Carnegie Mellon University

Tuition and Fees Adjustment Policy

This policy should be reviewed in its entirety on-line: http://www.cmu.edu/policies/student-and-student-life/tuition-fees-adjustment.html

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

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:
  • the date the student began the withdrawal or leave of absence process;
  • the date the student notified his or her home department;
  • the date the student notified the associate dean of his or her college; or
  • the date the student notified the dean of student affairs.
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; or
  • 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, and 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  No tuition is charged to a student who is administratively withdrawn.

Housing, Meal Plan & Fee Adjustment

Housing charges are adjusted daily, beginning on check-in day and ending on the last day of final exams for the semester. Holiday breaks are included. The Winter Break period is not included.

Meal plan charges are adjusted weekly. DineXtra and PlaidCa$h charges are assessed based upon actual use. There is no adjustment of PAT bus fee, Student Activity fee, media fee, or technology fee.

Financial Aid Adjustment

Federal financial aid is adjusted on the number of days attended in the semester. Institutional financial aid is adjusted on the same basis as tuition.  A student earns 100% of his or her federal or institutional financial aid when 60% of the semester is completed. Student grants and non-federal outside scholarships are adjusted based upon the withdrawal policy of the agency awarding the funds and will vary.

Late Payment Penalty Charge

Payment for the Fall semester is due August 15, 2012.  Any charges incurred after this date are due by the date shown on a student's electronic invoice (E-Bill).  E-Bills are produced on the last day of each month.  Students will receive an e-mail notification from the Student Accounts Office in The HUB when a new E-Bill is ready for viewing on Student Information Online (SIO).  Carnegie Mellon does not mail paper student account invoices.  For more information on pament due dates and E-Bills, visit The HUB website.  Any student who anticipates difficulty in paying his/her bill should email The HUB prior to the due date.  Past due accounts are subject to a 1.5% penalty charge each month until the balance is paid in full.

Tuition Schedule

Tuition adjustment schedules for undergraduate and graduate students can be found on-line.  These schedules do not apply to Tepper graduate students.  Tuition for Tepper graduate students will be refunded 100% until the course drop deadline.  After the deadline, tuition is non-refundable and will remain charged 100%.