University Withdrawals & Dropped Classes

University Withdrawals

Students officially withdrawing from all courses or dropping a course(s) during a semester or term are eligible for a 100-percent reversal of tuition and fees through the deadlines listed on the Academic Calendar by semester.

Students officially withdrawing from all courses after the 100-percent refund of tuition and fee deadline are eligible for a partial reversal of tuition. Fees are not reversed. Consult the Academic Calendar for specific tuition reversal prorations based on the date of withdrawal.

*Please note that the calendar has been updated to extend the period for withdrawal from the university with full refunds of tuition and fees by one week, from September 3 to September 10. There are no other changes to the refund schedule. This change applies only to the 2021-2022 academic year. Please see the Fall 2021 Academic Calendar for more details.

Dropped Courses

Students dropping individual course(s) after that deadline will not be eligible for a tuition or fee reversal and will remain liable for payment of full tuition and fee charges though certain exceptions may apply that are outlined in the Registration Drop/Add section. Non-attendance does not constitute an official course drop or withdrawal. All charges due to Rice University must be paid before reversal adjustments will be permitted.

In cases of academic or disciplinary suspension, eligibility for tuition reversal adjustments will depend on the conditions of the suspension and will be entirely at the option of the institution. Should unforeseen circumstances beyond the reasonable control of Rice University result in curtailing classes, closing residence facilities, or otherwise withdrawing services that are a normal function of the institution, tuition and fee reversals of any nature will be at the discretion of university administration.

Financial Aid

In addition to the University's reversal schedule and in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, if a student completely withdraws from the University and has utilized Federal Title IV funds (e.g. Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant [SEOG], Academic Competitiveness Grant, National SMART Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan, Federal Direct PLUS, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS), during the semester in which they withdraw, the University will observe the federally mandated process in determining what, if any amount of money must be returned to the federal program (s).

The calculation of the return of funds may result in the student owing a balance to the university and/or the Department of Education.