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Student Financial Services


Refund Policies

Refunds for Aid Which Exceeds Your Charges

If a credit balance results from the posting of federal or state financial aid, Adelphi will automatically refund this amount as required by law. Once all of your financial aid has been applied to your account and a credit balance exists, a refund will be issued within 7-10 business days. If you do not receive your refund within this time-frame, you may request a refund using the “Request a Refund” feature in CLASS.

You must select a disbursement method for any refunds you will receive.

If you decide to withdraw or change your class registration by adding or dropping courses for a specific semester, this could make you ineligible or over-awarded for all or part of your financial aid. If any of the actions listed below are applicable to you, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services to see if there has been or will be an adjustment to your student account:

  • adding courses
  • dropping courses
  • have requested or will be requesting a reduction in your Federal Direct Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, or alternative loan(s).

Tuition Refund Policy for Course Drops or Withdrawals

Refunds are computed as of the date the Registrar is notified of the withdrawal. The date of the request will determine the tuition liability for the semester. Nonattendance in a course does not constitute an official withdrawal. Students will be held responsible for payment of all tuition and fees until an official withdrawal is presented to the Registrar.

Refunds do not depend on the number of class sessions held or attended. Failure to complete payment is not an official withdrawal. A student who is suspended or dismissed or who withdraws when under investigation for misconduct shall not have tuition refunded for the semester in which such action is taken.

All refunds of credit balances must be requested from the Office of Student Financial Services. All students who withdraw from the University prior to the first day of classes will receive a credit for all tuition and fees, less the mandatory withdrawal fee.

Any credit existing from an Alternative Loan as a direct result of a partial (drop) or full withdrawal, where institutional charges have been reduced or eliminated will, in the best interest of the student, be returned to the lender in accordance with University policy.

Refund Schedule

Title IV Recipients

When a student with federal student aid withdraws from college before completing a term, an institution is obligated to calculate the amount of aid the student earned and possibly return those dollars to the federal government.

Adelphi University’s refund policy conforms to the updated version (Section 668.22) of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. In accordance with federal regulations, students who withdraw from the University and have Federal Title IV financial assistance (Federal Direct Loan, Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students, Federal SEOG, Federal Perkins Loan, or Federal Pell Grant) that has been credited or could have been credited to their account, will be subject to both federal policy regarding the possible return of Title IV funds awarded AND Adelphi University’s policy regarding the possible return of institutional aid awarded. Furthermore, the amount of refundable institutional charges (and/or possible reduction of outstanding balance) will be set by school policy.

The order of return of Title IV funds at Adelphi University is as follows:

  • Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans
  • Subsidized Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans
  • Graduate Direct PLUS Loans
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal ACG/SMART Grants
  • Federal SEOG Grants
  • Other Title IV programs
The information contained on this site is subject to change without notice.

For further information, please contact:

Office of Student Financial Services
Levermore Hall, Lower Level
p – 516.877.3080
p – ext. 2240 (on campus only)
f – 516.877.3380
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