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Tuition Cancellation Schedule

Time of Withdrawal

Note: Weeks are counted as seven calendar days and count from the first day of the semester or term. The application, technology, general institution, student activity, and university health care fees are non-refundable.

Week % Cancellation
Fourteen-, Fifteen-, or Sixteen Week Term (most Fall and Spring courses)
Prior to and during 1st and 2nd week of term 100%
During 3rd week of term 70%
During 4th week of term 25%
During 5th week of term 20%
After 5th week of term 0%
Six-Week Term (most Summer Session I and II courses)
Prior to and during 1st week of six-week term 100%
During 2nd week of term 25%
After 2nd week of term 0%
One-Week Term
Prior to 1st day of one-week term 100%
1st day of the term 25%
2nd day of the term and thereafter 0%
Two-Week Term
Prior to 1st day of two-week term 100%
1st day of the term 50%
2nd day of the term and thereafter 0%
Three-Week Term
Prior to 1st day of three-week term 100%
1st day of the term 50%
2nd day of the term and thereafter 0%
Four-Week Term
Prior to 1st day of four-week term 100%
During 1st week of the term 50%
After 1st week of the term 0%
Five-Week Term
Prior to 1st day of five-week term 100%
During 1st week of term 50%
After 1st week of term 0%
Seven-Week Term
Prior to and during 1st week of term 100%
During 2nd week of term 50%
After 2nd week of term 0%
Eight-Week Term
Prior to and during 1st week of term 100%
During 2nd week of term 50%
After 2nd week of term 0%
Nine-Week Term
Prior to and during 1st week of term 100%
During 2nd week of term 50%
After 2nd week of term 0%
Ten- or Eleven-Week Term
Prior to and during 1st week of term 100%
During 2nd week of term 50%
During 3rd week of term 20%
After 3rd week of term 0%
Twelve- or Thirteen-Week Term
Prior to and during 1st week of term 100%
During 2nd week of term 70%
During 3rd week of term 20%
After 3rd week of term 0%

Cancellation Because of Serious Illness

If a student withdraws from all his or her classes during the first half of the semester due to serious illness, a prorated cancellation of tuition and special course fees may be permitted, if a tuition appeal is submitted in accordance with policy. The policy is applicable to the student’s personal illness only, and must be documented with an original copy of a physician’s diagnosis and recommendation and, if working, disability papers. Any resulting credit balance may be refunded to the student. If the withdrawal takes place during the first 20 percent of the semester, a 100 percent tuition cancellation will be allowed, provided the resulting credit remains on account, to be used within a one-year period. If withdrawal takes place after the midpoint of the semester, a prorated cancellation will be permitted but any resulting credit must be held on account to be used within a one-year period.

Note: Students who are financial aid recipients and receive a cancellation due to medical reasons are subject to financial aid review and possible aid adjustment.

Cancellation Because of Business Transfer

Students leaving the area during the first eight weeks of class because of a permanent business transfer may receive a prorated refund of all the semester’s tuition and special course fees, provided they submit a tuition appeal in accordance with policy. Written substantiation from the employer must accompany the request for a refund. A change of employer, work responsibility, hours, or required business travel does not qualify as a business transfer.

Note: Students who are financial aid recipients and receive a cancellation due to a business transfer are subject to financial aid review and possible aid adjustment.

Cancellation Because of Military Service

To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, Pace University will return any unearned TA funds on a prorate basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. These funds are returned to the military Service branch.

Cancellation because of Military Service: Any student required to discontinue attending classes because of induction into or activation in the U.S. military service (i.e. National Guard or Reserve activation or periods of Active Duty for Training) may be eligible for a complete refund of all tuition and fees, if orders to report for active duty are received within the first two weeks of class. Thereafter students may choose either a prorated refund or an application of full credit of tuition and fees to future enrollment. Once Student receives notice of call-up, they need to immediately inform their Professors, Advisors and Pace University’s Veteran Services Office.

