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Finance Division

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

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 by Student Financial Services prior to the beginning of the next fall/spring semester or subsequent summer term.

Fall 2015 Withdrawal/Drop Periods are as follows:

Fall 2015
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register    Aug 25   
Drop/Withdraw on or before    Aug 25    No Charge   
Drop/Withdraw    Aug 26 - Sep 1    20%   
Drop/Withdraw    Sep 2 - 8    40%   
Drop/Withdraw    Sep 9 - 15    60%   
Drop/Withdraw    Sep 16 - 22    80%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After    Sep 23    100%   
Last day to receive a lab fee refund     Sep 1    100%   

Fall I
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register    Aug 24   
Drop/Withdraw on or before    Aug 24    No Charge   
Drop/Withdraw    Aug 25 - 31    40%   
Drop/Withdraw    Sep 1 - 7    60%   
Drop/Withdraw    Sep 8 - 14    80%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After    Sep 15    100%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After (lab fees only)    Aug 31    100%   

Fall Mini-Mester A
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register    Aug 19   
Drop/Withdraw on or before    Aug 19    No Charge   
Drop/Withdraw    Aug 20 - 26    60%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After    Aug 27    100%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After (lab fees only)    Aug 26    100%   

Fall Mini-Mester B
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register    Sep 16   
Drop/Withdraw on or before    Sep 16    No Charge   
Drop/Withdraw    Sep 17 - 23    60%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After    Sep 24    100%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After (lab fees only)    Sep 23    100%   

Fall II
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register    Oct 21   
Drop/Withdraw on or before    Oct 21    No Charge   
Drop/Withdraw    Oct 22 - 28    40%   
Drop/Withdraw    Oct 29 - Nov 4    60%   
Drop/Withdraw    Nov 5 - 11    80%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After    Nov 12    100%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After (lab fees only)    Oct 28    100%   

Fall Mini-Mester C
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register    Oct 14   
Drop/Withdraw on or before    Oct 14    No Charge   
Drop/Withdraw    Oct 15 - 21    60%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After    Oct 22    100%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After (lab fees only)    Oct 21    100%   

Fall Mini-Mester D
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register    Nov 11   
Drop/Withdraw on or before    Nov 11    No Charge   
Drop/Withdraw    Nov 12 - 18    60%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After    Nov 19    100%   
Drop/Withdraw on or After (lab fees only)    Nov 18    100%   

Spring 2016 Withdrawal/Drop Periods are as follows:

How are refunds calculated?

Student academic fees are “capped” at the full-time rate, once the per credit hour rate multiplied by the number of credit hours exceeds the applicable full-time academic fee amount.  This means that, in most cases, there is a direct benefit to the student taking more than 12 credit hours.

When a student taking 12 or more credit hours drops a course during the drop refund period, the student’s fees will be adjusted based on the number of liable hours during the period. 

For example:

An undergraduate, in-state student is registered for 13 credit hours.  They drop 8 hours during the 80% refund period: 

In-State Full-Time Academic Fee    $6723.00   
In-State Part-Time rate (per credit hour)    $ 576.00   
Refund Calculation    How it appears on the bill   
5 credit hours @ part-time rate    $2880.00    Undergrad In-State Academic Fee $6723.00   
8 credit hours @ part-time rate    +$4608.00    Undergrad In-State Academic Fee -$2921.40   
Reduction based on drop date in 80% period   
$4368 (8 dropped hours) x 80% refund    -$3686.40   
New Academic Fee    =$3801.60   

Please note that some student fees are non-refundable. The drop date is based on the drop date in the system. This date is not determined by Student Financial Services. 

Access Clemson University's Official Refund Policy for Academic Fees and Financial Aid Return Policy.

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