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Withdrawal Policy

If you decide not to attend Upstate Medical University, it is your obligation to officially withdraw through the appropriate offices. Non-attendance of classes does not classify as an official withdrawal and does not relieve the student of the financial obligation or entitle the student to a refund.

The process of withdrawing from the university is a formal procedure which the student has the responsibility to initiate. A student withdrawing shall be responsible for payment of tuition and fees in accordance with the Tuition & Fee Refund Schedule. The date recorded by the Registrars Office will be used as the official withdrawal date for tuition adjustment purposes.

Tuition Liability/Refund Schedule

The Tuition Liability/Refund Schedule below indicates 0% liability is for the first week of classes only. The first week of classes is defined as the first seven calendar days of the semester. During 0% liability, refunds will be processed and charges removed for tuition and all fees (including the disability fee). After 0% liability, tuition will be pro-rated according to the schedule below, and all fees are non-refundable with the exception of the disability fee. After 100% liability, a student is liable for tuition and fees in full including disability. Students who register for courses and do not file the appropriate withdrawal or do not drop before the end of the fourth week of classes are liable for their full charges.

The University-Sponsored Student Health Insurance will not be pro-rated or refunded after September 30, 2023. After September 30, 2023, a student can still terminate coverage at any time but there will be no refund. The only exception to this rule is if the student is entering the armed forces, in which case, they need to supply evidence of this and a pro-rated refund will be given. If a student leaves school for any reason throughout the school year, they will maintain their health insurance coverage until the policy expires on August 14, 2024. Students have the right to waive out of the health insurance plan by filing out the on-line waiver form by September 30, 2023.

Refunds will not be made to students who do not attend classes and have not completed the required withdrawal procedure. No refunds will be issued until after the drop/add period.

The academic deadline is not related to the deadlines for determining tuition liability.


Courses dropped during the Tuition Refund Tuition Liability Fee Liability
1st week 100% refund 0% liability 0% liability
2nd week 70% refund 30% liability 100% liability
3rd week 50% refund 50% liability 100% liability
4th week 30% refund 70% liability 100% liability
5th week 0% refund No refund No refund

Return of Federal Financial Aid Policy

Federal law mandates how a school must compute the amount of federal financial aid that a student earns if he/she withdraws (officially or unofficially), takes a leave of absence, drops out of school, or is dismissed prior to completing more than 60% of the semester. Specifically, the amount of federal financial aid that the student earns is based on the percentage of the semester completed. All unearned federal financial aid must be returned. Careful consideration should be given to the financial ramifications of separating from the college prior to completing 60% of the semester. Additional information regarding this policy is available from the Financial Aid Office.

University Statement of Student Responsibility

Students themselves whether new, visiting, returning or continuing are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and abiding by the University's regulations, procedures, requirements, and deadlines as described in all official publications.