Aid applied to an account that exceeds the balance owed will create a credit balance that can be refunded to the student.
Refunds will be processed after the start of each term and must be used to cover education-related expenses such as off-campus housing expense, transportation, or books and supplies. Note: Federal law requires that when a credit balance on a student’s account is the result of a Federal Direct PLUS Loan disbursement, the balance must be sent to the parent borrower, not the student, unless the parent borrower has submitted written authorization allowing the balance to either be held on the student account or released to the student.
Refunds by check usually require a processing time of ten to fifteen business days. Cash refunds are processed within one day, but are limited to $150. Students are limited to two check refunds and one cash refund per semester. Refunds are processed each semester two weeks after the add/drop period ends. At the start of each semester students should budget for books, supplies and living expenses accordingly.
E-Refund is the fastest way to receive your refund. You may designate a bank account by accessing the Student Account Suite, click Electronic Refunds under My Profile Setup to the right of the screen, and complete your "Payment Profile".
You may be eligible for a refund if your account has a credit balance for any of the following reasons:
- Your applied financial aid exceeds your current charges;
- You have received a refundable credit from a University office or department; or
- Your account has been overpaid.
Tuition is refunded as follows in accordance with when the withdrawal occurs:
|Through the last day of Add/Drop||100%|
|Beginning the day after Add/Drop and for the next eight days||50%|
|Beginning on the ninth day after Add/Drop||0%|
Note: Adjustments to institutional and state aid are consistent with tuition adjustments. Federal student aid is adjusted in accordance with federally mandated refund calculation. Please speak with a Financial Aid counselor if you need specific details about financial aid adjustments due to withdrawal.
The activity fee is 100% refundable through the end of add/drop and non-refundable after add/drop. Meal plans are refundable at the rate of 35% of the unspent balance. Course fees for specific courses (e.g., Music, Geosciences, Trap and Skeet, etc.) are refundable if the course is dropped within the specified add/drop period for the semester, which is generally seven days for the fall and spring semesters.
Deposits for first-year students are non-refundable. For returning students, room deposits are non-refundable except in the most severe extenuating circumstances (such as studying abroad or being placed on academic suspension). Room deposits, less any damage or other fees, are refundable all or in part only when the student moves off campus, graduates or will not return to Trinity as an enrolled student.