Carnegie Mellon University

Tuition and Fees Adjustment 

POLICY TITLE: Carnegie Mellon University Tuition and Fees Adjustment Policy
DATE OF ISSUANCE: This policy was approved by the President's Council on May 13, 1997. It was most recently amended on November 7, 2000. The amendments are retroactive to August 28, 2000.
ACCOUNTABLE DEPARTMENT/UNIT: Office of the Vice President for Campus Affairs. General questions about policy content should be directed to The HUB, ext. 8-8186.
ABSTRACT: This policy provides information about tuition, fees, dining and housing adjustments for all students.
RELATED: Student Leave Policy
The HUB

Application

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).

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 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; 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, 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.

The tuition adjustment schedule is available on The HUB website.

No tutition is charged to a student who is administratively withdrawn.

Housing, Meal Plan & Fee Adjustments

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. Dine Express and Campus Express are assessed based upon actual use.

There is no adjustment of the PAT bus fee or Student Activity fee.

Financial Aid Adjustment

Federal and 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.