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Leaving and Withdrawing

If a student requests a leave of absence or withdrawal from the Office of the Dean of his or her college of enrollment, tuition amounts paid for by the student may be refunded on a prorated schedule. The date of the request for leave or withdrawal will determine the student's tuition liability for the semester. Refer to the schedules below for the appropriate academic years.

Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid from the university that withdraw during a term will have their aid reevaluated, possibly necessitating repayment of a portion of aid received. Repayment to aid accounts depends on the type of aid received, government regulations, and the period in attendance.

The following schedules are based on the official "Instruction Begins" date on the academic calendar. Students enrolled in classes that begin before the official "Instruction Begins" date on the academic calendar will have their refund percentages adjusted according to the day ranges listed after the date ranges in the table below. The day ranges are calendar days that include weekends and holidays.

Special Programs, such as Cornell Abroad and Executive MBA, may follow their own tuition refund policies for withdrawals and leaves of absence. Please refer to the appropriate program office for details on those policies.

Note: Cornell is authorized to offset any credit balances against any debts owed by the student to the university.

2015-2016 Tuition Adjustment Schedule for Withdrawals and Leaves of Absence

This information is used for undergrad and graduate leaves/withdrawals, and is published in the Courses of Study catalog.

Tuition Liability
Fall 2015 Spring 2016
10% charge 9/1-9/7 (Days 8-14)
2/3-2/9 (Days 8-14)
20% charge 9/8-9/21 (Days 15-28)
2/10-2/23 (Days 15-28)
30% charge 9/22-9/28 (Days 29-35)
2/24-3/2 (Days 29-35)
40% charge 9/29-10/5 (Days 36-42)
3/3-3/9 (Days 36-42)
50% charge 10/6-10/12 (Days 43-48)
3/10-3/16 (Days 43-48)
60% charge 10/13-10/19 (Days 49-55)
3/17-3/23 (Days 49-55)
80% charge 10/20-11/1 (Days 56-68)
3/24-4/3 (Days 56-66)
100% charge 11/2 (Day 69+)
4/4 (Day 67+)

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2014-2015 Tuition Adjustment Schedule for Withdrawals and Leaves of Absence

This information is used for undergrad and graduate leaves/withdrawals, and is published in the Courses of Study catalog.

Tuition Liability Fall 2014 Spring 2015
No Charge 8/26 – 9/1 1/21–1/27
10% charge 9/2 – 9/8 1/28 – 2/3
20% charge 9/9 – 9/22 2/4 – 2/17
30% charge 9/23 – 9/29 2/18 – 2/24
40% charge 9/30 – 10/6 2/25 – 3/3
50% charge 10/7 – 10/13 3/4 – 3/10
60% charge 10/14 – 10/20 3/11 – 3/17
80% charge 10/21 – 11/2 3/18 – 4/5
100% charge 11/3 4/6

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