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Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin

Drop/Add Policy

Undergraduate Students (Fall/Spring Terms) Enrolled in 12-18 Hours (the “flat fee” range):

Undergraduate students in the “flat fee” range (enrolled in 12-18 credit hours) who adjust hours after the first week of classes will not have any change in tuition assessment if the requests are initiated on the same day and if they maintain enrollment in the “flat fee” range of hours after the adjustment.

Changes to enrollment which result in enrollment in fewer than 12 or in more than 18 hours will incur additional costs. The dropped hours will be credited at the percentage amount appropriate to the refund period, and a late schedule change fee will be assessed. The added hours will be charged to your account at 100 percent of the cost.

There is no financial credit given for a dropped course after the close of the refund period.

A Late Schedule Change Fee of $23 will be assessed beginning in the second week of classes for each section dropped.

Undergraduate Students (Fall/Spring Terms) Enrolled in 19 or More Credit Hours

Undergraduate students enrolled in 19 or more credit hours who adjust hours after the first week of classes will not have any change in tuition assessment if the requests are initiated on the same day and if they remain in the same number of hours as initially enrolled (that is, as enrolled prior to the drop and add activity).

If the drop and add are initiated on the same day, but the number of hours enrolled increases, the student will be charged for the “net add” at the credit-hour rate. If the drop and add are initiated on the same day, but the number of hours enrolled decreases, the student will be refunded for the “net drop” at the appropriate percentage down to 18 hours. Note that a refund only occurs during the refund period (generally, the first four weeks of the term), and that the student has not dropped below 12 hours.

Example 1: After the first week of classes, a student in 19 hours drops 3 hours and adds 6 on the same day. The student would be charged for 3 hours (the “net add”) at the credit-hour rate.

Example 2: During the second week of classes a student in 20 hours adds 3 hours and drops 6 on the same day. The “net drop” is 3 hours; the student receives a 75% refund on 2 of those hours (the difference between 20 and 18).

After the end of the partial refund period (for regular full term courses, the end of the fourth week) the student would not be charged for added hours accompanied by paired drops of equal or greater hours, but there would be no refund for “net drops.” Throughout the term, adds will continue to be offset against drops requested on the same day before assessing the “net add” at the credit-hour rate.

A Late Schedule Change Fee of $23 will be assessed beginning in the second week of classes for each section dropped.

Undergraduate Students (Fall/Spring Terms) Enrolled in Fewer than 12 Credit Hours

If an undergraduate student enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours drops and adds hours after the first week of classes, the student will receive a partial refund for the dropped class(es) (for regular, full-term class(es): 75% the second week, 50% the third, 25% the fourth and 0% thereafter) and will pay in full for the added class(es). The partial refund will be applied toward the fees charged for the added class(es). Refer to the Fee Refund Policy in this bulletin for details.

A Late Schedule Change Fee of $23 will be assessed beginning in the second week of classes for each class dropped.

Graduate Students:

If a graduate student drops hours after the first week of classes, the student will receive a partial refund for the dropped class(es) (for regular, full-term class(es): 75% the second week, 50% the third, 25% the fourth and 0% thereafter) and will pay in full for the added classes. The partial refund will be applied toward the fees charged for the added class(es).

Students with fee scholarships/fee remissions should be aware that during the partial (<100%) refund period, a portion of the fee remission applying to the dropped class is also forfeited. Consequently, if the student was already enrolled in the maximum hours covered under the fee remission, the full value of the fee remission may no longer be available to apply toward an added class.

A Late Schedule Change Fee of $23 will be assessed beginning in the second week of classes for each class dropped.

"Even Exchange" Policy for Graduate Students Not in Flat-fee Programs

Graduate students in programs other than Law, Optometry and MBA may “exchange” one class for another class during the second week of classes without any additional tuition (on an “even” exchange). You may avoid paying additional tuition charges only if you process the exchange via the Drop/Add Pair option. Note the following:

  • The dropped class must be a full-term class subject to the 75% refund period during the second week of classes.
  • You will still receive a grade of W in the dropped class.
  • The Drop/Add Pair must be submitted during the second week of classes, but will be treated under this policy even if the approvals occur later.
  • There will still be a Late Schedule Change Fee of $23 on the dropped class.
  • The “exchange” only involves one class dropped and one class added.

The financial calculation will net the tuition dollars associated with the dropped class against the tuition dollars associated with the added class. If the result is zero, no tuition will be assessed for the transaction (a Late Schedule Change Fee of $23 still applies). [See EXAMPLE 1.] If the dropped hours (and tuition dollars) exceed those added, the 75% refund will be applied to the excess amount. [See EXAMPLE 2.] If the credit hours of the added class exceed those of the dropped class, the tuition assessed will be the “net” amount. [See EXAMPLE 3.]

EXAMPLE 1: Nonresident Graduate student submits an “exchange” (Drop/Add Pair) of one 3-cr. class for another during the second week of classes. That is, neither the dropped class nor the added class will be processed until both are approved. Even if the approval is granted after the end of the second week, the submission date will be honored.

Financial result after approval: 3 x $1,053.94 ($3,161.82)credit for dropped class
3 x $1,053.94 $3,161.82charge for added class
N0 tuition; $23 Late Schedule Change Fee (LCF) on drop

EXAMPLE 2: Nonresident Graduate student submits an “exchange” of a 4-cr. class for a 3-cr. class during the second week of classes.

Financial result after approval: 4 x $1,053.94 ($4,215.76)credit for dropped class
3 x $1,053.94 $3,161.82charge for added class
($1,053.94) net drop x 75% -> ($790.45) plus $23 LCF
75% refund period during second week of classes applies.

EXAMPLE 3: Nonresident Graduate student submits an “exchange” of a 3-cr. class for a 4-cr. class during the second week of classes.

Financial result after approval: 3 x $1,053.94 ($3,161.82)credit for dropped class
4 x $1,053.94 $4,215.76charge for added class
$1,053.94net add, plus $23 LCF