Refund Rate for Withdrawals

Fall and Spring Semesters

Week 1 & Week 2
Through the end of Change of Program Period:
100% tuition and fees (except transcript fee) refunded

Week 3
90% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

Week 4
80% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

Week 5
70% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

Week 6
60% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

Week 7
50% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

Week 8
40% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

All students who withdraw will be charged a $75 withdrawal fee.

Please note:

  • The rates above are subject to review by the Trustees of the University.
  • Columbia University refunds 100% of tuition before the change of program period ends. For Fall and Spring Semester: Week 1 and Week 2 occur during the change of program period. Week 3 begins on the first Monday after the change of program period ends each semester. Each week begins on a Monday.  
  • The Summer Sessions refund schedule differs from the Fall and Spring Semester schedule. For the Summer Sessions, fees such as the Health Service fee, the Student Medical Insurance premium, the University facilities fee, course fees, and late fees are not refundable if the withdrawal takes place after the change-of-program period. If the withdrawal takes place before or during the change-of-program period, these fees are refunded in full. The one-time transcript fee and application fee are not refundable.
  • There is no difference in the proration schedule of a school or program charging per point or flat rate tuition.