If you have to withdraw or change your enrollment after registering for any semester or session for any reason — no matter if it is voluntary, requested by the University or for other reasons — the following regulations apply:
If you withdraw from the University or drop classes within an enrollment period, keep the following in mind:
The percent of tuition refunded is based on the date of withdrawal. Course fees are not refundable.
|Percentage of Refund||Date Range|
Fall Semester 2016
|100 percent||April 2-Sept. 2|
|90 percent||Sept. 3-9|
|80 percent||Sept. 10-16|
|70 percent||Sept. 17-23|
|0 percent||No refund after Sept. 24|
Spring Semester 2017
|100 percent||Oct. 28-Jan. 27|
|90 percent||Jan. 28-Feb. 3|
|80 percent||Feb. 4-Feb. 10|
|70 percent||Feb. 11-17|
|0 percent||No refund after Feb. 18|
Students who drop classes during the fall or spring semesters and do not withdraw from the University may only receive a 100 percent refund in the difference in tuition costs during the first two weeks of classes. No refunds are given for changing enrollment and dropping classes once the third week of classes has begun.
You may be required to immediately repay scholarship/financial aid funds when withdrawing or dropping classes in the following situations:
Information regarding the federal/state and University regulations for calculating scholarship/financial aid refunds and repayments and the order of programs to which we restore aid is available from the Office of Student Financial Services.
If you are receiving a University funded merit-based scholarship, such as a Dean’s Scholarship or Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, you must request a Scholarship Leave of Absence before withdrawal from the University. If you do not secure the leave of absence before withdrawing from SLU, you will not be eligible for a renewal of your merit-based scholarships.
Saint Louis University awards aid based on the assumption that you will attend the institution for the entire period for which you are enrolled. If you do not attend the entire period, you may not be eligible for all of the federal aid (also known as Title IV aid) you were awarded.
If a financial aid recipient withdraws from the University before completing at least 60 percent of the semester, federal regulations require that the "unearned" portion of any federal financial aid received be returned to the appropriate federal aid source.
The applicable federal regulation guiding this process, known as "Return to Title IV," is found in title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, 668.22.
To determine a student's eligibility for Title IV programs, his or her date of withdrawal must be determined.
Official Withdrawal: Your official withdrawal date may be either the last day of an academically related activity or the date of notification of withdrawal.
Unofficial Withdrawal: If you stop attending classes but do not notify SLU of your withdrawal, your instructor is required to include a “last activity date” when submitting a grade of "F.” This date is used to identify students who did not officially withdraw from the course but ceased attending class. SLU will use the midpoint of the term to calculate the return of financial aid if an academically related activity cannot be documented.
The amount of aid that will be returned if you withdraw or drop classes is determined on a prorated basis. For example, if you stop attending classes after 50 percent of the term is complete, you earn 50 percent of the aid you were scheduled to receive. Once you attend classes for 60 percent of an enrollment period, you are considered to have earned 100 percent of your Title IV aid, and no returns are necessary.
If it is determined that funds must be returned, they will be applied in the following order, up to the net amount disbursed from each source, until the amount to be returned is met:
If it is determined that you are eligible to receive more funds than were originally disbursed, you are eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement of Title IV funds.
If the funds eligible for the post-withdrawal disbursement are grant funds, SLU may disburse them to cover tuition, fees, and room and board charges without your permission. If the funds eligible to be disbursed are loan funds or grant funds beyond the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board, SLU cannot disburse the funds without your permission.
Notification of eligibility of a post-withdrawal disbursement must occur within 30 days after SLU determines you withdrew. We will determine eligibility for Title IV funds as soon as possible, but not more than 45 days after that determination.
More information may be found on the Return to Title IV process from the Federal Student Aid Handbook.
Learn more about the withdraw and refund policies for the following programs:
The policies, regulations, procedures, and fees are subject to change without prior notice, if necessary, to keep Saint Louis University policies in compliance with state and federal laws and/or with rules and regulations of Saint Louis University.