Financial Aid Refund and Repayment Policy

When a student who is receiving financial aid withdraws from or drops classes for any reason, the resulting refund, credit, or cancellation of tuition, fees, dormitory charges, or meal plan charges must be credited first to the financial aid programs from which the student was receiving funds for that semester. The amount credited to each financial aid program is determined by the type of aid received, the number of credits the student had before and after the drop or withdrawal, the length of time the student was enrolled, and the amount of any adjustment to charges.

Please note that to officially withdraw from classes, a student must withdraw online at the Pace Portal or file for withdrawal with the Office of the Registrar. Students should consult with their advisor.

Federal Financial Aid Recipients Who Withdraw From All Classes

Federal Title IV financial aid includes: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, and Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students or Graduate PLUS loans). For students who withdraw from all classes for a semester, federal regulations require that the Financial Aid Office perform the Return to Title IV Funds calculation.

If the student has withdrawn within the first 60 percent of the semester, the student is considered to have "earned" the portion of disbursable Title IV funds equal to the ratio of the number of days the student was enrolled to the number of days in the semester. The calculation will require the return of all federal aid that exceeds the "earned" portion. The amount of aid returned to each program is dictated by the federal calculation.

The Return to Title IV Funds calculation also determines the amount of awarded but not yet disbursed aid, if any, that can be credited to the student’s account. Students may not apply for additional federal aid after withdrawing from all classes.

If a return of funds is required, it must be distributed to the various financial aid programs in the following order prescribed by law:

  1. Federal Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan
  2. Federal Subsidized Direct Stafford Loan
  3. Federal Perkins Loan
  4. Federal Direct PLUS Loan (for parents or graduate students)
  5. Federal Pell Grant
  6. SEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)

Note: In certain circumstances a student may be required to repay a portion of a refund back to the federal government.

Federal Financial Aid Recipients Who Withdraw Below Six Credits (Note: The procedure varies by program.)

Federal Work Study (FWS) – A student working under the FWS program who drops or withdraws below six credits must stop working immediately because he/she no longer meets the federal guidelines for FWS.

Pell Grant – A Pell Grant Award is determined by the student’s Effective Family Contribution and enrollment status. Pell awards may be adjusted for changes in enrollment that occur during the first 4 weeks of a semester.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) – If a student receives a refund, credit, or cancellation of any institutional charges and SEOG has been disbursed to the student’s account, an adjustment may be required as a result of the change in Cost of Attendance. If the grant has yet to be disbursed, eligibility may change.

Federal Perkins Loans , Direct Stafford Loans, and Plus Loans – If a student receives a refund, credit, or cancellation of any institutional charges and a loan has been disbursed to the student’s account, an adjustment may be required. If a loan has yet to be disbursed, loan eligibility may change. In addition, any undisbursed second disbursement of a Direct Stafford Loan or Direct PLUS Loan must be cancelled.

All Federal Aid – Students may not apply for or be awarded additional federal aid after withdrawing below six credits.

Recipients of Pace University Scholarships and Grants Who Withdraw From Any Classes

If a student withdraws from any classes and receives a refund, credit, or cancellation of tuition, fees, dormitory charges, or meal plan charges, any University aid the student has received that is applicable to the reduced charges will be adjusted if the withdrawal resulted in the student being enrolled in fewer than the minimum required number of credits for the type(s) of aid received. Most University scholarships and awards are applicable to tuition; other types of University aid are applicable to other combinations of charges. The amount of each type of aid reduced will equal the ratio of the reduced charges to the original charges.

Recipients of New York State TAP and Other State Grant Programs Who Withdraw

New York State regulations govern the reduction or cancellation of TAP in cases where students withdraw or drop classes. New York State TAP and most other state grant programs are applicable only to tuition. If a student withdraws and receives a refund, credit, or cancellation of tuition and/or fees, New York State awards must be reduced to ensure that the award amount does not exceed the remaining applicable charges. In addition, other adjustments may be necessary. The student should contact the University TAP coordinator regarding TAP and other New York State grant program refund requirements.

In all cases, students who are considering withdrawing from classes may call or visit the Financial Aid Office for further details or to discuss their particular situation.