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Tuition Adjustment Policies

Withdrawal from the College     Medical Withdrawals     Active Duty Military Withdrawals     Non-Completion due to Unavoidable Circumstances     Return of Title IV Funds

If a student drops a class or classes or withdraws from the College, it is possible under certain circumstances, that the tuition and fees charged by the College to the student will be adjusted. In some circumstances a student may be entitled to a direct refund. In other circumstances, the proceeds from a loan, scholarship or other aid will be sent back to the issuing entity by the College. Tuition adjustments are dependent upon many factors, including but not limited to the date of the change, course load, enrollment status, credit hours, and method of payment. A student should not assume a tuition adjustment will be necessary and proper. Questions concerning tuition adjustments should be brought to the attention of the Business Office.

Dropping Classes

Dropping is defined as ending enrollment in one or more classes during a term, but continuing enrollment in other classes during that same term.

The College allows students to drop classes within the following time frames and to receive a tuition adjustment for an amount equal to the full cost of the class or classes that have been dropped. The Session Start Date is set forth
each term in the Course Schedule published on the Mercy College Website (unless otherwise identified, for most classes this date is the first day of the term). In order to meet the deadline the student must submit all paperwork to
the Registrar’s Office before the end of the day specified below.

Classes running 15 weeks or longer

7 calendar days from the Session Start Date

Classes running at least 10 but less than 15 weeks

5 calendar days from the Session Start Date

Classes running less than 10 weeks

3 calendar days from Session Start Date

Non-credit Short-term Certificates & CLS

First day of class


Tuition is considered fully earned by the College after the above time frames have passed and therefore tuition will not be adjusted for any class dropped after the respective time frame set forth above.

Dropping Non-credit Short-term Certificate and Clinical Lab Science (CLS) Courses

For non-credit short-term certificate courses, CLS and Paramedic courses, tuition is non-refundable if the drop occurs after the first day of class. Therefore, a student who wishes to drop any class in these programs and receive a tuition adjustment must submit all completed paperwork to the Registrar’s Office on or before the first day of class.

Withdrawal from the College

Full Adjustments

Withdrawing from the College is defined as ending enrollment in all classes during a term. A student officially withdraws from the College when he or she completes an Exit Form in the Registrar’s Office. Please refer to the
Academic Policies Section of this Catalog or consult the College Registrar to answer questions related to academic credit. Please refer to the Admissions Section of this Catalog or consult the College Admissions Department to
answer questions related to readmission.

The College allows students to withdraw from the College within the time frames identified below and to receive a tuition adjustment for an amount equal to the full cost of tuition. The Session Start Date is set forth each term in the Course Schedule published on the Mercy College Website (unless otherwise identified, for most classes this date is the first day of the term). In order to meet the deadline the student must submit all paperwork to the Registrar’s Office before the end of the day specified below.

Classes running 15 weeks or longer

7 calendar days from the Session Start Date

Classes running at least 10 but less than 15 weeks

5 calendar days from the Session Start Date

Classes running less than 10 weeks

3 calendar days from Session Start Date

Non-credit Short-term Certificates & CLS

First day of class


Prorated Adjustments

Any student taking classes for credit (excluding CLS and Paramedic classes) who withdraws from the College after the above deadlines and up to the 60% mark of the term will have a tuition adjustment calculated on a prorated basis based on the last date of attendance. Tuition is considered fully earned after 60% of the term has elapsed and therefore tuition is non-refundable for all withdrawals after that date.

CLS and Paramedic students who withdraw from the College are not eligible for an adjustment to tuition after the 7th calendar day of each term. All tuition and fees are 100% earned after the 7th calendar day.

Non-credit Short-term Certificate students are not eligible for prorated tuition refunds. All tuition is considered fully earned for the non-credit short-term certificate students at the end of the first day of class.

Additional information related to the Federal guidelines for refunding disbursed Title IV Funds are found in the section entitled “Return of Title IV Funds.”

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Medical Withdrawals

For-Credit Classes - The Full-Adjustment and Prorated-Adjustment policies set forth above will be followed for students taking classes for-credit. The student must follow the medical withdrawal policy set forth in the Student
Handbook. If a medical withdrawal is granted, a grade of “W” will be awarded for each course from which the student withdraws.

