The University of Reston policy for refunds of tuition and fees is as follows:

Students eligible for a whole or partial refund of tuition and/or certain fees due to the three situations below will receive an email from the University informing them of this fact. This email will further contain points of contact at the school they can direct any questions to, and the procedure(s) they should follow to obtain that refund.

  • A credit balance in their student account
  • Withdrawing or taking an officially approved leave of absence from the University
  • Officially dropping one or more courses

The following criteria for refunding credit balances of currently enrolled students after the add/drop period of every academic term is:

  • A credit balance (i.e. positive number) must be listed in the student’s current account.
  • The student requesting the refund must be enrolled at least at half-time status during the academic term they are requesting the refund for.
  • In the event that credits have been made to the student’s account from external sources such as personal checks, etc., refunds from the University to the student will be placed on hold for a period of 21 business days from the date of the last external credit made in order that all such external payment transactions will be fully completed.
  • In the event that credits have been made to the student’s account from external sources such as credit/debit cards, echecks, etc., using the internet, refunds from the University to the student will be placed on hold for a period of 7 business days from the date of the last external credit made in order that all such external payment transactions will be fully completed.
  • Students who are enrolled in the University’s tuition installment payment plan are not eligible to receive this type of refund.

The criteria for refunding academic term tuition and/or certain academic term fees following a complete withdrawal or officially approved leave of absence after the add/drop period of every academic term are:

  • A credit balance (i.e. positive number) must be listed in the student’s current account after a withdrawal or leave of absence have been finalized.
  • To finalize either of these changes in status, the student must first contact the Office of the Bursar in order to complete and submit all required forms to the University, inform the Dean of their graduate school and their instructors of their withdrawal or leave of absence.
  • Until the preceding has been completed, the student is responsible for all academic term tuition and academic term-related fee charges made to their account.
  • The last documented day of a student’s attendance in a course they were officially enrolled in at the University must be stated on their written notification of their intention to withdraw or take a leave of absence.
  • This date will be used to calculate any refund of tuition or certain fees.
  • In the event that date is not listed on the student’s written notification to the University, the date they filed their written notification will instead be used to calculate their refund.
  • This policy applies to all tuition and fees.

Last day of attendance or date notification submitted  
Submitted refund amount
Up to the last day of an academic term’s add/drop period 100% refund of tuition minus the term enrollment cancellation fee
After the add/drop period & through 1/4 of an academic term 50% refund of tuition
Through ½ of an academic term 25% refund of tuition
After ½ of an academic term 0% refund of tuition

Your refund will be sent as an electronic payment to the bank account nominated on your account. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure correct bank information is provided as rejection of payments due to incorrect bank details will delay your refund. If your application for a refund is successful, any fines, outstanding debt and administrative fees will be deducted prior to a refund being paid.