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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.

Summer 2015 Withdrawal/Drop Periods are as follows:

Summer I
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register May 14
Drop/Withdraw on or before May 14 No Charge
Drop/Withdraw May 15 - 21 40%
Drop/Withdraw May 22 - 28 80%
Drop/Withdraw on or After May 29 100%
Drop/Withdraw on or After (lab fees only) May 22 100%

Mini-Mester A
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register May 13
Drop/Withdraw on or before May 13 No Charge
Drop/Withdraw on or After May 14 100%

Mini-Mester B
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register June 2
Drop/Withdraw on or before June 2 No Charge
Drop/Withdraw on or After June 3 100%

Long Summer
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register May 14
Drop/Withdraw on or before May 14 No Charge
Drop/Withdraw May 15 - 21 40%
Drop/Withdraw May 22 - 28 60%
Drop/Withdraw  May 29 - June 4  80%
Drop/Withdraw on or After June 5 100%
Drop/Withdraw on or After (lab fees only) May 22 100%

Summer II
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register June 25
Drop/Withdraw on or before June 25 No Charge
Drop/Withdraw June 26 - July 2 40%
Drop/Withdraw July 3 - 9 80%
Drop/Withdraw on or After July 10 100%
Drop/Withdraw on or After (lab fees only) Jul 3 100%

Mini-Mester C
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register June 23
Drop/Withdraw on or before June 23 No Charge
Drop/Withdraw on or After June 24 100%

Mini-Mester D
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours
Last day to register July 15
Drop/Withdraw on or before July 15 No Charge
Drop/Withdraw on or After July 16 100%

Spring 2015 Withdrawal/Drop Periods are as follows:

Spring 2015
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours 
Last day to register January 13
Drop/Withdraw on or before January 13 No Charge
Drop/Withdraw  Jan 14 - Jan 21 20%
Drop/Withdraw Jan 22 - Jan 28 40%
Drop/Withdraw Jan 29 - Feb 4 60%
Drop/Withdraw  Feb 5 - Feb 11 80%
Drop/Withdraw on or After Feb 12 100%
Last day to receive lab fee refund Jan 21 100%

Fall 2014 Withdrawal/Drop Periods are as follows:

Fall 2014
Percentage Charged of Dropped Hours 
Last day to register August 26
Drop/Withdraw on or before August 26 No Charge
Drop/Withdraw  Aug 27 - Sept 2 20%
Drop/Withdraw Sept 3 - Sept 9 40%
Drop/Withdraw Sept 10 - Sept 16 60%
Drop/Withdraw  Sept 17 - Sept 23 80%
Drop/Withdraw on or After Sept 24 100%
Last day to receive lab fee refund Sept 2 100%

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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