Non-credit Short-Term Certificate Classes - No refunds or tuition adjustments will be made to the accounts of short-term certificate students. However, if a medical withdrawal is necessary, the short-term certificate student must follow the medical withdrawal policy set forth in the Student Handbook. If the short-term certificate student follows the medical withdrawal policy and a medical withdrawal is granted the student will be allowed to re-enroll in the same class from which he or she withdrew at 50% of the then-current cost if the student re-enrolls in the class or classes from which the student withdrew within 12 months of the date the medical withdrawal is approved. After 12 months the benefit is lost. This benefit is only available one time per student. If a medical withdrawal is granted, a grade of “W will be awarded for each course from which the student withdraws.

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Active Duty Military Withdrawals

For-Credit Classes - The Full-Adjustment and Prorated-Adjustment policies set forth above will be followed for students taking classes for-credit who are called to active duty. Military withdrawals are not available for purposes
of completing the required two-week annual training. The student must follow the military withdrawal policy set forth in the Student Handbook. If a military withdrawal is granted, a grade of “W” will be awarded for each course
from which the student withdraws.

Non-Credit Short-Term Certificate Classes - No refunds or tuition adjustments will be made to the accounts of short-term certificate students. However, if a military withdrawal is necessary, the short-term certificate student must follow the military withdrawal policy set forth in the Student Handbook. If the short-term certificate student follows the military withdrawal policy and a military withdrawal is granted the student will be allowed to re-enroll in the same class from which he or she withdrew at 50% of the then-current cost if the student re-enrolls in the class or classes from which the student withdrew within six months of returning from active duty. After six months the benefit is lost. This benefit is only available one time per student. If a military withdrawal is granted, a grade of “W” will be awarded for each course from which the student withdraws.

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Non-Completion due to Unavoidable Circumstances

Non-credit Short-Term Certificate Classes - No refunds or tuition adjustments will be made to the accounts of short-term certificate students. However, if the short-term certificate student is unable to complete the course due to unavoidable circumstances a written application should be submitted to the Vice-President, Business and Regulatory Affair within 15 days of the last date of attendance which clearly describes the circumstances and why the circumstances were unavoidable and why those unavoidable circumstances make it impossible for the student to complete the course(s). The application will be reviewed by the Vice-President, Business and Regulatory Affairs, the Dean of Allied Health and the instructor of the class or classes. If the application is approved, the student will be allowed to re-enroll in the same class or classes from which he or she was unable to complete at 50% of the then current cost if the student re-enrolls in the class within 6 months of the date the application is submitted. After six months, the benefit is lost. This benefit is only available one time per student. For students whose application is approved, a grade of “W” will be recorded. For students whose application is not approved, the student will receive the grade earned as determined by the instructor(s).

Return of Title IV Funds

If a student withdraws from all classes or is dismissed from the College prior to completing 60% of the term, federal law requires a portion of federal Title IV financial aid received by an institution of higher learning to be returned to
the government.

Students will be notified if they are required to repay federal or state funds (grants and/or loans). Failure to repay or make satisfactory payment arrangements will result in the student becoming ineligible to receive Federal Title IV funds at any institution.

In addition, if the College is required to return any unearned portion of Title IV funds that have been used to pay tuition, any outstanding balance due Mercy College resulting from such a return of Title IV funds will be the personal responsibility of the student. Repayment arrangements must be made with the Mercy College Business Office.

Short-term Certificate Information

Full Payment for all short-term certificate courses is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable after the first day of class. Installment payment plans are not offered by the College for short-term certificate programs. Students are not considered registered until Full Payment is received. If a student is unable to attend any class, the student has a duty to contact the instructor or the Short-Term Certificate Program Coordinator prior to the class to discuss the matter. If a student fails to attend the first class and has not contacted the instructor or the Short-Term Certificate Program Coordinator prior to the class to obtain permission, the student will be administratively dropped from the class by the College and the amount paid by the student will be refunded.

Short-term Certificate versus Course Credit

Each student may elect to enroll in certain short-term certificate programs and receive college credit. The election to take the course for college credit must be made by the student at the time of registration. Once class has started this choice is irrevocable. If a student elects to enroll in short-term certificate courses for credit, the business-office policies which normally govern short-term certificates are not applicable. Instead, all for-credit policies, including tuition and fee amounts will apply.

Due Dates for Tuition and Fees

Tuition for all short-term certificate programs is due at the time of registration. Tuition for all other programs offered by the College is due on or before the first day of each term. Please consult the College calendar to determine the first day of the relevant term.

Excess Payments

If a student account has a credit balance a refund to the student will be issued, unless the student requests that the credit be applied towards future obligations. Refund checks will be made available for students the later of, 14 days after the funds are received by the College or 14 days after the first day of the term. A student who has received federal or state aid has agreed through the application process that funds will be used solely for education-related expenses.

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