Withdrawals

Students withdrawing from all classes or below half-time and whose financial aid has not been confirmed will be responsible for all charges still owed to The College. Financial Aid may not be disbursed if the student is no longer enrolled. Check with the Financial Aid office at (757) 221-2420 before withdrawing from all classes or below half-time.

Withdrawal Schedule - Fall/Spring Semester

Full-time students - withdrawal from the College

Full-time students are charged a percentage of the tuition and fees based on the school week within which the withdrawal occurs. A school week is defined as the period beginning on Monday and ending on the succeeding Sunday. The first school week of a semester is defined as that week within which classes begin. Full-time students who withdraw from the College within the first school week of the semester are eligible for a refund of all payments for tuition and fees.

Please follow the schedule below for withdrawal refund percentages:

  • Week 1, Percentage Charged 0%, Percentage Refunded 100%
  • Week 2, Percentage Charged 20%, Percentage Refunded 80%
  • Week 3, Percentage Charged 30%, Percentage Refunded 70%
  • Week 4, Percentage Charged 40%, Percentage Refunded 60%
  • Week 5, Percentage Charged 50%, Percentage Refunded 50%
  • Week 6, Percentage Charged 60%, Percentage Refunded 40%
  • After week 6, percentage charged 100%, percentage refunded 0%

Students will not be eligible for any refund of tuition and general fees if required to withdraw by the College.

Students studying on a W&M Sponsored Study Abroad program follow a separate withdrawal policy.  Please visit the Global Education Office cancellation and refund policy for more information.

Housing adjustments are determined by the Office of Residence Life.  Please refer to the Residence Life 'Moving Out' guide.  Look for the FAQ  'My student is leaving the residence halls during the semester.  How will my student's bill be adjusted?'

Meal plan adjustments are managed by Dining Services.  Please refer to the 'Payment and Refunds' section of the W&M Meal Plan Policy Site.

For students paying through a tuition payment plan, all refunds will be determined by comparing the amount eligible for refunding to the total monthly payments made to date. Any outstanding amounts owed the College will be be due immediately upon withdrawal.

It is College policy to hold the enrolled student liable for charges incurred, therefore in the case of refunding any overpayment, refund checks will be issued in the name of the student.

FlexTrack/Part-time students - withdrawal from the College

Part-time students who withdraw completely within the first school week of the semester are eligible for a full refund of tuition and fees. After the first week, the amount of the tuition and fees to be charged will follow the full-time withdrawal schedule.

Students will not be eligible for any refund of tuition if required to withdraw from the College.

FlexTrack/Part-time students - withdrawal from a course

Part-time students who withdraw from a course after the add/drop period and remain registered for other academic work will not be eligible for a refund

Withdrawal Schedule - Summer Sessions

If a student withdraws from class during the add/drop period, all tuition will be adjusted to a -0- balance.  If a student withdraws after the add/drop period, there will be no adjustment in tuition.  Adjustments to financial aid or outside payment sources may be required if you withdraw.  Please check with the Financial Aid office at (757)-221-2420 or your paying source before withdrawing from  classes.

Return of Title IV

Students with Title IV Federal Aid (Federal PELL, Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans, Federal SEOG, Federal Perkins, Federal PLUS) who withdraw from school will be calculated in compliance with Federal regulations. A statutory schedule is used to determine the amount of Title IV funds a student has earned as of the date the student withdraws or ceases attendance.

If a student withdraws from college prior to completing 60% of a semester, the Financial Aid Office must recalculate the student's eligibilty for all Title IV federal funds. In addition, the same refund guidelines control all other aid funds, with the exception of private or alternative loans. Recalculation is based on a percent of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:

Percent of aid earned = the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date, divided by the total days in the semester. (Any break of five days or more is not counted as part of the days in the semester.)

Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percent of unearned aid using the following formula:

Aid to be returned = (100% minus the percent earned) multiplied by the amount of aid disbursed toward institutional charges.

Example of Return of Funds Calculation
Example 1: Virginia resident who lives on campus

Institutional Charges
Tuition $3215
Housing $1641

Financial Aid Package
Pell Grant $1500
Subsidized Direct Loan $1887
State Grant $3086

The student withdraws on 10/20, which is day 57 out of 116 in the semester (57/116 = 49.1% of Title IV funds earned by the student). Title IV funds = $3387 ($1500 Pell + $1887 Subsidized Direct Loan). $3387 X 49.1% = $1663.02 of earned Title IV funds. The remainder of funds unearned $3387- $1663.02 = $1723.98 will be returned to Federal programs. The state grant will be reduced using the same formula; $3086 X 41.1% = $1268.35 earned and $1817.65 unearned.

William & Mary must return $1723.98 to the Subsidized Direct Loan and $1817.65 of the state grant.

Example 2: Out of state student not living on campus

Charges
Tuition $10608

Financial Aid payments
Subsidized Direct Loan $807
Unsubsidized Direct Loan $1860
Perkins $750
FA Grant $9076

The student withdraws on 10/27 which is day 64 out of 116 in the semester (64/116 = 55.2% of Title IV funds earned by the student). Title IV funds = $ 3,417 ($807 Subsidized Direct Loan+ $1860 Unsubsidized Direct Loan +$750 Perkins Loan). $3,417 X 55.2% = $1886.18 of earned Title IV funds. The remainder of funds unearned $ 3,417 - $1886.18 = $1530.82 will be returned to Federal programs. The FA grant will be reduced using the same formula; $9076 X 55.2 % = $5009.95 earned and $4066.05 unearned.

William & Mary must return $1531 to the Unsubsidized Direct Loan and $4066.05 of the FA grant.