Tuition Adjustment Policy-The HUB - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuition Adjustment Policy & Schedules

This policy applies to withdrawals and leaves of absence by all students (graduate, undergraduate, non-degree) for all semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2, Summer All). This policy does not apply to Tepper graduate students (see below).

Official Date of Withdrawal/Leave of Absence

For students who notify the university of their intent to withdraw or take a leave of absence, the official date of withdrawal or leave of absence is the earliest of:

  • Date the student began the withdrawal or leave of absence process;
  • Date the student notified his or her home department;
  • Date the student notified the associate dean of his or her college; or
  • Date the student notified the dean of students.

For students who do not notify the university of their intent to withdraw or take a leave of absence, the official date of withdrawal or leave of absence is:

  • The midpoint of the semester;
  • The last date the student attended an academically-related activity such as an exam, tutorial or study group, or the last day a student turned in a class assignment.

Tuition Adjustment

Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence before completing 60% of the semester will be charged tuition based on the number of days completed within the semester. This includes calendar days, class and non-class days, from the first day of classes to the last day of final exams. Breaks which last five days or longer, including the preceding and subsequent weekends, are not counted. Thanksgiving and Spring Break are not counted. There is no tuition adjustment after 60% of the semester is completed. No tuition is charged to a student who is administratively withdrawn.

Tuition Adjustment Appeals

Leaves & Withdrawals

Students may appeal to have tuition adjustments for their Leave of Absence or Withdrawal if they feel that they have extenuating circumstances. These appeals will be reviewed in the context of the University's tuition adjustment policy. These appeals must be made in writing to the University Registrar using the Tuition Appeal Adjustment form, or submitted via e-mail to university-registrars-office@andrew.cmu.edu.

Course Drops

Students may appeal to have tuition adjustments for courses that they have dropped after the course drop deadlines. These appeals must be made in writing to the University Registrar using the Tuition Appeal Adjustment form, or submitted via e-mail to university-registrars-office@andrew.cmu.edu.

Tepper Graduate Student* Tuition Refund Policy

Tuition will be refunded 100% until the course drop deadline. After the course drop deadline, tuition is non-refundable and will remain charged 100%. See the MBA student handbook.

*Excludes residents of Maryland participating in programs delivered via distance education.