Tuition Adjustment for Complete Withdrawal

Tuition refunds for full-time and part-time students who withdraw completely from the university shall be as follows:

  • Before classes officially begin, 100 percent of tuition and mandatory fees will be refunded. As of the first day of classes, mandatory fees are nonrefundable.
  • 100% (one hundred percent) of tuition only will be refunded prior to the end of the drop/add period
  • 80% (eighty percent) of tuition only will be refunded prior to the end of the second week after the official beginning of classes.
  • 60% (sixty percent) of tuition only will be refunded prior to the end of the third week after the official beginning of classes.
  • 40% (forty percent) of tuition only will be refunded prior to the end of the fourth week after the official beginning of classes.
  • 20% (twenty percent) of tuition only will be refunded prior to the end of the fifth week after the official beginning of classes.
  • After the fifth week of classes, no tuition or fees will be refunded.
  • Room and board refunds for full-time and part-time students who withdraw completely from the university shall be as follows: Fees are refunded on a per diem basis prior to the end of the add drop period, and thereafter are reduced at the rates shown above for tuition. **

III. Tuition Adjustment for Reduced Hours

Tuition refunds for students changing from full- to part- time status and part-time students reducing their hours will be as follows:

  • Before classes officially begin, 100 percent of tuition and mandatory fees will be refunded. As of the first day of classes, mandatory fees are nonrefundable.
  • 80% (eighty percent) of tuition only will be refunded prior to the end of the second week after the official beginning of classes.
  • No tuition or fees will be refunded effective the third week after the official beginning of classes.

IV. Adjustment of University Grants and Scholarships
University grants and scholarships will be prorated to be proportional to the percentage of tuition charges incurred. For example, if a student's tuition charges are reduced by forty percent, that student's university grants and scholarships will also be reduced by forty percent.

V. Return of Title IV Funds

Federal requirements for returning financial aid are independent of university policy. A refund according to the university policy may be due to the student, but for students who are recipients of federal Title IV funds, the money may, based upon date of withdrawal, be returned to the aid program from which the funds were disbursed. Additional information is available in the Office of Financial Aid and on the financial aid Web page at http://financialaid.cua.edu

*Registered students who cancel their registration after the end of the add/drop period or who have their registration cancelled because of nonpayment: registration cancellation fee $150. Registered students who cancel their registration prior to the end of the add/drop date: no registration cancellation penalty.

** Students who have signed a Residence Hall and Dining Services agreement for the upcoming academic year, and who cancel the housing agreement after July 15th may be charged a $500 housing cancellation fee.