Refund Policy

A student who withdraws from the university must notify the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Student Life in writing prior to his or her departure. This office will determine the student's official date of withdrawal.

Refunds for students who withdraw for any reason after tuition, fees, room and board have been paid, but prior to registration and the first day of classes, will be 100% of tuition, fees, room and board.

After the beginning of classes, refunds to tuition, fees, room and board are calculated based on the percentage of time enrolled in the semester. After 60% of the enrollment period has passed, no refund or charges will be made. St. Lawrence University grants and merit scholarships will be reduced by the same percentage as tuition, fees, room and board.

Students enrolled in a semester abroad or off campus program are charged a comprehensive fee. For the purpose of calculating a refund the comprehensive fee will be allocated to tuition, room and board as if the student were attending school on campus and the refund calculated in accordance with these guidelines.

Return of Title IV Aid (federal financial aid) will be calculated according to federal regulations. Federal aid earned is calculated based on the number of days in attendance divided by the number of days in the enrollment peroid. After 60% of the enrollment period has passed, federal aid will be considered 100% earned. Unearned federal aid will be returned to the federal aid program in the following order: Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, and Federal TEACH Grant. Please contact the Student Financial Services office for more information.

Please contact the Student Financial Services office for more information.


Other Information

New York State students qualifying under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) are responsible for reimbursing the University for the amount of tuition assistance award held at the time of withdrawal and upon which the University has extended credit to the student.


Health Insurance

Group health insurance refunds and cancellations will be made in accordance with the insurance policy.


Medical Withdrawals

Withdrawal for medical reasons is generally granted for students who must leave campus and are unable to complete courses. Medical withdrawal for an entire semester approved by the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Student Life is subject to the standard University refund policy and Return of Title IV aid (federal financial aid) calculation, if applicable. In addition, in the first semester that the student returns to St. Lawrence, a financial credit will be applied to the student account for the amount of tuition (determined after refund calculation) that was paid during the semester in which the medical withdrawal was taken. This financial credit is considered a resource for financial aid purposes. It is the student's responsibility to notify the student financial services office of intent to use the medical withdrawal credit. A medical withdrawal for a partial course load does not allow the student to receive financial credit in a future semester.

The University offers a Tuition Refund Plan through A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. of Quincy, MA. The plan insures the loss of tuition, fees due to withdrawal for illness and accident reasons, and mental/emotional problems. A brochure describing the plan is mailed in July. More information may be obtained here.


Suspensions or Expulsions

Only board (member fee and meal bank) will be refunded based on the percentage of time enrolled in the semester upon suspension or expulsion. There will be no refund of board after 60% of the enrollment period has passed.  Return of Title IV aid (federal financial aid) will be calculated according to federal regulations.


Call into Military Service
Students who are called into military service (not enlistments) may choose either a pro-rata refund of tuition or enrollment in a subsequent semester to retake interrupted courses, paying only the difference between tuition at the time of interruption and tuition at the time the courses are retaken.  Room and board will be refunded on a pro-rata basis.  Return of Title IV aid (federal financial aid) will be calculated according to federal regulations.